ECE Department hires three new faculty

As the fall semester begins, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering welcomes three new faculty members.

“We are very excited about the new faculty additions,” said April S. Brown, ECE Chair. “The department is continuing its growth with emphasis on the Pratt School’s strategic initiatives. Each of the new faculty members has expertise in areas that spans more than one of these areas, including materials and nanoscience, photonics, and sensing. We now have 28 faculty members in our department, and we are beginning the exciting process of curriculum revision. These are definitely exciting times in our department.”

The new faculty members are Chris Dwyer, David R. Smith, and Adrienne Stiff-Roberts.

Chris Dwyer comes on board as an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. in computer science in 2003 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research is focused on the design and fabrication of self-assembling nanoscale computational systems. Dwyer received his B.S. in computer engineering from the Pennsylvania State University in 1998, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000 and 2003, respectively. He worked in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UNC as a Postdoctoral Fellow and at the Department of Computer Science at Duke as a Visiting Assistant Professor from 2003-2004.

David Smith joins ECE as the Augustine Scholar and Associate Professor of ECE. Smith earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California at San Diego, and then worked as a postdoc researcher on plasmon resonant particles as optical labels for biological and biochemical assays. Smith’s research interests include photonic crystals, metamaterials and negative index media, plasmon nanophotonics, and self-monitoring composites. Smith’s research, featured in the June 2004 issue of Physics Today, demonstrated that materials engineered to have negative permittivity and permeability demonstrate exotic behavior such as negative refractive index to subwavelength focusing.

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts joins ECE as an assistant professor. Her research interests encompass the epitaxial growth and characterization of bulk and quantum-confined semiconductor materials, as well as the design, fabrication, and characterization of optoelectronic and photonic devices, particularly in the infrared regime. She received both the B.S. degree in physics from Spelman College and the B.E.E. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999. She received an M.S.E. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in applied physics in 2001 and 2004, respectively, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she investigated high-temperature quantum dot infrared photodetectors.