|PETER J. KINDLMANN
Professor (Adjunct) of Electrical Engineering, and
Director, Morse Teaching Center in Electrical Engineering
Phone: (203) 432-4294; (203) 453-0535 (off campus)
Fax: (203) 432-7769 [email attachments are much preferred, if less than 5Mb]
|Prospective graduate students and post-doctoral visitors please see note in red at the bottom.
My consulting, which has shaped much of my teaching throughout my over 40 years of doing it at Yale, is now increasingly concerned with establishing proper design and measurement methodology in a time of rapidly growing interdisciplinarity. Researchers and designers crossing disciplinary borders often "travel light." E.g. advances in nanotechnology may lead a materials researcher to the need for pico-ampere measurements without previous exposure to the precautions needed and the design tradeoffs. A mass spectroscopist planning to generate kilo-volts at radio frequencies on a compact printed-circuit board may not know about the material's dielectric losses. Exploration of a novel approach to electrophoresis may not include the means to measure and control electric field gradients precisely. A designer of a hybrid system, combining high precision analog subsystems with digital and/or radio-frequency ones, may not adequately attend to point-of-load power supply conditioning, thermal and shielding issues.
Perspective for successfully contributing to such situations, indeed anticipating them, becomes particularly important when programs seek to mature from their conceptual stages to the "design to spec" stage. Since my early role as founder and director of Yale's first university-wide laboratory for research instrumentation (see below), my design work in academia and industry has continued to bridge disciplines. Proper "provisioning" for crossing disciplinary borders has become second nature. Hence also my concomitant interest in the effective utilization of professional information resources. I think of it all as "common sense."
My interests also reflect the social concerns that need to govern the sensible application of technology to human need. For some thirteen years I have used my EAS-INFO distribution list as a means of making colleagues, students and alumni aware of issues and developments in this realm.
In connection with my teaching at Yale, the Yale Science and Engineering Association honored me in 1996 with its award for "Meritorious Service to Yale University," and again in 2008 with its award for "Distinguished Service to Industry, Commerce and Education." In 1996 the Senior Project of Gregg Favalora, under my supervision, was one of the winners in the BFGoodrich Collegiate Inventors Program (now the Collegiate Inventors Competition). Mr. Favalora has since founded a company to commercialize his further work in this area. In 1998 the Faculty of Engineering awarded me the Sheffield Distinguished Teaching Award.
My teaching/research interests focus on:
I founded and directed Yale's first university-wide laboratory for the design of research instrumentation (1965-79). In those days the scarcity of precision laboratory instrumentation required their custom design. Most such instrumentation is now commercialliy available, but not always used to best effect. I have collaborated in many research projects in robotics, laser physics, computer engineering, biotechnology and medicine. I bring to these collaborations and to my teaching at Yale a viewpoint that is matured by industrial experience and is complementary to that of my academic colleagues.
As a consultant for industry and Life Senior Member of the IEEE, I am involved in planning and designing new products and in helping established companies make transitions to new technology or new applications. This work has led to twenty industrial patents assigned to my consulting clients.
In more recent years I have also provided litigation support involving technical assessment of the electronics aspects of product designs and their reliability, and made assessments in intellectual property cases.
Prospective graduate students and post-doctoral visitors should please note that under my adjunct appointment at Yale I do not run a research program on campus, thus cannot accept graduate or post-doctoral applications. Apart from teaching at Yale, my technical world is in my work off-campus. Nor do I have any connection with the undergraduate or graduate admissions processes.
Selected Publications [Full Publications]
"Gallium-Arsenide Deep-Level Optical-Emitter forFiber-Optics," J. L. Pan, J. E. McManis, T. Osadchy, L. Grober, J. M. Woodall, and P. J. Kindlmann, Nature Materials, 2(6), 375-378, (June 2003); advance online publication, 4 May 2003 (doi:10.1038/nmat887).
"Fundamental limits to force detection using quartz tuning forks," R.D. Grober, J. Acimovic, J. Schuck, D. Hessman, P.J. Kindlmann, J. Hespanha, A.S. Morse, K. Karrai, I. Tiemann, S. Manus, Review of Scientific Instruments, 71(7), p.2776-80 (2000).
"Design and Evaluation of Adiabatic Arithmetic Units," M. C. Knapp, P. J. Kindlmann, M. C. Papaefthymiou, Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing, 14(1-2), 71-79 (1997).
"Single photon imaging X-ray spectrometers using low noise current preamplifiers with dc voltage bias," S. Friedrich, K. Segall, M.C. Gaidis, C.M. Wilson, D.E. Prober, P.J. Kindlmann, A.E. Szymkowiak, S.H. Moseley, IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, 7(2), 3383-6 (1996).
"Implementing and Evaluating Adiabatic Arithmetic Units," M. C. Knapp, P. J. Kindlmann, M. C. Papaefthymiou, Proceedings of the IEEE 1996 Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, p.115-18 (1996).
"Droplet-temperature determination using thermochromic additives," M.M. Mazumder, Gang Chen; P.J. Kindlmann, R.K. Chang, CLEO '95. Summaries of Papers Presented at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, p.430-1 (1995).
"Single-Shot Temporally and Spatially Resolved Chemiluminescence Spectra from an Optically Accessible SI Engine," M. Fields, P.J. Kindlmann, J-B Zheng, S-X Qian, J.C. Swindal, and W.P. Acker, Society of Automotive Engineering Publication No. 950105 (March 1995).
"Temperature-dependent Wavelength Shifts of Dye Lasing in Microdroplets with a Thermochromic Additive," M.M. Mazumder, G. Chen, P.J. Kindlmann, R.K. Chang, and J.B. Gillespie, Optics Letters, 20(16), 1668-1670 (1995).
"Planning and Control of Robotic Juggling and Catching Tasks," M. Buehler, D.E. Koditschek, and P.J. Kindlmann, Internat. J. of Robotics Research, 13(2), 101-118 (1994).
"Development of an Engineering Model and Prototype to Monitor Anatomical Head Orientation Following Intravitreal Gas or Oil Injection," P.J. Kindlmann, P.E. Liggett, and D. Tom, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 35(4), 1617 (1994).
Selected Patents [Full Patents]
"AC/DC Powered Microwave Oven," P.J. Kindlmann, Douglas Low, and Neil Titcomb, U.S. Patent No. 5,276,300, issued Jan. 4, 1994, assigned to International Marine Industries (also, European patents on the same device).
"High Voltage Electrophoresis Apparatus," P.J. Kindlmann, R.A. Valley, Jr., U.S. Patent No. 5,027,018, issued June 25, 1991, Canadian Patent No. 1,307,321, issued Sept. 8, 1992, both assigned to Eastman Kodak Company.
"Optical Navigation System," R.R. Rathbone, P.J. Kindlmann, Robert A. Valley, Jr., Robert A. Valley, Sr., U.S. Patent No. 4,786,167, issued Nov. 22, 1988, assigned to the co-inventors.
"Drive Circuit for Capacitive Electroluminescent Panel," P.J. Kindlmann, U.5.Patent No. 4,527,096 issued July 1, 1985, assigned to Timex Corporation (Timex's Indiglo(tm) backlighting for watches).
"Control System for Electromagnetic Casting of Metals," P.J. Kindlmann, U.S. Patent No. 4,682,645, issued July 28, 1987, assigned to Olin Corporation (the basic process control for the non-contact electromagnetic containment of molten metal in casting ingots).