3 Purdue Profs Elected
Fellows of National
Academy of Inventors
Three Purdue University professors
have been named fellows of the National
Academy of Inventors. They are Charles
A. Bouman, the Showalter Professor of
Electrical and Computer Engineering
and Biomedical Engineering; Sherry L.
Harbin, a professor of biomedical engineering and basic medical sciences; and
Alyssa Panitch, vice provost for faculty
affairs and the Leslie A. Geddes Professor
of Biomedical Engineering.
Bouman’s research is on statistical
signal and image processing in applications ranging from medical to scientific
and consumer imaging. His research
resulted in the first
commercial model-based iterative
(MBIR) system for
its potential for
named winner of the
Award for Purdue
Faculty. She has 96
patents from her
and has recently
founded GeniPhys, a
life sciences company commercializing
focuses on designing biomimetic and
for drug delivery
medicine. She has
successful startup companies and was the
first faculty entrepreneur-in-residence at
Discovery Park’s Burton D. Morgan Center
for Entrepreneurship from 2010-2012.
Serendipity Fundamental to Faculty Fellow’s Career
Serendipity is not only essential to scientific discovery; it has also been fundamental
to Ernesto Marinero’s career.
As an El Salvadoran youngster, Marinero was given a popular science book for his
11th birthday, “Energy,” published by Time-Life. “My life’s pursuit of figuring out
how things work and are often interconnected was ignited as I read that memorable
book,” he says.
Inspired to pursue a career as a physicist, Marinero won a scholarship to study in
Europe and chose Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, selecting a maturing solid state physics research program where industry giants worked alongside
career academics. After completion of his PhD work on laser-induced transformations in matter, Marinero then headed to one of Germany’s most prestigious
research organizations, the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, where he invented
and co-developed pioneer laser picosecond devices for spectroscopic and photochemical applications..
After earning his first patent, Marinero met his future mentor at Stanford University,
Professor Richard N. Zare, at a conference. Their common interest in the utilization of laser techniques to study the most fundamental chemical reaction: H+H2
H+ H2 led to Marinero moving to to California, where he established a research
program that measured for the first time the quantum states of the reaction products. This program has kept Stanford students busy for more than three decades now.
In the mid 1980s, Marinero moved to Silicon Valley, where he worked at the IBM
Almaden Research Center, considered one of the best industrial labs in the world at
the time. His expertise in information storage made him invaluable to Hitachi when
it purchased IBM’s magnetic storage technology division in 2003. At Hitachi, Marinero continued his research on the synthesis of nanostructured materials and nanoscale
device fabrication, including graphene-based materials and spintronics devices.
Ultimately, happenstance led him in 2010 to reconnect with Timothy Sands, a former
collaborator at UC Berkeley and Bellcore. Fast forward to 2016, and Marinero, who
has now been at Purdue for three years, is using his unique blend of basic research,
applied research and entrepreneurial experiences to advise students and faculty.
“Since this university’s founding, Purdue has always had a societal impact, but we
are now taking entrepreneurship to a new level,” says Marinero of such initiatives as
the Deliberate Innovation for Faculty Fellows program, a program that he helped to
create to provide guidance to Purdue innovators and entrepreneurs.
Marinero brings his nanomaterials, materials engineering and manufacturing expertise to the team, along with a passion for working with students. “I’m a big believer
that this whole thing has to begin with undergraduates,” he says. “One of my life’s
ambitions is to help new generations of engineers and scientists at home and abroad
to share that unique privilege and joy of invention.”
Faculty Profiles and Awards
Charles A. Bouman