By: Colbi Edmonds
Professor Selim Ünlü was elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows for his pioneering work on the optical interference in biological imaging and sensing. This election is one of the highest distinctions in the career of a medical or biological engineer; the College of Fellows is made up of the top two percent in their field. Membership in the college honors individuals who pioneer research advances, technological innovations or educational methods in medical and biological engineering.
AIMBE Fellows hail from 34 countries worldwide, and are employed in a wide variety of occupations, including government, industry, education, and clinical practice. Many AIMBE Fellows have received highest honors; 3 members are Nobel Prize laureates, 37 are members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 173 are in the National Academy of Engineering. Professor Ünlü was virtually inducted alongside 156 colleagues in the AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2020 in late March.
Professor Ünlü is a distinguished professor of BME, ECE, MSE, and physics at Boston University. He carries out research in the areas of nanophotonics and biophotonics focusing on high-resolution solid immersion lens microscopy of integrated circuits and development of biological detection and imaging techniques, particularly in high-throughput digital biosensors based on detection of individual nanoparticles and viruses. Dr. Ünlü was the recipient of the NSF CAREER and ONR Young Investigator Awards in 1996. He has been selected as a Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2005-2007 and Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network (ARCNN) Distinguished Lecturer for 2007. He has been elevated to IEEE Fellow rank in 2007 and OSA Fellow rank in 2017. In 2008, he was awarded the Science Award by the Turkish Scientific Foundation. His professional service includes serving as the chair of the Annual Meeting for IEEE Photonics Society and Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics.