Atam P Dhawan, Senior Vice Provost for Research


Atam P Dhawan is Senior Vice Provost for Research, Executive Director of Undergraduate Research and Innovation (URI) and Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at NJIT.  

He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and Ph.D. from the University of Manitoba, all in Electrical Engineering. From 1985-2000, he held faculty positions in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Radiology departments at University of Houston, University of Cincinnati, University of Texas, University of Texas Medical Center (Dallas).  From 2000-2014, he served as the Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Associate and Interim Dean of Albert Dorman Honors College.

Dr. Dhawan is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and Fellow of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE) for his contributions in medical imaging and image analysis, and healthcare innovations. He has published over 215 research papers and book chapters. He has also authored and co-authored several books in medical imaging, and image analysis.

He is a recipient of numerous awards including Martin Epstein Award (1984), NIH FIRST Award (1988), Sigma-Xi Young Investigator Award (1992), IEEE EMBS Early Career Achievement Award (1995), Doermann Distinguished Lecture Award (1999) and EMBS Distinguished Lecturer award (2012-2013). He has served as the Conference Chair of the IEEE 28th International Conference of Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, New York (2006). He has also served as the Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Editorial Board Member for International Journal of Pattern Recognition, and steering committee member for IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. 

Currently, Dr. Dhawan serves as the Editor-In-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine.  He is the founding chair of the IEEE EMBS technical committee on Translational Engineering and Healthcare Innovations. He has organized and chaired the IEEE-EMBS International Conferences on Point-of-Care Technologies and Healthcare Innovation in Bangalore, India (2013), and in Seattle (2014), and co-chaired the NIH-IEEE Strategic Conference on Point-of-Care Technologies for Precision Medicine held at the NIH NIAID Conference Center, Bethesda in 2015. He served as the conference chair of IEEE-NIH Conference on Healthcare Innovation and Point-of-Care Technologies held in Cancun on November 9 through November 11, 2016. He is the conference co-chair of 2017 IEEE-NIH Special Topics Conference on Healthcare Innovation and Point-of-Care Technologies, NIH Natcher Conference Center, Bethesda from November 6 through November 8, 2017.

Since 1990, Dr. Dhawan has chaired numerous NIH special emphasis and review panels. From 2008-2011, He chaired the NIH Chartered Study Section on Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics. His research interests lie in medical imaging, medical image analysis, point-of-care technologies, pattern recognition and computer-aided-diagnosis.