Associate Professor Tyrone Porter (ME, MSE) has been elected a fellow to the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the highest honor a member can achieve, “for contributions to therapeutic ultrasound.”
“Tyrone is a valued leader in Mechanical Engineering, giving generously of his time to help move the department forward,” says Professor Alice White (ME, MSE), chair of ME. “This is well-deserved recognition for Tyrone’s innovative research using ultrasound techniques to deliver targeted medication in particular across the blood/brain barrier. I couldn’t be more delighted for him to receive this professional honor!”
Porter’s research focuses on using physical methods (such as ultrasound) and biochemistry to circumvent natural barriers within the human body in order to deliver targeted therapies to affected areas. Not only does this have potential treatment applications for a variety of neurological diseases, but this technology could also be used in the military to treat traumatic brain injuries and combat nerve agents.
The purpose of the ASA, founded in 1929, is “to generate, disseminate, and promote the knowledge and practical applications of acoustics.” The organization encompasses many different fields in addition to engineering, such as oceanography, architecture, and music. Porter will accept his fellowship certification at the ASA annual meeting, which will be held in Boston in June 2017.