Research

Our research areas reflect the diversity of the electrical engineering profession and range from the very small (nano-scale electronic devices and their modeling), to the very large (the U.S. electric power grid and its control). Our faculty includes experts in many application areas such as the design of flight control for aircraft and the implementation of neural interfaces for biomedical applications.

Graduate students are involved in all of our research activities and have access to state-of-the-art facilities such as the electromagnetic anechoic chamber, the wireless communications lab, and the integrated circuit fabrication clean-room. Some programs offer students theoretic approaches for the design of communication systems, while others include the implementation of wireless communications devices such as the circuits in cell phones.

These research efforts are aligned with national and international efforts to address worldwide challenges in energy production and distribution, healthcare technology and delivery, sustainable development and economic growth, communications technology and information management, and global security.

Six primary areas of specialization

Control systems

The Systems and Controls program includes nine graduate courses in the areas of linear and nonlinear control systems, real-time and digital control systems, optimal control, distributed parameter systems, adaptive control, and neural networks. In addition, the theoretical material taught in the upper division undergraduate and graduate courses is enhanced through the use of computer and experimental projects.

Electric power and energy systems

The electric power and energy systems curriculum in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering includes six upper division undergraduate and fourteen graduate courses in the area of power system analysis, power generation, transmission and distribution, power system dynamics and stability, energy conversion, electric machines, power electronics, high voltage engineering, and nuclear power engineering.

ASU is the lead university in the Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSERC), an industrially and federally supported program of industry/university cooperation. Students are exposed to industrial projects, professional society meetings, laboratory experience, and research partially supported by PSERC. More information about PSERC may be found at http://www.pserc.org

Also, the ASU power engineering program is part of a NSF funded engineering research center, the Future Renewable Electric Energy Distribution Management (FREEDM) center.  The FREEDM center deals with the use of solid state controllers and devices to implement a ‘next generation’ power distribution system, including distributed energy resources.

Electromagnetics, antennas and microwaves

The electromagnetics, antennas and microwave circuits curriculum includes senior level undergraduate and graduate level courses in the areas of engineering electromagnetics, antennas, microwave and terahertz circuits and devices, fiber optics, and lasers. The graduate research program is supplemented by the Electromagnetic Anechoic Chamber, Millimeter-Wave Antenna Measurement Facility, Microwave Fabrication Facility, Microwave Characterization Laboratory, Electromagnetics Graphics Laboratory, and Electronic Packaging Laboratory. In addition, computers and associated software are incorporated in many of the upper division undergraduate and graduate courses to enhance the theoretical material taught in the courses.

The faculty in the electromagnetics group are involved in research on many areas of applied electromagnetics, including: metamaterials; smart antennas; beamforming and scanning techniques; flexible antennas; miniature, wideband and reconfigurable antennas; tunable and reconfigurable microwave circuits; RF micro-electro-mechanical systems; biomedical applications; metamaterials; and fast computational electromagnetic methods.

Sponsors of the electromagnetics, antennas and microwave circuits research program include the National Science Foundation; National Aeronautics and Space Administration;  National Institutes of Health; Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Army Research Office; Office of Naval Research; Engineering Foundation; Sandia National Laboratories; local, regional, and national industry; and the Advanced Helicopter Electromagnetics (AHE) Industrial Associates Program — a unique research consortium encompassing ASU as well as several government agencies and helicopter companies.

Electronic and mixed signal circuit design

The School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University has a strong research program in electronic and mixed-signal circuit design. The curriculum includes five upper-division undergraduate courses and over 10 graduate-level courses in the area. This is an interdisciplinary group involving faculty in the Connection One Research Center, WinTech, and Center for Solid-State Electronics Research (CSSER).

With the support of semiconductor industry, and government agencies these centers have established a state-of-the-art educational program in VLSI design, modeling, mixed-signal and radio-frequency (RF) integrated circuits design.

Physical electronics and photonics

The Physical electronics and photonics curriculum includes five upper-division undergraduate and 14 graduate courses in the areas of semiconductor devices and materials, characterization, photonic/photovoltaic devices, semiconductor processing/intelligent control, nanoelectronics, molecular electronics, transport, and computational electronics as well as occasional specialty courses.

The faculty in the Physical Electronics and Photonics program are actively pursuing research in many areas of semiconductor materials and devices. They engage students in the MSE, MS, and PhD programs. Research is typically supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and private industry.

Signal processing and communications

The School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University offers instruction in the related areas of signal processing and communications systems (SP/Comm) at the graduate level. Courses are also offered for beginning graduate students in the SP/Comm area to bridge any gaps that might exist between their undergraduate course work and the 500-level offerings at ASU. Students may choose from among several 500-level courses ranging from offerings primarily intended for first-year students to special topics courses designed to acquaint advanced graduate students with research topics of current interest.

Research topics

AI and machine learning

Electric vehicles

Electromagnetics and microwaves

Electronic communications

Electronic design automation

Information theory

Integrated circuits

Media and Engineering

Nanoelectronics

Power grid engineering and power electronics

Quantum engineering

Radiation effects

Renewable energy, photovoltaics, photonics and optoelectronics

Semiconductors

Signal processing