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Welcome

My name is Small Image - Ernie Ernest Stokely and I am a biomedical engineer with a specialty in medical imaging. I have spent 10 years in the electronics/aerospace industry and 35 years in the university (non-medical school campus, medical school campus, and comprehensive campus with both medical and non-medical). My five years of living abroad in Europe have broadened my appreciation for different cultures and different educational, economic, and governmental systems. I am now retired from full-time employment but still consult in areas of conflict of interest in universities, faculty career planning and mentoring, and grant proposal preparation workshops. To see a short biosketch that capsulizes my experience, click on this link.

I received the B.S.E.E. degree from Mississippi State in 1959, and the M.S.E.E./BME degree in 1968 from Southern Methodist University. I gained 10 years of industrial experience with Texas Instruments Inc. (1959-1969) where I was a Member of the Technical Staff. From 1969 to 1972 I was a NIH-NIGMS Special Research Fellow at Southern Methodist University where I completed the Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering in 1972. At that time I joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Department of Radiology, where I established the Radiology Imaging Center in the Department of Radiology. This was one of the earliest minicomputer-based medical imaging research groups. I was a charter member of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at UTSMS established in 1973 and jointly administered with the University of Texas at Arlington where I served as co-chairman of the Joint BME Graduate Program from 1974 to 1984. During a sabbatical leave in 1977 to the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, I was the principal designer of the first imaging system to measure brain blood flow in cross-section, an emission tomograph which subsequently became a commercial product. From 1988-1990 I was Associate Professor of Computer Science  Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. In 1990 I joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor of Computer and Information Sciences. I served as Associate Dean for Research for the School of Engineering at UAB from 1996 to 2002, and interim Chair of Mechanical Engineering 2001-2002 before my retirement from UAB. My research interests during my career included the development of algorithms for post-processing of medical images, image understanding (computer vision) techniques applied to medical imaging, and system design of scintillation detector-based tomographic systems. I have over 180 publications and am a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers.

Since my retirement from the university I have served of the boards of the Birmingham Audubon Society, the Alabama Environmental Council, and was president of the Birmingham, Alabama, chapter of Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, and am a member of the advisory boards of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Southern Methodist University and Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington.