David Mills Awarded the Outstanding Innovator Award for 2016-2017
Congratulations to Dr. David K. Mills, who was recently awarded the Outstanding Innovator Award for 2016-2017 by the Research Council of Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Stan Napper, Vice-President of Research and External Affairs presented the award to Dr. Mills at the 2017 University Research Awards Reception. Following receipt of the award, Dr. Mills was asked say a few words about his motivation, why he continuous to pursue research and the significance of the mounting scientific research and knowledge contributions he has made.
Dr. David Mill’s research centers on designing biodegradable and bioactive nanofilms and coatings for cell adhesion, differentiation and functionality; polymer scaffolds for dental & orthopedic implants; application of nanoscale topographic and chemical cues for controlling osteogenesis; 3D printing of biomedical devices and implants, drug delivery, and bioengineering TMJ tissues for repair or regeneration. He has authored or co-authored nearly 50 publications, has 4 patents, and 15 Reports of Invention. Additionally, he has been a PI or Co-PI on over $4 million in awarded external research funding. Dr. Mill’s dedication to research extends to his mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students. This year, he will have 7 PhD graduates that all have jobs or scholarships for continued study. To highlight a few, Drs. Uday Jammalamadaka and Karthik Tappa, PhD Biomedical Engineering in 2016, have just accepted Post Doc offers form Washington University at St. Louis. They are being hired by the radiology department. Reid Grimes, PhD 2017 Molecular Science and Nanotechnology, has received a full scholarship from the University of Oklahoma College of Business, where he will study for his MBA. In total, Dr. Mills has mentored 12 PhD students and 52 Masters students.