Gary Bledsoe, Ph.D., Named New Chair of Biomedical Engineering Department

April 14, 2016
Biomedical Engineering, Parks College News

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Effective July 1, Gary Bledsoe, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, will take over as chair of the department.

After completing his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Bledsoe went on to earn his master’s and doctorate in biomedical engineering at the University of Memphis.

Bledsoe began his academic career at Saint Louis University in 1999, when he started as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 2005. From 2006 to 2008, Bledsoe served as the associate dean of Parks College. The role of chair will not be new to Bledsoe, as he served as interim chair of the BME department from 2012-2014. Finally, he was promoted to full professor in 2015.

Bledsoe’s research interests include orthopaedic biomechanics, trauma biomechanics, orthopaedic tissue engineering and biomechanical modeling.

“Dr. Bledsoe has a long history of providing solid leadership at SLU. I am very happy that he has agreed to assume leadership of the biomedical engineering department, and I am confident that he is the right person to lead the department into the future,” said current chair, Michelle Sabick, Ph.D.

Bledsoe will replace Sabick as she moves to her role as dean of Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.

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