Pishko joins biomedical engineering faculty, appointed Stewart & Stevenson Professor

Dr. Michael Pishko has joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering as professor and was appointed holder of the Stewart & Stevenson Professorship II by Dr. M. Katherine Banks, vice chancellor and dean of engineering, in recognition of his outstanding record of scholarly achievement and future potential.Photo of Dr. Michael Pishko

Pishko is director of the National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM). Located at Texas A&M, this first-in-class biopharmaceutical workforce development and GMP manufacturing facility provides an interactive learning environment for trainees, students, researchers, and industrial partners.

From 2007 to 2011, Pishko served as Charles D. Holland `53 Professor and head of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M. In that role, he led a department of 27 tenured/tenure-track faculty, 1,000 students, $13 million per year in research expenditures, and $20 million in endowments. He previously held the rank of Distinguished Professor at Penn State University where he was a faculty member from 2001 to 2007.

Pishko received his B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He also received postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to his academic experience, Pishko was involved in the creation of two start-up companies in the area of diagnostic systems.

Pishko has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications/proceedings and is a co-inventor of 20 issued U.S. patents. His research interests include microfabricated biosensors, neovascularization of implanted biomaterials and "smart" drug delivery systems.