Texas A&M biomedical engineer Lihong Wang named SPIE Fellow

August 5, 2004

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Dr. Lihong Wang, holder of the Royce E. Wisenbaker II Professorship in Engineering and professor of biomedical engineering at Texas A&M University, has been named a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE). Wang was among 33 new Fellow members honored at a banquet Aug. 4 at the society's 49th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo. Fellows are members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the fields of optics, photonics and imaging. Wang joins a prestigious list of more than 500 SPIE members so honored for their contribution to the discipline since the society's inception in 1955. In recognizing Wang, SPIE noted his key accomplishments including: the development of a simulation package, MCML, to model photon transport in biological tissue; a finding that polarization is a new contrast mechanism for imaging that can be used to diagnose disease and monitor therapy; and the development of ultrasound-modulated optical tomography, RF thermoacoustic imaging and laser-induced photoacoustic tomography, which can provide imaging modalities for early detection of cancers and save lives. At Texas A&M since 1996, Wang directs the Optical Imaging Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and has a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering. Wang is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Optical Society of America. SPIE is dedicated to advancing scientific research and engineering applications of optical, photonic, imaging, and optoelectronic technologies through its meetings, education programs and publications.

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