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Ephraim Suhir is on the faculty of the Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA, Technical University, Vienna, Austria, and James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. He is also CEO of a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) ERS Co. in Los Altos, CA, USA, is a Foreign Full Member (Academician) of the National Academy of Engineering, Ukraine (he was born in that country); Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Society of Optical Engineers (SPIE), and the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS); Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), the Institute of Physics (IoP), UK, and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE); and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Ephraim has authored 450+ publications (patents, technical papers, book chapters, books), presented numerous keynote and invited talks worldwide, and received many professional awards, including the 1996 Bell Laboratories Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS) Award (for developing effective methods for predicting the reliability of complex structures used in AT&T and Lucent Technologies products), and 2004 ASME Worcester Reed Warner Medal (for outstanding contributions to the permanent literature of engineering and laying the foundation of a new discipline (Structural Analysis of Electronic Systems). Ephraim is the third Russian American, after S. Timoshenko and I. Sikorsky, who received this prestigious award. His most recent awards are the 2019 IEEE Electronic Packaging Society (EPS) Field award for seminal contributions to mechanical reliability engineering and modeling of electronic and photonic packages and systems and the 2019 Int. Microelectronic Packaging Society (IMAPS) Lifetime Achievement Award for making an exceptional, visible, and sustained impact on the microelectronics packaging industry and technology.
Dr. Thomas J Webster Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2012. The primary focus of our research is the design, synthesis, and evaluation of nanomaterials for various medical applications. This includes self-assembled chemistries, nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanostructured surfaces. Medical applications include inhibiting bacteria growth, and inflammation, and promoting tissue growth. Tissues of particular interest are bone, cartilage, skin, nervous system, bladder, cardiovascular, and vascular. There is also an interest in anti-cancer applications where nanomaterials can be used to decrease cancer cell functions without the use of pharmaceutical agents. There is also a large interest in developing in situ sensors that can sense biological responses to medical devices and respond in real-time to ensure implant success. Lastly, there is an interest in understanding the environmental and human health toxicity of nanomaterials.
Dr. Catucci studied Chemistry at Bari University, Italy, and graduated summa cum laude as MS in 1991. She then obtained a CNR post-degree grant (1991-1993) at the actual Institute for Chemical Physic Processes. She received her Ph.D. degree in Chemistry in 1997 at the University of Bari, where in 1996 she got the Researcher position and in 2005 that of Associate Professor. She had international experiences at Imperial College-London, BCR of Szeged-Hungary, UniversitÃ¤t Munich-Germany, and Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat of Freiburg-Germany. She has published more than 70 scientific publications in international journals (IF).