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It is with a great sense of pride that we can announce that all of our faculty nominees for tenure during 2016-17 academic year succeeded. Dr. Josh Hihath, Dr. Xiaoguang Liu and Dr. Erkin Seker are all Associate Professors now.  We are truly fortunate to have such incredibly gifted and dedicated faculty working in our midst, walking our hallways, and representing us throughout the country and across the globe.

Here is a little background about each of them:

 Josh Hihath’s research is focused on molecular-scale electronic systems. This includes three primary thrusts: developing a fundamental understanding of charge transport and energy conversion at the single-molecule level; developing functional devices in hybrid 2-dimensional hybrid systems; and utilizing single-molecule transport properties for biomedical applications. He has published 35 journal papers in a wide range of disciplines, including several in top-tier high-impact journals. He has mentored 3 post-doctoral scholars and 6 Ph.D. students in his time at Davis. His work has been externally funded by the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.




 Xiaoguang “Leo” Liu current advises a group of 8 PhD students, 2 postdocs and 4 master students, working on various aspects of high frequency electronics, including reconfigurable devices and circuits for future cognitive communication systems, high power high efficiency millimeter-wave circuits, transceivers for wireline and optical communications, and integrated systems for communication and sensing applications. Research in his group has been funded by the National Science Foundation, DARPA, the Humanitarian Innovation Fund, the UC Hellman Foundation, and a number of private sponsors. He has published 18 journal papers and 60 conference papers, filed 3 patents, and graduated or trained 5 PhD students, 6 master students, 4 visiting scholars, 4 postdocs, and over 30 undergraduate student researchers.



Erkin Seker’s research focuses on nanoporous metals and their biomedical applications that include electrochemical sensors and neural interfaces. He published over 40 journal papers in a wide range of disciplines and mentored three postdoctoral fellows and graduated four PhD students from electrical engineering, chemical engineering, and biomedical engineering, who have assumed prestigious positions at Intel, Illumina, and University College London. He currently has three PhD students and two masters students. His research has been funded by UC Office of Research (Lab Fees Program) and National Science Foundation (including CAREER).