By Sherry DiBari


Khan Iftekharuddin, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Vision Lab, has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).

The AIMBE is a non-profit representing the most accomplished individuals in the fields of medical and biological engineering. Current AIMBE Fellows include Nobel laureates, Presidential Medal winners and members of the National Academies.

Fellows are recognized for their impactful contributions to medical and biological engineering research, pedagogy and/or practice, as well as their contributions to professional societies and public service or advocacy.

Iftekharuddin’s expertise lies in computer vision and machine learning, where he applies his knowledge to combat diseases like high-grade glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer, and to advance the understanding of other diseases.

"It has been a distinct honor for a computer engineer like myself to collaborate with colleagues in medicine over decades, creating impactful scholarship in medical and biological engineering," said Iftekharuddin.

Iftekharuddin earned his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton. He previously served as a principal research engineer at Timken Research in Canton, Ohio, and as a senior systems engineer at BDM Federal in Dayton, Ohio, before joining North Dakota State University and then the University of Memphis. Iftekharuddin joined Old Dominion University in 2011.

In addition to his roles as professor and director of the Vision Lab, Iftekharuddin has held various positions at the Batten College of Engineering and Technology, including interim dean, associate dean for Research and Graduate Programs, and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“Dr. Iftekharuddin's research in battling high-grade glioblastoma and advancing the understanding of diseases like Autism Spectrum Disorder and Alzheimer's, makes a tangible impact in our community and our world,” said Kenneth Fridley, vice president of ODU’s Office of Research and interim dean of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology. “We are proud of his accomplishments and this recognition.”

Iftekharuddin has received numerous awards, including the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award in 2023. He has consistently ranked in the top 2% of cited researchers worldwide according to Stanford University.

Iftekharuddin’s research interests include signal and image processing, neural networks applications, time-frequency analysis, sensors and embedded system design, cybersecurity, smart and connected cities and human-machine interactions.