Professor Mark Lundstrom received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. He joined the faculty at Purdue in 1980 and is currently the Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Lundstrom served as the founding Director of the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology at Purdue from 2002 – 2010. He currently directs the SRC Network for Photovoltaic Technology at Purdue and a new NSF initiative, NEEDS, Nano-Engineered Electronic Devices and Systems. From 1974-1977 Lundstrom was a member of the technical staff at Hewlett-Packard where he worked on NMOS integrated circuit process development and manufacturing. As a faculty member at Purdue, his first focus was photovoltaics. In the mid 1990’s, Lundstrom shifted his focus to the ultimate limits of transistors and to exploring novel devices, such as carbon nanotube, semiconductor nanowire, band-to-band tunneling FETs, and graphene electronics. Lundstrom’s recent work includes electronic devices for energy conversion, focusing on photovoltaic and thermoelectric devices. He is author and co-author of many technical articles and three books and has received several awards including the 2002 IEEE Cledo Brunettti Award. He is a fellow of the IEEE, the APS, and the AAAS and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.
Kurt Bryan (Ph.D., 1990, University of Washington) is Professor of Mathematics at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He has also held a post-doctoral position at the Institute for Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (ICASE) at NASA’s Langley Research Center, worked in industry from 1984 to 1990 as a mathematician and statistician at Blount Industries, and been a visiting faculty member at Rutgers University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. His research interests lie mainly in partial differential equations, especially inverse problems related to non-destructive testing. He is particularly interested in teaching applied mathematics to undergraduates, and for the past 11 years has directed students in Rose-Hulman’s summer REU program.
Dr. Juan Wachs is an Assistant Professor in the Industrial Engineering School at Purdue University. He is the director of the Intelligent Systems and Assistive Technologies Lab (ISAT) at Purdue, and he is affiliated with the Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering. He completed a postdoctoral training at the Naval Postgraduate School’s MOVES Institute in the area of computer vision, under a National Research Council Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences. Dr. Wachs is an awardee of the prestigious 2013 Air Force Young Investigator Program. His research interests include machine and computer vision, robotics, teleoperations, human robot interaction, assistive technologies and health support systems. His work led to the first in vivo implementation of a hand gesture system for the manipulation of medical images during surgery in 2006 at the Washington Hospital Center, DC, USA. Juan Wachs is a member of IEEE and the Operation Research Society of Israel (ORSIS). He has published in journals including IEEE Trans. Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Journal of American Medical Informatics, Communications of the ACM, and the Journal of Robotic Surgery. He has been a visiting professor at the Buenos Aires University, Argentina and lectured in the Winter School of Image Processing. He received his B.Ed.Tech in Electrical Education from the ORT Academic College in Jerusalem, his M.Sc and Ph.D in Industrial Engineering and Management, Information Systems and Intelligent Systems tracks, respectively, from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.