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Technical Achievement

 Seth Wolpert 2013 Technical Achievement

Dr. Seth Wolpert has been selected by the Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council to receive the 2013 Technical Achievement Award. Seth is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is employed with Penn State Harrisburg.

Seth Wolpert was born on June 18, 1956, in Memphis, Tennessee.  He attended secondary school on Philadelphia's Main Line, and graduated from high school in Palo Alto, California.  He attended Rutgers University as an undergraduate, pursuing a BA in Biology, and a BSEE with Biomedical and Computer options, graduating in 1979.  He then went to work with Texas Instruments' MOS Memory group, where he designed 16K Static RAM ICs.  In 1983, he returned to graduate school at Rutgers College of Engineering, where he pursued a Ph.D. in bioengineering in a joint program with the Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine.  His dissertation topic was a custom VLSI Neuromimetic circuit.  Upon graduation, he joined the faculty in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maine in Orono, where he taught courses in analog and digital electronics, bioengineering, and VLSI design.  There, he conducted NSF-funded research in IC-Based models of neural circuits and neural processes. 

In 1995, he joined the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology at Penn State – Harrisburg.  There, he has taught courses in analog and digital electronics, circuit analysis, artificial neural networks, semiconductor devices, IC design, bioengineering, microprocessors, and mathematics.  He continues to conduct research on modeling neural circuits and processes, as well as bioinstrumentation in association with faculty from the Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine.  In the area of service, Dr. Wolpert has served on review panels for NSF, IEEE, RESNA, and Capital College Research Council.  He has also served the College as Chair of the Faculty Senate, co-chair of the Diversity and Equity in Education Committee, and member of Promotion and Tenure committees, curriculum committees, faculty and staff search committees, and many others.  In terms of outreach, he has participated in NSF-REU programs, the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program, Minority Introduction to Engineering, Penn State-Harrisburg Kids' Kollege, Milton Hershey School Summer Academy, FE exam review, first-year student advising, Phoenix Contact's EduNET program, MOSIS, The Center for Excellence in Signal Integrity, and numerous presentations to local industry.  He has also taught as a Visiting Professor at Bucknell University.  To date, Dr. Wolpert has received over 20 grants for research and education, and published over 45 papers in journals, books, and conference proceedings.  He has served on 42 masters and 4 doctoral thesis committees.  He has chaired two IEEE regional conferences, and chaired sessions at numerous regional and international conferences in bioengineering and artificial neural networks.  He holds one patent and an FCC technician class license, and enjoys electronics, audio, and auto mechanics in his spare time.  He is married, and has two children, both of whom attend Penn State University.


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