Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Karen Reynolds has become an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, recognising her innovative work in biomedical engineering and especially her significant contributions to the Australian medical device industry.
Professor Reynolds is one of a dozen recipients of the prestigious honorary fellowships for 2017, which Engineers Australia awards to eminent engineers who excel in their specific disciplines.
She was commended for her passion, research, industry engagement, teaching and work in creating life-changing solutions for people with dysfunctional health.
Professor Reynolds is Dean (Research) of the College of Science and Engineering, Director of Flinders’ Medical Device Research Institute and Founder and Director of the Medical Device Partnering Program (MDPP), which has fostered the development of cutting-edge medical devices since 2008 through unique collaborations between researchers, industry, government and consumers.
Ongoing success has seen MDPP receive funding from MTPConnect, CSIRO, STC Australia and the Medical Technology Association of Australia in order to expand the program nationally.
A Memorandum of Understanding has also been signed with Nanyang Technological University Singapore to create an international node of MDPP, and ultimately expand possibilities for international success.
“Working closely with end-users and clinicians, we are able to respond to industry-driven problems, fast-forwarding the research and development process,” said Professor Reynolds in Flinders University’s 50th Anniversary publication The Investigator Transformed.
Respected as one of South Australia’s brightest scientific minds, Oxford-educated Professor Reynolds regularly features in the Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in Australia and was named South Australian Scientist of the Year in 2012.
Professor Reynolds will receive her Honorary Fellowship from the Engineers Australia Division Manager and Division President who will shortly visit Flinders University.
Engineers Australia has also recognised the outstanding work of Flinders University’s Professor John Arkwright, South Australian Premier’s Professorial Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering.
Professor Arkwright will be made a Fellow of Engineers Australia at Engineers Australia’s Annual Division Meeting and Christmas Networking Event on 6 December 2017.