Dr. Newsam is an associate professor in the school of engineering at the University of California, Merced. He joined UC Merced as a founding faculty in July of 2005 after being selected from a pool of over 13,000 applicants for one of 60 inaugural positions. From September 2003 to June 2005, he was a post-doctoral researcher with the Sapphire Scientific Data Mining group in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, his M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Davis, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. (So, if you are counting, he is now at his fifth UC institution!) His research interests include image processing, computer vision, pattern recognition and data mining particularly as applied to scientific data.