New Faculty Lecture Series

Miroslav Pajic: Closing the Loop With Cyber-Physical Systems

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Miroslav Pajic, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, talks about the challenge of writing software in cyber-physical systems, which merge physical processes with information systems. He focuses on medical devices and systems, particularly cardiac pacemakers. He then examines an improved developmental process, from modeling to software coding.

About Miroslav Pajic

Miroslav Pajic joined Duke University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in July 2015. Pajic began his studies at the University of Belgrade in Serbia, where he earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering. He then moved for his PhD and postdoctoral work to the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a postdoctoral researcher in the PRECISE Center (Penn Research in Embedded Computing and Integrated System).

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Ken Gall: Translation of Basic Materials Research into Orthopedic Medicine

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Ken Gall, professor and chair in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, talks about developing advanced materials for biomedical applications, including soft tissue reconstruction with shape memory polymers, joint fusion with shape memory alloys, bunion repair with 3D-printed titanium, spinal fusion with surface porous poly-ether-ether-keytone (PEEK) and soft tissue replacement with poly-carbonate-urethane (PCU).

About Ken Gall

Ken Gall became chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University on July 1, 2015. He is an interdisciplinary scientist and the founder of a biomedical device company that commercializes advances he has developed in his laboratory. Previously, he was a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Xiling Shen: Spatiotemporal control of cancer and stem cells

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Xiling Shen, Associate Professor in the Duke Department of Biomedical Engineering, talks about techniques required to study spatiotemporal dynamics in biological systems, and how these techniques led to the discovery of how intestinal stem cell niches are controlled and how its breakdown leads to colon cancer.

About Xiling Shen

Xiling Shen joined faculty in Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering in July 2015. Shen earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from Stanford University, before conducting postdoctoral research at the University of California–Berkeley. He then joined Cornell University’s faculty as an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering in 2009. He also worked as an analog and wireless circuit designer at Barcelona Design and Texas Instruments between 2001 and 2004.

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Michael Gehm: Taking the Measure of Measurement – Understanding Modern Approaches to Sensing

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Michael Gehm, Associate Professor in the Duke Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, talks about key aspects of computational sensing.

About Michael Gehm

Michael Gehm joined the faculty at Duke University in Fall 2013, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He completed his PhD in physics at Duke University in 2003, with a focus on experimental studies of quantum degenerate atomic gases. From 2004-2006 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Duke, where he first began his studies of computational sensing. From 2007-2013 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, rising to Associate Professor shortly before leaving to join the Duke faculty. He received his MS in physics from Duke and his BS in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Volker Blum: An Integrated, First-Principles Vision for Materials, Nanostructures, and the Properties They Control

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Volker Blum, PhD, Associate Professor

MEMS Department / Center for Materials Genomics

Volker Blum is  an Associate Professor in the MEMS Department at Duke University. He received his Dr. rer. nat. degree from University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in 2001. From 2002 to 2004, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, before moving to the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin (2004-2013), where he last held a group leader position.

His research focus is the computational, quantum-mechanics based prediction of materials and molecular properties, covering inorganic nanostructures and interfaces as well as molecular structure and spectroscopy. He is also the coordinator and lead developer of the "FHI-aims" electronic structure package, a globally developed and used computer code for computational materials simulations based on density-functional theory and many-body approaches.

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Galen Reeves, PhD: “Robust Compressed Sensing: How Undersampling Introduces Noise and What We Can Do About It”

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Galen Reeves joined the faculty at Duke University in Fall 2013, and is currently an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Statistical Science.

He completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. From 2011 to 2013 he was a postdoctoral associate in the Departments of Statistics at Stanford University, where he was supported by an NSF VIGRE fellowship. In the summer of 2011, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at EPFL, Switzerland; in the spring of 2009, he was a visiting scholar at the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands; and in the summer of 2008, he was a research intern in the Networked Embedded Computing Group at Microsoft Research, Redmond. He received his MS in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2007, and BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2005.

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Maiken H. Mikkelsen, PhD Assistant Professor, Departments of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Physics

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Maiken Mikkelsen
Maiken Mikkelsen
Maiken H. Mikkelsen is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics at Duke University. She received her B.S. in Physics from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 2004 and her MA and PhD degrees in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2007 and 2009, respectively. She did her PhD in the group of Prof. David Awschalom on experimental studies of single electron spins in semiconductor quantum dots. Before joining Duke, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Xiang Zhang at the University of California, Berkeley doing research in the area of nanophotonics. In 2011 she received the European Physical Society’s PhD Thesis prize from the Quantum Electronics and Optics Division. Her research interests include experimental studies of spin dynamics in solid state systems, light-matter interactions in nanostructures, nanophotonics, metamaterials, and quantum information science.

Michael Zavlanos, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

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Michael Zavlanos
Michael Zavlanos
Michael M. Zavlanos received his diploma in mechanical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 2002 and his M.S.E. and Ph.D. in electrical and systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, PA in 2005 and 2008, respectively. From 2008-09 he was a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He then joined the Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, where he remained until 2012. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. He also holds a secondary appointment in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. His current research interests include a wide range of topics in the emerging discipline of networked systems and science, with applications in robotic, sensor, biomolecular, and social networks. He is particularly interested in hybrid solution techniques, on the interface of control theory with the discrete science of networks and graphs. Dr. Zavlanos was a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award at the 45th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in 2006 and a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 2011.

Guglielmo Scovazzi Associate Professor, Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science

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Guglielmo Scovazzi
Guglielmo Scovazzi
Guglielmo Scovazzi received B.S/M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (summa cum laude) from Politecnico di Torino (Italy), in 1998; and M.S. (2002) and Ph.D. (2004) in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Before coming to Duke, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Computer Science Research Institute at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM), where he received 5 Sandia Awards of Excellence for his work in computational subsurface modeling and computational shock physics. 

Dr. Scovazzi’s research interests include finite element and advanced numerical methods for computational fluid and solid mechanics. His research emphasizes accurate computational methods aimed at reducing the overall design/analysis costs in multiphase porous media flows, highly transient compressible and incompressible flows, turbulent flows, and complex geometry systems in solid mechanics.

His current and recent research work was funded by DOE Office of Science, DOE Advanced Scientific Computing Research, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company (Houston, TX).

He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal on Numerical Methods in Fluids, and a Member of SIAM and the US Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM).

Guillermo Sapiro, Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Guillermo Sapiro
Guillermo Sapiro
Guillermo Sapiro was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on April 3, 1966. He received his B.Sc. (summa cum laude), M.Sc., and Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in 1989, 1991, and 1993 respectively. After post-doctoral research at MIT, Dr. Sapiro became Member of Technical Staff at the research facilities of HP Labs in Palo Alto, California. He was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where he held the position of Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Vincentine Hermes-Luh Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Currently he is with Duke University.

Sapiro was awarded the Gutwirth Scholarship for Special Excellence in Graduate Studies in 1991, the Ollendorff Fellowship for Excellence in Vision and Image Understanding Work in 1992, the Rothschild Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Studies in 1993, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 1998, the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientist and Engineers (PECASE) in 1998, the National Science Foundation Career Award in 1999, and the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship in 2010.

Sapiro is a member of IEEE and SIAM, and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences, currently ranked second in impact factor in all applied math.