Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Alan Russell To Receive Award From Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania-Carnegie Mellon News - Carnegie Mellon University

Monday, February 10, 2014

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Alan Russell To Receive Award From Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania

Researcher Honored for Engineering Improvements in Health Care

Contact: Chriss Swaney / 412-268-5776 / swaney@andrew.cmu.edu

Alan RussellPITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's Alan Russell will receive the President's Award from the Engineers' Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP) on Feb. 19 for outstanding contributions to the use of science and engineering to benefit the health care industry and patient outcomes. 

"This is a wonderful honor and a testament to the tremendous team of people across the region who work to use engineering to transform health care and provide better tools and methods to empower patients," said Russell, the Highmark Distinguished Career Professor at CMU, head of the newly created Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI) and chief innovation officer of the Allegheny Health Network. Russell also holds appointments in CMU's Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) and the departments of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering.

The ESWP President's Award for Engineering is given to an individual who, while not a degreed engineer, has made a substantial contribution to the field of engineering.

"Dr. Russell is a worthy recipient of this award. During his distinguished career he has made innovative and outstanding contributions to the fields of biotechnology, engineering and regenerative medicine. His contributions have benefited society in general and the local engineering community in particular, where he continues to inspire the best of our local engineering and scientific talent to further advance the field," said Charles R. Toran, president of Sci-Tek Consultants, Inc. and the ESWP.  

In addition to his appointments at CMU, Russell is president of the 3,000-plus member Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. Previously, he was the founding director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and executive director of the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Institute. He also has founded three biotechnology companies.

CMU formed DHTI with support from the Allegheny Health Network and Highmark to help transform health care. The institute has identified technical focus areas in which innovation is likely to lead to rapid gains in health care quality and affordability.

"This prestigious recognition will help showcase Russell's latest work at DHTI, which was created to bring significant improvements to health services that have been historically complicated and expensive; increasing affordability, accessibility, quality and simplicity of health care solutions," said Gary Fedder, director of ICES and associate dean for research at CMU's College of Engineering.

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Alan Russell (pictured above), the Highmark Distinguished Career Professor, head of the newly created Disruptive Health Technology Institute and chief innovation officer of the Allegheny Health Network, will receive the President's Award from the ESWP for outstanding contributions to the use of science and engineering to benefit the health care industry and patient outcomes.