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Kenneth R. Diller is a Professor of Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering and the Robert M. and Prudie Leibrock Professor in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been on the faculty at UT for more than 40 years. He was the founding Chairman of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UT Austin, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, and UT HSC Houston, and is also a former Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. Diller is an internationally recognized authority in heat and temperature related processes in living tissues and how they may be applied in the design of therapeutic devices. His first studies in the 1960’s were related to the frozen banking of cells and tissues for transplantation. He has also pursued advanced analysis of burn injury occurrence and treatment and the application of thermal therapy for cancer. Currently he is focused on the use of temperature manipulation to enhance the healing of injured soft tissues, the development of a new generation of safer and more effective devices for lowering body core temperature in patients with major organ ischemia as caused by cardiac arrest, stroke, or traumatic brain injury, and creation a thermal microenvironment to improve the ability to sleep well.
He has published more than 275 refereed papers and book chapters and written or edited seventeen books. His research has led to ten patents and the formation of two medical device companies. He has been faculty advisor to the UT student organization Christian Students on Campus for 40 years. Professor Diller is a graduate of Ohio State University (BME with honors, 1966; MSc, 1967) and MIT (ScD, 1972).