Mechanical engineering’s professor Bruce Gale and associate professor Bart Raeymaekers were recognized at this Year’s Celebrate U event, held in April 2018. The U Vice President for Research sponsors Celebrate U to showcase extraordinary faculty achievements.

Gale was recognized as one of two honorees university-wide in the Entrepreneur Category for his 2017 work, “Optofluidic Device for Genetic Screening.” Honorees are selected by the Office of Research and Technology & Venture Commercialization (TVC) and must have secured V8 Technology status (the highest level within the TVC’s “commercialization engine” process) and have secured commercial and intellectual property rights related to innovative research and enterprise. Prof. Gale is the director over the State of Utah Center of Excellence for Biomedical Microfluidics, and co-founder of the U Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center (MEP).

Raeymaekers was recognized as a research honoree for establishment of the $16M NIST-funded Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center (MEP). He is one of two research honoree’s selected from the College of Engineering for this university-wide distinction. The MEP Center is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Utah. The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing manufacturing. They focus on services for small and medium-sized manufacturing companies. Additionally, Prof. Raeymaekers is the director of the Nano-Tribology and Precision Engineering Laboratory.