Biography

George R. Wodicka

George R. Wodicka is Professor and Founding Head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, U.S.A.

Professor Wodicka attended The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, where he received the B.E.S. degree in biomedical engineering with both departmental and university honors in 1982.  He was then awarded a fellowship from the Raytheon Company to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), Cambridge, Massachusetts, and received the S.M. degree in electrical engineering and computer science in 1985 and the Ph.D. degree in medical engineering in 1989.  From 1987 to 1989 he was a graduate instructor in the Harvard-M.I.T. Division of Health Sciences and Technology.  Upon completion of his doctoral studies, Professor Wodicka received the Harvard-M.I.T. graduate award in medical engineering for service to the academic community.

Since joining the Purdue faculty in 1989, Professor Wodicka has received the Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991, the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Teacher Award in 1993 and again in 1997, the Honeywell Excellence in Teaching Award in 1994, the A.A. Potter Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997, and the D.D. Ewing Outstanding Teacher Award in 2000. In 2009 he received the Faculty Award of Excellence in Leadership from the Purdue College of Engineering, and in 2010 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Commercialization Award for Purdue University Faculty.

Under his direction and leadership, the Weldon School has achieved tremendous growth and impact. Within the last several years, the School has developed a research partnership in nanomedicine with the Korean Institute of Science and Technology, founded a joint graduate education program with the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, created the Purdue Imaging Center in partnership with GE Healthcare, and established an NIH Clinical and Translational Science Institute with the Indiana University School of Medicine. Recently, the School’s biomedical engineering undergraduate program received its ABET accreditation – only five years after accepting its first undergraduate students.

Professor Wodicka conducts an active translational research program in the area of biomedical acoustics - the application of sonic technologies toward the solution of problems in clinical medicine.  His current efforts include the design of acoustic guidance systems for clinical catheters and tubes, the development of acoustic biosensors to quantify airway obstruction, and computational modeling and analysis of speech production in both health and disease.  Numerous government agencies, foundations, and medical device corporations have supported his research program.

Professor Wodicka is the recipient of a Young Investigator Award from the U.S. National Science Foundation, and is a Guggenheim Fellow.  He is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu, and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). From 2001-2007 he was the Co-Director of the Bindley Bioscience Center at Purdue University, and from 2004-2008 he chaired the Fellows Committee of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS).