John W. Clark, Jr.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Professor of Bioengineering.
Electrophysiology (neural, cardiac); mathematical modeling of
biological systems; signal processing methods applied to biological
systems; nonlinear system dynamics; electromagnetic field theory.
Professor Clark, a professor 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 is the president of the IEEE Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS).
In 2008, the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology (HSEMB) recognized him for outstanding service to the biomedical engineering community of Houston and for founding the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology.
Clark is a founding fellow of the American Institute of Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and was a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Bonn, Germany.
His research involves the application of mathematical and engineering techniques to the fields of neuroscience and cardiopulmonary systems.
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." Conference presentations include the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’09), Minneapolis; National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.
Current research interests include the development of quantitative mathematical models of single neurons and cardiac cells, and their utilization in multicellular networks (e.g. ring-type locomotion networks, cardiac reflexes such as the baroreflex and neural circuits for the control of respiration). Projects involving medical devices and instrumentation are also under way in the areas of cardiovascular system analysis and pulmonary function testing.
Clark earned the bachelor of science from Christian Brothers College, and his master of science and doctorate from Case Western University.