New faculty announcements

Sarah Swisher joins as an assistant professor in fall 2015. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her master’s degree. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. As part of her graduate research, she designed and built a flexible electronic device that uses impedance spectroscopy to provide early detection of pressure sores in patients. Before embarking on her graduate level studies, Sarah worked for Garmin International, Inc. as a design engineer for GPS based bicycle computers. Sarah’s expertise lies in materials for biocompatible and bioresorbable electronic materials.

Mehmet Akcakaya joins in fall 2015 as an Assistant Professor. He received his graduate degrees from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from McGill University in Montreal. He has previously worked as a postdoctoral research fellow, and is currently an instructor in medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School. Mehmet’s expertise is in biomedical imaging with a particular emphasis in magnetic resonance imaging. He expects to work closely with the researchers at the University’s Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR).
David Orser joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as a Lab Coordinator. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Minnesota State University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota. He has extensive experience teaching coursework here and at Minnesota State University, and working in industry.