Maurice Smith elected to AIMBE

Smith studies how the human brain controls movement

photo of Maurice Smith

Maurice Smith, the Gordon McKay Professor of Bioengineering (Photo courtesy of Eliza Grinnell/Harvard SEAS)

Maurice Smith, the Gordon McKay Professor of Bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), has been elected into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.

Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. AIMBE membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering and medicine research, practice, or education” and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of medical and biological engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to bioengineering education."

Smith was chosen for “his advances in using robotics and mathematical principles from control theory to understand the neural basis of motor function.”

Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1993. In 2003, he earned an M.D./Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he won the David Israel Macht prize for graduate student basic science research. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins before joining SEAS as an assistant professor in 2005.

SEAS Dean Francis J. Doyle III, Jennifer Lewis, the Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering, and Conor Walsh, the Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, are also members of AIMBE.

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