Wodicka is one of 158 fellows chosen from nearly 4,000 nominations nationwide. Guggenheim fellowships are awarded on the basis of unusually distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment.
With the fellowship, Wodicka will take a sabbatical leave in Boston during the spring and summer of 1997 to pursue biomedical research. Working with pre-term infants at the Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School, he will evaluate a technique he devised that uses acoustics to guide the placement of breathing tubes and monitor their position.
He and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology also will collaborate on using the characteristics of breathing sounds to detect and locate obstructions in adult patients with sleep apnea.
Wodicka received his bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1982. He earned a master's degree in electrical engineering and computer science in 1985, and a doctorate in medical engineering in 1989, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Purdue faculty in 1989. Wodicka received a Young Investigator Award in 1992 from the National Science Foundation.
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