This is a listing of former students from Team Neikirk, along with links to more details on their current careers.

(Electronic versions of some of these theses and dissertations are available.)

date last update: 08/27/01

photos from the first ever TN - Exes reunion, Dallas (Richardson, really), TX, June 6 , 1998.


PhD Supervisions completed

Tom Linton, dissertation title: "Analysis of Three-Dimensional Effects in Advanced VLSI Devices," May, 1989.

Robert L. Rogers (currently at UT's ARL), dissertation title: "A Study of Slot and Dipole Antennas on Layered Electrically Thick Dielectric Substrates for Far Infrared and Millimeter Wave Imaging Arrays," May, 1989.

Jay (Vijay) Kesan (currently on the Law School faculty at the University of Illinois), dissertation title: "Quantum Well Devices for Microwave and Millimeter Wave Oscillator Applications," May, 1989.

MS thesis title: "Quantum Well Devices," Fall 1986.

Stuart Wentworth (currently a professor in Electrical Engineering at Auburn University), dissertation title: "Far Infrared Microbolometer Detectors," May, 1990.

MS thesis title: "High Frequency Characteristics of Tape Automated Bonding (TAB) Interconnects," Summer 1987.

Philip Cheung (currently working for a "small" company in Minneapolis), dissertation title: "Coplanar Waveguide Phase-Shifters," Aug, 1990.

MS thesis title: "A Preliminary Study of an Optically Controlled Coplanar Waveguide Phase Shifter," Fall 1987.

Shiaw-Jong Chen (ME) (co-supervisor: Ilene Busch-Vishniac, Dept. Of ME), dissertation title: "Magnetic Suspension Driven, Automated, Contact Analytical Prober," Dec., 1992.

Alwin Tsao (currently at Texas Instruments - Dallas), dissertation title: "Molecular Beam Epitaxial Growth and Fabrication of Microwave and Photonic Devices for Hybrid Integration on Alternative Substrates, " May, 1993.

Jason Lewis (formerly at Texas Instruments - Dallas; now going off on his own...), dissertation title: "Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter Microbolometer Detectors, " May, 1994.

Vijay Reddy (currently at Texas Instruments - Dallas), dissertation title: "Characterization of High Frequency Oscillators and Varactor Diodes Grown by Molecular Beam Epitaxy," May, 1994.

MS thesis title: "Molecular Beam Epitaxial Growth of AlAs/GaAs Double Barrier Resonant Tunneling Diodes," Spring 1990.

Saiful Islam (currently at AMD - Austin), dissertation title: "Modeling and Experimental Studies of Schottky-Contacted Coplanar Waveguide Transmission Lines on Semiconductor Substrates," Aug. 1994.

MS thesis title: "Optically Controlled Tunable Coplanar Waveguide Resonator," Spring 1990

Kiran Kumar Gullapalli (currently at Motorola - Austin), dissertation title: "Heterostructure Device Simulation using the Wigner Function," Aug. 1994.

MS thesis title: "Simulation of Electron Transport in Double Barrier Diodes," Summer 1991

Youngmin Kim (currently at Texas Instruments - Dallas), dissertation title: "Application of Micromachining Techniques for Fabry-Perot Cavity Based Microsensors," Aug. 1995 (see Fabry Perot Pressure Sensors).

MS thesis title: "Fabrication and Characterization of a New Position Sensitive Photodetector," Fall 1990.

Emre Tuncer (currently at Monterey design Systems), dissertation title: "Extraction of Parameters for High Speed Digital Interconnects," Dec. 1995.

MS thesis title: "Modeling of High Speed Digital Interconnects," Summer 1992.

Jaeheon Han (currently at Kang-Nam University, Korea), dissertation title: "Fabry-Perot Pressure and Chemical Sensors by Silicon Micromachining Techniques," Aug. 1996.

Beom-Taek Lee (currently at Intel), dissertation title: "Efficient Series Impedance Extraction Using Effective Internal Impedance,"Aug. 1996.

Olin Hartin (currently at Motorola - Phoenix), dissertation title: "Quantum Transport Simulations of Novel Compound Semiconductor Devices," May, 1998.

Sangwoo Kim, (currently at Sun), dissertation title: "Multiconductor Transmission Line Analysis Using Surface Ribbon Method (abstract),"Aug. 1999. Link to complete dissertation .

Robert J. Friar, (currently at Intel), dissertation title: Analysis, Design, and Measurement of On-Wafer Transmission Line Test Structures, May 2000.

Seung-JinYoo (currently at Yukyung Telecom Co., Ltd., Seoul, Korea), dissertation title: "Micromachined Wavelength Selective Microbolometer Sensors Operating at Room Temperature," December 2000.

Young-Soo Sohn, dissertation title: MEMS Based Microfluidic Structure for Biological and Chemical Sensor Array, May 2001.


MS Supervisions


Rodney Greene, thesis title: "Contactless Characterization of Thin Layers on Semi-insulating GaAs by a Microwave Impedance Technique," Spring 1987.

Jeffrey Meitz, thesis title: "Plasma Etching of Semiconductor Materials," Summer 1987.

Douglas Miller, thesis title: "Micro Computer Implementation of a Comprehensive Process Characterization Test Station," Spring 1988.

David Leason, thesis title: "Characterization of Thin Films on Semi-insulating GaAs via Microwave Reflectometry," Spring 1989.

John Heston (currently at Texas Instruments - Dallas), thesis title: "Development of Twin Slot Antenna Structures for Millimeter Wave Imaging Applications," Summer 1990.

M. Garrett Neaves (currently at Motorola - Phoenix), thesis title: "MOS Capacitor Evaluation in the Microelectronics Fabrication Teaching Laboratory," Summer 1990.

Kristel Wickham, thesis title: "Fabrication and Testing of Thin Film, High Temperature, DC Squids," Summer 1990.

John E. Post, Jr., thesis title: "An Investigation of the Accuracy of Thin Layer Characterization Using Microwave Reflectometry," Spring 1991.

Shiva Javalagi (currently at Ishna Tek Systems & Services PVT. LTD., India), thesis title: "High Power and High Efficiency Quantum Well Oscillators," Fall 1991.

Vikas Gupta (currently at Texas Instruments - Dallas), thesis title: "Design of a Proximity Sensor using Inductors, Compatible with Integrated Circuit Fabrication", Summer 1995. (inductive proximity sensors)

Cindy Huei Ching You, thesis title: "An Interface Integrated Circuit of the Inductive Proximity Sensor," Summer 1998.


MS with Report


Chris Seams, report title: "Gettering in Silicon Wafers," Spring 1988.

Nhiem Vinh Nguyen, report title: "The Development of a Gallium Arsenide Wafer-Level Functional Test Facility," Spring 1988.

David Fun, report title: "Crosstalk in High Speed Interconnects," Summer 1988.

Brett Gerhardt, report title: "Silicon Doping in Aluminum Films," Spring 1989.

Shih-Yao Lin, report title: "A re-evealuation of employing spectral domain approach to lossy media," Dec. 1991.

Ashish Vijay Gokhale (at TI-Dallas, I believe), report title: " ," Summer 1992.


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