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Awards & News


  • 2017 Microscopy and Microanalysis 2016 Best Paper Award (Biological Applications): “2-Photon characterization of optical proteolytic beacons for imaging changes in matrix-metalloprotease activity in a mouse model of aneurysm” (Microsc. Microanal. 22, 349-360). 
  • Keynote Speaker, Florida International University Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Research Day, March 3rd 2017


  • Hirut Kollech and Dr. Vande Geest awarded 2nd Place in the Best Mentor-Mentee Team Award, AGEP-TDAE retreat (mentee engagement, communication, and presentation) 


  • Dr. Vande Geest selected as a member of the Western States Affiliates Research Committee for the American Heart Association


  • Dr. Vande Geest voted as Vice Chair of the ASME Bioengineering Division Solids Technical Committee
  • STBL manuscript "Sequential-Digital Image Correlation for Mapping Human Posterior Sclera and Optic Nerve Head Deformation"  (published as JBME 136:021002), was selected as an Editors' Choice paper for 2014 (9 selected out of 187).  


  • Dr. Vande Geest awarded the 2013 YC Fung Young Investigator Award from the Bioengineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Dr. Vande Geest awarded Visiting Faculty Position to Oxford University, OCCAM, for summer a focused study of the theory of Growth and Remodeling
  • Dr. Vande Geest selected as Keynote Speaker for an International Symposium entitled “Mechanisms of Progression and Rupture of Aneurysms from the Viewpoint of Mechanics”, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan.
  • Dr. Vande Geest selected as Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering


  • Dr. Vande Geest named the GIDP Biomedical Engineering Builder’s Day Recipient (Arizona BME)


  • Dr. Vande Geest voted by undergraduate students as Most Outstanding Junior Faculty
  • Dr. Vande Geest voted Reviewer of the Year for Experimental Eye Research


  • Dr. Vande Geest selected to the ASME Bioengineering Division Leadership Lunch, Summer Bioengineering Conference, June 20-24, 2007, Keystone, Colorado


  • Dr. Vande Geest elected Fellow to the New York Academy of Sciences conference “The Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Genetics, Pathophysiology, and Molecular Biology”
  • Dr. Vande Geest selected to the ASME Bioengineering Division Leadership Lunch, Summer Bioengineering Conference, June 20, 2006, Amelia Island Plantation, Florida


  • Dr. Vande Geest selected as a Delegate to the 53rd Meeting of the Nobel Laureates, sponsored by the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), Lindau, Germany