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Ajay Anand

Ajay Anand

Ajay Anand currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Goergen Data Science Institute where he is responsible for managing the data science education program and identifying opportunities for expanding curriculum offerings. Ajay leads the capstone and practicum courses by working with industry partners for support.

Ajay has more than 12 years’ experience at Carestream Health and Philips Research, working as a senior research scientist and technical project leader in the area of medical ultrasound and biomedical signal processing. He is a co-inventor on more than 25 patent applications, and has co-authored more than 35 journal articles and conference proceedings. His technical interests are in time-series analysis, physical model-based predictive analysis, and biomedical data analytics.

Ajay earned his PhD and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Washington, and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas.


Robert Clark

Robert Clark

Robert Clark is the provost and senior vice president for research at the University of Rochester. He earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA, and joined Duke University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science in 1992.

He is an expert in the science of acoustics, dynamic systems, applied control and bio-nano-manufacturing. His work in these areas has led to over 130 journal publications and earned him awards such as the Lindsey Award of the Acoustical Society of America, the National Science Foundation Career Program Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, and the NASA Group Achievement Award.

He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Acoustical Society of America, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Gloria Culver

Gloria Culver

Gloria Culver is the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. In this role, she handles matters relating to 18 departments and 12 programs covering the areas of arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural and physical sciences. She is involved in the recruitment and review of faculty in tenure-track and non-tenure track positions, and strategic and budget planning.

Culver received her BA in biology from Ithaca College in 1988, and her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Rochester in 1994. Before joining the Rochester faculty in 2007, she was an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology at Iowa State University. She has served as chair of the Rochester biology department since 2010.

Culver’s research centers on the assembly of ribosomal machinery essential for the growth of all cells. Her research has received funding from NIH, the American Cancer Society, and NSF.

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Stephen Dewhurst

Stephen Dewhurst

Stephen Dewhurst is vice dean for research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD), dean's professor, and chair of the microbiology and immunology department. He has been a member of the University’s faculty since 1990, and served as senior associate dean for basic research at SMD from 2007 to 2009. He is a molecular virologist, with more than 20 years of experience in HIV/AIDS research. He also founded and directs the the UR’s NIH-funded Rochester Partnership for Research and Academic Career Training of Deaf Postdoctoral Scholars. He has extensive experience with graduate teaching and mentoring, and received the University’s William H. Riker Award for Graduate Education in 2008.

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Wendi Heinzelman

Wendi Heinzelman

Wendi Heinzelman is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester, and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Computer Science. She also serves as the dean of the Hajim School of Engineering at the University of Rochester. Heinzelman received a BS degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1995 and MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT in 1997 and 2000. Her current research interests lie in the area of wireless communications and networking, mobile computing, and multimedia communication. Heinzelman is a member of Networking Networking Women (N^2 Women) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a distinguished scientist of ACM Sigmobile, and a senior member of the IEEE Communications Society and the IEEE Signal Processing Society.

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Walt Johnson

Walt Johnson

Dr. Johnson is the Executive Director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Data Science and the Rochester Data Science Consortium (RDSC). He was Vice President of the Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC), managing their Intelligent Systems Laboratory in Palo Alto until 2014, when he moved to Rochester to integrate Xerox’s Webster Research Center into PARC. Previously, Dr. Johnson served as Senior Vice President of Operations at SkyGrid, Inc., a real-time financial news analytics startup, and as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Uppercase, Inc., a tablet PC startup acquired by Microsoft in a $45M transaction. He was a scientist in PARC's groundbreaking Human-Computer Interaction group, where he specialized in intelligent interfaces for mobile and ubiquitous computing applications. His work on an embedded document application environments for multifunction devices led to the creation of a special enterprise-level division of Xerox, for which he received the Xerox President’s Award and the PARC Excellence in Science and Technology award. He also served as the Vice President of Strategic Operations at 12 Entrepreneuring, a business incubator in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Johnson holds 15 United States patents. He obtained his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, and his BA and MA degrees from the University of Arizona.


Mujdat Cetin

Mujdat Cetin

Mujdat Cetin is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Robin and Tim Wentworth Director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science at the University of Rochester. He is also serving as the Director of the New York State Center of Excellence in Data Science. Previously he served as a faculty member at Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, and as a Research Scientist at MIT. He also held visiting faculty positions at MIT, Northeastern University, and Boston University.

Dr. Cetin received his BS in electrical engineering from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1993, an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Salford, Manchester UK in 1995, and a PhD in electrical engineering from Boston University, Boston, MA in 2001.

Dr. Cetin has received several awards, including the IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award, the EURASIP/Elsevier Signal Processing Best Paper Award, the IET Radar, Sonar and Navigation Premium Award, and the Turkish Academy of Sciences Distinguished Young Scientist Award.

Dr. Cetin is a Fellow of the IEEE and served as a member of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Technical Directions Board and as the Chair of the IEEE Computational Imaging Technical Committee. He is currently a Senior Area Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging and the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing. He is also Associate Editor for the SIAM Journal on Imaging Sciences. 

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Richard Waugh

Richard Waugh

Waugh joined the Rochester faculty in 1980, beginning a 35-plus-year tenure as a teacher, researcher, and administrator. The founding chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, he is credited with overseeing the launch of what is now one of Rochester’s fastest-growing and most popular majors. As a scientist, he has been widely recognized for his study of cell and membrane mechanics and the structural basis for the mechanical behavior of cells and membranes.

Since 2013, he has served in University leadership roles, helping to expand research initiatives and funding, and building Rochester’s status as a research institution among the nation’s universities.

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