J. Bruce Elliott-Litchfield is assistant dean in Undergraduate Programs in Engineering. He advises students and directs the Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, the iFoundry Illinois Engineering First-year Experience, the Learning in Community program, and the Creativity, Innovation, and Vision course suite. He is faculty advisor for Engineers Without Borders and conducts research on what students learn via international service projects and how students learn to enhance creativity. An Illinois alumnus, he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, worked in industry for four years, and earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in agricultural and biochemical engineering at Purdue University. Since 1986, he has been on the faculty at the University of Illinois, where he is a professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
David E. Goldberg, best known as a leader in the field of genetic algorithms and evolutionary computation, is the Jerry S. Dobrovolny Distinguished Professor in Entrepreneurial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and co-director and co-founder of the Illinois Foundry for Innovation in Engineering Education. He is also co-founder and chief scientist of ShareThis Inc., a web2.0 startup. Trained as a civil engineer at the University of Michigan, where he earned his B.S.E. and took his Ph.D. in 1983, Dr. Goldberg has held positions at Michigan, Alabama, and Illinois. Founder and decade-long business committee member for the largest, highest quality conference in genetic and evolutionary computation, he is founding co-chair of the Workshop on Philosophy and Engineering (2007, TUDelft; 2008, Royal Academy of Engineering) and the 2010 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology (Colorado School of Mines). His widely acclaimed text, Genetic Algorithms in Search, Organization, and Machine Learning (1989) is the 10th-most cited reference on Google Scholar, and his h-index places him among the most cited engineers and computer scientists in the world.
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