Dr. Jaber Abu-Qahouq’s research interests include power electronics topologies and systems, digital/analog control of power electronics systems, power management, and energy systems.
Dr. Dawen Li joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. He is a recipient of NSF CAREER award. Dr. Li received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2006. During his Ph.D. study, Dr. Li had intern experience at Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies in 2004. From 2006 to 2008 he was a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Li’s current research interest focuses on nanotechnology-based solar cells, crystal growth for organic thin-film transistors, and bit-patterned media for information data storage. His expertise includes soft lithography patterning and nanofabrication.
Dr. Patrick Kung is an Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He joined the faculty in 2007. He received his B.S. from the Ecole Polytechnique (France, 1993) and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University (2000). From 2000 to 2007, he was Research Assistant Professor at the Northwestern University and Technical Director at MP Technologies. He specializes in the growth and characterization of wide bandgap AlInGaN compound semiconductors, quantum heterostructures, nanostructures and optoelectronic devices. He has over 90 publications including nearly 50 journal articles.
Dr. Sushma Kotru joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Alabama in 2006 as an Associate Professor. Previous to this appointment, she worked on various research positions in the ECE department, University of Alabama, her final position being Associate Research Engineer (1998 to 2006). Before joining UA, Dr. Kotru worked as a Post Doctoral Research Associate at NSF-Center for Electronic Materials, Devices and Systems, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (1996-1998). Dr. Kotru earned her M.S degrees in Physics from Kashmir University, M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees in Solid State Physics, from the Jammu University, India. She has authored or co-authored about 50 referred papers. Dr. Kotru is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the MRS and AVS. She has been funded from DOD, NSF, ARO and FAA. Her research interests include thin film oxide materials, emphasis being on ferroelectric & multiferroic materials, magnetic semiconductors, for a variety of applications including PV solar cells, IR and gas sensors and MEMS processing.
Dr. Seongsin Margaret Kim joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. at the University of Alabama in 2007 as an assistant professor. She received her B.S in physics from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea, in 1992, M.S in Physics, and a Ph. D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Northwestern University in 1994 and 1999. From 1999 to 2000, she was a senior research engineer at Samsung Electronics, Corporate R&D laboratory, Korea, and from 2000 to 2002, she was a device research engineer at Agilent Technologies (former Hewlett-Packard). After that Dr. Kim pursued Academia career and joined the electrical engineering department at the Stanford University as a research and stayed until she joined at the UA. Dr, Kim has authored or co-authored more than 70 scholarly publications, 3 book chapters, and holds one US patent. Her research interests are composite nanomaterials including quantum dots and nanowires for optical, magnetic and biological applications and developing the integrated systems for sensing and imaging.
Dr. Yang-Ki Hong is the E. A. “Larry” Drummond Endowed Chair Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Professor of Materials Science Ph.D. Program. He received his Ph.D. in Metallurgy (Materials Science) at University of Utah in 1981 and received BS and MS (Magnetism and Mossbauer spectroscopy) in Physics from Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea. He completed the Program for Management Development (PMD) of Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University in 1992. Prior to joining the University of Alabama in 2006, Dr. Hong was a Professor of Materials Science and Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Idaho. He was the Senior Vice President at OCI conglomerate group company, Seoul, South Korea. His current research includes nano- and submicron scale magnetism (micromagnetic computer simulation, first principle calculations, Maxwell equations solvers), magnetic materials (soft and hard magnets: spinel ferrites, hexaferrites, magnetic nanoparticles, MnAl, MnBi, core-shell nanomagnets), and magnetic devices (antennas, inductors, magnetic tunneling junctions, current transformer, circulators, magnetic supercapacitors). He has published more than 100 refereed journal papers and presented about 170 papers at conferences and symposia. In addition, Hong has been awarded 13 patents and holds 8 US provisional patents.