Bruce Wheeler recently joined the University of California at San Diego as an Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering with duties principally aimed at supporting the new Systems Bioengineering major at UCSD. He had served for 7 years at the University of Florida, including service as Acting Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department and co-author of the successful proposal for the BMS BME program. Previously he served for 28 years at the University of Illinois, including as Associate Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Chair of the Neuroscience Program and Founding Head of the Department of Bioengineering. He has also served President of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the world’s largest, oldest, and most global bioengineering society, and Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, one of the most influential general biomedical engineering journals.
Common to all these positions has been his concern for the preparation of students for careers in the expanding field of biomedical engineering. This has led him to advocate for point-of-care-technologies and biomedical and health informatics as rapidly emerging fields that offer challenges and opportunities for the next generation of engineers who wish to dedicate their careers to improving healthcare, even to a global scale.
Prof. Wheeler’s research interests lie in the application of electrical engineering methodologies to basic neuroscience, most notably “brain on chip” technology, with considerable national funding. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, BMES, AAAS, IAMBE, AIMBE and BMES. He is likely the only person to start two undergraduate BME degree programs.