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UI's Vijay Goel elected to two national positions

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Vijay K. Goel, professor of biomedical engineering and associate director of the Iowa Spine Research Center in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been elected 1998-99 chair of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Bioengineering Division and, for a three-year term, central U.S. representative of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine.

Goel holds joint appointments in the engineering departments of biomedical engineering and mechanical engineering, as well as the UI College of Medicine orthopedics department. He has researched the problem of low back pain, with grant support from the National Institutes of Health, the Orthopedic Research Foundation and private industry, for the past 19 years. He has served as associate director for the Iowa Spine Research Center since its inception in 1993.

At the UI Goel has developed new courses as well as research and educational laboratories, such as the Robot Assisted Surgery Laboratory. He has co-authored and co-edited two text books and has advised nearly 60 graduate students, residents and fellows. As a member and 1995-96 head of the nationwide Council of Chairs of Bio and Biomedical Engineering Programs, he promoted biomedical engineering on other campuses.

Before coming to the UI in 1982 Goel served from 1978 to 1979 as an assistant professor at the Center for Biomedical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi and from 1979 to 1982 as a research associate in the orthopedics department at Yale University Medical School. From 1990 to 1995 he served as chair of the UI department of biomedical engineering. He received his doctorate from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 1977.

Goel received the 1997 Theo C. Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award by the ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division for "outstanding leadership in biomedical engineering education and for a remarkable record in advising and training both undergraduate and graduate students." His many other awards include the 1995 North American Spine Society Research Grand Award, co-winner of the 1995 Vienna Award from the Austrian Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and co-winner of the 1995 AcroMed Award from the European Spine Society for outstanding research. In 1994 Goel was named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering.