Ernest Richard (Dick) Greene has been a Professor of Engineering and Biology at New Mexico Highlands University and a Research Professor of Engineering and Medicine at the University of New Mexico since 1992. He received his BS and MME degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University and a PhD in Mechanical/Bioengineering at Colorado State University. He was raised on a family cattle ranch in rural New Mexico. After working in the oil fields during his college years and after graduation, he became an offshore Project Engineer for Brown and Root Inc. He served as a US Army First Lieutenant and Platoon Leader for 2 years in the Combat/Construction 34th Engineers during the Vietnam conflict. Subsequently, Dick was a Senior Scientist and Director of the Cardiovascular Laboratory for 12 years at the Lovelace Institutes. There, he was awarded an NIH Fogarty International Fellow. As an active biomedical engineer focusing on noninvasive anatomical and physiological measurements in human health and disease, he has been a Visiting Professor at major research universities throughout the world including Brazil, Chile, USSR/Russia, New Zealand, Denmark, China, India, Nepal, Bolivia, Canada, and most recently, Namibia. He has served on, or for, various major journal editorial boards and review panels within multiple disciplines. His numerous awards include Medical Volunteer of the Year by the American Heart Association and National Young Investigator of the Year by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. His research has been funded by over 50 competitive grants from various agencies including the NIH (RO1), AHA (Grants in Aid), NASA, and VA (Merit Reviews). Two edited books, 12 chapters in books, and over 100 peer reviewed publications have been published with over 200 abstracts presented at international meetings. Dick has taught over 140 university courses, mentored 58 senior projects, senior advised 33 MS, 17 PhD, and 7 MD research theses insubjects ranging from thermodynamics and bioengineering to basic biology and human anatomy and physiology. Other interests and activities include sustainable farming and ranching, water management, educational outreach, wilderness preservation, women’s rights and family planning, and rugby (international player and coach of USA national championship teams).
Global Development Laboratory
Dick Greene is working with the Futures Team at the Geo Center within the Global Development Laboratory. Using state of the art scenario planning, trends analysis, and computational models, the team supports USAID Missions in the best practices of their five year strategic plans. Main drivers of outcomes are generally country demographics, education, economic development, and good governance. Optimizing local and regional government efficiency and resilience is the goal. In a parallel project with USAID/Global Health, local Ministries of Health, and supporting NGO’s, Dr. Greene and fellow JSF Bernard Gonick are promoting and implementing hand held point of care diagnostic imaging in rural clinics. This appropriate and cost effective medical technology can transform the standard clinical exam and significantly improve patient care and triage throughout the developing world. It brings radiology to the patient in very low resource arenas.