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Richard Ziolkowski with Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
The American Physical Society has named Litton Industries John M. Leonis Distinguished Professor in electrical and computer engineering Richard W. Ziolkowski one of its 2016 fellows.

A physics-trained professor of electrical engineering who researches and develops antennas for medical implants, space communications and more, Ziolkowski sees the fellowship as a return to form.

“Because all my degrees are in physics, the APS fellowship makes me feel I’ve come full circle,” said Ziolkowski, who became a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 1994 and of the Optical Society of America in 2006.


Photo: Ziolkowski, right, said it was a joy meeting Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, left, when he received an honorary doctorate from Technical University of Denmark in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Technical University of Denmark)

Jerzy RozenblitJerzy Rozenblit, University Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering and Raymond J. Oglethorpe Endowed Chair at the University of Arizona, describes the complexities of his computer-assisted surgical training, or CAST, system on the Oct. 21 episode of the Arizona Science radio show

In the five-minute interview, he explains the unexpected inspiration for the augmented reality representation of the operating field and the sophisticated mathematical methods required to provide those visual cues.

Rozenblit also discusses his plans for his upcoming trip to Poland as a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar.

Jerzy Rozenblit demonstrates his Computer-Aided Surgical Trainer.

With $1.9 million from the National Science Foundation, University of Arizona Distinguished Professor and Raymond J. Oglethorpe Endowed Chair Jerzy Rozenblit is developing and testing a training device that reduces surgical errors by giving surgeons a better grasp of noninvasive surgical techniques.

The Computer-Aided Surgical Trainer system will be the first to provide haptic guidance and augmented reality images for trainees when directly manipulating surgical instruments.

Under the leadership of co-principal investigator Allan Hamilton, who holds an ECE joint appointment, the CAST system will also make its way into classrooms in the UA College of Medicine - Tucson for a pilot clinical training study.

Raymond Kostuk exhibits the bench-top VHIS in his lab; image courtesy of Taylor Hudson/Tech Launch ArizonaProfessor Raymond Kostuk has co-created a novel method and device for the detection and diagnosis of ovarian cancer, based on a modular volume holographic imaging system.

The VHIS approach can lead to sophisticated, low-cost medical instruments for identifying cancerous tissue at an early age.

His co-investigator on the project is professor Jennifer Barton of the UA department of biomedical engineering and BIO5 Institute.

The technology is now available for licensing through Tech Launch Arizona.

Photo courtesy of Taylor Hudson/Tech Launch Arizona 

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