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Michael Vicic

Michael A. Vicic
Lecturer and Lab Coordinator for the Undergraduate Laboratory for Molecular Engineering

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Akron; Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, California Insititue of Technology

Office Location: 117 Spalding
Mail Code: 210-41
Phone: (626) 395-4613

 


Biography

Dr. Michael Vicic has over fifteen years experience in modeling complex systems, multivariate data analysis, and program management. He joined the department in Fall 2003.

Currently, Dr. Vicic is a lecturer for undergraduate laboratories in Chemical Engineering (ChE126, ChE128) and Chemistry (Ch15), is the course coordinator for Freshman Chemistry (Ch1ab), and is the lab coordinator for the Undergraduate Laboratory for Molecular Engineering. In previous years he was a lecturer for undergraduate Transport Phenomena (ChE103abc). He is also the Head Advisor for the CA-B chapter of Tau Beta Pi.

Prior to joining the Department of Chemical Engineering, he co-founded Array Dynamics (AD). AD's mission was simple--develop a device that a diabetic can wear to continuously monitor blood glucose levels in a non-invasive, discreet manner. Despite a promising technical solution, unique product concept and novel business model, AD was unable to raise sufficient funds.

Before founding Array Dynamics, he was a product and program manager for Cyrano Sciences, Inc. and was responsible for the development, evaluation, and implementation of intelligent sensor networks, software for process monitoring, sensor manufacturing processes, and proprietary algorithms for multivariate data analysis. Prior to Cyrano Sciences, Dr. Vicic was a specialist in the rheology of complex fluids at Caltech in Prof. Brady's group, where he predicted rheological properties of dispersions, emulsions, and polymer solutions and verified many of these predictions with experiments. Dr. Vicic has additional experience at The Dow Chemical Company and The University of Akron in the areas of latex production, foam extrusion, coextrusion of multi-layer polymeric materials, melt-phase thermoforming, solid-phase graft copolymerization, and desulfurization of coal. He holds more than 10 patents.



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