On December 8, 2022, the Bioengineering department celebrated Dr. Ben Wu’s career at UCLA since he will be retiring from UCLA at the end of December 2022 after 22 years of service! Speeches by the department chair, faculty, former and current Bioengineering staff, graduate student representative and undergraduate student representative were made to honor Dr. Wu. Following Dr. Wu’s speech, Dr. Chase Linsley handed him a frame with photos and wishes of Wu lab members, and Dr. Song Li (Chair) and Daphne-Jane Dizon (MSO) presented two frames filled with kind messages from members of the department. Dr. Wu cut a big cake with the text “ Thank you, Professor Wu!”, and over 120 participants shared the cake.
Dr. Wu is a founding member, professor and former chair of the Bioengineering department. He is a world renowned leader in the field of biomedical engineering. During his tenure at UCLA, Dr. Wu played a leading role in bringing together researchers and trainees in engineering, medicine and dentistry. Dr. Wu is also a professor and Chairman of the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics in the School of Dentistry and a professor at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in the School of Medicine. He served as the Director of Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology and the Executive Director of Wireless Health Institute. As an emeritus professor, Dr. Wu will maintain part of his research activities at UCLA. He will join the Forsyth Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, one of the leading centers for dental and craniofacial research in the world, and serve as the Chief Scientific officer. We wish him the best for his new venture to translate research findings and technologies into clinical applications.