WPI Biomedical Engineering Head Christopher Sotak Named Fellow of ISMRM

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- July 30, 2004 -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) professor and department head of biomedical engineering Christopher H. Sotak was named a fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) at the organization's 12th Scientific Meeting and Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan, in May. The ISMRM fellow grade recognizes significant contributions to the society in fulfilling its scientific and educational mission. Fellows represent less than five percent of ISMRM membership.

A member of ISMRM and its predecessor societies since 1984, Sotak is widely recognized for his innovative applications of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging in medicine and biology. His laboratory is one of the leaders in developing pre-clinical MRI methodology for the evaluation and therapeutic monitoring of cancer and stroke.

Sotak has published more than 90 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has been an active participant in scientific conferences around the world. He is a member of numerous professional societies, including the American Chemical Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Society of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, American Society of Neuroradiology, and the American Heart Association's Stroke Council. He is a senior member of the IEEE and an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). Sotak also serves on the editorial boards of the scientific journals Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Journal of Magnetic Resonance, and NMR in Biomedicine.

Sotak has been honored for his work with the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association, and in 1996 received the WPI Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship.

Prior to joining WPI faculty, Sotak earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in chemistry from the University of Northern Colorado, and his Ph.D. in chemistry from Syracuse University. He also holds an MBA degree from WPI. Following graduate school, he worked as a software development engineer and applications scientist for General Electric NMR Instruments. In 1988, Sotak became a member of the WPI faculty and 11 years later was named head of the WPI Biomedical Engineering Department.


The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine is an international, nonprofit, scientific association whose purpose is to promote communication, research, development, and applications in the field of magnetic resonance in medicine and biology and other related topics and to develop and provide channels and facilities for continuing education in the field. Its multidisciplinary membership of over 5,000 consists of clinicians, physicists, engineers, biochemists, and technologists.