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Personnel

Lab Director

Harish Subbaraman

Dr. Harish Subbaraman joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Boise State University in the Fall of 2016. Prior to that, he was a senior research scientist at Omega Optics in Austin, TX, where he worked on printed and flexible photonics and electronics; and silicon and polymer based optical interconnects. He completed his B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Chaitanya Bharathi Institute Of Technology in India.  He earned his M.S. in 2006 and his Ph.D. in 2009, both in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Subbaraman’s current research areas include ink-jet printing and silicon nanomembrane based flexible electronic and photonic devices; fiber-optic sensors; optical true-time-delay; phased array antennas; RF photonics; polymer photonics; and slow-light photonic crystal waveguides. He has served as a PI and Co-PI on several federal and state grants. Dr. Subbaraman has 5 issued and pending patents and has over 140 publications in refereed journals and conferences. He is a member of SPIE, and OSA. He is a senior member of IEEE. (Download CV)

Faculty Affiliates

David Estrada

Dr. David Estrada founded the Integrated Nanomaterials Laboratory in 2013, which later became the Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory in partnership with Dr. Harish Subbaraman in 2016. He is currently the Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES). David served in the United States Navy as an Electronics Warfare Technician/ Cryptologic Technician – Technical. He achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class in 2003 before receiving an honorable discharge and returning to Idaho to pursue his undergraduate education at Boise State University (BSU) where he was a Ronald E. McNair scholar. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from BSU in May of 2007, he began graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) under the direction of Professor Eric Pop. David received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from UIUC in 2009, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering at UIUC in 2013. David then joined Professor Rashid Bashir’s Laboratory of Integrated Bio Medical Micro/Nanotechnology Applications as a Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher before moving to the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Boise State University. David is a member of the Engineering Honor Society – Tau Beta Pi, and numerous professional societies. David is the recipient of the NSF, NDSEG, SURGE, and Micron Graduate Fellowships. He also is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Innovator of the Year Award, the National TRIO Achievers Award, the International Association of Advanced Materials Medal, and The Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 Award. His research interests are in the areas of emergent semiconductor nanomaterials and bionanotechnology. (Download Dr. David Estrada’s CV)

Dan Deng

Dr. Zhangxian (Dan) Deng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State University. He joined to the department in July 2018. Prior to Boise State University, Dr. Deng was a postdoctoral researcher at NSF I/UCRC Smart Vehicle Concepts Center (SVC). Dr. Deng earned his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University in August 2015. The fundamental goal of Dr. Deng’s research is to tackle challenging engineering problems by utilizing novel functional/smart materials (e.g., magnetostrictive, piezoelectric, shape memory, magneto-rheological). Dr. Deng’s work covers both fundamental research and applied research. The fundamental research advances understanding of smart materials via multiphysics experiments and modeling. The applied research targets the following objectives: 1) vibration control especially in road vehicles and aircraft; 2) sustainable power sources and wireless sensors for intelligent platforms; and 3) adaptive structures and robust composites.

Adjunct Graduate Faculty

Adjunct graduate faculty are non-tenure-track faculty with a terminal degree for their discipline and who are otherwise qualified to assume all the privileges and duties of a Graduate Faculty member. The Graduate Council may be appointed Adjunct Graduate Faculty status for a fixed term not to exceed seven years. Non-tenure track, nonfaculty appointees and tenure-track faculty at other universities also may be given Adjunct Graduate Faculty status by the Graduate Council for a fixed term not to exceed seven years. Adjunct Graduate Faculty may chair committees if they have a departmental endorsement. The ANML is proud to have nominated the following personnel for Adjunct Graduate Faculty status at Boise State University, and sincerely thanks them for their service to our students.

Emily

Dr. Emily M. Heckman is a senior electronics research engineer with the Devices for Sensing Branch of the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory.  Dr. Heckman is currently the research lead for the printed electronics program “PrintTronics” in the Sensors Directorate, which focuses on the fabrication and testing of electronic and photonic devices using additive manufacturing techniques.  Previous research interests include infrared materials characterization and biomaterials for electro-optical applications.  Dr. Heckman is a Senior Member of both IEEE and SPIE.

Dr. Josh Wood is a Sales Engineer at Dynatrace where he oversees technical sales of software designed to simplify cloud complexity and accelerate digital transformation. He was previously a Senior Process Engineer at MicroLink Devices, Inc., where he engineered flexible multijunction solar cells with world record efficiencies of 37.8%. Dr. Wood completed a Postdoctoral Research Experience at Northwestern University under the guidance of Prof. Mark Hersam in the area of emerging 2-dimensional materials. He received is Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign were he was a NDSEG Graduate Research Fellow. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Valparaiso University with a B.S. in Computer Engineering.

Jessica

Dr. Jessica E. Koehne is a research scientist at the NASA Ames Center for Nanotechnology where she leads the Nano-Biosensors Group. Her research interests include the interface between nanoscale materials, electronics and biological systems with an emphasis on biosensing. Dr. Koehne has developed carbon nanotube and nanofiber-based sensor platforms for the detection of DNA, rRNA, proteins, and neurotransmitters with applications ranging from point-of-care to homeland security. Dr. Koehne has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles in the field of nanotechnology and has received numerous awards for technical achievement including the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Ashkan

Dr. Ashkan Behnam is a device engineer at Intel Corporation in a non-volatile memory research and development group, working on low power and high-speed memory solutions. He has been working on first generations of Micron/Intel joint 3D NAND Products (e.g. first-to-market NAND 64-cell-string with 4 bit/cell programming and cost/density leadership). He has led full cycles of pathfinding and optimization projects including process development and integration, electrical experiment design/implementation, data collection /interpretation, and implementation. Prior to working at Intel, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) working in the field of applied nano-electronics, and specifically in design, fabrication, and optimization of devices based on novel materials that showed great promise for clean energy, flexible electronics, non-volatile memory and healthcare-related applications. He has coauthored > 30 journal publications and > 50 conference proceedings and abstracts.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Josh Eixenberger is a research scientist in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. Josh completed his Ph.D. in Biomolecular Sciences at Boise State University in 2018, where he developed novel methods and materials for drug delivery and medical imaging. He received his B.S in Physics in 2013, also from Boise State University.  Josh’s research focuses on development of novel materials for additive manufacturing of energy storage and energy harvesting applications. He also mentors students in tissue engineering and nanoparticle ink development.

Dr. Tony Valayil Varghese is a research scientist in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. Tony completed Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from Boise State University in Prof. David Estrada’s group 2019. He received his B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Mahatma Gandhi University in India,2010 and M.S in Nanoscience and Technology from National Institute of Technology in India,2012. Tony’s research focuses on additive manufacturing of 2D nanomaterials with emphasis on flexible thermoelectric devices for energy harvesting applications. Prior to coming Boise State, he worked on “polymer and rubber nanocomposites for satellite applications” at Indian Space Research Organization as a project research student.

Administrative Assistant

Jamie Hayward,

Jaime Hayward
Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering
jamiehayward@boisestate.edu
Phone: 208-426-5649 | Office: MCMR 207

ANML Researchers

Graduate Research Assistants

Twinkle

Twinkle Pandhi earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Her current research focus at Boise State University includes investigating 2D materials for printed and flexible electronics. In 2016, she participated in a summer internship at NASA Ames under the direction of Dr. Jessica Koehne where she worked on integrating graphene in printed biosensors. She is the recipient of several research awards, including 2nd place student award at the FlexTech Conference and a NSF Travel award for the World Congress on Biosensors.

Kiyo Fujimoto

Kiyo Fujimoto earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the Boise State University in 2016. Fujimoto is the recipient of the Department of Energy’s prestigious Nuclear Energy University Programs Graduate Research Fellowship, awarded to only 32 students nationwide. She also received the equally prestigious INL Graduate Fellowship. Her current research focus includes investigating novel materials for additive manufacturing of nuclear sensors.

Ashita

Ashita Chandnani earned a B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Rajasthan, India in 2009 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar in 2014 with an emphasis on the design and analysis of MEMS based sensors for biomedical applications. She moved to Boise in 2016 and started her Ph.D. studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State in Spring 2017. Her current research focus includes investigating printed and flexible electronics for wearable technology and sensors applications.

Bahareh-Badamchi

Bahareh Badamchi earned  B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Urmia University, Iran in 2011 and 2013, respectively. After graduating from Urmia University as an honors student, she joined the same university as a lecturer and served in that capacity until 2016. While there, she was also active in research involving the design of Ultra Wide Band (UWB) and Millimeter Wave (mmWave) reconfigurable antennas. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Boise State.  Her research focuses on the design and fabrication of flexible, conformal and reconfigurable structures in antenna and microwave devices.

Naqsh

Naqsh-e-Mansoor earned her B.S. in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. She joined the MS program at Boise State University as a Fulbright scholar from Pakistan. Her earlier research has been in the field of green nano-technology, about developing economical biodegradable polymers. She is an ardent advocate of environmental empathy. Her current project is about 2-dimensional nano-materials and their applications in environmental sensors. She also has deep rooted love for dogs, reading, bollywood music and all things food.

Florent

Florent Muramutsa earned his B.Eng. with Honours in Metallurgy Engineering from the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, where he gained significant research experience while working on his bachelor’s thesis ‘Effect of Niobium Addition on the Reproducibility of Mechanical Properties in A356/2L99 Alloys’. He is joining the Boise State University Interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering Doctoral Program where his project involves developing 2-dimensional nanomaterial inks and additive manufacturing of electronic devices.

nick

Nicholas McKibben earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Northwest Nazarene University in 2015. He spent one and a half years working as a research assistant in the field of organometallic chemistry at Texas Tech University, where his primary focus was new molecule synthesis for hydrogen cleavage and the reduction reaction. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. His current research focus is the synthesis and development of nanomaterials for additive manufacturing methods.

Lynn

Lynn Karriem earned her B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Boise State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering. Her research focus is in the area of graphene bioscaffolds for regenerative medicine as part of NSF CAREER Award #188516. She is a previous recipient of the NIH INBRE Summer Fellowship.

Cadré Francis

Cadré Francis earned his B.S. in Biomolecular Sciences where his research was in the field of polymers and his M.S. in Environmental and Chemical Sciences with his thesis work focused on the Morphological and Ontogenetic Color Change in the American Alligator. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University where his current project involves the synthesis of 2-D nanomaterials for catalytic and sensing applications. He recipient of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship.

Katelyn Wada earned her B.S. in Physics from Boise State University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering. Her research focus is in the area of temperature and thermal conductivity measurements for extreme environments. She is a recipient of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy’s Integrated University Program (NEUP) graduate research fellowship.

Mone’t Alberts earned a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering from Boise State University in 2020. Alberts is the communications officer for the National Society of Black Engineers, Boise State Chapter, as well as a recipient of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate Fellowship. Alberts is pursuing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering with a research focus in the area of graphene bioscaffolds in support of NSF CAREER Award 188516, and is an active advocate for diversity and inclusion in the field of STEM.

Ariel Weltner earned a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering with a minor in Physics from Boise State University in 2020. Ariel’s previous research focused on the epitaxial growth of semiconductor nanostructures with applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices. Currently, Ariel is pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University with a research focus in printed electronics and 2D nanomaterials. Ariel is an active volunteer and advocate for STEM outreach to underrepresented groups, and enjoys working with local junior high and high school students to encourage diversity within STEM fields.

Fereshteh Rajabi Kouchi earned her B.S. in Pure Chemistry from Zanjan National University, Iran in 2010 and M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry from Tehran University, Iran in 2015, where her research focused on synthesis of phosphine ligands by Grignard reaction and using their metallic complexes as catalyst in Hydroformylation reaction. She worked as a laboratory quality control manager in zinc ingot Production Company after graduating from bachelor’s degree. Fereshteh is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. Her current research focus includes developing optoelectronic material inks for plasma jet printing of optoelectronic devices.

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Jasmine Cox

Jasmine Cox graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Boise State University, where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Jasmine will be joining Stanford University where she will explore 2-dimensional materials for space applications. Her research focuses on using additive manufacturing as a method of creating circuits in flexible and printed electronics.

Fataneh Jenabi

Fataneh Jenabi is currently a junior pursuing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Boise State University. Her research at Boise State focuses on using inkjet printing and synthesis of 2D materials (MOS2 and Graphene) for printed and flexible electronics. She has over 14 years of industry experience in engineering, having previously worked at a major petrochemical company.

Lab Alumni

Eric Krueger, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Researcher 2013-2015
Jasmine Cox – B.S. Electrical and Computer Engineering 2020                                    Roxanne Stone – M.S. Interdisciplinary Studies – Biomedical Engineering 2020
Tyler Webb – B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2020
Tony Varghese – Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering 2019
Courtney Hollar- Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (University of Idaho) 2019
Binay Joshi – M.Engr. Materials Science and Engineering 2018
Alondra Perez – B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2018
Riccardo Torsi – B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2018
Katie Yocham – M.S. Mechanical Engineering 2017
Nikki Chang – M.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2016
Dale Brown – M.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2015
Emily Tanasse – B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2017
Kari McLaughlin – B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2016
Noelia Caloca – B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2015
Richard Livingston – B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2014
Hanna Meinikheim – B.S. Chemistry 2014

Other Researchers

Amanda White – LSAMP 2018
Akina Fujimoto 2018
Jason Ward – Bridge to Baccalaureate 2018
Vanessa Howard – Mechanical Engineering 2018
Sarah Knue – Civil Engineering 2018
Casey Cornwell – Materials for Society REU 2018
Marissa Hondros – Materials Science and Engineering 2017
Katazyrna Lewandowska – Materials for Society REU 2017
Brady Garringer – Materials Science and Engineering 2017
Adan Estrada – Undergraduate Researcher 2016
Benjamin Knipfer – Materials for Energy and Sustainability REU 2015
Jim Verity – Materials for Energy and Sustainability RET 2015
Curtis Heishman – Materials for Energy and Sustainability REU 2014
Alison Fielding – Materials for Energy and Sustainability RET 2014
Makayla McKibben – High School Intern 2013