Conrad Zapanta is a teaching professor and associate department head of education for the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He earned his doctorate in bioengineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997. Zapanta was a visiting professor of engineering at Hope College (Holland, MI) and Austin Community College (Austin, TX). He worked for Sulzer Carbomedics in the research and development of prosthetic heart valves. Zapanta was also a faculty member at the Pennsylvania State University, where his research area focused on cardiac assist devices for smaller adults and children. Currently, Zapanta supervises all phases of the biomedical engineering curriculum at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as teaching laboratory and design classes. His research interests are in cardiovascular medical devices and biomedical engineering education. He has served in leadership roles for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the American Society of Artificial and Internal Organs (ASAIO), on NIH panels, and is a biomedical engineering program evaluator for ABET. Zapanta received the 2016 ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division’s Theo Pilkington Award, for his significant contributions to biomedical engineering education as evidenced by the development of successful teaching programs, curricula, and publications. He is a Fellow for the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)

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1997 Ph.D., Bioengineering, Pennsylvania State University

1991 BS, Mechanical Engineering (Option in Biomedical Engineering), Carnegie Mellon University

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American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Engineering faculty named AIMBE Fellows

BME’s Adam Feinberg, ChemE’s Kathryn Whitehead, BME’s Byron Yu, and BME Associate Department Head Conrad Zapanta have been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering’s College of Fellows.

Biomedical Engineering Society

Zapanta named BMES fellow

BME's Conrad Zapanta has been elected a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

CMU Engineering

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