External Advisory Council

The BME External Advisory Council comprises alumni, business leaders, and academic leaders who provide a high level of volunteer service to the Program, College, and University. The Council’s primarily role is to help shape and evaluate the strategic direction of the BME program. In carrying out their role, members help inform and support the work of the Chair, faculty, and staff. They serve as a sounding board for the Chair and provide advice to ensure that the BME program maintains the highest standards of excellence. In addition, they more widely publicize the activities and accomplishments of the program to students, alumni, donors, employers, professionals and others.

As part of its annual meeting in the fall, the BMEAC reviews the progress of the previous year and presents its findings, highlighting major successes and challenges facing the BME program to the Dean of the College of Engineering.

Devon Bond
Sr. Manager, Global Technical Sourcing & Contract Manufacturing @ Artivion, Inc.
BS, UD BME ‘16

Anthony Coston, Ph.D.
President/Consultant at Elise William Ventures,

Patrick Crane
Senior Clinical Systems Analyst for interventional cardiology & enterprise imaging at New York University
Langone Health System (NYU Health)

Vicky Funanage, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita @ Nemours Children’s Health

Eric Hacherl, Ph.D.
Vice President and Head of Manufacturing at Spark Therapeutics. Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University

Jane Grande-Allen, Ph.D.
Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering at Rice University

Diane Heiser, PhD
Vice President of Translational Research & Hematology at Prelude Therapeutics

Sandra Lewisch, Ph.D.
Sr. Director of R&D @ Siemens Healthineers

Michele S. Marcolongo, Ph.D.
Drosdick Endowed Dean of the College of Engineering at Villanova University,

Linda J. Myrick
Retired from Arkema, Inc.,

Anand Narayan, Ph.D.
Corporate Innovation Team Lead
W.L. Gore & Associates

Collin Patterson
Product Manager @ egnite Health

Shayn Peirce-Cottler, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

Brian Pryor, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and CEO, LiteCure®, LLC,
VP, Lightforce at DJO Global

Elizabeth Soulas
DMD Candidate at UPenn,
Orthodontics Resident at UMich Ann Arbor,

Helen Stimson
Chief Executive Officer
Illumination Business Solutions, LLC
Executive in Residence
University of Delaware
College of Engineering​

Scott Waldman, Ph.D., MD
Samuel MV Hamilton Professor of Medicine,
Chairman of Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics,
Director of MD-PhD Program and NIH-Sponsored Postdoctoral Training Program at Thomas Jefferson University,
Director of Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at Kimmel Cancer Center

Jennifer Wayne, Ph.D.
Professor and Special Assistant, College of Engineering @ Virginia Tech

Jim Yearick
Senior VP of Product Management and Marketing at Endotronix,