El-Baz named chair of Department of Bioengineering

Dr. Ayman El-Baz has been appointed Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering effective October 1 this year. He joined the faculty at UofL in 2006, and is an expert in the fields of bio-imaging modeling and non-invasive computer-assisted diagnosis systems. In  2009, Dr. El-Baz was named a Coulter Fellow for his contribution in the biomedical translational research.

He has developed new techniques for the accurate identification of probability mixtures for segmenting multi-modal images, new probability models, and model-based algorithms for recognizing lung nodules and blood vessels in magnetic resonance and computer tomography imaging systems, as well as new registration techniques based on multiple second-order signal statistics, all of which have been reported at multiple international conferences and journal articles. His work related to novel image analysis techniques for autism, dyslexia, and lung cancer has earned multiple awards, including the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Translational Research Award in Biomedical Engineering Phase I & Phase II, a Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS), and first place at the annual Research Louisville meeting seven times.

Dr. El-Baz  has been invited to present his research on image-based techniques for early diagnosis of lung cancer at the Siemens Research Corporation and Siemens Medical Solutions. He has been the instrumental in leading nearly $7 million in funded research projects in his career.  He has authored or coauthored more than 300 technical articles (94 journals, 12 books, 42 book chapters, 160 refereed-conference papers, 77 abstracts), and has 12 US patents/disclosures.
“Dr. El-Baz is a tremendous asset to the University of Louisville, Speed School, and the entire engineering profession, and I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead the Bioengineering Department.” said Dr. John Usher, acting dean of Speed School.