New Biomedical Chair Earns Esteemed Engineering Honors


Erin D. McKenzie

Just weeks into his post as John S. Dunn Distinguished Professor and founding chair of the University of Houston Department of Biomedical Engineering, Metin Akay is already being recognized.

He has been selected and will be inducted next month 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 will join AAAS, the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the prominent journal Science, as a fellow.

In November, the AAAS Council elected 531 new members to the organization. Each were recognized for their contributions to science and technology. Akay was one of 48 selected for their engineering section. His contributions to biomedical engineering research and education, and more specifically, his work in informatics and neural engineering earned him a spot in AAAS.

In addition, he was selected for the AIMBE honor for his contributions to the fields of neural and cardiovascular engineering. The acknowledgement, according to a letter from the organization's executive director, puts him in the top two percent of the medical and biological engineering community.

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.

“We are delighted to welcome the 55 newly elected fellows of AIMBE,” said Jennifer Ayers, AIMBE’s executive director in a press release. “They represent some of the most imaginative and distinguished medical and biological engineers in the field. Their contributions have had a major impact in biomedical devices and processes, treatment of diseases and public policy related to all aspects of medical and biological engineering.”

Akay will be inducted into AAAS Feb. 20 in San Diego, Calif. and into AIMBE Feb. 22 in Washington, D.C. during each organizations’ annual meeting.


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