Matthew O'Donnell, Ph.D.
Matthew O'Donnell is the Frank and Julie Jungers Dean of
Engineering at the University of Washington since 2006. Under
his leadership, the College of Engineering created a new program
in molecular engineering that includes the construction of a
dedicated facility scheduled to open in 2012. Additionally, he
advanced key strategic initiatives in the College, including new
energy and computational sciences research programs, has grown
the overall size and strength of the College through new faculty
hires, completed the most successful fundraising campaign in the
College's history, and reinvigorated undergraduate programs
through an emphasis on experiential learning.
O'Donnell is a biomedical engineer who is renowned for his interdisciplinary focus. An expert in
ultrasound imaging, his research uses coherent energy sources for non-invasive biomedical
imaging. His specific research interests include ultrafast optics, in-vivo microscopy, catheter
imaging of coronary arteries, optoacoustic arrays, and elasticity and molecular imaging.
O'Donnell is currently the principal investigator on two National Institutes of Health grants
dealing with applications of ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging. He has graduated 25 Ph.D.
students and mentored 15 post-doctoral fellows. He holds 55 patents and has authored or co-