Women in Engineering (WiE) IEEE UFFC-S Committee, 2017

February 19, 2017 | Contributed By - Zhen Xu, IEEE UFFC liaison to WIE

Zhen Xu

Estelle Camus

Brady Gibbons

Sarah Bedair

The international professional organization, IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), is dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists. The WIE Committee for IEEE UFFC-S organizes events at the UFFC-S symposiums to inspire, encourage and develop women’s careers in our disciplines.

IEEE UFFC liaison to WIE –  Zhen Xu is an Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2005. Her research is focusing on ultrasound therapy, particularly the applications of histotripsy for noninvasive surgeries. She received the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control Society Outstanding Paper Award in 2006; American Heart Association (AHA) Outstanding research in Pediatric Cardiology in 2010; National Institute of Health (NIH) New Investigator Award at the First National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Edward C. Nagy New  Investigator Symposium in 2011, and The Federic Lizzi Early Career Award from The International Society of Therapeutic Ultrasound in 2015. She is currently an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Ultrasound, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control (UFFC), and WIE chair for IEEE UFFC.

IEEE UFFC WIE Committee, Ultrasonics – Estelle Camus is in charge of the intracardiac imaging portfolio and strategy at Siemens Healthineers. She received her Engineering Degree from “Ecole Centrale Lille”, France and M.Sc. in Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, USA in 1996. In 1997, she started her research on ultrasound propagation in bone at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan and pursued it at the CNRS Parametric Imaging Laboratory in Paris, France. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Paris in 2000. She has led several research projects targeted at improving imaging technologies for minimally invasive interventional radiology and cardiology procedures as well as computed tomography at Siemens Healthineers. She is currently studying towards an MBA from Steinbeis University Berlin.

Estelle’s research interests include (i) ultrasound and x-ray medical imaging, (ii) multi-modality imaging and (iii) navigation technologies. She has published more than 20 papers and holds more than 25 patents. She received the Best Poster Award at the 2000 Young Investigators Symposium, the Best Paper in Navigation Award at MICCAI 2009 and the 2011 Siemens Innovation Summer Camp Award. She has given seminars on medical imaging at the National Engineering School of Tunis, Tunisia.

IEEE UFFC WIE Committee, Ferroelectrics – Brady Gibbons is an Associate Professor of Materials Science and Associate School Head for Undergraduate Programs in the School of Mechanical, Industrial, & Manufacturing Engineering at Oregon State University. His research specializes in structure-process-property relationships in multifunctional thin film materials. His group works to develop novel integration science strategies to combine material functionalities that result in significantly enhanced, or even new, properties. He is a 2012 NSF CAREER awardee. He has been a key participant in the NSF funded ‘Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity’ program, and gave a 2016 keynote address at the ‘Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network’ Change Symposium in Broomfield, CO. Prior to OSU he spent eight years at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher and member of the technical staff. There, his research on 2nd generation superconducting wire led to an R&D 100 Award in 2004. He received his Ph. D. in Materials from the Pennsylvania State University in 1998.

IEEE UFFC WIE Committee, Frequency Control – Sarah Bedair has been a Staff Researcher in the Power Sciences Branch at the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) since June 2009 and is currently the team leader for the Microsystems Power Components Team. Her current research interests include the modeling and fabrication of MEMS-based power devices, specifically for single-chip-scale power conversion and RF electronics. She has contributed to more than 60 research publications and is co-inventor on eight patents / patent applications.  She received the B.S. degree in applied sciences & computer engineering from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She also received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, in 2004 and 2008.  She spent one year (August 2008-June 2009) as an Oak Ridge Associated University Post-Doctoral Fellow at ARL. Dr. Bedair has been the recipient of fellowships and awards in academics and research. These include the Phillip and Marsha Dowd-Institute for Complex Engineered Systems Fellowship and the James D. Crawford Award at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was also the recipient of the 2010 Excellence in Federal Career-Technical and Scientific Rookie of the Year Award and the 2009 Department of the Army Research and Development Achievement Award.