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Dr. Stanley G. Burns
Associate Dean
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
Jack Rowe Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Minnesota Duluth

Dr. Burns specializes in microelectronics processing and analog circuit design. A major portion of his research is in the design and realization of a new class of amorphous and microcrystalline silicon thin film transistor-based ULSI circuits fabricated directly on flexible substrates. His research interests also include exploiting the piezoelectric properties of thin-film aluminum nitride for high-frequency systems and chemical sensors. He is one of the Principal Investigators for the UMD Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratories. His research is in specialized sensors and instrumentation. He is co-author of Principles of Electronic Circuits, a widely-adopted junior-level electronics textbook, now in its second edition. Dr. Burns teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in microelectronics processing and analog electronic circuit design. Professor Burns has twice received the National (IEEE) Outstanding Advisor Award for his work with the Iowa State University (ISU) IEEE student branch and in 1992 received the College of Engineering Superior Engineering Teacher Award. He is active in the ASEE, Senior Member of IEEE, a member of the Electrochemical Society, and a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Iowa. He received the B.S.E.E. (1967), the M.S.E.E. (1968), and the Ph.D. (1972) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He served as Department Head at the University of Minnesota Duluth from July 1998 through May 2007 and was appointed Associate Dean of the UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering and Jack Rowe Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to that, he was a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Iowa State University.

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (First 2 years in Milwaukee)
  • Ph. D., 1972, Major: Electrical Engineering
  • M.S.E.E., 1968, Major: Electrical Engineering
  • B.S.E.E., 1967, Major: Electrical Engineering

Employment

7/98 – 5/07

Department Head and Professor. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swenson College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota Duluth

9/77 – 6/98

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Professor 7/89-6/98 Program Manager, Principal Investigator; Microelectronics Research Center Associate Professor 9/81-6/89 Assistant Professor 9/77-8/81.

9/72 – 5/77

Program Manager, Program Engineer, Assistant Scientist. Space Science and Engineering Center, Madison, Wisconsin, Responsible for managing a team of engineers, project staff, and technicians on a variety of NOAA and NASA contracts including field scientific work based in Africa among other sites. Responsible for procurement and management of budgets in the $250K/year level in (mid-70’s dollars).

1/76 – 5/77

Visiting Lecturer. Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9/69 – 8/72

Instructor and Research Assistant. Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Instructor 1970 and 1971.

5/84 – 8/84

Research Engineer. Texas Instruments, Inc., Directed a quality control study in the gallium arsenide device fabrication facility. Established and coordinated an undergraduate student intern summer program.

1968 – 69

Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, NDEA Title IV Fellow, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

1968 Summer

Design Engineer at Harry Diamond Laboratories, Wash. D.C.

1979 – Present

Registered Professional Engineer, State of Iowa and State of Minnesota (Since 1998)

Patents

  • S. G. Burns, et.al, “Dielectric for Amorphous Silicon Transistors”, 5,856,690, 5 January 1999.
  • S. G. Burns, et. Al, “Flexible Panel Display Having Thin Film Transistors Driving Polymer Light Emitting Diodes”, 5,747,928, 5 May 1998.
  • S. G. Burns, et.al., “Amorphous Silicon on Insulator VLSI Circuit Structures”, 5,742,075. April 21, 1998.
  • W. E. Glenn, S. G. Burns, H. R. Shanks, F. R. Jeffrey, “Large Capacity Solid-State Memory”, 5,274,602, Issued and modified, January 1997.
  • S. G. Burns and R. J. Weber, “Non-Crystalline Silicon Active Devices for Large Scale Digital and Analog Networks”, 5,440,150, 8 August 1995.
  • R. J. Weber, S. G. Burns, and S. D. Braymen, “High Frequency Oscillator Comprising Cointegrated Thin Film Resonator and Active Device”, Issued 24 December 1991, No. 5,075, 641.
  • P. H. Thompson, S. G. Burns, R. J. Weber, “Electronically-Tuned Thin Film Resonator/Filter Controlled Oscillators”, Issued 29 January 1991, No. 4,988,957.
  • Moisture Measurement Apparatus and Method”, No. 4,616,425, 14 October 1986.

Publications

  • Spencer Strunic, Fernando Rios-Gutierrez, Rocio Alba-Flores, Glenn Nordehn and Stanley Burns; “Detection and Classification of Cardiac Murmurs using Segmentation Techniques and Artificial Neural Networks” Accepted for presentation at the 2007 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence and Data Mining.
  • Spencer Strunic, Rocio Alba-Flores, Glenn Nordehn, Fernando Rios-Gutierrez, and Stanley Burns; "Diagnosis of Heart Murmurs Using an Artificial Neural Networks Classifier", Systems Biology & Bioinformatics session of the BMES 2006 Annual Meeting. 13 October 2006, Minneapolis, MN. Regional meeting, but well-recognized because of the large medical instrumentation industrial base in the Twin Cities.
  • Glenn Nordehn , Khaled Ejaz, Stanley Burns; “Heart Sound Detection and Classification UsingDigital Signal Processing and Intelligent System”s, Technical Meeting, SOMD DMB Medical Conference in Twin Cities-Poster and paper advisor.
  • Nicholas Andrisevic, Khaled Ejaz, Fernando Rio-Guitierrez, Rocio Alba-Flores, Glenn Nordehn, and Stanley Burns. “Detection of Heart Murmurs Using Wavelet Analysis and Artificial Neural Networks.” Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, American Society of Mechanical Engineering, November 2005, Vol. 127.
  • Khaled Ejaz, Glenn Nordehn, Rocio Alba-Flores, Fernando Rios-Gutierrez, Stanley Burns and Nicholas Andrisevic. “Heart Murmur Detection System Using Spectrograms and Artificial Neural Networks.” International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED) Conference: Circuits, Signals and Systems (CSS 2004), Nov. 28, 2004 - December 1,2004.
  • Stanley G. Burns, Timothy E. Delf, David J. Keranen, Zachery T. Serre, “Vehicle Identification Using ILDs and Magnetoresistive Sensors”, NATSRL Research Meeting, November 2004.
  • Stanley G. Burns, Jerod Wendt, “Inductive Loop Detector Signal Analysis”, NATRSL Research Meeting, November 2003.
  • S. G. Burns, “Performance Review of Amorphous Silicon Transistors Deposited on Low Temperature Plastic Films, High Definition Systems Information Exchange Conference sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Arlington, Virginia 23-26 March 1997.
  • D. M. Drees, S. G. Burns, H. R. Shanks, “Development of a Three-Port AlN Thin Film Resonator-Based Phase Detection System for Biological Sensor Applications”, IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium, Orlando, Florida, 28-31 May 1997.
  • S. G. Burns, “Incorporating Semiconductor Device Design in an Engineering Curriculum”, 59th Annual American Society for Engineering Education North Midwest Section Meeting, 9-11 October 1997.
  • S. G. Burns, H. R. Shanks, A.P. Constant, C.Gruber, D. Schmidt, A. Landin, and F. Olympie,”Design And Fabrication Of High Current Switching TFTs On Flexible Polyimide Substrates “, Electrochemical Society Meeting, October 1996, San Antonio, Texas, Invited Paper. Published Proceedings.
  • H. R. Shanks, S. G. Burns, A. Constant, D. Schmidt, A. Landin, C. Gruber, H. Kavak, and R. Swisher, ”Recent Advances In The Use Of Polyimide As A Substrate Material For Ultra-Thin Electronics” Seventh Meeting DuPont Symposium On Polyimides in Microelectronics. Invited Paper, 16-18 September 1996.
  • S. G. Burns, “The NSF REU Program: Integrating Research and Teaching into a Novel Laboratory Experience “, American Society of Engineering Education, 1996 North Midwest Section 58th Annual Meeting, October 1996, Fargo, North Dakota.
  • J. Xia, S. G. Burns, T. Xue, R. Wyse, S. McCalmont, C. Thielen, M. Porter, “A Micromachined Diaphragm Structure For An Integrated Thin Film Resonator Chemical Sensor “, 1995 IEEE Frequency Control Symposium, 31 May-2 June1995, San Francisco, Published Proceedings.
  • G. Liu, M. Porter, G. Bastiaans, and S. G. Burns, “A Smart Hydrogen Gas Sensor Array of Quartz Crystal Microbalances Coated With PdNi Alloy of Various Thicknesses” 1995 IEEE Frequency Control Symposium, 31May-2 June1995, San Francisco, Published Proceedings.
  • H. R. Shanks, S. G. Burns, A Constant, A. Landin, D. Schmidt, C. Thielen, and F. Olympie, “Use of Polyimide Web Fabrication For Roll-to-Roll Fabrication of Electronics”, DuPont sponsored Conference. April 1995.
  • S. G. Burns, H. R. Shanks, A. Constant, C. Gruber, D. Schmidt, C. Thielen, F. Olympie, T. Schumacher**, and J. Cobbs*. “Design and Fabrication of a-Si:H-Based EEPROM Cells”, Electrochemical Society Meeting, 9-14 October 1994, Miami, Florida. Published Proceedings. Invited Paper.
  • A. Constant, S. G. Burns, H. R. Shanks, C. Gruber, A. Landin, D. Schmidt, C. Thielen, F. Olympie, T. Schumacher**, and J. Cobbs*. “Development of Thin Film Transistor Based Circuits on Flexible Polyimide Substrates”, Electrochemical Society Meeting, 9-14 October 1994, Miami, Florida. Published Proceedings. Invited Paper.
  • Stanley G. Burns, “Involving Undergraduate Students in Research”, American Society of Engineering Education, 1994 North Midwest Section 56th Annual Meeting, October 1994, Duluth, Minnesota.
  • Stanley G. Burns, Howard Shanks, Alan Constant, Carl Gruber, Dave Schmidt, Al Landin, Florence Olympie* (Iowa State University), and Salvatore R. Riggio Jr. (Florida Atlantic University), “Hydrogenated Amorphous Silicon Thin-Film Transistor-Based Circuit Development For Use in Large Memories” , IEEE Electron Device Society and ARPA Active Matrix Liquid Crystal Displays Symposium, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 21-22 Oct. 1993. Paper invited by the Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA).
  • S. G. Burns, A. Ahmed**, G. Caesar**, M. Cody**, S. Derner**, R. Earl**, B. Hornbuckle**, T. Kness**, J. Kooiman**, N. Morrow**, T. Schumacher**, “Teaching and Research? Use an NSFREU Site to Combine Both” , American Society of Engineering Education, 1993 North Midwest Section 55th Annual Meeting, 30 Sept.-2 Oct. 1993, Mankato, Minnesota.
  • S. G. Burns, “A Senior Analog Circuit Design Experience Using The Tektronix QuickChipTM “, American Society of Engineering Education, 1993 North Midwest Section 55th Annual Meeting, 30 Sept.-2 Oct. 1993, Mankato Minnesota.
  • S. G. Burns and R. J. Weber, “An Overview of Microwave Related Research at Iowa State , MTT Chapter, Cedar Rapids IEEE Section, 24 June 1994 Meeting.

Principal Investigator, Northland Advanced Transportation Systems Research Laboratories (NATSRL). $3.7M over five years. Three Co-Investigators.

Over $2M in extramural funding as a faculty member at Iowa State University. Served as the Major Professor of 31 MS and P.h. D. graduate students.

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