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Gerwin Schalk
Master of Science in IT
Concentration in E-Business
Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering

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“As a part-time student, I was able to immediately apply what I was learning to my work. I benefited from the big picture of IT that I gained through the program, but I was also able to solve difficult problems as a direct result of my Internet and database courses. I think the IT degree contributed significantly to my promotion.”

“My study in IT facilitated a higher level of success in my research work. The combination of this increased success at work and the encouragement from RPI faculty were a large part of why I chose to go on for the Ph.D. at Rensselaer. I specifically recall the support and invaluable advice from my IT Capstone professor, Dr. Gregory Hughes.”

Background
I completed my early education at Graz University of Technology in Austria where I studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a focus in medical informatics. While overseas, I worked in a wide variety of settings including 2D/3D animations, game development, software design, as well as research on a number of innovative methods. At home, I enjoy a similar variety of activities, including working out with weights and cooking Chinese and Thai food for my growing family.

Highlights of Past Employment:

  • Research Scientist, 1990-1996
    Messphysik Ges.m.b.H., Fuerstenfeld, Austria
    • Invented, designed, and implemented an optical extension measurement system based on standard video cameras for use in material testing

  • Animation Engineer, 1992-1995
    Animated Arts, Graz, Austria
    • Created professional 2D/3D graphics and animations

Current Position:
Research Scientist IV
Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Albany, New York

  • Designed, led development, and project-managed BCI2000 (a general-purpose distributed R&D platform for brain-computer interface research that is currently in use by over 50 laboratories around the world)
  • Designed, and led development of a high-end stimulation and data collection system for research on electrophysiological signals.
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