National Academy of Engineering Elects Bruce Tromberg

Feb. 7, 2024 - UC Irvine biomedical engineering Professor Emeritus Bruce Tromberg has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Tromberg, director of the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, was recognized for “U.S. diagnostics innovation initiatives, resulting in advanced SARS-CoV-2 testing capacity and performance.” Tromberg helped launch the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx®) initiative that created a fast review process to enable widely accessible COVID-19 testing.

A founding member of UCI’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tromberg has been on the UCI faculty since 1990. He served as director of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic for more than 15 years. While there, he oversaw the development, application and dissemination of optical technologies in biology and medicine. His work includes pioneering research contributions to the technical fields of biophotonics and biomedical optics, as well as extensive leadership in the biomedical engineering and imaging communities.

Tromberg is one of 114 new U.S.-based members and 21 international members announced by the academy Feb. 6, 2024. Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during the NAE's annual meeting on Sept. 29, 2024. 

With this election, UCI is now home to 17 members of the NAE.

– Lori Brandt