As R. S. Kye has written in the article "Professor with a mission", "Dhanjoo Ghista is a professor of professors, a world authority in biomedical engineering and physics, author or editor of several textbooks in subjects ranging from cardiovascular physics to Sustainable Economic Development and inventor of life-saving implant devices. A pioneer of research into the effect of space travel on astronauts, his work as the founder and leading exponent of the new science of societal engineering has received recognition from academics and institutions alike."
Prof. Dhanjoo Ghista has an international standing in education and research, having set up programs and departments at universities in responsible academic-administrative positions (from Department Head to CAO/Provost), and has been involved in planning universities. He has a multi-disciplinary background, spanning science and engineering, medicine and health sciences, social sciences, management (healthcare and hospital management), governance and public administration, sports science and engineering, and education. He is a pioneer in the fields of biomedical engineering, healthcare engineering and management, governance and economy, and urban-rural sustainable community development, and is committed to the advancement of rural communities and developing countries.
Dr. Ghista has a sterling scholarly record of having published 470+ papers and 28 books. He has taught courses in engineering, physics, biomedical engineering, medical sciences, sports science and hospital management. His research involvements and publications have been in science and engineering, biomedical engineering, medicine, cognitive science and therapy, social sciences, sports science, education, sustainable communities, and the role of university in society. His books have been in biomedical engineering and physics, physiological mechanics, cardiovascular physics and engineering, orthopedic biomechanics, medical and life physics, spinal injury biomedical engineering, socio-economic democracy and world government, and African development.
Prof Ghista has supervised many doctoral students (many of whom who became professors, department heads and deans) and post-doctoral fellows. He has served on national research grants review panels, and has been editor of journals and book series (with publishers). Throughout his academic career, he has obtained substantial research grants, served on national agencies for research promotion, and contributed to community development.
In projecting a visionary perspective on the role of a university in society, Prof. Ghista states: "A university is verily a laboratory for the development of a progressive society, by delineation of its ideals in all fields of human thought and endeavor, and by the development of education and research programs for imparting these ideals. A university hence needs to have a pulse of the problems challenging society and a clear delineation of its role in cultivating the requisite solutions for its progress."
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