David Orser received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN, USA in 2000, his M.S. degree and his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA in 2007 and 2014 respectively. He is an assistant teaching professor at the University of Minnesota, where his focus is teaching circuits, IoT, and power electronics. He has worked in the high-speed analog IC design industry for IBM and Broadcom for over ten years. He holds five US patents, several publications, and has circuits in over a billion chips around the world. His current research interests include laboratory teaching pedagogy, matrix converters in electric drives, and the application of power electronics in HVDC power systems.
Prof. Kia Bazargan is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Has has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters related to FPGAs and VLSI computer-aided design. He received his Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Sharif University, Tehran, Iran, and the MS and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 1998 and 2000, respectively. He has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on CAD of Integrated Circuits and Systems, and as a guest coeditor of the ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems Special Issue on Dynamically Adaptable Embedded Systems. He has served on the technical program committee of a number of IEEE/ACM sponsored conferences (e.g., Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), Field Programmable Logic (FPL), Design Automation Conference (DAC), International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD), and Asia and South Pacific DAC). He served as the program chair of the FPGA'18 and the general chair of the FPGA'19 conference. He has received a US National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award.
John Sartori received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering, computer science, and mathematics from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His research focuses on computer architecture, computer aided design, embedded systems, and algorithm development, especially focused on energy-efficient computing, high-performance computing, stochastic computing, and application-aware design and architecture methodologies. John's research has been recognized by multiple best paper awards, an NSF CAREER award, and has been the subject of several keynote talks and invited plenary lectures. His work has been chosen to be the cover feature for popular media sources such as BBC News and HPCWire, and has also been covered extensively by scientific press outlets such as the IEEE Spectrum, IEEE Micro, and the Engineering and Technology Magazine.
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