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University of Minnesota alumnus John (Jack) M. Reid (’50, MSEE’57), is named to receive an Outstanding Achievement Award

John M.  “Jack” Reid will be awarded the University’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his work in refining tissue characterization with ultrasound, echocardiography, and pulse Doppler that directly expanded our knowledge of biomedical imaging diagnostics and vastly improving patients’ lives.

“We are delighted that one of our distinguished alumni has been named for this prestigious award,” says David Lilja, University of Minnesota Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Head.  “Jack is highly respected in the research community. His life’s work has made a critical difference to patients and their families who seek exacting medical diagnoses.”

“The development of the gated Doppler system is forever associated with Jack’s name,” writes Dr. Peter A. Lewin, Richard B. Beard Distinguished University Professor and director of the Biomedical Ultrasound Research and Education Center at Drexel University, Philadelphia, Penn. “This is because it has revolutionized ultrasound echocardiography by allowing separation (at the time regarded as impossible) of flow signals from the external carotid (which feeds the face) from those signals arising from the internal branch (that goes to the brain.) This feature has enhanced considerably the diagnostic power of ultrasound and it has enabled screening for the potential of a stroke.”

“I knew at once I was in the presence of not only a highly intelligent person but also a unique individual who was able to embrace many aspects of a problem, even those outside of his immediate discipline. I was working on developing ultrasound contrast agents, and was at very early stage, which was highly synthetic in nature. Jack immediately understood my approach, and was able to make pivotal suggestion. I believe it was Jack’s patience and ability to inspire and lead a team and his great ability to be inclusive that led us to be successful in being the recipients of a program project grant that continued until he retired,” writes Dr. Margaret Wheatley, John M. Reid Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Penn.

Dr. K. Kirk Shung, University of Washington, says “Jack’s prowess in research has been demonstrated by the continuous NIH support, the number of publications and the many awards that he has received. Among the awards that were bestowed on him at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Pioneer Award and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and biology Society Achievement Award.”

While attending the University of Minnesota, Dr. Reid received his Bachelor’s of Electrical Engineering in 1950, and his Master’s of Electrical Engineering in 1957. He was co-creator with John Julian Wild, M.D., of the first linear hand-held B-mode tissue radar machine for cross-section ultrasound imaging (1952) and of the A-mod trans-vaginal and trans-rectal scanning transducers (1955). In 1957, Jack and co-creator Claude Joyner, M.D., made the first echocardiography system.

Dr. Reid was elected IEEE Life Fellow in 1984. He is also Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (1982) and Fellow of Acoustical Society of America. Among his awards are the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Pioneer Award (1079), Drexel University Research Achievement Award (1992), IEEE Engineering in Medicine and biology Society Career Achievement Award (1993) and the Society of Vascular Technologists Pioneer Award (1994). Jack also serves as the U.S. delegate , International Electrotechnical Commission (1981-present), funded by National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

In 2004, three awards were created at Drexel University in honor of Jack including the John M. Reid Professorship, the John M. Reid Innovation Prize in Biomedical Technology, and the John M. Reid Seminar Series in Biomedical Ultrasound Imaging.

Currently, Jack is Professor Emeritus, at the School of biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems, Drexel University.

The University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award  is conferred only on graduates, or former students of the University, who have attained unusual distinction in their chosen fields or professions or in public service, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership on a community, state, national, or international level.