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About Ravish Patwardhan on Electronics…

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Ravish Patwardhan introduces the topic of electronic and electrical engineering-related innovation, which most of use utilize daily in our lives but typically know almost nothing about.  Building upon his undergraduate electrical engineering double major, Patwardhan always maintained a deep interest in electrical engineering (despite having to choose between medicine and electrical engineering during his senior year, as he was accepted to medical school one year earlier).  This work was continued by projects while a medical student, working to develop a combined microdialysis/microlectrode apparatus in conjunction with the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory researcher and an Electrical Engineering student at UCLA (who also worked part-time on Jet Propulsion Laboratory (www.jpl.nasa.gov) projects).  Patwardhan’s interest in both non-physiologic and physiologic electronics interface was continued with subsequent projects, such as building upon the concept of vagus nerve stimulation via stimulation of another nerve (the nerve of Herring) to help ultimately control epilepsy and other functions.  Collaboration with a local academician in the Electrical Engineering field at a local university later led to a patent being issued for “electrophysiologic interface” from the U.S. Patent and Trademark office (www.uspto.gov) for brain stimulation, similar to a pacemaker for the brain (for potential application to disorders such as epilepsy, stroke, or other mechanism of injury).

While new innovation abounds, with human-electric interfaces ranging the spectrum from touch-controlled iPhones to brain-electrical interfaces for the blind, Ravish Patwardhan utilizes some of his background in the neurosciences to give perspective to such innovation, its limitations, and its potential for even greater productivity.  The field has come a long way from the basic resistors, voltage sources, and capacitors – an era of vacuum-tube mainframe computers gave way to the integrated circuit, and the laser.  Inventions sometimes resulted from what appeared to be strictly theoretical research initially, transformed into practical uses.  The study of electronics, as Patwardhan suggests, is really the study of collaboration between physics, mathematics, and electrical engineering – and continues to be an integral part of our lives today.

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