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Dr. Steven Abramowitch receives 2012 Engineering Diversity Award

PITTSBURGH  (December 5, 2012) …  Steven Abramowitch, PhD , assistant professor of bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, was named the 2012 recipient of the Swanson School's Award for Diversity, "in recognition of his significant contributions to enhancing and supporting diversity in the Swanson School of Engineering." 

According to Sylvanus Wosu, PhD, the Swanson School's associate dean of diversity affairs, Dr. Abramowitch was recognized for his exceptional outreach not only to the School's underrepresented student populations, but also to middle and high school young women and minority students. 

"Dr. Abramowitch has endeavored to mentor support our diverse populations through his dedication to helping students succeed in STEM," Dr. Wosu said. "Even with his teaching duties and research endeavors, he helps our young women and minority students develop a passion for science and engineering and is therefore most deserving of this honor."

Among his diversity outreach efforts, Dr. Abramowitch works with the Swanson School's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Programs, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), with middle and high school student summer camps in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative (PTEI) in Pittsburgh and Greensboro, NC. He has published 24 articles with women and underrepresented students, and is co-principal investigator on a grant application to the NSF entitled "Pathways in Regeneration Science: Growing Futures and Diversity in STEM" with Joan Schanck, PTEI Director of Education. The application proposes to develop summer science camp experiences for high school students in Pennsylvania through partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Lincoln and Cheyney.

Dr. Abramowitch also serves as assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, and as director of the Tissue Mechanics Laboratory at the University's Musculoskeletal Research Center. Dr. Abramowitch's research is aimed at elucidating the processes of injury, disease, and healing of connective tissues through an understanding of tissue mechanics and the complex relationships between composition, structure, and function. He is particularly interested in utilizing this information to establish new clinical treatment strategies and rehabilitation protocols to improve patient care in the fields of Orthopaedics and Urogynecology. 

He earned his bachelor of science in applied mathematics and PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. 


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