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Ultrasonic Imaging Expert Jesse Yen Wins Coulter Foundation Early Career Award

June 22, 2007 —

Jesse T. Yen, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the USC Viterbi School, has won a 2007 Early Career Award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.

“This is a prestigious award and is the only one of its kind in the biomedical engineering field,” said Michael Khoo, chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  “We’re very proud of our colleague.  This is a tribute to the high quality of his work.”

Jesse Yen

Dean Yannis C. Yortsos congratulated Yen for his pioneering work in the field of 3-D ultrasonic imaging, adding that he looked forward to many more successes and breakthroughs in the research in the years ahead.  

The Coulter Foundation Early Career award is aimed at encouraging assistant professors in biomedical engineering to engage in “translational” research that could lead to commercial development and clinical utilization of innovative medical technology.  It remains the only privately funded award in biomedical engineering since the Whitaker Foundation closed its operations last year.

Yen’s proposal, “Ultrasound Transducers for Near-Field 3-D Imaging,” was one of only 16 proposals chosen from a large number of submissions.  He will receive $240,000 over a period of two years to support the project.

Yen will accept his award at a meeting of all awardees, to be held Aug. 15–16 in Miami, which is home to the Coulter Foundation.