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The School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering welcomes its new faculty members

Ivan Sanchez Esqueda - Assistant Professor

Ivan Sanchez Esqueda is returning to Arizona State University after nearly eight years working at the University of Southern California as a research scientist. Sanchez Esqueda graduated from Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering in 2011 with a doctoral degree in electrical engineering, after earning a master’s degree in the same discipline.

At USC, Sanchez Esqueda led research programs that allowed him to collaborate with various faculty members and advise graduate students. He grew his interests and expertise into areas related to novel materials for various electronic applications. As he research interests expanded, so did his desire to return to ASU. 

“I have admired the research and education capabilities of the engineering programs at ASU that I experienced as a graduate student, and later through collaboration with other ASU faculty,” says Sanchez Esqueda. “I was very excited when the opportunity came to pursue a faculty position at ASU. I knew it would be a great place for me to continue my academic career, and achieve my goals as a researcher and educator.”

Sanchez Esqueda says that his initial interest in engineering came from earlier enthusiasm for mathematics and physics.

“Electrical engineering is a wonderfully wide area of engineering,” he says. “The opportunity to establish connections between real world applications and fundamental nanoscale devices and material science drives my interest in the field of nanoelectronics.” 

Sanchez Esqueda’s research focus is on nanofabrication, device physics, characterization and modeling, which supports the development of technologies that have applications in novel computing, memory, sensing and electronics for use in space and other extreme environments.

“One thing I like about this subject is that it allows us to study fundamental physics with practical engineering applications,” say Sanchez Esqueda. “This makes it a great area for combining education, research and innovation.” 

Deliang Fan - Assistant Professor

Arizona State University’s world-class research facilities are what brought Deliang Fan to Tempe to conduct cutting-edge research on in-memory computing circuit and architecture designs.

“This research has the potential to improve three orders of magnitude higher energy efficiency and speed over current state-of-the-art computers,” Fan says.

Fan joins ASU from the University of Central Florida where he was as an assistant professor for four years after earning both his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University.

He will be teaching a course on digital systems and circuits and is expecting students taking his classes to have the basic knowledge of digital and analog circuits to prepare for analyzing and designing digital integrated circuits.

Fan’s research group will focus on developing energy-efficient, high-performance big data processing-in-memory circuits, architecture and systems. This work will impact extensive computing applications, such as artificial intelligence, deep neural networks, data encryption, graph processing and bioinformatics.

Fan is enthusiastic to develop high-performance and energy-efficient intelligent computers.

“Integrated circuits are a keystone of modern electronics,” he says. “They are also the heart and brains of modern computers. I am always willing to dedicate myself to pushing the limit of integrated circuit design.”

The author of more than 80 peer-reviewed international journal and conference research papers, Fan was awarded best paper awards at the 2019 ACM Great Lakes Symposium on very-large-scale integration (VSLI), the 2018 IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI and the 2017 IEEE Computer Society Annual Symposium on VLSI. 

Steve Millman - Professor of Practice

“Digital design is fun.”

This is the message Steve Millman wishes to impart to his students as he joins the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering as a professor of practice.

Having lived in the Valley of the Sun for most of his life, Millman looks forward to teaching at ASU.

With his industry experience in digital design, Millman will be teaching Digital Design Fundamentals, Python for Rapid Engineering Solutions and The ASU Experience course this fall. 

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