by Nicole Capozziello
Published April 22, 2020
Leslie Ying, Clifford C. Furnas Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at the University at Buffalo, has been elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) for her “outstanding contributions to the development and biomedical applications of fast magnetic resonance imaging with sparse sampling."
AIMBE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “provide leadership and advocacy in medical and biological engineering for the benefit of society.”
This year, AIMBE announced the election of 156 new members to its College of Fellows. Fellows, who consist of clinicians, industry professionals, academics and scientists, have distinguished themselves through their contributions to research, practice, and or education. They are nominated each year by their peers, and represent the top two percent of the medical and biological community.
“Leslie’s elevation to Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering provides long-deserved recognition of her many, varied and impactful contributions to the field of MRI imaging,” says Jon Bird, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering.
“As Furnas Chair, she is one of the most accomplished members of our faculty, who, beyond her scholarship, has also served in key leadership roles in (the Departments of) Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. This further recognition of her contributions will serve to also enhance the reputation of our departments, and I am delighted that she has been honored in this manner.”
Ying is a recognized leader in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. Her research interests include compressed sensing, image reconstruction, and machine learning for biomedical applications.
“Leslie’s work to increase the quality and speed of MRI imaging, as well as recent work in applying machine learning to MRI, will have a significant impact on the development of MRI systems. Her elevation to Fellow of the AIMBE is weel-deserved recognition for her work,” says Albert Titus, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
In addition to the honor of AIMBE Fellow, she received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2009, and was elected as an AdCom member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in 2012. She is currently the editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, a top-rated, highly-selective journal.
Ying received her bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from Tsinghua University in 1997 and both her MS and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 and 2003, respectively.