By Teresa Crompton
Ghaleb Husseini, Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at American University of Sharjah (AUS) has been appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) for 2014-2015 by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS). EMBS is the world’s largest international society of biomedical engineers, having 9,100 members across 97 countries. Dr. Husseini was one of only eight speakers selected worldwide. Of these, two were appointed from the ‘Middle East and Africa’ region - the other being based in South Africa.
During his tenure, Dr. Husseini will be invited by the EMBS Chapter Chairs to present his research findings on Ultrasound Actuated Drug Delivery: ‘The role of Distinguished Lecturers is to keep IEEE-EMBS members on the cutting edge of trends and developments in biomedical engineering. This is a good opportunity to showcase some of the research being conducted at AUS in biomedical engineering, especially given that this area is in its exponential growth phase,’ says Dr. Husseini.
In congratulating Dr. Husseini, Bruce Wheeler, President of EMBS, and Atam Dhawan, Chair of the Distinguished Lecturer Selection Committee, said: ‘This is a great recognition of your technical knowledge and expertise. EMBS is grateful for your willingness to serve as a DL and promote the society.’
Dr. Gautam Sen, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies at American University of Sharjah, commented that ‘IEEE is the most prestigious engineering organization and Ghaleb’s selection as a Distinguished Lecturer is huge.’
Dr. Husseini received his PhD from Brigham Young University, US, in 2001. In 2012 he was awarded the AUS Provost’s Challenge grant, with the value of AED 800,000, for a project entitled ‘Using Targeted Nano-carriers and Ultrasound to Release High Concentrations of Chemotherapeutic Agents to Cancer Cells.’
Teresa Compton is a Grants Writer at the Office of Research and Graduate Studies at American University of Sharjah.