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Jeffrey A. Wood, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean
College of Applied Science and Technology
Illinois State University

Dr. Wood has received several teaching awards during his tenure at Illinois State University. Most notably, he was recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture as one of the country’s top professors of agriculture in 1996 and was named an Outstanding University Teacher at Illinois State University in 1998. On Friday October 24, 2008, Dr. Wood received the highest honor bestowed by the National FFA, the Honorary American Degree at a ceremony in Indianapolis. He has served on a Governor’s advisory board on Agriculture and has authored nationally adopted curriculum for high school and community college programs in agriculture. He has published extensively in his field and has been recognized by several service organizations.

Dr. Wood was appointed Interim Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at ISU on September 1, 2006. He was named continuing Dean after a national search during the 2008 fall semester, effective January 1, 2009. As Dean of the College he is responsible for academic issues, personnel, budget, development, and facility matters in two schools and six departments within the College. The College enrolls 3600 majors and awards over 1000 degrees annually.

Dr. Wood received a dual baccalaureate degree with University Honors in plant and soil science and agricultural education from Southern Illinois University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in agriculture from Cornell University.

Jeff and his wife Kiki have four children and two grandchildren.

Sheri Noren Events, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Illinois State University

Sheri Noren Everts is Illinois State University’s vice president for Academic Affairs and provost.

Noren Everts received her bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education, master’s degree in literacy education and English and Ph.D. in administration, curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She began her tenure at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, in 1994 as a faculty member in the University’s Department of Teacher Education. She was promoted to full professor in 2004.

In 2000, Noren Everts was named assistant to the vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. She was promoted to assistant vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs in 2003 and to associate vice chancellor in 2004. In 2006, Noren Everts was appointed acting vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs before being named the division’s interim senior vice chancellor in June 2007.

Peter W. Sauer, Ph.D.
Grainger Chair Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Saturday May 22 Keynote Speaker
9:00 AM

Pete Sauer obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla in 1969. From 1969 to 1973, he was the electrical engineer on a design assistance team in the Air Force for the Tactical Air Command at Langley AFB, Virginia, working on design and construction of airfield lighting and electrical distribution systems. He obtained the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1974 and 1977 respectively. He has been on the faculty at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1977 where he teaches courses and directs research on power systems and electric machines. His main contributions are in modeling and simulation of power system dynamics with applications to steady-state and transient stability analysis. He has written over 200 technical papers and the book with M. A. Pai, “Power System Dynamics and Stability”, published by Prentice Hall in 1998.

From August 1991 to August 1992 he served as the Program Director for Power Systems in the Electrical and Communication Systems Division of the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. He is a cofounder of PowerWorld Corporation and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 1996-2001. He is a cofounder of the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC) and has served as the Illinois site director from 1996 to the present. He served in the Air Force Civil Engineering reserves at Chanute AFB, Illinois and Scott AFB, Illinois until his retirement as a Lt. Col. in 1998. He is currently the Grainger Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering at Illinois. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and Illinois, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

Automated EEG-based Diagnosis
of Neurological Disorders

Hojjat Adeli
Abba G. Liechtenstein Professor
The Ohio State University
Thursday May 20 Keynote Speaker
6:30 PM

Novel wavelet-chaos-neural network models are presented for signal processing of brain waves as recorded by electroencephalographs (EEGs) for automated EEG-based diagnosis of neurological disorders. Through extensive parametric studies and information reuse and integration certain combinations of parameters from the EEG sub-bands were discovered to be effective markers for seizure detection and epilepsy diagnosis. The model can distinguish among healthy, interictal, and ictal EEGs with a high accuracy of more than 96% substantially better than practicing neurologists and epileptologists. The extension of the methodology for automated diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and early onset diagnosis of the Alzheimer's Disease (AD) are also discussed briefly.

Hojjat Adeli received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1976 at the age of 26. He has authored 450 research and scientific publications in various fields of computer science, engineering, applied mathematics, and medicine including 14 books such as Machine Learning - Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, and Fuzzy Systems (Wiley, 1995); Wavelets in Intelligent Transportation Systems (Wiley, 2005); Intelligent Infrastructure (CRC Press, 2009); and Automated EEG-based Diagnosis of Neurological Disorders - Inventing the Future of Neurology. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, now in 25th year of publication and Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering, now in 18th year of publication. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Neural Systems. In 1998 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from OSU, "in recognition of extraordinary accomplishment in research and scholarship". In 2005, he was elected Honorary/Distinguished Member, ASCE: "for wide-ranging, exceptional, and pioneering contributions to computing in civil engineering and extraordinary leadership in advancing the use of computing and information technologies in many engineering disciplines throughout the world." In 2007, he received the OSU College of Engineering Peter L. and Clara M. Scott Award for Excellence in Engineering Education "for sustained, exceptional, and multi-faceted contributions to numerous fields including computer-aided engineering, knowledge engineering, computational intelligence, large-scale design 1optimization, and smart structures with worldwide impact," as well as the Charles E. MacQuigg Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2008 he was Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, "for distinguished contributions to computational infrastructure engineering and for worldwide leadership in computational science and engineering as a prolific author, keynote speaker, and editor-in-chief of journals."


Mark Oakley, ChFC, CLU
Systems Vice President
State Farm® Corporate Headquarters
Bloomington, Illinois
Friday May 21, 2010
9:00 AM

Oakley joined State Farm in 1984 as a programmer/analyst in the Systems Department. He was promoted to superintendent in 1994, function director in 1997, and assistant vice president in 2000. Oakley was promoted to executive assistant to the Chairman's Council in August, 2004 and later in the same year, joined Great Lakes Zone as vice president – operations. He returned to Corporate Headquarters as vice president – Systems and assumed his current position in June 2007.

Oakley received a bachelor's degree in computational mathematics from Eastern Illinois University. He earned both the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designations.

Satish Udpa
University Distinguished Professor
Dean, College of Engineering
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1226, USA
Keynote Speaker
Friday May 21
7:00 PM


Satish S. Udpa is currently the Dean of the College of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. Prior to joining MSU in 2001, Udpa was the Whitney Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University.

Udpa’s research interests span the broad area of materials characterization and nondestructive evaluation (NDE). Work done by him to date in the area includes an extensive repertoire of forward models for simulating physical processes underlying several inspection techniques. He has also been involved in the development of systembased and model-based inverse solutions for defect and material property characterization. His interests have expanded in recent years to include the development of noninvasive tools for clinical applications, such as new electromagneticacoustic (EMAT) methods for detecting single-leg separation failures in artificial heart valves as well as microwave imaging and ablation therapy systems.

He has published extensively, holds several patents, and is the technical editor of the Electromagnetic Nondestructive Testing Handbook published by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing. He serves as the editor of the IEEE Transactions on Magnetics and is the regional editor of the International Journal of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics. Dr. Udpa is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the American Society for Nondestructive Testing, and the Indian Society for Nondestructive Testing. He was elected as a Full member of the Academia NDT International. Dr. Udpa also served as the permanent secretary of the World Federation of NDE Centers from 1998 to 2003.