2019 Earl Bakken Lecturer | Chair, Dept. of BME, GeorgiaTech/Emory

Susan Margulies

Dr. Margulies is the Chair of the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, and the Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics. She received her BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton and PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and wasa post-doctoral fellow at Mayo. With over 30 years of experience in the area of traumatic brain injury research, and over 25 years in pulmonary biomechanics, Dr. Margulies has secured over $35 million in federal, private, and industry funding to discover injury mechanisms on the macro and micro scales, and translate basic research findings to improve clinical outcomes. The head injury research program focuses on integrating mechanical properties, animal models, instrumented dolls, patient data, and computational models to identify injury mechanisms and relate biomechanics to outcomes. Recent studies focus on developing assessments of cognition, memory and behavior in piglets and humans to improve concussion diagnosis and evaluate efficacy of therapies and interventions. Dr. Margulies is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

BME’s undergraduate program is ranked #1 and the graduate program ranked #3 in the nation and attracts a highly diverse domestic population of students. Over 60 primary faculty, recruited via a unified process, have full faculty privileges on both campuses. Faculty research focuses on biomaterials, imaging and instrumentation, informatics and systems modeling, biomedical robotics, cancer technologies, cardiovascular engineering, immunoengineering and neuroengineering. Cultivated commercialization of university-based technologies is carried out on both campuses through the Coulter Translational Program. Innovators in both education and research, BME was recently awarded two large NSF grants, one ($2M) in innovative pedagogy integrating diversity and inclusion instruction in the classroom and department, and another ($20M) in Cell Manufacturing Technology.

The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology is the only public-private inter-institutional BME department in the nation. It resides in an elite medical school and top-ranked engineering college in the country making it the optimal setting for a national leader in translational biomedical engineering research and education. Endowed with a $20M gift in 2000, and with development fundraising of $5M annually at Georgia Tech, the Department is expanding fundraising goals at both Georgia Tech and Emory.