Steven Freear is head of the ultrasound group at Leeds University which was formed in 2006, specialising in biomedical ultrasonics.
Prior to academia, he worked in the electronics industry for 7 years as a medical ultrasonic system designer.
Current EPSRC supported research includes EP/I000623/1 Engineering Therapeutic Microbubbles, EP/K030159/1 Sound Bullets for Biomedical Ultrasound and EP/J021156/1 Capital Grant for National Facility for Innovative Robotic Systems.
He is Visiting Professor at Georgia Tech where he is developing an MRI compatible intracardiac CMUT catheter (NIH grant U01 HL121838-01). The group has received >£3M in industrial research contracts and has performed 4 KTP projects. Research expertise includes system integration, multi-channel electronics and signal processing to address beamforming, signal coding, efficient power control and scalability. 5 patents have been submitted in these areas.
He is Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, a leading journal in the field of ultrasound. He is Publications Chair and sits on the Technical Programme Committee for the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium.