Massoud is new chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Yehia Massoud, Ph.D., will focus on interdisciplinary research, including the development of novel solutions for health-care problems.

Yehia Massoud, Ph.D., has been named chair of UAB's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Massoud also holds the endowed Wallace R. Bunn Chair in Telecommunications in the UAB School of Engineering.

Yehia Massoud

"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.