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Rashid Bashir

Dean of Engineering
Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering
Professor of Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
MSEE 1989, PhD EE 1992

“My graduate training at Purdue taught me how to think and how to take upon any challenge that comes my way – something that has benefited me greatly throughout my career.”

Dr. Rashid Bashir earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1989 and a PhD in 1992. He is Dean of Engineering, the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, Bashir was the Executive Associate Dean at the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine (2017 – present), the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering, Head of Department of Bioengineering (2013 – 2017), and Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (2007 – 2013). Bashir was a faculty member at Purdue University from 1998 to 2007, with appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering. From 1992 to 1998 he worked for National Semiconductor Corporation as Sr. Engineering Manager. 
Bashir has received the NSF Faculty Early Career Award, the 2012 IEEE EMBS Technical Achievement Award, and the Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship Award from BMES in 2018. He is a fellow of IEEE, AIMBE, AAAS, BMES, IAMBE, RSC, APS, and NAI. 
Bashir’s research group is interested in developing new technologies for precision and personalized medicine, and 3D bio-fabrication of cellular systems. Using bionanotechnology, BioMEMS, and lab on a chip, he is working at the interface of biology and engineering from the molecular to the tissue scale, and aiming to make an impact on grand challenges in health and medicine including cancer, sepsis, and others.