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ECE Celebrates Faculty Success

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) celebrates the promotion of two faculty this year.  “We are proud to announce the promotion and tenure of these outstanding faculty,” said Nader Rafla, department chair. “Their excellence in teaching, research, and service has a positive impact on our students, our campus community, and the community at large.”

Jim Browning standing with technical equipment

Dr. Jim Browning joined Boise State in 2006 after spending more than a decade working in industry, specializing in the development of Field Emission Displays.  We are pleased to announce that President Tromp approved Browning’s promotion to full professor earlier this month. 

In his tenure at Boise State, Browning has mentored numerous graduate students and more than 50 undergraduate students.  Browning is also collaborating on a Vertically Integrated Project course focused on developing cold atmospheric pressure plasma (CAP) to kill and remove bacteria and biofilms from wounds, food, and food processing equipment.  This course has trained over 50 students in research over the last 5 years. 

Browning’s current research includes the study of microwave vacuum electron devices and vacuum transistors, both of which are supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  He also has research in microwave amplifiers supported by the Office of Naval Research. He’s researching atmospheric pressure ionized gases (CAP) and their potential uses in the treatment of chronic wounds (sponsored by the National Institutes of Health) as well as removing biofilms from food processing surfaces (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture) with additional funding from NASA on using CAP for in-space applications. 

Harish Subbaraman in a lab

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 was the principal investigator on over $5 million awards on projects related to printed and flexible photonics and electronics as well as silicon and polymer-based optical interconnects.  It is our pleasure to announce Subbaraman has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor.

As Director of the Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory, Subbaraman’s team is devoted to developing material and manufacturing solutions for emerging engineering problems that have no regard for political, socioeconomic, or cultural boundaries.  

Dr. Subbaraman’s current research areas include ink-jet printing and silicon-based optical interconnects and sensors; fiber-optic sensors; optical true-time-delay; phased array antennas; RF photonics; polymer photonics; and slow-light photonic crystal waveguides. At Boise State, he has participated as a PI and Co-PI on projects totaling over $10 million. 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.