Hirings Amplify Electrical Engineering's Strengths

Five New Faculty Members Give Department More Depth in Key Fields

Nov. 26, 2007

With the arrival of five newcomers this fall, electrical engineering faculty now number 49.

The new faculty represent a response to industry and student interests alike, coinciding with the establishment of a new concentration in RF/microwave technology, enhancing the school’s strengths in wireless circuits, digital circuits and analog/mixed-signal technology, and expanding the faculty’s strengths in medical electronics.

Bhaskar Banerjee Bhaskar Banerjee
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Analog/Mixed Signal Design

Bhaskar Banerjee received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech in 2006. His research interests include circuit design for radio frequency, microwave and millimeter-wave applications using multi-antenna systems; high-speed analog and mixed-signal circuit design for wireless and wired communications using silicon-based processes; and the modeling, analysis and characterization of the RF performance of Si-CMOS and SiGe HBTs.

Before joining UT Dallas, he worked as a mixed-signal circuit designer at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center and at National Semiconductor Corp. He was a graduate co-op student at RF Solutions (now part of Anadigics Inc.) and an undergraduate intern at TI’s Asia Development Center. He has authored and co-authored 20 journal and conference papers.

Rashaunda Henderson Rashaunda Henderson
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
RF and Microwave Circuits and Systems

Rashaunda Henderson received her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1999. Her research interests include the modeling and characterization of passive components for wireless applications and the design of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for radio frequency front-end modules.

Before joining UT Dallas she spent eight years as a device engineer at Freescale Semiconductor (previously the semiconductor division of Motorola), where she worked on the characterization, simulation and model development of on-chip and off-chip RF and microwave passive structures. She is a senior member of IEEE, and she is on the technical program committee of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in the area of microwave measurements. 

Roozbeh Jafari Roozbeh Jafari
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
Embedded System Design with an Emphasis
on Medical Applications

Roozbeh Jafari received his Ph.D. in computer science from UCLA in 2006. His primary research interests concern networked-embedded system design and reconfigurable computing, with an emphasis on medical and biological applications, their signal processing and algorithm design.

Before joining UT Dallas, he was a post-doctoral researcher in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Department at UC Berkeley. As lead for the CustoMed Project there, he led development of an adaptable distributed ECG algorithm for embedded medical systems and routing techniques for distributed embedded computing.

Won NamgoongWon Namgoong
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
Wireless and Wireline Communication Circuits/Systems

Won Namgoong received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 1999. His research activities involve wireless and wireline communication circuits and systems, including both RF/high-speed circuit design and signal processing algorithm development.

Before joining UT Dallas he was an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Southern California. He received a National Science Foundation Early Career Award in 2002. He has served as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I – Regular Papers, as a guest editor of the Journal of VLSI Signal Processing and on numerous program committees, including the International Solid-State Circuits Conference.

Vojin G. OklobdzijaVojin G. Oklobdzija
Research Professor of Electrical Engineering
VLSI Circuits, Low and Ultra-Low Power Design,
Computer Systems and Architecture, Computer Arithmetic
and High-Performance System Design

Vojin G. Oklobdzija holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles. His research interests include digital-circuit optimization for low-power and ultra-low-power high-performance system design and sensor nodes.

He was previously a professor of computer engineering at the University of California, Davis, where he directed the Advanced Computer Systems Engineering Laboratory. Before that he worked at IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where he made contributions to the development of RISC processors, super-scalar and supercomputer design. An IEEE Fellow and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society, he has published more than 150 papers, six books and dozens of book chapters concerning circuits and technology, computer arithmetic and computer architecture.


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