Emeritus Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Igor Aleksander is an Emeritus Professor in the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Imperial College in London. There he holds the active post of Senior Research Investigator. He has been working in artificial intelligence since the 1970s, creating the worlds first neural pattern recognition system in 1981 and studying machine consciousness during the last 15 years. He won the Charles Babbage medal from the UK Institute of Electronic Engineers in 1962, a lifetime achievement award for contributions to informatics from the UK Institute of Electrical and Engineers in 2000, and the John Taylor award for exceptional contributions to neural networks by the Brazilian computing community in 2013, and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK.
Director for Education, Byers Center for Biodesign Associate Director of Surgery, School of Medicine
Dan Azagury is the Section chief of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Stanford University. He is a minimally invasive surgeon and a health technology innovator with an international background.
Dr. Azagury is the Director for Education for the fellowship program at the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign. He teaches multidisciplinary teams a process to identify important healthcare needs and develop novel health technologies to address them. He also teaches in multiple international medical innovation programs and co-directs the Japan Biodesign partnership program.
Judy C. Boughey, M.D., is a researcher, professor, and clinician at the Mayo Clinic. She specializes in breast cancer research, treatment, and surgery and is the principal investigator of several clinical trials, including the Breast Cancer Genome Guided Therapy (BEAUTY) study. After completing her medical training in the U.K., Dr. Boughey was a surgical resident at the University of South Carolina and a fellow in breast surgical oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Boughey currently serves as the chair of the Mayo Clinic’s Division of Surgery Research, the vice chair for research in Mayo’s Department of Surgery, and the director of the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Breast Surgery Fellowship.
M.D., Ph.D., Psychiatrist in private practice & Medical Director of Psychiatric Services
David H. Brendel, M.D., Ph.D. is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who practices in the Boston area. He maintains a private practice in Belmont, Massachusetts and serves as Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, Massachusetts. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and his Ph.D. in philosophy from University of Chicago. Dr. Brendels academic work focuses on psychiatric ethics and the complex relationship between scientific and humanistic approaches in psychiatry.
Professor and Chair, Department of Chemical Engineering
Richard Brown is the Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. His research area is degradation of materials in the marine environment and he currently directs the URI’s Corrosion and Surfaces Laboratory, which investigates degradation of materials and methods to mitigate degradation of materials, such as coatings.
Bill Brucker is in the clinical years of the M.D./Ph.D. program at Brown University. He completed his undergraduate education at Brown as well, playing football and graduating with honors in Chemistry in 2004. Brucker is the Founder & Executive Director of the Providence Alliance of Clinical Educators, a nonprofit organization that produces innovative lessons to help engage students in basic science learning. He has taught students of many levels over the years, including as an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Rhode Island College.
Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Computing & Construction Management
Jim Brunnhoeffer joined the faculty of Roger Williams University in 2005 after completing a 20+ year career as a U.S. Army officer in the Corps of Engineers with assignments in SouthEast Asia, Europe and the U.S. While at RWU, his main research activities have been investigation of the combined sewer system of Newport, RI, personal body armor for the individual, dismounted soldier, the economics of instituting a grass watering system from well feeds, and computer alogorithms to support instruction administration.
Michael Christman, Ph.D., is president and chief executive officer of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research. In 2007, Dr. Christman initiated the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC), a research study evaluating the utility of using the knowledge of genetics in medicine. Under Dr. Christmans leadership, Coriell has also established a federally-funded Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell lab. This remarkable technology allows a skin or blood cell to be coaxed into becoming nearly any cell type in the body, opening new avenues for research, drug discovery, and eventually therapy.
Director for Academic Programs, Byers Center for Biodesign Lecturer, School of Medicine
Lyn Denend is Director for Academic Programs at Stanford Biodesign and a Lecturer in the Stanford School of Medicine. In her Biodesign role, she leads curriculum development and program execution across Stanford Biodesign’s portfolio of educational offerings. She also teaches numerous courses and is the principal author of Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies.
M. Bernardine Dias is an Associate Research Professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, primarily affiliated with the Field Robotics Center. Her research focuses on culturally appropriate computing technology that is accessible and relevant to underserved communities.
Finale Doshi-Velez is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Harvard University. Her research in machine learning, computational statistics, and data science develops methods for turning data into actionable knowledge. She is a member of the Working Group on Explanation and the Law in the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence initiative at Harvards Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. Finale received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from MIT.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Kafui is an Associate Professor at Duke University with appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurosurgery. His ultimate goal is to combine his research, medical training, and community experience to improve outcomes for diverse communities suffering from Neurological and Psychiatric illness.
Ph.D. Candidate in Microbiology and Immunobiology, Harvard Medical School
Sarah received her B.S. in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. That same year she started graduate school at Harvard Medical School, where she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in immunology and conducting research on the immune response to intracellular bacterial pathogens.
Lynn Fiellin, M.D., is an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Medicine and a practicing physician. Her research and clinical practice focus on developing models and interventions for optimizing prevention and treatment, with a specific focus on HIV and substance use disorders.
Professor of Oncology Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Matthew P. Goetz, M.D., is a researcher, professor, and clinician at the Mayo Clinic. He has been the principal investigator of several clinical trials focused on the integration of pharmacogenomics into cancer treatment and the development of novel therapeutics in this area. He currently co-leads Mayo’s Breast Cancer Genome Guided Therapy (BEAUTY) study. After receiving his medical degree from University of North Dakota, Dr. Goetz completed training in internal medicine at University of Michigan. Dr. Goetz is currently the chair of the Breast Cancer Disease-Oriented Group at Mayo, co-leader of Mayo’s Womens Cancer Program, and deputy director of the Mayo Clinic’s Breast Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE).
Sabine Hauert is a Lecturer in Robotics at the University of Bristol, where she designs swarm of nanobots for biomedical applications. Passionate about science communication, Sabine is widely covered in the media and published.