Alumni: Share your experiences with current BE students

Bioengineering students are eager to hear from alumni—whether you are in research, academia, government, business or technology. To facilitate the exchange between alumni and students, we have two programs that invite you to come to Penn to talk informally about your professional career paths.  If you would be interested in talking with undergraduate or graduate students, please contact Donna Loyle at

Alumni Links:

Bioengineering Alumni Spotlight

Penn Engineering Magazine

SEAS Alumni Association

Graduate Alumni Chats (GAC)

Supported by the department and GABE (the Graduate Association of Bioengineers), GAC brings alumni and others to Penn to talk informally with graduate students about career choices and research in industry, non-profits, and government.

Tenure Panel Discussion

2011-2012 Alumni Speakers:

Past Alumni Speakers

Friday, September 9, 2011:Andrew Wheaton, Ph.D. '05

For the past six years, Penn alumnus Dr. Andrew Wheaton has developed and implemented novel MR medical imaging technologies for Philips and Toshiba Medical Research Institute as a principal research scientist.  During this time, he has continued to conduct scientific research in collaboration with academia (including Penn faculty) and has gained substantial experience bringing scientific products to market with numerous granted and pending patents under his name. Dr. Wheaton spent a full day at Penn to share his experiences with graduate students interested in the field of medical imaging.  He spoke about his experience working for a multinational corporation, the patent process at Toshiba, and his own career path. 

November 16, 2010: Will Lai, Ph.D., 2000
Dr. Lai, entrepreneur and consultant, gave his perspective on the medical device industry and startups.  Upon graduating from Penn, he worked in the field of scientific and litigation consulting for six years at Exponent.

June 16, 2010: John DeNuzzio, Ph.D. '86
Dr. DeNuzzio, director of R&D at Becton Dickinson, gave an inside look at his wide experience with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, from working as a post-doc to ultimately becoming a director of R&D.  Having collaborated with Duke University, Dr. DeNuzzio spoke firsthand about research in both industry and academia. 

February 8, 2010: Career Chat with Matt Maltese
A graduate student and director of Biomechanics Research in the Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Matt began his career with the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission.  While there, he conducted biomechanics research to improve seat-belt and air-bag safety. After 10 years, he left federal service and came to CHOP and Penn to study and research childhood injury.