Most recently, Todd McCollough worked as a patent examiner (biomedical engineering) for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). During this time he focused on scientific and legal evaluations of patent applications directed to diagnostic imaging systems and methods by applying U.S. statutes of eligible subject matter, novelty, obviousness, and usefulness.
Prior to this role, Todd worked for over eight years as a research biomedical engineer on a research and product development project for Ellumen, Inc. using electromagnetics to produce healthcare diagnostic images. He performed data collection, data analysis, and image reconstruction using custom written software programs. During this time, Todd was a co-inventor on four issued U.S. patents, a co-author on four peer reviewed scientific papers, and participated in two presentations at international conferences. He had his first patent granted in August 2015, titled “Dielectric Encoding of Medical Images.” He had his second patent granted in July 2016, titled “Distributed Microwave Image Processing System and Method.” He had his third patent granted in July 2017, also titled “Dielectric Encoding of Medical Images.” He had his fourth patent granted in January 2018, titled “Microwave Imaging Device.” Below are four patent certificates created to celebrate the accomplishment of having the patents issue:
While working for Ellumen, Todd also helped with grant editing and writing, technical report editing and writing, and presentations. Todd was a co-author on a paper titled “A Phase Shift and Sum Method for UWB Radar Imaging in Dispersive Media,” published in IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques in 2019. He was a co-author on a paper titled “A Time-Domain Measurement System for UWB Microwave Imaging,” published in IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques in 2018. Todd was a co-author on a paper titled “A Phase Confocal Method for Near-Field Microwave Imaging” published in IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques in 2017. He was a co-author on a paper titled “A Novel Cavity Backed Monopole Antenna with UWB Unidirectional Radiation” published in Progress In Electromagnetics Research C in 2017. Todd was a co-author on a poster presentation titled “Experimental Microwave Near-field Detection with Moveable Antennas” at the IEEE AP-S Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting in San Diego, CA, in July 2017. He was a co-author on a poster presentation titled “Microwave Detection of an Osteophyte in a Knee” at the 6th International Workshop on Computational Human Phantoms in Annapolis, MD, in August 2017.
Todd began carrying a golf bag and caddying after 7th grade. Over the years, Todd caddied at Biltmore Country Club, the Ivanhoe Club, and Wynstone Golf Club, all located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. Todd attended Barrington High School in Barrington, IL, where he participated in Cross Country, Track and Field, Scholastic Bowl, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE), Chess Club, Ping-Pong Club, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Concert and Symphonic Bands. Todd was awarded a Chick Evans Scholarship by the Western Golf Association / Evans Scholars Foundation to Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. The Chick Evans Scholarship is a full tuition and housing scholarship awarded to those who have a strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need, and outstanding character. While at Northwestern University, Todd participated in the Northwestern University Marching Band, Intramural Sports, Cru, and additional roles as further detailed below. Todd continued to caddy until he was a junior at Northwestern University.
Todd has experience repairing and diagnosing computer problems for Evans Scholars and for faculty, staff, and students at Northwestern University. He performed virus and malware remediation, diagnosed general operating system problems, and troubleshot network connectivity issues for laptop and desktop computers while serving as an Information Technology Support Consultant at Northwestern University for a year and a half. Todd also has experience as an Internet Consultant designing, developing, and maintaining websites, forums, and blogs with a focus on WordPress. He made the former website (active July 2006 – October 2009) for the Northwestern University Evans Scholars while serving as the Evans Scholars Technology Chair for 3 years. He also has worked on several other domains such as a site to showcase a psychotherapist. He has experience increasing traffic using search engine optimization and web analytics. In addition, he has experience researching, writing, and publishing articles on healthcare topics which have been cited by the Journal of Forensic Dental Sciences, Science in Society Review, and an international conference on pediatric anesthesia.
Todd worked for a year in the Northwestern University Biophotonics Laboratory as a Biomedical Research Technologist. He worked with a lung cancer screening detection system using a novel optical imaging technique called partial wave spectroscopic microscopy (PWS). He gathered and transferred biopsy specimens on to microscope slides, stained microscope slides, collected images of different cell types using PWS, and analyzed images using different software tools. Todd also served as a teaching assistant (TA) for BME 325: Introduction to Medical Imaging (Fall 2009) taught by professor Alan Sahakian at Northwestern University. He provided tutoring to students, graded assignments and exams, and maintained records.
Todd received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biomedical Engineering with a biomedical signals and images concentration from Northwestern University, with a second major in Economics in 2009. He further received a Master of Science (MS) in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2010. Todd also participated in the Northwestern Undergraduate Leadership Program (ULP) and successfully earned his Certificate in Leadership. The program allowed Todd to develop and practice his leadership skills.
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