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Ahmedullah Aziz, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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Office: MK 316, Min H. Kao Building

E-mail: aziz@utk.edu


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Brief Biography:

Ahmedullah Aziz received his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Purdue University in 2019, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University (University Park) in 2016, and a BS degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh Univ. of Engineering & Technology (BUET) in 2013. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, he worked in the ‘Tizen Lab’ of Samsung R&D Institute in Bangladesh as a full-time Engineer. While being in grad school, he worked as a Co-Op Engineer (Intern) in the Technology Research division of Global Foundries (Fab 8, NY, USA). He received several awards and accolades for his research, including the ‘ACM (SIGDA) Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award (2021)’ from the Association of Computing Machinery, ‘EDAA Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award (2020)’ from the European Design and Automation Association, ‘Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award (2019)’ from the College of Engineering, Purdue University, and ‘Icon (2013)’ award from Samsung. He was a co-recipient of two best publication awards (2015, 2016) from SRC-DARPA STARnet Center and the best project award (2013) from CNSER. In addition, he received several scholarships and recognition for academic excellence, including – Dean’s Award, ‘Sunrise-Star’ Award, J.B. Gold Medal, and Chairman’s Award. He serves as a reviewer for several IEEE transactions/journals, technical program committee member for multiple international conferences, and guest editor for special topics in ‘Photonics’ and ‘Frontiers in Nanotechnology.’ He is a member of the Nanoelectronics and Gigascale Systems Technical Committee (NanoGiga TC), IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.

 


Graduate Students


 


Shamiul Alam

Ph.D. Student & Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Office: MK 342, Min H. Kao Building

E-mail: salam10@vols.utk.edu


Brief Biography:

Shamiul Alam completed his Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2017. He joined the NorDIC Lab in Spring 2020 to pursue his PhD at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Before starting his PhD, he has worked as an Adjunct Lecturer in Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), Dhaka, Bangladesh. His research interests include modeling of emerging nano-electronic devices and analyzing their application in integrated circuit and system design. He also works on Josephson junction based cryogenic superconducting devices, ferroelectric semiconductors etc.


 


Md Mazharul Islam

Ph.D. Student & Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Office: MK 342, Min H. Kao Building

E-mail: mislam49@vols.utk.edu


Brief Biography:

Md Mazharul Islam received his B.S. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2017. He then worked at several Universities (in Dhaka, Bangladesh) as a Lecturer. He started his doctoral studies at UTK in Fall 2020. His research interest includes Emerging memory Devices, Beyond CMOS technologies, and Neuromorphic hardware.


 


Md Rahatul Islam Udoy

Ph.D. Student & Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Office: MK 342, Min H. Kao Building

E-mail: mudoy@vols.utk.edu


Brief Biography:

Md Rahatul Islam Udoy received his B.S. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) in 2019. He has worked as a Lecturer at Daffodil International University and BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He will be joining the NorDIC Lab in Fall 2022 to pursue his Ph.D. at the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. His research interest includes Nanoelectronics, Beyond CMOS Technologies, and Quantum Computing Hardware.


 


Zackery Thomas Wood [Co-advised with Prof. Andre Zeumault]

Ph.D. Student & Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Office: MK 342, Min H. Kao Building

E-mail: zwood8@vols.utk.edu


Brief Biography:

Zackery Wood completed his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in May of 2020. During his undergrad he interned at Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) on NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama. He will be pursuing a PhD in electrical engineering starting in the fall of 2020. His research will be based on nano-electronic devices.


 


Undergraduate Students


 


Jack Hutchins

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Office: MK 342, Min H. Kao Building

E-mail: jhutch26@vols.utk.edu


Brief Biography:

Jack Hutchins is an undergraduate student currently studying computer science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He interned at the Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) in 2018, where he worked on machine learning. He is currently working on circuit design with emerging technologies for AI hardware using HSPICE & Verilog-A.


 


Dawson Smith

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Office: MK 342, Min H. Kao Building

E-mail: dsmit210@vols.utk.edu


Brief Biography:

Dawson Smith is a senior studying electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He has completed a co-op with Siemens Healthineers where he worked to develop the electronics for their next-generation PET and CT scanners. Next year, he will be getting his master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee.


 


Riya Patel

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Office: MK 342, Min H. Kao Building

E-mail: rpatel87@vols.utk.edu


Brief Biography:

Riya Patel is an undergraduate student (Junior) studying electrical engineering (Honors) with a computer science minor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She interned at Eastman Chemical as a Plant engineering intern in 2020 and worked with TVA as a power operations intern (present). She plans to pursue an MS degree after completing her undergraduate studies in electrical engineering.


 


Karan Pankaj Patel

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Office: MK 342, Min H. Kao Building

E-mail: kpatel68@vols.utk.edu


Brief Biography:

Karan Patel is an undergraduate student studying computer engineering at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He is interested in quantum computing and memory devices and plans on exploring these fields through simulations and modeling. He has been involved with NorDIC Labs since the Fall of 2020.


 


William Mitchell Hunter

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Office: MK 342, Min H. Kao Building

E-mail: whunter6@vols.utk.edu


Brief Biography:

Will is an undergraduate student studying electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He interned at Enterprise Electric LLC in 2019, where he helped analyze and implement electrical systems for Centennial Hospital in Nashville, TN. He has been working with Team NorDIC since Fall 2020.


 


Visiting Scholar(s)


 


Tasnia Nobi Afee

Volunteer Researcher Assistant

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Office: MK 342, Min H. Kao Building

E-mail: afeetasnianobi@gmail.com


Brief Biography:

Tasnia Nobi Afee completed her B.Sc. in Computer Science from BRAC University, Bangladesh in 2018. After her graduation, she worked for 3 years for a US-based IT firm in Bangladesh. She joined the NorDic Lab in Spring 2022 as a Local Volunteer Research Assistant. She is interested in machine learning and keen to apply it in various novel applications.