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New biomedical engineering chair earns high honors
Date:2/25/2010

HOUSTON, Feb. 25, 2010 Just weeks into his post as John S. Dunn Distinguished Professor and founding chair of the University of Houston's new department of biomedical engineering, Metin Akay is already being recognized.

He was selected and recently inducted into two prestigious engineering and science organizations the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Internationally known, Akay was recognized Feb. 20 at the AAAS annual meeting in San Diego and Feb. 22 at the annual AIMBE meeting in Washington, D.C.

Of the 531 new AAAS fellows selected, Akay is one of 48 in the engineering section. His contributions to biomedical engineering research and education, specifically his work in informatics and neural engineering, earned him a fellowship with the association. AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the prominent journal Science.

For his AIMBE honor, Akay was selected for his contributions to the fields of neural and cardiovascular engineering. He was among 55 elected by AIMBE into the College of Fellows, which advocates for public policies facilitating progress in medical and biological research and development to benefit the public. Akay and his fellow inductees, according to AIMBE, represent some of the most imaginative and distinguished medical and biological engineers in the field. Their contributions have had major impacts in biomedical devices and processes, treatment of diseases, and public policy related to all aspects of medical and biological engineering.

These two honors come on the heels of Akay becoming the founding chair of UH's new biomedical engineering department last month. This is the first new department established at the Cullen College of Engineering at UH in more than 35 years.

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Contact: Lisa Merkl
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713-743-8192
University of Houston
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