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March 31, 2004

Christensen Named Wheeler Faculty Fellow Of Engineering

Gary E. Christensen, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been appointed Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellow of Engineering.

Christensen is nationally known for his research in medical imaging. His research has made significant contributions to the fields of medical image registration, deformable shape models and computational anatomy. His medical image registration research will be used to construct anatomical atlases, which can be used to compute average anatomical shape and variability. His research will help investigators and medical doctors detect and quantify shape changes due to disease, track the effects of growth, drugs and interventions, and lead the way towards semiautomatic and automatic computer-aided diagnosis, surgery, and post surgical evaluation.

Other uses of 3D deformable modeling include understanding brain function, improving cochlear implantation evaluation and tracking radiation doses during the treatment of cancer. His UI research collaborators include faculty from the departments of radiology, psychiatry, neurology, internal medicine, electrical and computer engineering, biomedical engineering and radiation oncology.

Christensen received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, as well as computer science, in 1988 (graduating magna cum laude), a master's degree in 1989, and a doctorate in 1994 in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

The Robert and Virginia Wheeler Faculty Fellowship in Engineering was established in 2003 through a gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from the estate of Robert Wheeler and his wife, Virginia. Born in New York in 1922, Wheeler earned his bachelor's degree in 1948, a master's degree in 1949, and a doctorate in 1958 -- all in civil engineering from the UI College of Engineering. From 1953-1958, he was a UI instructor in civil engineering and served as assistant professor from 1958-1961. He also taught at Macalester College, Michigan Technical University, and the University of Akron. He retired from the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

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