Biomedical Engineering Society student chapter honors faculty and staff with annual awards

The student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) recently announced the Faculty and Staff of the Year Awards.

Recognized during the annual Picnic with the Profs May 2, BMES officers honored Dr. Kenith Meissner with the faculty award and Andy Deuel as the staff award recipient.

Selection for the faculty award is based on how aware the faculty member is of student goals, how student-oriented, and the level of involvement, willingness, availability and accessibility to students.

Photo of Dr. Kenith MeissnerFor the faculty award, the BMES executive board selected the nominees and undergraduate and graduate society members voted for the winners. Meissner (pictured right), an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, received the award in part because of his genuine willingness to help students succeed.

P. Alex Smith, the 2011-12 BMES president, said “Dr. Meissner was helpful with my senior design project. He showed a level of enthusiasm that made the project more exciting. I know other students who worked with him on senior design agree. Out of all the professors, he is always there for us—whether the picnic with the profs, or tailgating with the department, he is involved in ways that we appreciate.” A second-time recipient, Meissner also won the faculty award in 2006.

Photo of Andy DeuelThe BMES Executive Committee selected the recipient for the staff award, based on their involvement with BMES, dedication to the students, and impact they make on a student’s daily activities.

Smith described facilities manager Andy Deuel, this year’s staff award winner, as “a lifesaver when it came to gaining access to labs and other necessary resources—a location, a tool, and other equipment we need to be successful in our courses and extracurricular activities. Andy exemplifies all three criteria.”

BMES has honored faculty with the award since 2005. The staff category was added in 2010. More information on BMES may be found on their website at