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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, Peking University (PKU) in China and invited professor for teaching at Tsinghua University as well as Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication. She leads research activities at ITU including a joint research team with members from ITU and PKU. 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. Her research interests are low power IC design and methodology and artificial intelligence.

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. She was the first PhD graduate at ITU completed under the supervision of ITU founder Dr. Shu-Park Chan.

Neeli Prasad, PhD Assistant Department Chair

Neeli Prasad is a security and wireless technology strategist, who through her career has been driving business and technology innovation, from incubation to prototyping through validation to commercialization. She has focus and the abilities to transform organizations and networking technologies to address changes in markets. She has made her way up the waves of secure communication technology by contributing to some of the most groundbreaking and commercial inventions. She has general management, leadership, and technology skills, having worked for service providers and technology companies in various key leadership roles for the past 20 years.

She is a subject matter expert covering security, wireless, mobility, Internet of Things, Machine-to-Machine, eHealth, smart cities and cloud technologies. She was one of the key contributors to the commercialization of WLAN for which she has published two books.

Dr. Raminder Bajwa Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Raminder Bajwa

Dr. Raminder Bajwa is an adjunct professor at ITU while full-time working as a member of technical staff at Google. He is a professional 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 and cofounded couple of companies.

Dr. Bajwa received his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Michigan Tech University and a doctorate in computer science from The Pennsylvania State University. He owns seven US patents and his research expertise is system designs and implementations.

Dr. Eric Chen Director of AI Research Lab

Eric Chen Portrait

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

Dr Chen received his B.S degree in Computer Science from University of Saskatchewan, Master's degree in Math and a Ph.D in Computer Science from University of Waterloo, where 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 adjunct faculty at ITU while full-time work as COO of Tend Insight Inc. He previously served as CTO of TChips Technology, and VP of Marketing at Winbond Electronics. He had experiences on development of Data Security Algorithm and Protocol, Smart Card Controller, One-time Password Controller, Touch Panel Controller and embedded controller for Internet of Thing application. Dr. Cheng has 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 Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University in Taiwan, Master degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and PhD in Electrical Engineering from International Technologies University.

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 severed 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 received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas and his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from West Coast University. He received his doctorate degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University, where his thesis covered stereophonic acoustic echo cancellation.

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

Dr. John Ladasky

Dr. John Ladasky serves as a faculty 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.

Dr. Ladasky received his Bachelor degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked at Becton Dickinson Biosciences on the research and development of novel medical instrumentation. He earned his Ph.D. 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 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.

Qingning Li, PhD Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Qingning Li is an adjunct faculty member at ITU and serves as a consultant in the engineering business. He previously served as a hardware engineer at IBM, where he developed a new type of quasi-tester for testing 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’ 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 Bachelor’s degree in optics from Zhongshan University, Masters and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Utah.

Dr. Bhaska Mantha Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Bhaska Mantha

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

Bhaskar obtained Ph.D and MS degrees from the University of Cincinnati in Electrical Engineering. He obtained ME degree from Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India and B.E degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, 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 while serving as a technology analysis and investor at QVT Financial LP, and former senior director of Technology Development at Intel. At Intel, Dr. Schmidt helped design 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.

He received a Bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley with a double major in electrical engineering and materials science. He received double Master’s degrees from Stanford University in electrical engineering and technology management. Dr. Schmidt also earned a doctorate 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 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.

Dr. Sun received his Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Physics from the National Central University; M.S. in Management Science from University of Dayton, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. His research has been featured in statistical electro-migration analysis on chip reliability and failure prediction.

Dr. Karl Wang Vice President of Technology & Research and Shu-Park Chan Research Professor

Dr. Karl Wang

Dr. Karl L. Wang is professor at EECE Department and meanwhile servers as vice president of technology and research at ITU. He is an industry expert and a visionary with more than 30 years of experience. He 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. He also served as Vice President of Design Services and IP Business Division at UMC, and Vice President of Research and Development at Silicon Motion, Inc. He hopes to leverage his rich industry experience to achieve engineering education excellence to train the next generation of engineers.

Dr. Wang received his Bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Electrical Engineering, Master’s degrees and Ph.D. from renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Electrical Engineering.

Henry Zhang, PhD Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Henry Zhang is an adjunct professor at ITU while working as a senior staff engineer at Sandisk Inc. He leads a team of logic designers on RTL and functional verification effort. Dr. Zhang was previously served as a lead Engineer for the switch fabric subsystem at Allegro Networks. He has filed three patents on chip architecture and algorithms.

He received his Bachelor’s in physics from Peking University, Master’s in computer science and engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and doctorate in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. At the University of Texas, Dr. Zhang wrote his dissertation covered experimental and computational atomic/molecular physics. His research expertise is in logic design, digital systems architecture, and memory architecture and design.

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. Starting his career in 1995, he has also worked at Intel, SanDisk and several semiconductor startups.

Dr. Zhu received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from China and his PhD in Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Cruz. 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.