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George Stetten received a Research to Prevent Blindness Innovative Ophthalmic Research Award for his work using augmented reality to help surgeons better see and operate on the eye. Established in 2011, the award comes with a $100,000 grant.

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Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Noteworthy: Stetten was granted a Research to Prevent Blindness Innovative Ophthalmic Research Award to support his ongoing research using augmented reality to help surgeons better see and feel during operations on the eye.

Age: 59

Family: Wife, Nancy; two daughters

Residence: Fox Chapel

Occupation: Professor of bioengineering in the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering. Serves as a research professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute and is director of Pitt and CMU's Visualization and Image Analysis Laboratory and the Music Engineering Laboratory.

Background: Stetten has been at Pitt since 1999, where he invented the sonic flashlight, which allows surgeons to see above and below the skin simultaneously.

Education: Stetten earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and applied physics from Harvard University in 1976, a master's degree in biology from New York University in 1986, an M.D. from State University of New York, Syracuse, in 1991 and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of North Carolina in 2000.

Quote: “We're taking reality and augmenting it, and we're doing it with imaging as well as touch..”

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