Dr. Muhammad Zaman - "Sustainable Global Health and EWB"


Dr. Muhammad H. Zaman is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. He also holds appointments in the Department of Medicine in the Boston University of School of Medicine and at the Center for Global Health at the BU School of Public Health.Prof. Zaman is the faculty advisor for the EWB chapter at Boston University, creator of the 100 x 100 global health initiative and is also the founding director of the first biomedical engineering department in Zambia that he is founding with the help of the school of medicine and the school of engineering at the University of Zambia

He received his PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Chicago as a Burroughs-Wellcome Fellow in 2003 and was Herman and Margaret Sokol Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow from 2003-2006 at MIT and the Whitehead Institute. He has received numerous teaching and research awards including FEBS Young Investigator Award in Matrix Biology, CIMIT Research Award, American Society for Engineering Education Teaching Award, UT Austin College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching by Assistant Professor Award and the Regents Teaching Award which is the highest teaching award across the entire UT System. He serves on the editorial board of numerous journals.

Sustainable Global Health and EWB:

The challenges in global health are not only healthcare challenges. Instead they affect local economies, national security, education and immigration. A sustainable system that is able to meet the needs of patients in both rural and urban areas requires smart engineering and innovation. In this talk I will focus on our recent efforts in creating simple solutions to pressing healthcare problems in Zambia in particular and sub-Saharan Africa in general. Our efforts have focused on developing tools and devices for biomedical applications in areas with poor sanitation, lack of clean water and unreliable electricity. We have also focused on developing multi-functional and versatile devices that cater to a variety of population ranging from infants to adults. I will also talk about our efforts to integrate these initiatives in engineering education, both in the US and in the developing countries in an effort to boost local capacity and a more service centric view of engineering education.