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Skardal elected to Ohio State’s University Senate

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Headshot of Aleksandar Skardal, a white man

Aleksandar Skardal, PhD was recently elected to serve as a senator for Ohio State’s University Senate. Skardal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering where he develops and uses customizable biomaterials and biofabrication techniques to create tissue and tumor model systems for personalized oncology and drug and toxicology testing.

As a senator, Skardal will be representing the College of Engineering during his three-year term. The University Senate is a shared governance body that helps the university function as a unified institution and is made up of faculty members, students and administrators from throughout the University.

Skardal will be joining two other Biomedical Engineering faculty who serve on the University Senate: Rachel Childers, PhD (2021-2024); and Keith Gooch, PhD (2023-2026).

“I am very excited to have a 3rd BME faculty member elected to serve on the University Senate,” said Samir Ghadiali, PhD, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “Dr. Skardal is not only an exceptional educator and research scientist but he has also provided outstanding service to the department. As chair of our Space and Facilities committee he oversaw the relocation of the department to main campus (Fontana Labs) and he is therefore already familiar with numerous University policies and procedures. As such he is an outstanding addition to the University Senate and will be an excellent representative for the BME department and the College of Engineering.”

Faculty senate members are elected from each of Ohio State’s colleges by their peers, with the number of representatives proportional to the size of the college.

“I’m honored by the opportunity to represent the college in a more substantial role. At this stage in my career, I’ve become interested in how the university ‘works’ in a practical sense. This is an opportunity for me to get involved in the broader campus community, and I’m excited to learn more about university governance over the next few years, and in turn how that can benefit the College of Engineering,” said Skardal

Skardal's term will begin in Fall of 2024 and run through Spring 2027. 

by Rebecca Hudgins, Department of Biomedical Engineering, hudgins.18@osu.edu