Wibool Piyawattanametha

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

Michigan State University & King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

Department of Biomedical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering 
King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL)
1 Soi Chalong Krung 1, Ladkrabang, Bangkok 10520, Thailand
Institute for Quantitative Health Science & Engineering (IQ)
Michigan State University
775 Woodlot Dr.
East Lansing, Michigan 48824, USA

Biography

Dr. Piyawattanamethareceived Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, USA in 2004. From 2005 to 2009, he was with the Bio-X Program, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA as a senior scientist and later become a research associate in 2010. From 2010-2014, he worked as a senior research scientist at the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Thailand. Currently, he is with the King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Ladkrabang, Thailand as the Director of Advanced Imaging Research (AIR) Center. He has authored or co-authored over 170 peer-reviewed publications, has contributed 6 book chapters and 5 patents in areas of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Photonics, and Biomedical Imaging. His h-index is 26.  He is currently serving a conference chair for the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) in MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems XVIII of The Photonics West Conference, California, USA.  In addition, he served as organizing/program chairs for International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering (iCBBE), USA; the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics, USA; IEEE CYBER, USA; IEEE Nanoelectromechanical Systems (NEMS); and IEEE Nanomedicine (NANOMED), USA. In 2010, he co-founded and served as an executive member of the Global Young Academy (GYA) based in Berlin, Germany. In 2011, he received EU Erasmus Mundus scholarship. The GYA represents of the voice of young scientists around the world. In 2013, he was selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Geneva, Switzerland to be one of the 40 top young scientists under the age of 40 who plays transformation role in integrating scientific knowledge and technological innovation to improve the state of the world. In 2014, he was selected to receive the prestigious Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Berlin, Germany for his pioneering work in light microendoscopy techniques. He is the first Thai scientist to receive this prestigious award. In 2015, he was awarded the Newton Fund Researcher Links from the British Council, United Kingdom for his novel optical imaging technique for early cancer detection. In 2017, he was selected to be a fellow in Leaders in Innovation Fellowships (LIF) from The Royal Academy of Engineering, London, United Kingdom. In 2018, his innovation won a Gold Medal Award from the 46thInternational Exhibition of Inventions Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He has also been appointed as an Adjunct Professor, Institute for Quantitative Health Science & Engineering (IQ), Michigan State University, Michigan, USA since 2018. In 2019, he was invited as a Young Scientist to attend the Science Communication Module organized by the World Economic Forum in London, UK and was invited to be on Plenary Session Speaker entitled Ethics and Science Communication at the World Science Forum, Budapest, Hungary.

Awards & Affiliations

Awards

• Recognized on Times Higher Education Ranking Website as a notable KMITL Alumni

• Awarded Leaders in Innovation Fellowships 2017 from the Royal Academy of Engineering, London, United Kingdom

• Awarded the Newton Fund Researcher Links in 2015 from the British Council, United Kingdom

• Awarded Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award in 2014 from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Berlin, Germany

• Awarded Top 40 under 40 Young Scientists Award 2013 from the World Economic Forum (WEF), Geneva, Switzerland

Projects