Hartman named outstanding teacher by engineering alumni society

Myron Hartman, program coordinator and instructor for the Biomedical Engineering Technology program at Penn State New Kensington, was honored April 13 by the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society at a luncheon in State College, Pa.

Hartman received the "PSEAS Outstanding Teaching Award" for excellence in teaching and for contributions to the art of teaching. PSEAS is an alumni advisory body in the College of Engineering. The society works with the College to promote and improve the engineering programs at Penn State. The award carries a $500 stipend.

As BET coordinator at the campus, Hartman oversees a program that is known for producing well-qualified and knowledgeable technicians. Healthcare providers, including hospitals and clinics, rely on biomedical engineering technicians to operate, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair medical equipment. Technicians' tasks include inspections and calibration. New Kensington's associate degree program is one of only three in the nation to be accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The program's facilities include a fully-equipped student Intensive Care Unit (ICU) laboratory that is one of only two in the country.

Hartman, who was named one of the top 60 biomedical professionals in the United States by 24x7 Magazine, has been a longtime advocate of the biomedical industry, both on- and off-campus. He is currently collaborating with Medrad Inc. for the second Pittsburgh Biomedical Conference that is set for May 16 at the campus. Organized by Ted Lucidi, technical and clinical support specialist at Medrad, and Hartman, the conference was geared to biomedical and clinical engineering managers, equipment technicians and biomedical students. More than 60 professionals and undergraduates are expected to attend the event that offers career development topics that ranged from healthcare reform to anesthetic vaporizer maintenance.

A year ago, he partnered with MD Publishing, to establish an award for second-year students in the New Kensington's BET program. In the spring, Hartman traveled to the Republic of Liberia to repair medical equipment and train personnel at local hospitals. The trip was the first step in establishing a training program for the Liberian technicians. During the summer, a Liberian technician developed additional skills under Hartman while boarding at Hartman's house.

Hartman is the second engineering faculty member at the campus to be recognized with the PSEAS award. Last year, Robert “Doc’ Mueller, associate professor of engineering, was honored.

For more on the BET program at the campus, visit http://www.nk.psu.edu/Academics/Degrees/bet.html online.

For more on the biomedical conference, visit http://pittsbiomedconference.com/ online.

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Last Updated April 19, 2012