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Prof. Ming-Chien Chyu, PhD, PE

Dr. Ming-Chien Chyu is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas Tech University and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Chyu has been dedicated to promoting collaboration between engineering and healthcare, and has been recognized as a (or the) pioneer in Healthcare Engineering or the “Father of Healthcare Engineering by 13 US-based global magazines. He is the Founding President of the Healthcare Engineering Alliance Society (HEALS), a global organization focusing on improving and advancing all aspects of healthcare through engineering, bridging the gap and synergizing healthcare and engineering, preparing engineering students and engineers for jobs in healthcare, and helping healthcare professionals apply engineering to solve healthcare problems. He led 40 expert co-authors worldwide to first define Healthcare Engineering in a milestone white paper (2015) and also on He is the founder and Founding Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Healthcare Engineering. He is also the founder of a comprehensive (218,000+ devices from 34,000+ manufacturers at present) and user-friendly free medical device platform for all medical devices approved/cleared by FDA; a platform that helps physicians collaborate with engineers, researchers, companies and investors to develop/commercialize medical devices; a platform that helps professors worldwide teach healthcare engineering; an innovative platform for short courses in healthcare engineering; a healthcare engineering certificate program; the only website dedicated to engineering jobs in healthcare; a mentoring program where healthcare engineering professionals and leaders volunteer to help engineering students and young engineers succeed in the healthcare/medical technology industry; and healthcare engineering online communities that serve as one of the most comprehensive and updated information powerhouses covering nearly 500 technical topics in healthcare engineering. He was the founder of the healthcare engineering graduate program at Texas Tech University, one of the first such programs established in the world.

Dr. Chyu has conducted research funded by National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, US Department of Agriculture, national laboratories, professional societies, state government, private foundations, and industry. He participated in superconductor research at Argonne National Laboratory, design of International Space Station at NASA Johnson Space Center, and nuclear energy research at Sandia National Laboratories. He served on a number of technical committees in American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), including the Chair of the Superconductivity Technical Committee in the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME. He has published 200 technical publications including 140 archival journal papers in engineering and healthcare. His research activities cover a wide spectrum of specialties from epilepsy to cancer detection to surgery, from bone to joint to muscle biomechanics, from biophysical stimulations to dietary supplements for intervention, from mathematical analysis to model simulation to experiment, from laboratory to animal to human studies.

Dr. Chyu is a Fellow of ASME, a Fellow of American College of Healthcare Trustees, and has received more than 30 awards/recognitions, including those from 13 US-based global professional magazines: ​"Most Influential Leaders in Engineering & Technology USA", “The Most Influential Leaders Across the Globe 2023”, “World's Visionary Leaders Making a Difference – 2022”, “Top 100 Innovators & Entrepreneurs”, “Transformational Business Leaders of the Year”, “Best Inspiring Leaders of the Year 2022”, “Most Visionary Education Leaders in the US”, “30 Most Inspiring Leaders to Watch 2022”, and “Innovation Excellence Award”. It is unusual for Dr. Chyu as an engineering professor to have won the following prestigious awards in Healthcare from three global professional magazines: "Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare in the US – 2022", "10 Most Innovative Healthcare Leaders to Watch in the World - 2022", and "Top 10 Eminent Leaders in the US Healthcare Industry 2023”. The Healthcare Engineering Alliance Society he established has been recognized as one of the “Most Influential Companies & Organizations of the Year”. Other awards he has received include “Outstanding Researcher”, “Award of Excellence”, “Best Paper”, “Most Useful Paper”, “Excellence in Teaching”, “Professor of the Year”, “Most Influential Faculty Member”, and “Distinguished Achievement” from government, professional societies, foundations, industry, university, and student organization.

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