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Associate Vice President for Research, University of Utah

Professor of Electromagnetics



Student Research Opportunities

Biographical Information

My Research





Contact Information:


Electrical Engineering Contact Information

Assoc VP Research Contact Information


Office: (801) 585-7234 / ECE Main Office: (801) 581-6941

(801) 581-7236 << Best way to reach me

Administrative Assistant (who schedules appointments for me):

Sonita Claiborne

My Office:

MEB 2280 (2nd Floor, SE corner)

Park Building Room 210



(801) 581-5281


Mailing Address:

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

50 S. Central Campus Drive, 3280 MEB

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Phone: (801) 581-6941

John R Park Building Room 210

201 Presidents Circle

University of Utah

SLC, UT 84112

Phone: (801) 581-7236

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My Research


Intermittent Live Fault Location for Aircraft Wiring

  • Detect and locate open and short circuits to within a few centimeters
  • Detect and locate arc fault damage
  • Detect faults on live wires in flight
  • SSTDR chip for fault location
  • Acousto-optical methods for aircraft wiring faults
  • Wire Simulation Codes


Antenna Design and Optimization



Electrical Properties of Sea Ice

Antarctica 2010 & Video

Arctic 2011


Teaching Through Hands On Research

MUSE Conference: Dr. Furse David Lubbers






Engineering Education



Teach Flipped!





Find Me OnLine


CouchCast from Women Technology Council : Fault Location on Electrical Wiring, and Why Engineering is a Cool Career.


Frederick Reynolds Lecture (By Dr. Cynthia Furse) Nov.4, 2009

Bioelectronics and the Bionic Age: How Technology Touches Our Hearts and Minds Or iTunes

Student Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Engineering Honors Degree

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Student Experts on Teaching (USET)

 Graduate Research Opportunities Dependent on available funding


Why a Scientist Might Sell Her Soul in Corporate America

LiveWire Innovation (Spin Off Company)

Short Solutions (Spin Off Company)


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ECE 1250 Introduction to Electrical Engineering

ECE 3300 Introduction to Electromagnetics[2011website][2012canvas]

ECE 5325/6325 Wireless Communication

ECE 5340/6340 Numerical Techniques in EM

ECE 5320/6320 Microwave Engineering I

Other EM Courses and Student Advising Information

Biographical Information

Dr. Furse received her B.S. in electrical engineering with a mathematics minor in 1985, in electrical engineering in 1988, and her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Utah in 1994. She is currently the Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Utah and a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has taught electromagnetics, wireless communication, computational electromagnetics, microwave engineering, antenna design, and introductory electrical engineering. Dr. Furse works to interest young students, particularly women and minorities in engineering and routinely volunteers in Utah's K-12 schools. Dr. Furse research program includes applications of electromagnetics for biology and remote sensing. Her work focuses on imbedded antennas and sensors in complex environments, including sensors for location of faults on aging aircraft wiring and telemetry systems in the human body. Dr.Furse has directed the Utah Smart Wiring program, sponsored by NAVAIR, USAF, NASA, and FAA since 1998. She is Chief Scientist and founder of LiveWire Innovation, Inc., a spin off company commercializing devices to locate intermittent faults on live wires. Dr. Furse was the Professor of the Year in the College of Engineering at Utah State University for the year 2000, and Faculty Employee of the year 2001. She also received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah and the College of Engineering Distinguished Engineering Educator Award. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and received the 2009 Harriett B. Rigas award from the IEEE Education Society.




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2014 Distinguished Teaching Award, Electrical & Computer Engineering, UofU

2014 Utah Engineering Council (UEC) Engineering Educator of the Year

2013 ASUU Student Choice Award for contributions to the teaching profession

2009 University of Utah Reynolds Lecture



2009 Harriett B. Rigas award (IEEE Education Society)

2009 Women Tech Council Education Excellence(video)

IEEE Fellow, 2008

College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, 2008, University of Utah

Finalist, Stoel Rives Utah Innovation Awards, Computer and Electronics Division, LiveWire Innovation, 2008, 2012

Distinguished Young Alumnus, University of Utah Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, 2008

Utah State University Outstanding Faculty Employee, 2001

Teaching Excellence of the Year 2000, USU College of Engineering

Outstanding Teacher of the Year, USU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1998-99 & 1999-00

Outstanding Advisor of the Year, USU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2000-01 & 2001-02

Outstanding Researcher of the Year, USU Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2000-01

Past Chair, Education Committee, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society

Founding Member of Editorial Board, Journal-Smart Structures & Systems

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Last revised: November 2014