Keynton named Fellow in the Biomedical Engineering Society, first at University

October 25, 2018

Dr. Rob Keynton

The University of Louisville’s Robert S. Keynton, Ph.D., has been named a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) — the first from UofL. Keynton is a professor of Bioengineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering and is UofL’s current Interim Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation.

To receive the grade of Fellow, individuals are nominated based on their exceptional achievements and contributions to both the field and the society.

Keynton originally joined the organization as a graduate student at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was an active member from the beginning, attending their first meeting 30 years ago. 

“What drew me to it, is like in any discipline, getting involved as a grad student and going to conferences to meet colleagues in the field,” he said.

At UofL, Keynton has distinguished himself through his pioneering efforts. Starting off in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Keynton is the founding chair for the Department of Bioengineering, before assuming his current role as the Interim Executive Vice President for Research & Innovation. He is focused on his administrative work to grow opportunities for research.

Keynton said his experience with BMES have proven beneficial in his growth as a leader. 

"All of that helps in developing and building your perspective as an administrator in how you deal with certain issues,” he said, “and how you develop a long range plan for what you want to do at your institution.”

Presently involved in active research, he has balanced those responsibilities with his own continuing research efforts. Currently, he helps lead on all four of UofL’s prestigious translational research programs, dubbed the “Superfecta”: I-Corps, AWARE:ACCESS, the Coulter Translational Partnership and REACH/ExCITE.

He has no plans to slow down.

“Once you’re named a Fellow, it’s for what you’ve done, both in your research, and for the field,” he said. “At the same time, they encourage the Fellows to continue to be active in the organization. I have papers that I work on. I’ll keep the research activities going on."