ALT: Fred's pic

Frederick J. Vetter

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical, Computer & Biomedical Engineering
319 Fascitelli Center for Advanced Engineering

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI 02881-0805

Phone: 401-874-5141  Fax: 401-782-6422

Ph.D. Bioengineering - University of California San Diego, 1999
M.S. Bioengineering - University of California San Diego, 1994
M. Business Administration - University of California Davis, 1989
M.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering - University of California Davis, 1988
B.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering - University of California Davis, 1984

Grad Student Info
Electrical Engineering M.S. Degree Program Requirements
Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Degree Program Requirements

Research Interests
Cardiac Physiology
     - Effects of ventricular anatomy and wall mechanics on electrophysiology
     - Electrical propagation in stretched myocardium
Computational Modeling
     - Finite element method applications in biological tissues
     - Integrated models of propagation in actively deforming soft tissues
     - High-performance computational approaches for biological modeling

Cardiac Engineering Laboratory (restricted access)

BME 181   Biomedical Engineering Seminar I –  Spring 2013
BME 207   Introduction to Biomechanics –  Spring 2020, 2019–2009
BME 307   Bioelectricity – Fall 2019, 2018–2009, 2006
BME 465   Medical Image Processing Lab – Fall 2019
BME 484   BME Capstone Design I – Fall 2010
BME 485   BME Capstone Design II – Spring 2011
EGR 105   Foundations of Engineering I – Summer 2011
EGR 106   Foundations of Engineering II – Spring 2011 (sect 4)
EGR 109   Engineering in Everyday Life – Summer 2016-2011
ELE 205   Microprocessor Laboratory – Spring 2005, Spring-Fall 2004, 2003
ELE 207   Introduction to Biomedical Engineering – Spring 2006–2008
ELE 212   Linear Circuit Theory – Fall 2007
ELE 215   Linear Circuits Laboratory – Spring 2002
ELE 457   Feedback Control Systems – Fall 2005, 2002
ELE 482   Biomedical Engineering Seminar III – Spring 2002

Before asking any professor to change your grade, please read Making the Grade (local copy).

Professional Experience
Jul 2006 - Present Associate Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering
University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI
Jan 2002 - Jun 2006 Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI
Jun 1999 - Dec 2001 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Pharmacology
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY

Selected Publications

  1. Dunn ME, Manfredi TG, and Vetter FJ. Serum natriuretic peptides as differential biomarkers allowing for the distinction between physiologic and pathologic left ventricular hypertrophy. Toxicologic Pathology 45(2):344-352 (April 21, 2017).
  2. Engle SK, Dunn ME, Manfredi TG, Agostinucci K, Powe J, King NMP, Rodriguez LA, Gropp KE, Gallacher M, Vetter FJ, Colton HM, and The Cardiac Hypertrophy Working Group of the Predictive Safety Testing Consortium. 2015. Biomarkers of Pathologic Cardiac Hypertrophy: Investigation of NTproANP and NTproBNP in Rats. The Toxicologist, Supplement to Toxicological Sciences 144(1):1224 (March 2015).
  3. Dunn ME, Manfredi TG, Cosmas AC, Vetter FJ, King J, Rodgers RL. Mechanical function, glycolysis and ultrastructure of perfused working mouse hearts following thoracic aortic constriction. Cardiovascular Pathology 20(6):343-351 (November 2011). PDF
  4. Nair AU, Taggart DG, Vetter FJ. Optimizing cardiac material parameters with a genetic algorithm. Journal of Biomechanics 40(7):1646-1650 (May 2007) PDF
  5. Bien H, Entcheva E, Pertsov A, Mironov S, Vetter FJ. Spatial frequency content in optical mapping of cardiac cell monolayers. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology 291(3):H1484-H1485 (September 2006) PDF
  6. Mironov SF, Vetter FJ, Pertsov AM. Fluorescence imaging of cardiac propagation: spectral properties and filtering of optical action potentials. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology 291(1):H327-H335 (July 2006) PDF
  7. Hyatt CJ, Mironov SF, Vetter FJ, Zemlin CW, Pertsov AM. Optical action potential upstroke morphology reveals near-surface transmural propagation direction. Circulation Research 97(3):277-284 (August 5, 2005) PDF
  8. Vetter FJ, Simons SB, Mironov S, Hyatt CJ, Pertsov AM. Epicardial fiber organization in swine right ventricle and its impact on propagation. Circulation Research 96(2):244-251 (February 2, 2005) PDF
  9. Anumonwo JMB, Tallini YN, Vetter FJ, Jalife J. Action potential characteristics and arrhythmogenic properties of the cardiac conduction system of the murine heart. Circulation Research 89(4):329-335 (August 17, 2001) PDF
  10. Vetter FJ and McCulloch AD. Mechanoelectric feedback in a model of the passively inflated left ventricle. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 29(5):414-426 (May 2001) PDF
  11. Vetter FJ and McCulloch AD. Three-dimensional stress and strain in passive rabbit left ventricle: a model study. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 28(7):781-792 (July 2000) PDF
  12. Vetter FJ and McCulloch AD. Three-dimensional analysis of regional cardiac function: a model of the rabbit ventricular anatomy. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology 69(2/3):157-183 (1998) PDF

Professional Activities
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), member

My other stuff page of links.
Engineering (and other) humor.


Fred Vetter 
ALT: URI logo