scientific advisory board

Stephen J. Clarson, PhD Stephen J. Clarson, PhD obtained his doctoral degree in Chemistry at the University of York, England in 1985. In 1988 he joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. During the period 1992-1998 he was the Associate Director and then Director of the Polymer Research Center. From 1995-2000 Dr. Clarson served a five year term as Assistant Dean for Educational Development in the College of Engineering. He is currently Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Cincinnati and Director of the NSF I/UCRC Membrane Science and Technology Center. He is the Editor-in-Chief of SILICON (Springer) and is on several journal editorial boards.

In January, 2000 Dr. Clarson was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). He holds five US patents and two Japanese patents. His current scientific research interests include materials chemistry, polymer synthesis, silicon-based chemistry, biomaterials, biomineralization, biocatalysis, optoelectronic materials, thin films and surface science.

Alan S. Litsky, MD, ScD Alan S. Litsky, MD, ScD is an associate professor of Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering at Ohio State University where he also serves as director of the Orthopaedic BioMaterials Laboratory. He earned an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Princeton University, a medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and his Sc.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from M.I.T. His primary research focus is hard-tissue biomaterials with an emphasis on new materials for orthopaedic and dental applications. Dr. Litsky’s biomedical engineering courses focus on biomaterials, tissue mechanics, and research ethics.

Dr. Litsky has been involved with the development and testing of the Surgical Energetics technology since its inception and continues to participate in laboratory and in vivo evaluation of the devices.

Mary Beth Privitera, M. Design Mary Beth Privitera, M. Design is the Co-director in the Medical Device Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program at the University of Cincinnati. The program partners multidisciplinary student teams with physician innovators, and focuses on translating research efforts into viable product development opportunities. Privitera is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering with research focus in applied ethnography for design and the ergonomics of catheter based interventions.

An expert in the application of human factors in medical product design, she has also worked in the medical device industry since 1988. She currently serves as a vice president of education for the Industrial Designers Society of America, is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Human Factors Committee, and has co-authored various sections in AMMI/ANSI HE 75. In addition, she belongs to the American Society of Engineering Educators, the Product Development and Management Association, and the Design Management Institute.

She has been associated with more than 40 product releases, holds several patents, and has published and lectured on a variety of topics including trans-disciplinary/collaborative design, innovation methodology, and medical product design. Privitera received her BS in industrial design and her Master of Design from the University of Cincinnati.
Natalia Juncosa-Melvin, MS, PhD Natalia Juncosa-Melvin, MS, PhD has been the Scientific Director of the company since 2007. She received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering (University of Cincinnati, 2005) and created an outstanding research program as a postdoctoral fellow in Tissue Engineering. Since joining Surgical Energetics she has been the principal investigator of two NIH SBIR phase II grant-funded studies.

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