Rashid Bashir is the Dean of the Grainger College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Bashir also holds the Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering. He has previously been the Executive Associate Dean and Chief Diversity Officer of the Carle Illinois College of Medicine, UIUC, the Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering, Head of the Department of Bioengineering, Director of the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (a campus-wide clean room facility) at Illinois, and Co-Director of the campus-wide Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology. He has authored or co-authored over 180 journal papers, over 200 conference papers and conference abstracts, and over 120 invited talks, and has been granted 34 patents. He is a Fellow of the IEEE, AIMBE, AAAS, and APS. His research interests include BioMEMS, lab on a chip, nano-biotechnology, interfacing biology and engineering from molecular to tissue scale, and applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, all applied to solve biomedical problems. He has been involved in 2 startups that have licensed his technologies.