This award—honoring the late humanitarian Robert Morris—recognizes individuals or organizations whose humanitarian efforts have applied healthcare technology to improving global human conditions.
NOTE: This award is not limited to engineers; biomedical equipment technicians, engineers, physicians, computer software engineers, and government and non-profit employees may qualify. Thanks to the generous support of ACCE, this award includes a check for $1,000 and a plaque, to be presented at the AAMI Exchange in New Orleans, LA.
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Frank Painter, retired clinical engineering internship program director & adjunct professor, biomedical engineering graduate program, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut in Storr, CT
This award—honoring the late Robert Morris, a longtime AAMI member, co-founder of ACCE, and humanitarian—recognizes an individual or organization that has leveraged healthcare technology to improve global human conditions. This year’s winner, Frank Painter, has been described by his colleagues as “the finest kind of individual who exemplifies our industry and its people to the highest degree.”
Painter reflects the spirit of Robert L. Morris’s vision and the necessary elements of making that vision a reality. His dedication to the healthcare technology management (HTM) profession is evident through his educational and humanitarian work spanning decades for various organizations including ACCE, the World Health Organization, International Aid, and more. He established the only master’s degree in clinical engineering in the United States at the University of Connecticut and revived clinical engineering credentialing programs that have been duplicated in Canada, Mexico, and China. Throughout his career, Painter has promoted and facilitated continuing education through personal example of developing, teaching, and mentoring locally and globally.
“I am honored to be given this award. I was a friend and colleague of Bob Morris and spent many weeks working alongside him in international volunteer work,” said Painter. “I learned Bob’s enthusiasm and dedication to teaching others and have done my best to be as giving as possible in both my professional and personal life. For many years I organized and managed international workshops with the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization. Teaching and mentoring those in the HTM field has been the most enjoyable part of my life as an engineer.”