Prof. Sandy Cochran – General Co-Chair
Sandy Cochran is Professor of Ultrasound Materials and Systems and Director of Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics in the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow. His work has a focus on devices for ultrasound applications, particularly in medical imaging and therapy and underwater SONAR. As well as his role as General Co-chair of IUS in 2019, he presently holds the office of
VP Ultrasonics in IEEE UFFC-S.
Prof. Margaret Lucas – General Co-Chair
Margaret Lucas is Professor of Ultrasonics in the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow. Her research is in power ultrasonics, where her group are working on ultrasonic device innovations and their underlying interaction mechanisms with target materials/environments in diverse applications including surgery, manufacturing, and planetary and subsea exploration.
Dr Lori Bridal – Technical Co-Chair
S. Lori Bridal is a Research Director in the French National Research Center (CNRS) at Sorbonne Université in Paris, France. She leads a team developing quantitative, multi-parametric ultrasonic assessment of tumor heterogeneity to monitor and improve targeted anti-cancer therapies.
Prof. John Hossack – Technical Co-Chair
John A. Hossack received his Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde, UK, in 1990. He continued his research at the E.L. Ginzton Laboratory at Stanford University. Thereafter, he was a design engineer and Technical Fellow at Acuson in Mountain View, CA, USA. Since 2000, he has been an Associate Professor, then Professor, of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He was named an Edlich-Henderson UVA Innovator of the Year in 2016. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE publications T-UFFC and T-BME.
Dr Mark Schafer – Finance Co-Chair
Mark Schafer is CEO and co-founder of Photosonix Medical, an early stage venture using ultrasound to treat bacterial biofilms. He is a serial entrepreneur and consultant with over 30 years of medical ultrasound industry experience. In addition to his role as Finance Co-chair of IUS in 2019, he presently holds the office of VP Finance in IEEE UFFC-S.
Dr Richard O’Leary – Finance Co-Chair
Based in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, Dr O’Leary is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Research themes include the application of novel polymer systems and processes to both piezoelectric and capacitive transducers and arrays; materials characterization; finite element modelling; non-destructive evaluation
Dr Xiaoning Jiang – Publicity Co-Chair & Student Arrangements Co-Chair
Dr. Xiaoning Jiang is a University Faculty Scholar, a Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is active in research and development on smart sensing, actuation and ultrasound transducers.
Dr Helen Mulvana – Publicity Co-Chair & Legacy/Outreach Co-Chair
Helen’s research is focused on the use of ultrasound driven contrast agent microbubbles to develop new imaging and therapy methods for earlier disease diagnosis and intervention.
Dr Vassilis Sboros – Legacy/Outreach Co-Chair
Vassilis Sboros was born in Volos, Greece in 1968. He has studied Physics (B.Sc University of Athens 1993), Medical Physics (MSc University of Aberdeen 1994) and European Film Theory (MSc University of Edinburgh 2002). He obtained his Ph.D. on ultrasound contrast imaging (University of Edinburgh 1999) and was a British Heart Foundation fellow from 2007-2011. He has investigated the physics of microbubbles and the engineering of imaging them and has published over 50 peer reviewed papers.
Dr Julien Reboud – Legacy/Outreach Co-Chair & Short Courses Co-Chair
Julien is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Glasgow. His expertise lies with the design and use of surface acoustic wave structures, with a particular focus on developing and integrating acoustofluidic systems for medical diagnostics, drug discovery and personalised therapy
Dr Bill Wright – Short Courses Co-Chair
William Wright received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Warwick and he is currently a Senior Lecturer in University College Cork. His research interests include non-contact ultrasound applications and capacitive ultrasonic transducers.
He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and an Associate Editor of Trans. UFFC.
Dr Lawrence Kessler – Exhibit Co-Chair
Lawrence (Larry) Kessler is the founder of Sonoscan Inc. (now Nordson-Sonoscan) a high-tech firm that produced the world’s first commercially available acoustic microscope in 1974. Though the broad applications of this technique include NDT and biomedical research Sonoscan has mostly specialized in the reliability and quality control of microelectronic and semiconductor devices.
Dr. Kessler received his BSEE from Purdue (1964) and his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1968). He was employed as a research scientist by Zenith Radio Corporation from 1968 – 73 where he developed new methods of ultrasonic visualization. Dr. Kessler has authored more than 150 technical papers and holds 20 patents in the area of ultrasonic imaging system technology and applications. He is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and a distinguished alumnus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Purdue University. He is past president of the IEEE Ultrasonics and Ferroelectrics Society where he also served as a Distinguished Lecturer. He has been on the organizing committee for the Ultrasonics Symposium for many years and Co-Chaired past meetings in Chicago and Milwaukee.
Dr Andrew Mathieson – Exhibit Co-Chair
Andrew was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1984. He commenced his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Glasgow in 2002 before graduating with a Masters of Engineering (MEng) in 2007. He remained at the University of Glasgow, where he joined the Ultrasonics group to investigate the nonlinear responses of ultrasonic surgical devices. He graduated with his PhD degree in 2012, winning the Dr Alan Stirling Brown prize for his research. Andrew then remained at the University of Glasgow as post graduate researcher, working on a multiple institution EPSRC funded project which investigated the development of a novel ultrasonic biopsy needle based on Mn-doped ternary piezocrystal for recovering bone samples. Since 2016 Andrew has worked for the Maritime Mission Systems business line within Thales UK. His research interests the development of novel ultrasonic transducers and the integration of novel transduction materials these devices.
Dr Paul Prentice – Web/App Co-Chair
Paul holds a degree in physics from Queen’s University Belfast, and a PhD from the University of Dundee. Currently, he is PI of the cavitation laboratory and lecturer at the University of Glasgow. His research aims to generate a fundamental understanding of acoustic cavitation, for refinement and optimisation of applications.
Mr Srinath Rajagopal – Web/App Co-Chair
Srinath joined National Physical Laboratory, UK in 2007. He is a senior scientist in Ultrasound and Underwater Acoustics group, and leads the development and provision of traceable ultrasound pressure standards and its dissemination to the end user as part of National Measurement System. He was previously at Precision Acoustics Ltd.
Prof. Anthony Gachagan – Local Arrangements Co-Chair
Prof Anthony Gachagan is the Director of the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering, at the University of Strathclyde, and has worked in the field of ultrasound for over 26 years. His research interests encompass ultrasonic transducers, array imaging processing, high power ultrasound systems, NDT, in-process inspection and automation of sensor systems.
Dr David Hughes – Local Arrangements Co-Chair
Dr Dave Hughes is the founder and CTO of novosound, a ultrasound sensors startup from Scotland. Novosound push the limits of ultrasonic imaging and measurement with a novel manufacturing method for cost effective, high resolution, printable sensors. Dr Hughes has over 10 years of ultrasound research experience, primarily focused on high resolution imaging of biomedical targets (soft and hard tissues). He has carried out commercialisation projects including biomedical, industrial inspection and wearable applications of ultrasound. Most recently, novosound won Scotland’s Converge Challenge competition and completed a seed round investment to spin-out from the University of the West of Scotland.
Prof. Steve Freear – Proceedings Co-Chair
Prof. Steven Freear leads the Leeds Ultrasound Group which specialises in biomedical and industrial ultrasonics. Prior to academia, he worked as a medical ultrasonic system designer. He is Editor-in-Chief (2013-2018) for the IEEE Transactions on UFFC. Research expertise includes system design for both diagnostic and therapeutic biomedical ultrasonics.
Prof. Peter Hoskins – Proceedings Co-Chair
BA, MSc, PhD, DSc, PGCert, FIPEM, FInstP, FHEA. Graduated Oxford University 1980. Prof Medical Physics and Biomechanics at Edinburgh University 2012-present. Research interests; ultrasound, patient specific modelling, elastography, phantoms (140 papers, Scopus h-index 30). Board member BMUS 2010-14, IPEM 2014-17. Lead author: ‘Diagnostic Ultrasound: Physics and Equipment’ (CUP 2010); ‘Cardiovascular Biomechanics’ (Springer 2017), ‘Academic Practice’ (IPEM 2017).
Prof. Zhihong Huang – Student Arrangements Co-Chair
Professor Huang graduated with a BSc in instrumentation from Tianjin University, China and a PhD in mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow. She joined Dundee in 2002 as a lecturer in mechanical engineering, she leads a wide range of activities in biomedical engineering and medical imaging. Over the past 15 years, Zhihong have built experiences in vibration analysis, Robotics, complex material forming, dynamic modelling and simulation and high power ultrasonics, incorporating tissue mimicking phantom fabrication and characterization; 3D reconstruction of human anatomy and simulation. She particularly interested in cross-disciplinary research in the field of biomedical engineering. She has initiated and built a substantial cross-college research group in medical ultrasound and photonics, utilised acoustics and optics as tools to understand and explore the mechanisms of tissue response, which in turn support my new research initiatives on tissue characterization and interventional medical devices. Uniquely, at an international level, she developed a method to combine ultrasound and photonics to investigate the underlying, common physical mechanisms in three diverse areas: ultrasound and photonics instrumentation for ultrasonic surgical tool design and characterization; sono- and optical- elastography for medical diagnosis; and image guided and robotic assisted interventions. In collaboration with colleagues in healthcare services as well as major medical device companies. She published many papers in leading peer reviewed journals and patents. The technologies developed in engineering and optics are well recognised to have great potential for translation into the clinical environment to advance diagnosis and treatment of such as diabetes and cancer.
Dr Paul Reynolds – IUS 2020 General Co-Chair
Dr Paul Reynolds earned his B.Eng. in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland in 1994 and his Ph.D. in 1998 from the same university, for research into the finite element modelling of piezoelectric ultrasonic transducers and their applications. In 1999 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO, before joining Weidlinger Associates Inc. as a Senior Research Engineer. He has held various industrial roles subsequently and is now a multi-disciplinary engineer with experience developing sensor, actuator, MEMS, and wireless power devices. Recognized internationally as a leader in piezoelectric, electrostatic, and ultrasound/acoustic systems, he has experience in hardware and software development. He is the President Elect of the IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society and will be General Co-Chair of the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium in Las Vegas in 2020.
Dr Scott Smith – IUS 2020 General Co-Chair
Scott Smith is a physicist with GE Global Research where he has developed phased array probes for medical ultrasound. Recently Dr. Smith led projects on adaptive acoustics and novel probe materials and fabrication methods. He is an IEEE Fellow and will serve as General Co-Chair of the 2020 Ultrasonics Symposium.
Jessica Liu Strohmann – Industry Engagement
Jessica Liu Strohmann received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is currently Senior Staff Engineer at Qualcomm multimedia R&D. Dr. Strohmann is an IEEE senior member and IEEE UFFC Transaction Associate Editor-in-Chief. She has extensive experience in: miniaturized system design and integration, novel acoustics/ultrasonic transducer and system design as well as biomaterials and micromachined imaging systems. She has been working in several high-tech companies in the Bay Area leading cutting-edge projects. Her work has been three times selected as the “Inventions of the Year” by “Popular Science” (in 2009, 2010 and 2016) and her designs have reached millions of end users. Dr. Strohmann has published numerous articles in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Her research has led to 20+ US and international patent applications. Her current research interests include emerging ultrasound imaging techniques, MEMs-based transducers for industrial applications and numerical multi-physics modeling. She serves on the IEEE IUS 2019 Organizing Committee as an industrial liaison and will be the Diversity and Inclusion chair for the 2020 symposium.S.