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John W. Clark (photo)

EMAIL: jwc@rice.edu
PHONE: 713-348-3597
OFFICE: Abercrombie A224


John W. Clark, Jr.

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Bioengineering


Electrophysiology (neural, cardiac); mathematical modeling of biological systems; nonlinear system dynamics; and electromagnetic field theory.


Professor Clark, a professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering, is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for contributions to modeling in electrophysiology and cardiopulmonary systems. Cited as one of the leaders in bioengineering in the Houston area, he has served as the president of the international IEEE Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS) and has held several offices in that Society. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and has served on the Governing Board of that Society. In 1993, he was inducted as a Founding Fellow, in the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in a ceremony held at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Early in his career, he spent a sabbatical year as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2009, Clark received the IEEE/Engineering in Medicine and Biology Service Award, "for outstanding service and contributions to the EMB Society and a meritorious career in biomedical engineering education."


Graduate students involved in Dr. Clark’s research group are usually interested in one of three topics: (A) development of mathematical multi-physics models of cellular processes (e.g., electrical-chemical-mechanical models of individual cells, as well as networks of cells); (B) development of models well-integrated multiple-organ systems, such as the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems of a number of different species; and (C) collaborative research projects in the medical imaging field, e.g., theoretical and clinical imaging projects conducted at laboratories within institutions that are part of the 600 acre Texas Medical Center, which is located within a short walking distance of the Rice University campus (see website for more details).