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EE Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

Leslie Lestinsky • DATE: July 12, 2018

EE Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

New EE faculty members Chris Hinkle (left) and David Burghoff (right)

This fall, the Department of Electrical Engineering will welcome two new faculty members.

Christopher Hinkle comes from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he has held an associate professor of materials science and engineering position in both electrical engineering and physics, since 2009. Hinkle received his Ph.D. in 2005 in physics from North Carolina State University, where he also received his bachelor’s degree. His research focuses on the growth, characterization, and physics of semiconductor materials and interfaces for use in a wide variety of devices. He is particularly interested in the heterogeneous integration of conventional and quantum materials for applications related to advanced CMOS and power devices, quantum computing, energy harvesting, and energy storage.

“I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to join the University of Notre Dame Electrical Engineering (NDEE) team. Having collaborated with NDEE faculty, students, and postdocs for many years, (including through the NDEE-led LEAST and ASCENT centers) I knew that the device expertise here would elevate my own research,” said Hinkle.

He aspires to enable breakthroughs in nano and opto-electronics research as he collaborates daily with NDEE faculty. “The Notre Dame leadership is obviously committed to the highest levels of academic achievement in the classroom and lab. I am thrilled to contribute to these efforts,” said Hinkle.

Hinkle has been awarded three research awards and his students a have been awarded a total of seven best presentation/paper awards, in the past five years. Hinkle has authored over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals and presented more than 40 invited talks at international meetings. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Semiconductor Research Corporation, Intel, Texas Instruments, Tokyo Electron, and Applied Materials.

 “My wife and I and our two young children have already been made to feel like part of the community, we are really looking forward to building our lives at Notre Dame,” said Hinkle.

David Burghoff, currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), joins NDEE as an assistant professor this fall. He received his Ph.D. in EE from MIT as well as his masters and his bachelor’s from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Some of his recent awards include MIT’s Jin-Au Kong Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award and the Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the NDEE faculty. Not only does the department have a reputation for rigorous and groundbreaking research overall, but its reputation for semiconductor-related research in particular was one of the aspects that attracted me to the department. I think there will be a lot of opportunities for collaboration,” said Burghoff.

His research focuses on devices and systems that blend quantum engineering, coherent optoelectronics, and long-wavelength photonics with applications in sensing, healthcare, energy, security, and transportation. His broader ambition is to use these technologies to address some of society’s most pressing challenges. “My research requires state-of-the-art nanofabrication facilities. The University of Notre Dame Nanofabrication Facility is going to be crucial for enabling my research,” said Burghoff.