William Ditto, PhD
Professor of Physics
Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Dr. Ditto received his B.S. in Physics from UCLA and Ph.D. in Physics from Clemson University. Upon completion of his Ph.D. he started out his research career working for the Department of the Navy in Washington, DC where he and his collaborators were the first to demonstrate the control of chaotic systems. This work became a featured cover article for Science News and continues to attract much attention. Dr. Ditto, during his two years as an assistant professor at the College of Wooster and his six years in the Department of Physics at Georgia Institute of Technology, became internationally recognized for his application of chaos control to heart arrhythmias and seizures and epilepsy in the brain. While at Georgia Tech, Dr. Ditto was awarded the prestigious Office of Naval Research young investigator award as well as one of Georgia Tech’s highest college wide achievement awards. In 1999 Dr. Ditto became a founding faculty member of the newly formed Emory/Georgia Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering where he contributed towards their mercurial rise to national prominence.
Dr. Ditto is also internationally known for the development a new type of computer based upon nonlinear dynamics and chaos. This work lays the foundation for the construction of living and chaotic computers. This and other discoveries have resulted in the forming of three companies, Control Dynamics Inc., ChaoLogix, Inc and ChronoBionics LLC.
Author of numerous patents and over 100 publications (including articles in Nature, Science and Scientific American), Dr. Ditto’s research is frequently featured in articles in the national and international press. Such exposure has included news features in Science News, Time Magazine, Scientific American, Business Week and the Washington Post as well as interviews with National Public Radio and features on CNN, BBC and the Discover channel. In recognition of his research achievements Dr. Ditto has recently been named a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
In 2002 Dr. Ditto became the founding chair of the University of Florida’s new Biomedical Engineering Department. Under Dr. Ditto’s leadership the UF Biomedical Engineering Department became the first named department at the University of Florida and attracted over $110M in building and endowment funds for the development of the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida.
On July 1, 2009 Dr. Ditto became the founding director of ASU’s new School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering in the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University and was awarded the Olin Chair of Biomedical Engineering.
On July 1, 2011, William L. Ditto became the new dean of the College of Natural Sciences at UH Mānoa.
William Ditto was the dean of the College of Sciences at NCSU from 2015 to 2017. He is currently a professor at NCSU’s Physics and ECE departments.