Dr. Mohamad Sawan (S’88-M’89-SM’96-F’04) received a Ph.D. degree in 1990 in electrical engineering from Sherbrooke University, Canada. He joined Polytechnique Montreal in 1991, where he is currently a professor of microelectronics and biomedical engineering. Dr. Sawan is leading the Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Quebec (ReSMiQ), one of the largest research centers in Canada. He is founder of the Polystim Neurotechnologies Laboratory at Polytechnique including two major research infrastructures intended to build advanced medical devices. He is founder/cofounder of several international conferences, and cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, and of several other international Journals. He is also founder and chair of the Eastern Canadian IEEE-Solid State Circuits Society Chapter, and a member of the Board of Governors of IEEE CAS Society. He is Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and Officer of the Quebec’s National Order.
Dr. Sawan has published more than 800 peer-reviewed papers, two books, 13 book chapters, and has been awarded 15 patents. Among these patents are the urinary bladder implant, the visual stimulator for blinds, and several other medical devices. He has trained several hundred engineering undergraduate students, and more than 100 master’s and 38 Ph.D. students. Currently, he is supervising 30 research personnel (Master’s and Ph.D. students and other professionals).
Dr. Sawan has received several awards, among them the Shanghai International Collaboration Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Bombardier Award for technology transfer, the Jacques-Rousseau Award for achieved results in multidisciplinary research activities, the medal of merit from the President of Lebanon for his outstanding contributions, and the Barbara Turnbull Award for spinal cord research in Canada.