Diller Elected IAMBE Fellow

May 19, 2020

Professor of Biomedical Engineering Ken Diller has been elected as a Fellow to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE) for his distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of biological engineering at the international level.

The IAMBE election represents a highly selective process, with currently no more than approximately 150 living Fellows in the Academy.

kenneth diller1000667Diller, an internationally recognized authority in heat and temperature-related effects in living tissues and how they may be applied in the design of therapeutic devices, holds the Robert M. and Prudie Leibrock Endowed Professorship in Engineering.

His primary areas of research focus on the broad field of biomedical heat transfer. Throughout his long career he has been a pioneer in applying engineering tools for defining and developing many application areas in this field, including cryopreservation of tissues for transplantation, burn injury prevention and treatment, cancer hyperthermia, NASA space suit design, and manipulating human thermoregulation for medical purposes.

His current studies include managing the core body temperature and peripheral blood flow to facilitate quality sleep, to lower blood pressure overnight to reduce the probability of vascular diseases, and to sustain superior perioperative warming. He has also been a leader in research on inquiry-based learning in higher education, and recently received the Robert M. Nerem Education and Mentorship Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Diller has more than 40 filed or issued patents, a majority of which are licensed for commercialization, and he has published more than 300 archival papers and books.
He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the Society for Cryobiology. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ohio State University and his doctor of science degree from MIT.

Diller has been invited to a formal induction into the academy at the IAMBE annual meeting in September 2020.