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February 19, 2007
CONTACT: Phil Sneiderman

William Brody Elected to
National Academy of Engineering

Johns Hopkins President Honored for Contributions to
Radiography and Education

William R. Brody
William R. Brody

William R. Brody, president of The Johns Hopkins University, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering. The Washington, D.C.-based organization announced recently that Brody was among 64 new members and nine foreign associates, bringing the academy's total U.S. membership to 2,217 and the number of foreign associates to 188.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. The formal induction ceremony will take place in September.

Brody, 63, has a distinguished background both in medicine and electrical engineering. In electing him to the National Academy of Engineering, the group said it was recognizing Brody for "contributions to digital radiography and for leadership in engineering at the interface between academia and industry."

In 1992, Brody was elected to a related organization, the Institute of Medicine. He is now one of only 28 people to hold memberships in both the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering.

"When I was in high school I dreamed of combining engineering with medicine," Brody said. "This was in the days before there was a defined field of biomedical engineering. I have been very fortunate to have been able to fulfill my dream, and even more rewarding, to see the field of biomedical engineering blossom into one of the more attractive areas for young engineering students to enter."

Brody became the 13th president of The Johns Hopkins University on Sept. 1, 1996. Previously, he served a provost of the Academic Health Center at the University of Minnesota.

From 1987 to 1994, he was the Martin Donner Professor and director of the Department of Radiology, professor of electrical and computer engineering and professor of biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins, and radiologist-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Brody is a native of Stockton, Calif. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his M.D. and a Ph.D., also in electrical engineering, from Stanford University. He has been a co-founder of three medical device companies and served as president and chief executive officer of Resonex Inc., from 1984 to 1987.

At Johns Hopkins, Brody joins 11 other faculty members previously elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

They are Robert A. Dalrymple, the Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Civil Engineering,; Frederick Jelinek, the Julian Sinclair Smith Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the university's Center for Language and Speech Processing; Alan Goldman, professor emeritus in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics; Charles O'Melia, chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering and Abel Wolman Professor of Environmental Engineering; Murray B. Sachs, director of the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Institute and Bessie Darling Massey Chair in Biomedical Engineering; Eugene Shchukin, research professor emeritus in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering; James West, research professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and M. Gordon "Reds" Wolman, the B. Howell Griswold Jr. Professor of Geography and International Affairs in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering; Edmund Chao, professor emeritus in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery in the School of Medicine; Owen M. Phillips, Decker Professor Emeritus and Research Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences; and Kenneth H. Keller, director of the Bologna Center of the university's School of Advanced International Studies.

Digital color photo of William Brody available; contact Phil Sneiderman.

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