Jin Kang Named Jammer Professor of Electrical Engineering

May 9, 2013

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Jin U. Kang, chair and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been named the Jacob Suter Jammer Professor of Electrical Engineering as of Jan. 1, 2013.

Kang’s research focuses on fiber optic devices and biophotonics for applications in medicine and sensing. Much of his recent research emphasizes the development of real-time, ultrafast optical coherence tomography, 3-D imaging and sensing systems for guided surgical intervention.

For instance, Kang has recently been working with a retinal specialist at Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and with the Hopkins’ Engineering Research Center for Computer-Integrated Surgical Systems and Technology to create a “smart” tool system that would help surgeons more accurately and safely perform microsurgery on the delicate and easily damaged retina.

Other Kang’s projects involve building real-time Doppler 3-D imaging systems for intraoperative assessment of carotid endarterectomy, cerebrovascular neurosurgical surgery, and microvascular anastomosis for plastic and reconstructive surgery to potentially improving surgical accuracy and outcomes.

Kang has served as department chair since 2008 and is a fellow of the Optical Society of America. This year, he was named a fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). He serves on the Board of Editors for the Journal of the Optical Society of Korea.

Jammer earned his Johns Hopkins degree in electrical engineering in 1918 at the age of 20. In 1962, after years of supporting research and clinical initiatives at the Wilmer Eye Institute where she had once been a patient, his sister Mary Jammer White created the named professorship to honor her brother. Upon her death in 1990, White left generous bequests to both the Whiting School of Engineering and the Wilmer Eye Institute.

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