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Three star researchers joining UW EE faculty

The department is pleased to announce the hiring of three new faculty members, who are rising stars in the fields of digital circuits, photonics, and sensors. "We are thrilled to have Visvesh, Matt, and Arka join the UW EE team," says Vikram Jandhyala, professor and chair. "The three of them will add significant strength to the department, college and university's growing leadership position in the strategic areas of big data systems, biomedical systems, and energy."

Visvesh Sathe

Visvesh Sathe joins UW EE this year. Dr. Sathe received the B.Tech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2001, and the M.S and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2004 and 2007, respectively. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington, he served as a Member of Technical Staff in the Low-Power Advanced Development Group at AMD, where his research focused on inventing and developing new technologies for energy-efficient computing. Dr. Sathe has led the research and development effort at AMD that resulted in the first-ever resonant clocked commercial microprocessor. In addition, several of his other inventions have been adopted for use in future-generation microprocessors. His current research interests include next-generation clocking circuits and architectures, integrated voltage regulation, ultralow voltage design as well as self-optimizing systems. In the past, he has conducted research in the areas of adiabatic computing, adaptive circuit design, and power supply distribution and conversion.

Dr. Sathe has authored over 20 publications, including 4 invited papers and holds 6 patents, with several others pending. His doctoral thesis was selected as the best dissertation in EECS for 2007 and was nominated for the Rackham Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Technical Program Committees of the Custom Integrated Circuits Conference, and the International Conference on VLSI Design.

Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds, currently Nortel Networks Assistant Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, will be joining UW this fall with a joint position in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science & Engineering (his research laboratory will be in the Electrical Engineering Building).

Matt’s research, which has resulted in 5 best paper awards, focuses on ultra-low power sensing and computation, RFID, wireless power transfer, biomedical applications, and smart materials and surfaces. Matt holds 14 patents, with over 30 more pending, and has co-founded three companies. He received his S.B., M.Eng., and Ph.D. degrees from MIT.

His outstanding work on ultra-low power sensing, wireless power transfer, and smart materials will be of enormous benefit to our students. He has demonstrated considerable entrepreneurial and intellectual property expertise as well.

Matt joins other recent hires in EE through the ExCEL initiative, including Josh Smith, Georg Seelig, and Shwetak Patel, who are making enormous impact in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Arka Majumdar

Arka Majumdar is currently a Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Intel Labs in Santa Clara, CA working with the Photonic Signaling Research Group. He completed his B. Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur in 2007, and PhD from Stanford University in 2012. He then spent one year at University of California, Berkley as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research interests include devices in nanophotonics, nanometallics and quantum optoelectronics with a goal to explore the fundamentals and applications of photonics in information processing. He has published more than 30 scientific papers in distinguished journals, has been cited more than 400 times and has delivered 10 invited talks at various Universities and International Conferences. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal from the President of India and the prestigious Stanford Graduate Fellowship among other accolades.

Arka will hold a joint position between the EE and Physics departments.

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