Bruce Gluckman promoted to professor


The College of Engineering recently announced the promotion of Bruce Gluckman to the rank of professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM).

Gluckman joined ESM as an associate professor in 2006, after serving as a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at George Mason University since 1998. He also holds appointments in the Department of Neurosurgery in the College of Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Gluckman is associate director of the Penn State Center for Neural Engineering, which he helped establish in 2007.

At George Mason University, Gluckman was a founding member of the Center for Neural Dynamics. In 2016, he was named a Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society. He earned his doctorate in experimental physics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994.

His initial research spanned the physics field of nonlinear dynamics to include both pattern formation and mixing in fluid systems, as well analysis and control of low-dimensional chaotic systems. In this work, he focused on the development of novel measurement, analysis and control techniques, and fostered a strong linkage between data analysis and the physics involved in measurement.

He carried these approaches to his work in neural systems and the control of epilepsy, focusing on understanding the generation of organized activity in neural systems, how to measure and interact with such systems and how to link models, both theoretical and computational, to experiment.

Gluckman’s current research includes the design of implantable electrodes for neural stimulation and recording; instrumentation, electronics and control systems and sensor development for recording and modulating brain activity; the study of seizure dynamics; modeling and observation of biological regulatory systems; modeling and measurement of the multiscale material physics of brain tissue; assimilation of clinical data such as intra-cranial pressure and blood glucose into physiological models for development of better clinical treatments; sustainable approaches to medical treatment; and the links between infectious diseases such as malaria and the development of neurological diseases such as epilepsy.


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Chris Spallino

Bruce Gluckman, professor of engineering science and mechanics

Bruce Gluckman, professor of engineering science and mechanics



The Penn State Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (ESM) is an internationally distinguished department that is recognized for its globally competitive excellence in engineering and scientific accomplishments, research, and educational leadership.

Our Engineering Science program is the official undergraduate honors program of the College of Engineering, attracting the University’s brightest engineering students. We also offer graduate degrees in ESM, engineering mechanics, engineering at the nano-scale, and an integrated undergraduate/graduate program.

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics

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