Carnegie Mellon University

Conrad Zapanta

Dr. Conrad M. Zapanta

Teaching Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Scott Hall 4N205
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering (Option in Biomedical Engineering), Carnegie Mellon University, 1991
  • Ph.D., Bioengineering, The Pennsylvania State University, 1997


Dr. Zapanta’s primary teaching responsibilities are Biomedical Engineering Laboratory and Design.  Additional teaching interests include medical device design education and professional issues in biomedical engineering.  Dr. Zapanta’s responsibilities as Associate Department head include overseeing the undergraduate curriculum and undergraduate student advising.


Dr. Zapanta’s research interests are in developing medical devices to treat cardiovascular disease, focusing on the areas of cardiac assist devices and prosthetic heart valves. Dr. Zapanta is an active member in the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He is a reviewer for several biomedical engineering journals. Dr. Zapanta also serves as a reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Cardiovascular Sciences Small Business Special Emphasis Panel and as an ABET Program Evaluator (PEV) for Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering programs.

Research Interests: biomedical engineering; undergraduate education; biomedical engineering design; prosthetic heart valves; cardiac assist devices

Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2021
  • Fellow, Biomedical Engineering Society, 2020
  • University/Post-Secondary Educator Award (Honorable Mention), Carnegie Science Center, 2017


  • Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
  • Tau Beta Pi (Eminent Engineer), Carnegie Mellon University, 2016

  • Theo Pilkington Award, American Society for Engineering Education, Biomedical Engineering Division, 2016