Joachim Nagel
University of Stuttgart, Germany

Joachim H. Nagel is Professor and Chairman of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart since 1996. He received his MS degree in Physics & Electronics at the University of Saarbruecken in 1973, and his D.Sc. at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany in 1979. Following appointments in industry and as a faculty member at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Prof. Nagel joined the University of Miami, Florida, USA, in 1986, as Professor of Biomedical Engineering (1986-96), Radiology (1990-96), and Clinical Psychophysiology (1988-1996), Director of the Medical Imaging & Instrumentation Lab (1986-1996), and Director of Biomedical Engineering at the Behavioral Medicine Research Center (1986-1996).

Prof. Nagel served as the President of the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (2006-2009) and the President of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (2003-2006). He is a co-founder of the European Alliance for Medical and Biological Engineering and Sciences (EAMBES) and became the founding Chairman of its Division of Academic Programs and Research Institutes. Joachim Nagel is a member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Bio-Cybernetics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, a Founding Fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society and EAMBES, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, the International Academy for Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering as well as an Academician Member of the UNESCO/UATI World Academy of Biomedical Technologies. He is an honorary life member of the IFMBE and an honorary member of the Czech Society for Biomedical Engineering and Medical Informatics. Prof. Nagel is the leader of the European project BIOMEDEA – Biomedical Engineering Preparing for the European Higher Education Area, from 2004 to 2010 he headed the IFMBE participation in the WHO World Alliances on Patient Safety and the Global Health Workforce, and, as an IFMBE representative to the WHO General Assembly and Executive Committee, participated in the formulation of WHO resolutions concerning health technologies. He was co-chair (2006-2009) and chair (2009-2012) of the IUPESM Health Technology and Training Task Force which is supporting developing countries with regard to health and health care technologies. In cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO) he established global recognition of biomedical engineers as an integral part of the health work force within the United Nations system (2009).

In 2012, Dr. Nagel received the Award of Merit from the International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPESM).

Joachim Nagel is the founding editor of the IUPESM/Springer journal Health and Technology (2010) and the series editor of the IFMBE/Springer Book Series on Biomedical Engineering (since 2006). He was a series editor for the IFMBE Proceedings (2001-2009) and an editor of the IOPP Book Series in Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering (2001-05), he served as an editor for the BMES journal Annals of Biomedical Engineering (1989-94), the IOPP journal Physiological Measurement (1994-98), and he was a member of numerous Editorial and Review Boards.

Prof. Nagel has published more than 280 scientific papers, books, book chapters, monographs, editorials, patents and conference papers. His main research interests are in the fields of cardiovascular monitoring, instrumentation and physiology, medical image acquisition and image processing, physiological signals, neurosciences, biological effects as well as therapeutic applications of ultrasound, and patient safety.