Kenneth R Lutchen, Ph.D.

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Dean, College of Engineering
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Respiratory and Physiological Systems Identification Laboratory

M.S., Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
B.S., Engineering Science, University of Virginia
Curriculum Vitae

Phone: (617) 353-2800; Fax: (617) 353-5929

Biography and Research Interests

Dr. Kenneth R. Lutchen, is Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University.  He received his B.S. from the University of Virginia and the M.S. and Ph.D from Case Western Reserve University. Dr Lutchen has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles related to lung structure and function. His papers have been cited over 5000 times.  Dean Lutchen was Chair of Biomedical Engineering from 1998-2006 and during that time the department ranking improved from 18th to 6th in the nation.  He was the chief architect of their $14 million dollar Leadership Award from the Whitaker Foundation and a $5 Million Translational Research Partnership Award from the Coulter Foundation. Dr. Lutchen is Past-President of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), an organization representing nearly 40,000 bioengineers and dedicated to help shape and educate on public policies that advance the impact of medical and biological engineering on society. Dr. Lutchen serves on the Board of Directors for the Wyss Institute, and on the advisory boards for several foundations and other colleges of engineering.

Since becoming Dean, undergraduate enrollment has increased by 30% and graduate enrollment has nearly doubled. Research funding per faculty has increased to 21st in the nation and the College’s Graduate Ranking in US News and World Report has improved from 52nd  to 38th . As Dean, Dr. Lutchen has orchestrated the creation of a new Division of Materials Science and Engineering and a new Division of Systems Engineering. He created new Concentration programs in Energy Technologies, in Nanotechnology, and in Technology Innovation in partnership with the School of Management. Recently, Dean Lutchen oversaw the creation of a new 20,000 sq. ft Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) to to introduce all student to the technologies and process of going from product design-to-deployment. Dean Lutchen’s focus is to transform engineering education to create the Societal EngineerTM, an individual who combines their engineering foundation with particular empowering attributes to address society’s challenges regardless of their career paths. Dr. Lutchen has been the recipient of the AIMBE Pierre Galletti Award, AIMBE’s highest honor, and the College of Engineering’s Professor of the Year Award and the Biomedical Engineering Professor of the Year Award — twice.


A complete list of publications listed chronologically by year.

A complete list of publications by number of citations.