Roderic Pettigrew, the Robert A. Welch Professor in the department of biomedical engineering and executive dean for engineering medicine at Texas A&M University, received the 2019 Arthur M. Bueche Award from the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Pettigrew was honored for his contributions to technology research, policy, and national and international cooperation.
The award recognizes an engineer who has shown dedication in science and technology as well as active involvement in determining U.S. science and technology policy. Dr. Pettigrew’s award was given “for leadership at the National Institutes of Health, and for academic and industrial convergence research and education, resulting in innovations that have improved global health care.”
Before coming to Texas A&M, Pettigrew served as founding director of the U.S. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health, where he oversaw $5 billion in research investments. Before his NIH appointment, he was professor of radiology at the Emory University School of Medicine, professor of bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and director of the Emory Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at Emory University in Atlanta.
Professor Pettigrew is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, where he majored in physics. He earned a master’s degree in nuclear science and engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Dr. Pettigrew went on to earn a Ph.D. in radiation physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a medical doctorate from the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.