Bashir to head Department of Bioengineering
By Bill Bell, Engineering at Illinois
June 26, 2013
Professor Rashid Bashir has been named the next head of the Department of Bioengineering.
- He will oversee the department as it continues to address grand challenges in medicine and biology.
- Professor Bashir is currently the director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory.
Rashid Bashir, director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory at Illinois, will be the next head of the Department of Bioengineering, beginning August 16, 2013.
“The bioengineering department is at a crucial point in its history, and we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to grow its size and influence. Rashid will be vital to seizing that opportunity and capitalizing on the significant support from the Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative,” said Michael B. Bragg
, interim dean of the College of Engineering.
The Grainger Engineering Breakthroughs Initiative began in January 2013 with $100 million in support from the Grainger Foundation. That gift will support major growth of Department of Bioengineering faculty and the renovation of Everitt Laboratory, which will serve as a new home for the department, as the ECE Department moves to its new building in 2014.
“The faculty and the students from Illinois’ Bioengineering Department are second to none. I’m routinely amazed at my colleagues’ research and dedication to quality and excellence,” Bashir said. “This is a great time for bioengineering at Illinois. There are tremendous opportunities to address grand challenges in medicine and biology using engineering approaches—to have a profound impact on the society and the world at large.”
Bashir is a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS, 2012), the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE, 2010), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE, 2009).
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