George R. Wodicka, PhD
Professor and Head of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
George R. Wodicka received the B.E.S. degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, in 1982, and the S.M. degree in electrical engineering and computer science and the Ph.D. degree in medical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, in 1985 and 1989, respectively. He is currently a Professor and the Head of the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering and a Professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. His current research interests include biomedical acoustics, acoustical modeling, and signal processing. Prof. Wodicka was the recipient of the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Guggenheim Fellow.
Hans Pasterkamp, MD
Professor and Head of Pediatric Respirology
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Hans Pasterkamp received the M.D. degree from Medical University Lubeck, Lubeck, Germany, in 1976. He was engaged in training in pediatrics at the Medical University Lubeck from 1976 to 1981, and in pediatric respirology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, from 1981 to 1984, where he has been a Full Professor and the Head of the Section of Respirology, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health since 1997. His current research interests include respiratory sounds and their relation to pulmonary mechanics. Prof. Pasterkamp is a member of the American Thoracic Society, the European Respiratory Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the Canadian Pediatric Society, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Since 1986, he has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada. Since 2003, He has been the Deputy Editor of the journal Pediatric Pulmonology.
Steve S. Kraman, MD
Professor of Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine,
Lexington, VA Medical Center
Steve S. Kraman received the B.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Puerto Rico, Rıo Piedras, in 1968 and 1973, respectively. In 1978, he was engaged in Postgraduate training in internal medicine and then pulmonary and critical care medicine in New York. He is currently a Professor of internal medicine at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, where he holds the Margaret Logan Colvin Chair in Lung Disease Research in the Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine. He has performed research in various aspects of respiratory acoustics that has been published in a variety of medical and engineering journals. Prof. Kraman is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and is a member of the American Thoracic Society.
Jessica E. Huber, PhD
Associate Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
Jessica E. Huber received the B.A. degree in English from St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, in 1992, and the M.S. degree in speech-language pathology and the Ph.D. degree in speech science from the University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, in 1997 and 2001, respectively. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Her current research interests include the physiology of speech production, the effects of Parkinson’s disease and typical aging on speech and language, and the interaction between speech, language, and cognition. Prof. Huber is a member of the American Physiological Society, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and the Acoustical Society of America. She holds a clinical certification as a Speech-Language Pathologist.
Robert Hillman, PhD
Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Robert E. Hillman received his Bachelor’s (1974) and Master’s (1975) degrees in speech-language pathology from the Pennsylvania State University. After becoming clinically certified in speech-language pathology, Dr. Hillman went on to receive a PhD in speech science from Purdue University in 1980. He is currently the Co-Director and Research Director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School (Surgery) and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology), and Professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders and Associate Provost for Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Institute of Health Professions. Dr. Hillman is an elected Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and is one of only five speech-language pathologists in the country to be elected as an Associate Member of the American Laryngological Association.
Eduardo Juan, PhD,
Adjunct Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
Eduardo J. Juan received the B.S.E.E. degree from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, in May of 1997. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, in May of 2001. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. His research interests include medical instrumentation, biomedical acoustics, and functional electrical stimulation. Dr. Juan is member of Tau Beta Pi and IEEE-EMBS. He was the recipient of the Geddes-Laufman-Greatbatch Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University in 1999.
J. Stuart Bolton received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Southampton University’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (I.S.V.R.). In 1984, Professor Bolton joined the Faculty of the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University as an Assistant Professor. He is now a Full Professor and performs his research at Purdue University’s Ray W. Herrick Laboratories. Since joining Purdue University, Dr. Bolton has maintained an active research program in Noise Control and related disciplines. His research areas include: analytical and numerical modeling of poroelastic materials; development of experimental techniques for characterizing noise control materials; optimal design of noise control materials and treatments; development of acoustical measurement and signal processing techniques including Nearfield Acoustical Holography; tire vibration and sound radiation; and machinery noise control. He is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, and the recipient of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering Outstanding Educator award.
Matías Zañartu, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Research Associate
School of Mechanical Engineering and
Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Matías Zañartu received the B.S. and professional (C.E.) degrees in acoustical engineering from Universidad Tecnologica Vicente Perez Rosales, Santiago, Chile, in 1996 and 1999, respectively, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering in 2006 and 2010 from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Since 2006, he has been a Research Assistant at Purdue University. In 2009 he was a Graduate Intern Technical at the Physical Technologies Laboratory from Intel Corporation, working on advanced non linear filtering techniques to improve the performance of voice command and speech recognition. During 2008, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. His current research interests include modeling of nonlinear systems, biomedical acoustics, speech production, and biomedical signal and image processing. Mr. Zañartu was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, an Institute of International Education IIE-Barsa Scholarship, a Qualcomm Q Award of Excellence, and a Best Student Paper in Speech Communication in the157th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Portland, 2009. He is a member of the Acoustical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Biomedical Engineering Society, the International Speech Communication Association, and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.
Senior Research Engineer
Engineering Resources Manager
Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
Julio C. Ho received the B.S. degree (with distinction) in electrical and computer engineering, in 2006, from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, where he is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering. His research interests include biomedical acoustics and biomedical signal and image processing. Mr. Ho is a member of IEEE, Tau Beta Pi, Etta Kappa Nu, and BMES. He was the recipient of the A. F. Welch Memorial Scholarship in 2003 and 2004, the Kimberly-Clark Industrial Affiliates Scholarship in 2005, and the Schlumberger Industrial Affiliates Scholarship in 2006.
Brian Madden (visiting scholar)
School of Electrical Engineering Systems
Dublin Institute of Technology
Brian Madden received his Certificate and Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street. He went on to receive a B. Eng. in Manufacturing Engineering in 2005. He was awarded first class honours in both his Diploma and final year degree project. His final year thesis which was titled Prolongation of a knee prosthesis received the highest mark in his year and achieved favourable comments from visiting Professors Matthew Stevens (Purdue University) and Neville Hogan (MIT). He went on to complete an M.Sc. in research in the field of Impact Biomechanics in the Trinity Centre of Bioengineering in TCD. The title of his research was Development of an integrated wheelchair headrest for rear impact protection, which involved the fabrication and installation of an impact laboratory in TCD. He commenced his PhD in September 2007 and his project is entitled Augmented control of mobility and prosthesis aids.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Martin Kompis (post-doc)
Hughes Space and Communications Company
MED Institute, Inc.
Jennifer Fleeter Gerckens
Ohio State University
Senior Systems Engineer
Rockwell Collins, Inc.