April 13, 2012
Nearly a hundred students and colleagues came together today to recognize Prof. David Rice's contributions to engineering education and to the New Orleans community. Rice has been a member of our faculty for 31 years, and has assumed leadership of our undergraduate design program for over twenty years.
In this role he has distinguished us by leading the development of biomedical engineering service learning projects. Nearly 700 students have designed and built new technologies and devices for over 150 individuals with disabilities in the New Orleans region. In his remarks at the celebration, Prof. Donald Gaver said "Your success in delivering processes and devices is superb, and it has enhanced Tulane's reputation, and provided a positive impact on the New Orleans community. Through the National Science Foundation's publication of your work, it has improved biomedical engineering education on a nationwide basis."
The theme of this year's Suhren Lectureship was Engineering Design. The topic and the date were chosen in honor of Prof. Rice, who is retiring on June 30. Of the four invited speakers, two were Rice's former students, and two were former Tulane faculty colleagues. All of them have used the lessons they learned at Tulane, in their academic and industrial careers in engineering design. Current and former students and colleagues honored Rice at reception and a dinner, which was catered by students from Café Reconcile.
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