Warren E. Finn, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Medical Physiology in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology in the Biomedical Sciences Program at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences. Dr. Finn earned his Baccalaureate and Masters of Science degrees in zoology at University of Wisconsin. In addition, he earned his Ph.D. in the biological sciences, physiology from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Dr. Finn teaches medical and graduate students in the fields of cellular, molecular and integrative neurophysiology. His research interests are in the areas of cell culturing and the electrophys-iology of retinal neurons. He co-coordinates with Dr. LoPresti the Artificial Vision Project, a multidisciplinary research program studying vision neuroprosthetics. This project provides research training for students in medicine, biomedical sciences, and electrical engineering. Dr. Finn has worked on various bioengineering projects, such as the biophysics of hypothermia as a treatment for cerebral ischemia, the activation of sensory neurons in myocardial ischemia, and the electrophysiology of amblyopic eye disease. With Dr. LoPresti, he has authored studies on animal models for the development of retinal pros-theses reported at various IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual International Conferences. Dr. Finn contributed three chapters to the Handbook of Endocrinology, published by CRC Press. He is an active participant in policy and strategic planning in biomedical engineering through his activities in the development of intellectual property policies and technology transfer.
Peter G. LoPresti, Ph.D., an associate professor of electrical engineering at the University of Tulsa, teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in electronics, signal processing, and optical communications. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware. His current research interests include visual neuro-prosthetics, fiber-optic sensors, and optical networking, and he serves as the director for the Williams Communications Fiber-Optic Networking Laboratory at the University of Tulsa. Dr. LoPresti is highly dedicated to the improving the quality of engineering education, having won both university and departmental teaching awards and serving as coordinator for the electrical engineering component of the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge program, which provides accelerated learning and research experiences for undergraduates.
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