ECE Faculty Directory

The University of Utah Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty directory.

Mostafa Ardakani

Power and energy systems: electricity markets, energy economics, energy policy, power and energy systems, power system optimization, smart grid, transmission networks.

Habtamu Aycheh

Artificial intelligence (AI)/ machine learning, probabilistic graphical models, bioinformatics and computational neuroscience

Evan Benoit

Electromagnetics, spread spectrum and sequence time domain reflectometry for impedance measurements.

Muhammad Bhutta

Brain computer interface, fNIRS based functional neuroimaging, embedded systems

Simon Binder

Micromechanical sensors, instrumentation engineering, microfabrication, smart hydrogels, biomedical sensors, environmental sensors, neural implants.

Steve Blair

Optics and photonics: physics and applications of resonance phenomena and linear and nonlinear optical phenomena, specifically; resonance enhancement in fluorescence-based molecular transduction, kinetics of bi-molecular interactions, microfabricated optical biosensor array systems, design of periodic and aperiodic systems of artificial resonators, and plasmonics-nanophotonic systems based on metallic structures

Marc Bodson

Modeling, identification, and control, with applications to aerospace and electromechanical systems

Richard Brown

Integrated circuits and solid-state sensors, chemical sensors, neural interfaces, electronic circuit clocking, circuit design, high performance microprocessors, and mixed signal microprocessors

Ryan Brown

Patent law, Entrepreneurial Strategy, Communication, CLEAR—Communication, Leadership, Ethics and Research

Rong Rong Chen

Signal processing and communication systems: efficient utilization of multiple antennas for high-rate communications in wireless networks, statistical detection methods for underwater acoustic communications, and other fields related to communication systems and statistical signal processing.

Douglas Christensen

Fiberoptic and guided-wave sensors, especially those applicable to biomedical sensing, such as fluorescent immunosensors; numerical modeling of optical devices using finite-difference time-domain techniques, and ultrasound bioinstrumentation.

Neil Cotter

Neural networks

Jon Davies

Designing and implementing instructional labs for students, supporting lab coursework, and providing design and technical support for departmental research labs and faculty.

Daniel Drew

Design of autonomous millimeter-scale robots, including MEMS microactuators, mesoscale manufacturing techniques, and electronic system integration.

Behrouz Farhang

Filter bank multicarrier communications for underwater acoustic channels, cognitive radios, and multiple access networks; detection algorithms for MIMO and OFDM; implementations on hardware platforms.

Kai Fu

Semiconductor devices, wide bandgap semiconductors (GaN, AlN, Ga2O3, BN, diamond), material epitaxy science, nanofabrication, semiconductor characterization, reliability, heterogeneous integration, power electronics, high-temperature electronics

Cynthia Furse

Electromagnetics, Intermittent fault location for aircraft wiring, antenna design and optimization, communications, bioelectromagnetics, and engineering education.

Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon

Development of reconfigurable logic architectures and digital circuits exploiting emerging device technologies and novel EDA techniques.

Weilu Gao

Photonics, optoelectronics, nanomaterials, and nanostructures

Jacob George

Brain-computer interfaces, rehabilitation robotics, neural engineering, bioinspired artificial intelligence, intelligent prostheses and exoskeletons

Mingyue Ji

Information theory, communications, signal processing, storage, distributed computing, fundamental limits, code design and algorithms of caching networks with various structures, channel models and communication schemes. Distributed storage for big data and interaction between distributed (cloud) storage and content delivery networks. Fundamental theory and algorithms of distributed computing for big data

Priyank Kalla

VLSI systems: automated synthesis and optimization, validation and verification of digital VLSI systems, including: formal verification of RTL descriptions, new techniques to guide CNF-SAT search, using Groebner's proof systems for simplification of design verification and SAT solving, and design automation for optic/photonic logic

Hanseup Kim

Biological nano- and micro-systems in moving fluids for medical applications including micro- pumps and valves. System integration in robotics and energy harvesting for micro- robots, actuators, hydraulics, energy harvesting systems, and manufacturing technology

Mingxi Liu

Power and control systems: control and optimization theories and their applications in power and energy systems

Fatemeh Mahalian

Neural networks and signal processing

Carlos Mastrangelo

Microfabricated systems that interface with biological structures at multiple scales. These include new microfluidics technologies, bioMEMS, novel detection microtechnologies and methods, cell and tissue level microinstruments and microsystems.

Rajesh Menon

Optics and nanotechnology: absorbance modulation optical lithography, patterning via optical saturable transitions, optical nanoscopy, and ultra-high frequency solar energy via a nanostructured polychromatic concentrator

Neda Nategh

Visual computation and computational vision: Research in our lab employs an interdisciplinary approach to understand the real-time, robust, and efficient visual computations performed by our natural vision and to translate this knowledge into computational vision frameworks for machine vision applications, artificial vision solutions, and imaging systems.

Moses Seungbeom Noh

Micro/nano sensor, in vitro BBB model and lung model, and carbon sequestration.

John Palmer

Power System Protection: cause and origin analysis of electrical accidents, electrical equipment failures, electrical fires, structural fires, vehicle fires, and explosions

Masood Parvania

Operation and planning of cyber-physical power and energy systems, with emphasis on the modeling and integration of distributed energy resources, as well as sustainable renewable energy integration

Angela Rasmussen

Microelectronics and VLSI Systems

Benjamin Sanchez

Applied bioelectromagnetics for health measurement and monitoring

Mike Scarpulla

Semiconductors and photovoltaics: earth-abundant, benign compound semiconductors for thin film photovoltaics such as Cu2ZnSnS4. Other sulfide semiconductors for PV, light management for thin film PV, CIGS, laser processing of semiconductors, and the physics of semiconductor alloys and transition metal and rare earth additions to semiconductors.

David Schurig

Metamaterials: Design, analysis and fabrication of metamaterials in frequency ranges from megahertz to petahertz. Transformation design of devices implementable with metamaterials. Applications include: remote sensing, near-field imaging, biological imaging, implantable devices, electro-mechanical devices and invisibility cloaking.

Berardi Sensale-Rodriguez

EM and optics: terahertz technology, high frequency electronics, two dimensional materials, active metamaterials, plasmonics, and nanophotonics

Jamesina Simpson

Computational electromagnetics theory and applications; finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) solutions to Maxwell's equations from near-DC to light; electromagnetic propagation in the Earth-ionosphere waveguide; electromagnetic compatibility; plasmonics; biophotonics

Florian Solzbacher

Harsh Environment MEMS, including: materials (SiC (on Si), SOI, GaN), metallisation systems for high temperatures and aggressive ambient conditions, and silicon fusion bonding and packaging issues

Ken Stevens

VLSI, asynchronous circuit design and architecture, timing analysis, and formal verification

Arn Stolp


Gerald Stringfellow

Advanced materials and microelectronics: ceramics, advanced materials, microelectronics, and a broad range of topics related to materials science and electronics

Massood Tabib-Azar

Nano-electro-mechanical systems (NEMS), nano devices and molecular electronics, metrology tools, microwave-AFM for bio-nano-info, and novel fabrication techniques

Armin Tajalli

Integrated wireline and wireless systems, energy-efficient integrated systems, high-speed wireline systems, RF circuits, data converters, phase-locked loops and frequency synthesisers, analog integrated circuits, extremely low power integrated systems

Tolga Tasdizen

Image processing and pattern recognition, specifically: geometry-based and statistics-based methods for image filtering, segmentation and feature extraction using high-order partial differential equations for image and surface reconstruction; applying these methods to problems in biomedical imaging, particularly neural circuit reconstruction from very large-scale microscopy image datasets

Amy Verkler

Engineering Education, Optics

Yu Xiang

Statistical signal processing, information theory, and machine learning: learning under distribution shifts, representation learning, recourse-constrained distributed signal processing

Heayoung Yoon

Solar energy conversion, NanoEngineering: Engineering micro/nanomaterials to enhance device performance and functionality in the fields of solar energy conversion, advanced nanoelectronics, and 3D hybrid imaging at nanoscale

Darrin Young

Low-power integrated circuits design coupled with MEMS-based sensing systems for wearable sensing, biomedical implant, environmental sensing, power transfer, RF communication, and general industrial sensing applications

Yi Zhou

Machine learning, artificial intelligence, mathematical programming, deep learning theory, stochastic and nonconvex optimization, reinforcement learning, distributed machine learning system, statistical signal processing

Yantao Fan

Hybrid systems biology, biosensors, microfluidic devices, lab-on-a-chip technology, 3D tissue engineering and organoid etc.

Jairo Giraldo

Designing the next generation of resilient and sustainable power and energy systems that integrates emerging energy technologies and distributed energy

Lars Laurentius

Biosensors and nanotechnology: modification of nanostructures, spectroscopy, polymer chemistry, and the development of sensors for the detection of biomarkers for healthcare-related challenges

Apratim Majumder

Diffractive flat optics, holograms, nanophotonics, metamaterials, hyperspectral imaging, photolithography

Christopher Reiche

Biomedical sensors and MEMS/NEMS

Rajmohan Bhandari

Design and fabrication of implantable devices, materials science and system integration

Erik Brunvand

Computer architecture and VLSI

Edward Dibella

Advanced MRI imaging, positron emission tomography (PET), image processing, computer-assisted dynamic imaging

Bruce Gale


Tridib Ghosh

Developing autofocus eyewear

Bishnu Gogoi

MEMS sensors, multi-sensor integration, MEMS-CMOS integration, CMOS and discrete transistor technologies, microfluidics, biotech devices, passives, chip-scale packaging and custom package development

Joel Harley

Signal processing for complex wave propagation, cyber-physical systems, structural health monitoring, compressed sensing, matched field processing, machine learning, statistical signal processing, big data, transform theory

Sneha Kasera

Julia Kőrner

Micro- and nanomechanical oscillation-based sensors, biomedical sensors

Sriram Krishnamoorthy

Semiconductors-based nanoscale electronic/optoelectronic devices, with focus on material synthesis, electronic transport, design/modeling, nanoscale fabrication, and characterization of devices and materials. Specifically, wide band gap oxide/nitride semiconductor devices for a wide range of applications such as power electronics, ultra-violet optoelectronics, vacuum electronics, and high temperature electronics

Paul Kuhn

PK Consulting LLC: Electromagnetic and ultrasonic reflectometry imaging, neural networks and machine learning, biomedical sensors and instrumentation, signal and image processing, and reconfigurable electronic architectures

John Mathews

Nonlinear and adaptive signal processing and machine learning, with applications in audio and communication systems, neural engineering, biomedicine, and structural health management

Hyde Merrill

Cascading blackouts of the electric power system

Glen Morrell

Utah Center for Advanced Imaging Research: Medical imaging, specifically MRI

Chris Myers

Asynchronous circuit design, formal verification of analog/mixed signal circuits and cyber-physical systems, and modeling, analysis and design of genetic circuits

Sandeep Negi

Develop and test (in-vivo) a chronically implantable neural recording array and provide the device to the neuroscience community upon completion of the initial technical development phase for experimental use and evaluation

Frederic Noo


Shadrach Roundy

Inventions for wireless networks which improve their security, reliability, self-awareness, and sensing capabilities; research applies statistical signal processing, networking, and radio propagation techniques

Steven Smith

Computational electromagnetics (e.g. Stochastic-FDTD), RF-Microwave circuit design and optimization.

Prashant Tathireddy

Micro integration, interfacial science, biosensors, medical microsensors

Ross Walker

Mixed-signal circuits for sensor systems

Jeffrey Walling

Silicon based analog/RF circuits for high-efficiency, high performance transceivers; Ultra low power circuits for wireless sensor networks; Reconfigurable circuits for software defined radio

Yunshan Wang

Inventions for wireless networks which improve their security, reliability, self-awareness, and sensing capabailities; research applies statistical signal processing, networking, and radio propagation techniques

David Warren