Joe Tranquillo

Joseph Tranquillo

Associate Provost for Transformative Teaching and Learning
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About Joseph Tranquillo

Joe Tranquillo is the Associate Provost for Transformative Teaching & Learning and a Professor at Bucknell University. On campus he has served as the Director of the Teaching & Learning Center, Co-Director of the Institute for Leadership in Technology & Management and co-founded the Bucknell Innovation Group and KEEN Winter Interdisciplinary Design Experience. Off campus, Joe is an American Society for Engineering Education Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow, National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Fellow, Senior Member of IEEE, NSF Pathways to Innovation Faculty Fellow, past chair of the ASEE Biomedical Engineering Division, co-editor of the Morgan and Claypool Biomedical Engineering Book Series and an international visiting faculty member at Universidad Catolica de Chile in Santiago. He has been recognized with several awards including the National Biomedical Engineering Teaching Award, ASEE Theo Pilkington Outstanding Educator, and has been nominated twice for the CASE US Professor of the Year. Joe is the author of five books and his work, conducted exclusively with undergraduates, has been featured on the Discovery Channel, TEDx and CNN Health. He has received funding from NASA, NIH, NSF, Kern Family Foundation, VentureWell Foundation, Degenstein Foundation, and the US Department of Defense. Joe has delivered intensive teaching workshops throughout the United States and internationally, including Finland, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, and the United Kingdom. Joe earned his BS from Trinity College, his PhD from Duke and was a visiting scholar at the Scientifically Computing and Imaging Institute (University of Utah) and Stanford Technology Ventures Program.

Educational Background

  • B.S., Trinity College, 1997
  • Ph.D., Duke University, 2004

Research Interests

  • Engineering Education
  • Computational Electrophysiology
  • Engineering Design Methodology
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Engineering and the Arts

Courses Taught

  • BMEG 205: Bioinstrumentation
  • BMEG 210: Fundamentals of Biomedical Engineering
  • BMEG 220: Introduction to Engineering Computing
  • BMEG 350: Fundamentals of Biomedical Signals and Systems
  • BMEG 401 and 402: Biomedical Engineering Capstone I and II
  • BMEG 408: Medical Device Assessment and Development
  • BMEG 441: Neural Signals and Systems
  • BMEG 461: Brain Mind and Culture
  • BMEG 472: Complex Systems
  • BMEG 472: Devices, Diseases and Patients
  • ENGR 100: Exploring Engineering
  • ENGR 290: Engineering in a Global and Societal Context (in Chile)

Select Professional Service

  • Co-editor of the Biomedical Engineering Series, Morgan and Claypool Publishers
  • Past Chair, Biomedical Engineering Division of ASEE
  • NSF Engineering Pathways to Innovation Fellow
  • Co-founder and Chair of ASEE Committee on Interdivisional Cooperation
  • ASEE Strategic Doing Committee
  • Co-founder and Inaugural Chair of the BMES Undergraduate Research Track
  • BME-IDEA Organizer
  • Board Member for Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education


  • National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Education Awardee
  • ASEE Biomedical Engineering National Teaching Award
  • ASEE Theo Pilkington Outstanding Educator Award
  • CASE US Professor of the Year Nomination
  • Bucknell Presidential Teaching Award
  • IEEE Senior Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Selected Publications


J. Tranquillo, Complex Systems: Making Sense of a Changing World, Springer Nature 2019.

J. Tranquillo, Biomedical Signals and Systems, Morgan and Claypool, Synthesis Lectures in Biomedical Engineering. 2014.

J. Tranquillo, Matlab for Engineering and the Life Sciences, Morgan and Claypool, Synthesis Lectures in Engineering. 2011.

J. Tranquillo, Quantitative Neurophysiology, Morgan and Claypool, Synthesis Lectures in Biomedical Engineering. 2009.

Journal Articles

J. Tranquillo, "Learning Environments and Evidence-Based Practices in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering", Biomedical Engineering Education. 2022.

J. Tranquillo, "The Product Archaeology Canvas", Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship. 2016.

J. Tranquillo, "Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation in Professional Development and Continuing Education for the Health Professions", Surgical Neurology. 2015.

J. Tranquillo, "Coding to Think: Teaching Algorithmic Thinking from Idea to Code", Journal of Engineering Education Transformations 2015.

J. Tranquillo, D. Ebenstein, E. Kennedy, K. Bieryla, D. Cavanagh, "Product Archaeology: Unearthing Business Decisions", Journal of Engineering Entrepreneurship, 2015.

J. Tranquillo, N. Badie, C.S. Henriquez, N. Bursac, "Collision-based spiral acceleration in cardiac media: Roles of wavefront curvature and excitable gap", Biophysical J. 2010.

J. Tranquillo, M. Howes, "Intrinsic inhomogeneities and the coexistence of spirals with different periods of rotation", Physical Review E. 2008.

J. Tranquillo, A. Sunkara, "Can we trust the transgenic mouse? Insights from computer simulations", Lecture Notes in Computer Science Special Issue: Functional Imaging and Modeling of the Heart. 2007.

J. Tranquillo, J. Hlavacek, C.S. Henriquez", An integrative model of mouse cardiac electrophysiology from cell to torso", Europace. 2005.

J. Tranquillo, D. Burwell, C.S. Henriquez, "Analytical model of extracellular potentials in a tissue slab with a finite bath", IEEE Trans on BME. 2005.

J. Tranquillo, M.R. Franz, B.C. Knollmann, A. Henriquez, D.A. Taylor, C.S. Henriquez, "Genesis of the monophasic action potential: Role of the interstitial resistance and boundary gradients", Amer J of Physiol. 2004.

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