Wilson Lecturers are sponsored thanks to a generous gift from the estate of Eleanor Hale Wilson.
The Wilson Lecture Series helps to bring leaders in the engineering fields to share their expertise
and discoveries with University of Minnesota students, faculty, alumni, and the broader community.
Fall Semester 2013
Thursday, Sept. 5
Dr. Sahar Sharifzadeh*
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
"First-Principles Design of Excited-State Properties of Organic Materials"
Host: Prof. P. Paul Ruden
Thursday, Sept 12
Dr. Tony Low*
"Graphine Electronics and Photonics"
Host: Prof. Kia Bazargan
Thursday, Sept 19
Jianyi (Jay) Zhang, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota
"Seamless networks of myocardial bioenergetics in the in vivo heart"
Host: Prof. Emad Ebbini
Thursday, Sept 26
Dr. Naresh Shanbhag*
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
Host: Prof. Keshab Parhi
Thursday, Oct. 3
Dr. Andre Mkhoyan
University of Minnesota, CEMS
Imaging 'Invisible' Dopant Atoms
Host: Prof. Philip Cohen
Thursday, Oct 10
Dr. Vinod Menon*
Queens College, CUNY
Host: Prof. Russ Holmes
Thursday, Oct 17
Dr. Reuven Gordon*
University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
"Nanoplasmonics: Reaching Out to the Single Molecule"
Host: Prof. Sang Hyun Oh
Thursday, Oct 24
Dr. Harish Krishnaswamy*
“Millimeter-wave and THz Power Generation in CMOS: The Quest for a Watt-Class mmWave PA”
Host: Prof. Ramesh Harjani
Thursday Oct 31
Dr. Tom Misa
University of Minnesota - Charles Babbage Institute
"The Dynamics of High-Tech Innovation in Minnesota: Computing and Medical Devices"
Host: Prof. David Lilja
Thursday, Nov. 7 CANCELLED
Dr. Olgica Milenkovic*
University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign
"Constrained Rank Aggregation with Applications to Gene Prioritization"
Host: Prof. Arya Mazumdar
Thursday, Nov. 14 CANCELLED
Dr. Rebecca Willett*
"Dynamical models and tracking regret in online convex programming"
Host: Prof. Jarvis Haupt
Thursday, Nov. 21
Dr. Michael Garwood
U of MN Center for Magnetic Resonance Research
and Department of Radiology
"Far Out Experiments in MRI using FM pulses"
Host: Prof. Anand Gopinath
Thursday, Dec. 5
Dr. David Dunlap*
University of New Mexico
"The Effects of Disorder in Organic Semiconductors"
Spring Semester 2013
Presenter: Sanjay Lall, Stanford University
Stochastic control of multi-player systems
Presenter: Prof. Yannis Tsvidis
Event-Driven A/D Conversion and Continuous-Time Digital Signal Processing
April 18 Cancelled
Prof. Vladimir Vapnik, Columbia
April 11 Cancelled
Prof. Rebecca Willett, Duke University.
Thursday, Apr 4
Presenter: Prof. Hubert Lim, University of Minnesota, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Investigating a new non-invasive brain activation approach to treat hearing disorders
Thursday, Mar. 28
Presenter: Prof. Laura Lewis, Northeastern University
Title: Permanent Magnetic Materials: Past, Present and Future
Thursday, Mar. 14
Prof. Kamil Ugurbil, University of Minnesota, CMRR
Title: Harnessing high magnetic fields towards understanding human brain function
Thursday, Mar. 7
Presenter: Dr. Min Ah Seo, LANL
Title: Functional Terahertz Nanodevices and Their Applications
Thursday, Feb 28
Presenter: Prof. Janet Roveda, University of Arizona
Title: Conquering Variability for Robust VLSI Circuit Design
Thursday, Feb. 21
Presenter: Prof. Peter Seiler, AEM University of Minnesota
Title: Design and Analysis of Safety Critical Systems
Thursday, Feb. 7
Presenter: Dr. Mark KrollMark, Kroll & Associates, Inc.
Corp. Dir. of Haemonetics and Taser International
Title:"The Physics of Traumatic and Therapeutic Electrical Shocks"
Fall Semester 2012
Thursday, Dec. 6
Presenter: Romney Katti, Honeywell
Title: MRAM: Magneto-resistive Random Access Memory
Thursday, Nov. 29
Presenter: Prof. Christophe Lenglet, University of Minnesota, CMRR
Title: “Computational Analysis and Translational Applications of Diffusion MRI”
Thursday, Nov. 15
Presenter: Prof. Jeyanandh Paramesh, Carnegie Mellon University
Title: From Microwave to Millimeter-wave: The Design of Reconfigurable, High-Bandwidth CMOS Radios
Thursday, Nov. 8
Presenter: Prof. Babak Ziaie*, Purdue University
Title: Biomedical Microdevice Research at Purdue
Thursday, Nov. 1
Presenter: Xiaodong Xu, University of Washington
Title: Optical Probing Novel 2D Electronic Systems
Thursday, Oct. 25
Presenter: Dr. Nathan Neihart, Iowa State University
Title: Reconfigurable RF Circuits for Next Generation Multi-band and Cognitive Radio Applications
Thursday, Oct. 18
Presenter: Prof. George Eleftheriades*, University of Toronto
Title: Transmission-line metamaterials and related structures: Fundamentals & applications
Thursday, Oct. 11
Presenter: Prof. Dejan Markovic*, University of California - Los Angeles
Title: Efficiency and Flexibility: Chip Design Redefined
Thursday, Oct. 4
Presenter: Prof. Len Feldman*, Vanderbilt University
Title: Electronic Materials: Past, Present and Future
Thursday, Sept. 27
Presenter: Prof. Jian Sheng, Edward Whitacre Endowed Chair of Mechanical Engineering Texas Tech University
Title: Probing Multi-Scale Biophysical Interactions of Organism, Flow and Boundary using 3-D Digital Halography and MEMS devices
Thursday, Sept. 20
Presenter: Prof. Jung-Chih Chiao*, University of Texas - Arlington
Title: Implantable Wireless Medical Devices and Systems
Thursday, Sept. 13
Presenter: Prof. David Wood, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota
Title: Engineering Better Biomarkers: Discovery, design, and detection of novel disease indicators
Thursday, Sept 6
Presenter: Prof. Grace Xing*, University of Notre Dame
Title: Unique optoelectronic applications of graphene
Spring Semester 2012
Thursday, May 3
Presenter: Prof. Xin Li, Carnegie Mellon University
Title: Modeling and Self-Healing of Analog and Mixed-Signal Integrated Circuits: A Statistical Approach
Thursday, Apr. 26
Presenter: Prof. Warren Gross*, McGill University
Title: Stochastic Decoding
Thursday, Apr. 19
Presenter: Dr. Brian Skinner, Physics Department, University of Minnesota
Title:The Physics of Supercapacitors
Thursday, Apr. 12
Presenter: Prof. Alena Takachova, U of MN Biomedical Engineering
Title: Spatio-temporal dynamics of alternans in the heart
Thursday, Apr. 5
Presenter: Prof. Zbigniew Celinski, University of Colorado
Title: High Frequency On-Wafer Microwave Devices
Thursday, Mar. 29
Presenter: Danijela Cabric* UCLA
Title: Spatio-Temporal Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive Radio Networks
Thursday, Feb. 23
Presenter: Prof. Vishwesh Kulkarni, Visiting Professor at Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
Title: Control Theoretic Perspectives on Analysis and Synthesis in Systems and Synthetic Biology
Thursday, Feb. 16
Presenter: Prof. Massimo Alioto*, University of Sienna
Title:Turning Dark Silicon into Green through Ultra Energy?Efficient VLSI Circuits from Nano to Macro Scale
Jan. 26, 2012
Robert Shearer, IBM
Title: IBM A2 Core: A Modular Processor for Flexible System on a Chip Applications
Fall Semester 2011
Dec. 8, 2011
Prof. Mihailo Jovanovic, University of Minnesota
Design of Optimal Sparse Feedback Gains via the Alternating
Direction Method of Multipliers
Nov. 17, 2011
Prof. Michael Carpenter, College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering SUNY- Albany
Plasmonics Based Harsh Environment Compatible Chemical Sensors
Nov. 10, 2011
Prof. Chris Douglas, University of Minnesota, Department of Chemistry
"Design and Synthesis of Molecules for Organic Electronics"
Nov. 3, 2011
Dr. Tao Zhang, Starkey Lab
Challenges, solutions and future directions in signal processing
research for modern digital hearing aids
Oct. 27, 2011
Prof. John Papapolymerou, Georgia Tech
Lightweight Multilayer Organic RF Front Ends for microwave and mm-wave Applications
Oct. 20, 2011
Keith Maile, Boston Scientific
MEMs for Medical Devices
Oct. 13, 2011
Prof. Rick Carley, Carnegie Mellon University
Implementing Successive Approximation A/D Converters in Sub-65nm CMOS Technologies
Oct. 6, 2011
Prof. Natalia Nikolova,, McMasters University
"Microwave near-field imaging of human tissue:
Hopes, challenges, outlook"
Sept. 29, 2011
Prof. Christos Davatzikos, University of Pennsylvania
"Medical image analysis topics, with emphasis on imaging pattern analysis
and classification for constructing diagnostic imaging biomarkers"
Sept. 22, 2011
Prof. Ned Mohan, University of Minnesota
"Research and Education in Power Electronics at the University of Minnesota,
with an Emphasis on Sustainability"
Sept. 15, 2011
Prof. Jie Xiang*, University of California - San Diego
Semiconductor Nanowires: Building Blocks for Future Green Digital Computation
Sept. 8, 2011
Prof. David Malah (Ph.D.' 71)*, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel
Text-to-Speech Synthesis in the Era of Mobile Devices
Spring Semester 2011
May 5, 2011
Dr. Ana Arias, University of California - Berkeley
Building Electronics from Solution: Materials, Device Integration, and Application Development
Apr. 21, 2011
Prof. Hanho Lee, Inha University, South Korea
Forward Error Correction Architectures for 100Gb/s Optical Communications
April 14, 2011
Prof. David Messerschmitt, University of California - Berkeley
Exchanging Information with the Stars: Wide-Area Communication Writ Large
Apr. 7, 2011
Prof. Eric Fullerton, University of California - San Diego
Spin-transfer phenomena in high-anisotropy magnetic nanostructures
Mar. 31, 2011
Prof. Rashid Zia, Brown University
Seeing Magnetic Light: Quantifying and Enhancing Magnetic
Mar. 24, 2011
Prof. Marty Baylor, Carleton College, Northfield, MN
Towards Miniaturizing Optical Systems Using Photo-sensitive Polymers
Mar. 10, 2011
Prof. Zheng Wang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
One-way electromagnetic chiral edge states in magneto-optical photonic crystals
Mar. 3, 2011
Prof. Kaushik Roy, Purdue University
High Density On-Chip Memories for Future Processors
Feb. 24, 2011
Prof. Bin He, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, U of MN
Imaging and Interfacing with the Human Brain
Feb. 17, 2011
Speaker: Prof. Shuzhong Zhang, Dept. of !SYSE, University of Minnesota
The Price of Anarchy and Myopia: a Study of System Inefficiencies
Speaker: Prof. Edward Conrad
Graphene: a Look at the Progress and Challenges of Carbon Electronics
Feb. 3, 2011
Speaker: Janet Fransen, University of Minnesota Libraries
Engineering Lit: How Changes in Technical and Scholarly Publishing are Affecting What You Read
Jan. 27, 2011
Prof. Mos Kaveh, University of Minnesota, College of Science and Engineering
Associate Dean and Professor.
Signal Processing Everywhere—A Perspective on History, Synergies and Opportunities
Jan. 20, 2011
Speaker: Prof. Emmanuel Tannenbaum, Ben Gurion University
Evolutionary Dynamics and Its Applications
Fall Semester 2010
Dec. 8, 2010
Josep Torellas, University of Illinois
Variation-Tolerant Computer Architectures
Dec. 02, 2010
Shai Ashkenasi, University of Minnesota, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Optoacoustic µ-Machined Ultrasound Transducers (OMUTs)
Jarvis Haupt, University of Minnesota - Electrical and Computer Engineering
The symbiosis of sparsity and adaptivity: Closing the loop between sensing and processing
Nov. 11, 2010
Jonathan Sun, IBM
Spin Angular Momentum Transfer in Nano-Magnets
Nov. 04, 2010
Prof. Ali Momeni, University of Minnesota, Arts Department
Wood, Metal, Gesture, and Code: Developing a practice in New Media Art
Oct. 28, 2010
Prof. James Leger, University of Minnesota, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Laser Beam Combining: Fundamentals and Current Trends
Oct. 21, 2010
Prof. Mo Li, University of Minnesota,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Riding the light rail—harnessing optical forces on a silicon chip
Oct. 14, 2010
Prof. Sara Majetich, Carnegie Mellon University
Can nanoparticles still be useful for magnetic recording?
Oct. 07, 2010
Prof. Gary Glover, Stanford University School of Medicine
Functional MRI and the dynamics of brain function
Sept. 30, 2010
Prof. Michael Oetze, University of Illinois
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Use of high-frequency quantitative ultrasound to improve medical
diagnostics and monitor therapy
Sept. 23, 2010
Gerald Timm (PhD '67) GT Urological, President and Founder
Department of Urology, University of Minnesota
Advances in Medical Device Development for Urological Applications
Sept. 16, 2010
Prof. Steve Koester, University of Minnesota
Tunneling Field-Effect Transistors: Are They a Solution
to the Power Problem in Computational Systems?
Leland Chang, IBM
Power Efficient Computing by Voltage Scaling
May 6, 2010
Sayfe Kiaei, Arizona State University
"Low Power Medical Electronics"
April 29, 2010
Paul R. Berger, Ohio State University
"Electrode Surface Modifications for Efficient Polymer Bulk Heterojunction Photovoltaic Devices"
April 22, 2010
Andrea Tao, University of California - San Diego
"Plasmonics: Bottom-Up Approaches to Building New Optical Materials for Biosensing Technologies"
April 15, 2010
Pavan Kumar Hanumolo, Oregon State University
"Clock generation in nanometer CMOS technologies"
April 8, 2010
John Pierre, University of Wyoming
"Advanced Signal Processing and System Identification Techniques with Application to Monitor Power Grid Stability"
April 1, 2010
Shuvra Bhattacharyya, University of Maryland
"The Dataflow Interchange Format: Towards Co-Design of DSP-Oriented Dataflow Models and Transformations"
March 25, 2010
David Rhees, The Bakken Museum
"Medical Alley: The Rise of the Minnesota Medical Device Industry"
March 11, 2010
Terry Smith, 3M
"Reflection-Based Bio-Sensing Using Integrated Optical Micro-Resonators"
March 4, 2010
Melanie Mitchell, Portland State University
"Using Analogy-Making to Discover the Meaning of Images"
Feb. 25, 2010
Farinaz Koushanfar, Rice University
"Techniques for Application Specific Circuit Customization and Adaptation"
Feb. 18, 2010
Mihailo Jovanovic, UMN - ECE
"Design of optimal structured controllers for large-scale interconnected systems"
Feb. 11, 2010
Nancy Sims, J.D., Copyright Librarian
UMN - Libraries
"Copyright Issues in Higher Education"
Feb, 4, 2010
Gregory Huff, Texas A & M
"Antennas and Biologically Inspired Reconfiguration Mechanisms"
Jan 28, 2010
Vladimir Cherkassky, U of M - ECE
"Predictive Data Modeling and the Nature of Scientific Discovery"
Jan 21, 2010
Sheila Hemami, Wilson Lecturer, Cornell University
"A Signal-Processing Approach to Modeling Vision, and Applications"
Fall Semester 2009
Sept 10, 2009
Willem Van Roy, Wilson Lecturer, IMEC, Belgium
"Magnetic and plasmonic nanostructures for bio-nano-electronics"
Sept 17, 2009
Janet Fransen, U of M Library
"Engineering Research: A Guide to Finding and Contributing to Your Field's Literature"
Sept. 24, 2009
Dan Frisbie, U of M CEMS
"New Materials for Printed Polymer Electronics"
Oct. 1, 2009
Lin Zhong, Wilson Lecturer, Rice University
"Taming the power hog in wireless broadband access"
Oct. 8, 2009
Massoud Amin, U of M ECE
"Toward Strong, More Secure and Smarter Grid"
Oct. 15, 2009
Elad Alon, Wilson Lecturer, UC Berkeley
"Energy Efficient 60GHz Wireless Transceiver Design"
Oct. 22, 2009
Max Wong, Wilson Lecturer, McMaster University
"Optimum Space-Time Block Code Design for MIMO Communications:
A Case for Linear MMSE Receivers"
Oct. 29, 2009
John Burns, Wilson Lecturer, Virginia Tech
"A Distributed Parameter Approach to Design and Optimal Control of Dynamic
Nov. 5, 2009
Tom Misa, University of Minnesota
"Honeywell and the 'oldest question' in computer history"
Nov. 12, 2009
Joachim Heberlein, University of Minnesota - ME
"Issues in Ethics Education"
Nov. 19, 2009
Darryl Smith, Wilson Lecturer, Los Alamos National Laboratory
"Noise Spectroscopy as a Probe of Condensed Matter Systems"
Rhonda R. Franklin, University of Minnesota - ECE
"Advancing Integrated System Design with Ultra Broadband Integration Techniques"
Dec. 10, 2009
Tim Gessert, Wilson Lecturer, National Renewable EnergyLaboratory
"Review of Photovoltaic Energy Production Using Thin Film Modules"