Mary Leigh Wolfe of Blacksburg, Va, professor of biological systems engineering in Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was elected into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering's (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

She was formally inducted during the institute’s annual event at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. on Feb. 12.

The AIMBE College of Fellows represents the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the field. According to the AIMBE, fellows are “at the leading edge of technological development, helping to revolutionize medicine, engineering and related fields that enhance and extend the lives of people all over the world.”

Wolfe’s research focuses on hydrology, nonpoint source pollution control, geographic information systems, and water quality management. Over the course of her career, Wolfe has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Fellow Award, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Natural Resources and Environmental Management Flagship Award.

Wolfe earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Virginia Tech and went on to receive a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She began her career at Virginia Tech as an associate professor in 1992, and has served as the assistant department head for teaching since 2005.

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