The Department of Bioengineering has a new chair in Norbert Pelc, ScD, an expert in biomedical imaging. He will assume his new responsibilities on July 1.
Formed in 2003, the department is a fusion of the School of Engineering and School of Medicine that brings together engineering and life science research to promote scientific discovery and the development of new technologies and therapies in human health and environmental sustainability.
In announcing Pelc as chair, Dean Jim Plummer, PhD, of engineering, and Dean Philip Pizzo, MD, of medicine, praised the leadership of outgoing chair Russ Altman, MD, PhD, whom they said deserved much credit for the department’s rise, before acknowledging Pelc’s reputation and leadership.
“Norbert Pelc has been an instrumental member of bioengineering from inception and is a valued researcher, mentor and leader. He has a superb external reputation and he brings real enthusiasm and a sense of excitement about the future of bioengineering to this position,” said the deans in a joint statement.