I was honored and humbled to have received the Biomedical Engineering Society’s (BMES) Diversity Award for 2011 at its recent annual meeting. It honors an individual, project, organization, or institution for outstanding contributions to improving gender and racial diversity in biomedical engineering.
During the BMES annual meeting I gave the Diversity Lecture entitled “What I Teach When I Mentor– What I’ve Learned When I’ve Been Taught” I focused on the importance of courage in striving to achieve goals and the importance of the mentor/mentee relationship.
As a mentor for numerous students and fellows, I am so proud when I see the numbers of individuals being recognized for their achievements. There is no greater joy for me than spending time to mentor my students, fellows, and residents. Their curiosity and enthusiasm keep me moving forward.
Thanks for your support.
Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Chemical, Materials and Biomolecular Engineering
Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Director, Institute for Regenerative Engineering