Dr. Rebecca Kuntz Willits

Dr. Rebecca Kuntz Willits

Title: Margaret F. Donovan Endowed Chair, Professor and Department Chair
Dept/Program: Biomedical Engineering
Office: Olson 301E (Lab Olson 315/316)
Phone: 330-972-6587
Email: willits@uakron.edu
Website: http://uakron.edu/u/mte


Dr. Willits joined The University of Akron in 2010 as the Margaret F. Donovan Endowed Chair for Women in Engineering. She started her academic career as an Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University, where she received her tenure in Biomedical Engineering. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Dr. Willits has been recognized as the University of Akron Research Mentor of the Year, and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Missouri Professor of the Year. She has also been given the Faculty Engagement Award and the Omicron Delta Kappa Passion Award from UA.


Tissue Engineering, Neural Mechanotransduction, Neural Regenerative Medicine


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 1999
  • MS in Chemical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1996
  • BS in Chemical Engineering, Tufts University, 1994


Biomaterials Laboratory, Biomedical Computing, Transport Fundamentals for BME, Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering, Tissue Engineering, Biotransport.