Faculty member’s innovative work in biotechnology gains national recognition.
Andrés García has been elected to the NAI Fellows Program, an honor bestowed upon the highest level of academic inventors. This distinction recognizes García’s work in biomaterials for biotechnological applications including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Currently, García serves as executive director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, Petit director’s chair in Bioengineering and Bioscience, and Regents’ professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.
García’s innovative work combines materials science, cell biology and engineering, with a focus on developing revolutionary new biomaterials and therapies for diseases such as type 1 diabetes, infections and bone repair. In addition to his election to the NAI Fellows, he has been recognized by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers as a top Latino educator, the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
“It is a great honor being recognized for our intellectual contributions being translated into biotechnological applications and therapies that could impact the lives of millions of individuals suffering from cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” said García. “This award recognizes the awesome contributions of my wonderful trainees and collaborators. With all the challenges this year, this honor is an important reminder for me that the research that we carry out is important and impactful and that life is a marathon and not a sprint.”
"With all the challenges this year, this honor is an important reminder for me that the research that we carry out is important and impactful and that life is a marathon and not a sprint.” -- Andrés García, Regents’ professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Founded in 2010, the National Academy of Innovators is focused on changing the culture of academic invention. Election to their Fellowship Program is bestowed upon the highest level of academic inventors to recognize their dedication to the welfare of society and improving general quality of life through exceptional inventions. This status is the highest professional distinction for academic inventors. For more information on the National Academy of Inventors, visit their webpage.