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Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011
 

Residence : Pine

Age : 46

Family : Wife; two sons

Education : Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 1986; doctorate in chemical engineering, University of Texas, Austin, 1991

Occupation : Professor of surgery, bioengineering and chemical engineering in the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and deputy director of Pitt's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Background : Wagner is known for developing technology to treat and diagnose cardiovascular disease, particularly devices that help patients during heart failure. He is principal investigator for an $18.5 million National Science Foundation biomaterials project in collaboration with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and the University of Cincinnati.

Noteworthy : Honored with Society for Biomaterials' 2011 Clemson Award for Applied Research, which recognizes the application of basic science to a significant accomplishment in biomaterials.

Quote : "Back in Texas, I was sitting in a room and reading about these things, not understanding the words, let alone seeing a condition. Here, surgeons literally took me in the operating room and on rounds and let me understand the current standard of care. As a biomedical engineer, you need to be close to or in a medical center, and that is what the university here has done so well putting me and other engineers in clinical positions."

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