Steven M. Wright 

Royce E. Wisenbaker II Professor

Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering,  

     Biomedical Engineering,  and Radiology (TAMUHSC)

Area Leader,  Biomedical Imaging

Office:  236A  Wisenbaker Engineering Center

Phone:  979-845-7441

Lab:  979-458-1146 (Magnetic Resonance Systems Lab)

Fax:  979-845-6259










Education Areas of Interest

Ph.D. (EE)        University of Illinois, 1984
M.S. (EE)         University of Illinois, 1981
B.S. (EE)          University of Illinois, 1980


Magnetic Resonance Imaging-  Instrumentation,  Methodology

Antenna Theory-  Numerical Methods,  Phased Arrays



Distinctions and Awards

Courses Developed at TAMU


Representative Publications
  • S.M. Wright, M.P. McDougall, “Single Echo Acquisition Imaging using RF Encoding,” NMR in Biomedicine, vol. 22(9), pp. 982-993, 2009. 

  • S.M. Wright and M.P. McDougall, “MR Imaging at Sub-Millisecond Frame Rates,” Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med. 17 (2009)   259.

  • K. Feng, N.A. Hollingsworth, J.C. Bosshard, D.C. Noll, and S.M. Wright, “An Inexpensive, Scalable Vector Modulator and Application to 2D RF Pulses,” Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med. 17 (2009) 3021.

  • N. A. Hollingsworth, K. Feng, C-W. Chang, S. M. Wright, and M. P. McDougall     “Development of a 64 Channel Parallel Transmit System”  Proc. Intl. Soc. Mag. Reson. Med. 17 (2009) 3019.

  • Dante Son, S.M. Wright, and J. Ji, "Single-Point Dixon Water-Fat Imaging Using 64-Channel Single Echo Acquisition MRI", Concepts in Magnetic Resonance, Part B (Magnetic Resonance Engineering, Vol 33B, No. 3, PP. 152-162, August 2008.

  • S.M. Wright,  M.P. McDougall, J.C. Bosshard,   “Dedicated Phase-Compensation Gradient Coils for Wide Field-of-View MR Microscopy,”  Annl. Mtg. Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES),  St. Louis, MO,  October,  2008.  P. 2.10

  • J.C. Bosshard, N. Yallapragada, M.P. McDougall,  and  S.M. Wright,  “High Speed MR Elastography Using SEA Imaging,”  Proceedings of the 16th Annual Meeting of the ISMRM, Toronto, 2008, p. 831.

  • W.A. Grissom, C.Y. Yip, S.M. Wright, J.A. Fessler, and D.C. Noll, “Additive angle method for fast large-tip-angle RF pulse design in parallel excitation” Magn. Reson. Med., Vol 51, No. 4, pp. 779-787, April 2008.

  • S.M. Wright and M.P. McDougall, "Coil Effect On K-Space Line Selection In Highly Accelerated Parallel Imaging," IEEE Intl. Symp. on Biomed. Imaging (ISBI 2007), Wash. D.C., April 2007, p. 1016-1019.

  • M.P. McDougall and S.M. Wright, "Initial Results In Wide-Field 3d Microscopy Using Parallel Imaging," IEEE Intl. Symp. on Biomed. Imaging (ISBI 2007), Wash. D.C., April 2007, p. 1072-1075.

  • D.K. Spence and S.M. Wright, “Comparison of Local and Global Arrays for SENSE Imaging,” Magnetic Resonance Engineering, (Conc. Magn. Res. B), Vol. 31B, Issue 2, pp. 86-94, April 2007.

  • M.P. McDougall, S.M. Wright, “Coil Phase Compensation in 3D Imaging at Very High Acceleration Factors,” Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Vol. 25, pp. 1305-1311, 2007.

  • K. Kurpad, E.B. Boskamp, and S.M. Wright, “RF Current Element Design for Independent Control of Current Amplitude and Phase in Transmit Phased Arrays,” Magnetic Resonance Engineering, (Conc. Magn. Res. B), Vol. 29B, No. 2, pp. 75-83, 2006.

  • M.P. McDougall, S.M. Wright, “Phase Compensation in Single Echo Acquisition (SEA) Imaging: Phase Effects of Voxel-Sized Coils in Planar and Cylindrical Arrays,” IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Magazine, Nov./Dec. 2005.

  • M.P. McDougall and S.M. Wright, “A 64-Channel Array Coil for Single Echo Acquisition Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Vol. 54, pp. 386-392, 2005.

  • Y.T. Lo,  S.M. Wright,  J.A. Navarro,  and M. Davidovitz.   “Antennas IV: Microstrip Antennas,”   Chapter 12 in Handbook of RF/Microwave Components and Engineering,  Kai Chang, Ed.,  Wiley, NY, 2003.    

  • D.K. Spence and S.M. Wright, “A 2D Full-Wave Solution for the Analysis and Design of Birdcage Coils,” Magnetic Resonance Engineering, (Conc. Magn. Res. B), Vol. 18B, No. 1, pp. 15-23, July 2003.

  • J.A. Bankson and S.M. Wright, “Simulation Based Investigation of Partially Parallel Imaging with a Linear Array at High Accelerations,“ Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, pp. 777-786, April, 2002.

  • S.M. Wright, “Full-Wave Analysis of Planar RF Coils and Coil Arrays with Assumed Current Distribution,” Magnetic Resonance Engineering, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 2-14, March 2002.

  • E.T. Lebsack and S.M. Wright, “Iterative RF Pulse Design for Magnetic Resonance Imaging,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp. 41-48, January, 2002.

  • S.M. Wright, D.G. Brown, J. R. Porter, D.C. Spence, E. Esparza, D.C. Cole and F.R. Huson, “A Desktop Magnetic Resonance Imaging System,” Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine, Vol. 13, pp. 177-185, January, 2002.

  • J.A. Bankson, M.A. Griswold, S.M. Wright, and D.K. Sodickson, “SMASH Imaging with an Eight Element Multiplexed RF Coil Array,” Magnetic Reson. Materials in Med., Phys. And Biology, (MAGMA), Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 93-104, June, 2000.

  • S.M. Wright,  "NMR-MRI,"  Chapter 16 in Introduction to Biomedical Engineering,  John Enderle,  Susan Blanchard,  Joseph Bronzino,  Eds.,  Academic Press,  NY, 1999. 

  • S.M. Wright and L.W. Wald, “Theory and Application of Phased Array Coils in MR Spectroscopy,” NMR in Biomedicine, Vol. 10, pp. 394-410, December, 1997.

Selected Seminars and Talks
  • S.M. Wright, “Parallel Imaging using Large Arrays,” Presented at the Paul Lauterbur Memorial Symposium, Urbana, IL, March 28, 2008.
  • S.M. Wright, "Multidisciplinary Approaches to MR Engineering," Plenary Lecture, Intl. Society of Magn. Reson. in Med. Annl Mtg., Berlin Germany, May, 2007.
  • S.M. Wright, Towards Real-Time MRI: Dynamic Imaging using Large Sensor Arrays," Jointly sponsored by the Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering Depts., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 27, 2007.
  • S.M. Wright, "Inverse Imaging", Intl. Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Workshop on Non-Cartesian Imaging, Sedona, NM, Feb 28, 2007.
  • S.M. Wright, “MR Imaging with an Ultra-Fast "Shutter Speed: Single Echo Acquisition MRI”, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dec. 4, 2005.
  • S.M. Wright, “Exploring Limits in Parallel Imaging: MRI in a Single Echo Acquisition,” Frontiers in Biomedical Imaging Symposium: The MRI Nobel Celebration and Future Directions, Urbana, IL, Nov. 8-10, 2004.
  • S.M. Wright, “Coil Arrays for ParalleI MRI: Introduction and Overview,” Latsis Symposium 2004: Second Intl. Workshop on Parallel MRI, Zurich, Switzerland, Oct. 15-17, 2004.
  • S.M. Wrigh, “Single Echo Acquisition MR Imaging,” Invited Lecture, Siemens AG RF Engineering Group, Erlangen, Germany, October 14, 2003.
  • S.M. Wright, “RF Coil Design for MRI- Practical Issues”, Invited Lecture, Dept. of Physics, Univ. of Wuerzburg, Wurzburg, Germany, October 21, 2003.
  • S.M. Wright, “Instrumentation for Parallel MRI at High Acceleration Factors,” Physics Department Seminar, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, July 29, 2002.
  • S.M. Wright, “Instrumentation for Parallel MR Imaging,” (Biomedical Engineering Seminar Series,) Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX, January 31, 2002.
  • S.M. Wright, “Surface Coil, Arrays, and the Benefits of Array Imaging,” (Invited Lecture), Proc., First Wurzburg Workshop on Parallel Imaging Basics and Clinical Applications, pp. 21-25, Wurzburg, Germany, Nov. 7-10, 2001.
  • S.M. Wright, “Desktop MRI,” International Society of Magnetic Resonance Workshop on MR Hardware, (Invited Lecture), Cleveland, Ohio, February 24, 2001.
  • S.M. Wright, “MRI Hardware and Desktop Systems”, USA Instruments, Aurora, Ohio, July 14, 2000.
  • S.M. Wright, “Characterization of RF Coils for MRI and MRS,” Marquette University Biomedical Engineering Department, Milwaukee, WI, March 28, 2000.
  • S.M. Wright, “MRI Hardware and Desktop Systems,” IV Mexican Symposium on Medical Physics, Merida, Mexico, March, 3, 2000.
  • S.M. Wright, “Progress in Desktop MRI,” 3rd Symposium on Medical Physics, Institute of Physics at the University of Guanauato (IFUG), Leon Mexico, February 27, 1999.
  • S.M. Wright, "Method-of-Moments in MRI," International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Workshop on Computational Electromagnetics in MRI (CEM-MR), College Station, TX, May 31-June 2, 1998.