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Avik Ghosh

Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office location and address
Thornton Hall E-315
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, 1992
M.S. ​Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India, 1994
Ph.D. ​Physics, Ohio State University, 1999
Post-Doc Electrical Engineering, Purdue University, 1999-2002
Biography

Avik Ghosh is Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Physics at the University of Virginia. He has over 100 refereed papers and book chapters and 2 upcoming books in the areas of computational nano-electronics and low power devices, specializing in materials to systems modeling (DFT2SPICE), including 2D materials, thin films for photodetectors, molecular electronics, subthermal switching, nanomagnetic materials and devices, and nanoscale heat flow. Ghosh did his PhD in physics from the Ohio State University and Postdoctoral Fellowship in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IOP), senior member of the IEEE, and has received the IBM Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, a best paper award from the Army Research Office, the Charles Brown New Faculty Teaching Award and the All University Teaching Award. His group's collaborative research with Columbia University on observing negative index behavior in graphene was voted by Physics World as one of the top-10 breakthroughs of 2016.

Collaborative Research: DMREF: Transforming Photonics and Electronics with Digital Alloy Materials
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
October 01, 2021 – September 30, 2025
Phase II IUCRC University of Virginia: Center for Multi-functional Integrated System Technology (MIST)
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
January 01, 2020 – December 31, 2024
Ultrasmall skyrmion synthesis guided by high throughput computational materials discovery to advance texitronics
Source: U.S. DOD - Darpa
February 01, 2018 – September 11, 2022
Band engineering for high gain digital III-V Avalanche Photodiodes
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
September 15, 2019 – August 31, 2022
Graphene Enhanced Charged Coupled Heterostructures for MWIR IR Photodetectors & Focal Plane Arrays
Source: Magnolia Optical Technologies, Inc.
July 01, 2018 – November 07, 2021
Phase I: I/UCRC for Multi-Functional Integrated System Technology (MIST) Center
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
August 01, 2017 – July 31, 2020
Contributions for Membership in the Phase I: UCRC for Multi-Functional Integrated System Technology (MIST) Center
Source: Industry - Various
August 01, 2017 – July 31, 2019
EN-EE SHF: Medium: Collaborative Research: Atomic Scale to Circuit Modeling of Emerging Nanoelectronic Devices and Adapting them to SPICE Simulation Package
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Computer & Info. Sciences
June 15, 2015 – May 31, 2019
EN-EE Thermal energy conversion and thermal management by first principle Non-Equilibrium Green's Function approach
Source: UT-Battelle, LLC
January 25, 2016 – May 31, 2019
EN-EE Modeling Studies of PbSE Thin Film Materials
Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation
October 11, 2016 – February 28, 2019
EN-EE Institute for Nanoelectronics Discovery and Exploration (INDEX)
Source: Research Foundation for the State University of Ne
April 01, 2013 – December 31, 2017
DMREF: Collaborative: First-Principles Based Design of Spintronic Materials and Devices
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate Math. & Physical Sciences
September 01, 2012 – August 31, 2017
EN-EE Planning Grant: I/UCRC for Next Generation Nanomaterial and Device Engineering
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
April 15, 2015 – March 31, 2017
NEB: Hybrid Spintronics & Staintronics: A New Techmology for Ultra-Low Energy Computing & Signal Processing Beyond the Year 2020
Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
September 01, 2011 – August 31, 2016
IDR: Molecular Engineering of Thermal Interfaces
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2011 – February 29, 2016
EN-EE CAREER: QMHP: Understanding Electron Dynamics at the Nano-Micro Interface
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
February 01, 2008 – January 31, 2014
EN-EE Low-power, Non-equilibrium Switching using Graphene-based Devices, Ratchets & Circuits
Source: Research Foundation of State University of New Yor
April 01, 2008 – March 31, 2013
PHYS 3995: Research
Credits: 3
A research project on a topic in physics carried out under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in a written report. May be taken more than once. (S-SS) Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ECE 4140: Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics
Credits: 3
Today's electronic devices are reaching nanometer dimensions where fundamental quantum and atomistic processes dominate. Instead of the traditional 'top-down' classical viewpoint in "Solid State Device" courses, quantum transport principles are needed to understand `bottom-up' how current flows through individual atoms, molecules, nanotubes or spintronic devices. This course provides a convenient starting point. Prerequisite: APMA 2130
ECE 4440: Embedded System Design
Credits: 5
Design, analysis and testing of an embedded computer system to meet specific needs, considering public health, safety and welfare as well as societal impacts. Tradeoff analysis and constraint satisfaction facilitated by the use of appropriate engineering analysis techniques. Semester-long team project develops physical prototype (not simulation). Counts as MDE (major design experience) for computer and electrical and engineering students. Prerequisite: ECE 3430 & ECE 3750 and 4th year standing.
ENGR 4595: Special Topics in Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Advance projects course to be taken in parallel with STS 4010, 4020, or can be used for an advanced undergraduate course on a topic not covered in the course offerings. Prerequisite: instructor permission.
ECE 4991: MDE - Capstone Design
Credits: 5
Design, analysis and testing of an electrical system to meet specific needs, considering applicable standards, health, safety, welfare, and societal impacts as well as tradeoff and constraint considerations. Semester-long team project develops physical prototype (not simulation). Counts as MDE (major design experience) for Computer and Electrical Engineering students. Prerequisite: ECE 3430 & ECE 3750 and 4th year standing.
ECE 6140: Fundamentals of Nanoelectronics
Credits: 3
Today's electronic devices are reaching nanometer dimensions where fundamental quantum and atomistic processes dominate. Instead of the traditional 'top-down' classical viewpoint in "Solid State Device" courses, quantum transport principles are needed to understand `bottom-up' how current flows through individual atoms, molecules, nanotubes or spintronic devices. This course provides a convenient starting point.
ECE 6163: Solid State Devices
Credits: 3
Introduces semiconductor device operation based on energy bands and carrier statistics. Describes operation of p-n junctions and metal-semiconductor junctions. Extends this knowledge to descriptions of bipolar and field effect transistors, and other microelectronic devices. Related courses: ECE 5150, 6155, and 6167. Prerequisite: ECE 3103 or equivalent, or solid state materials/physics course.
ECE 8897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
ECE 8999: Thesis
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
ECE 9897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral students.
ECE 9999: Dissertation
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
PHYS 9999: PhD Thesis Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

Top-10 breakthrough research of 2016, Physics World 2016

Paper in “Editor’s Suggestion”, Physical Review B 2016

Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK Since 2011

IEEE Senior Member Since 2011

IBM Faculty Award 2011

NSF CAREER award 2018 to 2013

All University Teaching Award 2013

UVa Fund for Excellence in Science and Technology (FEST) Award 2008

UVa University Teaching Fellowship (UTF) Award 2008

Best paper award on Frontier Sensing and Monitoring at the 2006 International Symposium for Spectral Sensing Research (ISSSR), for paper entitled “Using trap-assisted tunneling for molecular sensing?”

Student poster award at Nano Research Initiative 2013

Charles L Brown New Faculty Teaching Award 2007Ohio State University Presidential Fellowship 1998-1999