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Harrison H. Barrett, PhD, a University of Arizona Regents' Professor and UA Cancer Center member whose work in medical imaging has contributed to fields including cardiovascular disease, cognitive neuroscience, breast cancer and tumor detection, was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering on Thursday.
Barrett is a Regents' Professor of Radiology, a Regents' Professor of Optical Sciences and a Regents' Professor of Applied Mathematics, and leads the UA Center for Gamma-Ray Imaging. He also holds an appointment of professor in the Program in Biomedical Engineering and the UA Cancer Center.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education, and to those who have pioneered new and developing fields of technology, made major advances in traditional fields of engineering, or developed or implemented innovative approaches to engineering education.
"Harry is an icon in the field of image science, and his groundbreaking research in the mathematics of image reconstruction and image quality has had enormous impact in the field of medical imaging," said Thomas Koch, dean of the College of Optical Sciences.
Barrett marks 40 years at the UA this year, and has enjoyed continued NIH funding since 1976. Next month, he will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghent in Belgium.
-Feb. 10, 2014