NAE Member Joins Department as Adjunct Faculty


    Joe Salamone

The Department of Biomedical Engineering has appointed Dr. Joseph Salamone, a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE), as an adjunct professor for the 2012–2013 academic year.

Salamone is the Chief Scientific Officer of Rochal Industries in San Antonio, a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and the former Vice President of Research at Bausch & Lomb.

Salamone is an entrepreneur credited for his pioneering research in the field of solution properties of polyelectrolytes and their surfaces. He is also an acclaimed polymer chemist whose research has led to breakthroughs in contact lenses, wound dressings, and drug-release technologies.

In addition to being a member of the NAE, Salamone is the recipient of the 2004 American Chemical Society Award in Industrial Chemistry for his research developing biomaterial products for ophthalmology and skin-care treatment. He has also received the Kyoto University Medal, Polytechnic University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award, and the Society of Biomaterials’ Clemson Award. Salamone holds over 95 U.S.-issued patents, 101 pending U.S. patent applications, and 738 international patents. He has published over 170 technical papers.

“Dr. Salamone’s research is of the kind that truly does change the world,” says Department of Biomedical Engineering Chair Nicholas Peppas. “His addition as an adjunct professor will allow our students to form partnerships with a true innovator in ophthalmology and wound care treatments.”

In addition to his appointment as an adjunct professor, Salamone is also a member of the Department of Biomedical Engineering’s External Advisory Committee.