About Rob Butera

Rob ButeraThis is my personal blog.  It is mainly to post photos, and log recreational activities, such as whitewater sports, amateur radio (KM4MK), and maker/electronics projects. For my work related activities at Georgia Tech, visit my lab’s web page.

email: rob AT butera DOT org


Consulting: Here is a brief biosketch.  Contact me for more info. I have offered analysis and review services for funding organizations, reviews of technical books and  articles, and intellectual property analysis for medical devices (electrophysiology, cardiac and neural)

More professional info on my LinkedIn Profile.

Education: BEE, Georgia Tech, 1991; PhD, Rice University, 1996

Employment: Jointly appointed as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Georgia Tech,  and the Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, Atlanta, GA USA. Employed at Georgia Tech since 1999. I also serve as the Interim Associate Dean for Research in the College of Engineering.

Besides doing the research and teaching thing, I have had a variety of part-time administrative roles at Georgia Tech.  I was co-founder and Faculty Director of Georgia Tech’s Grand Challenges Living Learning Community (2012-2015).  I previously served as Director of the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program (2005-2008), Faculty Director of Graduate Studies at Georgia Tech (2009-2011), and co-Director of the Neural Engineering Center.

For a little bit of adventure, I was “on loan” from Georgia Tech from August 2008 to July 2009 to serve as a Jefferson Science Fellow at the US Dept. of State, Washington, DC.  I worked in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation on biotechnology and biosecurity issues.

Expertise: neuroengineering, neuromodulation of peripheral nerve activity, neuromodulation of physiological function, neural stimulation, computational neuroscience, bioelectricity, respiratory control, modeling physiological systems, bioinstrumentation, graduate education, freshman/introductory engineering education.  Research sponsored by NIH, NSF, DARPA, private foundations, corporations.

Licensed Professional Engineer (active registration in Georgia)

Professional Activities

IEEE: Senior Member

IEEE-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society: Vice-President for Publications (2017-2020), AdCom (Board of Directors), 2005-10; Vice President for Finances, 2011-12,2013-14 (re-elected); Deputy Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems (2007-10), Founding Chair, Atlanta Chapter (2006).   This professional society has over 10000 members from around the world, a $6M annual budget, and 4 salaried staff members.  We host several international conferences per year and publish several research journals as well as a magazine.  For more information, visit IEEE-EMBS.

Organization for Computational Neuroscience: Co-local organizer, 2012 annual meeting; Board of Directors, 2013-14; Sponsorship Chair, 2013-15.  This 1000+ member international professional society hosts an annual conference and its official journal is the Journal of Computational Neuroscience.

Other Professional Activities: Past Associate Editor – Journal of Theoretical Biology, Past Associate Editor – IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Past Deputy Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Reviewer on over two dozen panels for NSF and NIH in a wide range of areas spanning biomedical engineering, neuroscience, and undergraduate and graduate educational initiatives, Member: Society for Neuroscience, American Society for Engineering Education, Biomedical Engineering Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Professional Honors: Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS); Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2016 Georgia Tech Outstanding Senior Faculty Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

Educational Initiatives: Co-created  in 2006 (with Doug Williams) a freshmen level Introduction to Engineering Design course in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech; Faculty Director of the freshmen Grand Challenges Living Learning Community (2012-present); Executive Committee, Emory/Georgia Tech Computational Neuroscience Training Grant (2011-present); Executive Committee, Emory University MD/PhD program (2010-present); past Director of the Bioengineering Graduate Program (2005-2008); past Faculty Director for Graduate Studies (2009-2011); past Director, PI, and co-PI, NSF IGERT Training Program in Hybrid Neural Microsystems (2003-2011); Leadership

Personal and Miscellaneous: Trained in Wilderness First Aid, First Aid, CPR, Swiftwater Rescue, CERT community responder.  Sports/hobbies: whitewater kayaking, whitewater raft guiding, amateur radio (KM4MK), tree climbing, inline skating, bicycling, electronic hobby/maker things

My Publications on Google Scholar

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One Response to About Rob Butera

  1. Debbie Hayes says:

    We did the magnificent paddle on the Toccoa years ago with the standing wave train. Please put me on your list when you want to paddle the Toccoa this season. I am going up to paddle this Saturday. Any interest in being part of a shuttle? There are two of us already paddling. qadeb@yahoo.com

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