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Diplomatic barrier dropped for Dartmouth engineering professor's keynote address in Cuba

Posted 05/23/01

Dartmouth Engineering Prof. Metin Akay became the first American scientist to give a keynote address in Cuba with permission from the U.S. government, during the second Latin-American Congress on Biomedical Engineering held in Havana, Cuba, May 23–25.

Akay received the unprecedented permission to deliver his address in Cuba from the U.S. Treasury Department with the help of U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg from New Hampshire.

As part of the opening ceremonies on May 23, Akay lead a panel discussion on new trends in biomedical engineering with a talk titled "The Promotion of Women in Science and Engineering in the World."

In addition to promoting the worldwide enhancement of engineering education opportunities for women and minorities, Akay, an IEEE Third Millennium Medal recipient in bioengineering, also spoke specifically on "Emerging Technologies in Bioengineering in the 21st Century." The Cuba Vision International broadcast the opening ceremonies, the panel discussion and Akay's keynote address on sleep apnea.

Akay's participation has attracted many colleagues from Central and South America to the conference. Akay was also the keynote speaker at the first Latin-American Congress in Mazatlan, Mexico, in 1998. His high-profile presence reflects upon the strong leadership of the United States and Dartmouth College in the field of biomedical engineering.

An Assistant Professor and Lecturer at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, and IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Akay has given a total of 25 keynote and plenary addresses in last five years at international conferences and symposia around the world, including locations like China, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Austria, Norway, Japan, Korea, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In addition to the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, he has received numerous citations and awards including the 1997 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award, and the 1998 and 2000 Young Investigator Awards of the Sigma Xi Society.

Akay received his master's degree in electrical engineering from the Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1984, and his doctorate in biomedical engineering from Rutgers University in 1990. He has published more than 60 journal papers, 65 conference papers and abstracts, 12 text/edited books, and holds two U.S. patents. He is a senior member of IEEE, a member of Eta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, The American Heart Association and The New York Academy of Science. Akay is the founding editor of the Series in Biomedical Engineering published by the Wiley and IEEE Press and sponsored by the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Akay teaches biomedical informatics and signal processing at Dartmouth.

Dartmouth College, located in Hanover, N.H., is a member of the Ivy League and has been in the forefront of American higher education since 1769. Founded in 1867, Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering is one of the nation's oldest professional schools of engineering. The School comprises both the Undergraduate Department of Engineering Sciences at Dartmouth and a graduate professional school in engineering.

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