Loboa named ELATE Fellow

Graduate students work in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Loboa in EBIII. Photo by Marc Hall

Dr. Loboa

Dr. Elizabeth Loboa, professor and associate chair of the Joint NC State/UNC Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) at Drexel Fellowship Program.

ELATE at Drexel is a national leadership development program designed to advance senior women faculty in academic engineering, computer science and related fields into effective institutional leadership roles within their schools and universities.

Loboa is also a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at NC State and holds adjunct faculty positions in the Departments of Fiber and Polymer Science, Physiology, and Biotechnology at NC State and the Department of Orthopaedics at UNC Chapel Hill. She is the founding director of the Cell Mechanics Laboratory at NC State.

Her research areas are focused on regenerative medicine and pharmacoengineering and her research interests include regenerative medicine, functional tissue engineering, wound healing and mechanobiology of human stem cells.

Loboa has also won multiple awards, including: the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award (2005), the Sigma Xi Faculty Research Award (2009), the UK-US Stem Cell Collaboration Development Award (2009), the Stanford University Distinguished Alumni Scholar Award (2010), the NC State Chancellor’s Innovation Award (2011) and the NC State Faculty Scholar Award (2012).

She received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis (1995) and both an M.S.E. in biomechanical engineering (1997) and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (2002) from Stanford University.

The fourth incoming class for ELATE at Drexel includes 31 experienced and diverse women faculty from 22 different institutions across the country. Each was nominated by her dean or provost and will contribute to institutional initiatives as she expands her leadership skills.

ELATE at Drexel is a one-year, part-time program that focuses on increasing personal and professional leadership effectiveness, leading and managing change initiatives within institutions, using strategic finance and resource management to enhance organizational missions and creating a network of exceptional women who bring organizational perspectives and deep personal capacity to the institutions and society they serve. Facilitated by leaders in the fields of STEM research and leadership development, the curriculum includes classroom lessons and activities, online instruction and discussion, and on-the-job application at each Fellow’s home institution.