Paul Lacelle, the former chair of biophysics, once told Richard Waugh “If you ever think of about becoming a (department) chairman, you should take three months off and get some therapy.”
Thank goodness Waugh did not let that advice from his esteemed mentor deter him.
One of the great success stories of the University’s school of engineering is the growth of the Department of Biomedical Engineering under Waugh’s leadership. He has been its chairman since the department was established in 2000 and graduated 10 students. It is now the Hajim School’s largest department, with a total enrollment expected to top 450 undergraduate and graduate students this fall.