The faculty for the University of Utah MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering operate on the frontiers of their specialties. They are active researchers – and in many cases entrepreneurs – who pave the way for theoretical innovations and practical applications in their respective fields. They lead teams exploring areas like high-performance computing, digital signal processing, nanotechnology, and wireless microsystems.
The instructors in the online MSECE program are the same world-class faculty who teach on-campus courses at Utah. Their experience with the real-world applications of engineering concepts inform high-quality online lectures and individualized mentorship. Students benefit from small classes with opportunities for one-on-one meetings with highly knowledgeable faculty. The ECE faculty engage with students’ individual projects and research interests, guiding them toward achieving professional excellence and finding commercial applications for their ideas.
Professor Florian Solzbacher
Florian Solzbacher is Director of the University of Utah’s Center for Engineering Innovation, Co-Director of the Utah Nanotechnology Institute, and President and Executive Chairman of Blackrock Microsystems and of Blackrock Neuromed. He is the chair of Utah’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds faculty appointments in Materials Science and Bioengineering.
Prof. Solzbacher’s research focuses on harsh environment microsystems and materials, including implantable, wireless microsystems for biomedical and healthcare applications, and on high temperature and harsh environment compatible micro sensors.
Associate Professor Rong-Rong Chen
Rong-Rong Chen received a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics from Tsinghua University, China, in 1994. She completed a master’s degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), in 1996 and 2003, respectively. She received the University Fellowship for graduate study in the Mathematics Department at UIUC and the M. E. Van Valkenburg Graduate Research Award for excellence in doctoral research in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UIUC.
Professor Behrouz Farhang-Boroujeny
Behrouz Farhang-Boroujeny received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tehran University, Iran, in 1976, his Master of Engineering degree from University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, UK, in 1977, and his Ph.D. from Imperial College, University of London, UK, in 1981. From 1981 to 1989 he was on the faculty at the Isfahan University of Technology in Isfahan, Iran. From 1989 to 2000 he worked at the National University of Singapore. Since August 2000, he has been a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah.
Dr. Farhang-Boroujeny received the UNESCO Regional Office of Science and Technology for South and Central Asia Young Scientists Award in 1987. He served as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing from July 2002 to July 2005, and as an associate editor of IEEE Signal Processing Letters from April 2008 to March 2010. He also chaired Utah’s Signal Processing/Communications chapter of IEEE in 2004 and 2005.
USTAR Associate Professor Hanseup Kim
Hanseup Kim earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 1997, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2003 and 2006, respectively.
His research interests include the design, fabrication, and testing of MEMS actuators and sensors; technologies and structures for polymer-based bioapplications; micro energy harvesting devices; analog and digital integrated circuits for MEMS; and micropackaging technologies.
Dr. Kim is a recipient the 2012 NSF CAREER Award and 2011 DARPA Young Faculty Award. He received both the Best Paper Award and the 1st Place Award in the Design Automation Conference Student Design Contest in 2001 with four other coauthors. He was also a recipient of the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Commercialization of Micro and Nano Systems (COMS 2008) with eight other coauthors.
Associate Professor Rajesh Menon
Rajesh Menon, who joined the University of Utah in 2009, received his S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT. He was a research engineer and a post-doctoral scientist in the Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT. He From 2005 to 2009, he held the position of Chief Technology Officer at LumArray, Inc, a company he co-founded with colleagues at MIT.
Assistant Professor Neda Nategh
Neda Nategh received a B.S. in electrical engineering from Sharif University of Technology. She earned her M.S. in electrical engineering, M.S. in statistics, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She also holds a certificate in Biophysics and Computation in Neurons and Networks from the Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University.
Associate Professor John Palmer
John Palmer received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He received his Master of Engineering and Ph.D. in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Associate Professor Mike Scarpulla
Mike Scarpulla received his bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from Brown University. He completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of California, Berkeley.
Associate Professor David Schurig
David Schurig received his B.S. in Engineering Physics from University of California, Berkeley and then worked at Lawrence Berkeley Lab on laser ablation and photoacoustic spectroscopy. After enrolling in graduate school and performing many unpublished experiments, Schurig submitted a theoretical thesis on negative index media, the perfect lens, and related structures to his committee. In 2002, he received his Ph.D. in physics from University of California, San Diego.
Prof. Schurig joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Utah in January 2011. His current research interests include the design, analysis and fabrication of metamaterials in frequency ranges from megahertz to petahertz.
USTAR Associate Professor Tolga Tasdizen
Tolga Tasdizen completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey in 1995. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering in 1997 and 2001, respectively.
His research group works in the general areas of image processing, computer vision and pattern recognition. Their research explores machine learning and variation methods for image restoration, segmentation, and analysis.
USTAR Associate Professor Darrin Young
Darrin J. Young received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, in 1991, 1993, and 1999, respectively.
He is the author or coauthor of many technical papers published in journals and conferences. His research interests include microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) design, fabrication, and integrated analog circuits design for wireless sensing, biomedical implants, communication, and general industrial applications.
Dr. Young is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits and the Chair of the IEEE Electron Devices Society MEMS Committee. He has also served as a technical program committee member and session chair for a number of international conferences.
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