Professor of Bioengineering
Areas of Interest
Kenneth R. Foster is Professor of Bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research interests relate to biomedical applications of nonionizing radiation from audio through microwave frequency ranges, and health and safety aspects of electromagnetic fields as they interact with the body. Foster examines the prospects of workers in electrical occupations and the controversy related to possible cancer risk from electromagnetic field exposure. He has written also on the broader topic of technological risk, and impact of technology (principally, electrotechnologies) on humans. His goal in this area is to examine technology, putting into perspective its relative risks and benefits to society. What he hopes to impart is a better perception of the social use of science.
Foster, K.R. and J. E. Moulder. 2017. “Will an MRI Examination Damage Your Genes?” Radiation Research 187(1).
Foster, K.R. and D. J. Callans, 2017. “Smartphone apps meet evidence based medicine.” IEEE Pulse (April/May).
Foster, K.R. 2017. “Radiofrequency Fields and the Precautionary Principle.” In Non-ionizing Radiation Protection: Summary of Research and Policy Options, edited by A.W. Wood and K. Karipisis, 405-429. Wiley.
Foster, K.R. 2016. “3-Dimensional Printing in Medicine: Hype, Hope, and The Challenge of Personalized Medicine.” In Philosophy and Engineering: Exploring Boundaries, Expanding Connections, edited by Byron Newberry, Diane Michelfelder, and Qin Zhu, 211-228. New York City: Springer.
Foster, K.R. 2015. “Biological Effects of Radiofrequency Energy As Related to Health and Safety.” In Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 2nd Edition, edited by John Webster. Wiley.