H. F. Tibbals Ph.D.
H. F. Tibbals is Research Professor in Materials Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. Previously he served for 14 years as the Director of Bioinstrumentation at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, working in the Office of the Dean of Research, the Vice Provost, and Technology Development, advising and supporting design and application of the latest technologies for biomedical research and practice.During his tenure as Director of the Bioinstrumentation Resource Center for the University of Texas Medical Center, he was responsible for providing engineering support to clinical and basic biomedical life science researchers.
His funded research has included development of pressure and electrochemical sensors for medical applications, testing and evaluation of life support systems for NASA use in space flight and extra-vehicular activity, and development of technology for Alcon Research Ltd., for diagnosis of diseases of the eye. His work involves consultation and team leading on a wide variety of analytical, materials, and systems technology in support of medicine and biomedical research. He is frequently called upon to advise on risks and cost benefits for technology decisions.
Prior to joining UTSW, Tibbals was Product Line Manager, Digital Cardiology Products for Jamieson Kodak, working in Dallas, Texas, Rochester, New York, and at hospital cardiac catheterization laboratories across the United States and in Europe to develop and succeed in gaining FDA approval for the first fully digital imaging systems capable of showing the living human heart with medical radiology standards of precision and accuracy.
He also consulted for the development of patient anesthesiology systems. He led teams in the development of real-time systems for the identification of bacterial and viral disease agents, and systems for monitoring, analyzing, and reducing environmental hazards, as President of Biodigital Technologies, Inc. and board member and consultant to Martingale Research Corporation from 1989 to 1995. From 1988 to 1991 he was Product Line Manager on contract to Inmos and later SGS Thompson for digital signal processing products and applications. Clients for product and development management projects included NEC, Teledyne, Marathon Energy Systems, Coors, Bank One, Shelby Technologies, Innovative Systems SA, Optical Publishing Inc., Gentech, Colorado Medical Physics, and others. He was a consultant and project manager for the development of a production and distribution control system for the world’s largest nitrogen fertilizer complex at BASF Ludwigshafen.
For most of the 1980’s Tibbals worked for Rockwell International on trusted and secure systems in government and private areas, serving as Principal Investigator, Project Engineer and Systems Engineer on projects in the United States and around the world. He was Product Planner and Rockwell representative on standards committees in the development of the first Rockwell Digital Facsimile Modem systems, which achieved more than 90% market share over a sustained period following its introduction.
From 1983 through 1985, he was Principal Design Engineer for Mostek Systems Technology, heading work on standards, design, and introduction of the VMEbus product line and the development of applications which became dominant in telecommunications, process control, high end workstations, and scientific and medical instrumentation.
During the 1970’s Tibbals served on the academic and research staff of Glasgow and Durham Universities in the UK, where he worked with the Edinburgh Regional Computing Centre, the Digital Cartography Unit, and the Glycoprotein Research Laboratory. He also taught for the Open University and Jordanhill College, and held visiting research and teaching positions at Bogazici University and the University of North Texas, working on instrumentation and systems for environmental monitoring and remediation.
Tibbals earned the BS degree in Chemistry and Mathematics at Baylor University in 1965, where he held scholarships in Chemistry, English, and Old Testament Studies, and was an undergraduate research fellow in electrochemistry. He was awarded his Ph.D. degree from the University of Houston in 1970, for theoretical and experimental research in non-equilibrium statistical mechanics and kinetics of ion-molecule reactions. He won an SRC post-doctoral fellowship in physical silicon chemistry at the University of Leicester, from 1970 to 1972. He has published a number of refereed scientific and technical papers, has received grants and study awards in computer systems architecture, man-machine interfaces, and applications of computers in chemistry, and holds two patents. In 1990 he was awarded a grant from the National Center for Manufacturing Science to visit key technology centers in Japan and study applications of advanced signal processing technology, including fuzzy logic and neural networks. He received a grant from Rockwell to organize a series of three Symposia on Networks in Brain and Computer Architecture from 1986 to 1988. He served as Adjunct Professor in the University of Texas at Dallas School of Human Development, and on the advisory board for the University of Texas at Arlington Advanced Automation and Robotics Center, and for the Rutgers Center for Advanced Information Processing.
He has served the IEEE Dallas CN group as Treasurer, Program Chair, and Board Member. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Biophysical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry (Chartered Chemist), The American Association for the Advancement of Science, The British Computer Society, and the Sigma Xi Society for Scientific Research. He has served on the boards of the Audubon Society Prairie and Cross Timbers Chapter and the Dallas Nature Center. He has served as an advisor to government bodies and companies of information systems and technology for environmental monitoring and improvements. He served on the UK Science and Religion Forum and the Commission on Caring for Creation, and worked with George Dragus and Nicholas Madden on the generation of computerized concordances for early Greek Christian patriarchal writings.
EducationB.S., Chemistry and Mathematics, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1965; Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Houston, 1970
Career HighlightsDirector, Bioinstrumentation Resource Center, UTSW Medical Center: 1997 - present
Research Interests: Interface between electrodes and tissue in electrophysiology, methodology for stimulation and data interpretation, signal processing, and evaluation of effects in electro-stimulation for research and therapy; modeling of effects of electromagnetic stimulation on nerve and bone tissue. Materials and methods in electrochemical and optical sensors for biomedical research and diagnose. Development of research tools for stimulation application management, data collection, and signal processing and data interpretation; Automated visual and sensor monitoring of animal physiology. Vital signs and environmental life support systems development and evaluation. Interfaces for sensors and wireless data transmission.
Product Line Manager and Senior Scientist – Jamieson Kodak, Dallas, Texas 1995-97
Kodak Medical Imaging Systems: Digital cardiology imaging, archiving, and review systems product development and 510K approvals.
Principal Scientist, Biodigital Technologies, Inc., McKinney, Texas, 1991-95
Design and development contracts for biomedical, scientific, and environmental instruments and systems for Teledyne, Bruker-Franzen, Coors, Shelby, NEC, BDM, Innovative SA, Colorado Medical, Marathon LeTourneau, Terraine Ltd., Ellis-Varian Associates (SEMATECH contract), Pacific Technologies, Vanguard Inc. Algorithm and software development for Tau Research, Martingale Research, Teledyne, on NASA, NIH, and DOD contracts. Systems analysis for Bank One, Search Capital, IRM SA, Merrit Corp, GenText, Optical Publishing Inc. Grants from National Center for Manufacturing Science (Ann Arbor MI), Auerbach Publishers. Patents.
Adjunct Professor (Mathematical and Instrumental Methods for Biomedical Science) 1990-95
School of Human Development, University of Texas at Dallas., Richardson, Texas
Product Line Manager, Inmos, Colorado Springs, CO, 1988-91
Western Hemisphere Manager for Digital Signal Processing, Imaging, Transputer product lines; responsible for Universities and Research Programs, IBM Krembs Symposium, technical support for Yale NSF Presidential Fellow, Georgia Tech, Los Alamos, Sandia, UT Arlington, Kodak, Xerox, IBM, General Dynamics, NTT, NEC, Teledyne, and other transputer and DSP projects.
Senior Member of Technical Staff, Rockwell International Collins 1985-88
Rockwell Signal Processing Symposium papers, systems analysis, signal processing.
Principal Design Engineer, United Technologies, Mostek Systems Division 1983-85
Manager and architect of VME systems development, Advanced CAD/CAM, MCC Projects.
Systems Scientist, Project Engineer, Rockwell International 1979-83
Collins (TX), Rockwell Semiconductor (CA), Rockwell Japan, Rockwell Defense Comm. Divs..
Visiting Professor, Chemistry Department, North Texas State University 1978-79
Plant chemistry and physiology, cancer pre-pharma screening, ozone water treatment.
Fellow, Resident Tutor, Van Mildert College, Durham University 1974-79
Research Associate to Glycoprotein Research Lab, Biopharmaceutical Unit, Applied Physics Dept, Mass Spectrometry Center, Digital Geography Lab, Text Concordance Project; Systems Programmer and Consultant for Computer Unit, Science Laboratories, NUMAC.
Course Tutor, The Open University: Chemistry, Technology, Math, Computing 1975-78
Lectures, tutorials, lab instruction at Durham and Yorkshire Open University centers.
Member of Academic Staff, Computing Department, Glasgow University 1972-74
Applications consultant for science and engineering; medical, particle physics, and computer assisted medical instruction projects. Systems Communications project for data and graphics.
• Senior Member, IEEE; officer in local IEEE chapters 1997-present.
• Conference co-chair, Networks in Brain and Computer Architecture, UTD and UNT, 1985-88
• Member American Biophysical Society.
• Member American Chemical Society.
• Member British Computer Society.
• Chartered Chemist, Member, Royal Society of Chemistry
• Society of the Sigma Xi, AAAS
BooksMedical Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine, CRC Press
Introduction to Nanoscience, CRC Press
Fundamentals of Nanotechnology, CRC Press
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