We congratulate Dr. Toshi Nishida for his new appointment as Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, beginning July 15, 2017. Dr. Nishida is Professor and Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) at the University of Florida. He received his Ph.D. (1988) and M.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer engineering and B.S. degree in Engineering Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With colleagues and students, he has published over 150 refereed journal and conference papers and received three best paper awards. He has mentored 23 PhD students. His current research portfolio with graduate students includes high performance multifunctional semiconductor devices and systems, low power memory and device technologies, and novel three-dimensional fabrication. He has 11 issued U.S. patents. Dr. Nishida is the Director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on Multi-functional Integrated System Technology (MIST) launched in 2014 (www.mist-center.org). The vision of the MIST Center is innovating More than Moore technologies for smart systems in the Internet of Things era. He is a co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Microsystems Group. He received the 2003 College of Engineering Teacher of the Year award, the 2017 University of Florida Term Professorship award, and is an Alan Hastings Faculty Fellow. He is a senior member of the IEEE.
IMG welcomes Dr. Roozbeh Tabrizian as a new faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Tabrizian received the BS in Electrical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2007, and the PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013. He was then a Post-doctoral research fellow in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at University of Michigan. Roozbeh’s research has resulted in more than 25 journal and conference papers, and 6 patents. His research activities are focused on theoretical and experimental investigation of mixed-domain physical devices such as sensors, actuators, resonators and energy harvesters, and development of micro and nanofabrication techniques for large-scale integration of microsystems.
Prof. David Arnold is promoted to the rank of Full Professor, effective August 16. Promotion and tenure are important milestones in faculty careers, and are awarded based on contributions to UF, the engineering profession, and the society at large. IMG extends its warmest congratulations!
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jack W. Judy to IMG. Dr. Judy joins UF in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept. as the Intel/Charles E. Young Endowed Chair in Nanotechnology and will also serve as the Director of the UF Nanoscience Institute of Medical and Engineering Technology (NIMET). Before joining UF, Dr. Judy was a program manager at DARPA and Professor of Electrical Engineering at UCLA.
Dean Abernathy has appointed Dr. David Arnold as Interim Director of the Nanoscience Institute for Medical and Engineering Technologies (NIMET). The mission of NIMET is to focus and coordinate the research and educational activities at the University of Florida in the fields of nanoscale science and nanotechnology, spanning across disciplines of physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, engineering, and materials science. Dr Arnold will provide technical and intellectual leadership of NIMET and the associated Nanoscale Research Facility (NRF), UF's state-of-the-art cleanroom facility.
Congratulations Dr Arnold!
Please join us in welcoming Prof. Saeed Moghaddam to the IMG Faculty! Dr. Moghaddam is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at UF. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2006 and completed a Postdoctoral appointment at the University of Illinois U-C from 2007-2010. Dr. Moghaddam's research interests encompass the areas of micro/nanoscale transport and nanotechnology for energy science and health applications, heat and mass transfer in micro/nanostructures, fundamental energy research and reaction engineering, and portable power.
Please join us in welcoming Prof. Henry A. Sodano to the IMG Faculty. Dr. Sodano holds a joint appointment in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department and Materials Science and Engineering department at UF. He received his Ph.D. (2005), M.S. (2003), and B.S. (2002) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining UF, he was an assistant professor at Arizona State University (2007-2010) and, before that, Michigan Technological University (2005-2007). Dr. Sodano's research interest lie at the boundaries between materials science and engineering, and his current research focuses on energy harvesting, nanotechnology, hybrid composites, and multifunctional materials.
Dr. Huikai Xie was recently promoted to the rank of Full Professor, an important milestone in faculty careers. Congratulations, Dr. Xie!
Despite the slow economic recovery, IMG graduate students and post-graduate associates have continued to land top industry and government jobs. Since the spring semester, several IMG graduates have departed or will depart for full-time positions across the United States. These members are:
- Drew Wetzel (PhD '11) - Boeing Commercial Aircraft (Seattle, WA)
- Chris Bahr (PhD '10 and post-graduate associate until May '11) - NASA Langley Research Center (Langley, VA)
- Jeremy Sells (PhD '11)- Hewlett Packard (Corvalis, OR)
- Matt Williams (PhD '11) - Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)
- Ben Griffin (PhD '09 and post-graduate associate until July '11) - Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM)
Congratulations to all of these former students!
IMG welcomes Professor YK Yoon as new faculty in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prof. Yoon joins IMG from the University of Buffalo, The State University of New York. He has achieved numerous awards for excellence including the NSF CAREER Award and the UB's Exceptional Scholar Young Investigator Award. His research interests include MEMS and nanotechnology, RF/Microwave, millimeter wave and terahertz system, Micro/nano-biomedical devices and bio molecule (drug/vaccine/gene) delivery, µ-TAS, lab-on-a-chip, wireless/wired sensors and actuators and Metamaterial and its RF application. Prof. Yoon is also the Director of the Multidisplinary Nano and Microsystems Laboratory at UF.