Kenan Song earns ASU Women and Philanthropy Grant

A student and her faculty mentor look at a sample in a lab.

Engineering Assistant Professor Kenan Song was awarded a $50,000 ASU Women and Philanthropy grant for a new project to design and manufacture biodegradable tissue scaffolds to cure pelvic organ prolapse in women.

Song and his students in the Advanced Materials Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory, or AMAML, will work with physicians at Mayo Clinic to conduct this research with the overall goal of ensuring the scaffold has high mechanical durability to support organs while stimulating healthy tissue regeneration. Equally important, his students working in areas such as manufacturing, biomedical and polymer chemistry are gaining workforce development experience for their future careers. Song hopes that this project will generate preliminary results for future funding opportunities.

ASU Women and Philanthropy was formed in 2002 by a group of women committed to becoming advocates and philanthropic supporters of the university. Since then, ASU Women and Philanthropy has grown dramatically in membership, influence and impact. To date, the organization retains more than 260 investors and has contributed more than $4.5 million to ASU in the form of 95 various grants. The 2021-2022 season is its 20th year, continuing a tradition of significant impact on the critical initiatives of ASU as a New American University.