Sarioglu Wins NSF CAREER Award

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Fatih Sarioglu

Fatih Sarioglu has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his research project entitled “Feedback-Controlled Microfluidic Chips with Integrated Sensor Networks for Blood Analysis.”

Technologies that can rapidly characterize blood samples and extract reliable information are in ever-increasing demand for both clinical and basic research applications. In this project, Sarioglu aims to develop smart and adaptive microfluidic chips that can reliably analyze small blood samples with minimal sample preparation. 

The proposed microfluidic chips will be low-cost and disposable, and they will include built-in electronics that can convert the chemical information from blood cells into electrical signals to be interpreted by a smartphone and transmitted to the healthcare provider. If successful, the research has the potential to revolutionize healthcare by enabling complex blood tests to be performed outside of clinical laboratories.

Sarioglu has been an assistant professor at the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) since 2014. He and his research team develop technologies to investigate and manipulate biological systems on the micro and nanoscale primarily for biomedical applications. Using advanced fabrication techniques, they build devices that utilize microfluidics, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), optics, electronics, and data analytics. Through clinical collaborations, they use these technologies as medical devices for disease detection and monitoring and as bioanalytical instruments for high-throughput molecular and cellular analysis.

Sarioglu is a member of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience and the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology, and he is a program faculty member in the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program. In 2017, Sarioglu received the Beckman Young Investigator Award for his outstanding work in the chemical and life sciences.

Bakir Named IEEE Technical Achievement Award Recipient

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Muhannad S. Bakir has been named the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Electronics Packaging Society (EPS) Exceptional Technical Achievement Award. He is a professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

Bakir is being recognized "for contributions to 2.5D and 3D IC heterogeneous integration, with focus on interconnect technologies." He will be presented with this award on May 31 at the IEEE Electronic Components Technology Conference, to be held in San Diego, California.

This honor recognizes exceptional contributions to the field, including a significant invention, a new and important technology or product, or work that advances the state-of-the-art in the IEEE EPS' fields of interest. The contributions must be documented by open literature publications.

Bakir has been a member of the ECE academic faculty since 2010, where he leads the Integrated 3D Systems Lab. He is a co-recipient of the 2017 Georgia Tech Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development Award, and he serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE EPS. 

Bakir is the recipient of the 2013 Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Award, 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award, and 2011 IEEE EPS (formerly CPMT) Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award. He was an invited participant in the 2012 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

Bakir serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (TCPMT) and the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (TED).

Inan Selected for IEEE Sensors Young Professional Award

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Omer T. Inan has been selected for the 2018 IEEE Sensors Council Young Professional Award. He will receive this honor at the IEEE SENSORS 2018 Conference to be held October 28-31 in New Delhi, India. 

This award is given annually to promote, recognize, and support contributions from young professional members within the fields of interest of the IEEE Sensors Council. 

Inan is being honored for his outstanding research, teaching, and service, including his leadership in the fields of wearable and non-invasive sensing of bioacoustics and vibrations, and his pioneering contributions to modern ballistocardiography and joint health monitoring.

Inan is an associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), where he has been on the faculty since 2013. He is a member of the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, and he is a program faculty member for the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program. 

Inan’s most recent honors include the ONR Young Investigator Award (2018), NSF CAREER Award (2018), ECE Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award (2018), the Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award (2017), and the Lockheed Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2016). He is also a senior member of IEEE.  

Yu to Receive Inaugural SRC Young Faculty Award

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Shimeng Yu has been named as the recipient of the inaugural Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) Young Faculty Award. 

An associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Yu will be presented with the award at the annual SRC TECHCON meeting, to be held September 9-10, 2019 in Austin, Texas. He is also a member of the Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology. This new award is presented to an untenured full-time faculty member who is a principal investigator (PI) or co-principal investigator working on research that greatly enriches the SRC research agenda.

Yu has been a member of Tech’s ECE faculty since August 2018, where he leads the Laboratory for Emerging Devices and Circuits. Yu is involved in several SRC projects. 

  • Yu is a member of the Applications and Systems-Driven Center for Energy-Efficient Integrated NanoTechnologies (ASCENT), which is part of the SRC/DARPA Joint University Microelectronics Program. ASCENT's mission is to provide breakthrough advances in integrated nanoelectronics to sustain the promise of Moore’s Law. Led by the University of Notre Dame, along with 13 partner universities and 29 principal investigators, the Center is funded for $49 million over five years. Yu's specific research within ASCENT develops emerging nanoelectronic devices that emulate the synapses and neurons to build hardware platforms for machine learning and neuromorphic computing. 
  • He is a member of the SRC nanoelectronic COmputing REsearch (nCORE) program, in particular the Energy-Efficient Computing: From Devices to Architectures (E2CDA) program. In this effort, jointly funded with the National Science Foundation, Yu is developing a software simulation framework to benchmark the emerging device technology's impact on artificial intelligence across the layers from algorithms, computer architecture, and circuit and chip design down to devices and materials. 
  • Yu is a PI of the SRC Global Research Collaboration (GRC) program on a project for hardware security. He and his colleagues are designing a fingerprint of microchips with emerging nanoelectronic devices for authentication and encryption. 

The SRC is a global industrial technology research consortium. With its highly regarded university research programs, SRC plays an indispensable part in the R&D strategies of some of industry's most influential entities.Companies who are SRC members include Intel, IBM, Micron, Samsung, ARM, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.

Bakir Chosen for Dan Fielder Professorship

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Muhannad Bakir has been appointed as the Dan Fielder Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), effective September 1, 2019. 

After graduating from Georgia Tech with his Ph.D. in ECE in 2003, Bakir worked as a research engineer in the Microelectronics Research Center/Nanotechnology Research Center until 2010 and then joined ECE as an associate professor. In 2016, he was promoted to the rank of professor. 

Bakir leads the Integrated 3D Systems Group, consisting of nine Ph.D. students and one research engineer who explore the design, fabrication, and characterization of 3D electronic systems and advanced interconnect networks. To date, he has graduated 13 Ph.D. students and two M.S. students. Bakir and his research group have received 30 conference and student paper awards, and his group was also awarded the 2014 and 2017 Best Paper Awards for the IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology

Bakir's specific research and educational interests focus on 3D electronic system integration, advanced cooling and power delivery for 3D systems, biosensors and their integration with CMOS circuitry, and nanofabrication technology. He and his colleagues have raised approximately $18 million in research funding from DARPA, NIH, NSF, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, the McKnight Foundation, and industry. 

A dedicated classroom instructor, Bakir receives consistently high ratings from undergraduate and graduate students in the courses that he teaches: Integrated Circuit Fabrication, Microelectronic Circuits, and Introduction to Microelectronics Technology. The co-editor of the book, Integrated Interconnect Technologies for 3D Nanoelectronic Systems, he is the author or co-author of more than 200 refereed journal and conference publications, nine book chapters, 15 U.S. patents, and multiple invited presentations. 

Bakir currently serves on the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology (TCPMT) and the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (TED). He serves as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Electronics Packaging Society (EPS).   

Throughout his career, Bakir has received numerous awards and honors. He received the 2013 Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Award, 2012 DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2011 IEEE CPMT Society Outstanding Young Engineer Award, and was an Invited Participant in the 2012 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. He was honored with the 2018 IEEE EPS Exceptional Technical Achievement Award “for contributions to 2.5D and 3D IC heterogeneous integration, with a focus on interconnect technologies.” 

Bakir is also the co-recipient of the 2018 McKnight Foundation Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award, the first time that Georgia Tech received this particular award. On campus, he was recognized with the ECE Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award in 2016 and the Georgia Tech Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development Award in 2017.  

This professorship is named after the late Daniel C. Fielder, who served on the ECE faculty from 1948 until his death in 2002. Prior to Bakir’s appointment, ECE Professor Sung Kyu Lim had held this professorship for the last five years.

Ansari Tapped for NSF CAREER Award

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Azadeh Ansari

Azadeh Ansari has been named as a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. Ansari holds the Sutterfield Family Junior Professorship in the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE).

The title of her award is "Radio Frequency Spectrum Sensing with a Fine-Tooth Nanomechanical Comb,” and it will start on March 1, 2020 and end on February 28, 2025. The tremendous growth of wireless devices and Internet of Things (IoT) applications has placed a great strain on the radio frequency (RF) network infrastructures, congesting the channels and overcrowding the radio frequency spectrum. 

Battery-operated smart devices, such as smartphones, wearable technologies such as smartwatches and glasses, autonomous machines, personal radars, and other smart gadgets, all compete for bandwidth and require efficient spectrum utilization. To combat the looming RF scarcity, a chip-scale, tunable multi-GHz nano-mechanical frequency comb generator is proposed that utilizes the parallelism resulting from the multiplicity of the comb teeth to perform RF spectrum sensing in a fraction of the time, in a smaller form factor, using lower power, and with far fewer circuit components than the current state-of-the-art hardware solutions.

Ansari joined the ECE faculty in August 2017 after working as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Physics at Caltech. She is a member of the nanotechnology and the electronic design and applications technical interest groups. Her research interests are in nano/microelectromechanical systems (N/MEMS), nonlinear mechanical frequency combs, radio frequency acoustic devices, and micro-robotics.

Ansari has published over 30 refereed journal and conference papers and has one published patent and three patent applications. She was a Center for Teaching and Learning Class of 1969 teaching fellow in Spring 2019. Ansari is the director of the Center for Muscle-Inspired Actuators for Multi-scale Robotics, an Institute for Electronics and Nanotechnology-funded center for multi-disciplinary research.

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