January 31, 2011
Yehia Masooud. Download image.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Yehia Massoud, Ph.D., has been named chair of University of Alabama at Birmingham's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Massoud also holds the endowed Wallace R. Bunn Chair in Telecommunications in the UAB School of Engineering.
"UAB's commitment to interdisciplinary research is significantly enhanced with the addition of Yehia Massoud to the faculty in the School of Engineering," says Linda Lucas, Ph.D., dean of the school. "He has been charged with shaping a world-class department that attracts the best students and faculty and generates new research opportunities for UAB."
Massoud comes to UAB from Rice University, where he directed the Nanoelectronics Systems Laboratory. He was a National Science Foundation CAREER Award winner in 2005 and has published more than 180 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He earned his doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Massoud says he is working to establish collaborative research with the UAB School of Medicine, including opportunities in neurology, diabetes, cancer treatment and medical imaging, among other departments and centers on campus.
"We want to build on UAB's reputation as an international health-care research leader and use our department's skills in engineering and computing to develop novel solutions for health-care problems to benefit society," Massoud says.
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is constructing two major research laboratories and is planning more renovations that will create excellent opportunities for synergistic and collaborative research.
The UAB School of Engineering offers students real-world experience while they train in one of its degree programs, which include the only undergraduate biomedical engineering program in Alabama. Students experience cutting-edge research opportunities, industry co-ops and unique internships generated by the school's commitment to interdisciplinary learning. The school's departments include Biomedical Engineering; Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering.