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Vanderbilt engineering professor named SPIE fellow

Jan. 28, 2008, 10:52 AM

J. Michael Fitzpatrick, professor of computer science, computer engineering and electrical engineering at the Vanderbilt School of Engineering, has been named a Fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering.

In addition to serving as a professor in the School of Engineering, Fitzpatrick also holds posts in the departments of Radiology and Neurosurgery. He is the co-director of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Medical Image Processing Laboratory ( at Vanderbilt. In that capacity he pursues research on the improvement of medical diagnosis and therapy via imaging. His current work focuses on medical imaging and image processing, image registration, magnetic resonance imaging and image guidance for ear surgery and neurosurgery.

Fitzpatrick earned his bachelor of science in physics at the University of North Carolina in 1967 and his Ph.D. in the field at Florida State University in 1972. He returned to UNC to work toward a master’s degree in computer science, which he was awarded in 1982. Fitzpatrick joined the Vanderbilt faculty in August of that year. He has also taught at the University of British Columbia, Clemson University and Newberry College.

Fitzpatrick has served as major adviser or co-adviser for 10 Ph.D. students, is the author or co-author of over 150 scientific publications, and is the holder or co-holder of 11 patents.

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