July 12 – July 23, 2010 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Venue: Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL)
Advances in informatics, nanotechnology, and deeper understanding of biological systems have provided new opportunities to make fundamental advances in sensing and dynamic control of engineered systems. BioSensing-BioActuation (BSBA) is a developing new research frontier that will profoundly impact both engineering and biological sciences in sensing/actuation science and technologies, and could has the potential for bringing a paradigm shift in engineering and biological research by creating new, truly cross-disciplinary research methodologies. BSBA refers to an emergent research area that aims at developing novel bio-derived and bio-inspired sensing/actuation technologies based on the fundamental understanding of biological systems. It is highly interdisciplinary by nature, drawing expertise from biology, engineering, computer science, materials science, and mathematics.
Scott attended Indiana University and received his Bachelors Degree in Psychology in
1989. He spent the next 9 years working in retail management for T.I.S. College
bookstores. Realizing that it was the study of biology, not retail management, that
fascinated him he returned to the academic sphere in 1998. His graduate research on the
development of the Drosophila nervous system lead us to a deeper understanding of the
mechanical influence on chemical signaling between neurons and other cells. Scott
received his PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology in 2006 from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Swimming, biking and video gaming are things that Scott
enjoys in his "spare time", a time that is more illusory with each passing year.