Arthur Wetzel received his BA in chemistry from Thiel College in 1973.
He did his Ph.D. work on genetic algorithms for combinatorial optimization
at the Interdisciplinary Department of Information Science at the University
of Pittsburgh and served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor there during 1980
and 1981. From 1981 to 1983 he was a Member of the Technical Staff of Bell
Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel New Jersey developing hardware description
languages, compilers and simulation tools used for integrated circuit design
in the Transmission Technology Department. In 1983 he joined Pixel Computer
Inc. as a consulting engineer and became its Vice President of R&D in 1985.
After returning to Pittsburgh in 1988 he worked within the Computing Services
Department of Carnegie Mellon University until 1995 on projects including a
port of the Mach Operating System and the image capture, compression, display
and transmission components of the DEC/DARPA sponsored Mercury project. Serving
as an adjunct faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh since 1988 he has
taught a variety of courses on technical subjects for the Information Science
and Telecommunications programs. He has also been active in consulting and
is the author of the Aurora optical character recognition program which has
been successful in converting difficult historical texts to computer form.
Since September 1995 he has been with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center
working on a number of biomedical image and data processing applications.