- A.J. Mellott, Ph.D. BioE student, won third place for Best Poster from KU Graduate Engineering Association Research. He also was the University of Kansas’ recipient of the Best Poster Award at the 9th Annual Capitol Research Summit at the State Capitol Building.
- Karthik Ramachandran, 2012 Ph.D. BioE graduate, co-founded Likarda, LLC with his advisor, Dr. Lisa Stehno-Bittel, BIOE faculty affiliate. The company's technology is focused on creating miniaturized cell clusters for multiple applications including the treatment of diabetes.
- He was named as one of Under30CEO’s “Rookies of the Year: 2012.”
- Under30CEO.com also named him among the "Top Young Entrepreneur to Watch in Kansas City."
- Likarda, LLC was named to the Global Entrepreneurship Week 50, a list of the world's 50 most promising new companies.
- Ramachandran and his company was one of 13 worldwide to present at the Fourth Annual KC Animal Health Investment Forum in 2012.