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Research Areas

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department's main areas of research are as follows:

  • Communication, Control, and Signal Processing - Active research areas include wireless communications and networking, communications traffic modeling, pattern recognition, computer vision, medical and natural image processing, field programmable gate arrays (FPGA), spacecraft and aircraft controls, fuzzy logic control, multivariable controls, optimal controls, and nonlinear controls.
  • Devices, Circuits and Systems - Active research areas include computer generated holography, fiber-optic sensors, laser and detector design, optical and optoelectronic networks, optical image processing, optical interconnects for multichip modules, optical systems, and optoelectronic material science. 
  • Energy and Sustainability - Active research projects include quantum devices, integrated force arrays, materials for submicron lithography, vacuum microelectronics,radiation hardened devices, analysis and measurement of interface traps,packaging and systems integration, and device modeling. 
  • High Performance Embedded Computing- Active research projects include CAD for VLSI applications including logic synthesis and physical design, design-for-testability, test generation, fault tolerance, parallel computer architectures, biotelemetry instrumentation, embedded systems and robotics, embedded computing and architectures, Real-time OS, reconfigurable computing, multicore computing, digital VLSI, analog mix signal and RF Electronic circuit design.
  • Power Systems - Active research areas include power systems, electromechanics, robotics, economic operation of power systems, electromechanical systems and drives, industrial robotics systems, and microelectromechanical systems.

Faculty Members by Area of Interest

Devices, Circuits and Systems

Dr. Ryan Adams, Ph.D

Associate Chair, Undergraudate Coordinator, and Associate Professor
  • High frequency circuit design and measurement
  • Ferrite microwave devices
  • Electromagnetic wave propagation in complex media
  • Modern numerical methods in electromagnetics

Dr. Jonathan Bird, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
  • Electrical Machines
  • Computational Electromagnetics
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Maglev

Dr. Robert Cox, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
  • Power Systems

Dr. Michael Fiddy, Ph.D.

  • Inverse Optical Problems and Imaging
  • Optical Information Processing
  • Sythesis of Metamaterials

Dr. Mehdi Miri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
  • Electromechanics/micro-electromechanics
  • Power Systems
  • Robotics

Dr. Babak Parkhideh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Farid Tranjan, Ph.D.

  • Device Processing
  • Resists
  • Etching
  • Display Technology

Dr. Raphael Tsu, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor
  • Quantum Devices
  • Device Materials
  • Materials Growth and Characterization
  • Photovoltaics

High Performance Embedded Computing

Ms. Nabila (Nan) BouSaba

Faculty Associate

Dr. Jim Conrad, Ph.D.

  • Computer Engineering
  • Embedded Systems
  • Robotics
  • Computer Architecture

Dr. Bharat Joshi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
  • Fault-Tolerance
  • Parallel Computing
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Design and Analysis of Algorithms

Dr. Arindam Mukherjee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
  • Embedded Chip Multiprocessing - Computing and Architecture
    • Tools
    • Methodologies
    • Design
  • Real-time Operating Systems
    • Dynamic Scheduling
  • High Performance Simulation
    • Multicore Processor Simulator - CASPER
    • Fast Simulation for Smart Electric Grids
  • Computer Aided Design
    • Real-time Analytics and Optimization for Smart Electric Grids
    • Auto-Tuning Multicore Code Execution
    • VLSI CAD

Dr. Arun Ravindran, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
  • Multicore Algorithms & Computing
  • Multicore Architectures
  • Autotuning
  • Low power analog and mixed signal design

Dr. Ronald Sass, Ph.D.

  • Reconfigurable Computing for High Performance Systems

Power Systems

Dr. Valentina Cecchi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
  • Power Systems
  • Power Electronics
  • Electronic Devices and Analog Electronics

Dr. Badrul Chowdhury, Ph.D

  • Power system modeling, analysis, and control
  • Renewable and distributed energy resource modeling and integration in Smart Grids
  • Microgrid control and optimization
  • Electricity markets in transmission and distribution systems

Dr. Johan Enslin, Ph.D.

Director of EPIC/Professor

Dr. Sukumar Kamalasadan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
  • Power System Dynamics, security, stability and Contral
  • Smart Grids and Micro Grids
  • Intelligent Grid Control
  • Transmission and Distribution Systems
  • Adaptive and Intelligent Systems
  • Power and energy devices real-time modeling and control
  • Distributed generation and grid integration issues
  • Power system economics and deregulation

Dr. Vasilije Lukic, Ph.D.

  • Power Systems
  • Control Systems
  • Neural Networks

Dr. Madhav Manjrekar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Benny Rodriguez-Medina

Lab Manager
  • High Voltage Engineering
  • Electrical transients in power systems
  • Condition monitoring and diagnostics of electric power equipment
  • Modeling and simulation of electric power equipment
  • Design, development and validation of undergraduate laboratory experiences

Dr. Zia Salami, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
  • Improving the current technology in nuclear power plant and rebuilding energy infrastructure
  • Electrical Generation and Distribution system design, dynamic modeling, and analyses
  • Power system transient, stability and grid study
  • Equipment aging
  • Transmission and distribution system design and optimization
  • Arc-flash hazard and it parameters

Energy and Sustainability

Dr. Abasifreke Ebong, Ph.D.

  • Design, modeling, characterization and analysis of solar cells including crystalline, thin films and organic solar cells
  • Low-cost and high efficiency solar cells (Silicon, III-V etc.)
  • Characterization and uderstanding of solar cell materials-contacts and interfaces
  • Surface passivation of electron devices
  • III-V light emitting diodes for solid state lighting

Dr. Mohamed-Ali Hasan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
  • Electronic Materials
  • Wide Band Gap Semiconductors
  • Gas-source MBE and ALE

Mr. John Hudak

Faculty Associate

Dr. Courtney Smith, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professor
  • Diversity and Inclusion Pedagogy in the Engineering Classroom
  • Faculty mentoring of women and minority students in engineering 
  • Retention of women and minority students in engineering

Dr. Ed Stokes, Ph.D.

  • Optoelectronic Devices
  • Wide-bandgap Semiconductors
  • Optical Material Characterization

Dr. Yong Zhang, Ph.D.

Bissell Distinguished Professor
  • Experimental and Computational Material Sciences
  • Optoelectronics
  • Quantum Structures
  • Electronic and Electromagnetic Waves in Anisotropic Media

Communications, Control and Signal Processing

Dr. Tao Han, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
  • Big data driven network design and optimization
  • Green communications and networking, renewable energy powered wireless networks
  • Internet of Things, wearable networked devices and systems, Device-to-Device proximity services
  • Mobile networking and Heterogeneous networks: small cells and content delivery acceleration
  • Network and system security

Dr. Yogendra Kakad, Ph.D.

  • Control System Theory
  • Spacecraft Controls
  • Operations Research

Dr. Asis Nasipuri, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
  • Multi-hop Wireless Networks
  • Wireless sensor networks
  • Mesh networks
  • Mobile ad-hoc networks
  • Wireless Experimental Testbeds
  • Statistical Signal Processing

Dr. Thomas P. Weldon, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor
  • Metamaterials
  • Digital Non-Foster Systems
  • Embedded Signal Processing
  • High-Frequency Circuits
  • Electromagnetics

Dr. Andrew R. Willis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
  • Computer Vision
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Image Processing
  • Computational Geometry in Multiple (>2) Dimensions

Dr. Jiang (Linda) Xie, Ph.D.

  • Communications and networking
  • Wireless and mobile networks
  • Modeling and performance analysis of communications networks