Starkey Chief Technology Officer Dr. Achin Bhowmik Named IEEE Fellow

Leading technologist earns prestigious honor for leadership in perceptual augmentation devices

Eden Prairie, Minnesota (January 14, 2021) – Starkey Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering Achin Bhowmik, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology. Each year, following a rigorous evaluation procedure, the IEEE board of directors confers the grade of Fellow to a select group of recipients based on extraordinary accomplishments. Less than 0.1% of voting members are selected for this highest member grade elevation. It is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement.

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition,” said Dr. Bhowmik. “I have long been passionate about exploring and developing technologies that are inspired by the human perceptual and cognition systems. Now at Starkey, I have the opportunity to work with an incredible team as we push the frontiers of intelligent devices to enhance and augment human perception, and help people live better, healthier lives.”

Bhowmik is responsible for Starkey’s technology strategy, global research, product development and engineering departments. Since joining Starkey in 2017, he has led the organization’s efforts to transform hearing aids into multifunctional health devices with advanced sensors and artificial intelligence technologies. In 2018, Livio AI became the world’s first Healthable hearing aid enabling users to take a proactive approach to their hearing and wellness with physical and cognitive activity tracking. In 2019, TIME named the device in its prestigious list of 100 Best Inventions. In 2020, Livio Edge AI brought more industry-firsts to hearing healthcare providers and their patients, including next-generation sound processing made possible by artificial intelligence that is activated by a simple tap of the hearing aid. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) picked this life-enhancing technology for a 2021 CES Innovation Award.

“We are proud to be leading the hearing industry with innovative technology, and Achin Bhowmik has been a driving force behind those efforts,” said Starkey President and CEO Brandon Sawalich. “His technology leadership has positioned Starkey to continue to revolutionize the hearing aid with new and exciting technologies. We are very fortunate to have Achin on our team, and I want to congratulate him on this exceptional honor.”

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About Starkey
Starkey is a privately held, global hearing technology company headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Founded by Bill Austin in 1967, Starkey is known for its innovative design, development and distribution of comprehensive digital hearing systems. Led today by President and CEO Brandon Sawalich, Starkey is the only American-owned provider of hearing technologies. The company has more than 5,000 employees, operates 28 facilities and does business in more than 100 markets worldwide. Learn more at

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