HERSCHEL L. SEDER, A&S 1939, was a trustee of the university for 20 years. In his term as trustee, he served on the advisory committees of the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Advanced International Studies, and the Applied Physics Laboratory. Mr. Seder is now trustee emeritus.
His most significant and greatest contribution to Johns Hopkins was his pivotal role in pioneering the university's expansion into the field of biomedical engineering. This initiative helped lead Hopkins to become a world-class institution in this prestigious field. In 1979, the university honored him with the Distinguished Alumni Award and, in 2000, with the Heritage Award.
Mr. Seder has been chairman and president of the Milwaukee Valve Company since 1959. He was twice elected to the Hall of Fame in the valve industry. The company has been honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Midwest Regional Subcontractor of the Year and was cited by the military for its contributions to Operation Desert Storm.
Mr. Seder and his wife, RUTH A. SEDER, were very active in fundraising activities for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago and United Cerebral Palsy for which Mr. Seder serves on the board. They were nationally honored in 1983 as recipients of the Humanitarian Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith. Ruth Seder was active in the Brandeis University Women's Committee beginning in 1951 on both local and national levels. She was a trustee of the Jewish Woman's Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and was involved in the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Mrs. Seder died in 2002. Mr. and Mrs. Seder have four children and nine grandchildren.
The Hopkins legacy extends to two of the Seder children, John and Robert, and Mr. Seder's daughter-in-law, Ms. Deborah Harmon-Seder, all of whom graduated from Johns Hopkins University. John Seder has been very active in fundraising for Hopkins, and Dr. Robert Seder is a former member of the University Board of Trustees, and member of the Whitaker Biomedical Engineering Advisory Council.
MICHAEL I. MILLER, Engr 1979 (MSE), Med 1984 (PhD), the Herschel and Ruth Seder Professor of Biomedical Engineering, directs the Center for Imaging Science in the Whiting School of Engineering and holds joint appointments in electrical and computer engineering, applied mathematics and statistics and computer science. Dr. Miller focuses his research on pattern theory, computational anatomy and computational linguistics. He was named the 2003 International Man of the Year by the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, and in 2000 was named one of the Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century. Dr. Miller was recognized in July 2002 by ISI Essential Science Indicators (http://www.in-cites.com/scientists/DrMichaelIMiller.html) as having the highest rate of increase of cited publications in the field of engineering. In 1986 Dr. Miller received the Presidential Young Investigator Award. He joined the Hopkins faculty in 1998. For more information, see http://www.cis.jhu.edu/people/faculty/mim.