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Dr. Linda Sue Powers

Title: Retired Thomas R. Brown Chair in Bioengineering Emerita
Company: University of Arizona
Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States

Linda Powers, Retired Thomas R. Brown Chair in Bioengineering Emerita at University of Arizona, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in bioengineering instruction.

Dr. Powers has provided superior education as a professor of electrical and computer engineering and member of the biomedical engineering interdisciplinary program faculty with the University of Arizona in Tucson since 2007, having been appointed as the Thomas R. Brown chair in bioengineering emerita. Her research has included work on microbe detection and capture technology, where in the course of her research, she amassed soil samples in Arizona’s Mohave Desert and the Atacama Desert in Chile in an effort to find living organisms in dry climates.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Science in physics and chemistry in 1970 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Dr. Powers continued her education with a Master of Arts in physics in 1972 and a Doctor of Philosophy in biophysics from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1976. She excelled as a member of the technical staff with AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey from 1976 to 1988.

Dr. Powers entered academia in 1988 with Utah State University, where she served as the director of the bio-catalysis science center and professor of chemistry and biochemistry until 1991 and professor of electrical engineering, biological and irrigation engineering from 1991 to 2006, during which time she also made an impact as the director of the National Center for the Design of Molecular Function. Since 2015, she has owned and operated Sonoran Analytical Instruments & Diagnostics LLC. Moreover, she was active as the Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Arizona, which bestowed her with the title of Thomas R Brown Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering prior to her retirement in 2021.

The author of more than 100 articles in renowned academic journals, Dr. Powers has contributed to the  Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering, International Series Basic and Applied Biological Physics and Biophysics Journal, among others. She maintains that her career highlight was the opportunity to work with Britton Chance, a world leader in transforming theoretical science into useful biomedical and clinical applications. Now a professor emerita with the University of Arizona, Dr. Powers is hoping to continue to prosper in this role in the coming years.

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