The Goodnight Scholars Program Brings TED Senior Fellow and EpiBone CEO Dr. Nina Tandon to NC State for Talk on the Human Tissue Engineering Revolution

RALEIGH, September 26, 2016 – The Goodnight Scholars Program at NC State has announced the latest installment of its campus speaker series, “The Goodnight Scholars Program Presents: Dr. Nina Tandon.”

The event will take place on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the Talley Student Union Stewart Theatre on NC State’s Main Campus. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. The event will be free and open to the public.

Nina Tandon

Fellows conference at TED2011. February 28 – March 4, Long Beach, CA. Credit: James Duncan Davidson / TED

Dr. Tandon, whose TED Talks about engineered human tissue have been viewed over two million times, was named a 2011 TED Fellow and a 2012 Senior Fellow. She has published 10 journal articles and six book chapters, and has three patents. Recently, Dr. Tandon was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company for her business acumen as CEO of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction.

“Dr. Nina Tandon’s work is a powerful example of how engineering and entrepreneurship can come together to address critical health issues,” said Allison Medlin, director of the Goodnight Scholars Program. “EpiBone’s ‘grow your own bone’ approach would have once seemed liked science fiction yet is now reality. Dr. Tandon is a true pioneer in biotechnology, and we are delighted to welcome her to campus.”

Dr. Tandon sees the era of engineered tissues in its beginning stages. For her presentation “Body 3.0,” Dr. Tandon will explain the process of growing tissue and transplants, and the implications this rapidly evolving science will have on modern medicine. In this remarkable time when manufacturing and information technology merges with medical practices, Dr. Tandon is here to help us separate fact from fiction.

After the presentation, Dr. Tandon will engage the audience in a candid Q&A session.

About Nina Tandon

Dr. Nina Tandon is CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. She is the co-author of “Super Cells: Building with Biology,” a book that explores the new frontier of biotech. She is a TED Senior Fellow and adjunct professor of electrical engineering at the Cooper Union. She has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from the Cooper Union, a master’s in bioelectrical engineering from MIT, a PhD in biomedical engineering, and an MBA from Columbia University. Her PhD research focused on studying electrical signaling in the context of tissue engineering, and has worked with cardiac, skin, bone, and neural tissue.

Dr. Tandon spent her early career in telecom at Avaya Labs and transitioned into biomedical engineering via her Fulbright Scholarship in Italy, where she worked on an electronic nose used to “smell” lung cancer. After completing her PhD, she consulted at McKinsey and Company, but since 2010 she has continued her work in tissue engineering. Nina has published 10 journal articles and six book chapters, and she has three patents. She’s been published in Nature Protocols and Lab on a Chip and has been featured on CNN and in Wired and the Guardian. She has spoken three times at TED and at the Milken and Bloomberg tech conferences. She was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, a Crain’s 40 under 40 people who have achieved success in business before turning 40, and a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer.

More information about Dr. Tandon can be found at

About the Goodnight Scholars Program

The Goodnight Scholars Program was established in 2008 out of the philanthropic generosity from North Carolina natives and NC State alumni Dr. Jim Goodnight, co-founder of global business analytic software leader, SAS Institute, and Mrs. Ann Goodnight, director of community relations at SAS Institute.

The Goodnight Scholars Program is targeted at North Carolina residents from middle-income families who aspire to study in a science, technology, education, mathematics or STEM-related education discipline at NC State. Students accepted into the Program receive an annual scholarship valued at $19,500 per year for up to four years ($78,000 total).

Since its humble beginnings, the Goodnight Scholars Program has evolved into a comprehensive student development program focused on cultivating professional and personal skills for 200 current Goodnight Scholars through a series of programming initiatives. Goodnight Scholars receive insight and support from local and national STEM industry leaders and entrepreneurs; participate in professional development workshops; and engage in local, national, and international outreach efforts including STEM education outreach to North Carolina schools and service trips to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Per the program’s website, each programming initiative sponsored by the Goodnight Scholars Program strives to “…develop critical skills and habits necessary for academic achievement; expose and educate students to current trends and advancement in the STEM and education industries; and establish strong personal and/or professional relationships with fellow Goodnight Scholars, NC State faculty/staff, NC State alumni, and STEM/education professionals.”

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