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Behbehani Named Fellow of Medical Professional Society

February 19, 2004

Khosrow Behbehani, Ph.D., P.E., professor and chair of the Biomedical Engineering Program, has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). This honor is given to only two percent of the professionals in the field. Individuals granted this title have made important contributions to the theory or practice of medical and biological engineering and demonstrated unusual accomplishments in promoting the field of medical and biological engineering.

Dr. Behbehani is a noted expert in respiratory and anesthesia device design and analysis. While working in industry, he designed the control system for the first microprocessor-based respirator to be approved by FDA. He is the inventor or co-inventor of devices for management of obstructive sleep apnea and has received five U.S. patents on these inventions. He has also devised new controllers for automation of drug delivery for regulating blood pressure and induced paralysis during surgery.

“I am quite delighted to have this honor,” said Behbehani. “AIMBE is a very important organization for the Biomedical Engineering. Perhaps it’s most noteworthy accomplishment is that it has made the decision makers aware of the importance of the Biomedical Engineering to the U.S.” AIMBE's activities have played a pivotal role in the establishment of a newly formed National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) within the National Institutes of Health. Formation of NIBIB is a testament to the importance of biomedical engineering in improving the nation's health care.

Behbehani will receive this award February 27th during the AIMBE’s national convention in Washington, DC. He is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a regular reviewer for the IEEE’s Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. He has served as the chairman of the local chapters of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology. He is a registered professional engineer in Texas and a member of Sigma Xi and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.