George Pins, a research fellow at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), was elected to College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) for his contributions to tissue engineering research and the fabrication of novel scaffolds to enhance tissue regeneration.
Pins, a professor and associate head in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, is among 153 medical and biological engineers who have been nominated, reviewed and elected by their peers to the College of AIMBE Fellows this year.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by my colleagues in the medical and biological engineering community,” Pins said. “This honor also recognizes the great work of so many students, as well as the support of many colleagues, collaborators and mentors with whom I continue to have the privilege of working.”
Pins joined the WPI faculty in 2000 and focuses his research on the development of biomimetic scaffolds and 3D model systems to enhance tissue regeneration. His lab uses design strategies and manufacturing processes based on tissue development and wound healing mechanisms to develop 3D scaffolds that mimic native tissue architecture and cellular microenvironments. Pins’ team uses this strategy to create biopolymer microwires that deliver stem cells to the heart or to enhance skeletal muscle regeneration. His research has included a project to create a patch to help the heart muscle beat harder and more efficiently after a heart attack.
Pins regularly serves on advisory boards, conference planning committees, and grant review committees for the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Defense, and National Academies/National Research Council. He was a member of the executive advisory board of the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute, a non-profit organization. At WPI, Pins mentored students from underrepresented groups interested in academic careers, and he worked with students to create a chapter of Alpha Eta Mu Beta, the international honor society for biomedical engineering.
The College of AIMBE Fellows is made up of the best medical and biological engineers in the country. These are accomplished and distinguished chairs of engineering and medicine, research directors, professors, innovators and entrepreneurs who have been elected for their contributions to research, practice or education in engineering and medicine.
AIMBE Fellows have received the Nobel Prize, the Presidential Medal of Science, and the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation, and many are members of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.
AIMBE will induct new fellows at a virtual event on March 25.