Banu Onaral is H. H. Sun Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering at Drexel University. She received her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as the Founding Director of the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems and currently leads the ‘Global Innovation Partnerships’ initiative as Senior Presidential Advisor at Drexel University.
Dr. Onaral's academic focus, is centered on information engineering, with special emphasis on complex systems, biomedical signal processing in ultrasound and optics, and functional optical brain imaging. She has led major R&D projects sponsored by NSF, NIH, ONR, DARPA, and FAA. Dr. Onaral founded several laboratories throughout her career: the most recent is the CONQUER (Cognitive Neuroengineering and Quantitative Experimental Research) CollabOrative, established in Fall 2008 as an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional, and international resource dedicated to the study of brain activation, development, and deployment of functional optical brain imaging technologies in human-system integration and performance, healthcare, mental health, and learning, with research and development partners in the US and overseas, including China, Israel, Italy, Spain, and Turkey.
She is a Fellow of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a Founding Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She also served as President of the IEEE EMBS, the largest member-based biomedical engineering society in the world.