Remembering Dr. Michael Neuman, Teacher, Engineer, Researcher, Doctor and Friend
Dr. Michael Neuman, physician, engineer, researcher and educator, passed away on February 17, from complications due to heart and kidney failure. He was 77.
Dr. Neuman was born and raised in Milwaukee and went to Cleveland to study at Case Western Reserve University. He earned his undergraduate degree as well as a PhD in electrical Engineering in 1966 and an MD in 1974, all from Case.
In his 50-year academic career he initially taught at his alma mater before teaching at Duke, Memphis and finally at Michigan Tech, where he arrived in 2003 as Professor and Chair in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He continued to teach after he stepped down as Chair in 2010.
Before going to medical school, Neuman taught electronics in Case’s electrical engineering department. He developed a strong interest in medical electronics, which was a new field at the time. He was particularly intrigued by fetal monitoring, but he knew nothing about obstetrics. “My colleagues encouraged me, and asked me why I didn’t go to medical school. So I did," he once recalled.
Neuman joined Michigan Tech at a point in his career when some faculty might be considering retirement. Instead he seized the opportunity to help young faculty develop their individual research programs. Read the full story.