The Engman Fellowship Program aims to create a vibrant learning environment for students to explore cutting-edge research in the field of bioengineering. Several components come together to create this environment, including interdisciplinary projects, team-based learning, and an emphasis on mentoring at all levels. Every Engman Fellow has the opportunity to present their work at a professional meeting. This Program is made possible by Robert and Mary Jane Engman, who own Opto 22 in Temecula, Calif., and share our values for undergraduate education.
Elizabeth J. Orwin ’95 is James Howard Kindelberger Professor of Engineering and department chair at Harvey Mudd College and director of the Engman Fellowship Program. Since receiving her PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Professor Orwin has worked as a research scientist for Gel-Del Technologies, as an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas and as a teacher for the Science Museum of Minnesota. Dr. Orwin’s main research focus is in the development of a tissue-engineered cornea. Dr. Orwin also runs several industry-sponsored research projects involving tissue engineering and wound healing in skin and neural models and is a consultant on novel vision therapies for Calhoun Vision and Refractec.