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Newsmaker: Ed Schlesinger

| Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010

Ed Schlesinger

Age: 52

Residence: Mt. Lebanon

Family: Wife, Liora; four children, David, 20, Danielle, 18, Daphne, 14, and Ben, 10

Education: Bachelor's degree in physics from University of Toronto; doctorate and master's degree in applied physics from California Institute of Technology

Occupation: Carnegie Mellon University professor and head of the electrical and computer engineering department at CMU

Noteworthy: Schlesinger joined an elite group of engineers as Fellows of the Institute for Electronic and Electrical Engineers for his outstanding research. He was honored for his work in the areas of electro-optic devices and heat-assisted magnetic recording. Some technology could be applied to hand-held devices that can detect radiation.

Background: Since joining Carnegie Mellon in 1985, Schlesinger's research interests have included technology in semiconductors and electro-optic materials, information storage and nanotechnology.

Quote: "It's fascinating work. I'm working with science so it can be exploited to make people's lives better in some way."

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