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Brown University School of Engineering

How Can Advances in Engineering Impact Telehealth?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Please join us on Wednesday, September 16th at 1PM EST for a presentation by Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr., PhD: “How Can Advances in Engineering Impact Telehealth?” The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the potential role of telehealth in individual health maintenance and diagnosis. However, today’s technology places critical limits on the remote health assessment of individuals by physicians. Fortunately, emerging advances in areas such as nanoscience, low-dimensional materials, and optical physics provide a window into the possible impact that such developments could have on telehealth, and by extension digital health. This talk will take a Socratic approach to exploring the role and potential positives and negatives that advanced engineering technologies could have in the future health landscape. Attendees will be encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussion.

K. C. Toussaint, Jr., Ph.D. is a Professor and Senior Associate Dean in the School of Engineering at Brown University. Prior to joining Brown, Dr. Toussaint was on faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 12 years, where he rose to the rank of Professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. Dr. Toussaint directs the laboratory for Photonics Research of Bio/nano Environments (PROBE Lab), an interdisciplinary research group which focuses on both developing nonlinear optical imaging techniques for quantitative assessment of biological tissues, and novel methods for harnessing plasmonic nanostructures for light-driven control of matter. He is a recipient of a 2010 NSF CAREER Award, the 2014-2015 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Visiting Associate Professor at MIT, the 2015 Illinois Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, the 2017 Illinois Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, and the 2019 Distinguished Promotion Award. Dr. Toussaint is also a Fellow of the OSA and SPIE, and Senior Member in the IEEE. In addition, he served as the PI and inaugural Director of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanomanufacturing (nanoMFG) Node at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2017-2019.