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Walder Award

The Martin E. and Gertrude G. Walder Award for Research Excellence is given annually to a faculty member in any school or discipline within the University, in recognition of excellence in research.

The award was established by Dr. Joseph A. Walder, who earned his doctorate and medical degrees at Northwestern, then founded a company which supplies synthetic DNA for research and clinical applications.

Each year the Provost identifies a broad academic field as the area from which nominations are solicited from school deans. The award carries a stipend of $15,000 (taxable).

Congratulations to the 2019 Recipient

Guillermo A. Ameer

Guillermo A. Ameer

Daniel Hale Williams Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery, McCormick School of Engineering and Feinberg School of Medicine

Guillermo A. Ameer is the Daniel Hale Williams professor of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the McCormick School of Engineering and the Department of Surgery at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He is the founding director of the Center for Advanced Regenerative Engineering (CARE). Under his leadership, CARE has been awarded over $10 million dollars of extramural funding by several government agencies for research and development of regenerative engineering products.

Dr. Ameer received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and his doctoral degree in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research interests include regenerative engineering, biomaterials, on demand patient-specific medical devices, additive manufacturing for biomedical devices, controlled drug delivery and bio/nanotechnology for improved therapeutics and diagnostics. Dr. Ameer’s laboratory pioneered the development and medical applications of citrate-based biomaterials. These materials have been adopted for various bioengineering applications by hundreds of researchers around the world. He has co-authored over 250 peer-reviewed journal publications and conference abstracts, several book chapters, and over 50 patents issued and pending in 9 countries. Several of his patents have been licensed to companies to develop medical products.

Dr. Ameer is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2018 Dr. Ameer was awarded the Key to the City of Panama by the Panamanian Government for his contributions to science and society. Dr. Ameer is an Associate Editor for the AAAS journal Science Advances and the Regenerative Engineering and Translational Medicine journal. He is a member of the Boards of Directors of AIMBE and the Regenerative Engineering Society. Dr. Ameer also serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Acuitive Technologies, Inc. a company that is bringing one of his technologies to the musculoskeletal surgery market. Dr. Ameer is also a co-founder of several medical device companies.