Abraham (Abe) P. Lee, Ph.D., a pioneer in micro and nano fluidics technology, and professor of biomedical engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, has been named the new chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), effective July, 1, 2010.
Currently, Lee directs the Micro/Nano Fluidics Fundamentals Focus (MF3) Center at UC Irvine, a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)/Industry supported research center that studies micro- and nano-fluidics – the science and technology of preparing and handling small amounts of fluids on microchips. With scientists and researchers representing the disciplines of biomedical, mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as chemistry, research applies to areas such as health care, electronics, and environmental and food monitoring. Lee is also The Henry Samueli School of Engineering’s faculty chair, and served as both the graduate committee chair and BME associate department chair for five years, from 2003 – 2008.
“I am pleased to welcome Professor Lee as new chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and know that he will make tremendous contributions to the Department through his outstanding leadership and expertise,” said Rafael L. Bras, distinguished professor and dean of The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. “I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to Acting Chair and Associate Dean for Research, Professor William Tang, who has expertly guided the Department during this transition.”