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Mechanical and Materials Engineering Seminar: An Introduction to Wireless Sensor Networks
Friday, June 2, 2006 - 3:00pm to Friday, June 2, 2006 - 4:00pm

The Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering (MME) at PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science presents as part of the MME Seminar Series, An Introduction to Wirless Sensor Networks.

Title: "An Introduction to Wireless Sensor Networks"

Speaker: Mark Faust, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Portland State University

Date: June 2, 2006

Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Location: Room 102, Engineering Building, 1930 SW Fourth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97201 (map)

This series is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, (503) 725-4290 or

Recent advances in embedded computing have led to the emergence of wireless sensor networks consisting of small battery powered "motes" each with a radio transmitter, microcontroller, and one or more sensors. Configured in flexible networks, these increasingly inexpensive motes can be deployed in a range of diverse physical environments for a variety of applications including natural resources monitoring, health care, industrial controls, and monitoring for biological/chemical hazards. Wireless sensor networks are a rich area for interdisciplinary research and development. Aside from presenting interesting problems in networking and synchronization, energy efficient computing, distributed systems, and operating systems, the rich variety of potential applications presents numerous opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary projects to design and deploy wireless sensor networks. This talk will present a survey of wireless sensor networking technology with an emphasis on available tools and promising applications.

Speaker Biography
Mark Faust is an assistant professor in PSU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to joining PSU two years ago, Mark was general manager of Asian Operations for Credence Systems Corporation, a leading automated test equipment manufacturer. Before joining Credence he was vice-president of engineering at TSSI/Summit, the industry pioneer and leader in design-to-test software. He later served as vice-president of engineering at Mitron, a software startup focused on software for the efficient automation of printed circuit board manufacturing. He has held a variety of engineering and engineering management positions at Tektronix and startup Perq Systems and taught computer engineering at The University of Portland. He holds a B.S. in mathematics and computer science and an M.S. in computer engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University.