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Creating Transformative Healthcare Technologies

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  • Seminar Series
When Nov 04, 2013
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Engr. IV Bldg., Shannon Room 54-134
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Jeffrey Rogers,

Program Manager at DARPA



Advances in quantum engineering, mesoscale physics, and nonlinear dynamics offer the promise of transforming healthcare by enabling novel capabilities.  This talk will review my research in these areas and a portfolio of programs I created at DARPA to accelerate realizing this promise.  Included are a program to produce novel microsystems by engineering recently discovered mesoscale physics, an effort to manage overwhelming blood infections by cleaning a patient’s total blood volume, and a study to understand the root causes of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Particular focus will be placed on the development and use of a sensor to quantify hazardous head exposures and identify those individuals at risk for TBI.  Results from solving inverse problems to reconstruct traumatic injury events from sensor measurements are discussed, along with a more general approach to turning measurements into medically relevant information.  Future related research directions are proposed.



Jeffrey Rogers received a B.S. in Physics (1992) and an M.S. with Applied Math emphasis (1994) from Florida Atlantic University, an M.S. with Condensed Matter/Complex Systems emphasis from Emory University (1996), and a Ph.D. with Nonlinear Science emphasis from Georgia Institute of Technology (2001).  He then joined HRL Laboratories (2001-2008) where he established lab-wide efforts applying nonlinear sciences to engineering challenges,.  He later joined California Institute of Technology as faculty in Control and Dynamical Systems (2005-2008) where he focused on nanosystem dynamics.  Currently, (2008-present) Dr. Rogers is a Program Manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Dr. Rogers’s research focuses on engineering mesoscale dynamics, quantum engineering of nanoscale fabrics, nonlinear science, and translational medicine.  He created the Mesodynamics Architectures program exploiting recently discovered physics to engineer mesoscale technologies.  Examples include the first Topological Insulator based devices (i.e., a ultra low-power transistor, a programmable interconnect, and a thermoelectric), nanophotonic circuitry, and an electronic biomolecular detector.  Based on a reduced-order nonlinear model he derived, Dr. Rogers produced the first fiber laser arrays to meet key milestones for numbers of coherent sources and output power.  An example of his translational medicine research is the Blast Gauge; an individually wearable sensor which records exposure during explosive blasts and ranks the likelihood of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  He invented, led development, and managed regulatory approval of the gauge, before working with the militaries in the US and Australia to field over 200,000 devices during recent conflicts and collect and analyze the data.

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