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Pioneering contributions to education earn Circuits and Systems Society Award for Imperial academic


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Tuesday 31 May 2005
BY LAURA GALLAGHER

An international award for contributions to education has been won by Professor Chris Toumazou, Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

Professor Chris Toumazou

Praised for contributions to education including the founding of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, as well as for the quality and originality of his tutorials, textbooks, continuing education courses and workshops, Professor Toumazou, pictured left, will receive his 2005 IEEE Circuits and Systems Society Education Award in California later this year.

"I am delighted to be the recipient of this award. It brings international recognition of the Circuits and Systems teaching and research we have been doing over the past 15 years in the Department of Electrical Engineering," said Professor Toumazou.

Professor Toumazou's career at Imperial began in 1986 when he joined the College's Department of Electrical Engineering as a Post Doc. He became one of the youngest ever Professors at Imperial when he was made Professor of Analogue Circuit Design at the age of 33 in 1994. He became head of the Department of BioEngineering in 2001 and in 2003 he became founder and Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. In 2001, he developed an E-masterclass at Imperial, which enables lecturers to hold remote tutorials with students all over the world.

Professor Toumazou is also founder and Chief Technology Officer of a college spin-out Company, Toumaz Technology, which develops very low power silicon chips for wireless medical applications. He was instrumental in developing a totally implantable cochlear prosthesis, which is currently undergoing clinical trials.

Dr Julia King, Principal of the Faculty of Engineering said: "We are very pleased that Chris's outstanding contributions to education have been recognised with this award. It is great that we have people like Chris in College, who are inspiring teachers as well as brilliant researchers. Inspiring teaching is essential if we are to motivate the next generations of scientists and engineers and enhance still further the College's reputation for excellence in research."

An awards panel of four leading educationalists and well-known researchers chose Professor Toumazou to receive this award, which sets out to honour a person with outstanding contributions to education in a field covered by the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society. IEEE CAS is the largest international Electrical Engineering Institution has over 70,000 members worldwide.

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