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Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering – Electrical & Computer Engineering


ECE Faculty & Staff

Dr. Robi Polikar, Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Polikar (Ph.D. 2000, Iowa State University) is the current chair of the ECE department. His teaching and research interests cover a broad spectrum of areas including signal processing, pattern recognition, computational intelligence, machine learning, bioinformatics and neural systems, with applications to biomedical engineering, brain-computer interface, imaging and medical diagnostics. Dr. Polikar received his B.Sc. degree in electronics and communications engineering from Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey in 1993, and his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees, both co-majors in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering, from Iowa State University, Ames, IA in 1995 and 2000, respectively. He is a senior member of IEEE, and member of ASEE, Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu. He is also an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems. His recent and current research have been funded primarily through NSF’s CAREER and Energy, Power and Adaptive Systems (EPAS) programs, as well as NIH and industry partners.

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Dr. Gina Tang, Professor and Associate Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Tang’s (Ph.D. 2001, New Jersey Institute of Technology) research interests include discrete event systems, petri nets, artificial intelligence, embedded processing, software security and computer networking. She received her M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Northeastern University, P. R. China, in 1998 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Tang teaches courses in digital systems, computer architecture, computer networks and advanced microprocessor design. She is a member of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Sigma Xi and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).


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Dr. John L. Schmalzel, Professor and Founding Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, IEEE Fellow

Dr. Schmalzel (Ph.D. 1980, Kansas State University) is the Founding Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The current focus of his teaching and research interest is in intelligent sensors, biosensors and smart grid. He received his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University in 1977 and 1973 respectively. Before joining Rowan, he spent eleven years on the faculty of the University of Texas at San Antonio; he also served for four years in the US Army as a Clinical Automation Officer. He has served as a consultant for design firms, aerospace contractors, and federal agencies. Dr. Schmalzel teaches digital systems, smart sensors, and other project-based courses. Dr. Schmalzel was elevated to Fellow of the IEEE in 2008. He is currently on an inter-personnel agency assignment as a Senior Research Scientist at NASA-Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.

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Dr. Ravi P. Ramachandran, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Ramachandran's (Ph.D. 1990, McGill University) research interests are in 1-D and 2-D digital signal processing, digital filter design, speech processing and pattern recognition. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in 1986 and the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University in 1984. Dr. Ramachadran teaches/taught freshman and sophomore clinic, networks, systems and control, digital signal processing, complex variables, architectures for digital signal processing, advanced digital signal processing, adaptive filters and digital speech processing.

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Dr. Linda Head, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Linda Head (Ph.D. 1991, University Of South Florida) conducts research in IC interconnect material reliability and bio-engineering. She received her M.S. and B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of South Florida in 1987 and1984 respectively. She came to Rowan University from SUNY Binghamton and NIST. Dr. Head teaches VLSI design and IC design courses to juniors and seniors and works with engineering and communications faculty on projects for the sophomore clinic.



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Dr. Robert Krchnavek, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Krchnavek's (Ph.D. 1986, Columbia University) research interests are in the areas of nanotechnology, MEMS, photonics, electromagnetics, and materials processing. He received his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1979 and the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University in 1978. His industrial experience includes positions at Bell Communications Research and Bell Telephone Laboratories. Professor Krchnavek teaches courses in electromagnetics, wireless communications, fiber optics, and electronics. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, and a member of Eta Kappa Nu, and the American Society for Engineering Education.


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Dr. Nidhal Bouaynaya, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Bouaynaya (Ph.D, 2007, University of Illinois, Chicago) is the newest addition to our faculty, and comes to us from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received her BS degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de l’Electronique et de ses Applications (ENSEA), France, in 2002, her MS degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, in 2002, the Diplome dEtudes Approfondies (DEA) in signal and image processing from ENSEA, France, in 2003, the MS degree in mathematics and the PhD degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago, in 2007. Her research interests are in signal, image and video processing, optimization, mathematical morphology, and genomic signal processing. She received the Best Student Paper Award in Visual Communication and Image Processing 2006. She is a member of the IEEE.


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Dr. Sangho Shin, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Shin received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Daejeon, Korea, in 2002 and 2007, respectively. Dr. Shin teaches undergraduate and graduate ECE courses covering general electronics; circuit and systems theory; analog/digital/RF integrated circuits; VLSI systems; nanoelectronic/bioelectronic systems; and memristors and memristive electronics. Prior to joining Rowan, he has taught in the University of California at Santa Cruz. His research interests are in the areas of emerging nanotechnology-enabled nanoelectronic circuits and systems; bioelectronic integrated systems; low-power VLSI design; and mixed-signal/mixed-technology integrated circuits. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.


Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Pietrucha, Instructor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Pietrucha has taught undergraduate courses in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Freshman and Sophomore Clinic in addition to cross-disciplinary courses with Mechanical Engineering at Rowan University. Prior to joining Rowan in 2001, he was an Adjunct Professor of electrical Engineering at Newark College of Engineering (NJIT) for 16 years. Dr. Pietrucha’s industrial experience includes employment at AT&T, Bell Labs, and Lucent Technologies, where he worked in communications satellites, semiconductor device development and qualification, and cellular telephone base station development and manufacturing. He also worked for the RCA Solid State Division as a semiconductor product engineer. He served as the General Chair of the 2004 IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium and is a former editor for reliability for the IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing.

Mr. Michael Muhlbaier, Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mr. Muhlbaier is an entrepreneurial success story of our program. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Rowan ECE in 2003 and 2005, respectively. One of his junior / senior clinic projects involved developing an embedded microprocessor system for an LED powered taillight, custom designed to lit up in different specific sequences (to increase the reflex / response time of the driver behind) – gave him the inspiration, background and experience necessary to start his own company. After several years of subsequent embedded system development experience, Mr. Muhlbaier recently returned to ECE Department, where he now shares his knowledge and deep experience on all things digital and embedded systems with our current students through his unique perspective that highlights real-world industry expectations in digital design.


Mr. Robert (Bob) Rassa, Adjunct Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

With such an impressive set of recognitions and achievements as IEEE fellow, IEEE Systems Council Founder and President-Elect (2013), IEEE Aerospace & Electronic Systems Society and IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Society Past President, National Defense Industrial Association Systems Engineering Division Chair Emeritus and Founder, and current Director of Engineering Programs at Raytheon Company, Mr. Rassa brings an unparalleled experience, wisdom and knowledge to our program. With decades of Systems Engineering experience, Mr. Rassa now wants to share that experience with our students. His passion to train the next generation of Systems Engineers is evident in his desire to drive two hours each way from Maryland. Mr. Rassa, having helped us design our Systems Engineering concentration, teaches courses in Systems Engineering as well as courses covering a wide range of topics including consulting, entrepreneurship and engineering ethics.


Mr. Phil Mease, ECE Technician

Mr. Mease (B.S. 2005, Rowan University) provides technical support to the ECE department. He assists with the design, fabrication, set-up, execution, and costing of ECE class and laboratory demonstrations, experiments, clinic and research projects. His other responsibilities include specification and ordering of equipment and supplies, developing and implementing a periodic calibration program, ensuring adherence to applicable safety and regulatory standards, and interfacing with IT specialists to provide computer support for maintaining currency of software and hardware in the ECE labs. His technical interests include analog/digital circuit design, microcontroller development, automotive electronics and perfor-mance, and audio electronics.


Mr. Mario Leone, ECE Technologist

Mr. Leone provides support and guidance in the ECE labs, designing, building, and setting up lab experiments for classes, research projects, and clinic projects, as well as assisting students with their project needs. He maintains the lab equipment, acquires materials to support student and faculty projects, designs and delivers courses on lab safety, instrument operation, and other lab and technical procedures and processes, including how to take designs from paper to reality. Mr. Leone is an engineering consultant bringing 35+ years of industry experience to our department, both technical and business. His main areas of expertise are data communications, process control and automation. As atechnologist, entrepreneur, and business owner he helps guide Rowan students on the myriad of aspects of the technical world beyond the classroom. In addition, Mr. Leone has served and continues to serve on numerous industry standards committees (EIA, IEEE, CEA) as a subject matter expert, and his current committee work involves standardizing communications for the IoT (Internet of Things) and devices in the consumer space. His technical interests include IoT, alternative energy and energy reduction, microcontrollers, home automation, and vintage electronics. In addition to his technical interests, he is also passionate about helping others learn, is a certified instructor for the EPA and Red Cross, and has developed and taught technical and business courses across the globe for a wide variety of clients.

Ms. Loretta Brewer, ECE Administrative Assistant

Ms. Brewer supports the administrative functions in the ECE department. She acts as liaison for the department chair regarding various information requested by students, faculty, other departments, government agencies, and academic institutions, in regard to the direction and policy of the department. Her responsibilities include monitoring the department and grant budgets, supervising the clerical activities for part-time student assistants, and performing various duties in University Banner Operating System including student accounts, financial records, and the human resource system. Ms. Brewer has come to be known for exemplary customer service.