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Richard T. Schoephoerster, Ph.D., P.E.

University of Texas at El Paso
Dean and Riter Professor, College of Engineering

In 2007 Dr. Schoephoerster accepted the position as Dean of the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso. He leads a College of over 3,000 students (including approximately 580 graduate students) in 25 different BS, MS, and PhD degree programs, and 80 faculty members in six different departments with approximately $25 million in research funding from local, state, and national agencies and companies.

Dr. Schoephoerster received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 1985, and his M.S. (1986) and Ph.D. (1989) in Mechanical Engineering, all from the University of Iowa. He joined Florida International University (FIU) in 1990, rising in the ranks from Research Associate to Assistant Professor (1992), Associate Professor (1996), and Full Professor (2001) over his seventeen years at the institution. He established and served as the initial Director of the Cardiovascular Engineering Center in 1997. In 1999 he served as PI for a $1 million grant from The Whitaker Foundation that established the Biomedical Engineering Institute with Dr. Schoephoerster as the Director. The Institute was converted to a Department status in August 2003 with Dr. Schoephoerster as the Founding Chair. The Department was formed on the foundation set by a $5 million grant (with $5 million matching from the State) from the Wallace. H. Coulter Foundation. In 2005 Dr. Schoephoerster was named the Wallace H. Coulter Eminent Scholars Chair in Biomedical Engineering.

He has been very active in developing educational programs. He led the efforts to establish the BS, MS, and PhD programs in biomedical engineering at FIU, all within a five-year time span (1999-2004). Dr. Schoephoerster has also been very active in developing academia/industry partnership programs. In 2001 he led the establishment of the FIU Biomedical Engineering Partnership Program, a joint enterprise of FIU, healthcare providers, and biomedical companies. A portion of the activities was funded through a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Partnership for Innovation Program.