ECE Faculty Directory

The University of Utah Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty directory.

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

Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon

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

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

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.

Cynthia Furse

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

Weilu Gao

Photonics, optoelectronics, nanomaterials, and nanostructures

Jacob George

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

Tsung-Wei Huang

Software systems, parallel processing, design automation: developing large-scale and resilient software systems with a specific focus on parallel processing, programming models, VLSI design automation, and machine learning

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

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.

John Palmer

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

Angela Rasmussen

Microelectronics and VLSI Systems

Mostafa Sahraei-Ardakani

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

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

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 and information theory

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

Cunxi Yu

Formal methods, design automation, AI/ML, Novel algorithms, design methodologies, and automation systems for computing and security

Yi Zhou

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