Research Students


Current PhD Students

Abdulrahman Alaql

Email: alaql89@ufl.edu


Abdulrahman Alaql is pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Bhunia in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. He got his BS degree from Taibah University and MS degree from the University of South Florida. His research interests include Cyber and Hardware Security, Malware Detection, Design and Testing of Reconfigurable Devices. His hobbies include playing video games, watching movies, solving logical puzzles, and cooking.

Angela Newsome

Email: angela.newsome@ufl.edu


Angela Newsome is currently pursuing her Masters/Ph.D. under Dr. Bhunia in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University in 2015 and joined FICS research in Fall 2017. From 2015-2017, Angela worked as a Nuclear Controls Engineer for the DoD. Her career interests include hardware security and trust, reverse engineering, and nanoscale technology. Current research project includes Clandestine Acoustic NEMS label development.

Atul Prasad Deb Nath

Email: atulprasad@ufl.edu


Atul Prasad Deb Nath joined the NanoScape Lab in Fall 2016 in pursuit of the Ph.D. degree. Dr. Bhunia is guiding him to conduct research in the field of Cybersecurity. His research interest includes Internet of Things (IoT), Hardware Security, and Reconfigurable Computing. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh. He obtained the Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Toledo, Ohio. He loves traveling and camping as pastime activities.

Daniel Capecci

Email: dcapecci@ufl.edu


Daniel Capecci is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering under Dr. Bhunia and Dr. Oliveira at the University of Florida. He received is B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida in 2015 and joined FICS Research in 2016. His research interests include machine learning, neural networks, cyber-physical systems, and bio-inspired security design. Current research projects include an Internet of Things security framework and RTL security aware design.

Fengchao Zhang

Email: fzhang67@ufl.edu


Fengchao Zhang is now pursuing his Ph.D. degree in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. He received his B.E. in Optoelectronic Information Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China in 2012. His current research interests include hardware security and nano electromechanical system (NEMS) switch.

Jonathan Cruz

Email: jonc205@ufl.edu


Jonathan Cruz is currently pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Bhunia in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida in 2017. His research interests include hardware/software co-security, reconfigurable computing, and hardware Trojan detection. His hobbies include going to the gym, playing golf, and watching movies.

Kai Yang

Email: kyang84@ufl.edu


Kai Yang is now pursuing his Ph.D. degree in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. He received his BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Tianjin University and Beijing Institute of Technology, in 2011 and 2013 respectively. His current research interests include hardware security and reconfigurable hardware.

Md Moshiur Rahman

Email: rahman.m@ufl.edu


Md Moshiur Rahman has been pursuing his PhD under supervision of Dr. Bhunia in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida from Spring 18. Moshiur received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh in 2016. He was a lecturer in Southeast University, Bangladesh. His research interest is in the field of hardware security, currently focusing on hardware obfuscation and obfuscation tool development. He likes travelling, camping & hiking, hearing music, playing guitar & outdoor games during his leisure.

Prabuddha Chakraborty

Email: kgpsunny@gmail.com


Prabuddha Chakraborty is pursuing his Ph.D. under Dr. Bhunia in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. He got his B.Tech degree from TISL and M.Tech degree from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. His research interests include Cyber and Hardware Security and application of Machine Learning in those respective fields.

Shubhra Deb Paul

Email: shubhra.paul@ufl.edu


Shubhra Deb Paul is currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering department under the supervision of Dr. Swarup Bhunia. His current research interests include Hardware Security and Trust, Reconfigurable Computing, Machine Learning, Circuit Design etc. He earned his MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma and the BSc degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh. Cycling, swimming, exploring nature, cooking etc. are his most favorite pastime activities.

Shuo Yang

Email: sy@ufl.edu


Shuo Yang is now pursuing his Ph.D. degree in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. He received the B.S. degree in technology and apparatus of measuring and control and the M.S. degree in instrumentation science and technology from Beihang University, Beijing, China, in 2011 and 2014, respectively. His current research interests are focused on hardware security, such as physical unclonable function and counterfeit chip detection.

Sumaiya Shomaji

Email: shomaji@ufl.edu


Sumaiya Shomaji is now pursuing her Ph.D. degree under Dr. Bhunia and Dr. Forte in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. Her research interest includes wearable and implantable devices for health monitoring, biometric identification, affective computing and hardware security. She received her B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka in 2013. She worked as a lecturer at Stamford University Bangladesh and news anchor at SA TV. Her hobbies include travelling and oil painting.

Tamzidul Hoque

Email: thoque@ufl.edu


Tamzidul Hoque received his B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology, Dhaka in 2012. He received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toledo, OH in 2015. Now he is pursuing his Ph.D. degree under Dr. Swarup Bhunia in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. His research interest is focused on hardware security issues such as hardware Trojan detection.


Current MS Students

Hitesh Sharma

Email: sharma.hitesh.in@ufl.edu


Hitesh Sharma is pursuing M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. He received his B.S. degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Punjab Technical University, India in 2011. His research interests include hardware security, reconfigurable computing and low-power VLSI design. In his spare time, he likes listening to music and playing outdoor sports.

Naren Vikram Raj Masna

Email: nmasna@ufl.edu


Naren Vikram Raj Masna is currently pursuing his Masters, working towards his PhD under Dr. Bhunia in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida. His research interests include counterfeit material detection, Image processing, Machine learning and Internet of Things. His hobbies include playing soccer, bowling and reading biographies.


High-School Students

Tatini Mal-Sarkar

Email: tmal-sarkar13@hb.edu


Tatini Mal-Sarkar is a freshman at Hathaway Brown High School. She plans on pursuing a career in engineering and nanocomputing. She is currently working on an analysis of hardware Trojan attacks in wireless electronic devices. Her other interests include debate, dance, and piano.


Graduated Students

Robert Karam

Email: rkaram@usf.edu


Robert Karam graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, USA) in 2017. He received his BSE (2012) and MS (2016) degrees from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH, USA). He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL, USA), where his research focuses on hardware security for reconfigurable computing fabrics and Internet of Things devices, energy-efficient reconfigurable computing, and algorithm/hardware co-design for bioimplantables and wearables.

Abhishek Basak

Email: axb594@case.edu


Abhishek Basak is now pursuing his Ph.D. degree under Dr. Swarup Bhunia in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University. He received his B.E. (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India in 2010. His current research interests include bio-implantable electronics and associated signal processing, medical imaging and design of smart health systems. He is an ardent lover of sports and music.

Wenchao Qian

Email: qianwenchao1@gmail.com


Wenchao Qian is now pursuing his Ph.D. in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University. He received his B.E. in Control Engineering from department of Information Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China in 2009. His current research interests include low-power circuit design and reconfigurable frameworks. In his spare time, he is interested in soccer.

Christopher Babecki

Email: cmb135@case.edu


Christopher Babecki is now pursuing his BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University. His current research interests include low-power circuit design, signal processing, reconfigurable hardware, and communication systems. In his free time, he enjoys music, dancing, and board games.

Yu Zheng

Email: yxz402@case.edu


Yu Zheng graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH in July, 2014. Currently he is working with LSI Corporation. He received the B.E. and M.S. degree in communication and information system from University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), Chengdu, China, in 2007 and 2010 respectively. His current research interests include low-power mobile system and robust memory circuit design.

Steve Majerus

Email: steve.majerus@case.edu


Steve Majerus graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University. He also received his BS (2008) and MSE (2008) degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He is currently an active researcher at the Advanced Platform Technology Center at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he created a wireless, implantable bladder pressure sensor s. Dr. Majerus has also worked extensively designing custom high-temperature integrated circuits for distributed aeronautic engine controls. His current research interests include low-power, wireless integrated circuit and microsystem design, high-temperature electronics, wide bandgap semiconductors, and wireless sensing.

Seetharam Narasimhan

Email: sxn124@case.edu


Seetharam Narasimhan graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University. He received his B.E. (Hons.) in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India in 2006. His current research interests include the design of new techniques for signal processing of neural recordings and the development of low-power and robust bio-implantable circuits for the same.

Xinmu Wang

Email: xxw58@case.edu


Xinmu Wang graduated with a Ph.D. degree from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University. She received her B.E. in Microelectronics from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China in 2008. Her current research interests include hardware security including Trojan detection and high temperature VLSI design. She is currently an assistant professor in Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an, China.

Lei Wang

Email: lxw185@case.edu


Lei Wang graduated with a M.S. degree from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at Case Western Reserve University. He received his B.E. in Communication Engineering from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing, China in 2007.

E-Jen Lien

Email: exl198@case.edu


E-Jen Lien graduated with a M.S. degree from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at Case Western Reserve University. He received his B.E. and M.S. in Electronics and Engineering from National Taiwan University in 1994 and 1999 repectively.

Anandaroop Ghosh

Email: axg468@case.edu


Anandaroop Ghosh graduated with a M.S. degree from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University. He received his B.E. (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India in 2008. Prior to admission at Case, he has worked as a Research Consultant at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India for one year. His current research interests include i) exploring possibilities of hardware acceleration through memory based reconfigurable frameworks and ii) exploring efficient modeling and circuit design techniques in order to design an on-chip sensing scheme for a collection of DNA molecules utilizing silicon nanopores. He is an ardent lover of sports and loves watching cricket and soccer in his spare time.

Maryam Hashemian

Email: mxh460@case.edu


Maryam Hashemian graduated with a M.S. degree from the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. She received her B.S. degree in computer engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 2006. Her research interests include low-power VLSI architecture design for neural data compression using a vocabulary-based approach as well as developing new techniques for neural signal processing.

Somnath Paul

Email: sxp190@case.edu


Somnath Paul received his PhD degree in 2011 from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University. He is currently with Mircroprocessor Research Lab (MRL), Intel Corporation, Portland, OR. He received his B.E. (Hons.) in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India in 2005. Prior to his doctoral study, Somnath has worked as a Design Engineer in AMD IEC. His research interests include i) Testing and development of robust digital systems for improved yield, ii) circuit design methodologies for nanoscale technologies and iii) exploring possibilities of hardware acceleration through memory-based reconfigurable frameworks. He is an ardent music lover and likes to remain updated on current affairs.

Rajat Subhra Chakraborty

Email: rschakraborty@cse.iitkgp.ernet.in


Rajat Subhra Chakraborty received his PhD degree in 2010 from the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University. He is currently a tenure-track assistant professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India.

Keerthi Kunaparaju

Email: kxk239@case.edu


Keerthi Kunaparaju received her Masters in 2011 from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University. She is currently with Intel Corporation, Phoenix, Arizona. She received her BTech degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), Hyderabad, India in 2007. Her areas of research interest include Circuit design for nanometer VLSI and emerging Memory Technologies.

Dongdong Du

Email: dxd213@case.edu


Dongdong Du obtained his M.S. in 2010 and is currently with Hyland Software, Westlake, OH, USA.

Vaishnavi Ranganathan

Email: vaishnavi.nattar@gmail.com


Vaishnavi Ranganathan obtained his M.S. in 2014 and is currently pursuing her PhD at University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. As a MS srtudent Vaishnavi pursued research on NEMS for high-speed switching and non-volatile memory, development of a dual purpose implantable ultrasonic assembly for detecting recurrent cancer, and design and analysis of a nanochannel for fast and precise DNA base sequencing.

Matthew Holtz

Email: matthew.holtz@gmail.com


Matthew Holtz obtained his M.S. in 2007 and is currently with Keithley Instruments Inc., Cleveland, OH, USA.

David Stalter

Email: dstalter4@gmail.com


David Stalter received his M.S. from Case Western Reserve University in May 2010 and is currently with Rockwell Automation, Cleveland, OH, USA.

Yu Zhou

Email: zhouyu08@gmail.com


Yu Zhou received his M.S. in 2007 and is currently with Marvel Semiconductor, San Jose, USA.

Lawrence Leinweber

Email: lawrence.leinweber@case.edu


Lawrence Leinweber received his M.S. in 2007 and is currently with Andeen-Hagerling Inc., Solon, Ohio.