Armand R. Tanguay, Jr. is Professor of Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. He received a B.S. degree in Physics (Cum Laude) from the California Institute of Technology in 1971, and M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University in 1972, 1975, and 1977, respectively. Professor Tanguay is a founding member of the Center for Photonic Technology, serving in the past as both Deputy Director and Director. He is also a founding member of the Biomimetic MicroElectronics Systems Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center in neural prosthetic devices, and of the Integrated Media Systems Center, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center in multimedia and creative technologies, serving as Deputy Director and Associate Director for Research from 1995 to 1997. He has further served as Director of the Center for Neural Engineering, Associate Director for Research of the Signal and Image Processing Institute, and is a member of both the Neuroscience Graduate Program and the Neural, Informational, and Behavioral Sciences Program at USC.
Professor Tanguay’s current research programs are highly interdisciplinary in nature, and include the development of hybrid electronic/photonic multichip modules for vision applications; the design, fabrication, and testing of an intraocular camera to be used in conjunction with advanced conformal multielectrode arrays to form a retinal prosthesis for blindness induced by retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration; the use of human psychophysical techniques to develop optimal image acquisition and stimulation protocols for retinal prosthetic devices with limited numbers of microstimulator electrodes; the study of lateral brightness and chromatic adaptation in the human visual system; and the search for the fundamental origins of layering throughout the human visual and cortical systems.
Professor Tanguay is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and has received the Yale University Harding Bliss Prize, the USC Faculty Service Award, and the Rudolph Kingslake Medal and Prize of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE-The International Society for Optical Engineering). He has served as an elected Faculty Fellow of the Center for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Southern California from 2001 through 2005, and was named a Distinguished Faculty Fellow in May, 2005. In addition, he was presented with a Teacher of the Year award in 2002 by the USC Latter Day Saint Student Association.