Three VUSE faculty receive tenure

Three Vanderbilt School of Engineering faculty members have been promoted to associate professor with tenure.  The promotions were confirmed by the Board of Trust at its spring meeting May 15-16.

They are Mark Does, associate professor of biomedical engineering; Michael Miga, associate professor of biomedical engineering; and Greg Walker, associate professor of mechanical engineering.

“Tenured faculty members represent the School’s long-term commitment to excellence. Professors Does, Miga and Walker have been extraordinary junior faculty whose promotions illustrate the confidence the School has in them as steadfast researchers and teachers who will contribute to Vanderbilt Engineering’s academic distinction,” Galloway said.

Mark Does joined Vanderbilt in 2002 as part of the establishment of the Institute of Imaging Science. He is appointed primarily in biomedical engineering, secondarily in radiology and radiological sciences, and serves as the Director of the Center for Small Animal Imaging. His research area is tissue characterization with MRI, particularly focusing on myelinated tissues as well as skeletal and cardiac muscle.

Miga’s expertise is in the area of numerical methods and biomedical modeling. He is currently the director of the Biomedical Modeling Laboratory.  The focus of the Biomedical Modeling Laboratory is on developing new paradigms in detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease through the integration of computational models into clinical decision-making practices.  Miga, who came to the School in 2000, teaches courses in numerical methods, computational modeling for biomedical applications, and biomechanics.

Greg Walker’s research interests include electro-thermal simulation of semiconductor devices, microscale energy transport, microrefrigeration and energy conversion, and scientific computational methods. The focus of his research is leveraging small-scale physical effects for the development and utilization of clean, accessible and affordable energy sources to help meet global energy demands. Walker joined the mechanical engineering faculty in 2001, and he teaches heat transfer, microscale energy transport, conduction and radiation, and high-performance computing.