Faculty Biographies

Hrair Aintablian, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Office: UWBB - 224

Email: haintab@uw.edu

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 Dr. Aintablian received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University of Athens, OH, in 1994. Prior to coming to UW Bothell, he was a power engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, supporting the Europa Clipper, the SMAP observer and the Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity) projects. His job functions included the design, development and testing of spacecraft power systems/power electronics. He has also worked at Boeing in Canoga Park, CA as a power engineer for the International Space Station.

His teaching is focused on both theory and practice. While theory is fundamental to engineering education, it is not sufficient. He is a proponent of teaching students the practical aspects of engineering in order to better motivate and prepare them for industry.

Arnie-Berger.jpgArnold S. Berger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: UWBB - 225

Email: aberger@uw.edu

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Dr. Berger has a Ph.D. in Material Science from Cornell University and has 20+ years of industrial experience ranging from hardware design engineer to Director of Research and Development (R&D) at several companies including Ford Motor Company, Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Micro Devices and Applied Microsystems. Moreover, Dr. Berger has more than 15 years of teaching experience at UWB and other institutions. He has served in many committees at the program and university level, and chaired the faculty committee that created the BSEE degree at UWB. Dr. Berger has published over 55 papers, holds four patents and authored two textbooks on computer architecture and embedded design. He is a senior member of IEEE and was the first faculty advisor to the IEEE student chapter.

Dr. Berger’s expertise is in digital design and embedded system design. His research interests are on methods of debugging and validating performance of real-time computer systems, and the specialized tools required to do this. He is also looking at methods of detecting plagiarism in student work and also novel ways to utilize technology to teach electrical engineering, in particular, remotely accessible undergraduate engineering laboratory classes.  

Hung-Cao-cropped.jpgHung Cao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: UWBB - 107K

Email: hungcao@uw.edu

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Recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation. We invite you to read about Dr. Cao's prestigious award.

Hung Cao received his B.Sc. degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Hanoi University of Technology, Vietnam and later obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He served as a lecturer at Vietnam Maritime University from 2003 to 2005. Prior to coming to UW Bothell in 2015, Dr. Cao worked as a research associate at Biomedical Engineering Department, University of Southern California (2012-2013); a scientist at Veterans Affairs Hospital and David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles (2013-2014) and as research faculty member at École de technologie supérieure (ETS), Montreal, QC, Canada (2014-2015). He has been also an affiliate faculty at the School of System Biology, George Mason University and served in the advisory board for Zansors, LLC, a start-up bio-tech company located in Washington DC area.

Dr. Cao has been conducting research in applying engineering tools for a wide range of biomedical applications with scientists in multidisciplinary fields in UT Arlington, UT Dallas, UT Austin, USC, UCLA, UC San Diego, Caltech and ETS Montreal. His research interests include MEMS, BioMEMS, micro- and nano-fabrication, sensors and wireless systems for healthcare devices and biological research, particularly in neural and cardiovascular engineering. Dr. Cao has a strong publication record in the related fields with 40+ peer-reviewed articles. 

Seungkeun-Choi.jpgSeungkeun Choi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: UWBB - 228

Emailschoi5@uw.edu

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Dr. Choi received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He also served as an adjunct professor at Southern Polytechnic State University. Dr. Choi has authored or co-authored 12 papers and has given talks at 19 peer-reviewed conferences.

His area of interest centers on renewable energy with a focus on photovoltaics and energy efficient electronics, building on his expertise in organic and inorganic semiconductors, and MEMS. 

Tadesse-Ghirmai.jpgTadesse Ghirmai, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: UWBB - 221

Emailtadg@uw.edu

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He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook University. Dr Ghirmai has two year of industrial experience working as a systems engineer with NextWave Wireless Inc, San Diego. Dr. Ghirmai is a member of IEEE.

His expertise is in communication and signal processing. Dr. Ghirmai has 13 years of teaching experience at several institutions. He has published over 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. 

Mahmoud-Ghofrani.jpgMahmoud Ghofrani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: UWBB - 227

Email: mrani@uw.edu

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Dr. Ghofrani received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from Amir-Kabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2005, the M.Sc. degree from University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, in 2008, and the Ph.D. degree from University of Nevada, Reno, in 2014. Since September 2013, he has been with the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at University of Washington, Bothell, where he is currently an Assistant Professor.

His research interests include power systems operation and planning, renewable energy systems, smart grids, electric vehicles and electricity market.

Rania Hussein, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Office: UWBB - 224

Emailrhussein@uw.edu

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Dr. Rania Hussein holds a Ph.D. of electrical engineering, MS of computer Science, and a BS. in computer engineering. Prior to joining UW, she was a research engineer at the Walt Disney Company where she used applied research to investigate emerging technologies such as big data, gamification, and mining the social media. She also has many years of experience working in higher education where she promoted undergraduate research besides teaching and mentoring students in computer science and engineering. She is passionate about promoting diversity in the workplace and empowering students to pursue education and careers in STEM. Additionally, she has taken leadership roles in establishing and running non profit organizations.

Dr. Hussein's interests are image processing, embedded systems, and emerging technologies.

Lawrence Lam, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Office: UWBB - 252

Email: llam@uw.edu

Dr. Lam graduated from UT Austin, UW Seattle with BSEE, MSEE and PhD. He had further training in biomedical engineering from UW Seattle and postdoc research in material science from Cornell University. He was a R&D member of the National Semiconductor Corp working in process 

integration to develop world's first BiCMOS SRAM for Cray Supercomputer. He also worked in the Nobel Prize nominee Dr. Ching Tang's team to develop OLED display. He holds 2 US patents and is a senior IEEE member. Dr. Lam has more than twelve years of teaching experience and was the chair of an ABET accredited Biomedical Engineering Technology program.

His expertise is in device integration, MEMS, sensors and optoelectronics. His current research interest is in human machine interface, biomedical sensors, MEMS and remote labs.

Pierre Mourad, Ph.D.

Professor (Mechanical Engineering)

Office: DISC - 270

Email: doumitt@uw.edu

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Dr. Mourad holds a joint Professorship in Engineering and Mathematics at UW Bothell and in Neurological Surgery at UW Seattle, where he also has a laboratory. Dr. Mourad's research application of ultrasound to clinically relevant problems in collaboration with medical doctors. With regard to pedagogy, Dr. Mourad leads, for example, the year-long Senior ME Capstone Experience out of his Alliance for Device Innovation (A4DI), with a focus on cross-disciplinary projects of interest to campus and the local community. Projects within the A4DI, including Capstone, involve by design students from many disciplines, and from Freshman through Seniors.

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Kaibao Nie, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Office: UWBB - 224

Emailniek@uw.edu

Website

His expertise is in signal processing for biomedical applications. He has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Tsinghua University, China. Dr. Nie has one year industrial experience developing signal processing algorithms for hearing aids working for Starkey Laboratories, Inc., Eden Prairie, MN. In addition, he has over 10 years of teaching experience at various institutions. Dr. Nie has published 7 papers. He is currently employed as a research professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine.