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Behbehani Named Director of Biomedical Engineering at UTA

June 7, 2002

Khosrow Behbehani, Ph.D., P.E., has been named director of the Biomedical Engineering program within The University of Texas at Arlingtonís College of Engineering. The appointment was announced by Dean of Engineering Bill Carroll and became effective June 1. Behbehani had been interim director of the program since September of last year.

Behbehani is the inventor or co-inventor of several devices for the management of obstructive sleep apnea; he received U.S. patents on these inventions in 1993, 1995, 1999 and 2000. He expects be issued a patent this year on his most recent invention. He has also devised new controllers for automation of drug delivery for regulating blood pressure and induced paralysis during surgery. Behbehani is a senior member of the IEEE and a regular reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. He has served as the chairman of the local chapters of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology. He is also a member of ASME and a registered professional engineer.

"The potential for biomedical engineering is very high," said Professor Behbehani, ìespecially here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We have an abundance of medical teaching facilities, and that enhances our opportunities for research and other collaborations.î Behbehani is also encouraged by a growing interest in biomedical engineering among undergraduates. ìEven though we presently do not offer undergraduate programs, we do have a unique five-year plan in conjunction with the Biology Department at UTA whereby students can earn a BS in Biology and an MS in Biomedical Engineering. Two years ago, we had seven students in this program; weíre looking at 42 or more this year and our graduate student population doubled during 2001-2002.î

Dr. Carroll expressed his confidence in Behbehani's abilities to lead the department. "I've known and worked with Khosrow for many years now, and I believe that he will take the department to even greater achievements," said Carroll.