Zeynep Çelik-Butler is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received B.S. in electrical engineering and physics from Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, and the M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from The University of Rochester, NY. She was an IBM Pre-doctoral Fellow from 1983 to 1984, and an Eastman Kodak Pre-doctoral Fellow from 1985 to 1987. She joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Southern Methodist University in 1987 as an Assistant Professor; was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 1993. Dr. Çelik-Butler was the holder of J. Lindsay Embrey Trustee Assistant Professorship from 1990 to 1993. She served as the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies and Research from 1996 to 1999. She moved to University of Texas at Arlington in 2002.
Prof. Çelik-Butler has received several awards including the Semiconductor Research Corporation Inventor Recognition Award (2010), the University of Texas at Arlington Outstanding Research Achievement Award (2006), IEEE-Dallas Section Electron Devices Society (EDS) Outstanding Service Awards (1995, 1997), IEEE-EDS Service Recognition Certificates (1995, 2014), IEEE-EDS Distinguished Lecturer Appreciation Award (2006), Outstanding Electrical Engineering Graduate Faculty Awards (1996, 1997, 2001), and SMU-Sigma Xi Research Award (1997).
Her research interests include noise and reliability in electron devices, and novel flexible sensors and nano energy harvesters. She has 10 patents, 10 book chapters, and over 225 journal and conference publications. She serves as a Topical Editor for the IEEE Sensors Journal and the Elsevier Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. She is an IEEE Fellow and a life member of Eta Kappa Nu.
Vassili Karanassios is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) and a co-founder of a degree-program in nano-technology engineering at the same University. Professor Karanassios received his Ph. D. from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) and was a Post Doctoral Fellow at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). In 2009, he held a Leverhulme award in the UK where he was a visiting Professor in Chemistry (Sheffield University), an Overseas Fellow of Churchill college (Cambridge University, UK), and a visiting Professor of Engineering (Cambridge University, UK) in the Center for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE). Professor Karanassios and his group published (among others) on microfluidics and nanofluidics, on 3D printing and on rapid prototyping, on spectral interference correction using Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) and Deep Learning, and on smartphone-enabled data acquisition and signal-processing from a variety of sensors for on-site chemical analysis and (potentially) for IoT applications.