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Electrical & Computer Engineering Faculty

May Huang, PhD Department Chair

May Huang, PhD
Office Hours

12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Dr. May Huang is the chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Director of Research and Development at ITU. She also serves as a professor at the School of Software and Microelectronics at Peking University (PKU) in China and invited professor for teaching at Tsinghua University and Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication. She leads many research initiatives including a joint research team with members from PKU and ITU.

Dr. Huang brings more than 20 years of Silicon Valley IC design and software design experience to ITU. She was a designer and project manager at VLSI Technology, Inc., Hitachi Semiconductor America, and Virtual Silicon Technology. She participated as a member of the working group and balloter on VITAL, Verilog and Analog Extensions of VHDL toward IEEE standard. Dr. Huang holds a bachelor’s degree from the South China University of Technology, a master’s degree from Santa Clara University, and a doctorate from ITU — all in electrical engineering.

Neeli Prasad, PhD Assistant Department Chair

Neeli Prasad is a security and wireless technology strategist, who has been driving business and technology innovation (from incubation to prototyping through validation to commercialization) throughout her career. She has made her way up the ranks in secure communication technologies by contributing to some of the most groundbreaking and commercial inventions. She has general management and technology skills, having worked for service providers and technology companies in various leadership roles for the past 20 years. She was also one of the key contributors to the commercialization of WLAN for which she has published two books.

Dr. Prasad is currently Assistant Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at ITU and recently elected to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Board of Governors for the Vehicular Technology Society (VTS). As Dr. Prasad serves to assist IEEE enact its mission as an IEEE Board member, ITU’s impact on electrical and engineering domain deepens, reinforcing our core ideology to promote global development through Silicon Valley education.

Dr. Prasad holdsan MSEE from Delft University of Technology and a PhD in adaptive security for Wireless heterogenous Networks.

Dr. Raminder Bajwa Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Raminder Bajwa

Dr. Raminder Bajwa is an adjunct professor at ITU as well as a full-time Google employee on the technical staff. He is an expert in architecture design of high performance and low power applications in communications, signal processing, mobile computing, and networking. He has been working at Silicon Valley industry since 1995. He owns seven US patents and his research expertise is in system designs and implementations.

Dr. Bajwa holds a PhD in Computer Science from Penn State, MS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Bachelorin Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.

Dr. Eric Chen Director of AI Research Lab

Eric Chen Portrait

Dr. Eric Chen is a core faculty and director of the Artificial Intelligence Research Lab at ITU. He leads algorithm design and development in Uber, Google, and GE Healthcare, and has previously taught at University of Waterloo.

Dr Chen holds a PhD in Computer Science and Master in Math from University of Waterloo, and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Saskatchewan.His dissertation covered solving geometric problems in space-conscious models. His research expertise is in computational geometry, primarily designing algorithms and data structures for geometric problems with massive data sets.

Dr. Fred Cheng Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Fred Cheng

Dr. Fred Cheng is the COO of Tend Insight Inc. and previously served as CTO of TChips Technology and VP of Marketing at Winbond Electronics. He has experience developing data security algorithm and protocol, smart card controller, one-time password controller, touch panel controller, and embedded controller for Internet of things application. Dr. Cheng taught network and data security, IT, and high-tech management courses, and served as a visiting scholar at Iowa State University.

Dr. Cheng received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from ITU, master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University, and Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University in Taiwan

Dr. John Kim Core Faculty

Dr. John Kim
Office Hours

Friday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dr. JeongHee Kim is a core professor at ITU. He also works as an adjunct faculty at San Jose State University. Previously, he served as a Senior Engineer of Software Verification at Broadcom, a District Manager at Panasonic, and a Consultant for Electronics, Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Sybersay Communications, and Bell Labs in Lucent Tech. His research experience is in algorithm development of noise reduction, system optimization, performance analysis, and adaptive filtering process.

Dr. Kim holds a PhD in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University, where his thesis covered stereophonic acoustic echo cancellation, Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas and his Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from West Coast University.

Dr. John Ladasky Adjunct Faculty and Research Scientist in the Bioelectronics Research Lab

Dr. John Ladasky

Dr. John Ladasky serves as a faculty member and research scientist at ITU, and is also the founder of a biotechnology startup, Blind Watchmaker LLC. His areas of interest include biological instrumentation, spectroscopy, computational chemistry, and immunology.

Prior to attending graduate school, he worked at Becton Dickinson Biosciences on the research and development of novel medical instrumentation. Dr. Ladasky is an author on six peer-reviewed scientific publications in the fields of biological instrumentation, immunology, and evolutionary biology. His work at Becton Dickinson resulted in a patent for a novel method for measuring fluorescence lifetimes in biological systems.

He earned his PhD from the Graduate Program in Immunology at Stanford University. His dissertation and publications concerned the immunology of owl monkeys, an important laboratory animal in malaria research. As a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Ladasky published novel findings concerning a mechanism used by the human immune system to identify foreign proteins. Dr. Ladasky received his bachelor degree in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley.

Qingning Li, PhD Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Qingning Li is an adjunct faculty member at ITU and serves as a Consultant for Pacific Engineering. . He previously served as a Hardware Engineer at IBM, where he developed a new type of quasi-tester for read head stability, low noise RF amplifier, and control circuits. At IBM, he also led high frequency quasi-test development, performed quasi-data analysis, proposed new NLTS measurements, and signal to noise measurement methods. He also served as a Staff Engineer at MMC Technology, Readrite, and Phase Metrics. His research areas of expertise include magnetic recordings, semiconductors physics, RF electronics, optics and magnetic resonance and imaging. Dr. Li’s work has been featured in the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and International Society for Optical Engineering publications. At ITU, Dr. Li leads research in the green energy field.

Dr. Li received his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Utah and bachelor’s degree in optics from Zhongshan University.

Dr. Bhaska Mantha Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Bhaska Mantha

Dr. Bhaskar L. Mantha is an adjunct faculty member at ITU and at San Jose State University. He conducts research at the physics department at Santa Clara University on improving the stability of polymer solar cells. He worked in the semiconductor industry (Intel, VLSI Technology, Hynix, Zilog, Silicon Storage Technology) as a chip technologist for 30 years.

Bhaskar obtained his PhD and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He obtained his first master’s degree from Osmania University in Hyderabad, Telangana, India and bachelor’s degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Dominik Schmidt Core Faculty and Director of Bioelectronics Research Lab

Dr. Dominik Schmidt
Office Hours

Wednesday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Friday 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dr. Dominik Schmidt is a core faculty member at ITU and also serves as a technology analyst and investor at QVT Financial LP. He was previously the senior director of Technology Development at Intel and designed one of the first mobile cellular product with an Intel CPU. Dr. Schmidt also co-founded three companies including Airfly Communications Corporation, which was acquired by Intel. Dr. Schmidt has more than 80 patents granted or pending. At ITU, he is also supervising the university’s Bioelectronics Research Lab.

Dr. Schmidt holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering with a focus on ultra fast mixed-signal circuits and a minor in aeronautical engineering with a focus on space-based communications from Stanford University. He received double master’s degrees from Stanford University in electrical engineering and technology management and a bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley with a double major in electrical engineering and materials science. He is also a senior member of IEEE, ARRL, NSPE, AAAS, SPIE, MRS, and the Naval Institute.

Ted Sun, PhD Core Faculty

Ted Sun, PhD
Office Hours

Classroom 105
Monday 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Classroom 202
Friday 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Dr. Ted Sun is a core faculty member at ITU. He previously served as an engineer at Integrated Device Technology, and Cadence where he developed design flows on both frontend and backend systems with a focus on design optimization, chip reliability, noise analysis, yield-awareness routing. He is also well experienced on EDA tools and system administration. His research has been featured in statistical electro-migration analysis on chip reliability and failure prediction.

Dr. Sun received his PhD in electrical engineering from Santa Clara University, Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Physics from the National Central University, Master’s in Management Science from University of Dayton.

Dr. Karl Wang Research Professor

Dr. Karl Wang

Dr. Karl L. Wang is core faculty in the EECE Department He is an industry expert and visionary with more than 30 years of experience and served as Director of Advance Product Development at ARM, Inc. where he developed 65 and 45nm products. He also serves as Director of Microprocessor Development at Hitachi, Inc. where he led a large design team from Hitachi and ST Microelectronics in a joint venture for developing world first low-power and high-performance microprocessor for SOC products. Previously, he was VP of Design Services and IP Business Division at UMC, and VP of Research and Development at Silicon Motion, Inc.

Dr. Wang received his PhD and Masters degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in electrical engineering and Bachelor’s degree from Rice University in electrical engineering.

Henry Zhang, PhD Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Henry Zhang is a Senior Staff Engineer at Sandisk Inc where he leads a team of logic designers on RTL and functional verification effort. Dr. Zhang was previously a lead engineer for the switch fabric subsystem at Allegro Networks. He has filed three patents on chip architecture and algorithms.

He received his doctorate in physics from the University of Texas at Austin where he wrote his dissertation on experimental and computational atomic/molecular physics. His research expertise is in logic design, digital systems architecture, and memory architecture and design. He holds a Master’s in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara and Bachelor’s in Physics from Peking University.

Qing Zhu, PhD Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Qing Zhu splits his time working at ITU and as a full-time CAD Manager at eveRAM Technology Inc. He is a professional in CAD methodology, EDA tools for VLSI high-speed, and affordable low-power chips. He began his career in 1995 working for Intel as their Senior CAD engineer, SanDisk as CAD Manager and Senior Staff CAD engineer, and several semiconductor startups. Dr. Zhu currently is the CAD Manager for Spin Transfer Technologies in Fremont, CA running the CAD/IT environment and automation/EDA flows for MRAM chips.

He has published many technical papers and holds six US patents. His technical contributions include a new balanced clock routing algorithm, a novel chip and package co-design strategy, an iterative optimization algorithm for delay-constrained minimum-cost routing, and a low-voltage swing clock distribution scheme. He is also a senior member of IEEE.

Dr. Zhu received his PhD in Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Cruz, Master in electrical Engineering and his Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from China.