Eisenberg Named BME Chair


BME Chairman Prof. Solomon R. Eisenberg
BME Chairman Prof. Solomon R. Eisenberg

Prof. Solomon R. Eisenberg, a 25-year veteran of the faculty, has been named chairman of the Biomedical Engineering Department. Eisenberg served as BME’s chairman ad interim last year.

“Sol Eisenberg has served the College with distinction, wisdom and vision in each of the many leadership roles he has played,” said Lutchen. “He has been instrumental in creating many of the outstanding opportunities for our undergraduates and has an exemplary record as a teacher and researcher. As a member of the faculty, he played crucial roles in advancing the department into the elite ranks of biomedical engineering and I am confident his leadership will produce still further advancement. Most impressive is the unanimous respect and enthusiastic support Sol has from the BME faculty as a whole to take over as the department chair.”

Eisenberg joined the BME faculty in 1983, shortly after earning his doctorate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds professor appointments in BME and in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

In 1998, Eisenberg was named associate dean for Undergraduate Programs, a post he will continue to hold. He is the chief architect of the College’s study abroad programs, which are among the few nationally designed exclusively for engineering undergraduates. The first such program was established in Dresden, Germany in 2000 and similar initiatives have been added in Guadalajara, Mexico and Tel Aviv, Israel. He also helped win a National Science Foundation grant to establish a Biomedical Engineering Research Experience site at BU. During the 2005-2006 academic year, Eisenberg served as the College’s dean ad interim.

“As BME chair ad interim he has already played key roles in recruiting superb faculty at every rank and has advanced the success of the department’s Translational Biomedical Engineering Partnership Program funded by the Coulter Foundation,” Lutchen added.

In 1990, Eisenberg was recognized as one of Boston University’s best teachers with the Metcalf Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also active in the lab, where he leads research on electrically mediated phenomena in tissues and biopolymers, including cartilage biomechanics and computational modeling of electric field distributions in the human heart and thorax during defibrillation.

“For the past 25 years, it has been my privilege to be associated with the Biomedical Engineering faculty at Boston University,” Eisenberg said. “Many great things have happened during that time and I plan to help the faculty capitalize on that momentum in the coming years.”