Clemson University’s John DesJardins, PhD, assistant professor of bioengineering says, “Imagine hip and knee implants that you can control.” He says that this is at the heart of his TEDxGreenville 2014: Unzipped talk on April 11.
“The fact that John is a bioengineer makes him a sort of modern soothsayer, possessing the ability to gaze into the future of the human body in a way most of us can’t possibly fathom,” says TEDxGreenville program team member, Scott Gould. “He’s a rare type of thinker, a guy who allows his imagination to run down unexplored paths, and afterward develops what he concocted in his mind’s eye. Some of the innovations that John and his team are inventing today in their bioengineering lab will be commonplace a generation from now.”
John DesJardins is, in fact, very proud of the work he does. He wants to make it clear that he loves Clemson Bioengineering!
So, how does an assistant professor of bioengineering who is also a father, husband, researcher, inventor and adventure-seeker unwind? He plays the bass drum in a bagpipe band, which is something that he’s been doing for the past 25 years. He also goes hiking and travels internationally with students and with his family, but John says that, while his travels have taken him all over the world, he’d like to make it all the way to the moon one day.
For the time being, he is quite satisfied going to London and Pakistan to visit with some of his wife’s relatives or enjoying professional, world-class soccer in Spain. Seriously? Seriously. In fact, John, his wife and their 2 boys have a serious soccer addiction. Their family motto seems to be, have soccer game scheduled, will travel!