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Mark A. Schulze, Ph.D.

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Mark A. Schulze, Ph.D.
8800 Granada Hills Drive
Austin, Texas 78737


Independent Consultant, January 2004 - present.
Research and development of algorithms for processing, analyzing, classifying, and extracting data from images for a variety of clients and applications, including semiconductor inspection microscope analysis algorithms, touch screen detection algorithms, multiple-view (light field or plenoptic) image processing, and electronic nose data analysis. Portable computer and mobile app development (Android and iOS) for a parachutist navigation system (GlideLine) with emphasis on user interface design, data analysis and visualization. Development of a geospatial mobile/web application for live tracking of unmanned balloon flight including system and meteorological data.

Qcept Technologies Inc., Austin, Texas.
Various positions, January 2005 - March 2006.
Research and development of image processing and analysis algorithms for a chemical metrology instrument for semiconductor wafer inspection. Managed a small team of software engineers and algorithm developers and wrote pilot quality assurance and software validation procedures for the small start-up company.

nLine Corporation, Austin, Texas.
Image Processing Engineer, August 2000 - January 2004.
Research and development of image processing and analysis algorithms for an automated holographic (3D) microscope. Worked closely with software development and optical system design groups to implement algorithms and characterize and improve the performance of the microscope. The holographic microscope is part of a next-generation semiconductor wafer inspection tool.

Perceptive Scientific Instruments (PSI), League City, Texas.
Assistant Director of R&D, December 1998 - July 2000.
Responsible for managing all aspects of Research and Development, including technical supervision, new product definition and specification, and product approval and documentation. Supervised PSIís software validation, technical writing, and FDA compliance efforts, and performed product management for North American markets. Worked closely with PSIís international sales and marketing office to design new products for both North American and overseas markets. PSI designed instruments for use in cytogenetics laboratories, including automated karyotyping and fluorescence microscopy image analysis systems. The portion of PSI concerned with product development, sales, and support was sold by IRIS in July 2000 to Applied Imaging Corporation.

Senior Research Engineer, PSI Research Department, now known as Soft Imaging LLC, May 1996 - July 2000.
(Role continued time permitting December 1998 - July 2000.) Developed image analysis and pattern recognition methods for automated medical microscopy with applications in cytogenetics. Principal Investigator of two NIH-funded SBIR grants and project manager of several others. Led new product specification and development of an automated microscope system for event finding and scoring for brightfield and fluorescence microscopy. Involved in all aspects of research projects, integrating optics, hardware, algorithms, and software development. Specific techniques included feature extraction, classification, image enhancement, optimization, wavelets, deconvolution, image fusion, and active contours.

Landcare Research New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand.
Research Scientist, February 1995 - April 1996.
Research in image processing techniques for satellite remote sensing imagery, including speckle noise modelling and reduction for synthetic aperture radar, model-based edge detection, and the use of active contours for automatic coastline delineation.

AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey.
Member of Technical Staff - Level I, Summer 1993.
Research in digital halftoning of images for laser printing and facsimile transmission. Developed better and faster techniques for converting images to black and white for printing and transmission.

National Instruments, Austin, Texas.
Engineering Intern, June 1988 - August 1989.
Research and development of a line of signal conditioning products (optical isolation and electromechanical relay boards, some of which are still sold; for example: SC-2060, SC-2061, and SC-2062) for use with personal computer data acquisition boards. Responsible for all stages of development for the product line, including market research, design, testing, and documentation.

TRW Space & Electronics Group, Redondo Beach, California.
Summer Associate Engineer, Summer 1987.
Developed software for programmable digital signal processing boards.

U.S. Olympic Festival - '91, Los Angeles, California.
Volunteer, Summer 1991. Worked with the festival torch run.

U.S. Olympic Festival - '86, Houston, Texas.
Assistant to Producer/Director of Opening Ceremonies, Summer 1986.
Set up, controlled, and repaired sound equipment for rehearsals. Supervised and assisted with practices of over 2000 performers.

Southwest Scientific Corporation, Houston, Texas.
Computer Programming Consultant, Summer 1985.
Developed programs to prepare and print hospital X-ray reports.

Texas Scientific Corporation, Houston, Texas.
Quality Control Technician and Computer Programmer, Fall 1978 - Summer 1981.
Tested voice synthesizers for the Radio Shack TRS-80 personal computer and developed driving and demonstration software.


University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas.
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, 1994.
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1990.
Concentration in Biomedical Engineering.
Supervisor: Prof. John A. Pearce.
Ph.D. Dissertation: Biomedical Image Processing with Morphology-Based Nonlinear Filters
M.S. Thesis: Mathematical Properties of the Pseudomedian Filter

Rice University, Houston, Texas.
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, summa cum laude, 1988.
B.A. in Managerial Studies, summa cum laude, 1988.

Sharpstown High School, Houston, Texas.
1984 Valedictorian.

Honors and Professional Activities

Technical Publications and Patents

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Mark A. Schulze

Last updated: 07 April 2014.