Accurate detection and rapid response to a Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) threat continues to be of paramount importance to the security of our country. Purdue University has been actively involved over the last decade in the development of technology to counter WMD and provide support and training to First Responders. This webinar will showcase a small sampling of Purdue’s diverse technology and research capabilities in nuclear, biological, chemical, vehicle-borne IED, and explosive detection and defeat, as well as port security screening and first response to threats.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Graham Cooks, PhD Professor of Chemistry Purdue University
Graham Cooks was born in South Africa and received a Ph. D. at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg and also from Cambridge University. He is a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University. His interests involve construction of mass spectrometers and their use in fundamental studies and applications. Early in his career, he worked on energy partitioning during metastable ion fragmentation and contributed to the concept and implementation of tandem mass spectrometry and to desorption ionization, especially matrix-based methods. These interests led to the construction of miniature ion trap mass spectrometers and their application to problems of trace chemical detection. His work on ionization methods has led to the ambient method of desorption electrospray ionization. Applications of this method in tissue imaging, forensics and in pharmaceutical applications are in progress. His interests in the fundamentals of ion chemistry include chirality effects and the possible role of the amino acid serine in the biochemical origins of life. Graham Cooks is a past President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry and is on the boards of a number of scientific journals. He has mentored 120 Ph. D. students.
Ron Reifenberger, PhD Professor in the Department of Physics Purdue University
Ronald Reifenberger is a Professor in the Department of Physics, Purdue University. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1972 and 1976, respectively. His recent research includes work on the unique properties of carbon nano-petals for next-generation capacitors and batteries, the association of single stranded DNA with single wall carbon nanotubes, and bacterial sensing using immutable ligands. Between 2000 and 2005, Reifenberger was closely involved with the design of the Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue and played a prominent role in the design of the Hall Nanometrology Laboratory, a high accuracy, state-of-the-art metrology room located in the Birck Center. This semester he is teaching an open, on-line course called the Fundamentals of Atomic Force Microscopy under Purdue's new NanoHUB-U initiative.
Edward Delp, PhD The Charles William Harrison Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor of Biomedical Engineering Professor of Psychological Sciences
Edward J. Delp was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He received the B.S.E.E. (cum laude) and M.S. degrees from the University of Cincinnati, and the Ph.D. degree from Purdue University. In May 2002 he received an Honorary Doctor of Technology from the Tampere University of Technology in Tampere, Finland. From 1980-1984, Dr. Delp was with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since August 1984, he has been with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. In 2008 he was named a Distinguished Professor and is currently The Charles William Harrison Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Psychological Sciences (Courtesy). His research interests include image and video compression, multimedia security, medical imaging, multimedia systems, communication and information theory. Dr. Delp has also consulted for various companies and government agencies in the areas of signal, image, and video processing, pattern recognition, and secure communications. He has published and presented more than 450 papers. Dr. Delp is a Fellow of the IEEE, a Fellow of the SPIE, a Fellow of the Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T), and a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. In 2004 he received the Technical Achievement Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society for his work in image and video compression and multimedia security. In 2008 Dr. Delp received the Society Award from IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS). This is the highest award given by SPS and it cited his work in multimedia security and image and video compression. In 2009 he received the Purdue College of Engineering Faculty Excellence Award for Research.
Jeff Brooks, PhD Research and Development Nuclear Fusion Engineering, Computer Simulation, and Plasma Science
Jeff Brooks has more than 35 years of experience in research and development in nuclear fusion engineering, computer simulation, and plasma science. He is nationally and internationally recognized in the area of fusion plasma/material interaction and related modeling. He has developed advanced computer codes (REDEP, WBC, BPHI, etc.) to analyze 3-D, full kinetic, multi-process, sputtering erosion/redeposition, plasma contamination, tritium codeposition, component lifetime, atomic and molecular processes, sheath boundary physics, carbon and hydrocarbon chemical sputtering/transport, and associated phenomena, for fusion power, plasma processing, and related applications. He has worked with major US and European fusion tokamak facilities (TFTR, NSTX, C-MOD, DIII-D, TEXTOR, JET, etc.), design study groups (INTOR, ITER, etc.), and plasma lab facilities (PISCES, etc.), to predict and explain plasma/surface interaction results, and guide future experiments and designs. Jeff has co-invented the helium self-pumping concept for helium removal via trapping in deposited vanadium, nickel, or other selected materials. He has tested concept successfully in TEXTOR tokamak (Julich Germany), and was winner of IR-100 award for this work. Jeff helped establish and strengthen US, European, and Japanese plasma/surface interaction modeling groups.
Steve Son, PhD Associate Editor AIAA’s Journal of Propulsion and Power
Professor Son’s research is in the field of combustion with an emphasis on energetic materials, gasless reactives, combustion synthesis, nanoscale energetic materials, heterogeneous combustion, reactive materials, and explosives safety. His research experience has included the study of the deflagration-to-detonation transition (DDT) of explosives, combustion in cracks, advanced energetic materials, microthrusters, development of an optical technique to measure the solid phase transition in HMX and TATB, the application of nanoscale energetic materials for lead-free electric matches and primers, metal combustion, gaseous DDT in microtubes, and reactive projectiles. His work has included experimental and theoretical studies. He is an Associate Editor of AIAA’s Journal of Propulsion and Power.
Jeff Rhoads, PhD Associate Professor School of Mechanical Engineering Purdue University
Jeffrey F. Rhoads is an Associate Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and is affiliated with both the Birck Nanotechnology Center and Ray W. Herrick Laboratories at the same institution. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees, each in mechanical engineering, from Michigan State University in 2002, 2004, and 2007, respectively. Dr. Rhoads’ current research interests include the predictive design, analysis, and implementation of resonant micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS) for use in chemical and biological sensing, electromechanical signal processing, and computing, the dynamics of parametrically-excited systems and coupled oscillators, and the behavior of electromechanical and thermomechanical systems operating in rich, multi-physics environments. Dr. Rhoads is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), where he serves on the Student Design Committee and the Design Engineering Division’s Technical Committees on Micro/Nanosystems and Vibration and Sound. Dr. Rhoads was a 2009 recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award and the Purdue University School Mechanical Engineering’s Harry L. Solberg Best Teacher Award, a 2011 recipient of the ASEE Mechanics Division’s Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russell Johnston, Jr. Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award, and a 2012 recipient of the Best Paper Award at the 6th International Conference of Micro- and Nanosystems held in conjunction with the 2012 ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences.
Eric Dietz, PhD Professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department Director Purdue Homeland Security Institute
J. Eric Dietz earned his Chemical Engineering bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Ph.D. from Purdue. Now director of the Purdue Homeland Security Institute and Professor in the Computer and Information Technology department, he has formerly served as founding executive director for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security for Governor Mitch Daniels. There Eric reorganized Indiana’s public safety planning and response, led development of comprehensive plans, training, and exercises needed to optimize Indiana’s emergency response, and led the state’s response to seven presidential major disasters and emergency declarations. Dietz retired from the U.S. Army in 2004, as a lieutenant colonel. While serving, he led Army research and acquisition programs, including chemical weapon detection systems, command and control software, and army power systems.
Doug Adams, PhD Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director Purdue Center for Systems Integrity
Dr. Adams is the Kenninger Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Purdue Center for Systems Integrity, which develops dynamic sensing and nonlinear identification techniques for automated diagnostics/prognostics of materials and machines in aerospace and automotive systems. His group has pioneered the development of technologies to sense, predict, and control the dynamic behavior of ground and air vehicles, energy generation and storage equipment and other platforms. These technologies have been implemented to maximize the performance and cost-effectiveness of a wide range of materials and machines in the energy and defense sectors to positively impact society and our national security. In the area of scholarship, Dr. Adams has written 70 peer-reviewed journal papers and 150 conference proceedings papers, and authored a textbook on structural health monitoring as well as several book chapters, including recent chapters on damage prognosis of metallic and composite aerospace structures and health monitoring of smart wind turbines. He has received over a dozen research awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, Army Young Investigator Award, and the Society of Experimental Mechanics DeMichele Award and was elected a Fellow of ASME in 2011. In education, he has supervised 24 undergraduate special research projects, has graduated 43 M.S. and Ph.D. students, and now advises 13 graduate students. He has recruited 9 women, 3 African-American, and 1 Hispanic graduate students. He teaches courses in analytical and experimental dynamics and system measurement and controls. He is listed in the Purdue Book of Great Teachers having won several departmental and university-wide teaching awards. He has disseminated his findings worldwide in over 100 seminars and three-dozen short courses. In technology development, Dr. Adams has secured 80 federal and industrial contracts/grants for nearly $30M in funding, been awarded two U.S. patents, has 17 patent disclosures in process, and has licensed several of these technologies to industry. In service, Dr. Adams serves as Managing Editor of Structural Health Monitoring: An International Journal and has also served ASME and SEM in many other capacities on technical committees.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR:
Geanie Umberger, PhD, MSPH, RPh Assistant Vice President Corporate and Foundation Relations
Dr. Geanie Umberger joined the Office of the Vice President for Research as the Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she holds a degree in pharmacy, a master of science in public health and a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology. While in graduate school she was part of a team that developed a diagnostic device for motor movement in Parkinson patients. Her postdoctoral work was conducted in the UK Department of Neurology and focused upon the use of functional MRI as an early diagnostic test for Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Umberger comes from a long line of Pharmacist; practicing the art of pharmacy at her family’s drug store that her grandfather started in 1926. Additionally she worked in the Medical Affairs department of Bristol-Myers Squibb; was part of the business development team at Registrat (CRO specializing in phase 3b & 4 clinical trials); and Industrial Hygienist and Toxicology specialist at Lexmark International. Just prior to joining Purdue, Dr. Umberger was the Administrative Director for Clinical and Translational Science in the Center for Clinical and Translational Research at the University of Kentucky. In her current role at Purdue, she facilitates research collaborations between industry and investigators, programs, centers, departments, start-up companies, and community partners.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEES:
WEBINAR DURATION: Each session is a 90-minute webinar with 60 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A.
COST:Free, but registration required by clicking on the Register button above.
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QUESTIONS TO SPEAKERS: Q&A is conducted by a chat box to the speakers.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE WEBINAR?:Angel investors, venture capitalists, large companies, entrepreneurs, SBIR companies, federal lab researchers, federal agency representatives, and others who want to learn more about technologies highlighted during the webinar.
SLIDES AND VIDEO:The slide presentations and video recording will be available on this page. If you are unable to join the live webinar, you may view the recorded video that will be posted within 24 hours after the scheduled webinar ends.