I was born in Danbury, Connecticut and graduated in 2000 from the University of Connecticut with my PhD in Biomedical Engineering. My research work was done in medical imaging, implantable biosensors, video cameras, electrical interfaces and telemetry units allowing for remote monitoring of parameters. My Dissertation title, available on the University of Connecticut Dissertation Website is ”Fully implantable miniaturized telemetry based glucose biosensor and real-time video camera implant for tissue biocompatibility studies”, Author: Richard Douglas Beach, Publication: Dissertations Collection for University of Connecticut, Date: 01/2000, http://digitalcommons.uconn.edu/dissertations/.
Employment from January 2010 to January 2011 was as a Visiting Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering at Western New England College in Springfield, MA, teaching courses such as Biomedical Systems involving computer modeling of physiological Systems, Engineering Physiology I & II, Biomedical Engineering Lab I & II, and advising student capstone and independent research project construction and software development. A few of these projects were: 1) CT imaging X-ray tube heath monitor, 2) Wheelchair bedsore monitoring by pressure pad, 3) MRI Calf Muscle Hydrogen & Phosphor monitoring and correlation to cardiac health, 4) MRI Dual Frequency tuned Calf leg coil.
From November 2007 to January 2010, I was employed by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, as a Research Associate, Dept. of Computer Science, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, as well as Affiliate Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. I was the Robotics Innovations Competition & Conference (RICC) Manager in 2009 as well as advising robotics projects such as "Mind Control of a Robot" (i.e. using brain waves to control a robot), “Developing a standardized robotic platform for Robotics Engineering curriculum” and taught a “Biosensor and Bioinstrumentation” course regarding biosensor configurations and signal conditioning utilizing operational amplifiers and filters and co-taught a “Medical Imaging” course involving Nuclear Medicine SPECT & PET imaging & patient motion compensation, and other topics of MRI, Backprojection & MLEM/OSEM reconstructions, and X-Ray & CT mammography principles.
Following PhD Graduation, I was employed by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA., from April 2003 to July 2006 as Post Doctoral Research Fellow & Research Instructor, Dept. of Radiology, Division of Nuclear Medicine. In these positions,
system imaging hardware and software algorithm were developed for projects relating to improving the quality of SPECT and PET images correcting for patient movement artifact due to both rigid-body movement and breathing induced cardiac movement. LABVIEW hardware & software as well as “C”, MATLAB, Neural Network development software, and IDL image processing software in both the UNIX and personal computer environments was utilized. Optical camera images and stereo infrared camera devices were used for 3-D position information. Other projects included numerical observer to assess relative image quality, ROC studies, and clinical image evaluation using new algorithms.
Previous employment included Computer Scientist, Instrumentation & Control Engineer, Sr. Analytical Engineer, Sr. Computer System Engineer, Electrical Instrumentation Engineer & Flight Test Engineering Aide involved gas turbine engine testing in test cells and during flight, nuclear and fossil fuel power plant monitoring projects, and computer modeling and optimization in the utility environment. Many of these tasks involved algorithm development, instrumentation system development, providing data acquisition, developing computer models, accomplishing data analysis, and generating written reports with recommendations and conclusions.
During my PhD research work we received a patent. It is described as follows: Granted - Patent US 6,366,794 B1, Apr. 2, 2002, Application Serial No. 09/443,764 : Generic Integrated Implantable Potentiostat Telemetry Unit for Electrochemical Sensors – 11/19/99, Francis Moussy, Robert W. Conlan, Markham C. Godwin, Richard D. Beach
Past projects include :
- Neural-Network based model to predict monkey-based eye saccades to ultimately predict neurological diseases
- CT imaging X-ray tube heath monitor using embedded controller
- Wheelchair bedsore monitoring by pressure pad
- MRI Dual Frequency tuned Calf leg coil Design (hydrogen and phosphor)
- MRI Calf Muscle Hydrogen & Phosphor monitoring and correlation to cardiac health
- Fully implantable miniaturized telemetry-based glucose biosensor and real-time video