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Memoir

David J. Anderson
Regents' Proceedings 357

David J. Anderson, Ph.D., professor of electrical engineering and computer science and professor of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering and professor of otorhinolaryngology in the Medical School, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 2005.

Professor Anderson received his B.S.E. degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1961) and his M.S. (1963) and Ph.D. (1968) degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in 1970 and was appointed assistant professor of otorhinolaryngology in 1971. In both departments, he was promoted to associate professor in 1975 and professor in 1981. He was appointed professor of biomedical engineering in 1997. He served as associate chair of the electrical engineering and computer science department from 1989-96.

Professor Anderson's research occurred at the crossroads of engineering and neurophysiology and was a major force behind the emergence of the University as a leader in biomedical engineering. His work focused on understanding and optimizing the interface between electronic probes and the cellular world, digital processing of multi-channel neural signals, and coding of information in the auditory and vestibular nervous systems.

Since 1981, Professor Anderson and his colleagues have worked to develop micro machined neural probes for multi-channel recording and stimulation in the central and peripheral nervous systems, essentially building a microelectronic interface to the brain. Their work on the "Michigan Probe" significantly affected the direction of systems neuroscience research throughout the world and served as a model for interdisciplinary research. The collaboration also led to the funding of a number of major research projects within the University, including the Center for Neural Communication Technology.

Professor Anderson led the Biosystems Laboratory in the electrical engineering and computer science department and the Neural Signal Processing Laboratory in the Kresge Hearing Research Institute. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biomedical Engineering.

The Regents salute this distinguished scholar by naming David J. Anderson professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer science, professor emeritus of biomedical engineering, and professor emeritus of otorhinolaryngology.

Regents’ Proceedings, May 2005, Page 357