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February 24, 2003

Purdue researchers on the menu for Calif. alumni breakfast talks

Purdue University alumni in Silicon Valley have established an information pipeline to their alma mater, sponsoring monthly breakfast meetings about the latest research in electronics and computing.

The Friday morning programs feature a 30-minute talk by a faculty member from the university's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering in West Lafayette, Ind. The next program is 8-10 a.m. this Friday (2/28) in the Courtyard Room of the Garden Court Hotel, 520 Cowper St., in Palo Alto.

Rashid Bashir, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, will speak about work to merge electronics with biology. Bashir and other researchers are working to integrate biological molecules, such as proteins, with electronic circuits. The approach might be used to create tiny and extremely sensitive devices that detect biological molecules, including chemical or biological warfare agents. Researchers also are striving to borrow ideas from nature to create devices that "self assemble," essentially building themselves in ways similar to the growth of living things.

Ronald T. Yara, of Woodside, Calif., initiated the breakfast meeting program last month. Yara received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue in 1969. He is a general partner at Tallwood Venture Capital Inc. in Palo Alto.

The program is sponsored by Harriet and Steve Zelencik, of Woodside, Calif. Steve Zelencik received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1960 from Purdue, and he is senior vice president of AMD Inc. in Sunnyvale, Calif. The host for the meeting is Laila Razouk, president and chief executive officer of BioVitesse, also in Sunnyvale. Razouk earned doctoral and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue in 1977 and 1974, respectively.

CONTACT: Rashid Bashir, (765) 496-6229,

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