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Bruce J. Gluckman

Bruce J. Gluckman, PhD
Associate Director, Penn State Center for Neural Engineering
Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics
Professor of Neurosurgery
Professor of Bioengineering

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Bruce Gluckman earned his batchelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from the Univeristy of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1988. From there he pursued graduate studies in experimental physics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After a year of research experience in nuclear physics, he joined the research group of Jerry Gollub at Haverford College to study nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation. In 1995, after receiving his PhD from UPenn, he took a postdocoral fellowship with the Naval Surface Warfare Center with Mark Spano to study the control of low dimensional chaotic systems, and its application to biological systems. In 1997 he joined the Children’s Research Institute of Children’s National Medical Center and the George Washington University as a Research Assistant Professor to study the effects of electric fields on neural systems. Professor Gluckman joined the faculty at George Mason University in 1998 with appointments in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, and as a founding member of the Center for Neural Dynamics. He remained at George Mason University as Associate Professor until he resigned his position in 2006 to join the faculty of Penn State Univeristy to help establish the Center for Neural Engineering as Associate Director.

Dr. Gluckman’s initial research spanned the physics field of nonlinear dynamics to include both pattern formation and mixing in fluid systems – phenomena in which the complexity of a nearly infinite dimensional system contracts to a lower-dimensional manifold we call a pattern – as well analysis and control of low-dimensional chaotic systems – systems for which the complexity of the dynamics is higher than might be expected from its degrees of freedom. In this work he focused both on the development of novel measurement, analysis and control techniques and fostered a strong linkage between data analysis and the physics involved in measurement. Dr. Gluckman carried these approaches to his work in neural systems and the control of epilepsy, where he has focused on understanding the generation of organized activity in neural systems, the details of how to measure and interact with such systems, and how to link models – both theoretical and computational – to experiment. Current research includes the design of implantable electrodes for neural stimulation and recording, instrumentation development for recording and modulating brain activity, the study of seizure dynamics, and the modeling and observation of biological regulatory systems such as sleep, and the multiscale material physics of brain tissue.

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