U of U Engineering Professor

The University of Utah College of Engineering is proud to announce the appointment of Professor Bruce Gale as an Endowed Professor of Engineering at Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Professor Gale, who is also chair of the U Department of Mechanical Engineering, was honored in a May 13 ceremony at the University of Utah James L. Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building that included the College Dean of Engineering Richard B. Brown and University of Utah President Randal Taylor.

“I was very surprised to receive this recognition. There are so many great professors here at Utah Engineering University,” Gale said. “I am grateful to Merit Medical Systems and Fred Lampropoulos for providing this endowed professorship. I am excited about the opportunities this will present for me and my team to engage in exciting new research projects.”

Bruce Gale

Bruce Gale, Merit Medical Systems, Inc. Endowed Professor of Engineering.

Professor Bruce Gale is chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering where he has earned 28 doctorates. students and currently advises 10 doctoral students. students. He has published over 150 journal articles and 300 conference papers. He received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University and a doctorate in bioengineering from the U. Gale came to U as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in 2001, was named a professor in 2013, and became department chair in 2018. He is also director of the State of Utah Center of Excellence for Biomedical Microfluidics.

Professor Gale has founded six companies and served as Director of Engineering, including for Microsurgical Innovations, Espira, Advanced Conceptions, wFluidx and Carterra. He has 25 issued patents.

His research focuses on the biomedical applications of microfluidics. He also has expertise in biosensors, microarrays, micropumps and microscale medical devices.

The professor has a long list of university, college and national achievements. He was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for 2021 and received the Fulbright Specialist Program Award which enabled him to attend Rajalakshmi Engineering College in India where he helped develop a microfluidics research program. In May 2022, he received the prestigious Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology from the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity.

Merit Medical Systems, Inc.

Portrait of a man wearing a blue suit and a blue tie.

Merit Medical is a leading manufacturer and marketer of proprietary disposable medical devices used in interventional, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, particularly in cardiology, radiology, oncology, critical care and endoscopy. Merit has made it a priority to understand customers, innovate, and provide life-changing products and services.

Merit’s founder, Fred Lampropoulos, has worked in the medical device industry for over 30 years. He is currently President and CEO of the company.

Lampropoulos holds more than 200 patents on devices used in the diagnostic and therapeutic treatment of cardiac, peripheral, gastrointestinal and pulmonary conditions. He is also very involved in his community and sits on numerous boards of directors.

Lampropoulos is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology and CEO of the Year. He was inducted into the Utah Business Hall of Fame, Utah Technology Hall of Fame, and was recognized as our city’s 2019 Giant.

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