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szeto

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Name: Andrew Y.J. Szeto
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Phone: (619) 594-5723
Office: E-410
E-mail: andrew.szeto@sdsu.edu





Dr. Andrew Y.J. Szeto, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has research interests in electrocutaneous stimulation, rehabilitation engineering, and biomedical engineering. He has supervised federally funded projects that applied appropriate technology to individuals with various disabilities and provided transdisciplinary training in the emerging field of Assistive Technology. Szeto has been involved in studying mechanisms that underlie the speed of information processing that is presented to the tactile sense by means of mild electrical pulses. The potential application of this work lies in the design of better assistive devices that utilize the sense of touch for communicating important environmental information to persons who have significant sensory impairments. He has supervised 14 theses, a number of research projects in rehabilitation engineering, and design projects in assistive technology. He has published over 50 full-length articles and over 60 conference papers and abstracts. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.. Interview with EEWeb

Courses Taught

EE798 - Assistive Technology Projects
EE530 - Analog Integrated Circuit Design
EE503 - Biomedical Instrumentation
EE502 - Electronic Devices in Rehabilitation
EE499 - Special Study in Rehabilitation Technology
EE499 - Special Study Senior Project
EE430 - Analysis & Design of Electronic Circuits
EE330L - Fundamentals of Electronics Lab


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1997 - 2001: Chair, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, San Diego State University

1987 - now: Professor, Dept. Of Electrical & Computer Engineering, San Diego State University

1983 - 1987: Associate Professor, Dept. Of Electrical & Computer Engineering, San Diego State University

1982 - 1983: Director of Neurological Products R & D, La Jolla Technology, Inc., San Diego, CA. 92121

1980 - 1982: Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. 71272

1977 - 1980: Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech Univ.

Summer 1984: Faculty Research Fellow, Naval Personnel Research & Development Center, Point Loma, CA.


ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE


1997 - 2001: Chair, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, San Diego State University, San Diego, California 92182-1309

1987 - now: Professor (& Graduate Advisor '88-'92), Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, San Diego State University, San Diego, California 92182-1309

1983 - 1987: Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, SDSU

1980 - 1982: Associate Professor (tenured), Department of Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. 71272

1977 - 1980: Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. 71272

Summer of 1978: Visiting Scholar, UCLA Biotechnology Laboratory, Consultant on NIH sponsored research on electrocutaneous stimulation

1975 - 1977: Post doctoral scholar and research assistant, UCLA Biotechnology Laboratory



INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE

Jan '10 - Nov. '10: Senior Electrical Engineer (full-time), sabbatical at Northrop Grumman Corp, San Diego, CA

June '01 - Jan. '02: Analog Design Scientist, Tanner Research, Pasadena, CA.

July '82 - May '83: Director of Neurological Products Research and Development, La Jolla Technology, Inc., San Diego, CA. 92121

Summer of 1984: Faculty Research Fellow, Naval Personnel Research & Development Center, in Point Loma, CA.

Summers of Member of Technical Staff, Hughes Aircraft Company, Canoga Park, CA.
1969 - 1972:


EDUCATION

1974 - 1977: University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. in Man-Machine Systems & Bioengineering

1973 - 1974: University of California, Berkeley, M. Engr. in Electrical Engineering

1971 - 1973: University of California, Berkeley, M.S. in Bioelectronics

1967 - 1971: University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. Engineering (Magna Cum Laude)


HONORS AND RECOGNITIONS (since 1985)

Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engeering, March 2002
IEEE Fellow "for contributions to Rehabilitation Engineering", 2002.
IEEE Millennium Medal 2000
Elected President-Elect (1999), President (2000), and Past-President (2001), IEEE/EMB Society
Elected the Vice President for Financial Planning, IEEE/EMB Society, 1997-98.
TRW Excellence in Teaching Award, SDSU, June 1997.
Distinguished Lecturer, The Hong Kong Institute of Engineers, Biomedical Division, 6/96
Awarded Performance Salary Step Increase, SDSU, 2/96
Centennial Certificate for Exceptional Contribution to ASEE, 1993
1993 General Conference Chairman, IEEE/EMBS Society.
SDSU Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award, '86 & '89.
Listed in Who's Who in the World.
Listed in Who's Who in America.
Listed in Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology, 2nd ed, '86
Senior Member of IEEE, July 23, 1985.


PROFESSIONAL AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES (partial listing)

Guest Editor, IEEE Engr. in Medicine & Biology Magazine, "Therapeutic Uses of Electrical Stimulation," 1983.
Chair, IEEE/EMB Society San Diego Chapter, 1983 & 1984.
IEEE/EMBS Awards Committee 1984-86 & 1990.
Peer Reviewer, US Dept. of Ed., National Institute for Disability & Rehabilitation Research, and NSF, 1984-99
Consultant for Neuro-electric Stimulation, La Jolla Technology, Inc., 1984-86.
Newsletter Editor, American Society for Engineering Education, Biomedical Engr. Division, 1984-85 and 1985-86.
IEEE 3-Day Workshop on "Teaching EE Design," Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI., Aug'90.
Associate Editor, IEEE Engr. in Medicine & Biology Magazine, 1995-99
Invited Distinguished Lecturer, International BME Conference, Hong Kong, 1996.
Member of IEEE/EMBS ADCOM, 1996-98
V.P. for Financial Planning, IEEE/EMBS, 1997 & 1998
IEEE Technical Activities Board, 1999 & 2000.


PARTICIPATION IN SCIENTIFIC/PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES (since 1988)

International Conf. Assoc. for the Advancement of Rehabilitation
Technology Montreal, CANADA, June'88.
10th Annual Conference of IEEE/EMBS, New Orleans, LA., Nov '88.
11th Annual Conference of IEEE/EMBS, Seattle, WA., Nov '89.
5th Conf. on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, Los Angeles, Mar '90.
12th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Philadelphia, PA., Nov.'90
14th Annual Conference of RESNA, Kansas City, MO, June 1991.
13th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Orlando, FL., Oct.'91
14th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Paris, France, Oct.'92
13th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Orlando, FL., Oct.'91.
14th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Paris, France, Oct.'92.
15th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, San Diego, CA., Oct.'93.
ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June '94.
16th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Baltimore, MD., Nov.'94.
10th Conf. on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, Los Angeles, CA., Mar.'95.
ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Anaheim, CA., June '95.
17th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Nov.'95.
11th Conf. on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, Los Angeles, CA., Mar.'96.
18th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Amsterdam, HOLLAND, Nov.'96
12th Conf. on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, Los Angeles, CA., Mar.'97.
19th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Chicago, IL, Nov.'97
20th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Hong Kong, Nov.'98
National Electrical Engineering Dept. Heads Association Meeting, Oahu, HI. Mar.98
National Electrical Engineering Dept. Heads Association Meeting, Destin, FL. Mar.99
21st Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS and 1st Joint meeting of BMES/EMBS, Atlanta, Oct.'99
Chinese Conference on Biomedical Engineering , Invited Speaker, Nanjing, People's Republic of China, Nov.'99
World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Chicago, IL. July '00
10th Annual Meeting of the American Inst. for Medical & Biological Engineering, Wash DC, Mar'01
National Electrical Engineering Dept. Heads Association Meeting, San Diego, CA. Mar '01
Invited lecturer, NSF Workshop on Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities, Wash DC, June'01
23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Istanbul, Turkey, Nov. '01
2nd Joint International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS and BMES, Houston, Oct.'02
25th Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, Cancun, Mexico, Sep. ‘03
26th Annual International Conference of IEEE/EMBS, San Francisco, CA. Sep. ‘04
27th Annual Internaltional Conference of IEEE/EMBS, Shanghai, China, Sep. ‘05 29th Annual Internaltional Conference of IEEE/EMBS, Lyon, France, Aug. ‘07
17th Conf. on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, San Diego, CA., Mar.'12
33rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE/EMBS, San Diego, CA. USA, Sep. 12
18th Conf. on Technology and Persons with Disabilities, San Diego, CA., Mar.'13  


GRANT SUPPORT

"Senior Design Projects Developing Assistive Technology at SDSU", NSF BES Division, 9/07-8/10 (Co-PI with Karen May-Newman)

"Mini-Symposia at 20th IEEE/EMBS Annual International Conference," NSF Bioengineering Division, 7/98-6/99.

"TRANS-TRAIN: Transdisciplinary Training of Rehabilitation Personnel in Assistive Technology," U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation (with Pumpian), 9/94-8/97.

"Applications of Technology -- A Community Model," US Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation (with Pumpian), 10/93-12/97.

"Applications of Technology -- A Multidisciplinary Consortium and Service Delivery Model," US Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation (with Pumpian), 10/90-9/93.

"Applications of Technology to Enhance Quality of Life: A Multidisciplinary Consortium Approach," US Dept. of Education, Off. of Special Education and Rehabilitation (with Pumpian), 8/90-7/93.

"Computer-aided Quantification of Tactile Information Processing Speed," SDSU Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award, 1991-92.

"Application of Technological Devices for the Enhancement of Cognitive Performance and Communication in Prelingual Deaf-Blind Children," US Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation (with K. Christensen), 10/87-9/90.

"Evaluation of Audible Pedestrian Traffic Signals," US Dept. of Education (with SANDAG), 9/87-8/88.

"Application of Technology to Enhance Employability of Severely Communicatively Impaired Individuals", US Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation (with E. J. Allen), 10/84-9/87.

SDSU Grant-in-Aid Program, "Tactile Information Processing Speed," 1984-87, and 1991-92.

SDSU Biomedical Research Support Grant-in-aid, 1985-86 and 1991-92.

NSF grant "Comparison of Electrocutaneous Code Pairs for Sensory Feedback," ENG 7908197, 1978-80.


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