CURRICULUM VITAE -- John Thomas Oldenburg


  • Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Electronic Engineering -- California State University, Sacramento


  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1976 (Completed 3 years of the MD curriculum, CWRU School of Medicine; passed part I of the National Medical Board Examination, 1972)
  • M.S.E.E. in Biomedical Electronic Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 1970
  • B.S. in Electrical Engineering (with Honors), Swarthmore College, 1968


  • Original Appointment (Assistant Professor), 1979; Early Tenure, 1981
  • Associate Professor, 1982; Coordinator, Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering, 1982-86
  • Professor, 1985
  • Associate Dean, 1986-95
  • Coordinator, EEE MS Program, 1998 - 2007
  • Associate Dean, 2007 - 2011
  • Professor (Faculty Early Retirement Program) 2011 - 2013
  • Professor Emeritus, 2013


  • 1. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University (research in detection of erythrocyte sickling via laser light scattering), 1977-79
  • 2. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biomedical Engineering Case Western Reserve University (research in fetal ECG monitoring), 1976-77
  • 3. Assistant Project Engineer, E.W. Bliss, Co., Research and Development Division, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 1968


  • 1. American Microscan, Inc. Design and development of instrumentation for the automatic detection of bacterial growth in blood and urine culture, 1981-83
  • 2. Prentice-Hall, Textbook Reviewer, Biomedical Instrumentation, 1986
  • 3. Nimbus, Inc. Design of axial flow turbine blood pump -- blood hemolysis analysis, 1987
  • 4. MAVEN Laboratories. Design analysis of a nausea suppression transcutaneous nerve stimulator, 1991-92
  • 5. Sutter Institute for Medical Research. Design of an electrode array for mapping DC surface potentials on the breast surface, 1995-2001


  • 1. "A theoretical analysis of dielectric measurement as applied to the determination of the electrical properties of a system of artificial vesicular membranes," M.S. Thesis, University of Pennsylvania, 1970
  • 2. "Indirect fetal vectorcardiography -- its potential for prenatal diagnosis," 14th Annual San Diego Biomedical Symposium, February, 1975
  • 3. "Changes in the conduction of fetal heart currents to the maternal abdominal surface during gestation," Symposium on the Electrical Activity of the Heart, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, March, 1975
  • 4. "Indirect fetal vectorcardiography," Ph.D. Dissertation, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1976
  • 5. "Processing the abdominal fetal ECG," IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering, November, 1977
  • 6. "Changes in the conduction of the fetal electrocardiogram to the maternal abdominal surface during gestation," American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, October 15, 1977
  • 7. "Laser light-scattering spectrophotometry in the study of sickle cell anemia," International Workshop on Biomedical Transducers and Measurement, pp 69-70,1978
  • 8. "A multi-angle laser light-scattering spectrophotometer for the study of sickling kinetics in sickle cell anemia," New England Bioengineering Symposium, March, 1979
  • 9. "An in-vivo microelectronic probe for reflection oximetry," Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology, 23:64, 1981
  • 10. "Optimum Stimulation Analysis using MAPLE", Symbolic Mathematics in the Engineering Curriculum, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, August 1, 1990
  • 11. "Catheter-type Blood Pressure Transducer Analysis using MAPLE V", Revitalizing the Engineering, Mathematics and Science Curricula via Symbolic Algebra, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, July 15, 1994
  • 12. "A Virtual Instrument Design Laboratory for Rapid Prototyping of Medical Instrumentation", WESCON '95, San Francisco, CA, November 8, 1995
  • 13. "Development of an Automated System to Evaluate Electrode Properties", Proceedings of the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Symposium, April 25, 1997
  • 14. "Radio Frequency Catheter Ablation: Determining Tissue Contact by Impedance", Proceedings of the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Symposium, April 25, 1997
  • 15. "New Method for Assessing Tissue Contact Before and During Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation", American Heart Association, 70th Scientific Sessions, 1997
  • 16. "Using National Instruments LabVIEW Software in an Introductory Electronics Course -- MOSFET Transistor Parameter Estimation and Bias Circuit Design", Proceedings of the 2004 ASEE/PSW Conference, April, 2004


  • 1. Litzza, G., "Mapping the Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potential Response," 1981
  • 2. Moore, S., "An in-vivo Microelectronic Probe for Reflection Oximetry," 1981
  • 3. Cleavinger, M., "An Assessment Technique For Focal Peripheral Neuropathies: The Estimation of a Distribution of Added Delays," 1982
  • 4. Miller, S., "Multichannel Brainstem Evoked Potential Processing Using a Microcomputer," 1982
  • 5. Hynie, D., "Vector Modeling of the Brain Stem Auditory Evoked Potential," 1983
  • 6. Pantiskas, C., "An Algorithm for Fetal Heart Rate Detection," 1984
  • 7. Howard, A., "A Performance Evaluation of a Microsample Filter Fluorometer," 1985
  • 8. Welge, B., "Detection of Bacterial Growth by Monitoring Changes in Radio-Frequency Impedance," 1986
  • 9. Ono, J., A Prototype Microcomputer-Based Arrhythmia Monitoring System," 1986
  • 10. Grey, T., "The Parameters Necessary for Threshold Stimulation Using the Principles of Magnetic Induction," 1986
  • 11. Aboul-Hosn, W., "Comparison of the Noise Characteristics of Several Common Electrocardiographic Gels," 1987
  • 12. Farbarik, M., "Development of a System for Recording Currents through Cellular Membranes," 1990
  • 13. Davies, G., "A Software System to Detect Single Channel Time Periods from Patch Clamp Recordings," 1991
  • 14. Majithia, K., "An Orthonormal Lead System for Recording 3-Channel Lissajous' Trajectory of the Human Auditory Brainstem Response," 1991
  • 15. Majithia, N., "Quantitative Assessment of Long Bone Fracture Healing by Non-Invasive Vibration Analysis Technique," 1991
  • 16. Maclise, D., "An Investigation of the Zero Drift of the Konigsburg Implantable Pressure Transducer," 1991
  • 17. Ligon, D., "A Comparative Evaluation of the Electrical Characteristics of Electrode Materials Proposed for Use with TENS Stimulation," 1992
  • 18. Tehrani, A., "Development of an Automated System for Recording and Planar Analysis of the 3-Channel Lissajous' Trajectory of the Auditory Brainstem Response in Humans Using Virtual Instrumentation", 1996
  • 19. Hatch, D., "Increasing the Signal-to-Noise Ratio of the Auditory Brainstem Response Using a New Optimized Artifact Rejection Strategy", 1995
  • 20. Artherholt, S., "Design of a Virtual Instrument for Mesurement and 3-D Display of the Impedance of TENS Electrodes", 1999
  • 21. Woods, E., "Analysis of the Frequency Sensitivity of Impedance Measurement of the Catheter Tip Region of Cardiac Ablation Catheters", 2000
  • 22. Riseling, K., "Development and Performance Evaluation of an Ultrasound Beam Profile Analysis System Automated by LabVIEW Virtual Instrument Software", 2001


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Group on Engineering in Medicine and Biology (Member)
  • Sigma Xi (Member)
  • American Society for Engineering Education (Member)
  • Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (Member)
  • Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO), Health Industry Advisory Committee (Member)
  • American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) Referee, Referee Instructor, and Coach, 1991-2009, Davis, CA
  • For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), Judge, Davis Regional Robotic Competition, 2007 - 2013; Championship Judge, 2009 - 2013


  • Elected to Sigma Tau (now Tau Beta Pi) Honor Society for outstanding academic work in engineering, 1967
  • Elected to honorary membership in the American Society for Testing and Materials for research work in materials testing procedures, 1968
  • Elected to associate membership in Sigma Xi for outstanding research achievement, 1968; advaced to full membership, 2000
  • Awarded National Institutes of Health Traineeship for graduate study in Biomedical Engineering, 1968-1976
  • Awarded National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (3 years), 1979
  • Exceptional Merit Salary Award, CSUS, 1984
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, CSUS chapter of Tau Beta Pi, 1984
  • Whitaker Foundation, Special Opportunity Award in Biomedical Engineering: Development of a Biomedical Engineering "Virtual Instrument" Instructional Laboratory, $155,000, 1995
  • CSUS School of Engineering and Computer Science, Distinguished Service Award, 1995
  • IEEE Student Chapter, Outstanding Faculty Award, 1998
  • Performance Salary Increase (PSI) Award, 1998
  • Faculty Merit Salary Increase (FMI) Award, 1999
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science Outstanding Teaching Award, 2004
  • Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Outstanding Service Award, 2004
  • Tau Beta Pi, membership recofirmation, 2008
  • Sacramento State 30-year Service Award, 2010


  • Electromagnetics; Integrated Circuits; Biomedical/Electronic Instrumentation; Clinical Laboratory and Medical Imaging Instrumentation; Applied Bioelectric Phenomena; Biomedical Signal Processing; Transmission Lines and Fields; Analog/Digital Electronics and Elctronics II Laboratory; Research Methodology; Electrical Engineering Computational Methods and Applications; Fundamentals of Engineering; Electronics I; Engineering Computational Methods and Applications

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