Introduction: Daniel S. Friedman, PhD, FAIA
Dean, College of Architecture and Urban Planning,
University of Washington

Daniel S. Friedman:
Matthew O'Donnell earned both of his degrees in physics at the University of Notre Dame. Following his graduate work, he moved to Washington University in St. Louis as a post-doc fellow in the Physics Department, working on applications of ultrasound to medicine and nondestructive testing. He subsequently held a joint appointment as senior research associate in the Physics Department, and he was also a research instructor in the Department Of Medicine at Washington University. In 1980 he moved to General Electric Corporate Research and Development in Schenectady, New York, where he continued to work on medical electronics, including MRI and ultrasound imaging systems.

Subsequently, he was a visiting fellow in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Yale, where he investigated automated image analysis systems. In 1990 he became professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, and starting in 1997 held a joint appointment as professor of biomedical engineering. In 1998 he was named the Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Professor of Engineering and later served as chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department.

In 2006 he moved here to the University Of Washington, where he is now the Frank and Julie Jungers Dean of Engineering, and also a professor of bioengineering. His most recent research has explored new imaging modalities in biomedicine, including elasticity imaging, in-vivo microscopy, autoacoustic arrays, autoacoustic contrast agents for molecular imaging and therapy, thermal strain imaging, and catheter-based devices.

One last word about Matt O'Donnell. We were at our first deans' retreat at a little spa about 45 miles east of here, sitting at a U-shaped table. It's Day 2. We're talking about faculty productivity, and we're going around the table. He's last. He says, straight face, “I measure my faculty's productivity based on how much they influence the gross domestic product.” I'd like to introduce Matt O'Donnell.

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