Paul Sajda
Columbia University, USA

Dr. Paul Sajda is the Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Radiology (Physics) at Columbia University. He is also a Member of Columbia’s Data Science Institute and an Affiliate of the Zuckerman Institute of Mind, Brain, and Behavior. He received a BS in electrical engineering from MIT in 1989 and an MSE and Ph.D. in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and 1994, respectively. Professor Sajda is interested in what happens in our brains when we make a rapid decision and, conversely, what neural processes and representations drive our underlying preferences and choices. He is also using his methodology to understand how deficits in rapid decision-making may underlie and be diagnostic of many types of psychiatric diseases and mental illnesses. He is a fellow of the IEEE, AMBIE, and AAAS and received the Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (VBFF), the DoD’s most prestigious single-investigator award. Professor Sajda is the current Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University and President of IEEE EMBS.