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Mark Schafer Is Named a Fellow of the Ultrasonic Industry Association (UIA)

April 30, 2024

Mark SchaferMark E. Schafer, PhD, research professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, was named a Fellow of the Ultrasonic Industry Association (UIA) at its 52nd Annual Symposium, held in Dublin Ireland, April 8, 2024.    

Dr. Schafer was nominated by one of his peers and was determined to have met the criteria to be a UIA Fellow based on his having significantly expanded the industrial uses of ultrasound (e.g., grading fish, analyzing lumber, determining the pregnancy of cattle) and expanded the medical uses of ultrasound (e.g., aesthetic procedures, detecting stroke, modulating neurological processes, advancing wound healing). Forty patents testify to Dr. Schafer's creativity in expanding these areas. He has created ultrasound industrial companies, founding three companies, and growing three more as Technology Vice-President, as well as taken on the important task of educating the next generation of ultrasound pioneers in his role as a research professor in Drexel's School of Biomedical Engineering, where he had received his PhD.

Dr. Schafer has also expanded the ultrasound trade through his service as a member of the US delegation to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). It is this body that establishes the standards and means of measurement that make possible international ultrasound trade. His leadership was recognized by appointment to the Chair of the IEC Technical Committee for Ultrasonic Surgery and Therapy.

Dr. Schafer has used his time and organizational leadership skills to ultrasound organizations, not only to UIA, as a Board Member and President, but the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, as a member of its Board of Governors, and to NEMA, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, where he chaired the Ultrasound Section. He has also led the most important Ultrasonics research technical organization, the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society, on its Board of Directors and VP of Finance, and most recently, as its President. His outstanding service to the Ultrasound community has already been recognized: he is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and a Fellow of the American Institute for Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).