In Memoriam: Michael R. Neuman

Michael NewmanMichael R. Neuman, M.D., Ph.D., former editor of IEEE Pulse Magazine and an IEEE Fellow, passed away on 18 February 2016. Michael Neuman was a friend and mentor to many, an accomplished researcher and academic as well as a dedicated and tireless member of EMBS for many decades. He will be remembered by those whose lives he touched for his intellect, leadership, guidance, grace, and good humor.

Dr. Neuman was a Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, since August 2003, and served as department chair from 2003-2010. Previously, he held the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence at the Memphis Joint Program in Biomedical Engineering, and served for 32 years on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in the departments of biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, reproductive biology, and obstetrics and gynecology. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1966 from the Case Institute of Technology, and in 1977, he earned an M.D. from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

In 2013, Dr. Neuman was named a Fellow of IEEE for his contributions to the advancement of biomedical sensors and instrumentation with clinical applications. He had received the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Career Achievement Award in 2004. Neuman was also a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Institute of Physics (UK), and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (UK).

Dr. Neuman was President of the International Society on Biotelemetry from 1984 through 1988 and Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering from 1989 through 1996. From 2002-2007, he edited the international journal, Physiological Measurement, and he served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Pulse from 2008-2013. From October 2014, he was editor for the IEEE Life Sciences Newsletter and a member of the Life Sciences Technical Committee.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Neuman published 172 scientific papers, 250 conference presentations, and held five patents. His obituary can be viewed here.

  • Richard Magin

    As contemporary BioE department heads at UIC and Mich Tech, respectively, Mike and I often chatted about common issues. He could be counted on to offer positive and often novel perspectives. I valued his wisdom. I also valued visiting with him and his wife Judy almost every summer since 2005 at the early July Strawberry Festival in Chassell, MI, just a bit down M 41 from Houghton. My wife, Karen, and I travel each summer to Copper Harbor at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. We would meet Mike and Judy in Chassell, or at their nearby home (goat farm), and partake of the just harvested fruit. Sometimes Mike and July would give us a tour of one of the local heritage museums at which they volunteered. In my memory, these afternoons were always cool and sunny, the fruit fresh and juicy, and conversation warm and friendly. They seemed to have adopted the area as their own, an affection that was reciprocated. This summer we will miss them, but remember.