Myers, Ph.D. 1985, Elected to National Academy of Engineering

    Honored for contributions to safety and regulation of medical imaging systems

    Kyle J. MyersCollege of Optical Sciences alumna and adjunct professor Kyle J. Myers was named one of 67 new members of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering last week. She was recognized specifically "for development of analytical and regulatory science methods for accuracy and safety of medical imaging devices." 

    "It’s wonderful to see Kyle receive recognition for the major contributions she has made to the field of medical imaging," said Thomas L. Koch, dean of the college and fellow NAE member.

    Myers, who was selected as OSC's 2012 Alumna of the Year, serves as the director of the Division of Imaging and Applied Mathematics at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she is responsible for advancing scientific methods used in the evaluation of systems such as MRI, ultrasound machines and CT scans.

    Myers has received numerous accolades for her work. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE. In 2006, she received the inaugural Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for the text "Foundations of Imaging Science," co-authored by Regents' Professor Harrison H. Barrett, her doctoral adviser. She was also a finalist for the 2012 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals SAMMIES for her government role in science and technology.

    "Kyle is a national and international leader in two emerging fields of science and engineering," said Barrett. "She directs one of the world’s best image science groups, and she is rapidly proving that regulatory science is not an oxymoron."

    Members of the National Academy of Engineering are chosen for their significance in pioneering new and developing fields of technology; making major advances in traditional fields; or developing or implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.

    Myers is the eighth member of the OSC faculty elected to the NAE. Others include Barrett, Nicolaas Bloembergen, Kenneth A. Jackson, Koch, Robert R. Shannon, Donald R. Uhlmann and James C. Wyant