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Two CSE professors named Titans of Technology by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

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Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, (612) 626-7959,

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (08/07/2014)—Two University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering professors are among the top technology professionals in the state honored as recipients of the 2014 Titans of Technology awards by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

Arthur Erdman, a mechanical engineering professor and director of the University of Minnesota Medical Devices Center, was recognized in the Technology Advocate category as an advocate for his outstanding leadership in assisting, advancing or accelerating the performance of technology companies and the technology community.

Erdman has played a pivotal role in sustaining and growing Minnesota’s medical device community by creating and chairing the world’s largest conference on medical device design, held annually in Minneapolis. The conference, which has been held every year since 2001, continues to exceed expectations and reinforces Minnesota’s role as a medical research giant. Nearly 1,500 people attended the 2014 conference, including speakers from as far away as the Netherlands and Israel.

In addition to the conference, Erdman’s work in promoting the regional medical device industry has created the ecosystem for a new master’s program in medical device innovation. He also holds more than 30 patents, has authored three books, and published more than 325 technical papers.

Jian-Ping Wang, electrical and computer engineering professor and director of the Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures based at the University of Minnesota, was recognized in the Technology Inventor category for his accomplishments in creating breakthrough ideas, processes or products.

Wang has accomplished a striking amount in his research career at the University of Minnesota. He is responsible for 39 invention disclosures filed at the U of M, three issued patents and 22 more patents that are pending or being drafted. Wang’s research includes a collection of groundbreaking discoveries focused on the theme of advanced magnetic materials. Wang’s research group was the first in the world to demonstrate a sensing system that detects low concentrations of cancer marker proteins using human serum and urine samples.

The discovery, which used nanomagnetics and spintronics (technology utilizing an electron’s “spin” rather than its charge), resulted in an invention that could detect the biological calling cards of diseases like HIV, HPV and ovarian and breast cancers. It also fueled the formation of Zepto Life Technology, a St. Paul-based startup that develops equipment to provide fast, low-cost disease detection accessible even in parts of the world where resources are limited.

See the full listing of the Titans of Technology on the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal website.

On July 1, 2010 the Institute of Technology changed its name to the College of Science and Engineering.