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March 6, 2006

Photo (from left): Joseph Reinhardt and Milan Sonka.

Reinhardt, Sonka Elected Engineering Society Fellows

Two researchers in the University of Iowa College of Engineering have been elected Fellows in the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Joseph Reinhardt and Milan Sonka were formally recognized March 2 during the AIMBE annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Reinhardt, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, whose principal field of research is medical image processing, has conducted various cardio-pulmonary projects. They include NIH-funded (National Institutes of Health) research to develop more detailed images of the human lung with the goal of early detection of disease. He has additional research interests in pulmonary image analysis, cardio-vascular imaging and 3-D medical imaging. He received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1994 and came to the UI in 1997.

Sonka, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is also professor of applied mathematical and computational sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Mathematics. His principal field of research is medical image analysis, and he has conducted NIH-funded research to develop imaging analysis tools aimed at better detection of heart disease and currently is engaged in NIH-funded imaging research into coronary hemodynamics and atherosclerosis. Sonka earned his doctorate in Digital Image Analysis from Czech Technical University in 1984 and came to the UI in 1990.

Representing over 75,000 bioengineers, AIMBE serves and coordinates a broad constituency of medical and biological scientists and practitioners, scientific and engineering societies, academic departments and industries. AIMBE Fellows have helped to revolutionize medicine, engineering and related fields that enhance and extend the lives of people all over the world.

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