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Matthew W. Urban awarded the R. Bruce Lindsay Award by the Acoustical Society of America

Acoustical Society of America

Melville (NY), 2 June 2015--Matthew W. Urban, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, has been awarded the R. Bruce Lindsay Award by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) for contributions to ultrasonic measurement of viscoelastic properties of tissues for biomedical applications. The award was presented at the 169th meeting of the ASA on 20 May 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The R. Bruce Lindsay Award is presented in the Spring to a member of the ASA who is under 35 years of age on 1 January of the year of the Award and who, during a period of two or more years immediately preceding the award, has been active in the affairs of the Society ASA and has contributed substantially, through published papers, to the advancement of theoretical or applied acoustics, or both.

"I am very honored and humbled to receive the R. Bruce Lindsay Award especially because the previous recipients have gone on to become very accomplished researchers and I am proud to have this award in common with them. This award is also a reflection of the outstanding group and exceptional environment at Mayo Clinic that has fostered my research career thus far," said Urban.

Matthew Urban earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at South Dakota State University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He joined the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in 2007 as a Research Fellow and was named Assistant Professor in 2010 and Associate Professor in 2014. Dr. Urban's research includes developing and using ultrasound-based methods to measure the stiffness and other mechanical properties of tissues by generating and measuring shear waves traveling in the organ of interest. Working in teams with engineers and physicians at Mayo Clinic brings these technologies to patients for diagnostic and prognostic evaluation.

Matthew serves as Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control and for the IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging and has published over 50 papers in refereed journals. He is a Member of the ASA, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).


The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America--the world's leading journal on acoustics, Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The Society also holds two major scientific meetings per year. For more information about the Society visit our website,

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