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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.

     Jameel Ahmed
  Jameel Ahmed, Ph.D.

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 foundations."

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 and engineering."

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.