Three University of Utah professors, a recent Ph.D. graduate, and three graduate students will represent the department of bioengineering at an international workshop on micromachining Wednesday through Saturday in Nara, Japan.
Dr. Stephen C. Jacobsen, director of the Center for Engineering Design, and Dr. Richard A. Normann, director of the Artificial Vision Program, will head the Utah delegation to the four-day conference. Jacobsen is professor of mechanical engineering and research professor of bioengineering. Normann is professor of bioengineering.The seven Utahns will attend the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' fourth workshop on microelectromechanical systems. The workshop is titled, "An Investigation of Micro Structures, Sensors, Actuators, Machines and Robots."
Other members of the Utah group are Dr. Jonn E. Wood, associate professor of bioengineering; Dr. Patrick K. Campbell, a recent Ph.D. graduate in bioengineering; Kelly E. Jones, a bioengineering graduate student and assistant to Normann in artificial vision research; and two other bioengineering graduate students, David L. Wells and Clark C. Davis.
The international conference will focus on micromachining, a futuristic technique for creating ultra-small structures and systems.
Jacobsen and Wood, associate director of CED, are two of the three developers of the microelectromechanical wobble motor, which received the College of Engineering's 1990 Patent-of-the-Year Award. Jacobsen is an internationally recognized inventor in the fields of robotics, micromechanical systems and biomedical devices.
In addition to his pioneering work in artificial vision and his professorship in bioengineering, Normann holds faculty appointments in opthalmology and physiology. His research has a long-term goal of developing a system to provide a limited but useful sense of vision to the blind through direct electrical stimulation of the visual part of their brain.