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Mr. DeveyIn 1993 Gil Devey assumed his present appointment as a Program Director for Biomedical Engineering and Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities. His association with NSF began in 1965 when he served as the Program Director for Engineering Systems in the Division of Engineering. On a leave of absence from NSF during 1967-1969 he served as Executive Secretary of the National Academy of Engineering Committee on the Interplay of Engineering with Biology and Medicine, a study project conducted at the request of the National Institutes of Health. Following his return to NSF he directed the Instrumentation Technology Program of the experimental activity Research Applied to National Needs (RANN). In 1975 he joined the Division of International Programs where he became head of the Middle East Section, receiving an appointment in the Senior Executive Service from President Jimmy Carter. He served in that position until his departure as a full-time NSF staff member in 1981. Since then Gil has provided consulting services to the American College of Radiology, the medical device industry, academic medical centers, and federal agencies including NSF and the Department of the Treasury. Gil was named editor of SCAR News, the newsletter of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology, in 1994.

During his full-time tenure with NSF, Gil initiated the development of several biomedical engineering research programs, and in 1976 he was elevated to Fellow Grade of the IEEE for his technical contributions to the development of the field. In 1975 Gil received the AAMI Foundation award for "distinguished contributions to the advancement of medical instrumentation", in 1994 was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.  He is a registered engineer in the state of Wisconsin. Gil served as a member of the Steering Committee that developed plans for the establishment of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and was named a Founding Fellow of AIMBE in 1992.

Gil received a BS in EE from MIT in 1946 following his service in the US Navy from 1941-1944 as radar officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga, and as a graduate student in Electronics Engineering at the US Naval Academy Postgraduate School during 1944-1945.

Gil's professional engineering career began in 1946 as an antenna systems specialist with the Navy's Bureau of Ships. During 1948-1952 he worked at the U.S. Naval Underwater Sound Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research before joining the Sprague Electric Company (North Adams, Massachusetts) where he was active in the development and marketing of specialized computer components from 1952 until 1965. 

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