Recent News

February, 2022
Dr. Mark E. Schafer was elected to the 2022 Class of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows for his outstanding contributions to medical ultrasound technology and regulation, thereby advancing the safety and efficacy of diagnostic ultrasound and therapy.

October, 2021
Karissa Barbarevech presented the poster titled, "Optimizing Wearable Ultrasound Applicator for At Home Use” (Co-authors: J. Hyatt, O. Ngo, I. Robinson, R. A. DiMaria-Ghalili, M. Neidrauer, M. Weingarten, M. Schafer, P. A. Lewin), at the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) annual meeting, October 7, 2021, in Orlando, FL. Karissa also gave an invited talk to high school students at the American Heritage School in Florida, with a brief history of ultrasound and how it works.

September, 2021
Dr. Peter A. Lewin was recognized as a Distinguished Advocate and Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), in recognition of his outstanding commitment to AIMBE’s critical advocacy mission for Medical and Biological Engineering, and for his seminal contributions to the field of biomedical ultrasonics and development of new piezoelectric transducers and measurement methods. Dr. Lewin is an inductee of the AIMBE Class of 2007 College of Fellows.

January, 2021
Dr. Mark E Schafer (PI) and Dr. Peter A. Lewin (Co-PI), received a 2020-21 Pennsylvania Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) Program grant in the amount of $75,000 for the project titled, "Non-Opioid Analgesic Treatment of Neuromuscular Pain" (Co-investigator: M.A. Finley, Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions).

March, 2020
Dr. Peter A. Lewin, recently inducted as a Fellow to the prestigious College of Physicians of Philadelphia for his contributions to medical research via the field of biomedical ultrasonics, was featured in The College of Physicians' CEO March Newsletter.

February, 2020
Olivia Ngo won the Oral Presentation Prize for PhD Students at the 2nd Scottish Ultrasound Annual Scientific Meeting.

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October, 2019

Dr. Peter A. Lewin was inducted into The College of Physicians of Philadelphia for his contributions to societal health. The contributions of Drexel's School of Biomedical Engineering resulted in elevation to Fellow grade three Faculty members in total: Dr. Banu Onaral, Dr. Paul Brandt-Rauf and Dr. Peter A. Lewin. Additionally, Biomed's graduate Dr. Michael Dellavecchia, who holds MD degree in ophthalmology, is among the College's Fellows.


Dr. Peter A. Lewin joined the delegation of faculty from Drexel's College of Nursing for the annual Nightingala event on October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Close to 1000 attendees representing Nursing Profession nationwide participated. With Dr. Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili (4th from left) as Co-PI, Biomed was awarded a major interdisciplinary NIH grant, which underscores the importance of interdisciplinary research.

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The presentation took place at the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Glasgow, Scotland during the Opening of the Symposium and Awards Ceremony, Monday 7 October 2019.

Dr. Peter A. Lewin, was presented with the 2019 IEEE Ultrasound, Frequency and Frequency Control Society Achievement Award with citation:

For pioneering contributions to ultrasound exposimetry and metrology and the impact they made on diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound applications.

The Achievement Award is the highest Society-wide award presented to a member in special recognition of outstanding contributions. Selection criteria include significant technical publications in the field of ultrasonics, ferroelectrics, or frequency control, as well as contributions to these technical fields, and service to the Society. The winner is selected by the Awards Committee from nominations submitted by the general membership. This honor bestowed on Dr. Lewin further solidifies Drexel's reputation as R1 level Institution and enhances and the Schools and the University visibility.

August, 2019
Dr. Peter A. Lewin received the National Institute on Aging Alzheimer’s supplement of $382,389 to compliment the R01 grant entitled “Enhanced ultrasound treatment of chronic wounds with monitoring of healing and quality of life outcomes!”

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Alec Lafontant graduating with a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, hooded by Drs. Leonid Zubkov and Michael Neidrauer

June, 2019
Dr. Peter A. Lewin and Colleagues Receive a $608K NIH Renewal Grant for Their Enhanced Ultrasound Treatment of Chronic Wounds Project
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Olivia Ngo Receives an F31 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship
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Dr. Peter A. Lewin and Colleagues Receive a 2019 Drexel Areas of Research Excellence (DARE) Award for Their Cell2Society Aging Project
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    Pictured: Drs. Peter Lewin, Elisa E. Konofagou with family, Paul Brandt Rauf

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    Dr. Konofagou receives the Elizabeth Papazoglu Award for Inspired Leadership at School of BIOMED Commencement 2019.

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May, 2019
Olivia Ngo wins Drexel BIOMED Student Choice Mentorship Award

January, 2019
Dr. Peter Lewin Is Invited To Serve on the National Advisory Council for NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research
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Women in Engineering Elevator Pitch Event at IEEE IUS

Left to right: Alycen Wiacek from Johns Hopkins University, Muyinatu Bell, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Olivia Ngo from Drexel University

November, 2018
Olivia Ngo participated in the first Women in Engineering (WIE) Elevator Pitch Event at IEEE IUS this year.

August, 2018
Olivia Ngo recieved an BMES Career Development Travel Award to attend the BMES 2018 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA and an International Travel Award from Drexel to attend the the IEEE International Conference in Kobe, Japan. In this competition, Olivia won both People’s Choice Award (i.e., most votes by all participants) and second place overall as determined by a panel of seven judges consisting of senior members, academics, industry representatives, and IEEE fellows within the the UFFC Society.

At the BMES 2018 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, the research team will be presenting 2 posters (see below) and the research team will also be attending the IEEE International Conference in Kobe, Japan.

  • Abstract Title: Low-frequency (20 kHz), Low-intensity (100 mW/cm2) Ultrasound Accelerates Healing in Diabetic Chronic Wound Pilot Study
    Authors: Olivia Ngo, Vivinya Gunasekaran, Evan Neimann, Prabagar Sankar, Alec Lafontant, Sumati Nadkarni, Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, Michael Neidrauer, Leonid Zubkov, Michael Weingarten, David Margolis, Peter Lewin

  • Abstract Title: Wearable Ultrasound Patch for Therapeutic Applications
    Authors: Vivinya Gunasekaran, Olivia Ngo, Evan Niemann, Prabagar Sankar, Alec Lafontant, Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, Dr. Michael Neidraeur, Dr. David Margolis, Dr. Leonid Zubkov, Dr. Michael Weingarten, Dr. Peter Lewin