Dr. Bangerter received a Bachelor's degree in Physics from U.C. Berkeley, and received Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He joined the BYU faculty in the fall of 2008, and holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Radiology at the University of Utah. Dr. Bangerter brings a variety of experience in both industry and academia to BYU. Prior to graduate school, he spent several years as a developer for metrology software company Wilcox Associates, and then co-founded data visualization software company Visualize in 1996. His graduate work focused on the development of new fast imaging techniques using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). After graduate school, Dr. Bangerter held a variety of positions in industry. He worked at management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, software maker Microsoft, and served as Vice President of Product Management for advertising technology company Reactrix. Dr. Bangerter returned to academia in 2006 as a researcher in Stanford's Radiological Sciences Laboratory.
Dr. Bangerter's research focuses on the development of new and improved techniques in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). While fundamentally rooted in the electrical engineering sub-discipline of signal processing, MRI research draws heavily on concepts in electricity & magnetism and quantum mechanics. An understanding of the physiology of the biological systems to be imaged also plays an important role in this type of medical imaging research. Current projects include the development of new sodium MRI techniques to improve the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, and the development of MRI hardware and processing techniques to spot very early deterioration in cartilage that may portend the onset of osteoarthritis.
Dr. Bangerter received the Lauterbur Award from the Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance (SCBT/MR) in 2008, and the Cum Laude Award from the same society in 2009. He was awarded the William K. Bowes Jr. Fellowship for his doctoral studies at Stanford, and was a recipient of the Hertz Foundation Scholarship for his undergraduate studies.