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The Board of Directors of Engineering World Health in Durham, NC (EWH) has named BME Alumn Dr. Tojan Rahhal as their next President and CEO. Dr. Rahhal most recently served as the Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Strategic Initiatives and as Adjunct Assistant at the University of Missouri College of Engineering, Columbia.

She succeeds the retiring Dr. Leslie Calman, who has served as President and CEO since 2013. “After a thorough search and a review of several highly qualified candidates, we are convinced that Dr. Rahhal will lead EWH forward with exceptional vision and know-how about engineering and about international learning,” said Dr. Michael P. Tracey, Chair of EWH’s board and a Vice President of Ethicon, a Johnson and Johnson company.

Dr. Tojan Rahhal earned a Biomedical Engineering degree from NC State University with a focus on tissue engineering and biotechnology. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics at UNC Chapel Hill, working in the lab of Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone. Her research focused on nanotechnology and translational medicine. She developed micro- and nanoparticle therapeutics for pulmonary delivery using the PRINT® fabrication technique.

“I am thrilled to have been chosen as the new CEO of an organization that combines my passion for expanding the scope of engineering education and developing a new generation of global leaders in the field,” said Dr. Rahhal. Many Congratulations Dr. Tojan Rahhal! To read the official announcement, you can visit EWH website here.


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