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875 Perimeter Drive MS 1023
Moscow, ID 83844-1023


Suat Ay Faculty Microelectronic Research CenterSuat U. Ay

Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2004
M.S., University of Southern California, 1997

Dr. Ay is Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Idaho. He received his MS and PhD Degrees in Electrical Engineering-Electrophysics from the University of Southern California (USC).  Early in his career Suat worked as a VLSI Design Engineer specializing in the area of mixed-signal VLSI design and CMOS image sensors. He was with Photobit Corporation which later became the Micron Technology Inc.’s Imaging Division in 2001 and Aptina Imaging in 2008. He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Idaho on August 2007 as assistant professor and promoted to associate professor in 2013.

Lyudmyla Barannyk Faculty Microelectronic Research CenterLyudmyla Barannyk

Ph.D., New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers the State University of New Jersey, 2003
M.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2000

 Lyudmyla Barannyk is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Idaho.  She teaches courses in Analytic Geometry and Calculus, Ordinary Differential Equations, Linear Optimization and Analysis of Algorithms. Her research interests include: Applied Mathematics, Scientific Computing, Mathematical Modeling, Asymptotic Methods, Boundary Integral Methods, Vortex Methods, Pseudo-Spectral Methods, Fluid Dynamics, Interfacial Instability, Partial Differential Equations, Grid-Free Numerical Methods, Plasma Simulations.  He most recent work includes Causality verification using polynomial periodic continuations, Spectrally accurate causality enforcement using SVD-based Fourier continuations and Causality Enforcement of DRAM Package Models Using Discrete Hilbert Transforms.

Fred Barlow Faculty Microelectronic Research CenterFred Barlow

Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1999
M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, 1994
B.S., Emory University, 1990

 Fred Barlow earned a Bachelors of Science in Physics and Applied Physics from Emory University, a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech. Dr. Barlow has published widely on electronic packaging and is Co-Editor of The Handbook of Thin Film Technology (McGraw Hill, 1998) & Co-Editor of the Ceramic Interconnect Technology Handbook (CRC Press 2007). In addition, he has written several book chapters including two chapters on thin films and one on components and devices. He is currently a professor in the department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho, and serves as the Department Chair.

Indrajit Charit Faculty Microelectronic Research CenterIndrajit Charit

Ph.D., University of Missouri-Rolla, 2004
M.S., Indian Institute of Science, 2000
B.S., Bengal Engineering College, 1997

 Dr. Charit serves both the Materials Science & Engineering and Nuclear Engineering Programs. He joined the University of Idaho in 2007 after a postdoctoral stint at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh.  He earned his doctoral degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 2004. Since joining the University of Idaho, he has secured more than $1.8 million research/equipment funding from external funding agencies including the Department of Energy. His research emphasis has been on the development of correlations linking processing-microstructure-mechanical properties in the field of nuclear and other energy materials. He so far graduated two PhD students and five MS students. He is the author or co-author of 40 journal papers, 32 proceeding papers, and 1 textbook. His scholarly work has been cited over 1000 times. He has organized 4 international symposia and has 54 oral presentations made in various conferences. He currently serves as the vice-chair of the Nuclear Materials Committee of the TMS. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Idaho.

Aicha Elshabini Faculty Microelectronic Research CenterAicha Elshabini

Ph.D., Colorado University
M.S., Toledo University
B.S., Cairo University

 Aicha Elshabini is a distinguished Professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Idaho. She obtained a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Cairo University, a Masters in Electrical Engineering at University of Toledo, and a Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Colorado. She served as a faculty member at Virginia Tech in the period 1979-1999, the position of Professor and Department Head for the Electrical Engineering Department at University of Arkansas (1999-2006), and Interim Department Head for Computer Science & Computer Engineering Department (2000-2003). She served as the faculty advisor for the IMAPS student program at both Virginia Tech and University of Arkansas institutions from 1980 to 2006. Elshabini is a Fellow of IEEE/CPMT Society (1993) for “Contribution to Hybrid Microelectronics Education and Hybrid Microelectronics to Microwave Applications”, a Fellow of IMAPS Society (1993) for “Continuous Contribution to Microelectronics & Microelectronics Industries”. Dr. Elshabini was awarded the 1996 John A. Wagnon Jr., Technical Achievement Award from IMAPS, 2006 Daniel C. Hughes Memorial Award for “Crucial and Sustained Work in Support of IMAPS Publications, and for Decades of Accomplishments in Microelectronics Related Education”, 2007 Outstanding Educator Award by IMAPS. She has served as the Founding Editor of the IMAPS International Journal of Microcircuits & Electronic Packaging for 10 years.

saied hemati Faculty Microelectronic Research CenterSaied Hemati

Ph.D., Carleton University, 2005
M.S., Isfahan University of Technology, 1997
B.S., Isfahan University of Technology, 1993

Saied Hemati worked at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada and McGill University, Montreal, Canada as a researcher and lecturer and was a faculty member at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran and Linkoping University, Linkoping, Sweden. Dr. Hemati is currently with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Idaho. His research interests include error correcting decoder design and implementation, signal processing in analog domain, low-power circuit design, and joint algorithm-hardware design.

Dr. Hemati is the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including the Senate Medal for outstanding academic achievements, a ReSMiQ (Le Regroupement Stratégique en Microsystèmes du Québec) postdoctoral fellowship, an NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) postdoctoral supplement award, a CITO (Communications and Information Technology Ontario) research excellence award, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship, an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology, and the best paper award in the Communications and Information Technology Ontario Knowledge Network Conference in 2002. Dr Hemati is an IEEE Senior Member and he has served as a TPC member for a few conferences.

Gabriel Potirniche Faculty Microelectronic Research CenterGabriel Potirniche

Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2003
M.S., Polytechnic Univ. of Bucharest, 1999
M.S., Polytechnic Univ. of Bucharest, 1998
B.B.A., Academy of Economic Studies, 1998
B.S., Polytechnic Univ. of Bucharest, 1995

Gabriel P. Potirniche is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Idaho. Dr. Potirniche received his Ph.D in 2003 in Mechanical Engineering from the Mississippi State University (MSU). Afterwards, he joined the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems at MSU as a postdoctoral associate. In August 2007 he became an Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho. His research has been focused on the mechanical behavior of metals at different length scales under monotonic and fatigue loading. 

Dr. Potirniche has implemented computational models for the study of fatigue damage at the nanoscale using molecular dynamics methods, at the microscale using crystal plasticity theory, and at the macroscale using classical isotropic plasticity and anisotropic yield functions. He has also performed computational studies of ductile fracture in crystalline materials under quasi-static and dynamic loading. Most recently, Dr. Potirniche has been developing constitutive models for the visco-hyperelestic behavior of polymer materials subjected to impact and ballistic loads. He is a member of ASME and ASM International. In 2007 he received the “Orr Early Career Award” by the Materials Division and Awards Committee of the ASME. In addition to his research, Dr. Potirniche teaches solid mechanics courses at the University of Idaho.

Mark Roll Faculty Microelectronic Research CenterMark Roll

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2010
B.E., Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 2002

Professor Roll is an assistant professor in the department of Chemical and Materials Engineering.  His teaching and research focus on the area of soft materials, including polymers and biologically relevant materials particularly for applications in the area of energy and photolithography. The nano-structure of these materials and their resulting properties are of special interest to his research.  Mark is the recipient of several awards including a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship and National Science Foundation IGERT Fellowship.

Ata ZadehgolAta Zadehgol

Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign, 2011
M.S., University of California, Davis, 2006
B.S., University of Washington, Seattle, 1996

Dr. Ata Zadehgol is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) at the University of Idaho.  He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle, 1996), the University of California (Davis, 2006), and the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, 2011), respectively.  He joined the faculty of the ECE department in the University of Idaho, Moscow, in 2014.  Since 1996, he has held various research and development positions in industry and academia, in the area of numerical and computational electromagnetics, signal and power integrity of high performance and dense microelectronic systems on package (SoP) and on chip (SoC), and electromagnetic compatibility.  His research interests and activities include computational techniques in electromagnetic modeling, simulation, analysis, and design of high-performance and dense microelectronic systems, as well as scattering and remote sensing, thermal sensing, microelectronic sensors, control, optimization, and multi-physics phenomena.