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Rensselaer Professors To Be Inducted Into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Five members of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) faculty have been selected for induction into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

The AIMBE College of Fellows includes the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in the country, representing the most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs.

“I am delighted with the induction of five School of Engineering faculty into the AIMBE College of Fellows,” said Dean of Engineering Shekhar Garde. “Their research, spanning bioimaging to virtual surgery and metabolic engineering to regenerative medicine, exemplifies the exciting work being done at the intersections of disciplines here at Rensselaer. I congratulate the newly elected fellows.”

The professors’ research epitomizes the work being done at Rensselaer, The New Polytechnic—a new paradigm for learning and research that addresses difficult and complex global challenges, the need for interdisciplinarity and true collaboration, and the use of the latest tools and technologies, many of which are developed at Rensselaer.

Suvranu De, the J. Erik Jonsson ’22 Distinguished Professor of Engineering and head of the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering, has been selected for “outstanding contributions to developing computational algorithms for virtual surgery and for leadership in engineering education.” De also serves as director of the Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Imaging in Medicine (CeMSIM).

Mariah Hahn, professor of biomedical engineering, has been cited for “pioneering work on biomaterials for vocal cord reconstruction and cell adhesion studies leading to low thrombogenicity materials.”

Xavier Intes, associate professor of biomedical engineering, was selected for “outstanding contributions to Biophotonics through the development of innovative functional and molecular optical imaging techniques in industry and academia.”

Mattheos Koffas, the Dorothy and Fred Chau ’71 Constellation Professor, and a member of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Department of Biological Sciences, was cited for “outstanding contributions at the interface of metabolic engineering and synthetic biology through integrated modeling and experimental studies on metabolism.”

Assad Oberai, professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the School of Engineering, has been selected for “pioneering work in the field of biomechanical imaging, and its application to breast cancer diagnosis and care.” Oberai also serves as associate director of the Scientific Computation Research Center.

The induction of the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2016 will take place during the 25th annual meeting of the AIMBE at the National Academy of Sciences Great Hall in Washington, D.C., on April 4.