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Dr. Warren O. Haggard Named to ASTM International Board of Directors
For release: December 19, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

HaggardDr. Warren O. Haggard, professor and holder of the Herff Chair of Excellence in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis, has been named to a three-year term on the ASTM* International board of directors beginning in January 2009. The 25-person board has responsibility for directing the affairs of ASTM International, one of the largest developers of international voluntary consensus standards in the world.

Haggard, an ASTM International member since 1993, currently serves as co-chair of F04.04, Division IV – Tissue Engineered Medical Products, and on several other F04 subcommittees. He was co-chair from 1996-97, and chair from 1997-2000, of Subcommittee F04.11 on Polymeric Materials. His contributions to the committee have been recognized with the 2007 Patrick G. Laing Award, the highest award from F04; the 1999 Leroy Wyman Award, and the 1997 Robert E. Fairer Award (formerly the M.O.S.E.S. Award). Haggard is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of ASTM International.

At the University of Memphis, in addition to teaching and mentoring students, Haggard pursues and directs tissue engineering material research. His research activities focus on bone graft substitutes, functional tissue repair, modified tissue scaffolds, and local delivery of biological agents. He is expanding collaborations with industrial researchers, particularly on bio-orthopaedic materials, and he is advancing the applied musculoskeletal research efforts of the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering of the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Before joining the U of M, Haggard held several positions at Wright Medical Technology, most recently as vice president of applied research. There he managed research and development for the extremity product and biological materials groups in addition to the mechanical testing and analysis departments.

A fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Haggard is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Society for Biomaterials, the Wound Healing Society, and the Tissue Engineering Society. He has written book chapters and numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and given many presentations at local, national, and international meetings. Haggard also reviews papers for the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research and the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

*  ASTM is the organization’s preferred designation; it was formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials.

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