Dr. Matthews will review the activities of the Medical Technology Program (MTP) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). MTP is using multidisciplinary engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, biotechnology and computational abilities to design and develop cost-effective and novel medical devices for the treatment of some of the deadliest and costliest diseases such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, diabetes, atherosclerosis and breast/prostate cancer. All of this work is done in partnership with industry and physicians so as to expedite deployment of these new devices in hospitals and clinics. Dr. Matthews will describe all of current work as well as some of the devices and technology that have already been licensed to medical device companies.
Dr. Matthews is Program Leader for the Medical Technology Program which is a joint program within the Laser, Engineering, and Defense and Nuclear Technology Directorates at LLNL. This program unites ~50 scientists, engineers, technicians, graduate and postdoctoral students into a broad program which develops medical devices in collaboration with physicians and private companies.

He is also an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the University of California at Davis and at the Livermore Department of Applied Science Campus. He currently supervises 8 graduate and 5 postdoctoral students.

He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Physics in 1974 from the University of Texas at Austin. Since that time, he has been performing research and managing scientists, engineers and technicians in broadly varying scientific projects involving development of lasers and radiation technology for science and industry. He has also worked in the physics department at Livermore and has held temporary positions at the Hahn Meitner Institut in Berlin, the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory in Great Britain and Centre d'Etudes de Limeil near Paris. His fields of expertise include heavy-ion atom collision phenomena, Auger electron and x-ray spectroscopy of ions and atoms, spectroscopic diagnostics and studies of nonLTE plasmas, x-ray lasers, x-ray and optical imaging, and applications of lasers and optical technology to medical, scientific and industrial needs.

Dr. Matthews has written well over 180 publications in the scientific literature and holds numerous patents for applications of laser and imaging technology. He is generally considered to be the pioneer of the x-ray wavelength laser. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America and is a co-recipient of the 1990 Division of Plasma Physics Award for Excellence in Plasma Physics Research. He is a member of the American Physical Society, Optical Society of America, the Society of Photographical and Industrial Engineers and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

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