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Department News and Colloquium

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium at CSU Long Beach


BME/Medical Physics; Assisted management of cardiopulmonary diseases

Christopher Druzgalski
Department of Electrical Engineering, CSU Long Beach

Monday, September 22, 2014
11:15am, HSCI-103
(Refreshments served at 10:45am in HSCI-224)

Fig: Hard at work in the lab.

A continuous demand and growth of health related technologies have led the medical industry to become one of the most dynamic sectors of U.S. high technology involving both engineering and medical physics. Specifically, it is projected that this dynamic growth in medical device activity, which at this point includes 6,500 medical device companies in the U.S, will exceed 133 billion US$ by 2016 and will represent over 40% of overall global activity in this area. Further, it is projected that all regions of the world will experience a substantial growth to a varying degree. Within the US, California with 19 percent of the nationís medical instruments industry is a leading state in this activity that adds a high value during manufacturing. This growth coincides with global healthcare needs. In particular, pollution and other factors related increase in cases of respiratory disorders necessitate enhancement of pulmonary functions testing techniques and respiratory process monitoring. This necessity is further supported by the fact that the spectrum of diagnostic techniques related to pulmonary system and its function assessment is limited, compared with those available in cardiology or other areas. From a global perspective, cardiopulmonary diseases and other related areas medical care require development of low cost technologies as it will be discussed.

See the colloquium schedule and its archive of previous talks

Colloquia are scheduled to start Mondays at 11:15am sharp in Peterson Hall 2, Room 110 (PH2-110, map). Refreshments are served from 10:45am to 11:05am in Room HSCI-224 (next to the department office) and everyone is invited to mingle with faculty and students!


For information and suggestions about the colloquium please contact the colloquium coordinator:
Prof. Prashanth Jaikumar, Phone: 562-985-5592, Email:

Directions to Campus

  • Access to Campus
  • Campus Maps
  • Parking on campus: contact the coordinator of the colloquium. If not reachable, call the department office (562) 985-7925. If none of these are available at the time you need information, call (562) 985-4146 or go to the drive-through information booth at the main campus entrance (on Beach Drive, near the crossing to Bellflower).
  • Walk (or ask for a ride on an on-campus shuttle) to the department office: Hall of Sciences, Room 220 (HSCI-220). The coordinator will provide the necessary informations.
  • Any question or problem: call the colloquium coordinator or the department office (562) 985-7925.

Colloquia Sponsors:

We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller
  • Benjamin Carter
  • The American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

If you wish to support the Colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator or the department chair. Thank you!

Academic Year 2014-2015

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
June 2 Development of Micro-Devices for Intra-Cellular Recordings in Awake Active Brains M. Barbic, HHMI
September 8 Physics Deparment Meet & Mix Faculty and
September 15 Density Functional Theory: A great physics success story Kieron Burke, UC Irvine
September 22 BME/Medical Physics; Assisted management of cardiopulmonary diseases Christopher Druzgalski, CSULB
September 29
October 6
October 13
October 20
October 27
November 3
November 10
November 17
November 24
December 1
December 8
December 10

Colloquia Schedule

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