PACCAR Professor of Engineering
Director, PACCAR Technology Institute (PTI)
Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering and Dept. of Electrical Engineering (joint)
Director, Nanoscale Materials and Devices Laboratory (NMDL)
Phone: (940) 369-7715
Prof. Anupama Kaul was recruited to serve as Director of PTI and joined the University of North Texas, Denton in Sep. 2017, where she holds the PACCAR Endowed Professorship in the College of Engineering. Prior to UNT, Prof. Kaul was Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering at the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP), and held the AT&T Distinguished Professorship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Kaul also founded and established the Nanoscale Materials and Devices Laboratory (NMDL) at UNT in 2018 which is focused on the synthesis, characterization and integration of nanoscale materials and their heterostructures into a wide variety of device platforms. Dr. Kaul obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Materials Science and Engineering with minors in Electrical Engineering and Physics, while her B.S. degrees (with Honors) were in Physics and Engineering Physics from Oregon State University. From 2011-2014, Dr. Kaul served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Electrical Communications and Cyber Systems Division in the Engineering Directorate, where she was on rotation as an IPA from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She has also held industrial research positions at Motorola Labs and Hewlett-Packard Company. Dr. Kaul is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Director’s Award for Program Management Excellence for her leadership in the creation of a new Initiative at NSF under the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI), 2-Dimensional Atomic-layer Research and Engineering (2-DARE) program, totaling nearly $50 M in partnership with the Department of Defense. At JPL-Caltech, Dr. Kaul received the NASA Service Award, a NASA Team Accomplishment Award, multiple NASA Patent Awards and numerous NASA Technology Brief Awards for her research. Dr. Kaul was selected to be a participant at the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2012 Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposium and in 2014 she was invited to participate in the bi-lateral Indo-US FOE. She has given more than 65 invited and keynote talks at major international conferences and meetings sponsored by professional societies such as the IEEE, SPIE, MRS, TMS, and NSTI, among others. She serves on the Editorial Board of several international journals and she has also edited Microelectronics to Nanoelectronics: Materials, Devices and Manufacturability, that was published by CRC Press.
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering (joint)
Director, Nanomaterials and Devices Laboratory
Phone: (940) 369-7673
Prof. Wonbong Choi is a tenured, full professor in the Department of Materials Science and Mechanical and Energy Engineering at University of North Texas. Dr. Choi is conducting basic and applied research at the frontier of nanomaterials and their applications in nanoelectronics, energy storage, and bioelectronics. His passion lies in the discovery, understanding and application of new paradigms to enable the development of next generation devices and systems that can address societal needs. Besides Academia, Dr. Choi has worked in an industrial research laboratory, SAMSUNG (SAIT), where he was a senior researcher and Project Manager and lead a team investigating carbon nanotube flat panel display technology. Dr. Choi has been awarded the prestigious Materials Research Society (MRS) Medal in 2006 and MRS Fellow as the youngest person named as a Fellow in 2009. Dr. Choi is credited to developing the single molecular DNA-sensor, high efficiency Li-ion battery based on carbon nanotubes, Li-S battery, graphene based flexible field emission display, vertical CNT-Field Effect Transistor and CNT based non-volatile memory devices. He has been involved in various cooperative projects such as dye sensitized solar cells, and Lab-on-a-chip to name a few. Dr. Choi is the author/co-author of over 80 patents, 1 book (“GRAPHENE”), 10 book chapters, over 230 publications, which includes 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and 80 conference proceedings. His research articles have been cited over 12,000 times with an H-index of 55 (Google Scholar).
Department of Electrical Engineering
Director, Integrated Biomedical Circuits and Systems Laboratory (iBioCASL)
Phone: (940) 369-7027
Prof. Ifana Mahbub is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of North Texas, where she is leading the Integrated Biomedical Circuits and Systems Laboratory (iBioCASL). Currently, she is advising 3 Ph.D. and 3 MS students. Her research interests include energy-efficient circuits and systems design for wireless telemetry, power transfer and signal processing applications for implantable and wearable sensors. Her works also focus on the RF and microwave component designs and miniaturized, flexible antenna design. She received the B.Sc. degree (2012) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh and the Ph.D. degree (2017) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In recognition of her outstanding research and teaching achievements, Prof. Mahbub received the University of Tennessee Chancellor’s fellowship in 2014, Chancellor’s Citation award for “Extraordinary Professional Promise” in 2014 - 2017 academic years, and a Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in 2014. She also worked as an RF design engineering intern at Qorvo, Inc. during the summer of 2015 and 2016 respectively. Dr. Mahbub has published 2 book chapters, 10 journal publications, and over 22 peer-reviewed conference publications. She currently serves as the Vice-chair of the IEEE Circuits & Systems Society, Dallas Chapter. She is a guest editor for the Journal of Low-Power Electronics and Applications, publications chair for the 2018 and 2019 IEEE MTT Texas Symposium on Wireless & Microwave Circuits & Systems conference and student paper competition and session chair for the 2018 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Biomedical Conference.
Department of Physics
Director, Photonic Band-gap Materials Lab
Phone: (940) 565-4548
Prof. Yuankun Lin received his Ph. D. in Physics from University of British Columbia, Canada, in 2000. He is now a full Professor in Physics (75%) and in Electrical Engineering (25%) at UNT. He has published over 95 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 74 conference presentations or proceedings, and one book chapter. His publications have achieved 1451 total citations, h-index of 20 and i10-index of 38 (2018 data in scholar.google.com). His research has been focusing on the laser holographic fabrication of 2D and 3D photonic crystals. These research activities have won international recognitions due to his research advances in the development of simplified optical fabrication techniques for 2D and 3D photonic crystals and their applications in sensing, solar cell and organic light emitting diode. Very recently he broadened his research interests into newly discovered areas of Transformation Optics and Gradient Index Photonic Devices. His newly discovered graded photonic super-crystals can be integrated with organic light emitting diode and a high light extraction efficiency up to 76 % can be reached (US Department of Energy has a goal of 70% in year 2020). He has won several major research grants from NSF and Air Force including NSF NIRT program as a PI since 2006. The total amount of these grants is over $5.7 million.
Graduate Affair Chair
Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Director, Wang Research Group
Phone: (940) 369-8238
Prof. Hong Wang received her bachelor degree from Shandong University in 1990 and her PhD with Kevin M. Smith from UC. Davis in 2003. She conducted her postdoctoral research in James P. Collman group at Stanford University (2003–2005), and in Paul Wentworth Jr group at the Scripps Research Institute (2005–2007). In 2007, Dr. Wang started her independent career in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of Miami University. In 2016, Dr. Wang joined UNT. Dr. Wang is a recipient of NSF career awards. She was recognized as Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Investigator in 2011. She won a Theme Journal Award and a Distinguished Scholar Award (Miami University) in 2012.
Associate Chair for the Undergraduate Degree Program
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Director, The X Lab: Processing, Characterization of Structural Metallic Materials
Phone: (940) 369-5073
Prof. Marcus L. Young is the Associate Chair for the Undergraduate Degree Program and an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of North Texas (UNT), joining the faculty following a two year position as a research metallurgist at ATI Wah Chang, a large metal supplier company. Dr. Young received a B.F.A. in Sculpture and a B.F.A. in Ceramics from UNT and was the sole proprietor of a ceramics business before returning to school, where he received a B.S. in Metallurgical and Materials Science Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a PhD in Materials Science Engineering from Northwestern University (NU). Dr. Young’s PhD research was supported by Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), where he spent a significant time working at the Advanced Photon Source (
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