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Behbehani to Direct Biomedical Engineering at UTA

August 31, 2001

Effective September 1, Khosrow Behbehani, Ph.D., P.E., will become interim director of the Biomedical Engineering program at the University of Texas at Arlington's College of Engineering. Professor Behbehani replaces Professor Robert Eberhart, who will be devoting his time to research and teaching at UTA and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Behbehani is the inventor or co-inventor of new devices for management of obstructive sleep apnea and received U.S. patents in 1993, 1995, 1999 and 2000 on these inventions. 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, "especially 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." Behbehani is also encouraged by a growing interest in biomedical engineering among undergraduates. "Even 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; we're looking at 21 or more this year."

Dean of Engineering Bill 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.

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