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Celebration of Dean Rashid Bashir's Election into the National Academy of Medicine

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The Grainger College of Engineering
Everitt Laboratory Rm. 1306
Nov 9, 2023   4:00 - 6:00 pm  
Canaan Daniels
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Join us in person as we congratulate Dean Rashid Bashir on his election into the National Academy of Medicine.

A pioneer at the intersection of engineering and medicine, Bashir was elected “for seminal contributions and visionary leadership in micro and nanoscale biosensors and diagnostics, bioengineering early detection of infection and sepsis, and education in engineering-based medicine with helping to establish the world's first engineering-based medical school at UIUC. 

Election to NAM “is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service,” according to the academy.

Remarks to begin at 4:00 p.m. Reception with appetizers and hors d'oeuvres to immediately follow. Please RSVP so that we can plan accordingly for this momentous occasion.


Rashid Bashir is the dean of The Grainger College of Engineering, Grainger Distinguished Chair, and professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Bashir’s research focuses on integrating engineering and technology with biology, from the molecular scale to tissues and systems. Among other innovations, his group has developed various lab-on-a-chip technologies and point-of-care diagnostic devices, leading to the creation of three startup companies. His micro and nanoscale technologies have driven the development of biodevices for rapid tests that can detect disease from bodily fluids – even early signs of sepsis, notoriously difficult to monitor – as well as miniature biological robots for applications in medicine and engineering. 

In addition to his current position as dean, Bashir has held several key administrative roles at the university, including serving as the director of the Holonyak Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory, head of the department of bioengineering, and executive associate dean of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine. 

Bashir was integral in the formation, curriculum development and early leadership of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, the nation’s first engineering-based college of medicine. A partnership between the U. of I. and Carle Health Systems, CI MED has established a new paradigm for educating physician-innovators.

Bashir earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1992. He worked in the semiconductor industry before starting his academic career at Purdue, then held visiting positions at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School before joining the Illinois faculty in 2007. Among other honors, he is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 

At Illinois, he has led National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation training grants merging engineering and biology. He also played a foundational role in launching the Mayo-Illinois Alliance for Technology Based Healthcare, as well as the Healthcare Engineering Systems Center and Jump ARCHES partnerships with OSF Healthcare in Grainger Engineering.

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