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Ramille Shah and Katherine Darnstadt Named to Crain’s “40 Under 40” for 2014

Faculty members recognized as experts in bio-printing and design, respectively

Ramille ShahMcCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science faculty members Ramille Shah and Katherine Darnstadt are among the 2014 class of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 Under 40.” The annual feature highlights 40 Chicagoans who stand as innovators at the top of their fields before their 40th birthday.

Shah, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and transplant surgery, was noted for her work as a pioneer in the field of bio-printing. Shah leads the Tissue Engineering and Additive Manufacturing Lab at Northwestern University, where she uses 3-D printing to create biodegradable materials for use in regenerative medicine. Her lab is working toward a future where their printed materials can serve as an alternative to traditional organ or tissue implants in humans. 

 “Her work will lead the way,” said Teresa Woodruff, Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Feinberg and Shah’s collaborator.

Katherine DarnstadtDarnstadt, a thesis mentor in the Master of Science in Engineering Design and Innovation program at the Segal Design Institute, was selected for founding Latent Design, a Chicago-based architecture firm that uses design to foster community development and positive urban change. Darnstadt was recognized for undertaking a $10 million renovation project in the Pullman neighborhood that converted a historic building into a new community center for at-risk young women.

“She's redefining the role of architect,” said American Institute of Architects Chicago President Scott Rappe.

Read Ramille Shah and Katherine Darnstadt’s “40 Under 40” profiles at Crain’s.