Florida Tech Professor Named AAAS Fellow

Ted Conway Receives a Distinguished Honor

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Ted Conway, the head of Florida Institute of Technology’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named a 2015 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Elected upon recommendation of AAAS member peers, Conway is being recognized for distinguished contributions to the participation of scientists with physical challenges and for exceptional leadership of the AAAS’s Committee on Opportunities in Science.

A former National Science Foundation program director, Conway came to Florida Tech in 2014. His distinguished, three-decade-long career spans government, academic and private-sector experience. Conway holds a doctoral degree in theoretical and applied mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Conway has been involved with AAAS for 23 years as a professor and federal employee, he said, and over that time has worked with scientists and engineers from a variety of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities and people with disabilities.

“A common theme among them is their enhanced problem-solving capability, creativity and persistence required to address challenges imposed by daily life experiences,” Conway said. “As a person with a mobility impairment resulting from a neurological trauma at birth, I know first-hand these daily challenges and required creative solutions. It has been my continuing goal to facilitate the greatest inclusive environment in science and engineering to promote a diversity of solutions to challenging technical problems.”

Conway and 346 other members of the 2015 class will be presented with an official certificate and the AAAS’s signature rosette pin on Feb. 13 at 8 a.m. at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on Friday.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874.


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