Assistant Director, School of Engineering
Associate Professor, Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Office Address: 253 Kennedy Hall of Engineering
Phone: (616) 331-6015
Brief Biography: Dr. Samhita Rhodes is the Assistant Director of the School of Engineering and Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Program at Grand Valley State University.
Dr. Rhodes’ expertise is in biomedical signal modeling and advanced image processing techniques, and she is currently working with neurosurgeons at Spectrum Health to accurately model epileptogenesis. Her collaborative work includes quantifying the benefits of power mobility training in children with multiple developmental disorders. As a past recipient of an American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant, she has investigated advanced signal processing techniques to characterize cardiac dysthymias.
Currently, Dr. Rhodes represents her faculty colleagues on the University Academic Senate and Executive Committee of the Senate. She has also served as chair of the Integrated Engineering program and was instrumental in redesigning the freshman engineering program. She is an alumna of the prestigious Leadership Development Institute organized by the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) in partnership with the Clare Boothe Luce program focusing on advancing women in STEM higher education.
In 2010, Dr. Rhodes started the undergraduate minor in biomedical engineering and subsequently she was awarded $700,000 in NSF funding to develop a Master’s program in the same field. Together, both programs have over 40 graduates working in industry (like Stryker and Rose Technologies) and research laboratories (like Van Andel Research Institute and Spectrum Innovations). Dr. Rhodes teaches classes at all academic levels, undergraduate and graduate, in programming, mathematical modeling, and linear and nonlinear biomedical signal and image processing.
Degrees: Dr. Rhodes has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pune, India, and after earning her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Marquette University, Wisconsin, she completed a 3 year postdoctoral fellowship in Anesthesiology Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she developed mathematical models to explore the effects of age and hyperthermia on cardiac function.