Metin Akay is currently the founding chair of the new Biomedical Engineering Department and the John S. Dunn professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston. He is the founding editor-in-chief of the Biomedical Engineering Book Series published by the Wiley and IEEE Press and the Wiley Encyclopedia of Biomedical Engineering. He established the Annual International Summer School on Biocomplexity from Gene to System sponsored by the NSF and the IEEE EMBS and the IEEE EMBS Special Topic Conference on Neural Engineering. He is also the chair of the IEEE EMBS Neuroengineering Technical Committee. He was the program chair of the International IEEE EMBS 2001 and the co-chair of the International IEEE EMBS 2006.
Dr. Akay is a recipient of the IEEE EMBS Early Career and IEEE EMBS Service awards, the first Information Technology Applications in Biomedicine (ITAB) Leadership award as well an IEEE Third Millenium Medal and is a fellow of IEEE, IOP, AIMBE, and AAAS. His Neural Engineering and Informatics Lab is interested in developing an intelligent system for detecting coronary artery disease and investigating the effect of nicotine on the dynamics of ventral tegmental area dopamine neural networks.