Massood Z. Atashbar received B.Sc. and M.Sc. in electrical engineering form Isfahan University of Technology and Sharif University of Technology, respectively and PhD from department of communication and electronic engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia in 1998. From 1998 to 1999 he was postdoctoral fellow at Center for Electronic Engineering and Acoustic Materials, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. He is an Associate Professor with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and director and founder of Center for Advanced Smart Sensors and Structures at Western Michigan University. Dr. Atashbar’s research interests include physical and chemical micro and nanosensors development, wireless surface acoustic wave sensing systems, and carbon nanotube based biosensors. He has published 4 book chapter and more than 100 articles in the area of physical and chemical sensors in refereed journals and conference proceedings. Dr. Atashbar is a senior member of IEEE, and serves as an Associate Editor and member of the Editorial Board of the IEEE Sensors Journal and International Journal of Simulation and Modeling. He has been serving on the Technical Program Committees of the IEEE Sensors conferences.
Dr. Bradley Bazuin is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his B.S. from Yale University and M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University, performing research with the center for integrated electronics in medicine as part of the integrated circuits laboratory and center for integrated systems. At WMU, he is an active research collaborator and member of College of Engineering and Applied Science centers of excellence for Advanced Smart Sensors and Structures (CASSS), the Advancement of Printed Electronics (CAPE), and for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation (CAViDS) and advisor to the Sunseeker Solar "Rayce" Car team. His current research activities include advanced wireless communications, wireless smart sensor systems, analog design for electronic sensors, printed RFID and printed electronics. Dr. Bazuin is a member of the IEEE, ASEE and ION.
Dr. Paul D. “Dan” Fleming, Professor in the Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging. He received his PhD. degree in Chemical Physics from Harvard University and is an expert in surface chemistry, theoretical modeling and simulation, digital printing and color theory. He has over 200 referred publications and presentations, and has 1 US patents. He is currently involved with research projects: 1) MI 21st Century “Printed RFID direct to cellulosic based packaging”, and 2) MIIE “Modifications for improved press performance of printed electronic devices”.
Phone: (269) 276-3103 | Fax: (269)276-3501
Erika Hrehorova is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging (PCI) at Western Michigan University, where she also received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Paper and Imaging Science and Engineering. Previously, she has received her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Polymer Materials from the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia. While at PCI, she has worked as a teaching assistant and instructor for multiple undergraduate courses regarding gravure printing, printing ink, paper engineering, imaging, etc. During her doctoral studies she has focused on suitability of conventional printing technologies, such as gravure or flexographic printing, in electronics manufacture. Presently, she continues to work in the field of printed electronics and her main research interests are focused on formulation and characterization of functional inks as well as optimization of process parameters for improved quality and performance of printed electronic components.
Phone: (269) 276-3514 | Fax: (269) 276-6501
Professor in the Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Imaging. She is the Director of Center for the Advancement of Printed Electronics. She received her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in Paper Engineering and Science and is an expert in coatings, substrates, rheology and surface chemistry. She has over 100 referred publications and presentations, and has 3 US patents. She is currently carrying out research projects directly related to the proposal: 1)MI 2st Century “Printed RFID direct to cellulosic based packaging”, 2)MIIE “Modifications for improved press performance of printed electronic devices” and 3) Multiple Industrial grants for development of barrier coatings and conformal coatings.
Dr. Merati is a Professor and Chair of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Western Michigan University. He has received his Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mechanics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1985. He finished his post-doctoral research at the School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech in 1986. He has received several NSF awards for his mechanical seal research from NSF and industry and has published numerous papers on thermal-fluid characteristics of mechanical seals. He has been working with auto industry over the last ten years using optical techniques and computational fluid dynamics to investigate the under-hood buoyancy and its thermal effects. Dr. Merati’s expertise is in fluid mechanics, heat transfer and tribology. He has published extensively in these areas.
Dr. Sherine Obare is currently an Associate Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at Western Michigan University. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from West Virginia State University in 1998. She then obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina in 2002 with Professor Catherine J. Murphy. Thereafter, she joined Professor Gerald J. Meyer’s research laboratory at The Johns Hopkins University as a Dreyfus Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2004, Dr. Obare joined Western Michigan University. Her research interests lie in the area of designing nanoscale materials with controlled size and shape to gain a fundamental understanding of their chemical and physical properties. She studies the optical, catalytic, magnetic and electrochemical properties of these materials and works toward exploiting their use toward environmental remediation, sensor development, biomass conversion, and alternative energy. Her work has been featured in several publications, review articles and book chapters. Her research program is currently funded by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Army Research Office and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. She is the Director of the NIH-sponsored Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program at Western Michigan University, a program that recruits underrepresented minority students from community colleges in Michigan and supports them to pursue advanced degrees in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Dr. Obare is the recipient of the 2009 George Washington Carver Teaching Excellence Award, the 2009 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Young Observer Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER award, the ACS PROGRESS/Dreyfus Lectureship Award, the American Chemical Society Younger Chemists Committee Leadership Development Award and the Carl Storm Fellowship. Dr. Obare is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Nanomaterials.
Phone: (269) 276-3521 | Fax: (269) 276-3501
Dr. Alexandra "Sasha" Pekarovicova is an Associate Professor of the Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging at Western Michigan University where she works since 1996. Before that, she was working at North Carolina State University and Slovak Technical University, Bratislava, Slovakia. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering of Wood, Pulp and Paper from Slovak Technical University. Her research interests are mainly in ink and paper interactions, printability analysis, ink chemistry and printed electronics. She received several prestigious grants and awards from UNESCO and NATO, has co-authored 5 patents, more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and 80 conference articles at various national and international conferences. She teaches courses in the Printing and Chemical Engineering Programs.
Dr. John Patten is a professor with research interests in manufacturing processes, renewable energy and alternative fuel cars, such as plug in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). He is chair of the Manufacturing Engineering Department at Western Michigan University and is the founding director of the Manufacturing Research Center (MRC) within the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His extensive manufacturing research beginning in the early 1980s at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte made Patten an ideal candidate to lead the MRC, when he was hired by WMU in 2003.
The MRC is a multidisciplinary operation that provides applied research in engineering and the sciences to serve manufacturing industries. The center efforts help to reduce the cost of the processes and improve productivity, thereby reducing the cost of products and technology for businesses. The state-of-the-art laboratories allow for research in machining, materials testing and green manufacturing.
Marian Rebros received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering, MS and PhD degrees in Inorganic Materials Sciences at The Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Technology and Materials at Slovak University of Technology. After that he worked as a research assistant at Slovak Academy of Science, Institute of Inorganic Chemistry. He worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Paper Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Imaging at Western Michigan University. His main research focused on the surface properties characterization, study of liquids-solids interactions. His interests also included characterization and printing of functional materials for applications in low-cost electronics. He then accepted an Assistant Professor position in the PCI department, where he continues in research in the area of printed electronic. This research includes deposition of novel functional materials, study of material printability, and characterization of printed electronic devices.
Phone: (269) 276-3522 | Fax: (269) 276-3501
Dr. Brian R. Young joined WMU as a member of the faculty in chemical engineering in late 2009. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of bioprocess, pharmaceutical, immunodiagnostic, vaccine, biologic, and chemical process R&D. He has served at Pfizer as Senior Director Pharmaceutical Sciences, at Abbott Laboratories as R&D Director of Bioprocess Engineering, at Pharmacia, Pharmacia & Upjohn, and the Upjohn Company as Associate Director Bioprocess R&D, and at Emergent BioSolutions BioDefense Operations as Vice President Operations. He has been a member of senior management teams and has guided over a hundred professionals and scientists in their research, development and technical support roles. Dr. Young earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1984, and Bachelor of Science degrees in Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Davis in 1978. His Ph.D. thesis work was in the area of blood protein/biomaterial/biopolymer interactions co-investigated with professors at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and School of Pharmacy.