ADVISORS

Jonathan Valvano, PhD

Jonathan W. Valvano

Dr. Jon Valvano received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT in 1977. He received his Ph.D. in medical engineering from Harvard-MIT, Division of Health Science and Technology in 1981. He joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin in 1981 as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1986 and full professor in 1994.

Dr. Valvano holds an Engineering Foundation Centennial Teaching Fellowship in Electrical Engineering at UT Austin. His expertise is in the field of integrated analog/digital processing, digital instrumentation, and real-time systems. One of the areas for which he is world-recognized is embedded systems and has authored five widely-used textbooks on the subject. Embedded systems combines electrical circuits, microcontrollers, power, mechanical sensors, and actuators with software to control the entire system. In 30 years, he has educated over 3,000 undergraduate electrical engineers, who have gone on to make significant impact throughout the electrical, computer and biomedical fields.

Dr. Valvano’s research also focuses on medical instrumentation, and he has worked in the field for the past 36 years. He also has active research in hardware/software co-simulation. He has written many software applications that support medical instrumentation and embedded system design. One of his hardware/software co-simulators (called TExaS) was over 100,000 lines of code, and is used at many other universities. His many years of numerical research will assist the project in developing more accurate methods to derive LV volume from admittance measurements.

John Pearce, PhD

John A. Pearce is a Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, and holds the Temple Foundation Endowed Professorship.

He attended Clemson University where he received the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1968 and the Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1971. He received the Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1977 and the Doctor of Philosophy in 1980. Between 1969 and 1975 he was employed at the Medical University of South Carolina in the departments of Surgery and Biometry where he participated in research on burn treatment, kidney transplantation and immuno-suppression, and electrical safety.

Dr. John Pearce is internationally known for research in the therapeutic and diagnostic application of electromagnetic fields, including thermal damage processes in tissues. His work also includes investigations of the electro-physical properties of tissues and organs. His research combines experimental, analytical and numerical model studies of the spatial distribution of radio frequency and audio frequency electromagnetic fields and the temporal development of transient thermal and tissue damage in surgical and other thermal therapy applications, such as cardiac ablation. More recently, he used numerical modeling skills to simulate and study the signal sources in ventricular volume measurements. This activity is a natural outgrowth of the last 35 years of his overall research work. He will apply the numerical models and integrate the improved hardware/software instrumentation into the proposed experiments.