Kit Parker receives New England Achievement Award, part of National Engineers Week

Bioengineer and U.S. Army major honored for always putting his research team and fellow soldiers first

Kit Parker, Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Applied Science in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), received the New England Achievement Award as part of a ceremony held at the National Engineers Week Luncheon held on February 12, 2010.

In his keynote address, Parker, who researches cardiac cell biology and tissue engineering, traumatic brain injury, and biological applications of micro- and nanotechnologies, gave particular credit to his research group at SEAS.

In addition, Parker, a U.S. Army major who served in Afghanistan in 2002-03 and in 2009, acknowledged his fellow soldiers.

Currently, Parker is the director of the Disease Biophysics Group whose research focuses on mechanotransduction in neural and cardiovascular systems. He is also a member of the Systems Biology Program at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program, and a core member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

He received his B.S. from Boston University in Biomedical Engineering, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Vanderbilt University. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Pathology at Children’s Hospital Boston and in Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has also served as a consultant to various defense, medical device, and pharmaceutical companies.


New England kicks off National Engineers Week 2010 on February 11th and 12th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Boston. New England’s events for National Engineers Week promote the field of engineering. It does so by enthusiastically encouraging the study of math, science, engineering and technology and also by recognizing engineers who make special contributions to society or to their profession. Events in Boston will draw together high school students, college students, employers of engineering talent and local luminaries for two days of activities designed to inspire.

Topics: Bioengineering, Applied Physics

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