Sarah Furtney, Ph.D.

Sarah Rowlinson
Sarah Furtney, Ph.D.
Cellular Engineering Laboratory

1275 Center Drive, BME J299, PO Box 116131, Gainesville FL 32611

T: (352) 273-9333
F: (352) 273-9221

Instructional Assistant Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator

Cell and tissue engineering, engineering education research & online engineering education


B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami, 2012
Ph.D., Bioengineering, Clemson University, 2017

Research Summary
While completing her Ph.D. in bioengineering, Dr. Furtney was an instructor for Clemson University’s General Engineering program. She was a lead instructor for two sections of Engineering Graphics and Machine Design, introducing students to the modeling software, SolidWorks. She delivered in-class demonstrations, assignments, and cooperative projects for the 112 students enrolled. Prior to being a lead instructor, she was a graduate teaching assistant, responsible for developing ABET accreditation artifacts and improving online curriculum content and delivery. She also led the assessment of the General Engineering Accelerate program, which allows high school students to enroll in engineering courses for college credit.
Furtney participated in the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, serving as entrepreneurial team leader for her team. This program prepares scientists, engineers and educators to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broaden the impact of select, NSF-funded, research projects. She developed a business model canvas for her proposed innovation using the Lean Startup method and employed customer development to unite customer needs and innovation.


Honors and Awards
  • Service Excellence Award, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, 2019
  • Clemson University Outstanding Woman Award, 2016
  • Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Graduate Student Honor Society, 2015
  • Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society, 2014
  • Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society, 2011
  • Alpha Eta Mu Beta, Biomedical Engineering Honor Society 2010
  • Alpha Lambda Delta, National Honor Society, 2009