Inventor, Entrepreneur Robert E. Fischell Joins Faculty
"With his vast experience and contributions in the field of biomedical devices, Robert Fischell will serve as an inspiration and role model for our students studying bioengineering and biomedical systems development, and play a vital role in our various programs related to technology entrepreneurship."
Robert E. Fischell has joined the Clark School of Engineering as Professor of the Practice in the mechanical engineering department. In this position, he will engage in teaching, research, mentoring students, and participating in the Clark School's numerous efforts that promote technology entrepreneurship.
His brilliant career includes experience as an engineer and scientist in the private and government sectors, first at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in space technology. Later, his career interests gradually shifted from space technology to an emphasis on how space technology can be applied to enhance the quality of life through the development of novel medical devices. Today, he is the chairman of Fischell Biomedical, LLC and Angel Medical Systems, Inc.
Fischell has a profound understanding of the practical application of engineering principles, coupled with a strong ability to comprehend medical concepts. "Robert Fischell is tireless in his efforts in seeking innovative solutions for unmet medical needs," says Robert Croce, company group chairman, Johnson & Johnson. His work has resulted in a large variety of medical device improvements and technologies including the first implantable insulin pump, the rechargeable pacemaker and highly flexible stents for placement in coronary arteries.
"With his vast experience and contributions in the field of biomedical devices, Robert Fischell will serve as an inspiration and role model for our students studying bioengineering and biomedical systems development, and play a vital role in our various programs related to technology entrepreneurship," states Dean Nariman Farvardin.
Fischell received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Duke University in 1951, and an M.S. in physics from the University of Maryland in 1953. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Maryland in 1996. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has received numerous awards and recognitions including induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame. Fischell serves on the Clark School Board of Visitors, as well as on the University of Maryland, College Park Foundation Board of Trustees. Last year, Fischell was inducted into the Clark School Innovation Hall of Fame and received Maryland's 2001 Major F. Riddick, Jr. Entrepreneurship Award.
Published September 1, 2003