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Ibrahim Abdel-Motaleb, Ph.D.

Reforming Power Semiconductor Education

Organizing a conference session to discuss development and delivery of an integrated power electronics curriculum, from components to systems.

Researcher: Ibrahim Abdel-Motaleb, Ph.D.

Funded by: The National Science Foundation

Design and Testing a Microchip for Testing Liquid Cooling of 3D ICs

Designing a microchip that includes arrays of heaters and temperature sensors to measure chip temperature.

Researcher: Ibrahim Abdel-Motaleb, Ph.D.

Funded by: Tezzaron Semiconductor Corp.

Device Parameter Extraction and Modeling

Supporting activities in Argonne National Laboratory's Process Technology Research Section.

Researcher: Ibrahim Abdel-Motaleb, Ph.D.

Funded by: Argonne National Laboratory

Veysel Demir, Ph.D.

Using Microwave Imaging for Bone Densitometry

Investigating the feasibility of using microwave imaging for bone density scans.

Researcher: Veysel Demir, Ph.D.

Funded by: Polar Technology Development Centre Ind. Trade Inc.

Design of a Handheld RFID Reader

Developing an RFID reader for handheld devices that can also be used for UHF RFID applications.

Researcher: Veysel Demir, Ph.D.

Funded by: QEMTEK Communications and Consulting Ltd.

Michael Haji-Sheikh, Ph.D.

Advanced Paleontological Extraction System Using Data Fusion Informed Overburden Removal

Using advanced data and sensor techniques to remove rock overburden from jacketed paleontological samples, freeing researchers from difficult manual labor.

Researchers: Michael Haji-Sheikh, Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering)
Virginia Naples, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences)

Fermilab Photodiodes

Producing photodiode wafers using established processes for Fermilab.

Researcher: Michael Haji-Sheikh, Ph.D.

Funded by: Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

Development of Thick Silicon Photodiodes

Producing photodiode wafers using established processes for Voxtel Inc.

Researcher: Michael Haji-Sheikh, Ph.D.

Funded by: Voxtel Inc.

Venumadhav Korampally, Ph.D.

High-Current Electron Sources for Superconducting Radiofrequency Injectors

Devising an integrated high-current electron source that can be mounted in close proximity to a superconducting radiofrequency resonator, possibly leading to the development of a compact MW-class electron accelerator.

Researchers: Venumadhav Korampally, Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering)
Iman Salehinia, Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering)
Philippe Piot (Physics)

Development of Ultra-Cold Quantum-Degenerate Relativistic Electron Beams for Research and Application

Progressing theoretical understanding and experimental development of "ultra-cold" relativistic electron beams at the fundamental limit via field emission from structured nanomaterials and subsequent efficient acceleration.

Researchers: Venumadhav Korampally, Ph.D. (Electrical Engineering)
Swapan Chattopadhyay, Ph.D. (Physics)

Funded by: The National Science Foundation

Lichuan Liu, Ph.D.

Hearing Impairment Prevention and Monitoring System for Incubator Newborns

Developing technology to create a quiet environment for newborns in incubators and developing safe and non-intrusive monitoring embedded infant incubator ANC systems.

Researcher: Lichuan Liu, Ph.D.

Funded by: The Gerber Foundation

Master Research Agreement With Simmons Bedding

This nonfinancial agreement governs research projects conducted by NIU faculty and funded by Simmons Bedding Co.

Researcher: Lichuan Liu, Ph.D.

Funded by: Simmons Bedding Co.

Wireless Communication Integrated Active Noise Reduction System

Using an active noise reduction approach to significantly reduce the noise level inside infant incubators.

Researcher: Lichuan Liu, Ph.D.

Funded by: Invictus Medical Inc.

Suma Rajashankar, Ph.D.

Gender in Science and Engineering and Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

Researching the role of gender in science and engineering.

Researcher: Suma Rajashankar, Ph.D.

Funded by: The National Science Foundation

Donald Zinger, Ph.D.

DO-160 Pin Injection Simulation

Improving client's capability to perform circuit design for induced lightning transient for pin injection susceptibility.

Researcher: Donald Zinger, Ph.D.

Funded by: UTC Aerospace Systems

 

Research Labs

In this lab, research focuses on computer intelligence in future networks and smart services over intelligent networks. The general network architecture is Internet of Things, while big data analytics and data fusion based AI entities form the foundation of network managing algorithms and protocols. Application scenarios cover practical topics including vehicular networks, smart grid, e-Health systems, virtual reality and beings in networks, network security and privacy.

Lab Contact Info:
Engineering Building, Room 349A
Wei Li, Ph.D.

Research emphasis is on real-time DSP applications. The projects being conducted in the lab are primarily based on active noise control (ANC) and active vibration control (AVC) systems. The lab is comprised of a diverse range of signal processing equipment, including a number of TMS320C5510 and TMS320C32x kits, spectrum analyzers, microphones, amplifiers, analog filters and power amplifiers. Read More about the laboratory >>

Lab Contact Info:
Engineering Building, Room 147
Lichuan Liu, Ph.D.

The Microelectronics Research and Development Laboratory (MRDL) is a teaching and research facility specializing in semiconductor and hybrid microelectronic device fabrication. The lab is comprised of 4200 sq. ft. of clean room space separated into six work areas. The areas are segregated by cleanliness levels required for fabrication equipment and processes. The fabrication equipment and processes are used in creating integrated circuits, sensors, discrete microelectronic devices and various other devices.

Lab Contact Info:
Engineering Building, Room 227
Ibrahim Abdel-Motaleb, Ph.D. and Michael Haji-Sheikh, Ph.D.

The microwaves and electromagnetics laboratory is set up to pursue research on microwaves and RF engineering as well as aid teaching classes such as Antenna Design, Microwave Circuit Design, and Beam Instrumentation. The facility includes an anechoic chamber that can be used to perform antenna pattern measurements and EMC testing. Equipped with microwave training kits, antenna measurement setup, and computers with computational electromagnetics software tools, the laboratory helps students gain hands-on experience in design, simulation, fabrication and measurement of microwave circuit components.

Lab Contact Info:
Engineering Building, Room 309
Veysel Demir, Ph.D.

Semiconductor Research Laboratory
Researcher: Donald Zinger, Ph.D.
Funded by: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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