Masoud Agah, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, has been named the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium Professor of Engineering by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
Created in 1996, the Virginia Microelectronics Consortium is a group of colleges and universities including Virginia Tech, George Mason University, Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, and the College of William and Mary that supports the microelectronics industry in Virginia and leverages the state’s diverse industry and educational microelectronics resources for mutual benefit. The objective is to facilitate industry and academic partnerships that can address the educational, training, and research needs of Virginia’s microelectronics industry and to contribute to the development of Virginia as a location of choice for the industry.
Agah joined the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2005 as an assistant professor and received promotion to professor earlier this year. He has been a member of the core faculty in the School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences since 2012 and a faculty member in the translational biology, medicine, and health program since 2013.
Agah has become a world leader in microelectromechanical systems and biosensors having established a dynamic research group that actively publishes in many top research journals, including several Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Society journals. He has published more than 60 journal articles and 100 conference publications, and has more than 1,700 citations.
With his colleagues, he has been awarded one U.S. patent in 2005 and has six patents pending at Virginia Tech. During his 10 years at Virginia Tech, Agah has secured at least 18 research projects totaling more than $5.6 million and a personal share of at least $3 million.
In the classroom, Agah has created a new course, Electrical and Computer Engineering 5210: Microelectromechanical Systems from Fabrication to Application, which is very well received by students.
Agah received his bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
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