Kenneth R. Lutchen, Ph.D.

Kenneth Lutchen

Dean, College of Engineering Professor, BME

Dean, College of Engineering
Professor, BME

  • Primary Appointment Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Education M.S., Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University
    B.S., Engineering Science, University of Virginia
  • Honors and Awards 2016 | Distinguished Keynote Speaker at Institute for Engineering and Medicine Annual Event , Univ. Minnesota
    2016 | Named to Advisory Committee; Directorate for Engineering of the National Science Foundation
    2015 | Invited Speaker for 100Kin10 Event at White House
    2014 | American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Pierre Galletti Award: Highest honor AIMBE bestows for career impact on the field of Medical and Biological Engineering
    2010 – 15 | NIH-NHLBI: Member, Resp. Integrative Biol. & Translational Research Study Section
    2010 – 13 | Elected President of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
    2009 | Case Western Reserve University, Distinguished Alumni Award


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Dr. Kenneth R. Lutchen, is Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Boston University.  He has published over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles cited nearly 9,000 times.  His research uncovers the mechanisms that cause lung disease and novel methods for diagnosing lung disease.

While Chair of BME the department ranking improved from 18th to 6th in the nation.  As Dean, the College’s Graduate Ranking has improved from 54th  to 36th  and is ranked 16th among all private universities. He oversaw the creation of a new Divisions in Materials Science and Engineering and in Systems Engineering, a 20,000 sq. ft. Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC) and 5,000 sq. ft. Bioengineering Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (BTEC) both designed to instill interdisciplinary product design skills throughout engineering education in partnership with industry. Dean Lutchen has advanced the concept of “Creating the Societal Engineer” as a foundational principle of Engineering Education to prepare students for life-long learning and impact. He has also published op-ed pieces on engineering education and technology transfer in Harvard Business Review, Forbes magazine, and Business Insider.

 Dean Lutchen served on the Advisory Committee to the Directorate for Engineering of The National Science Foundation. He is Past-President of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and has served on the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society and is currently on the Board of Directors of The Wyss Institute for Bioinspired Engineering at Harvard, and for Beta Bionix Inc.  Dr. Lutchen has been the recipient of many awards including the AIMBE Pierre Galletti Award, AIMBE’s highest honor.



Affiliation: Administration & Staff (ENG), Primary & Affiliated Faculty (BME)