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Three College of Engineering faculty members have been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.
Xin Zhang, a professor of mechanical engineering and of materials science and engineering, Edward Damiano, a professor of biomedical engineering, and Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, a professor of biomedical engineering, were nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows, which is made up of the top 2 percent of medical and biological engineers in the country, including engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs.
A faculty member since 2002, Zhang leads an interdisciplinary team of researchers focused on micro- and nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS or micro/nanosystems), from their fundamental materials and mechanics aspects to their real-world applications. This is Zhang’s third election to fellow status in a major professional organization in the past year. In spring 2015, she was elected a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and last fall, she was elected a fellow of the Optical Society.
Damiano has been a faculty member since 2004. His current work is focused on creating an artificial pancreas that automatically regulates blood glucose in people with Type 1 diabetes. Damiano was elected to the College of Fellows for his fundamental contributions in our understanding of microcirculation, and for designing, building, and testing this wearable “bionic” pancreas.
Shinn-Cunningham, an auditory neuroscientist known for her work on attention and the cocktail party problem, sound localization, and the effects of room acoustics and reverberation on hearing, has been a faculty member since 1997. Director of the BU Center for Computational Neuroscience and Neural Technology, she was elected to AIMBE for outstanding contributions to auditory neuroscience, particularly information processing in auditory attention and spatial hearing. She also is director and principal investigator of CELEST, a National Science Foundation Science of Learning Center that seeks to understand brain mechanisms responsible for learning in real-world situations and to translate this knowledge into intelligent technologies.
Zhang, Damiano, and Shinn-Cunningham will be formally inducted into the College of Fellows during AIMBE’s 25th annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April.
A version of this article originally appeared on the College of Engineering website.