Building an entirely new academic program has its benefits. Sure, some parts of the job can be difficult – handling everything from faculty searches to office supply orders is enough to make anyone’s head spin. But there’s a reason a clean slate is so valuable: you can write anything you want on it.
That’s the opportunity Metin Akay seized in 2010 when he became the founding chairman and John S. Dunn Endowed Chair Professor of the Cullen College of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. At that time, the department was little more than a name – just two faculty member, no staff and no firm curricula. A challenge, to be sure, but also the perfect situation to create the biomedical engineering department of the future.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has named Metin Akay, founding chair and John S. Dunn Endowed Chair Professor of the Cullen College’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, to its inaugural group of IEEE Brand Ambassadors.
Founded in January of this year, the Brand Ambassador’s program is designed to communicate the importance of engineers and engineering to those outside the profession and promote IEEE within the engineering world. Out of the IEEE’s worldwide membership of 400,000, the organization selected just 30 members representing different engineering fields and geographies to be ambassadors.
“The idea behind the program is to have a handful of people to promote the IEEE, to inform the society’s membership and the public at large about the achievements of engineers,” said Akay. “The main mission of the ambassadors is to be representatives of the society, to advocate for and promote IEEE and its achievements globally.”
Metin Akay, chair of the Cullen College’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, recently served as a keynote speaker at the first Middle East Conference on Biomedical Engineering.
The University of Houston Health Initiative has received a major boost from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which recently approved the establishment of a doctoral program in biomedical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering…
…”Our program will discover, develop and deliver technological solutions aimed at reducing health care costs,” said Metin Akay, founding chair of the UH Department of Biomedical Engineering. “That’s the difference between our program and the more than 90 others in the United States.”
Just weeks into his post as John S. Dunn Distinguished Professor and founding chair of the University of Houston Department of Biomedical Engineering, Metin Akay is already being recognized.
He has been selected and will be inducted next month into two prestigious engineering and science organizations—the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).