For release: August 9, 2010
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The University of Memphis awarded 671 degrees during its summer Commencement on Sunday,
August 15, at FedExForum. The speaker was Dr. Ernö Lindner, recipient of the University’s
2010 Willard Sparks Eminent Faculty Award.
Dr. Ernö Lindner
Lindner is the R. Eugene Smith Professor of Biomedical Engineering and a professor
of chemistry. A native of Hungary, he has assembled an outstanding laboratory research
group and has compiled a sustained record of achievements in the areas of chemical
sensors and biomedical engineering.
Lindner is working on development of a simple device for the early diagnosis of heart
attacks, one of the most challenging situations faced by emergency physicians. The
research is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. In collaboration
with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, he continues work on an innovative
feedback-controlled device for precision dosing of propofol, a potent intravenous
anesthetic drug. Lindner has research partners across the University, the city (Le
Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, UTHSC), the nation (Woods Hole Marine Biology Laboratory,
Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and the world (Hungary, Switzerland, Japan and Finland).
His approach to teaching leaves a great impact on his students. They graduate with
much more than a degree – they go on to become first-class engineers and scientists
with unlimited futures in industry and academia. Last year three of his students earned
Ph.D.s and were able to choose from several prestigious job offers. Two students working
with Lindner in National Science Foundation-supported REU programs (Research Experiences
for Undergraduates) have been recognized as the best in their group for research into
nanomaterials and biomaterials.
Due in part to the research generated by students from his laboratory, Lindner’s publications
peaked in 2009. Twelve of his papers were published or accepted for publication, with
two additional manuscripts under review. His scholarly contributions were cited 355
times during the year. In recognition, Lindner received the 2009 Alumni Association
Distinguished Research Award for achievement in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.
Founded in 1912, the University of Memphis is a comprehensive metropolitan research
university that is recognized nationally and internationally for its academic, research,
and athletic programs. With more than 20,000 students, the U of M offers more than
254 areas of study for those seeking bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It
also offers the juris doctor (law) and education specialist degrees.