John MacDuffie Woodburn



University of the Arts

M.S. Industrial Design                                                                          Philadelphia, PA                                               May 2011

·       2011 Presidential Graduate Award

·       Recipient of 2010 Corzo Center Incubator Grant for Net Dialog Project


University of Pennsylvania

M.S. Mechanical Engineering                                                               Philadelphia, PA                                               August 2007

·       Concentration in Biomechanics, GPA of 3.8

·       Independent Studies

Designed a passive and user-friendly hand orthotic for patients who suffer from hemiplegia of the hands

       Designed a micro torsion device for the McKay Orthopedic Institute at the University of Pennsylvania


Villanova University

B.S. Mathematics and B.S. Mechanical Engineering                             Villanova, PA                                                    May 2005

·       Minor concentration in Irish Studies; Leadership Training Certificate

·       Senior Design/Thesis: created a passive two-dimensional haptic device that could be utilized for developing robotic treatment and training solutions for medical applications







Design Consultant                                                                                                                                           July 2011 – Current

·       Consulted for Fathom (

o    Lead Designer/Researcher in a health care project

·       Information and interactive design

·       Concept development and evaluation

·       Visual storytelling

·       Design and ethnographic research


Open Space Planning Intern

Department of City Planning – Pittsburgh, PA                                                                                                               May 2011 – September 2011

·       Currently working on the first comprehensive plan for the city of Pittsburgh. Responsible for designing concepts and visual information for the Open Space section of the comprehensive plan.

·       Conduct research and do comparative analysis, actively participate in meetings with the Senior Planner and consultants, and create materials for public outreach presentations.

·       Developed and implemented social media strategies, primarily Facebook, to encouraged the Planning Commission’s and the City of Pittsburgh Facebook fans to voice their stories and memories of Pittsburgh’s Open Spaces.


Motion Designer

University of Pennsylvania Law School – Philadelphia, PA                                                                                             February 2011 – May 2011

·       Freelance motion graphics designer for Penn Law School student documentaries. Assisted the students in creating professional quality films, some of which will be submitted to film festivals.


Manager, Industrial Design Machine Shop

University of the Arts – Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                                       August 2009 – May 2011

·       Helped students design and fabricate projects using a wide range of processes and materials


Founder and Director

Pedal Cooperative – Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                                            September 2007 – May 2010

·       Founder and Director of an award-winning, worker-run organization that provides environmentally-friendly recycling and composting services to businesses in Philadelphia; now serving 80 businesses, including Razorfish, Yards Brewing Company, Wharton Business School at University of Pennsylvania, Kelly Writing House at University of Pennsylvania, Trader Joe’s, and WRT design. The Pedal Co-Op’s mission is to diminish the caustic environmental impact that is threaded into everyday processes such as waste collection and disposal.

·       Designed the first fully functional Pedal Co-Op bicycle trailer and compost machine



Bilenky Cycle Works – Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                                        May 2008 – May 2009

·       Interned in a custom hand-built bicycle shop; fabricated and brazed custom bicycle frames and enhanced my craftsmanship skills


Research Engineer

University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA                                                                                                               June 2005 – December 2008

·       Research Assistant in the Metabolic Magnetic Resonance Research and Computing Center: helped develop Hyperpolarized 3Helium and 13Carbon MRI lung studies and sinus studies; Lead Investigator on the flow pattern of gas in the sinuses

·       Designed a high-precision multiple-gas ventilator for use in Hyperpolarized Gas MRI studies that were not previously possible

·       Designed a human gas delivery device currently used at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where it is used in MRI lung studies and has become an integral component in diagnosing the onset of emphysema

·       Utilized MathCAD, MATLAB, and COMSOL for analyzing gas flow patterns in the sinuses and lungs to improve contemporary medical techniques



ALAH Architecture – Rye, NY                                                                                                                                      May 2000 – September 2000

·       Created prototype models under the guidance of the lead Architect and formatted the AutoCAD drawings produced for review




·       2011 Presidential Graduate Award for the MID Department at University of the Arts

·       Recipient of 2010 Corzo Center Incubator Grant for Net Dialog Project

·       Recipient of the Samuel Fels grant, Philly Car Share Community Improvement Grant, and Philadelphia Hero Award

·       Pedal Cooperative nominated for the Philadelphia 100 (100 fasted growing companies in Greater Philadelphia region)

·       Pedal Cooperative won Best of the City from Comcast in 2009




University of the Arts                                                        Philadelphia, PA


  January 2011 – May 2011                                                                            

  • Teaching assistant for Professor Slavko Milekic:                                     Psychology of Touch (undergraduate)                          


  September 2010 – December 2010                                                                                                                                                               

  • Teaching assistant for Professor Slavko Milekic:                                     Art and Inclusionary Education (graduate)                   


  January 2010 – May 2010                                                                                                                                                                

  • Teaching assistant for Professor Rama Chorpash:                                   ID Junior Studio: Utility Cargo Cycle (undergraduate)


  September 2009 – December 2009

  • Teaching assistant for Professor Slavko Milekic:                                     Psychology of Human/Computer Interaction (undergraduate)



University of Pennsylvania                                                Philadelphia, PA


  May 2007 – August 2007                                                                                                                  

  • Designed and taught:                                                                            Mechanics of Human Motion (graduate)          





Carnegie Museum of Art

Two Minute Film Festival                                                                  Pittsburgh, PA                                               July 2011

“After 57 Agonizing Years…” – Short Film


Mass Museum of Contemporary Art

An Exchange with Sol Lewitt                                                               North Adams, MA                                          January 2011

“A to B” – User Interactive, Mixed Media


Crane Gallery

Design Does                                                                                          Philadelphia, PA                                             April 2010

“Pixel” and “X Marks the Spot” – User Interactive


National Constitution Center

Into the Open                                                                                        Philadelphia, PA                                             July 2009

Edible Schoolyard Garden Exhibit


Bicycle Film Festival

                                                                                                              Philadelphia, PA                                             June 2009

“Bicycle Cupid” – Short Film


Filmed by Bike

                                                                                                              Portland, OR                                                  February 2009

“Bicycle Cupid” – Short Film




Papers (Co-author on 12 peer reviewed papers)


Kiarash Emami, Stephen J. Kadlecek, John M. Woodburn, Jiangling Zhu, Jiangsheng Yu, Vahid Vahdat, Stephen Pickup, Masaru Ishii, Rahim R. Rizi, "Improved Technique for Measurement of Regional Fractional Ventilation by Hyperpolarized 3He MRI, Magnetic Resonance in Medicine," 2010 Jan; 63(1):137-150.


Yu J, Rajaei S, Ishii M, Law M, Emami K, MacDuffie Woodburn J, Kadlecek S, Vahdat V, Guyer R.A, Rizi R.R, "Measurement of Pulmonary Partial Pressure of Oxygen and Oxygen depletion rate with Hyperpolarized Helium-3 MRI: A Preliminary Reproducibility Study in Pig Model," Acad Radiol., 2008 Jun; 15(6):740-52.


Emami K, Cadman RV, MacDuffie Woodburn J, Fischer MC, Kadlecek S, Zhu J, Pickup S, Guyer RA, Law M, Vahdat V, Friscia ME, Ishii M, Yu J, Gefter WB, Shrager JB, Rizi R.R, "Early changes of lung function and structure in an elastase model of emphysema – a hyperpolarized 3He MRI study," J Appl Physiol, 2008 Mar; 104(3):773-86.


Emami K, Cadman R.V, MacDuffie Woodburn J, Fischer M.C, Kadlecek S.J, Zhu J, Guyer R, Law M, Vahdat V, Friscia M, Ishii M, Yu J, Gefter W.B, Shrager J.B, Rizi R.R, "Early Changes of Lung Function and Structure in an Elastase Model of Emphysema – A Hyperpolarized 3He MRI Study," Journal of Applied Physiology, 2007 Dec 6.


Ishii M, Emami K, Kadlecek S, Petersson JS, Golman K, Vahdat V, Yu J, Cadman R, MacDuffie Woodburn J, Rizi RR, "Hyperpolarized C-13 MRI of the Pulmonary Vasculature and Parenchyma, Journal of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine," 2007, 57 (3): 459-63.


Kadlecek, S.J, Emami K, Fischer M.C, Ishii M, Yu J, Woodburn J.M, Vahdat V, Lipson D.A, Baumgardner J.B, Rizi R.R, "Imaging Physiological Parameters with Hyperpolarized Gas MRI," Journal of Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, 2005 47: 187-212.



Abstracts (Co-author on 35 plus peer reviewed abstracts)


MacDuffie Woodburn J, Ishii M, Yu J, Emami K, Cox C, Kadlecek SJ, Vahdat V, Cadman R, Rajaei S, Nakayama T, Guyer R, Lipson DA, Gefter W, Rizi RR, "Hyperpolarized Helium3 Phase-Contrast Velocimetry on Human Paranasal Sinus Ostial Patency," ISMRM, May 2007, Berlin, Germany.


Emami K, Kadlecek S, Pickup S, MacDuffie Woodburn J, Zhu J, Yu J, Vahdat V, Ishii M, Cadman RV, Rajaei S, Cox C, Guyer G, Law M, Stephen M, Shrager JB, Lipson D.A., Gefter W.B, Rizi RR, "An Improved Technique for Measurement of Gas Diffusion Anisotropy in Lung," ISMRM, May 2007, Berlin, Germany.


Emami K, Kadlecek S, Cadman RV, Pickup S, Vahdat V, Zhu J, MacDuffie Woodburn J, Yu J, Ishii M, Rajaei S, Cox C, Guyer G, Law M, Stephen M, Shrager JB, Lipson D.A., Gefter W.B, Rizi RR, "Dependency of Gas Diffusion Measurements in Lung on Respiratory Pressure – Volume," ISMRM, May 2007, Berlin, Germany.


Emami K, Guyer G, Kadlecek S, MacDuffie Woodburn J, Zhu J, Vahdat V, Nakayama T, Yu J, Cadman R.V, Ishii M, Rajaei S, Cox C, Law M, Stephen M, Shrager JB, Lipson D.A., Gefter W.B, Rizi RR, "A Novel Approach to Measure Regional Lung Ventilation Using Hyperpolarized 3He MRI –Potential in Clinical Studies," ISMRM, May 2007, Berlin, Germany.


Nakayama T, Emami K, Kadlecek S, Pickup S, MacDuffie Woodburn J, Zhu J, Yu J, Vahdat V, Ishii M, Cadman R,V, Rajaei S, Cox C, Guyer R, Law M, Stephen M, Shrager J, Lipson D. A., Gefter W.B, Rizi RR, "A Shielded NMR System Suitable for Parahydrogen-Induced Polarization," ISMRM, May 2007, Berlin, Germany.


Cadman R.V, Kadlecek S, Baumgardner J, Cox C, MacDuffie Woodburn J, Rajaei S, Vahdat V, Emami K, Yu J, Ishii M, Rizi R.R, "An economical laboratory-scale system for purifying 3He," ISMRM, May 2007, Berlin, Germany.


Emami K, Ishii M, Zhu J, MacDuffie Woodburn J, Yu J, Kadlecek SJ, Vahdat V, Brainard BM, Friscia ME, Shrager B, Rizi RR, "Quantitative Assessment of Lung Volume Reduction Surgery Effectiveness in Improving Functional Pulmonary Performance of Emphysematous Sugjects – A Small Animal Model," ISMRM, May 2006, Seattle Washington.


Vahdat V, Kadlecek SJ, Rajaei S, Yu J, Emami K, MacDuffie Wodburn J, Ishii M, Hammond F, Rizi RR, "Method for Continuous Measurement of Nuclear Para State Enrichment in Hydrogen Gas with Applications to Hyperpolarized Heteronuclear Contrast Agents," ISMRM, May 2006, Seattle Washington.