BME-SIM Leadership Team

Stacey Meardon, PT, PhD
Co-PI and Program Co-Director (

Dr. Meardon began serving as a Co-PI in 2020. She has served as a faculty mentor with ECU’s BME-SIM since 2014. Each year, Dr. Meardon guides 3-4 doctor of physical therapy students in research capstones projects, mentors 1-2 undergraduates and serves on committees for master’s and PhD students. Her student collaborations have resulted in 33 regional/state and 50 national conference presentations and 14 manuscripts with students as co-authors.

Nick Murray, PhD
Co-PI and Program Co-Director (
(Primary Point of Contact)

Dr. Murray has served as Co-PI and Co-Director since 2021.  Prior to this, he served as an REU Faculty Mentor for five years.

Chris Venters, PhD

Dr. Venters began serving as PI in 2020. He has over 10 years of experience teaching first-year through senior-level undergraduate engineering courses, and his research studies ways to improve teaching and learning in undergraduate engineering education.  Dr. Venters is twice a recipient of the ECU Campus Living and Residence Hall Association’s Honored Instructor Award in 2018 and 2019 and has mentored nearly 20 students in completing senior capstone projects.

Stephanie George, PhD
Former PI

Dr. George served as PI and Program Co-Director from 2014-2020. Dr. George has advised over 25 undergraduate students in research and an additional 22 in senior capstone projects. 12 of her students received URCA awards. Of the research students who have graduated, 56% have gone on to graduate programs. As a leader in integrating research and teaching, she received the CET Scholar-Teacher Award (16/17). As part of her research agenda, Dr. George continues to be involved in the BME-SIM program