Professor in the departments of electrical and computer and biomedical engineering at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit. Auner is the director of the smart sensors and integrated microsystems program. His primary research focus involves the R&D of biomedical microsystems and BioMEMS systems. Auner formed a consortium within the smart sensors program involving the Karmanos Cancer Institute for an ultrasonic breast cancer detection system and Childrenís Hospital of Michigan for robotic surgery and real-time surgical diagnostics. He holds more than 20 issued and pending patents for chemical, biomedical, and environmental sensors and microsystems. His findings have been included in more than 180 research publications. Auner has received several teaching, research, and educational awards. He received both the Everyday Hero Award from the RARE Foundation and the WSU Safety Award in 2006. Auner earned his bachelorís, masterís, and PhD degrees from WSU.