Aparicio elected to AIMBE College of Fellows

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MSc Eng

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MSc Eng will be inducted into the 2021 cohort of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the organization announced this week.

Aparicio, who becomes one of 174 new members on March 26, is a professor in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Restorative Sciences, where he researches the surfaces of dental and orthopedic materials, their design, modification, and the characterization and analysis of their physical, chemical, mechanical, and biological properties. He is also the deputy director of the Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics, a multidisciplinary resource dedicated to furthering research and development in biomaterials, biomechanics, and nanotechnology.

In addition to his duties at the School of Dentistry, Aparicio is a member of the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Engineering in Medicine, an interdisciplinary research organization committed to improving and streamlining healthcare by strengthening collaboration between the disciplines of engineering and medicine.

“IEM is pleased to hear of our IEM Member Dr. Aparicio's election into the AIMBE College of Fellows,” shared Stephanie Stack, administrative manager of the Institute.

Aparicio “was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions in research and translation of bioinspired surfaces and interfaces for dental biomaterials and implants,” according to AIMBE. The organization shares that “election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer,” with the College’s membership comprising the top two percent of medical and biological engineers.

“It really is an honor to be elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows and to join such an outstanding group of medical & biological engineers, some of them my admired colleagues at the University of Minnesota,” Aparicio reflected. He is grateful for the work of his “past and present lab members, mentors, and collaborators” over the past 20 years who helped him get to this point. “It is humbling to be selected by peers and have the opportunity to work with them in advancing research, education, diversity, and advocacy in the program.”

Aparicio hopes that he can inspire and educate a new generation on the work of biomedical engineers to find passion in the work and join the field. “Fueled by that kind of passion and inspired by nature, we have developed new materials that precisely trigger biological activities to effectively prevent and treat dental diseases.”

His induction will be held during AIMBE’s 2021 Annual Event on March 26.

According to the release, the organization seeks to “provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society.” Learn more about the 2021 College of Fellows.