Original Press Release
Dr. Warren O. Haggard Named to ASTM International Board of Directors
Press release date: December 17, 2008
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 17 December 2008-Warren O. Haggard, Ph.D., professor and Herff chair of excellence in biomedical engineering at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn., has been named to a three-year term on the ASTM International Board of Directors beginning in January 2009.
The 25-person ASTM board has responsibility for directing the affairs of ASTM International, one of the largest developers of international voluntary consensus standards in the world.
An ASTM International member since 1993, when he first became involved with Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, Haggard currently serves as co-chair of F04.04, Division IV - Tissue Engineered Medical Products, and on several other F04 subcommittees. He previously had been co-chair, from 1996 to 1997, and then chair, from 1997 to 2000, of Subcommittee F04.11 on Polymeric Materials. His contributions to the committee have been recognized with the 2007 Patrick G. Laing Award, the highest award from F04; the 1999 Leroy Wyman Award; and the 1997 Robert E. Fairer Award (formerly the M.O.S.E.S. Award). Haggard is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of ASTM International.
At the University of Memphis, Haggard both pursues and directs tissue engineering material research, teaches and mentors students. His research activities at the university focus on bone graft substitutes, functional tissue repair, modified tissue scaffolds and local delivery of biological agents. He is expanding collaborations with industrial researchers, particularly on bio-orthopaedic materials, and he is advancing the applied musculoskeletal research efforts of the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering of the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee.
Before joining the University of Memphis faculty, Haggard held several positions at Wright Medical Technology in Arlington, Tenn., most recently as vice president of applied research. While there, he managed research and development for the extremity product and biological materials groups in addition to the mechanical testing and analysis departments.
A fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Haggard is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Society for Biomaterials, the Wound Healing Society and the Tissue Engineering Society. He has written book chapters and numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals as well as made many presentations at local, national and international meetings. Haggard also reviews papers for the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research and the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.
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