Randall (Randy) Tagg is currently chair of the Physics Department at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC) and co-director (with Arlen Meyers, MD, MBA) of two interconnected prototyping labs, one on campus and the other off campus. The newest of these labs, the Community Prototyping Lab (CPL), is a collaboration with the nonprofit Micro Business Development. Tagg was an undergrad at Caltech, where he worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His PhD graduate work was at MIT and postdoctoral work (in nonlinear dynamics) was at the University of Texas at Austin. In developing the Community Prototyping Lab, the goal has been to translate the rich variety of resources available at these research institutions into a facility that is available—with student assistance—to small businesses and members of the community (including K-12 teachers and youth groups). A parallel effort on campus (funded by NCIIA) is focused on involving undergraduates from many majors in the development of biomedical instrumentation using ideas from nonlinear dynamics, photonics, nanotechnology, and other emerging technologies. Hence, the name of the on-campus lab (located on the downtown Denver Auraria campus) is the Auraria Emerging Technologies Prototyping Lab.
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