Four Professors Elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has elected four professors from the Department of Biomedical Engineering to its College of Fellows.

Professors Andrew Dunn, Pengyu Ren, Laura Suggs, and James Tunnell were elected by their peers and will be inducted at a formal ceremony during AIMBE's 2015 Annual Event at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., on March 15, 2015.

These four professors join seven full-time professors and ten adjunct faculty members, for a total of 21 AIMBE Fellows from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country.


Andrew Dunn, an associate professor, was elected for leading contributions to optical imaging techniques for studying stroke physiology. Dunn is a Fellow of the Cockrell Family Dean's Chair in Engineering Excellence and a Fellow of J.H. Herring Centennial Association Professorship in Engineering.




Pengyu Ren, an associate professor, was elected for seminal contributions to computational modeling of biomolecules and medical processes. Ren is the William J. Murray, Jr. Fellow in Engineering No. 4.





Laura Suggs, an associate professor, was elected for exceptional contributions to the structure of novel biomaterials and for fundamental studies of cell/biomaterials interactions. Suggs is the Temple Foundation Endowed Teaching Fellow in Engineering No. 1.



Tunnell AIMBE

James Tunnell, an associate professor, was elected for exceptional contributions to the development of imaging and spectroscopy devices for the early detection and treatment of cancer. Tunnell is the Roberta Woods Ray Centennial Fellow in Engineering.



The College of Fellows includes over 1,500 individuals who are outstanding leaders, engineers, entrepreneurs, and innovators, in medical and biological engineering. Since 1991, the College of Fellows has lead the way for technological growth and advancement in the fields of medical and biological engineering. Fellows have helped revolutionize medicine and related fields in order to enhance and extend the lives of people all over the world. They have also successfully advocated for public policies that have enabled researchers and business-makers to further the interests of engineers, scientists, and ultimately, patients.