Team

FACULTY ADVISORS

Prof. Deji Akinwande                 

Deji Akinwande is an Endowed Faculty Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He received the PhD degree from Stanford University in 2009. His research focuses on 2D materials and nanoelectronics/technology, pioneering device innovations from lab towards applications. Prof. Akinwande has been honored with the 2018 Fulbright Specialist Award, 2017 Bessel-Humboldt Research Award, the U.S Presidential PECASE award, the inaugural Gordon Moore Inventor Fellow award, the inaugural IEEE Nano Geim and Novoselov Graphene Prize, the IEEE “Early Career Award” in Nanotechnology, the NSF CAREER award, several DoD Young Investigator awards, and was a past recipient of fellowships from the Kilby/TI, Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 3M, and Stanford DARE Initiative. His research achievements have been featured by Nature news, Time magazine, BBC, Discover magazine, and many media outlets. He serves as an Editor for the IEEE Electron Device Letters and Nature NPJ 2D Materials and Applications. He Chairs the 2020 Gordon Research Conference on 2D materials, and the 2019 Device Research Conference (DRC), and was the 2018 chair of the Nano-device committee of IEEE IEDM Conference He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

 

Prof. Jean Anne Incorvia

Jean Anne C. Incorvia has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin since 2017. Dr. Incorvia works on developing nanodevices for the future of computing using emerging physics and materials. This has included research in spintronics, the intersection of 2D materials and spintronics, and using low-dimensional materials for interconnects and transistors. Dr. Incorvia received a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University in 2015, cross-registered at MIT, where she was a Department of Energy Graduate Student Fellow. From 2015-2017 she completed a postdoc at Stanford University in the department of electrical engineering, working in nanoelectronics. She received her bachelor’s in physics from UC Berkeley in 2008. In addition to research, Dr. Incorvia is devoted to STEM outreach at all levels, including graduate student mentoring and K-12 outreach.

OFFICERS

Suyogya Karki

Suyogya is a Ph. D student in ECE department at University of Texas at Austin. She completed her B.Sc. in Physics with minor in Mathematics from Southeastern Louisiana Univeristy. Her research interest lies in spintronics devices with focus on exploring new materials for magnetic tunnel junctions. Apart from research, she has been actively involved in teaching and volunteering at several science clubs and schools in Austin. In her free time, she likes travelling, hiking, reading books and cooking.

 

 

Rachel Selina Rajarathnam
Rachel is a doctoral student in the Integrated Circuits and Systems (ICS) track, currently working in the UTDA lab, with research interests in Physical Design Automation and Hardware Security. She worked as a CAD intern with the Physical Design team at Nvidia, Austin during Summer’18. Previously, she had also worked with the Physical Design team at Nvidia, Bangalore, India as Sr. ASIC Engineer during 2013 to 2017. She holds a bachelor’s degree (graduated in 2011) and a master’s degree (graduated in 2013) in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India.

 

 

Subrahmanya Teja

Subrahmanya is a PhD student working in the area of nanoelectronics. Specially he is interested in the circuit-device co-design of novel materials (IMT, RRAM, STTMRAM). He received his bachelor’s from IIT Gandhinagar, India in 2016. He joined IEEE as a student member in 2013. He loves playing cricket, football and squash during his leisure.

 

 

Mahshid Alamdar

 

Mahshid is a PhD research assistant in ECE department at University of Texas at Austin. She received her B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic. Her research interests lie in the broad areas of magnetic devices and circuits for in-memory, neuromorphic, and radiation-hard computing. In her leisure time she enjoys travelling, swimming, biking and hanging out with family and friends.

 

 

 

Jayanth R T

Jayanth is a Master’s student in Prof. Deji Akiwande’s Nano research lab. He completed his Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering at the renowned Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering, Mysore, India (Top 5% of the class). He is interested in both the fundamental/theoretical physics of condensed matter and the
seemingly disparate fields of systems and molecular neuroscience, and biophysics.He is presently working on 2D TMDs for understanding both their fundamental physical make-up and for their possible applications in
single-cell/neuronal stimulations and recordings/mappings. Although he is an engineer by training, he is always excited and interested in doing research at the basic scientific level in both physics and neuroscience. He is a professionally trained mridangam (an indian classical percussion instrument) player having completed the pre-vidwath training under the traditional guru-shishya tradition and also involves himself as a lead singer for a UT based Rock ‘n’ Roll band. His hobbies/interests: Trained musician – Vocals and Percussion, Literature, Eastern and Western Philosophy, Vedanta, Writing articles and essays, Sci-fi and Non-fiction novels, Football (Soccer!).

 

 

Neelotpala Kumar

 

Neelotpala is a graduate student at Electrical and Computer Engineering department at UT Austin.  She completed her undergraduation from Manipal Institute of Technology, India in 2018.  Her research interests revolve around body mountable and flexible wearable electronics.

 

 

Dmitry Kireev

Dmitry is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a part of the Microelectronic Research Center and the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Dmitry is currently working on the real life applications of two-dimensional materials such as graphene, MoS2, and others in the fields of bioelectronics, neuroprosthesis, soft tissue, and epidermal electronics. Within the scope of recent (2020) pandemic, Dmitry has shifted his focus towards building graphene based biosensor targeted towards COVID-19 virus detection. He finished his PhD work in 2017 at the Institute of Bioelectronics (ICS-8) of Forschungszentrum Julich, Germany, working on graphene-based devices for neuroprosthesis, interaction with neuronal cells and general bioelectronics. Dmitry is a recipient of a prestigious EMM-NANO scholarship and performed his MSc study in KULeuven and Chalmers University with majors in nanoelectronics (2011-2013). Prior to finding his way into bioelectronics, Dmitry has completed his BSc (2010) and MSc (2012) in the Moscow’s National Research University of Electronic Technology at the department of quantum physics (uff) and nanoelectronics, with a major on micro- and nanoelectronics. Beyond the science, technology, research, and scientific interests, he loves to interact (especially if there is some coffee involved) with graduate and undergraduate students, encourage them to do science, and stimulate them to find their own way in it.

 

 

Aaron Muhowski

Aaron is a postdoctoral fellow working in Prof. Wasserman’s group at UT Austin on the epitaxial growth and characterization of nanostructured mid-infrared emitters.  He received a PhD in Physics from the University of Iowa in 2019 for work focusing on the epitaxial growth and characterization of high-efficiency mid-infrared superlattice LEDs under the supervision of Prof. John Prineas, and BS in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin. His research interests include crystal growth by molecular beam epitaxy, and the design and characterization of mid-infrared optoelectronic devices leveraging the novel and exotic properties available in the antimonide semiconductor system.

 

 

Nupur Navlakha

Nupur is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microelectronics Research Centre in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Texas at Austin. Her research focuses on nanoelectronics, simulation and modeling of devices, and their applications. Currently, her work is based on DFT studies of 2D systems such as transition metal dichalcogenide field effect transistors. She received her Ph.D. degree from Department of Electrical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India, in 2018 with specialization in MOS design for capacitorless dynamic memory. She completed her master’s degree in VLSI Design from the Malaviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur, India in 2013. She has worked as Assistant Professor at Manipal University Jaipur from 2013 – 2014.

 

 

Samuel Liu

Sam graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 2020, and decided to come to UT Austin to escape the cold. His research interests are in spintronics, magnetic materials, and neuromorphic computing. Outside of the lab, Sam likes to exercise by swimming and running. For fun, he likes to hang out with friends and try to sing at karaoke.

 

 

Sirish Oruganti

Sirish is a Ph.D. student at The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, ICS track. He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Delhi Technological University (formerly Delhi College of Engineering) in 2018. Prior to joining the Circuits Research Lab at UT, he was an Analog Design Engineer in the High-Speed Signal Conditioning group at Texas Instruments India till June 2021. His current research focuses on Hardware Security. Sirish was the Head of Research and Development, IEEE DTU Student Branch during his undergraduate, and was actively involved in Delhi sectional and Region 10 activities of the IEEE. Apart from building circuits, he loves to teach, and enjoys cooking and driving to new places at leisure.

 

 

Emily Zhou

 

Emily graduated from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering prior to joining the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a Ph.D. student majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, SSE track. Her research area focuses on thin-film transistors using Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide and Molybdenum disulfide as the semiconductor layer. She is also interested in organic electrochemical transistors for neuromorphic computing and sensing applications. Outside of lab, Emily enjoys paddleboarding, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her two cats.

 

 

 

 

FORMER OFFICERS

Amritesh Rai

Amritesh Rai completed his schooling from The Doon School, Dehradun, India, in 2007 (top 5% of class), received his B.S. (summa cum laude) in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 2012 and his M.S. in ECE from The University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2016. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in ECE, working as a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) at UT’s Microelectronics Research Center (MRC), and is advised by Professor Sanjay K. Banerjee. His specialization track is Solid-State Electronics (SSE) and his research has focused on studying the electronic transport properties as well as the digital/RF device applications of novel atomically thin two-dimensional (2D) semiconducting materials such as the transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). Amritesh serves as a reviewer for several high impact factor peer-reviewed scientific journals including American Chemical Society (ACS) Nano, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (AMI), ACS Applied Nano Materials, 2D Materials, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (TED), IEEE Electron Device Letters (EDL), Applied Physics Letters (APL), and Nanoscale. As a graduate student, Amritesh has also worked as a ‘Graduate Research Intern’ at Argonne National Laboratory‘s Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM) in Lemont, IL, as well as a ‘Technology Development Intern’ at the U.S. memory chip maker Micron Technology, Inc. in Boise, ID as part of their 3D NAND Process Integration group. He will join Micron as a full-time NAND Process Integration Engineer upon completion of his Ph.D. this summer. Amritesh has received several accolades and recognitions for his excellent academic and research performance. While at OSU, he received the ‘Academic Excellence Award‘ from the IEEE Columbus Section, the ‘Undergraduate Enrichment Award‘ from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and was inducted into IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (IEEE HKN) – the honor society of IEEE. At UT, he was selected by the UT ECE Department as its top-ranked nominee for the 2016 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship, and by Qualcomm as one of the U.S. Finalists for its highly competitive Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (QInF) in 2017. He has received the ‘Professional Development Award’ twice as well as the ‘Academic Enrichment Award’ from the UT Graduate School.Besides academia and research, Amritesh has served in various mentorship, outreach and leadership roles. He has mentored several undergraduates, high school students and teachers as part of various STEM outreach and mentorship programs at UT, and is a two-time recipient of the ‘Best Mentor Award’ administered by UT’s NSF NASCENT Engineering Research Center (ERC). He also served as President of the Student Leadership Council (SLC) of the NASCENT ERC. He is the Founder and Chair of the ‘IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society (TEMS) – Graduate Student Chapter’ in the IEEE Central Texas Section (CTS) and serves as the Young Professionals (YP) Chair of IEEE Region 5. He is also the Vice-Chair of the 2020 IEEE Rising Stars Conference – a premier event for students and young professionals – to be held in Las Vegas in January. He was recently recognized by the IEEE YP group and was featured in a Volunteer Spotlight Article published on the IEEE YP IMPACT Blog. For his leadership and volunteering efforts, Amritesh received the 2018 IEEE Region 5 Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. He is a member of IEEE, IEEE TEMS and the IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS).

 

 

Jacob Rohan

Jacob Rohan is a graduate student at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, The University of Texas at Austin. He completed his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cullen College of Engineering, The University of Houston in 2018. His research interests are neuromorphic computation, computer vision, electronics design, and emerging semiconductor materials.

 

 

Vignesh Radhakrishnan
Vignesh Radhakrishnan received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication  Engineering from Anna University, Chennai and graduated top of class with a gold medal. He  previously worked with Samsung Semiconductor India R&D as a Senior Engineer between 2016 and 2018. At Samsung, he was involved in the design & verification of High Speed Interconnect PHY IP PCI Express. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Integrated Circuits & Systems Track) at UT Austin. He loves console gaming, watching Netflix and badminton.

 

 

Farzad Mokhtari-Koushyar

Farzad obtained his M.Sc. degree from the Department of Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran in Microwave and Optics Engineering. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA. His research interests include RF sensing, 5G networks, phased array antennas, RF and microwave photonic devices, and photonic integrated circuits. He has published authored and co-authored 20 journal and conference papers.

 

 

Deepyanti Taneja

Deepyanti is a postdoctoral fellow working with Prof. Deji Akinwande since July 2017. Prior to this, she obtained her Ph.D. degree in Semiconductor Physics from the University of Cambridge, UK and her Masters’ degree in Physics from University College London, UK. She pursued her undergraduate studies, also in Physics, at Hindu College, Delhi University, in her home country, India. She has a very strong background in semiconductors, having worked with III-Vs and 2D materials. Her expertise is in cleanroom fabrication of micro and nano devices and their electrical characterization at room and low temperatures. Her current research interests lie in 2D materials (xenes and transition metal dichalcogenides, TMDs) device fabrication, twisted van der Waals heterostructures, and growth and characterization of TMDs. Besides research, she loves to spend her time volunteering, reading, doing yoga and traveling.

 

 

Martha I. Serna

Martha I. Serna is a postdoctoral fellow at the Microelectronics research center at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a 2D materials scientist working for Professor Deji Akinwande.  She received her B.S degree in Materials engineering in her native country, Colombia in 2011, and her M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Materials science and engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2017. As a graduate student, she focused her research on the synthesis of 2D semiconductors by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD). In 2015,  she worked under Dr. H. Choi in Seoul, South Korea, too.  The results of her graduate studies have been presented in the USA, Mexico, France, Chile, South Korea, and Colombia.  She enjoys yoga, music, and long hikes. She has a dog named Ginger that accompanied her to enjoy hikes in national parks in the USA and areas close to Austin, TX.