Richardson joins the chemical engineering department upon his return to the U of A



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Will Richardson

The Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering is delighted to welcome U of A alumnus Will Richardson, BSBE’07, to its faculty as an associate professor.

Richardson joins the U of A after seven years as a member of the bioengineering faculty at Clemson University. In addition to his Bachelor of Science in Biological Engineering from the U of A, Richardson holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia, funded by the American Heart Association.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be returning to my alma mater,” Richardson said when asked about this professional comeback. “Growing up in Arkansas, I saw firsthand the state’s rich potential and am deeply motivated to contribute now as a faculty member to education, research, and impact. economics of the U of A. It is invigorating to see such growth in the NWA from when I was a student, especially in the areas of data science and healthcare – my particular areas of interest. ”

Richardson’s research expertise is biochemical systems engineering. His research program is actively supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Recent publications of his work can be found in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, eLife, Acta Biomaterialia and Journal of the American Heart Association.

Sharing more details about his research, Richardson explained its connection to the fight against heart disease.

“We are building computational models of biochemical reaction networks as well as experimental tissue culture bioreactors to better understand and control the complex bio-chemo-mechanical systems that regulate cardiac remodeling. By combining computational modeling, data science and in vitro screening tools, our research mission is to design personalized medicine approaches to fight heart disease.”

In addition to his research, Richardson’s current teaching interests include computer network modeling and biomedical data science. He is also a reviewer for more than a dozen academic journals. As an alumnus, Richardson received the Early Career Alumni Award from the U of A College of Engineering in 2015.

“I am very pleased to welcome Will back to the University of Alberta and to chemical engineering,” said department head Keisha Walters. “He is one of two professors who will join our department this year in the field of data science.”

She added that “Will brings new expertise and additional perspectives that will complement and strengthen the department’s research and teaching missions.”

Richardson shares a desire to advance these missions.

“I look forward to joining the excellent students and faculty here in chemical engineering, collaborating with other departments and institutions across the state, and pursuing our collective potential to discover new knowledge, train future engineers, and improve health. human,” he said.

About the Department of Chemical Engineering: Chemical Engineering has been part of the University of Arkansas curriculum since 1903. Today, the Ralph E. Martin Department of Chemical Engineering has over 300 students enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs and is home to five Endowed Chairs and eight Endowed Chairs to support its faculty. Faculty expertise includes cell engineering, chemical process safety, advanced materials, and membrane separations. A wide range of basic and applied research is carried out in the fields of energy, health, sustainability and computational chemical engineering. The department is also home to the Chemical Hazards Research Center and is one of three national sites of the Center for Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology (MAST). The Department of Chemical Engineering is named after alumnus Ralph E. Martin (BSCh.E.’58, MSCh.E.’60) in recognition of his 2005 endowment gift.