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College of Engineering and Computing


Electrical Engineering

Our People

Our faculty and staff are dedicated to your development as a competent electrical engineer. They teach so that you can learn, they research so that the frontiers of electrical engineering are pushed outwards every day, and they and they provide service to the profession, the state, and the nation so that all of these can benefit from the new electrical and electronic technologies they have developed.

Faculty

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Roger Dougal (Chair)

Professor Dougal leads the Power and Energy Systems research group, which tackles complex and often interdisciplinary problems in energy conversion. Power electronics are at the heart of these systems, but the applications range broadly from electric ships to household appliances, from battery energy storage to photovoltaic power generation. Direct current systems are the next big thing and present new challenges and opportunities – at the medium voltage level (thousands of volts) for industrial and commercial power to low voltages (tens to hundreds of volts) for smart energy management systems in homes. Related research organizations include the Electric Ship R&D Consortium (ESRDC), the Center for GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems (GRAPES), and Foundations of Engineering Education for Distributed Energy Resources (FEEDER).

Mohammod Ali

Mohammod Ali

Professor Ali's research focuses on conformal antennas, multifunctional materials and structures, and wireless sensing methods and technology. Under the conformal antennas research area his specific interests are on reconfigurable pixelated broadband antennas, Conformal Load Bearing Antenna Structures (CLAS), and beam steering wearable E-textile antenna arrays for MIMO. Under the multifunctional materials and structures research area his interests are on the fundamental design bounds of low profile Electromagnetic Bandgap (EBG) metamaterials and metasurfaces and the design and development of smart materials consisting of antennas and electronics embedded within structural composites. Finally, under the wireless sensors and wireless power transfer research area his interests are on the development of smart sensors and wireless power transfer modules that can operate in embedded or implanted environment, e.g. inside a bridge, within the human body. He teaches electronics, electromagnetics, antennas, and RF circuit design for undergraduate and graduate students.  

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Andrea Benigni

  Dr. Benigni’s Areas of Specialization are Modeling and Simulation methods for multi-physics, multi-domain systems; Control and Estimation methods for power systems applications 

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Charles Brice

Dr. Brice's current research interests are electronic motor drives and power system simulation. Current educational interests are implementing a continual quality improvement system for undergraduate education.

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MVS Chandrashekhar

Dr. Chandrashekhar has focused his research towards novel, low cost, fast energy payback solutions to sustainable energy production, including dye-sensitized solar cells from SiC & GaN powders, photolytic/ photoelectrochemical hydrogen production as well as nanoelectronic materials such as graphene and SiC for electrical power management, sensing and emissions monitoring. His other interests lie in the physics of novel materials such as graphene.

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Yinchao Chen

Dr. Chen's current research interests include Signal integrity for high speed circuits by using industrial standard tools; Analysis and design of multi-band mobile handset printed inverted-F antennas (PIFAs) and base station antenna arrays; Analysis and design of RF, millimeter-wave, and microwave integrated circuits printed on multi-layer GaN based substrates; Bioelectromagnetic applications: prediction and detection of early breast cancers and EM interaction investigation between human bodies and mobile handsets; Large target scattering RCS prediction by using higher-order, efficient Maxwell’s solvers; Wireless indoor and outdoor signal coverage study by using the PSTD MRTD approaches

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Herbert Ginn

Dr. Ginn's areas of specialization are Power electronics applications in energy systems, power phenomena and compensation in non-sinusoidal systems, and power quality

Paul Huray

Paul Huray

Professor Huray's background is in Physics and he is the author of Maxwell's Equations and The Foundations of Signal Integrity. His long term research interests are associated with using the physics of materials to solve barriers to higher frequency circuits with industry partners. For example, CPUs function at frequencies around 4 GHz today but we would like them to run faster (maybe 100 times faster). The future of corporations like Intel will depend upon overcoming technical barriers to make computers run much faster so Signal Integrity engineers are in high demand and command high salaries.

Asif Khan

Asif Khan

Professor Khan is the director of the University of South Carolina Photonics and Microelectronics Laboratory and a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering.  The focus of his Photonics and Microelectronics research is three-fold: Develop ultraviolet and visible high power solid-state light-emitting diodes and lasers using AlInGaN multiple quantum wells; Develop AlInGaN based high-power, high frequency microwave transistors using innovative material designs and processing techniques; and Develop AlInGaN based photodetectors  

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Goutam Koley

Dr. Koley's current research interests include: MEMS and NEMS sensors for chemical, bio-molecules, and radiation Micro and Nanoelectronics Scanning probe microscopy based material and device characterization Implantable bio-sensors

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Krishna Mandal

Dr. Mandal’s specializations and research interests include Photovoltaic Solar Cells, Thin Film Device Fabrication and Characterization, Crystal Growth of Binary and Ternary Semiconductors and Scintillators, Solid-state Nuclear Detectors, THz Sensors and Detectors, and Diode-pumped Solid-State Mid- and LW-IR Lasers 

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David Matolak

Professor Matolak’s specializations and research interests include Wireless Channel Characterization, Ad Hoc Communication Networks, Modulation/Detection PHY/MAC, Random Process Modeling, and Electromagnetics Modeling

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Enrico Santi

Dr. Santi's long-term research interests are in the area of power electronics. You may have more interaction with power electronics than you think. If you drive a car, use a computer, cook with a microwave, talk on any type of telephone, listen to a stereo, or make holes with a cordless drill, then you come in contact with power electronics. Thanks to power electronics, the electricity needed to run the things you use everyday is processed, filtered, and delivered with maximum efficiency, smallest size and minimal weight.

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Grigory Simin

Professor Simin's research interests include Wide bandgap materials and devices; III-Nitride power microwave devices and ICs 

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TS Sudarshan

Prof. Sudarshan's research interests focus on novel techniques to grow high quality silicon carbide (SiC) epitaxial films at high growth rates; SiC material and device processing; fabrication and characterization of SiC power electronic devices; and novel defect characterization methods for wide bandgap semiconductors. SiC power electronic devices have attracted much attention as the next-generation semiconductor devices that surpass traditional silicon (Si) devices for electric vehicles and PV inverters, gas sensors, radiation detection and for applications in harsh environments.  The primary research challenge is to significantly reduce crystallographic defects in the SiC epitaxial substrate which will enable widespread insertion of SiC devices in various systems. 

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Guoan Wang

Dr. Wang's research interests include Smart RF passives/systems: MEMS based RF components/systems, on-chip tunable RF components/systems, High performance on-chip components characterization and process optimization; MEMS/NEMS and their RF and Bio-medical applications; Novel materials and their mmwave applications; 3D IC and system integration 

Xiaofeng Wang

Xiaofeng Wang

Dr. Wang's research interests include Networked Real-Time Control Systems; Fault-Tolerant Control; Cooperative Control; Optimization; System Verification; Nonlinear System Design

Bin Zhang

Bin Zhang

Dr. Zhang’s areas of specialization include Prognostics and health management, which covers fault detection and isolation, failure prognosis, and fault tolerance; Robotics, unmanned systems, electromechanics, and industrial electronics; Intelligent systems and control; Dynamic systems, design, modeling, simulation and control

 

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Research Staff