John A. McNeill, PhD, a faculty member at WPI since 1994, has been named head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He has just completed a year as a visiting researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, working on a team developing a wearable wireless sensor for prevention of pressure ulcers (bedsores).  In addition to his work in biomedical sensing, McNeill’s research interests include digitally assisted calibration of analog-to-digital converters used in low power sensor systems.

After working in industry during the 1980s, McNeill returned to school and received his PhD from Boston University in 1994.  His PhD work was a collaboration with Analog Devices to develop design techniques to reduce noise in integrated oscillators used in telecommunication systems.  He continues to maintain close ties to industry as founding director of the New England Center for Analog and Mixed Signal Design, a university-industry collaborative that conducts research on cutting-edge mixed signal (analog + digital) integrated circuits and systems.