The International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE) welcomed and elected 26 Fellows for the Class of 2021, including three faculty members from the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

The IAMBE, affiliated with the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE), is made up of Fellows who are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession of medical and biological engineering. Election to the Academy is highly selective, initiated by nominations which are involved with at least 3 current Fellows and screened by the Membership Committee of the Academy. The election is conducted by a vote of all Fellows of the Academy. There are currently less than 250 Fellows world-wide.

Four of the newly elected Fellows are from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, including three faculty members at Carle Illinois.

Carle Illinois Professor Mark A. Anastasio, Donald Biggar Willett Professor in Engineering and Head of Bioengineering Department, “for outstanding achievements in to photoacoustic computed tomography, biomedical image processing, and bioengineering education”

Carle Illinois College of Medicine Executive Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer Stephen Boppart, Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering, “for foundational advances in optical biomedical imaging and translation of optical imaging technologies into clinical applications and use”

Carle Illinois Professor Joseph Irudayaraj, Founder Professor of Bioengineering, “for pioneering contributions to the development of nanoparticle biosensors and single-cell technologies for quantification of mRNA and other disease biomarkers”

Yoram Bresler, GEBI Founder Professor of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, “for pioneering and seminal contributions to biomedical imaging theory, algorithms, and technology”

Carle Illinois Professors Rashid Bashir (2015) and Zhi-Pei Liang (2012) were elected IAMBE fellows in previous years, as was Bioengineering’s Shuming Nie (2013) .


The International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) is primarily a federation of national and transnational societies. These professional organizations represent interests in medical and biological engineering. The IFMBE is also a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) for the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), where we are uniquely positioned to influence the delivery of health care to the world through Biomedical and Clinical Engineering.