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Stephen E. Derenzo received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Chicago in 1963, 1965, and 1968, respectively. He has been with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 1968, working first as a Physicist (1968-82) and then as a Senior Scientist (1982- ) affiliated with the Life Sciences Division, Center for Functional Imaging. From 1969-70, he was a Lecturer for the Department of Physics at U. C. Berkeley. In 1980, he joined the faculty of the EECS Department as a Lecturer and has been a Professor-in-Residence since 1988.

Prof. Derenzo has authored or co-authored of over 100 journal articles and conference presentations on his areas of research interest, specifically, nuclear instrumentation for medical imaging; detectors for Positron Emission Tomography (PET); compact gamma cameras; the development of new, dense, ultra-fast scintillators; and first principle calculations of scintillation mechanisms. He has published two books, Interfacing: A Laboratory Approach Using the Microcomputer for Instrumentation, Data Analysis, and Control (1990, Prentice-Hall) and Practical Interfacing in the Laboratory: Using a PC for Instrumentation, Data Analysis, and Control (2003, Cambridge University Press). Prof. Derenzo is also the author or co-author of five U.S. patents that are consistent with his research objectives to improve instrumentation for nuclear medical imaging, with particular focus on the development of new scintillators to accurately detect and measure ionizing radiation.

Prof. Derenzo has been the recipient of a number of awards, among which are the NASA Technical Brief Award (1973), the American Nuclear Society Award for Distinguished Achievement by a Team in Nuclear Technology for Medical Diagnostics (1984), the LBNL Technology Transfer Excellence Award for PET Instrumentation (1989), the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Merit Award (1992), and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society Radiation Instrumentation Outstanding Achievement Award (2001). He is a member of the American Physical Society, and a Fellow of the IEEE for his "contributions to the development of high resolution tomography and the discovery of new scintillators."

Prof. Derenzo retired in July 2015.

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