Ph.D. Mathematics, Stanford University
William received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Methods of Educational Research (with specialization in Artificial Intelligence, Statistics and Educational Psychology) in 1987. Prior to that, he was the principal of an innovative primary school, built a house on the Big Island of Hawaii, and contributed foundational research to video games at Atari Research Labs and to artificial intelligence at Advanced Decision Systems. In 1988, as Director of the Autodesk Research Lab, he lead a team that designed and built one of the first immersive virtual reality systems. He continued his work in VR as Principle Scientist of the UW Human Interface Technology Lab, while teaching in Industrial Engineering and in Education. He then moved to Seattle University to lead the Master's Program in Software Engineering. During this time, Dr. Bricken consulted at Paul Allen's Interval Research Lab, focusing on the construction of computational engines based on new mathematical techniques. He is an international authority on Boundary Mathematics, which uses iconic and interactive mathematics to redefine the meaning of computation.
Dr. Bricken was CTO of three start-up companies, each based on his work in VR and in mathematics. He joined the LWTech Math Department in 2006 in order to focus on innovative teaching practices.
M.S. Electronics Engineering, Central Washington University
Peter started teaching electronics at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in 2006. His education includes an Associate in Science degree from Foothill College, an Associate in Arts and Sciences degree from Pierce College, and a Bachelor of Science from Central Washington University.
Peter has held various positions at companies large and small in the electronics industry, from small telecommunication firms to major semiconductor companies. He holds several industry certifications and both federal and state licenses related to the electronics and engineering. He brings high energy and state of the art ideas and processes to his students.
He teaches diverse topics including microcontrollers, data acquisition, and PCB layout.
Ph.D. Nutritional Sciences
Grace Lasker received her B.S. degree in Agronomy from the University of Nebraska. For her master's research, she was able to show epigenetic impact in tomatoes (environmental impact on genetics). Dr. Lasker focused next on human nutrition and obtained a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences. Her research focused on HPLC analyzed l-ascorbic acid and d-isoascorbic acid levels in tomatoes. She is currently working toward her second Ph.D. in Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology.
Dr. Lasker comes to Lake Washington Institute of Technology from the nutritional and agricultural research industry. She has served as project manager, greenhouse operations manager, website developer, and grant writer/editor, among other roles. In 2005, she began her teaching career as a part-time instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Dr. Lasker joined Lake Washington Institute of Technology in the fall of 2006 to help develop and promote the Science Technician program and to teach courses in Chemistry, Biology, Nutrition, and Anatomy & Physiology. Dr. Lasker is also involved in advancing the Clean Energy Technology initiative at LWTech through various grants and teaching.
She has received recognition from the Graduate Women in Science for her master's/doctorate research as well as the Instructional Excellence Award at LWTechech.
George Dalich received his B.S. degree in general science and one in medical technology from Oregon State University. He served in the US Army from 1971-1976, working at Walter Reed Medical Center and Brook Army Medical Center as a medical technologist and a research assistant for the Infectious Disease group. He then returned to Oregon State and received a master's degree and Ph.D. in pharmacology/toxicology by working on liver toxicity of chlorobenzene on rats and rainbow trout.
Dr. Dalich then pursued a twenty year career in the electronics industry, working as the director of quality, technology, and engineering for two companies that manufactured printed circuit boards. He was responsible for process engineering, quality, new technology, and the environmental services department. In 2002 he left industry and began part-time teaching at community colleges - mainly Everett Community College and Cascadia Community College. He has taught mostly biological sciences - cell biology, nutrition, microbiology, anatomy, and physiology. He joined LWTech in 2006 to help further develop the Science Technician program and teach.