• President-Elect 2020, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (IEEE-EMBS)
• Fellow, IEEE, IOP, AIMBE, AAAS
• Chair, IEEE-EMBS Neuroengineering Technical Committee
Prof. Metin Akay is currently the founding chair of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1981 and 1984, respectively and a Ph.D. degree from Rutgers University in 1990. Dr. Akay has played a key role in promoting biomedical education in the world by writing and editing several books, editing several special issues of prestigious journals, including the Proceedings of IEEE, and giving more than hundred keynote, plenary and invited talks at international conferences, symposiums and workshops regarding emerging technologies in biomedical engineering. He is the founding editor-inchief of the Biomedical Engineering Book Series published by the Wiley and IEEE Press and the Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering. He is also the editor of the Neural Engineering Handbook published by Wiley/IEEE Press and the first steering committee chair of the IEEE Trans on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. He is also the chair of the IEEE EMBS Neuroengineering Technical Committee. He currently serves on the advisory board of several international journals and on several NIH and NSF review panels.
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