Dartmouth Engineering professor named NAI Fellow

Keith Paulsen receives the highest distinction for academic inventors

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HANOVER, N.H. – December 3, 2019 – Keith Paulsen, the Robert A. Pritzker Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Dartmouth College, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Election as an NAI Fellow is the highest professional distinction for academic inventors “who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.”

In addition to teaching at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, Paulsen also serves as professor of radiology and surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine, scientific director of both the Advanced Imaging Center and the Center for Surgical Innovation at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and co-director of the Translational Engineering in Cancer program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

“I am honored to be named a Fellow of NAI,” Paulsen said. “Dartmouth has created an incredibly supportive environment and culture that values entrepreneurship within its faculty. I feel especially indebted to Dartmouth’s Associate Provost for Entrepreneurship Eric Fossum and Director of Technology Transfer Nila Bhakuni for their continued encouragement and the support of their respective teams.”

Paulsen is a renowned expert in biomedical imaging and computational modeling. His research focuses on the development and translation of advanced imaging technology, primarily for cancer detection, diagnosis, therapy monitoring, and surgical guidance. Along with his team, he has developed and patented devices and methods for intraoperative quantitative fluorescence imaging, image updating with stereovision and 3D ultrasound, and magnetic resonance elastography of brain and supine MRI imaging and image-guidance for breast surgical oncology.

Paulsen has authored 450 scientific publications that have been cited more than 30,000 times, and has maintained an active research program, continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) over the past 30 years. He has taught at Thayer since 1988.

In 2016, Paulsen was named Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) “for leadership in biomedical technologies in medical imaging for diagnosis and intervention.” He is also a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA), the Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

The formal induction ceremony for this year’s fellows will take place at the Ninth Annual Meeting of the NAI in April 2020 in Phoenix, Ariz. The 2019 Fellow class represents 136 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes worldwide and collectively hold over 3,500 issued U.S. patents. Their collective body of research covers a range of scientific disciplines including neurobehavioral sciences, horticulture, photonics and nanomedicine.

The NAI was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the US Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society.

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About Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth

Founded in 1867 at Dartmouth, Thayer School of Engineering is one of the nation’s first professional engineering schools, preparing leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges through engineering, research, and entrepreneurship. Thayer offers undergraduate and graduate degrees under a unified department of engineering sciences. Consistently ranked among the top colleges and universities for its commitment to teaching, Dartmouth is the first national research university to graduate a majority-female class of undergraduate engineers. For more information, please visit engineering.dartmouth.edu.

About the National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventors of its members to benefit society. The NAI has a close collaborative relationship with the USPTO and is one of three honorific organizations, along with the National Medals and National Inventors Hall of Fame, working closesly with the USPTO on many discovery and innovation support initiatives. The NAI publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation. For more information visit http://www.academyofinventors.org.

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