Each year, a select group of top Ph.D. students from the Electrical Engineering Department are selected as Ming Hsieh Institute Ph.D. Scholars. This set of students are chosen carefully by a faculty committee on the basis of their research accomplishments and desire for an academic career beyond the Ph.D. MHI Ph.D. Scholars are considered the top students in the department and prove to be leaders.

To help scholars in their career development, each of them receives:

  • a cash award
  • mentor-ship and recommendations from department faculty (eg. one-on-one faculty lunch meetings)
  • research presentation critiquing and filming – view scholar research videos
  • funding for travel to give talks at other institutions where they can develop collaborations, increase visibility and receive feedback on their work
  • funding to develop and organize a workshop/project to encourage student collaboration, initiate innovative ideas and demonstrate remarkable research

2012-13 Scholar workshop funding was used for the Ph.D. Student Seminar Series

2014 – 15 MHI Ph.D. Scholars:

Shermin Arab
Research Interest: Electrophysics, Nanotechnology and Device Fabrication
Advisor: Steve Cronin
Office: RTH B113
Research Overview Video: “Optoelectrical Characterization of 1D and 2D Nanostructures for Energy Applications”

Kunal Datta
Research Interest: Integrated Circuits and Systems
Advisor: Hossein Hashemi
Office: PHE 424
Research Overview: “High-Power mm-Wave Wireless Communication for beyond 5G”

Ningfeng Huang
Research Interest: Nanophotonics
Office: PHE 309
Advisor: Michelle Povinelli
Research Overview: “Nanophotonics for Photovoltaics and Light Assisted Self-Assembly”

Vasilis Ntranos
Research Interest: Communications
Advisor: Giuseppe Caire
Office: EEB 518
Research Overview: “Disturbed Interference Management in Large Cellular Networks”

Yan Yan
Research Interest: Optical and mm-wave wireless communications
Advisor: Alan E. Willner
Office: EEB 500
Research Overview:“Space-Division Multiplexing in Communications Utilizing Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM)”

MHI Ph.D. Scholar Information:
– News article:7/15/14 MHI Ph.D. Scholar Harsha Honnappa to Teach at Purdue University
– News article:12/3/13 Kartik Audhkhasi – was part of team that won INTERSPEECH 2013
– News article:10/20/13 Past MHI Scholar Moh Amer’s paper gets accepted to Nano Letters Journal
– News article:7/26/13 Lead-author Chuan Wang creates first user-interactive sensor network on flexible plastic
– News article:6/21/13 Scholars talk about benefits at an information luncheon
– News article:4/16/13 Past and Present Scholars
Past Scholars
Current Scholars
Scholar application