City Club of Eugene: The Knight Campus: How the growth of a research juggernaut can change the world



Program date: September 24, 2021

Air date: September 27, 2021

From Eugène’s City Club:

In 2016, Phil and Penny Knight donated $ 500 million – the biggest gift ever given to a flagship US public university at the time – to launch the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of the Oregon.

As described by UO, the goal of the campus is “to accelerate scientific discoveries into innovations that improve the quality of life for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world.” The campus creates the intellectual infrastructure to make Oregon a center for research and development, making Oregon a place where businesses can start, grow and stay.

Five years (and another $ 500 million donation) later, we’ll meet with Executive Director Robert Guldberg to see how the Knight Campus is changing the world through research and development and changing Eugene through building a new campus on Franklin Boulevard.

We’ll also get a glimpse of what’s to come and how the discoveries and inventions emerging from campus can impact here at home.


Robert guldberg is Vice President and Executive Director Robert and Leona DeArmond of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon. He received a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Michigan. Guldberg also did a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology in Michigan before joining the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996. At Georgia Tech, Guldberg was professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and was executive director of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences (2010-2018) before moving to Oregon to lead the Knight Campus.

His research focuses on musculoskeletal regenerative medicine, biomaterials, immunoengineering, mechanobiology, and orthopedic medical device design and is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense. . During his more than 20-year academic career, Dr Guldberg has produced over 250 peer-reviewed publications, served as an advisor and board member of numerous biotechnology companies, patented several technologies, and co-founded five start-ups. In 2017, he was a keynote speaker at the Major League Baseball Annual Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida, outlining the challenges and opportunities in regenerative medicine for athletes. Nationally, Dr. Guldberg has held a number of leadership positions, including President of the Americas Section of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS-AM). Dr Guldberg is an elected member of TERMIS, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).



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