On Campus With Rashid

Professor Rashid Bashir, a Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering and a professor of bioengineering, is a fellow of the IEEE and the Biomedical Engineering Society. He received the 2018 Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award from BMES and was a key member of the founding team at the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the world’s first engineering-based medical school.

FALL 2023

As we embark on a new academic year, I am reminded of The Grainger College of Engineering’s commitment to shaping the future of science and technology.

Rashid Bashir, standing in Siebel Center
Rashid Bashir, dean of The Grainger College of Engineering, is pictured at Campus Instructional Facility

Our faculty have made remarkable investments in the field of artificial intelligence, with more than $270 million worth of research expenditures in AI-related efforts since 2019, including more than $60 million in the past year alone. The resulting innovations are being applied to almost every imaginable discipline, but particularly health care, for which AI is helping to further the goal of personalized medicine.

We have also led efforts to enhance educational opportunities in cybersecurity, a field in which there is a global workforce shortage of 3.4 million people—a number that is only expected to grow in years to come. Our cybersecurity courses are not just preparing students for future careers, but upskilling current professionals.

While I am thrilled about the impact that Grainger Engineering will have on these rapidly evolving domains, I am also proud of the accomplishments of the past. In these pages, you’ll read more about how our faculty and alumni have helped shape the world in which we live.

These success stories stand as a resounding testament to the quality of education and the boundless opportunities at Grainger Engineering. I encourage you to explore more about how we approach challenges with innovation and dedication at the forefront of our mission. Our goal now and always is to solve problems first.

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Rashid Bashir
Dean, The Grainger College of Engineering

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This story was published October 25, 2023.

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