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Liljencrantz Award: Leonid Hrebien

September 03, 2021

Liljencrantz Award: Leonid Hrebien

The Eric Liljencrantz award was established in memory of CDR Eric Liljencrantz, MC, USN, whose brilliant career in aviation medicine was cut short by his death in an airplane accident in 1942. It is given annually to honor excellence as an educator in aerospace medicine, or basic research into the problems of acceleration, altitude, or weightlessness. Sponsored by Aerospace Medical PLC.

Leonid Hrebien, Ph.D., FAsMA, FAsHFA, was honored with the 2021 Eric Liljencrantz Award for his ground-breaking research, devotion to students, and his service to the aerospace medical and engineering community since about 1974. He is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and continues his research on the measurement and mitigation of the physiological and cognitive responses to stressful environments and pattern recognition of biological data (proteomics, cytometry) for potential application in predictive toxicology. His research findings have been presented and published in multiple scientific journals and meetings and he is often an invited speaker on acceleration physiology and biomedical engineering.
   A native of Regensberg, Germany, Dr. Hrebien graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA, in 1972. He then earned an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, also at Drexel, in 1975. From 1977-1979, he was Chief Engineer, Manufacturing and Quality Control, at Biotron Inc., Bristol, PA, USA. He completed his education with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel in 1980. From 1980–1981, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering Department of Drexel. In 1981, he became Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Evening College, also at Drexel, a position he holds today. Also in 1981, he took a position as Research Electronics Engineer at the U.S. Naval Air Development Center in Warminster, PA, USA. In 1983, he became Leader of the Acceleration Physiology Research Team in Warminster and then the Manager of the Environmental Effects Research Branch from 1986–1989.
   At Drexel, from 1985-1986, Dr. Hrebien was Assistant Head of the Evening College, Electrical Engineering Department, and then became the Liaison and Academic Advisor for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. In 1989 until 1996, he was Executive Officer and Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and a member of the Biomedical Engineering and Science Institute. During that time, in 1995, he served as a Consulting Engineer, Quality Control Instrumentation Design, at Alphamedics Manufacturing Corp., Levittown, PA, USA. From 1996 to 2000, he was Associate Dean and Director of the College of Engineering Office of Student Services. From 1998–2000, he became Assistant Liaison and Academic Advisor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, for the College of Evening and Professional Studies. In 1989-2008, he was Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Affiliate Faculty School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health, and from 2004-2008, he was Assistant Department Head for Graduate Affairs, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He took his present positions as Assistant Department Head for Special Programs and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008.
   Dr. Hrebien’s honors and awards include the 1987 Laura S. Campbell Excellence in Teaching Award from Drexel University, the Stanly J. Gwiazda Professorship in 1994, the 1999 Joseph S. Mozino Blue and Gold Award from the Evening College Alumni, the 2003 Professional Excellence Award from the Life Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Branch (LSBEB) of the Aerospace Medical Association, the 2007 Martin N. Kaplan Distinguished Service Award from Drexel University, the 2007 LSBEB Research and Development Award, and being elected to the Drexel 100 Society in 2017. He is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and the Aerospace Human Factors Association, and a member of LSBEB, the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Association for Higher Education, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the SAFE Association.