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Silicon Strides (1988)

Master Minds: LSU Shaping Tomorrow



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Carville, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-05-27

Duration: 00:28:44

Subjects: Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | Computers | Technology | Louisiana State University Agricultural Center | Agriculture | Sweet potato industry | RICE INDUSTRY | Injection molding of plastics | Gillis W. Long Hansen's Disease Center (U.S.) | Health Care | Surgery


  • Campanella, Joseph Narrator
  • Sindler, Mark J. Producer
  • Godoy, Al Photographer
  • Sistler, Fred Interviewee
  • Wright, Malcolm Interviewee
  • Verma, Lalit Interviewee
  • Mohindra, Ranvir Interviewee
  • McIlhenney, Robert Interviewee
  • Basu, Susan Interviewee
  • Sprunk, Bob Interviewee
  • Mathews, Ronnie Interviewee
  • Thompson, David Interviewee
  • Buford, Bill, Jr. Interviewee


This episode of the series “Master Minds: LSU Shaping Tomorrow” from May 27, 1988, features researchers from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge discussing their development of computer programs. It includes interviews with: Dr. Fred Sistler of the LSU AgCenter on his use of machine vision to assist agricultural aviators; Dr. Malcolm Wright of the LSU AgCenter on his development of an electronic sweet potato grading system; Dr. Sistler on his creation of an electronic system to grade ornamental plants; Dr. Sistler and Dr. Lalit Verma of the LSU AgCenter on their development of an electronic rice grading system; Ranvir Mohindra, the Vice President of Operations for Riviana Foods, Inc., on the benefits of the rice grading system to the industry; Dr. Robert McIlhenny of the LSU Department of Industrial Engineering on his work in establishing an injection molding facility for plastics in Louisiana; Susan Basu, an entrepreneur and inventor, and Bob Sprunk, a master tool and die maker for Scientific Fabrication Service, Inc., on the benefits of this facility; Dr. Ronnie Mathews, Dr. David Thompson and Dr. Bill Buford, Jr. on the partnership between LSU and the National Hansen’s Disease Center in Carville in creating a computer model to help improve the tendon transfer surgical procedures for patients with Hansen’s Disease. Narrator: Joseph Campanella