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  • Umran Inan

    Umran Inan

    Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus

    BioThrough measurements in space and at multiple remote sites in Antarctica, Alaska, and the continental United States, Professor Inan studies the Earth's ionosphere and upper atmosphere. Of particular interest are ionospheric effects of lightning discharges and the recently discovered phenomena of electrical discharges and luminous glows at high altitudes above thunderstorms. He also studies physical processes in the Earth's near-space environment, including space weather effects on navigation and communication signals, electrodynamic coupling of the ionosphere to the magnetosphere, wave-induced precipitation of particles out of the radiation belts, and cyclotron resonant interactions between electromagnetic waves and energetic electrons. He is also involved in the development of ultra-low-power and miniaturized radio receivers for use in remote polar regions and on micro-satellites.

  • Waguih S Ishak

    Waguih S Ishak

    Adjunct Professor, Electrical Engineering

    BioWaguih is a Division VP & Chief Technologist at Corning R&D Corporation. He received his B.Sc. Honor in EE from Cairo University in 1971, his B.Sc. in Math Honor from Ein Shams University in 1973, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in EE from McMaster University in 1975, 1978 respectively. Waguih received the Stanford Executive Program in 1999 and the D.Sc. honoris Causa from McMaster University in 2018.

    Waguih joined HP Labs in 1978 and became the Director of the Photonics & Electronics Research Lab in 1995. In 1999, he joined Agilent Labs as the VP of Communications and Optics Research and Avago Technologies at VP and CTO in 2005. In 2007, Waguih joined Corning Incorporated and established the Corning West Technology Center in Palo Alto staffed with scientists and engineers conducting research on displays, interconnects and sensors. His current activities at Corning R&D Corporation includes Photonics, Optoelectronics, High Speed Electronics, MEMS in addition to identifying new areas of growth (M&A, Talent Acquisition) and investigating computational techniques for material discovery.

    Waguih is a Life Fellow of IEEE and received the Exemplary Service Award from UCSB in 2015. He is a member of the VCAT Committee of NIST. Waguih was inducted a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2020 and was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2022.

  • Mahnaz Islam

    Mahnaz Islam

    Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering, admitted Autumn 2019

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsMy current research focuses on understanding the physics of insulator-metal-transition (IMT) oxides such as niobium oxide and lanthanum cobalt oxide for applications in memory selectors and spike generators in brain-like computing.