Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fund

An outside view of Nadine Barrie Smith smiling and wearing a blue sweatshirt, overlooking green trees

Supporting female engineers in medical imaging at the Beckman Institute through the Nadine Barrie Smith Graduate Fellowship, honoring alumna Dr. Nadine Barrie Smith (1962-2010; Ph.D. '96 Biophysics)

Since Fall 2011, the Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fund has supported the Nadine Barrie Smith Graduate Fellowship in medical imaging at the Beckman Institute. Nadine Barrie Smith grew up in Chicago and came to the University of Illinois as an undergraduate student in Computer Science in 1982. She completed her B.S. in Computer Science in 1985, her M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1989 and Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1996. The Fund honors and supports one of Dr. Smith's many passions – promoting women in science – thus, the Fellowship supports female graduate engineering students to pursue research in medical imaging including ultrasound, optical, and MRI modalities.

Dr. Smith was a professor in Bioengineering and Acoustics at Penn State University prior to her untimely death in April 2010 at the age of 48. Throughout her career she was a renowned leader in medical imaging and therapeutic ultrasound. In addition to her research, Dr. Smith was a major contributor to women in engineering initiatives, and a national figure in establishing undergraduate research programs, as well as actively mentoring numerous graduate students in her field.

The Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fund is made possible by the generous support of her family: Jean Smith (mother), Arnette Bosch (sister), and Dr. Andrew Webb (husband; former ECE faculty member, and former Director of the Biomedical Imaging Center at the Beckman Institute). We are grateful to Dr. Smith's many family and friends who have given to the Fund to honor and recognize Dr. Smith's accomplishments in science, engineering, and education. The Fund also supported the installation of a memorial bench in the Beckman Institute garden.

"It is a great honor to receive the Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship. It has given me a great deal of encouragement and motivation to continue my research in the field of biomedical imaging. Most of all, it has strengthened my confidence in pursuing my future career as a female engineer." –Joanne Li, 2012 recipient

Your gift will impact future generations and further scientific discovery and innovation. With your support, the Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fund will honor Dr. Smith's contributions to medical imaging and help us transform the lives of young scientists and engineers for years to come. Thank you for helping us continue the important work of mentoring students who will become the leaders of tomorrow – the researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, teachers, and business innovators who will help society make many breakthroughs in medical imaging. Please give generously to help this field grow, prosper, and continue to tackle the many challenges we face as a global community.


How to give

To make a secure online gift, simply fill out the form below. To make a gift by mail please send your check or money order payable to the University of Illinois Foundation. Please include a note (or memo on your check) stating the purpose of your gift as: Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fund and mail to: University of Illinois Foundation, 1305 West Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801. If you would like to make a gift by phone, please call the University of Illinois Foundation Cash Desk at 217-244-2706.


For more information please call 217-244-1176 or email giving@beckman.illinois.edu. Additional information about ways to give is available at the University of Illinois Foundation website.