The University of Utah Bioengineering Department has named department head Joseph D. Andrade and Vince DeCaprio, president of Becton Dickinson Criticare Monitoring, co-chairmen of its new Industrial Advisory Board.

The 12-member board includes the presidents of eight biomedical/biotechnical companies in Salt Lake City. Four committees have been named to help the university's bioengineering department, a leader in high-technology research, develop new programs and goals.Bioengineering research touches many areas, such as artificial organs and other medical implants, bioinstrumentation and biosensors. The advanced technology has generated biomaterials, biomechanics, medical imaging and neuroprosthetics.

The board's primary goals include advising the department on the long-term needs of the industry as well as providing a means for developing an infrastructure between industry leaders, state officials, department and University faculty and students. Board members also assist in fund-raising, primarily through fellowships for first-year graduate students.