Pruitt Research Day

Join us as we celebrate the next generation of Biomedical Engineers and Scientists!

Pruitt Research Day will be a celebration of the research being conducted in the BME department and the BME community. We hold our celebration near the birth date of Dr. J. Crayton Pruitt Sr. whose vision and generosity helped found the BME department. Because Dr. Pruitt was always most excited about hearing and discussing our students’ achievements and research.  Dr. Pruitt himself was not only a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon but also an inventor of catheters and instruments for use in cardiovascular surgery that include his co-invention of the Pruitt-Inahara shunt – still one of the world’s most popular shunts used during carotid endarterectomy.

We will also be hosting an interactive industry panel discussion for students during Pruitt Research Day. The panel will include top biomedical technologies industry executives who will speak about latest industry trends, job prospects for recent graduates, best practices in leadership/innovation, and who will take questions from students in the audience. Don’t miss the unique opportunity to interface with these experts!

Schedule of Events:

The location for all events leading up to the poster session is the Communicore building, room C1-3. The poster session and industry panel will be held in the Biomedical Sciences Building atrium and room JG32.

9:30-9:45 am – Welcome/Opening Remarks by Dr. Christine Schmidt, BME Chair

9:45-10:30 am – Student Talks

10:30-11:00 am – Coffee Break

11:00-11:45 am – Student Talks

11:45-1:00 pm – Pizza Lunch & Networking

1:00-1:45 pm – Keynote Talk, Todd Goede, Vice President, Global Research and Development, RTI Surgical

1:45-3:45 pm – Poster Session and Refreshments

3:45-4:00 pm – Presentation of Awards

4:00-5:00 pm – Industry Panel Discussion

Todd Goede Bio:

Todd Goede graduated in 2001 with a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Florida. He began his career as a New Product Development Engineer with Cordis Corporation, a Johnson & Johnson company, designing balloon catheters for coronary artery stent delivery systems. Todd joined RTI Surgical, Inc. in Alachua, Florida in 2005, and after holding several positions of increasing responsibility, is now the Vice President of Global Research and Development.

Building strong relationships with co-workers and customers has been a huge part of his success. Todd has mentioned before that grad school was great practice for having four children later in life! His grad school experience at UF BME helped him tremendously in his career in both project-specific and general ways. Todd had the opportunity to work on several cartilage projects at RTI through the years and his work in the UF BME program gave him a definite leg up on those projects. For him, it was an exciting time to be a part of the rapidly growing BME program. His most impactful courses were clinical shadowing at Shands. Seeing physicians interacting with patients changed the way he thought about grad school and the way he approaches his job today.

His research interests include bone regeneration with stem cells, spinal fusion with DBM and synthetic bone graft material, ACL reconstruction, hernia repair, and cartilage repair