Professor, Mechanical Engineering
5000 Forbes Avenue
Scaife Hall 321
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Professor Rabin has a broad range of research interests in area of energy modalities in biology and medicine, including cryopreservation (preservation of tissues at very low temperatures), cryosurgery (the controlled destruction of undesired tissues, such as cancerous tumors, by freezing), hyperthermia (the destruction of tissue at elevated temperatures), and heat and mass transfer in biological systems.
Research activity at the Biothermal Technology Laboratory, which Prof. Rabin heads, integrates the development of sensors, instrumentation, surgical devices, measurement techniques, physical modeling, numerical techniques, computation tools, and thermal design. Key research projects at the Biothermal Technology Laboratory include:
- Computerized training tools for cryosurgery
- Wireless implantable temperature sensors
- Computerized planning of cryosurgery
- Thermo-mechanical stress in cryopreservation
- Thermal expansion of cryoprotective agents combined with synthetic ice blockers
- Developing a device for visualization of large-scale cryopreservation
Professor Rabin has a special interest in thermal-fluids education. Recently, Prof. Rabin has developed a unique undergraduate capstone course for the thermal-fluids core-courses sequence, entitled Thermal Fluids Experimentation and Design. The experimental experience covers techniques of measurement, uncertainty, and system analysis, which demonstrate fundamental principles in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer. The practice of thermal design of a system is also integrated into this course. At the graduate level, Prof. Rabin has developed a unique course entitled Heat Transfer in Biology and Medicine.
Professor Rabin joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2000. Previously, Prof. Rabin held academic positions at the Department of Human Oncology at Allegheny General Hospital—affiliated with Hahnemann University Hospital (1994-1998), and at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion—Israel Institute of Technology (1997-2000).
EducationB.Sc. 1989, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
M.Sc. 1991, Ben-Gurion University, Israel
D.Sc. 1994, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology