PEOPLE

Faculty

 

Dr. Shekhar Bhansali, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

SHEKHAR BHANSALI is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing Research Center, University of South Florida. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering (1997) from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. He has been a STA Fellow at National Research Laboratory of Metrology, Tsukuba, Japan. He then joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Cincinnati as Research Assistant Professor.
Shekhar Bhansali is a recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award; USF Outstanding Faculty Research Achievement Award (2004) and William R. Jones Most Valuable Mentor Award, Florida Education Fund (2004). He is the director of NSF-IGERT program and co-director of NSF Bridges to the Doctorate minority fellowship program. The USF IGERT program has served as a catalyst for inter-disciplinary research and resulted in the development of interdisciplinary courses for graduate students who work at biotic: abiotic skin interface. Bhansali is also the co-director of the NSF LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship programs (Cohorts II and III), which are supporting 38 minority graduate students in the Colleges of Engineering, Marine Science, and Arts & Sciences at USF. He is also the PI/Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. program in the College of Engineering. He has over 70 international conference and journal publications, 5 US patents (2 pending). His interests include MEMS sensors and systems, nanostructures, bioMEMS and thin films.
Bhansali has served on numerous NSF panels including evaluation teams for Engineering Research Center. He is the reviewer for numerous journals, including: Sensors & Actuators A&B, Journal of Microsystems Technology, Journal of Measurement Science and Technology, and Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering. He has chaired conference sessions and organized symposiums in the area of MEMS and material science.
The current research group consists of 3 post-docs, 15 PhDs, 3 M.S and 4 undergraduate students. For the past 5 years, annual funding in his research group has exceeded $500,000 from federal, state, and private sources.

email: bhansali@eng.usf.edu

Bernard Batson

Program Co-ordinator for NSF-IGERT Bridges to the Doctorate & Sloan Minority Fellowship Programs

email: bbatson@eng.usf.edu

Research Scientist

 

Dr. Sangchae Kim

Dr. Sangchae Kim

Sangchae Kim received the Ph.D. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from KAIST, S. Korea, in 2000. From 2000 to 2004, he researched MEMS devices as a research staff member at Samsung Electronics. In 2004, he joined in MEMS group, University of South Florida, where he is currently researching on projects of microneedles and magnetic coolers. His interested research areas include MEMS design and modeling, fabrication technologies, optical switches, piezo inkjet print heads, RF resonators and filters, MEMS coolers, and biochips.

email: sckim@eng.usf.edu

Post - Doctoral Fellows

 

Dr. Sheetal Patil

Dr Sheetal Patil received her Ph.D. (2004) in Electronics Science from University of Pune, Pune, India. She worked as Senior Research Fellow in Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay), Mumbai, India. She is currently a Research Scientist in the Department of Electrical Engineering at University of South Florida. Her interests are in the area of Material Science, Microelectronics, Bio-MEMS, Bio-Sensors and Microsystems. Dr. Patil is an expert in MEMS & Microelectronics fabrication, and in thin films & nano structure.

email: sheetal@eng.usf.edu 

   

Dr. Niranjan Ramgir

Niranjan completed his PhD (Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) in 2006, from the Physical and Materials Chemistry Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411008, India.  He has a vast experience in synthesis (both chemical and physical methods) and characterization of semiconducting oxide and metallic nanostructures for specific applications towards gas sensing and field emission. Presently, he is working in the field of electrochemical bio-sensors. More specifically, on the detection of ovarian and lung cancer cells (biomarkers) using Nano/Bio-MEMS, microfluidics and Electrochemistry.

email: nramgir@eng.usf.edu

Graduate Students

 

Shyam Aravamudhan

Ph.D. Student
Shyam Aravamudhan received his BE degree in electrical and electronics engineering from University of Madras, India and MS in electrical engineering from University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, FL in 2003. He is currently pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering at USF with specialization in MEMS and Nanostructures. His current Research Interests include Sensors for Marine environment, Bio-MEMS and Nanostructures.

email: saravamu@eng.usf.edu

   

Abdur Rub Abdur Rehman

Ph.D. Student

 

email: aabdurra@eng.usf.edu

 

   
 

Rahul Agarwal

Ph.D. Student

Rahul Agarwal received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in Dec. 2003 at USF and is currently working on his PhD. His areas of interests are in designing and fabrication and packaging of MEMS devices. Currently working on making devices to facilitate wireless optical communication. Rahul has vast experience in both wet and dry ICP Si etching, various bonding tools and techniques, along with many analytical tools. He as also worked on simulation tools like CoventorWare, Ansys, Intellisuite.

email: agarwal@eng.usf.edu

   

Puneet Khanna

Ph.D. Student

Puneet Khanna received his MS in Electrical Engineering from University of
South Florida in 2004. He is current pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering at USF. His research interests include microfluidics (lab-on-a-chip), microneedle fabrication and Bio-MEMS application of nanocrystalline diamond.

email: pkhanna@eng.usf.edu

   

Praveen Kumar Sekhar

Ph.D. Student

Praveen Kumar Sekhar received BE in electrical and electronics engineering with distinction from Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, India (2001), MSEE in microelectronics from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF),Tampa (2005) and currently pursuing his doctoral studies specializing in micro/nanosensors at USF, Tampa, FL. His interests are in the areas of smart materials and their processing with emphasis on MEMS related applications. In addition, he also specializes in synthesizing silica nanowires harnessing their electrical, mechanical and optical properties for various sensor applications. He has been invited speaker to the PASI (2006, 2007) conferences.

email: psekhar@eng.usf.edu

   

Subramaniam Krishnan

Ph.D. Student

Subramanian Krishnan received his B.E. degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Madras, India and M.S. degree in Microelectronics from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of South Florida, Tampa in 2004. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in the University of South Florida, Tampa where his research focus is in the field of thin films and materials science. He is presently working in the areas of micro/nanofabrication and characterization of antenna coupled detectors for terahertz imaging.

email: skrishn4@eng.usf.edu

   

Dorielle Tucker-Price

Ph.D. Student

Dorielle Tucker Price is a PhD student in Electrical Engineering in the Bio-MEMS and Microsystems laboratory research group at USF.  She earned her B.S. in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA in May 2005, where she participated in research and internship programs at General Electric, Inc., the University of Maryland, College Park, and Duke University.  Dorielle is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, NSF Graduate Research Supplement Fellowship, Ford Foundation Diversity Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, Richard B. Pride Fellowship, and McKnight Doctoral Fellowship.  Her research interests are the novel application and development of micro-scale and nano-scale technologies focused in bioengineering.  Dorielle has presented two international conference papers, “Skin Penetration of Silicon Dioxide Microneedle Arrays” at the 28th Annual International IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) in New York, NY, and “Analysis of microelectrode tip diameter for tissue impedance measurements” at the 20th Eurosensors Conference Anniversary in Goteberg, Sweden.

email: dorielle@eng.usf.edu

 

   

Anne Shearrow

Ph.D. Student

Anne Shearrow received her B.S. degree in Chemistry in 2003 at the University of Central Florida (Magna Cum Laude). Her undergraduate research was focused on surface plasmon resonance of nanophotonic materials. Her current research Interests include persuing a doctorate in chemistry under the guidance of Dr. Abdul Malik and Dr. Shekhar Bhansali at the University of South Florida. Her research focus is on an integrated microchip- based electrochromatography (µ-EC) system utilizing the attributes of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and sol-gel technology.

email: ashearro@mail.usf.edu

   

Latasha Lee

Ph.D. Student

Pathobiology of human cancers, especially those that pertain to women’s health. My goal is to understand the carcinogenic/tumorigenic mechanisms that lead to gender disparities in cancer. Translational studies of cancer susceptibility in women that combine biomarker identification with screening of biomarkers in the population. Utilize epidemiologic and biomolecular techniques to identify susceptible subgroups, early disease identification, and targeted therapy for women. Special interest in inflammation, as it relates to cancer development.

email: LeeLH@moffitt.usf.edu

   

Marcus Marley

Ph.D. Student

 

email: mmarley@mail.usf.edu

   

Brandon Henry

Ph.D. Student

Brandon Henry is a Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering.  He earned his B.S. degree in Biology (summa cum laude) from Albany State University, in Albany, GA, in May 2004.  His research interests include tissue engineering, biomaterials, and the engineering cell-surface interactions to inhibit immune responses from implantable medical devices.  In the BioMEMS and Microsystems Group, he is working with to develop a “smart interface between non-living and living tissue for in vivo biosensing.  Brandon is a recipient of a NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, and Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. Fellowship.  Prior to his enrollment at USF, he  completed an NIH supported internship at the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin,-Buch, Germany and has  presented national conference papers at the 2005 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority students (Atlanta, GA) and the2002 Minority Trainee Research Forum (San Diego, CA).

email: bhenry@mail.usf.edu

   

Fedena Fanord

Ph.D. Student

Fedena Fanord received her B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 2005 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). For her research, she analyzed the transport phenomena associated with a cantilever-based mass sensor, to be used for Tuberculosis detection. The following summer she studied the methodologies of characterizing the structure and dispersion of nanocomposites. Those research experiences led her to attend University of South Florida as a participant of NSF-IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training), in the pursuit of a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Her current Research Interests cover Drug delivery, Biomedical systems and Bio-MEMS.

email: ffanord@mail.usf.edu

   

Al-Aakhir Rogers

Ph.D. Student

Al-Aakhir Grimes Rogers is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering.  Al-Aakhir earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.  His research interests are focused on the invention, design, fabrication, and optimization of Optical MEMS sensors (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) or MOEMS, and Optoelectronics.  Al-Aakhir is a recipient of an NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship and Alfred P. Sloan Minority Ph.D. Fellowship.  He was awarded a travel award to present at the NATO Advanced Study Institute (ASI) Optical Waveguide Sensing and Imaging in Medicine, Environment, Security and Defence in Quebec, Canada (October 2006).

email: aaroger4@mail.usf.edu

   

Sun Ke

Ph.D. Student

He received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2206 at University of Puerto Rico where he focused on wireless and powerless strain sensor for nondestructive applications. Recently, he joined the Bio-MEMS and Microsystems laboratory at University of South Florida for his Ph.D study and continues with his research interest in MEMS sensor related projects. His current Research Interests include MEMS and NEMS with emphasis in integrated passive sensors, wireless sensor networks, smart materials and structures, and non-destructive evaluation for mechanical and aerospace engineering, innovation energy system, and biomedical applications.

email: ksun@mail.usf.edu

   

Geetha Vuppala

Ph.D. Student

Her area of interest is characterizing individual cells by bio-impedance based approach. Microelectrode array is used for this purpose.

email: gvuppala@mail.usf.edu
 

   

Supriya Ketkar

Ph.D. Student

Supriya has a Masters degree (M.Sc.) in Electronic Science from the University of Pune, Pune, India. She worked at Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (CMET), India for 3 years on the development of Photoimageable Thick Films in Electronic Packaging. She has over 5 papers in peer-reviewed International Journals and 11 papers in National/International Conferences. She is currently working with Dr. Shekhar Bhansali towards her Ph.D. in MEMS. Her current research interests include MEMS, Pressure transducers, Packaging challenges in Harsh Environment and Microfluidics.

email: sketkar@mail.usf.edu

   

Altagrace Sine

Masters Student

Altagrace Sine received her B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in December 2005 at the University of South Florida. She is currently enrolled as a graduate student at USF where her current focus of studies is in porous Silicon-based gas sensors. She hopes to complete her M.S.E.E. in 2007. Her current research interests include Porous-silicon and nanowires based gas sensors.

emai: asine@eng.usf.edu

   

Karthik Sriram Lakshmi Narasimhan

Masters Student

 

email: klakshmi@eng.usf.edu

 

   

Joe Register

Undergraduate Student

 

email: jjr@tampabay.rr.com

 

   

Carl Adams

Laboratory Incharge

 

email: carlxa@yahoo.com

   

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