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Dr. Schroeder grew up in the 3 big cities of North Dakota - namely, Grand Forks (elementary), Bismarck (middle/high school) and Fargo (undergrad and grad school). His first visit to NDSU was with his high school jazz band, blowing on the trumpet with all his might. Little did he know at that time the role that NDSU was to play in his future. Returning to NDSU in 1986 he began his quest to become a biomedical engineer. After spending 4 years in the electrical and electronics engineering program while playing on the (last 4 years of the) NDSU tennis team (yes, we used to have a tennis team), he found himself wanting to learn more. Several years of graduate school later, Dr. Schroeder found himself right back at NDSU but now in a faculty role. He is happy to be back at his alma mater and finds enjoyment in working with and shaping the engineers of our future.

Academic Career

Dr. Schroeder received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University (NDSU) in 1990. He returned to NDSU in 1992 to obtain his Electrical Engineering master's degree under Dr. Dan Ewert in 1994 (Thesis title: Optimal Ventricular-Arterial Coupling with Respect to Arterial Elastance). He continued his graduate education at The University of Texas at Austin and received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 1999 (Dissertation title: Acquisition and Quantitative Analyses of EEG During CES and During Concurrent Use of CES and Neurofeedback).

Professional Career

Dr. Schroeder worked at the University of Louisville in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery from 1999 to 2001. Here he took part in studies ranging from donor heart viability after brain death to the totally implantable artificial heart. In 2001 he came to NDSU as a visiting faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. In 2002 he continued his visit as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Schroeder has also done consulting for Boston Scientific in Plymouth, MN.

Research Interests

Dr. Schroeder's interests are in two areas within biomedical engineering. The first area is Brain-Computer Interface research. Here he is developing methods that facilitate the control of objects on a computer monitor by simply using thought. These devices are being built in the hopes that they will someday help those with severely limiting disabilities still communicate with their surroundings. The second area is Bioelectromagnetics. This is a broad area of research in which the beneficial and detrimental effects of electromagnetic fields on the body are being investigated.

Awards and Honors

  • IEEE-EMBS Outstanding Performance Award for a Student Chapter, 1st Place Internationally, 2004
  • Apple Polisher Award to Honor Outstanding Faculty and Staff, Bison Ambassadors, 2002

Selected Publications

  1. Schroeder MJ, B Perreault, DL Ewert, and SC Koenig. HEART: An Automated Beat-to-Beat Cardiovascular Analysis Package Using Matlab®. Comput. in Biol. and Med., 34(5):371-388, July 2004.
  2. Schroeder, MJ, Yeh, T Jr., Austin, EH, and Koenig, SC, A Virtual Instrument for Critical Care Monitoring of Newborn Patients with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome Following Norwood Operation Using LabVIEW®, in Virtual Bio-Instrumentation: Biomedical, Clinical, and Healthcare Applications in LabVIEW®, Olansen, JB and Rosow, E, 176-180, Prentice Hall, 2002.
  3. Schroeder MJ and RE Barr. Quantitative Analysis of the Electroencephalogram During Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation. Clinical Neurophysiology, 112:2075-2083, 2001.
  4. Schroeder MJ, V Phaniraj, SC Koenig, RD Latham, and DL Ewert. The Role of Arterial Elastance in Ventricular-Arterial Coupling in Normal Gravity and Altered Acceleration Environments. Aviat. Space and Environ. Med., 72:1-7, January 2001.
  5. Schroeder MJ, RE Barr. An Alpha Modulation Index for Electroencephalographic Studies Using Complex Demodulation. Med. & Biol. Eng. & Comput., 38(3):306-310, May 2000.

Selected Conference Publications

  1. Sadasiva A*, Schroeder MJ, Nelson RM. The Effect of Fluid Levels on the Distribution of Electromagnetic Fields in the Body. Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference on Bioelectromagnetics, Washington D.C., 299-300, June 2004.
  2. Sadasiva A*, Schroeder MJ, Nelson RM. Effective Permittivity of Biological Materials: An Analysis on the Role of Water Content using Mixing Formulas. Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference on Bioelectromagnetics, Washington D.C., 298-299, June 2004
  3. Suresh J*, Schroeder MJ, Gunasekaran K, Stone J. SMT-MEMS Integrated Process Design for Implantable Thermal Imaging Biosensors. Conference Proceedings of the 2004 Medical Electronics Symposium, Minneapolis, MN, May 2004.
  4. Weinmann RV and *MJ Schroeder. A Microcontroller-Based Ambulatory Brain-Computer Interface Training System, IEEE EMBS Conference, Cancun, Mexico, Sept. 2003.


  • Sr. Design Projects with Bobcat, (Acquired funding), Bobcat Inc.
  • Design Projects for Persons with Disabilities, (Co-PI), NSF
  • Ambulatory Brain-Computer Interface Device: Evaluation and Comparison to Desktop Brain-Computer Interface System, (PI), NDSU Grant-in-Aid

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