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Release: Feb. 6, 2001

UI engineer wins prestigious NSF CAREER Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Joseph Reinhardt, assistant professor of biomedical engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to receive a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

As an award recipient, Reinhardt will receive $375,000 over the next five years. The CAREER award is the most prestigious NSF honor for junior faculty and is given in recognition of research and teaching excellence, as well as academic leadership potential. The awards, presented to engineers and scientists across the country, are designed to help universities attract and retain outstanding young faculty members.

Reinhardt's NSF research involves improving biomedical imaging teaching and research in the UI department of biomedical engineering. In particular, he plans to develop software tools to help analyze pulmonary images, lung behavior and lung tissue properties. Such analysis may aid in the early detection and tracking of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, emphysema and other diseases. Also, proposed new UI College of Engineering courses, focused on developing medical imaging engineers and image processing software programmers, would offer students a "hands-on" experience in pulmonary imaging.

Reinhardt, who came to the university in 1994 as an adjunct assistant professor of radiology in the UI College of Medicine, joined the College of Engineering faculty in August 1997. He currently teaches biomedical engineering students in the areas of his expertise, including the fields of one- and two-dimensional systems and signal processing, including image processing. His research interests include many aspects of image processing and medical imaging -- ranging from low-level image processing and segmentation to functional image and mechanical analysis -- as well as analysis of structures within the human lung.

His professional experience, prior to joining the UI faculty, includes systems engineering for Raytheon Co. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985, his master’s degree from Northeastern University in 1988 and his doctorate from Pennsylvania State University in 1994, all in electrical engineering.