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Dr. Weinstock manages programs in electronics and electronic materials that relate to superconductivity, magnetism, negative index materials and nanostructures. He received a BA from Temple University in 1956 and a PhD in Physics from Cornell University in 1962. In 1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate (DHC) from INSA de Lyon for 30 years of service to its students and faculty. After 3 years as an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, he moved to the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in 1965 as an Associate Professor of Physics, advancing to Professor in 1973. From 1979 to 1982 he served as a consultant to the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and from 1982 to 1986 he was editor of two scientific review publications, Cryogenic Information Survey and Superconductive Technology in Review, partially funded by ONR. After 2 years as a consultant to AFOSR, he joined it permanently in mid 1986. He currently manages basic research projects valued at over $20M annually.

Dr. Weinstock has carried out part-time research through 2006 at the University of Maryland on the application of superconducting (SQUID) magnetometry to nondestructive evaluation, a field he initiated during a sabbatical at the Naval Research Laboratory in 1982-1983. Other leaves have been as a Visiting Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium in 1970; the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands in 1972-1973; INSA de Lyon, France in 1993 and 1995; and the University of Houston as Distinguished Welch Professor in 1997-98. In Sep-Oct 2002 he was a Guest Professor at the University of Paris VI, Pierre et Marie Curie, to help establish a research program in SQUID nondestructive evaluation. From 1972 to 1986 he was a part-time Visiting Staff Member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he engaged in research on current-carrying superconductors. He is the author or co-author of over 100 articles on scientific research or educational development and an editor of 11 books, mostly on superconductivity.

Dr. Weinstock has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1975 and was a Board Member of the Applied Superconductivity Conference (ASC) from 1990 to 2004. He served as Board Chair (1998-2000) and directed the ASC in September 2000 at Virginia Beach, VA, with an attendance of over 1,600 registrants. He also took primary responsibility for the editing of the proceedings of the ASC 2000, which appeared as almost 4,000 pages in the March 2001 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity. He has been Director or Co-Director of 8 NATO Advanced Study Institutes (1976 to 1999) in Belgium, France, Norway, the US (2) and Italy (3), and co-directed a NATO Workshop on Advanced Magnetic Materials in Marathon, Greece in June 2000. Other NATO activity includes serving as the lead US delegate on 2 NATO Defense Research Group Long-Term Scientific Studies on High-Temperature Superconductivity (1992-1994) and on Electric Pulsed Power Systems (1996-1998). He co-directed and lectured at a 2005 summer school on superconducting electronics in Italy. He served a 4-year term (2000-2004) as a member of the Board of the European Society for Applied Superconductivity, and on the organizing committees of the European Conference on Applied Superconductivity (EUCAS 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007) and a satellite SQUID Workshop (SQUID 2001). Dr. Weinstock currently serves as principal scientific advisor to the CEO of CardioMag Imaging, Inc. (CMI), a company based in Schenectady, NY that makes SQUID-array sensing systems to detect heart disease non-invasively and without stress. He helped establish this company, recruit senior employees and create its name.

In August 2001, Dr. Weinstock was selected as an Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Fellow, the highest award given by the Air Force for technical excellence and outstanding contributions to the AFRL R&D program. Having joined the IEEE in 2001, he was elevated to Senior Member status in February 2003 and to Fellow status on January 1, 2007, the earliest eligibility possible. He twice (1987 and 1996) attended the Nobel prize ceremony, and was an invited speaker in a symposium at Chalmers University organized in connection with the 1987 Nobel prize in physics. He is principal organizer of a 2007 workshop in Norway entitled "The Road to Room Temperature Superconductivity."

(Published May 7, 2007)

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