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Ahmed Appointed Head of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering Department
May 8, 2012
Veteran educator, researcher and student leadership
development advocate Jameel Ahmed, Ph.D., has been selected to head
the Department of Applied Biology and Biomedical Engineering. He
starts his new role on July 1.
William Kline, Interim Dean of Faculty, noted that Ahmed is
familiar with the responsibilities of the position after serving as
interim department head since November, and leading the area in the
2008-09 academic year during a colleague's sabbatical.
"Jameel is attuned to the great educational opportunities the
life sciences hold for the future of Rose-Hulman and our students,"
stated Kline. "Applied biology and biomedical engineering have
become two of our most popular academic areas. Jameel will keep us
on the cutting edge of technology, continue to support our
students' undergraduate research and project avenues, and develop
important partnerships with industry, corporations and
Among the first faculty hired for the new Department of Applied
Biology and Biomedical Engineering, Ahmed served as a post-doctoral
instructor in 1997 and then as an assistant professor in 1999. He
helped the biomedical engineering program become the first Indiana
college or university to earn accreditation by the Engineering
Accreditation Commission of ABET. He became an associate professor
in 2005, and has developed courses in neuroprosthetics,
electrophysiology, analysis of physiological systems and computer
applications for biology. He has also taught a variety of courses
in such areas as human physiology, biomedical measurement and
problem solving in biosciences/engineering.
"Under Lee Waite's leadership of the department, we have
improved to the point where we have two excellent programs in our
department and have hired faculty and staff members who are
outstanding educators," stated Ahmed. "I'm excited to work with the
rest of the department to spread the word about our programs, to
improve our facilities, and to continue to provide even more
opportunities for our students to develop into leaders in science
An active life-sciences researcher, Ahmed examined
neural-vascular interaction in the retina from 2004-08 through a
National Institutes of Health grant, and has mentored 17
undergraduate and graduate students to complete projects that study
the neural-vascular interactions in the retina, investigate protein
interactions with microfabricated surfaces and study an ACell
derived nerve conduit. He has made presentations, with Rose-Hulman
students, at the Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, and
co-authored articles with faculty colleagues in the Journal of
Biomedical Science Instrumentation, Journal of Physiology,
Microvascular Research Journal, Visual Neuroscience Investigative
Opthalmology and Visual Science, Experimental Eye Research and the
Journal of Vision Research.
Ahmed received Rose-Hulman's Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership
Award for assisting campus diversity efforts and the Excellence in
Service Award as co-director of the Leadership Advancement Program.
He has been a group leader for the college's Summer Innovation
Workshop and has helped organize Leadership Academy workshops for
student and faculty/staff groups during the past four years.
In the community, Ahmed has served on the Board of Trustees for
the United Way of the Wabash Valley and earned the organization's
Solomon Award for outstanding community service. He has been Vice
President of Community Impact and Co-Chair of the Fund Distribution
Committee for the United Way. He currently serves on the Board of
Trustees for Leadership Wabash Valley.
Ahmed earned a bachelor's degree in bioengineering from Syracuse
University in 1990, a master's degree in biomedical engineering
from Northwestern University in 1993 and Ph.D. in biomedical
engineering from Northwestern in 1997.