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K. Kirk Shung

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Professor Emeritus of Biomedical Engineering


  • Doctoral Degree, Electrical Engineering, University of Washington
  • Master's Degree, Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri Columbia
  • Bachelor's Degree, Electrical Engineering, Cheng Kung University


Prof. Shung obtained a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington, Seattle, WA in 1975. He was a faculty member at Penn State University, University Park, PA for 23 years before moving to USC. He has been the director of the NIH Resource on Medical Ultrasonic Transducer TEchnology since 1997. He has authored morethan 250 papers and three books.

Research Summary

Professor Shung currently conducts research primarily in the area of high frequency ultrasonic imaging and transducer development supported by an NIH National Resource grant on transducer technology. Its thrust is on developing high frequency ultrasonic transducers and arrays which with improved spatial resolution are and can be used for dermatological, ophthalmological and intravascular imaging and small animal imaging.


  • 2011 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Professional career acheivement award
  • 2010 American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Joseph Holms Pioneer Award in Basic Science
  • 2008 VSoE, USC VSoE Senior Research Award
  • 2005 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Chau Wai-Yin Memorial Lecture Award
  • 2003 IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society Distinguished lecturer award
  • 2001 National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan Outstanding Alumnus Award
  • 2000 IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroeelctrics and Frequency Control Society Best paper award
  • 1999 Penn State University College of Engineering Premier Research Award
  • 1985 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and biology Society Early Career Achievement award
  • 1984 Penn State University College of Engineering Outstadning research award
  • Alfred E. Mann Department of Biomedical Engineering

  • DRB 140
  • Corwin D. Denney Research Center
  • 1042 Downey Way, Los Angeles, CA 90089
  • USC Mail Code: 1111

Contact Information
  • (213) 821-2653
  • kkshung@usc.edu


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