Dr. Ranu Jung named as a finalist for the prestigious Health Care Heroes Award presented by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. A Health Care Hero is defined as an individual, institution, professional, student, volunteer or program, who, through their individual or collective actions have made an extraordinary impact in the Miami health care community. This year marks the second time FIU BME faculty has been named a finalist for the Health Care Hero Award, previously won by Dr. Anuradha Godavarty in 2012.

“As professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University, Dr. Ranu Jung is a champion for innovation and entrepreneurship. She is especially interested in biohybrid systems that merge biologically inspired technologies with humans for recovery and restoration of lost function. She and her team developed the first wireless, implantable, neural interface system for restoring sensations to amputees, and received FDA approval to conduct a first in-human trial of this investigational device. She is a holder of eight U.S. patents, four pending, and is the founder of a research and development company. She is also a champion of improving the representation of women and under-represented minorities in engineering and computer science majors. As the interim dean of CEC, Dr. Jung started the Women of College Engineering and Computing Initiative geared to helping improve the recruitment, retention, and graduation of women in engineering and computer science majors, and she has continued that effort as the biomedical engineering chair, and the chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She is the past president of the Organization for Computational Neurosciences.”

Program Director of Strategic Initiatives for the department, Andrew Green, states: “Dr. Ranu Jung is at the cutting edge between engineering and neuroscience, developing devices that lead to scientific advances with clear pathways to clinical application.”

Congratulations to Dr. Jung on being nominated for this recognition!

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