Bryan Ranger

Assistant Professor


Bryan Ranger is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at Boston College. His research in biomedical devices and global health aims to develop technology that can make health care more accessible and cost-effective. His current work focuses on device and algorithm development targeted at broadening the accessibility of medical imaging, particularly ultrasound, in global health settings. He is also dedicated to innovation in engineering education. His courses at Boston College use real-world examples of global health needs to teach students about engineering fundamentals and the importance of culturally competent, user-centered engineering design.

Bryan works at the intersection of biomedical technology innovation and global public health. Throughout his career, he has contributed to various global health initiatives, ranging from on-the-ground field research to high-level policy making, in Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, India, at the WHO, and USAID. Prior to joining the faculty at Boston College, he worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to improve clinical decision-making in resource-constrained environments. To accomplish this, he established research programs and managed investments in sensing, devices, imaging, neurodevelopment, AI/Machine learning, and digital health.

Bryan completed his Ph.D. in Medical Engineering & Medical Physics through the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. His dissertation research consisted of developing ultrasound imaging methods to improve and facilitate lower limb prosthesis design. While at MIT, he was also an instructor at the D-Lab of a course entitled “Prosthetics for the Developing World,” a human-centered design class that introduced students to social entrepreneurship. Bryan earned his M.S.E. and B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering, with concentrations in medical imaging and bioelectrics, from the University of Michigan.

Representative Publications

  • Bryan J. Ranger, Micha Feigin, Xiang Zhang, Kevin M. Moerman, Hugh Herr, Brian W. Anthony. “3D ultrasound imaging of residual limbs with camera-based motion compensation.” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2019; 27(2):207-217.
  • Bryan J. Ranger and Aikaterini Mantzavinou. “Design thinking in development engineering education: A case study on creating prosthetic and assistive technologies for the developing world.” Journal of Development Engineering, 2018; 3:166-174.
  • Aikaterini Mantzavinou, Bryan J. Ranger, Smitha Gudapakkam, Katharine G. Broach Hutchins, Elizabeth Bailey and Kristian R. Olson. “Health hackathons drive affordable medical technology innovation through community engagement.” UNESCO Technologies for Development: From Innovation to Social Impact, 2016; 87-95.
  • Bryan Ranger, Peter J Littrup, Nebojsa Duric, Priti Chandiwala-Mody, Cuiping Li, Steven Schmidt, Jessica Lupinacci. “Breast ultrasound tomography versus magnetic resonance imaging for clinical display of anatomy and tumor rendering: Preliminary results.” American Journal of Roentgenology, 2012; 198(1):233-239.


  • Herr, Hugh M., Kevin Mattheus Moerman, Dana Solav, Bryan James Ranger, Rebecca Steinmeyer, Stephanie Lai Ku, Canan Dagdeviren et al. "Quantitative Design And Manufacturing Framework For A Biomechanical Interface Contacting A Biological Body Segment." U.S. Patent Application 16/969,142, filed May 20, 2021.