Cumberland University


Onaral to Lecture on Brain Imaging Technology


Dr. Banu Onaral

On Tuesday, April 8, Cumberland University will hold the third in a series of five internet-based seminars focused on the impact science and technology have on our lives through their ever-growing influence on healthcare and business.

To be led by CU President Dr. Harvill C. Eaton, the third installment of the well-received series will connect the University with Dr. Banu Onaral, the H.H. Sun Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Onaral will take part in the seminar, focused on brain imaging technologies, via a live web video link.

Dr. Onaral holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and BSEE and MSEE in Electrical Engineering from Bogazici University in Instanbul, Turkey. She joined the faculty of Drexel's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute in 1981 and has served as the founding Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering Science and Health Systems since 1997.

Dr. Onaral's academic focus both in research and teaching is centered on signals and systems engineering with special emphasis on complex systems and biomedical signal processing in ultrasound and optics. She has led major research and development projects sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the Department of Homeland Security.

Her translational research efforts for rapid commercialization of biomedical technologies developed at Drexel have resulted in the creation of the Biomedical Device Development Initiative (BioMedDev), a "start-up of start-ups" which brings together academic technology developers with entrepreneurs, economic development agencies, local legal, business and investment communities.

She served as an officer and the president of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), the largest member-based biomedical engineering society in the world. She organized and chaired the 1990 Annual International Conference of the EMBS and co-chaired the 2004 Annual Conference of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

The third "Science, Technology & Us" seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 8 from 12:30 until 1:20 p.m. in Room 130 of Labry Hall on the Cumberland University campus. Along with CU students, faculty and staff, the lecture is open to the public, and there is no charge for admission.

To view highlights from previous "Science, Technology & Us" seminars, visit Cumberland University's YouTube channel at