McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Philip LeDuc, PhD (pictured), recently was named the Russell V. Trader Career Faculty Fellow in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University. The University’s Career Faculty Fellows are term professorships of 1 to 3 years that recognize outstanding young faculty in the college and give them the freedom to engage in creative ventures that are not readily supported by traditional granting agencies. Through their work, these young educators raise the level of performance of all around them and bring honor to the institution.
Dr. LeDuc received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University and was a post-doctoral fellow at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. He is in the Carnegie Mellon University Mechanical Engineering Department with courtesy appointments in Biomedical Engineering and Biological Sciences. Dr. LeDuc’s research interests are linking mechanics to biochemistry at the cellular and molecular levels through examining structural regulation. He pursues this goal through developing and utilizing nanotechnology, microtechnology, computational biology, and controls theory. Dr. LeDuc has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the Beckman Foundation Young Investigators Award, while also being selected as a faculty member for the Sloan Foundation Minority PhD Program.
During Dr. LeDuc’s career, he has published articles in many journals, including Nature, Applied Physics Letters, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, JACS, and Nature Nanotechnology and has given seminars across the world including South Africa, Taiwan, and Brazil. He is married to his wife, Rachel, and they have a son (Joshua) and a daughter (Arianna). He has also been involved with many philanthropic organizations including mission trips to Africa and Armenia and with raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for non-profit organizations.
Russell Trader attended just 1 year at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (c.1920) and studied Machine Construction in the College of Industries, the forerunner of Mechanical Engineering. Upon the death of his wife, Rachael, in 2000, Carnegie Mellon University received funds to establish the Russell V. Trader Career Faculty Fund in Mechanical Engineering as a lasting memorial to Russell Trader. The principal of this fund is used to provide faculty support through research, fellowships, and equipment funding.
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Carnegie Mellon University Department of Mechanical Engineering Faculty Chairs & Awards
Bio: Philip R. LeDuc, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Bio: Philip R. LeDuc, PhD