Engineering Physics

Duke ECE has a strong experimental and theoretical research presence in novel and structured metamaterials, surface science, electromagnetic and acoustic waves, quantum sciences, imaging systems and communication systems. There is an exciting opportunity to leverage ECE strengths to create a unique research and educational program around the physical science of collecting, processing, analyzing and communicating information. We plan to create a comprehensive program on Engineering Physics, with emphasis on the fundamental principles and practical technologies that enable innovative information systems.

Research Focus

A. Foundations in Physics of Information.

This research thrust advances the physical and mathematical foundations of information science at the very fundamental level, and includes

  • fundamental surface science, materials and device physics used for collection of data
  • electromagnetic, wave and quantum physics used for representation, transmission and manipulation of information
  • mathematical and computational principles for encoding and processing of information.

B. Enabling Technologies for Information Physics.

This research thrust focuses on the development of new technologies necessary for realization of new information processing systems, and includes

  • new fabrication and manufacturing technologies for metamaterials, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and optical components
  • novel sensor devices integrated with analog and digital integrated circuits
  • innovative modeling approaches and simulation tools for physical processes and information processing systems.

C. Advanced Information System Integration.

This research thrust pursues design and realization of functional advanced information processing systems, and includes 

  • new imaging and spectroscopy systems leveraging computational and signal processing principles, new materials and devices, and component manufacturing technologies
  • novel sensing, information processing and communication systems utilizing quantum mechanical principles and bio-inspired approaches
  • compact, multi-functional integrated systems for intelligent information gathering and processing

Primary Faculty

David J. Brady

David J. Brady

Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Photonics in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Research Interests: DISP uses joint design of physical sampling and digital processing strategies to develop high performance sensor systems. DISP builds instruments for visible, infrared, ultraviolet, x-ray, millimeter wave, terahertz, acoustic and ion imaging and spectroscopy. DISP has made particular contributions...

April S. Brown

April S. Brown

John Cocke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt , Jr. School of Engineering

Robert Calderbank

Robert Calderbank

Charles S. Sydnor Professor of Computer Science

Lawrence Carin

Lawrence Carin

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Leslie M. Collins

Leslie M. Collins

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: This laboratory's research is in the area of physics-based statistical signal processing algorithms, and we are actively engaged in two general application areas: (1) Investigating human auditory perception and developing remediation strategies for the hearing impaired; (2) developing sensor-based...

Steven A. Cummer

Steven A. Cummer

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Michael Gehm

Michael Gehm

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jeffrey Glass

Jeffrey Glass

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

William T. Joines

William T. Joines

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Nan Marie Jokerst

Nan Marie Jokerst

J. A. Jones Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School of Engineering

Jungsang Kim

Jungsang Kim

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jeffrey L. Krolik

Jeffrey L. Krolik

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Qing Huo Liu

Qing Huo Liu

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Maiken Mikkelsen

Maiken Mikkelsen

Nortel Networks Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Loren W. Nolte

Loren W. Nolte

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Willie John Padilla

Willie John Padilla

Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Guillermo Sapiro

Guillermo Sapiro

Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Image and video processing, computer vision, computer graphics, computational vision, biomedical imaging, brain imaging, cryo-tomography of viruses, computational tools in cryo-tomography, computational tools in early diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, differential geometry and differential...

David R. Smith

David R. Smith

James B. Duke Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Adrienne Stiff-Roberts

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Nanomaterials resulting from quantum confinement in three dimensions, known as nanoparticles or quantum dots, exhibit unique characteristics compared to conventional, bulk materials because of their small size, and because nanomaterials can be tailored to exhibit desired properties by controlling...

Secondary Faculty

Daniel J. Gauthier

Daniel J. Gauthier

Robert C. Richardson Professor of Physics

Research Interests: Prof. Gauthier is interested in a broad range of topics in the fields of nonlinear and quantum optics, and nonlinear dynamical systems. In the area of optical physics, his group is studying the fundamental characteristics of highly nonlinear light-matter interactions at both the classical and...

Stefan M Goetz

Stefan M Goetz

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Angel Vladimirov Peterchev

Angel Vladimirov Peterchev

Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Research Interests: Angel Peterchev directs the Brain Stimulation Engineering Lab (BSEL), which focuses on the development and modeling of devices and application paradigms for transcranial brain stimulation. Transcranial brain stimulation involves non-invasive delivery of fields (e.g., electric and magnetic) to the...

Research Faculty

Xuejun Liao

Xuejun Liao

Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Daniel L. Marks

Associate Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Adjunct Faculty

Thomas Katsouleas

Thomas Katsouleas

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Katsouleas is a specialist in the use of plasmas as novel particle accelerators and light sources.

Yaroslav A. Urzhumov

Yaroslav A. Urzhumov

Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests: Urzhumov's main focus at Duke is on engineering technologically-relevant electromagnetic and acoustic properties of such media across the spectrum, and designing device prototypes based on metamaterials. His demonstration of all-dielectric cloaking at Duke (2013), and the theoretical proofs of...