Ge Wang has been named the Samuel Reynolds Pritchard Professor in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech by the university’s Board of Visitors during its quarterly meeting August 28. Wang, who currently is director of the Center for X-Ray and Optical Tomography in the Department of Radiology at the University of Iowa, will assume the Virginia Tech appointment in November.

The Samuel Reynolds Pritchard Professorship was established by the late Walter A. Buchanan, Sr. in 1992 in honor of Prichard, who served as the dean of the College of Engineering from 1918 to 1928. The professorship recognizes excellence in engineering research.

During his career, Wang has attracted more than $8 million in research support as principal investigator and more than $20 million as co-principal/co-investigator. Since receiving his doctorate in 1992, he has established a distinguished publishing record as the author of more than 170 peer-reviewed journal papers, 50 of which have appeared during the past two years.

Wang produced the first paper in the area of spiral cone-beam computed tomography (CT), now the main stream of medical CT research. In 2004 he wrote the first paper in the area of bioluminescence tomography, an emerging modality for molecular imaging. More than 1,000 citations are attributed to his research group’s pioneering efforts.

Wang is the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Biomedical Imaging and an associate editor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) journals Transactions in Medical Imaging and Medical Physics. He is a reviewer for more than 30 journals, as well as for the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Defense.

He has received numerous professional awards. Most recently, the Association of University Radiologists presented him with the 2004 Herbert M. Stauffer Award for Outstanding Basic Science Paper on the subject of academic radiology. In 2001, the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England, listed Wang as one of the Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century. He is a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to X-ray tomography and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers for his seminal contributions to the development of single-slice spiral, cone-beam spiral, and micro CT.

Wang received his bachelor’s degree from Xidian University (China), a master’s degree from the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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