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Raj Rangayyan inducted as Royal Society of Canada New Fellow

Professor Emeritus recognized for advances in biomedical engineering and computer-aided diagnosis

Lisha Hassanali and UToday
Schulich School of Engineering Professor Emeritus Rangaraj Rangayyan was inducted as a Royal Society of Canada 2016 New Fellow in November 2016 for his contributions to biomedical engineering and computer-aided diagnosis. Photo by Mark Skogen for the Schulich School of Engineering

A key tool in health diagnosis and treatment is medical imaging. This is the area in which Rangaraj M. Rangayyan has focused his research at the Schulich School of Engineering. In recognition of his outstanding scholarly achievements, Rangayyan was recently inducted as a Royal Society of Canada New Fellow. 

“It is certainly a great honour in Canada,” says Rangayyan, professor emeritus in the electrical and computer engineering department. “I am pleased to be recognized for a lifetime of work and contribution of knowledge to solve real life health issues.”

Rangayyan has made substantial contributions to biomedical engineering and computer-aided diagnosis. His books are used at several universities for research and teaching; one of his books has been translated to Russian and is also being translated to Mandarin. With collaborators, he has developed several techniques for detection of abnormalities in biomedical signals and images, including breast cancer and degeneration of knee-joint cartilage.

Rangayyan has been an effective collaborator on many multidisciplinary teams. His research contributions to designing diagnostic methods for the early detection of breast cancer may lead to earlier diagnosis of breast cancer and improvements in survival rate.

“Biomedical engineering is a very exciting area to work in,” adds Rangayyan. “It gives a lot of satisfaction when we can apply engineering methods and systems in the health field to assist specialists in completely different areas like oncology, radiology, sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery.”

Founded in 1882, the Royal Society of Canada comprises the academies of arts, humanities and sciences; in addition to Canada's first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership, The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Its mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence, to advise governments and organizations, and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world.

Rangaraj Rangayyan was inducted as a Royal Society of Canada New Fellow alongside Schulich Professor Nigel Shrive on November 18, 2016. Read more about Shrive’s engineering research and contributions.

They are part of a cohort of 89 new fellows from across Canada inducted into the academies in 2016. The scholars have been elected by their peers — in recognition of their outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievements.

The University of Calgary’s multidisciplinary Engineering Solutions for Health: Biomedical Engineering research strategy is focused on developing solutions for pressing health challenges in disease and injury prevention, diagnosis and treatments. We are also applying systems engineering principles to continuously improve the health system.