Punit Prakash | Associate Professor
Paul L. Spainhour Professorship in Electrical Engineering
Michelle Munson-Serban Simu Keystone Research Scholar
Ph.D. - 2008, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S. - 2006, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S. - 2004, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Electrical and Computer Engineering
3078 Engineering Hall
Punit Prakash received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2004, and a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. In Fall 2008, he joined the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as a postdoctoral scholar, and subsequently conducted in research in the same department as a Research Specialist. Prakash joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Kansas State University as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2012, and was promoted to Associate Professor (with tenure) in 2018. Prakash is an affiliate of the K-State Johnson Center for Cancer Research.
Prakash directs research in the Biomedical Computing and Devices Lab (BCDL), which he established on arrival at K-State in August 2012. BCDL's research is focused on developing, evaluating, and translating technologies for precise image-guided medical interventions. Current research thrusts include: (i) development of electromagnetic devices and systems for controlled delivery of thermal and non-thermal image-guided interventions; (ii) multi-scale modeling of tissue-energy interactions; and (iii) development of personalized image-based models for guiding patient-specific delivery of energy-based interventions. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and is motivated by unmet clinical needs. Research in the BCDL is funded by support from the National Institutes of Health (NCI and NIBIB), National Science Foundation, and the medical imaging/device industry.
Prakash has authored and/or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal publications and is an inventor on several patents. He is a chartered memebr of the NIH Image-guided interventions and surgery study section (2020-24). and Section Editor - Engineering/Physics (2017- ) and member of the Editorial Board (2015- ) of the International Journal of Hyperthermia. He served as elected Chair of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society's Technical Committee on Therapeutic Systems and Technologies (2016-17) and co-founded the IEEE EMBS International Summer School on Computer Modeling in Medicine. Prakash is a recipient of the K-State College of Engineering Outstanding Assistant Professor award (2017), Innovative Research Award from Johnson Cancer Research Center (2012 and 2014), and the K-State Faculty Development Award (2012).