El-Baz Students Receive Houchens Prize Back to Back

El-Baz Students Receive Houchens Prize Back to Back

Fahmi Khalifa, 2014 Houchens Prize Winner

Fahmi Khalifa, Electrical and Computer Engineering major will receive the 2014 John M. Houchens Prize. He is the second student of Dr. Ayman El-Baz, bioengineering associate professor and interim department chair, to receive this prize with the first being Ahmed Elnakib in 2013. He is being co-advised by Dr. El-Baz and Dr. Karla Welch.

Khalifa joined the Bioimaging Laboratory at UofL as a graduate research assistant in 2009 and will be graduating this May. He received his bachelors and masters in Electrical Engineering at Mansoura University in Mansoura, Egypt in 2003 and 2007, respectively. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at UofL with a primary focus in the area of medical image analysis.

“I am thrilled to receive the John M. Houchens Prize for the outstanding dissertation. This is the most prestigious award I have ever received during my graduate studies at the University of Louisville, and it is a great honor for me,” said Fahmi Khalifa.

While working on his Ph.D., Khalifa has authored and co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications that have been published in a number of prestigious journals in the filed including IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, NMR in Biomedicine Biotechnology Journal, and Medical Physics.

He has spent the last several years developing computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) systems for the evaluation of human organ functionality using contrast-enhanced medical images. He has used these CAD systems to help improve early detection of acute renal transplant rejection and functional assessment of myocardial perfusion among many other things.

Khalifa was also the recipient of the Citation Paper Award from the Society of UroRadiology (SUR) in 2011, the Outstanding Student at Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2012, and the Theobald Scholarship Award in 2013.

“I feel extremely happy and very proud that two of my Ph.D students have received the John M. Houchens Prize for outstanding dissertation. It is also very exciting to have had both of my students receive this award back to back.” said Dr. El-Baz.