Invited Speakers


 Richard A. Baird, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard A. Baird obtained the B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1975) from MIT and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (1981) from the University of California, Berkeley. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago (1981-1984), he became a research scientist (1984-1998) at the R.S. Dow Neurological Sciences Institute and an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon, studying the physiology, repair, and regeneration of vestibular hair cells. In 1998, Dr. Baird became Head of the Fay and Carl Simons Center for Biology and Hearing and Deafness at the Central Institute for the Deaf (CID), Spencer T. Olin Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing at Washington University, and an adjunct faculty member of the Departments of Otolaryngology and Anatomy and Neurobiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He also founded and directed the Inner Ear consortium (1999), a group encouraging collaboration among researchers working on the development, physiology and regeneration of the inner ear and supporting state-of-the-art core facilities in confocal and multi-photon microscopy, electron microscopy, molecular biology, and electronic services. In 2002, Dr. Baird became Director of Research of the Harold W. Siebens Hearing Research Center, coordinating both basic and applied research at CID.

Dr. Baird joined the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in October, 2005, becoming Director of the Division of Interdisciplinary Training at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). In this position, he directs conference, diversity, education, research training and career development programs and coordinates public-private partnerships between NIBIB and other Federal agencies and private foundations. Dr. Baird has also co-chaired the NIH Training Advisory Committee (TAC), co-chaired the NIH-TAC Workforce Committee, and served on working groups on diversity, early independence and interdisciplinary training for the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience and NIH Roadmap programs.


 Rashid Bashir, Ph.D.

Rashid Bashir is the Abel Bliss Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Bioengineering, Director of the Micro and NanoTechnology Laboratory (a campus wide clean room facility) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Co-Director of the campus-side Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, a collaboratory aimed to facilitate center grants and large initiatives around campus in the area of nanotechnology. He has authored or co-authored over 130 journal papers, over 160 conference papers and conference abstracts, over 90 invited talks, and has been granted 34 patents. He is a fellow of IEEE, AIMBE, and AAAS.

Prof. Bashir¡¯s key technical contributions lie in the use of electrical or mechanical based label free methods for detection of biological entities on a chip and 3-D fabrication methods that can be used for tissue engineering and development of cellular systems. His research interests include Bionanotechnology, BioMEMS, Lab on a chip, interfacing biology and engineering from molecular to tissue scale, and applications of semiconductor fabrication to biomedical engineering, all applied to solve biomedical problems in cancer, infectious disease, and global health.

In addition to his own research group, he is the PI on an NSF IGERT on Cellular and Molecular Mechanics and Bionanotechnology and PI on an NIH Training Grant on Cancer Nanotechnology. He is also a project lead on an NSF Science and Technology Center on Emergent Behavior of Integrated Cellular Systems (headquartered at MIT, and partners at GT and UIUC) and Member of Executive Committee of the NSF NSEC at OSU. He also serves on external advisory board of the NIH funded BioMEMS Resource Center at Harvard/MGH and the NIH funded Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence at Stanford University.


 Arthur G. Erdman, Ph.D.

Arthur G. Erdman, P.E., is the Richard C. Jordan Professor and a Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, specializing in mechanical design, bioengineering and product design. In July 2007 he was selected as the Director of the Medical Devices Center at the U of M and is also the Co-Editor of the ASME Journal of Medical Devices.

He received his BS degree at Rutgers University, his MS and Ph.D. at RPI. Dr. Erdman has published over 370 technical papers, 3 books, holds 35 patents (plus 10 pending), and shares with his former students 9 Best Paper Awards at international conferences. Dr. Erdman has had research collaborations with faculty in Ophthalmology, Neuroscience, Epidemiology, Cardiology, Urology, Orthopedics, Surgery, Dentistry, Otolaryngology veterinary medicine and Sport Biomechanics.

He has consulted at over 50 companies in mechanical, biomedical and product design, including Xerox, 3M, Andersen Windows, Proctor and Gamble, HP, Rollerblade, Sulzer Medica, St. Jude Medical and Yamaha. He has received a number of awards including ASME Machine Design Award, the ASME Outstanding Design Educator Award and the U of M Outstanding Service Award. Erdman is a Fellow of ASME and a Founding Fellow of AIMBE. Dr. Erdman has served as chair of the Publications committee, the Design Division and the Bioengineering Divisions of ASME. He has also been the Chair of eleven Design of Medical Devices Conferences which are held next to the University of Minnesota each April.


 Robert E. Fischell, Ph.D.

Robert E. Fischell received his BSME degree from Duke University in 1951 and subsequently he received his MS and ScD degrees from the University of Maryland. Dr. Fischell was employed at the Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory full-time for 25 years and part-time for an additional 13 years. At Johns Hopkins Dr. Fischell was the Chief Engineer of the Space Department where he was a principal designer of more than 50 spacecraft. His interests at Johns Hopkins then turned to the invention of new medical devices such as pacemakers and implantable heart defibrillators. Starting in 1969, Dr. Fischell began the formation of 15 private companies that licensed his patents on medical devices. These companies included Pacesetter Systems, Inc. (now called St. Jude Medical, the second largest manufacturer of heart pacemakers) and IsoStent, Inc. (new stent concepts now licensed to the Johnson & Johnson Company). Dr. Fischell is a prolific inventor with over 200 issued US and foreign patents many of which have started new medical device companies. Dr. Fischell¡¯s honors include Inventor of the Year for the USA in 1984, election to the National Academy of Engineering (in 1989), the Distinguished Physics Alumnus Award of the University of Maryland, and several medals for distinguished accomplishments in science, engineering and innovation. In 2004 Discover magazine gave Dr. Fischell their annual award for Technology for Humanity. In 2005 he received the TED Award (with a $100,000 prize) for contributions to medical technology. In that same year, the University of Maryland created the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Medical Devices to further the pioneering work that Dr. Fischell has created. In May 2008 he received an honorary degree as Doctor of Humane Letters from the Johns Hopkins University in recognition of his many contributions to the betterment of mankind.


 Shangkai Gao

Prof. Shangkai Gao graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering of Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1970, and received the M.E. degree of biomedical engineering in 1982 in same department of Tsinghua University. She is now a professor of the department of Biomedical Engineering in Tsinghua University. Her research interests include biomedical signal processing, medical imaging, especially the study of brain-computer interface. She is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) for her contributions to the study of brain-computer interface. She is now the chair of the academic committee in Chinese Society of Biomedical Engineering and the chair of Biomedical Electronics Society of Chinese Institute of Electronics. In addition, she is now an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Senior Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural System and Rehabilitation Engineering, the editorial board member of Physiological Measurement and Journal of Neural Engineering.


 Bin He, Ph.D.

Dr. Bin He is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Medtronic-Bakken Chair, and Director of Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) at the University of Minnesota. IEM is an interdisciplinary research organization aimed at strengthening collaboration between medicine and life sciences with engineering. Dr. He's major research interests include neuroengineering and functional biomedical imaging. He has made significant original contributions to electrophysiological neuroimaging, multimodal functional neuroimaging, brain-computer interface, and cardiac electrophysiological tomography. Dr. He and his colleagues have pioneered the early development of anatomically constrained EEG source imaging and localization by means of the boundary element method, made significant contributions to novel methodologies of imaging spontaneous brain activity for localizing seizure sources and cognitive brain activity, and to the integrated EEG-fMRI neuroimaging methods. His lab has also made significant contributions to noninvasive EEG based brain-computer interface, and demonstrated for the first time the ability for human subjects to control flight of a virtual helicopter and real flying robot using noninvasive brain waves. His work has been featured by ABC News, Washington Post, Scientific American, Economist, and Fox News, among others. Dr. He has published over 180 peer reviewed journal articles and delivered over 250 keynote, plenary and invited talks and seminars in international conferences and institutions worldwide. He served as the President of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (2009-2010), International Society for Functional Source Imaging (2007-2008), and International Society for Bioelectromagnetism (2002-2005). He was the Conference Chair of the 31st Annual International Conference of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (2009) and Chair of Steering Committee of IEEE EMBS Forum on Grand Challenges in Neuroengineering. Dr. He is a Fellow of IEEE, International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Institute of Physics, and International Society for Functional Source Imaging. Dr. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, on the Steering Committee of IEEE Life Sciences Initiative, and on the Governing Council of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. He is appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (2013-2015).


William J. Heetderks, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. William J. Heetderks is the Director of Extramural Science Programs at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), NIH. The extramural program supports approximately 800 research and training grants at universities and research centers throughout the United States in fields of bioengineering and biomedical imaging. Dr. Heetderks received the Ph.D. degree in Bioengineering from The University of Michigan. He received the MD degree from the University of Miami and is certified in Internal Medicine. Before joining NIBIB he was at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke where he directed the neural prosthesis program.


 Freeman A. Hrabowski, Ph.D.

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies¡¯ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America¡¯s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads.

In 2008, he was named one of America¡¯s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report, which in 2009, 2010, and 2011 ranked UMBC the #1 ¡°Up and Coming¡± university in the nation. In 2011, U.S. News also ranked UMBC 4th nationally for ¡°Best Undergraduate Teaching¡± ¨C tied with Yale. TIME magazine named him one of America¡¯s 10 Best College Presidents in 2009, and one of the ¡°100 Most Influential People in the World¡± in 2012. In 2011, he received both the TIAA-CREF Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence and the Carnegie Corporation of New York¡¯s Academic Leadership Award, recognized by many as the nation¡¯s highest awards among higher education leaders. Also in 2011, he was named one of seven Top American Leaders by The Washington Post and the Harvard Kennedy School¡¯s Center for Public Leadership.

He serves as a consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Academies, and universities and school systems nationally. He also serves on the boards of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, France-Merrick Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation (Chair), The Urban Institute, McCormick & Company, and the Baltimore Equitable Society. He served previously on the boards of Constellation Energy Group, Mercantile Safe Deposit & Trust Company, as well as the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Maryland Humanities Council (member and Chair).

Examples of other honors include election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; receiving the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education, the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring, the Columbia University Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service, and the GE African American Forum ICON Lifetime Achievement Award; being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Marylander of the Year by the editors of the Baltimore Sun; and being listed among Fast Company magazine¡¯s first Fast 50 Champions of Innovation in business and technology, and receiving the Technology Council of Maryland¡¯s Lifetime Achievement Award. He also holds honorary degrees from more than 20 institutions ¨C from Harvard, Princeton, and Duke to the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Haverford College, and Harvey Mudd College.


 Roger Kamm, Ph.D.

Roger D. Kamm is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Biological and Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Kamm received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University (1972), and both his M.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1977) in Mechanical Engineering MIT. Dr. Kamm joined the MIT faculty in 1977.

Dr. Kamm¡¯s research aims to understand the fundamental nature of how cells sense and respond to mechanical stimuli, and to employ the principles revealed by these studies to seek new treatments for vascular disease and cancer, and to develop tissue constructs for drug and toxicity screening. Current research activities in Dr. Kamm¡¯s laboratory can be grouped into three broad categories: tissue engineering and microfluidics, cellular rheology and molecular mechanics.

Dr. Kamm has authored/co-authored over 220 refereed publications and co-edited two books. He has earned four patents and has two pending. Dr. Kamm is a Fellow of the American Institute for Biomedical Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Mechanical Engineering, the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society; and a member of the Biophysical Society, the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

He is the former chair of the U.S. National Committee on Biomechanics and the World Council on Biomechanics, and former director of the Global Enterprise for Micro Mechanics and Molecular Medicine (GEM4). He is the current chair of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. Dr. Kamm is a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine, and was the 2010 recipient of the H.R. Lissner Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineering.


 Gianluca Lazzi, Ph.D.

Gianluca Lazzi is a USTAR Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Prior to his appointment at the University of Utah, he was a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh.

He has authored or coauthored over 100 international journal papers or conference presentations on implantable devices, medical applications of electromagnetic fields, antenna design, FDTD modeling, dosimetry, and bioelectromagnetics. Dr. Lazzi was the Chair of Commission K (Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine) of the U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) (2006-2008). He was the recipient of the 1996 ¡°Curtis Carl Johnson Memorial Award¡± for the best student paper presented at the18th Annual Technical Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BEMS), a 1996 International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Award, a 2001 Whitaker Foundation Biomedical Engineering Grant for Young Investigators, a 2001 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, a 2003 NCSU Outstanding Teacher Award, the 2003 NCSU Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award, the 2003 ALCOA Foundation Engineering Research Award, the 2006 H.A. Wheeler award from the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for the best application paper published in IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON ANTENNAS AND PROPAGATION in 2005, and a 2008 best paper award at the IEEE conference ¡°GlobeCom.¡± He has been an Associate Editor for the IEEE ANTENNAS AND WIRELESS PROPAGATION LETTERS (2001¨C2007) and served as a Guest Editor for the Special Issue on Biological Effects and Medical Applications of RF/Microwaves of the IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MICROWAVE THEORY AND TECHNIQUES in 2004. In 2009, he was the Technical Program Committee Chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation International Symposium and URSI meeting in Charleston, SC. Dr. Lazzi is an IEEE Fellow and is currently a member-at-large of USNC-URSI. Since 2008, he has been the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE ANTENNAS AND WIRELESS PROPAGATION LETTERS.


 Raphael C. Lee, M.D., Sc.D.

Dr. Lee, a Paul and Allene Russell Professor at the University of Chicago, holds appointments in Plastic Surgery, Medicine, Molecular Medicine, and Organismal Biology & Anatomy (Biomechanics). He directs the Laboratory for Molecular Regeneration at the University. He is a founder and director of several biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Lee is a surgeon and biomedical engineer. His research interests have focused on the effects of physical forces on tissue injury and healing processes, pharmaceutical control of scar formation, and in reconstructive surgery. He completed general surgery residency at the University of Chicago and plastic surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard University. He also completed a doctoral (ScD) dissertation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Over the years, Dr. Lee¡¯s laboratory developed therapeutics to restore structure and function to disrupted cell membranes and refold heat denatured proteins using amphipathic copolymers resulting in a widely validated new class of trauma therapeutics that restore viability to damaged tissue following severe injury. In addition, he has been highly engaged in integrating engineering science and medical science pedagogies to reach the goal of cost-effective personalized medicine.

Regularly named one of ¡°America¡¯s Top Surgeons¡± by The Consumers¡¯ Research Council of America and US News and World Report, Dr. Lee has received more than 40 professional awards including being named a Schering Scholar (1978), MacArthur Prize Fellow (1981), a Searle Scholar (1985). He has been elected to the International Academy of Medical And Biomedical Engineering, and to Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, IEEE, Biomedical Engineering Society, and AAAS. Dr. Lee is a recipient of the James Barrett Brown Award for "Advancing knowledge in the field of Plastic Surgery". Dr. Lee has served as President of Society for Physical Regulation in Biology and Medicine, The Drexel 100, The Quadrangle Club, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He has authored and co-authored more than 200 publications and 4 books. He has also named a distinguished alumnus by three universities.


 Zhi-Pei Liang, Ph.D.

Dr. Zhi-Pei Liang received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in 1989. He subsequently joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) first as a postdoctoral fellow in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (working with the late Nobel Laureate Paul Lauterbur), and then as a faculty member in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. He is currently Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Co-chair of the Integrative Imaging Theme of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. He also has joint appointments in the Coordinated Science Laboratory, and the Department of Bioengineering, all at UIUC. Dr. Liang's research interests include biomedical imaging, especially magnetic resonance imaging, theory and algorithms for image formation and analysis, and their application to functional neuroimaging, cancer imaging, and cardiac imaging.

Dr. Liang is a recipient of the Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award (Medical Physics, 1990), an NSF Research Initiation Award (1994), an NSF CAREER Award (1995), the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Early Career Achievement Award (1999), and the IFMBE¡¯s Otto Schmitt award (2012). He was named Fellow of the UIUC Center for Advanced Study (1997), Henry Magnuski Scholar (1999-2001), and University Scholar (2001-2004). He was selected as a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE-EMBS (2002-2005), and received the UIUC Ronald W. Pratt Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award (2005), and the Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising (2006-2008). Recent work from his group has received several paper awards, including the 2009 Isidor I. Rabi award from the ISMRM (International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine), IEEE-ISBI Best Paper Award (2010), and IEEE-EMBC Best Paper Award (2010, 2011). Dr. Liang has served as Vice President (2006-2009), President-elect (2010), and President (2011-2012) of IEEE-EMBS. He is a Fellow of IEEE (2006) and ISMRM (2010), and was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in 2005 and to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2012.


 Laura E. Niklason, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Niklason is a Professor at Yale University in Biomedical Engineering and Anesthesia, where she has been on faculty since 2006. Dr. Niklason is recognized as one of the world¡¯s leading experts in cellular therapies and regenerative medicine. She is a leader in the development of engineered blood vessels, as well as the engineering of whole implantable tissue-engineered lungs. Dr. Niklason¡¯s research focuses primarily on regenerative strategies for cardiovascular and lung tissues, and the impact of biomechanical and biochemical signals of tissue differentiation and development. In 2005, Dr. Niklason founded a biotechnology company (¡°Humacyte, Inc.¡±), which is working to bring engineered tissue replacements to patients. For her work in creating engineered arteries, Niklason was named one of only 19 ¡°Innovators for the Next Century¡± by US News and World Report in 2001. Translation of the tissue engineered artery into a clinically applicable therapy was subsequently recognized by the Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award in 2011. She was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2008. Niklason¡¯s lab was also the first to describe the engineering of whole lung tissue that could exchange gas in vivo, and this work was cited in 2010 as one of the top 50 most important inventions of the year by Time Magazine.

Niklason received her PhD in Biophysics from the University of Chicago, and her MD from the University of Michigan. She completed her residency training in anesthesia and intensive care unit medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and completed post-doctoral scientific training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From there she went onto a faculty position at Duke University, where she remained from 1998-2005, before moving to Yale.


 P. Hunter Peckham, Ph.D.

P. Hunter Peckham is the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics; Distinguished University Professor; Executive Director, Institute for Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University; Senior Career Research Scientist and Associate Director of Technology Transfer, Cleveland FES Center of Excellence, in the Department of Veterans Affairs; and on the Bioscientific Staff at Metrohealth Medical Center.

The Institute for Functional Restoration, or IFR, at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) deploys neuroprosthetic interventions into clinical use to restore the functions lost due to spinal cord injury or other paralytic conditions. Under the leadership of Dr. Hunter Peckham, the IFR acts as the surrogate corporate partner for the neural technologies that have demonstrated feasible within the research programs. Dr. Peckham is also the Principal Investigator on the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) Biomedical Research Partnership award which has led to the development of the Networked Neuroprosthesis.

The major area of Dr. Peckham¡¯s research is in rehabilitation engineering and neuroprostheses. Dr. Peckham¡¯s research effort focuses on functional restoration of the paralyzed upper extremity in individuals with spinal cord injury. He and collaborators developed a number of implantable neural prostheses which utilize electrical stimulation to control neuromuscular activation. They have implemented procedures to provide control upper extremity in individuals with tetraplegia, enabling individuals with central nervous system disability to regain the ability to perform essential activities of daily living. His present efforts concern technology development, expansion of the indications for this technology, and technology transfer.

Dr. Peckham is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering; a fellow and honorary member of the American Spinal Injury Association; member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is a member of numerous professional organizations. Dr. Peckham received the Paul B. Magnuson Award, the highest honor for VA Rehabilitation Investigators. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson College of Technology (now Clarkson University), Potsdam, NY, and his MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University.


 Roderic Pettigrew, M.D., Ph.D.

Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D., is the first Director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the NIH. Prior to his appointment at the NIH, he was Professor of Radiology, Medicine (Cardiology) at Emory University and Bioengineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Director of the Emory Center for MR Research, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Pettigrew is known for his pioneering work at Emory University involving four-dimensional imaging of the cardiovascular system using magnetic resonance (MRI). Dr. Pettigrew graduated cum laude from Morehouse College with a B.S. in Physics, where he was a Merrill Scholar; has an M.S. in Nuclear Science and Engineering from Rennselear Polytechnic Institute; and a Ph.D. in Applied Radiation Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Whitaker Harvard-MIT Health Sciences Scholar. Subsequently, he received an M.D. from the University of Miami School of Medicine in an accelerated two-year program, did an internship and residency in internal medicine at Emory University and completed a residency in nuclear medicine at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Pettigrew then spent a year as a clinical research scientist with Picker International, the first manufacturer of MRI equipment. In 1985, he joined Emory as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow with an interest in non-invasive cardiac imaging.

Dr. Pettigrew¡¯s awards include membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the Bennie Award (Benjamin E. Mays) for Achievement, and being named the Most Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Miami. In 1989, when the Radiological Society of North America celebrated its 75th Diamond anniversary scientific meeting, it selected Dr. Pettigrew to give the keynote Eugene P. Pendergrass New Horizons Lecture. He has also served as chairman of the Diagnostic Radiology Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, NIH. He has been elected to membership in, both the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Engineering of the National Academies, fellowship in the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and Honorary Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.


 Lynn Preston

Lynn Preston is the Deputy Director of the Division of Engineering Education and Centers of the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Leader of the Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Program, a major NSF program established in 1984. ERCs have been instrumental in changing the culture of engineering education and research by developing cross-disciplinary teams of faculty and student who work in collaboration with industry to advance next-generation technology and the engineering workforce. Over 50 ERCs have strongly impacted the competitive positions of their member firms, generated advanced technology with 10s of billions of dollars of economic impact, and contributed over 10,000 graduates who are proven industrial and academic leaders. In 2008, Ms. Preston restructured this successful program to make an even larger impact on innovation, supporting new Third-Generation (Gen-3) ERCs charged with additional goals for pursuing translational research partnerships with small firms and education programs that stimulate entrepreneurship and innovation.

Ms. Preston joined the National Science Foundation staff in 1972, leading programs and offices that supported interdisciplinary research to advance technology. In the early 1980's, she developed the first program in NSF to join biologists and biochemical engineers on the emerging field of bioengineering and has been instrumental in structuring the Foundation's efforts in bioengineering research and education since that time.

Ms. Preston has received numerous awards from the National Science Foundation for her leadership in interdisciplinary research and the ERC Program. For her leadership of the ERC Program and its role as a model program for industry/university collaboration in NSF and around the world, in 2000 she was honored by the President of the United States with a Meritorious Executive Service Award and by the Foundation with its prestigious Distinguished Service Award. In 2003, she was honored by the National Society of Professional Engineers as the NSF Federal Engineer of the Year for her contributions to engineering research and education. In 2006, she was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering for her leadership in developing and sustaining NSF support for the field of bioengineering and the contributions ERCs have made to this field. In 2009, she and the Gen-3 ERC team received the NSF Director¡¯s Award for Collaborative Integration.

Ms. Preston¡¯s university education focused in biology, chemistry, and economics. She earned her BA and MA degrees in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining the NSF, she worked on macro-economic modeling and the development of the volunteer force for the Institute for Defense Analyses, and as a member of a joint US-Thai economic development team in Thailand.


 Melur K. Ramasubramanian, Ph.D.

Dr. Melur K. Ramasubramanian is W. H. Reynolds Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Department Chair at Clemson University, Clemson, SC from August 17, 2012. Prior to that, he was most recently Program Director for the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from July 2009-August 2012 and a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA from 1994. In addition, he held an Associate appointment with the Joint UNC-NC State Biomedical Engineering Department. He was the Director of Mechatronics Program in Mechanical Engineering, jointly administered with Electrical and Computer Engineering, an interdisciplinary graduate program. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, in 1987, worked in Research and Development, Georgia Pacific Corporation, as a Research Associate from 1987-1994, when he joined NC State University as an Assistant Professor. He has a vibrant externally funded research program and currently advises two PhD students. His current research interests are in the area of Biomimetics, Microfluidics and Tissue Engineering, Bio-Mechatronics, and Computational Mechanics. Current research projects include Mosquito biting mechanics and applications to painless micro-needle design, Microencapsulation of islets for xenotransplantation using 3-D microfluidics, Implantable sensors (passive MEMS Intraocular Pressure Sensor), Near-bedside Opto-fluidic sensors for blood agglutination detection, and computational mechanics. He is a Fellow of ASME and TAPPI, Senior Member of IEEE and EMBS.


 Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D.

A world leader of research in molecular biology and biochemistry, Dr. Phillip A. Sharp is Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Much of Dr. Sharp's scientific work has been conducted at MIT's Center for Cancer Research (now the Koch Institute), which he joined in 1974 and directed from 1985 to 1991. He subsequently led the Department of Biology from 1991 to 1999 before assuming the directorship of the McGovern Institute from 2000-2004. His research interests have centered on the molecular biology of gene expression relevant to cancer and the mechanisms of RNA splicing. His landmark achievement was the discovery of RNA splicing in 1977. This work provided one of the first indications of the startling phenomenon of ¡°discontinuous genes¡± in mammalian cells. The discovery that genes contain nonsense segments that are edited out by cells in the course of utilizing genetic information is important in understanding the genetic causes of cancer and other diseases. This discovery, which fundamentally changed scientists' understanding of the structure of genes, earned Dr. Sharp the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. His lab has now turned its attention to understanding how RNA molecules act as switches to turn genes on and off (RNA interference). These newly discovered processes have revolutionized cell biology and could potentially generate a new class of therapeutics.

Dr. Sharp has authored over 385 scientific papers. He has received numerous awards and honorary degrees, and has served on many advisory boards for the government, academic institutions, scientific societies, and companies. His awards include the Gairdner Foundation International Award, General Motors Research Foundation Alfred P. Sloan, Jr. Prize for Cancer Research, the Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award, the National Medal of Science and the inaugural Double Helix Medal from CSHL. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and is a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society, UK.

A native of Kentucky, Dr. Sharp earned a B.A. degree from Union College, KY in 1966, and a PhD in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1969. He did his postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology, where he studied the molecular biology of plasmids from bacteria in Professor Norman Davidson's laboratory. Prior to joining MIT, he was Senior Scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

In 1978 Dr. Sharp co-founded Biogen (now Biogen Idec) and in 2002 he co-founded Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, an early-stage therapeutics company.


 Randall L Schiestl, PMP

Randall L. Schiestl, PMP, is the Vice President of Global Operations & Technology, Engineering Services Group at Boston Scientific Corporation where he leads a team of talented R&D engineers and technicians focused on New Product Development of minimally invasive medical devices. Specific responsibilities include: technology development; product design; packaging, labeling and sterilization engineering; new product development facilities and labs; knowledge management; customer focus; and sustaining engineering. His engineering teams are located across multiple facilities both US and OUS.

Mr. Schiestl (Randy) has a BSME degree from the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology, high distinction. He also holds MBA and Executive MBA degrees from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management. Randy has completed the Medical Technology Management mini-MBA at St Thomas University and is certified as a Project Management Professional. Work history includes Honeywell, Alliant Techsystems, and Boston Scientific with functional responsibilities in project and program management, product and process development, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, manufacturing management, supply chain, quality, test facilities, and operations.

Randy received the UMAA Alumni Service Award from the University of Minnesota College of Science & Engineering in 2011 and the Design of Medical Devices Conference Award in 2012.


 Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D.

Jeffrey Shuren is the Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at FDA. He previously served as Acting Center Director. Dr. Shuren has held various policy and planning positions within FDA from 1998 to 2009, including Acting Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Planning, and Budget; Associate Commissioner for Policy and Planning; and Special Counsel to the Principal Deputy Commissioner. Dr. Shuren is board certified in Neurology and served as an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Cincinnati. In 1998, Dr. Shuren joined FDA as a Medical Officer in the Office of Policy. In 2000, he served as a detailee on the Senate HELP Committee. In 2001, he became the Director of the Division of Items and Devices in the Coverage and Analysis Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Dr. Shuren returned to FDA as the Assistant Commissioner for Policy in 2003, and assumed his current position in September 2009. He received both his BS and MD degrees from Northwestern University under its Honors Program in Medical Education and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School.


 Peter Staecker, Ph.D.

Peter Staecker (S¡¯63, S¡¯65, M¡¯70, SM¡¯86, F¡¯95, LF¡¯08 ) holds BS and EE degrees from MIT, and MS and PhD degrees from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. His professional career started in 1972 at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, as Member of the Technical Staff, where he developed solid state device reliability test techniques, precise automated optical scattering measurement techniques, and microwave design and test techniques for satellite communications. As part of this activity, he developed the Laboratory¡¯s first automated microwave and millimeter-wave scattering parameter test measurement systems using then rare IEEE 488 interface bus test equipment and desktop computers.

In 1986 he joined M/A-COM as Senior Corporate Engineer, where he led program, product and process development. He and his project team developed a series of high-efficiency high-power frequency multipliers that achieved record power levels and popular product line status as millimeter-wave sources. As Director of Engineering of Advanced Program Development, he helped the company¡¯s transition from defense to commercial markets. As Director of Research and Development, he also established strong ties with US (University of Michigan, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Penn State University) and European universities and research organizations. These ties supported research in the partner organizations and helped to build a technically strong and diverse staff of researchers in M/A-COM¡¯s growing R&D organization In recognition of his leadership and contributions to microwave and millimeter-wave devices and circuits, he was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 1995.

Staecker served industry and government on manufacturing and advisory panels, and is consulting editor to Microwave Journal.

Staecker is Past-President of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S), and is an IEEE Life Fellow. In 2006 MTT-S recognized his continued outstanding contributions and service by electing him as its 12th Honorary Life Member. His 29 year service to IEEE includes leadership roles in Technical Activities, Finance, Strategic Planning, Publications, and Membership. He has served on the IEEE Board of Directors for six years, and is currently 2012 IEEE President-Elect.


 Charles M. Vest, Ph.D.

Charles M. Vest is President of the National Academy of Engineering and President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Vest earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University in 1963, and M.S.E. and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1964 and 1967 respectively. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in 1968 where he taught in the areas of heat transfer, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanic, and conducted research in heat transfer and engineering applications of laser optics and holography. He and his graduate students developed techniques for making quantitative measurements of various properties and motions from holographic interferograms, especially the measurement of three-dimensional temperature and density fields using computer tomography. He became an associate professor in 1972 and a full professor in 1977.

In 1981 Dr. Vest turned much of his attention to academic administration at the University of Michigan, serving as associate dean of engineering from 1981-86, dean of engineering from 1986-1989, when he became provost and vice president for academic affairs. In 1990 he became president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and served in that position until December 2004. He then became professor and president emeritus.

As president of MIT, he was active in science, technology, and innovation policy; building partnerships among academia, government and industry; and championing the importance of open, global scientific communication, travel, and sharing of intellectual resources. During his tenure, MIT launched its OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative; co-founded the Alliance for Global Sustainability; enhanced the racial, gender, and cultural diversity of its students and faculty; established major new institutes in neuroscience and genomic medicine; and redeveloped much of its campus.

He was a director of DuPont for 14 years and of IBM for 13 years; was vice chair of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness for eight years; and served on various federal committees and commissions, including the President¡¯s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) during the Clinton and Bush administrations, the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Secretary of Education¡¯s Commission on the Future of Higher Education, the Secretary of State¡¯s Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy and the Rice-Chertoff Secure Borders and Open Doors Advisory Committee. He serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and foundations devoted to education, science, and technology.

In July 2007 he was elected to serve as president of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for six years. He has authored a book on holographic interferometry, and two books on higher education. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from seventeen universities. He was awarded the 2006 National Medal of Technology by President Bush and received the 2011 Vannevar Bush Award.


 Jerrold L. Vitek, M.D., Ph.D.

Jerrold L. Vitek is Professor and Head of the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Vitek received his medical degree as well as a doctorate of neurophysiology from the University of Minnesota in 1984 and completed his residency in Neurology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1988, Dr. Vitek accepted a faculty position in the Department of Neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. There, he spent two years studying motor systems in animal models of Parkinson¡¯s disease (PD) and worked with Drs. F. Lenz and M. DeLong to establish the functional neurosurgery program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1990, he accepted a position at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA to develop and direct the program for functional and stereotactic neurology. During that time, his program gained both national and international recognition. While at Emory, he also ran a basic science laboratory directed at studying the pathophysiology of Parkinson¡¯s disease and other movement disorders and delineating the mechanism(s) underlying the beneficial effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS). From Emory, he went on to the Cleveland Clinic where he continued to serve as a practicing physician in the field of movement disorders and deep brain stimulation and became the Director of the Neuromodulation Research Center. This center focused on the development of new applications for DBS, improving current application and advancement of functional surgery and DBS techniques for the treatment of neurological disease. Dr. Vitek accepted the Chair of Neurology position at the University of Minnesota in June of 2010 where he continues to see patients specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and management of movement disorders, performing electrophysiology and mapping during DBS surgery and DBS programming. Dr. Vitek is also the Director for the Center for Neuromodulation Research at the University of Minnesota and a principal investigator on numerous basic, preclinical and clinical studies investigating the pathophysiology of movement disorders, mechanisms of DBS and the application of DBS for the treatment of neurologic disorders.


 Stephen Wong, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Stephen Wong is the Founding Chair for Department of Systems Medicine and Bioengineering, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Weill Cornell Medical College. He holds the John S. Dunn Distinguished Endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering. He is a Professor of Radiology, Neurosciences, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Cornell University; Associate Director of Translational Research at Methodist Cancer Center, and Vice Chair of Radiology, Chief of Medical Physics and Chief Research Information Officer at The Methodist Hospital. In addition, he serves as the Founding Director of the TT and WF Chao Center for BRAIN and Founding Director of the NCI Center for Modeling Cancer Development at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute.

Dr. Wong¡¯s career highlights include leading teams that fabricated the first VLSI 1MB computer memory chip, developed the largest web brokerage trading system, architected the first hospital-wide digital radiology image management system in US academic medical centers, and implemented the largest enterprise radiology information system in Europe. He founded two research centers while at Harvard, HCNR Center for Bioinformatics at Harvard Medical School and the Functional and Molecular Imaging Center at Brigham and Women¡¯s Hospital. He has twenty-five years of research and leadership experience in industry and academia, including Hewlett-Packard, Bell Laboratories, ICOT-the Japanese Fifth Generation Computer Systems Project, Philips Medical Systems, Charles Schwab, UCSF, and Harvard. Dr. Wong published over 400 peer-reviewed papers, four books, and 9 patents.


 Guang-Zhong Yang, Ph.D.

Guang-Zhong Yang is director and co-founder of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Deputy Chairman of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London, UK. Professor Yang also holds a number of key academic positions at Imperial ¨C he is Director and Founder of the Royal Society/Wolfson Medical Image Computing Laboratory, co-founder of the Wolfson Surgical Technology Laboratory, Chairman of the Centre for Pervasive Sensing. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, fellow of IEEE, IET, AIMBE and a recipient of the Royal Society Research Merit Award and listed in The Times Eureka ¡®Top 100¡¯ in British Science.

Professor Yang¡¯s main research interests are in medical imaging, sensing and robotics. In imaging, he is credited for a number of novel MR phase contrast velocity imaging and computational modelling techniques that have transformed in vivo blood flowquantification and visualization. These include the development of locally focused imaging combined with real-time navigator echoes for resolving respiratory motion for high-resolution coronary-angiography, as well as MR dynamic flow pressure mapping for which he received the ISMRM I. I Rabi Award. He pioneered the concept of perceptual docking for robotic control, which represents a paradigm shift of learning and knowledge acquisition of motor and perceptual/cognitive behaviour for robotics, as well as the field of Body Sensor Network (BSN) for providing personalized wireless monitoring platforms that are pervasive, intelligent, and context-aware. He has received numerous research/best paper awards, and a large research grant portfolio from the UK/EU funding bodies, research charities, and industrial sources.

The Hamlyn Centre ( directed by Professor Yang has been established for developing safe, effective and accessible imaging, sensing and robotics technologies that can reshape the future of healthcare for both developing and developed countries. Focusing on technological innovation but with a strong emphasis on clinical translation and direct patient benefit with a global impact, the centre is at the forefront of research in imaging, sensing and robotics for addressing global health challenges associated with demographic, environment, social and economic changes. The Centre plays an active role in international collaboration andoutreach activities, as well as in the training of surgeons and engineers in robotic technologies, thereby facilitating a fully integrated clinical approach.


 Yuan-Ting Zhang, Ph.D.

Dr. Yuan-Ting Zhang is currently Director of Joint Research Center for Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Department of Electronic Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Dr. Zhang serves concurrently the Director of the Key Lab for Health Informatics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (HICAS).

Dr. Zhang has devoted much of his professional career to education and research in the interdisciplinary area that combines engineering and biomedicine. His research spans several fields, including wearable medical devices, body sensor networks, bio-THz technologies, bio-modeling, neural engineering, and cardiovascular health informatics, and is closely tied up to his teaching and publishing activities. He has authored/co-authored over 400 scientific publications, and filed 31 patents, some of which are being licensed to companies for commercialization. Dr. Zhang has received a total competitive research funding of more than HK$152 million since joining the CUHK and HICAS, including the national ¡°973¡± program grant on imaging blood vessel plagues and monitoring vulnerable patients with cardiovascular diseases.

Dr. Zhang served previously the Vice-President of the IEEE-EMBS in 2000-2001, served as the Technical Program Chair and the General Conference Chair of the 20th and 27th IEEE-EMBS Annual International Conferences in 1998 and 2005, respectively. He served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, founding Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, and Guest Editor for IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine and IEEE Communication Magazine, and was selected as the recipient of the IEEE-EMBS outstanding service award in 2006.

Dr. Zhang serves currently as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine. Dr. Zhang is a Fellow of IAMBE, IEEE, AIMBE.









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