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Mool C. Gupta

Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Office location and address
Thornton Hall E-214
351 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. ​Physics, Gujarat University, 1966
M.S. ​Physics, Gujarat University, 1968
​Ph.D. Physics, Washington State University, 1973
Biography

Professor Gupta is currently a Langley Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers and Plasmas at the University of Virginia. Previously, he was Director of the Applied Research Center, Program Director for Materials Science and Engineering and a Research Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Old Dominion University. He has worked at the Research Laboratories of Eastman Kodak Company for 17 years as a Senior Scientist and Group Leader. Before joining Kodak, he was Senior Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. His educational experience includes: Senior Research Fellow at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. (78-79), Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, (76-78) and Ph.D. in Physics from Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. (1973). Other professional activities includes: Materials Research Society Short Course Instructor for Optoelectronic Materials, Processes and devices course for over six years, Adjunct Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University for over eight years, Conference Chair for 1996 SPIE Conference on Nonlinear Frequency Conversion. He is Editor-in-Chief for CRC Handbook of Photonics first and second edition. He has over 150 research publications and 26 patents and was inducted in Kodak’s Inventors Gallery. He has taught courses at Cornell University, University of Rochester, MRS and SPIE meetings. His research interest includes Photon Processing of Materials, photovoltaics, nanomaterials and devices and sensors. He has been National Research Council Panel Chair for the development of NASA materials/nanomaterials technology roadmap and as a Principal investigator for NSF, DARPA, AFOSR, Navy, NASA DOE etc.

Collaborative Research: Fundamental Studies of Carrier Selective Passivating Contacts for Efficient Photovoltaic Devices using Laser Processing and Atomic Resolution Interfaces
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
June 01, 2020 – May 31, 2023
Nondestructive Evaluation of Lithium-Ion Batteries for NASA Applications - 401020 GRA William Nelson
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
October 15, 2019 – September 25, 2022
Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor Program - FY21/FY22
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
October 01, 2020 – September 25, 2022
Laser-based Extraction of Subterranean Lunar/Martian Ice (LESLI)
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
December 01, 2019 – August 31, 2022
EN-EE Center for Lasers and Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing (LPAM)
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
August 15, 2013 – July 31, 2022
High Power Laser Studies of Thermal Oxidation and Ablation Properties of Ceramic Matrix Composite Materials for Hypersonic Applications
Source: U.S. DOD - Navy - Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (NSWC
June 01, 2021 – May 31, 2022
Laser removal of materials and characterization
Source: Laser & Plasma Technologies, LLC
April 15, 2021 – February 28, 2022
Beaming of Energy via Laser for Lunar Exploration (BELLE)
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
March 01, 2020 – January 31, 2022
Beaming of Energy via Laser for Lunar Exploration (BELLE) - ODU
Source: Old Dominion University Research Foundation
July 01, 2020 – May 31, 2021
EN-EE Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor Program - FY18
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
October 01, 2017 – March 31, 2021
Laser-based Extraction of Subterranean Lunar/Martian Ice (LESLI)-VSGC
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
March 01, 2020 – February 28, 2021
Beaming of Energy via Laser for Lunar Exploration (BELLE)
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
May 15, 2020 – February 28, 2021
The Development of an Optic Fiber Based Hybrid Spectroscope Phase II
Source: Laser & Plasma Technologies, LLC
September 10, 2018 – November 30, 2020
EN-EE Nondestructive Evaluation of Adhesive Bond Strength by Ultrasonic Phase Measurements - Fellowship on behalf of Harold Haldren
Source: U.S. Nasa - Goddard
August 01, 2016 – May 17, 2020
Anti-icing Surfaces for Wind Energy Turbine Blades and Energy Savings in Refrigeration Systems
Source: Center For Innovative Technology
July 01, 2018 – March 31, 2020
EN-EE- Rapid patterning and advanced device structures for low cost manufacturable crystalline Si IBC cells
Source: University Of Delaware
August 01, 2016 – January 31, 2020
EN-EE Laser Processing Method to Reduce Solar Cell Manufacturing Cost and Enhancement of Performance
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2014 – August 31, 2019
EN-EE Graduate Research Assistantship for Matt Julian - 2018 Supplement
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
July 01, 2018 – August 15, 2019
EN-EE Collaborative Research- Thermoelectric Devices Based on Laser Sintering of Doped SiGe Nanoparticles
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
August 15, 2014 – July 31, 2019
Materials Testing Experiments at the International Space Station
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
January 15, 2018 – January 14, 2019
Photovoltaic Balloon for Autonomous Energy Generation on Mars
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
January 01, 2018 – December 31, 2018
EN-EE Experimental Study of PbSe and Post Processing
Source: Northrop Grumman Corporation
November 03, 2016 – December 31, 2018
EN-EE Samuel P. Langley Distinguished Professor Program - FY16
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
October 01, 2015 – December 31, 2018
EN-EE Graduate Research Assistantship for Matt Julian
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
September 21, 2015 – September 30, 2018
Contributions for Membership in the Center for Lasers & Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing (LAM)
Source: Industry - Various
February 25, 2005 – July 31, 2018
The Development of an Optic Fiber Based Hybrid Spectroscope
Source: Laser & Plasma Technologies, LLC
November 01, 2017 – May 31, 2018
EN-EE Transition of Replicated Laser Micro-textured Surface Technology Through Scalable Process and Reliability Testing
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
October 01, 2013 – September 30, 2017
EN-EE Real-Time Monitoring of Laser Surface Preparation Process for Improved Bonding
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
June 01, 2014 – December 31, 2016
EN-EE IR Corrosion Sensor Development
Source: Laser & Plasma Technologies, LLC
September 15, 2013 – August 31, 2016
EN-EE Graduate Student - Non Destructive Evaluation Harold Haldren
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
June 23, 2016 – July 31, 2016
EN-EE Graduate Student - Non Destructive Evaluation
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
June 23, 2014 – June 22, 2016
NIA Langley Professorship
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
October 01, 2010 – March 31, 2016
EN-EE -- A Research Collaboration in Laser Processing of Materials
Source: Corning Incorporated
June 30, 2014 – January 31, 2016
EN-EE IRAD - Solar Paint for Multifunctionality of Structures in Space Exploration
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
October 01, 2014 – September 30, 2015
Research on Alternate Energy Sources NIA/NASA Graduate Research Assistantship - Craig J. Ungaro
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
July 01, 2010 – August 31, 2015
Microwave Based Metamaterials - Student Duncan McGillivray
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
June 01, 2010 – May 31, 2015
NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center for Lasers & Plasmas for Advanced Manufacturing
Source: U.S. NSF - Directorate For Engineering
September 01, 2008 – February 28, 2015
EN-EE Low Temperature Laser Processed Black Silicon Cells
Source: Natcore Technology, Inc.
November 18, 2013 – February 28, 2015
EN-ECE Use of Quantum Dots for X-Ray Detection
Source: National Institute of Aerospace Associates, Inc.
December 01, 2013 – April 15, 2014
Laser Processing for Optical Communication and Displays
Source: Corning Incorporated
December 01, 2012 – May 31, 2013
Broadband High Photo-Response Germanium Photodetectors by Laser MicroTexturing of Surfaces
Source: U.S. DOD - Army - Aro
January 18, 2012 – April 17, 2013
ECE 2502: Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Credits: 1–5
A second-level undergraduate course covering a topic not normally covered in the course offerings. The topic usually reflects new developments in the electrical and computer engineering field. Offering is based on student and faculty interests.
ECE 4907: Electrical Engineering Projects
Credits: 1–3
Under faculty supervision, students plan a project of at least one semester's duration, conduct the analysis or design and test, and report on the results. If this work is to be the basis for an undergraduate thesis, the course should be taken no later than the seventh semester. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ECE 4908: Electrical Engineering Projects
Credits: 1–3
Under faculty supervision, students plan a project of at least one semester's duration, conduct the analysis or design and test, and report on the results. If this work is to be the basis for an undergraduate thesis, the course should be taken no later than the seventh semester. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ECE 5501: Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Credits: 1–3
A first-level graduate/advanced undergraduate course covering a topic not normally covered in the course offerings. The topic usually reflects new developments in the electrical and computer engineering field. Offering is based on student and faculty interests. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ECE 5502: Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Credits: 1–3
A first-level graduate/advanced undergraduate course covering a topic not normally covered in the course offerings. The topic usually reflects new developments in the electrical and computer engineering field. Offering is based on student and faculty interests. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ECE 6501: Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Credits: 3
A first-level graduate course covering a topic not normally covered in the graduate course offerings. The topic will usually reflect new developments in the electrical and computer engineering field. Offering is based on student and faculty interests. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ECE 6502: Special Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Credits: 3
A first-level graduate course covering a topic not normally covered in the graduate course offerings. The topic will usually reflect new developments in the electrical and computer engineering field. Offering is based on student and faculty interests. Prerequisite:  Instructor permission.
ECE 6993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–3
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
ECE 8897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
SYS 8995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Engineering degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
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.