2019
Dr. Paul J. Benkeser
Dr. Paul J. Benkeser
Gordon Prize
Professor and Senior Associate Chair in the Wallace H. Coulter, Georgia Tech and Emory University
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Awards
Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education
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Biography
Paul Benkeser is a professor and senior associate chair in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. A member of the Georgia Tech faculty since 1985, he was one of the founding faculty of the Coulter Department in 1998 and served as its first associate chair for undergraduate studies. 
 
His early research interests were in therapeutic and diagnostic applications of ultrasound. After joining the Coulter Department he redirected his energies toward enhancing undergraduate biomedical engineering  education, with particular interests in integrating problem-driven learning and global experiential learning opportunities in the curriculum. His research and education endeavors have been funded by grants from NIH, NSF, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Whitaker Foundation. 
 
Dr. Benkeser has been active in engineering accreditation activities for ABET since 2002, serving in a number of capacities including program evaluator, EAC Commissioner, and member of its board of delegates. He is a member of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Society, and American Society for Engineering Education, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 
 
He received his BS from Purdue University and MS and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in electrical engineering.
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Awards
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  • 2019
  • For fusing problem-driven engineering education with learning science principles to create a pioneering program that develops leaders in biomedical engineering.