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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.

Biographical Summary

  • BS Engineering Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 1988
  • PhD Experimental Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock, MD, 1995-97
  • Research Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Children's Research Institute of the Children's National Medical Center and The George Washington University School of Medicine, 1997-98
  • Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Children's Research Institute of the Children's National Medical Center and The George Washington University School of Medicine, 1998.
  • Assistant Professor of Physics, George Mason University 1998-2004
  • Associate Professor of Physics, George Mason University 2004-6
  • Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, College of Engineering, Penn State University, 2006-present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Penn State University, 2006-present
  • Associate Director, Center for Neural Engineering, Penn State University, 2006-present
  • Associate Professor, Department of BioEngineering, College of Engineering, Penn State University, 2012-present

Research Interests

  • Seizure Prediction as a route to understanding the transitions from normal or stable brain dynamics into seizure.
  • PLEF – polarizing low-frequency electric fields as a tool for modulating neural activity and probing or controlling brain dynamics.
  • Neural Interface Instrumentation, including development of recording and stimulation instrumentation, electrodes, and Brain Computer Interfaces.
  • Applications of Data Assimilation for the observation and control of biological systems. Ongoing projects include reconstructing the dynamics of the sleep-wake regulatory system, as well as tracking and predicting blood glucose dynamics for human ICU use, as well as the design of model-based controllers for controlling epilepsy.
  • Nano- to macro-scale anatomy of brain as a platform for understanding the physics of brain: Solid Mechanics (stress/strain), fluid dynamics, transport, and propagation of electric fields. These governs brain dynamics and function, what we measure, how we design the next generation of interfaces, and how brain is damaged.

Gluckman Lab


Honors and External Responsibilities


  • Office of Naval Research Postdoctoral Fellow, 1995-1997.
  • Honorary Professor, School of Natural and Computing Sciences, Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology, Kings College, University of Aberdeen, 2013-2017.
  • Fellow, American Epilepsy Society (FAES) 2016-present.

Conference Responsibilities:

  • Co-Chair, American Epilepsy Society, Engineering in Epilepsy Special Interest Group.
  • Permanent Organizing Committee, Experimental Chaos Conference, 2001-present (Sixth-Fifteenth).
  • International Workshop on Seizure Prediction: Advisory Board 2008-present; Chair for IWSP6 (October 2013). Upcoming meeting: ICTALS2017 (8/2017).


  • Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering 2007-2013
  • Member, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Education Committee 2012-2015
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