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Dr. Mark Schafer Is Elected to the 2022 Class of the AIMBE College of Fellows

February 28, 2022

Dr. Mark E. Schafer, research professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, was elected to the 2022 Class of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. The major criterion for admission to the AIMBE College of Fellows is a demonstrable record of individual achievement in research, development, education, manufacturing, public service, technological leadership and/or clinical practice as they relate to medical and biological engineering. Candidates are only eligible if nominated by an existing AIMBE Fellow, and nominations are rigorously peer reviewed. Dr. Schafer is being recognized for his “outstanding contributions to medical ultrasound technology and regulation, thereby advancing the safety and efficacy of diagnostic ultrasound and therapy,” according to the organization.

The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs comprise the College of Fellows. AIMBE Fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation. AIMBE Fellows have been awarded the Nobel Prize, the Presidential Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation, and many also are members of the National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Schafer is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). He was recently elected to and currently serves as President of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society [].

Dr. Schafer is the eleventh member of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems to be elected to the College of Fellows. He is preceded by Paul Brandt Rauf, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and Dean (2019); Wan Shih, PhD, professor (2019); Steven Kurtz, PhD, research professor (2019); Ken Barbee, PhD, professor, Senior Associate Dean, and Associate Dean for Research (2015); Hualou Liang, professor (2011); Rami Seliktar, professor emeritus (2010); Peter Lewin, Richard B. Beard Distinguished University Professor (2007); and Margaret Wheatley, John M. Reid Professor (2000). Banu Onaral, H. H. Sun Professor and Senior Advisor to the President, Global Partnerships, was a Founding Fellow of AIMBE (1993), as was Dov Jaron, professor emeritus, Calhoun Distinguished Professor of Engineering in Medicine (1992). Dr. Schafer will be formally inducted, along with other new Fellows, during AIMBE’s 2022 Annual Event on March 25th.