University of Kentucky College of Engineering Dean John Walz, along with President Eli Capilouto and others, today announced a $7 million gift from UK alumnus F. Joseph Halcomb and wife Joani Halcomb to rename and transform the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Pending approval from University Senate and the Board of Trustees, the F. Joseph Halcomb III, M.D. Department of Biomedical Engineering will be the first named department in the College of Engineering and at the University of Kentucky. The impact upon a program that has only existed for 30 years is seismic. Established in 1985, the Center for Biomedical Engineering resided within the Graduate School before joining the college in 2010. In 2013, it became an official department.