Faculty Biographies

Hrair Aintablian, Ph.D.


Office: UWBB - 224

Email: haintab@uw.edu


 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


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. 

Seungkeun-Choi.jpgSeungkeun Choi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: UWBB - 228



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



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


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.

Sunwoong "Sunny" KimSunwoong "Sunny" Kim, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: UWBB - 223



Dr. Kim received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Seoul National University, South Korea. From 2016 to 2017, he worked at the Inter-University Semiconductor Research Center, Seoul National University, as a postdoctoral research associate. Prior to coming to University of Washington Bothell, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2017 to 2019.

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


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.


Kaibao Nie, Ph.D.


Office: UWBB - 224



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.