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Electrical and Computer Engineering Faculty

May Huang, PhD : Department Chair and Director of Research Development

May Huang, PhD

Department Chair and Director of Research Development


Dr. May Huang is the chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Director of Research and Development at ITU. She also serves as a professor at the School of Software and Microelectronics, Peking University (PKU) in China and invited professor for teaching at Tsinghua University as well as Beijing University of Post and Telecommunication. She leads research activities at ITU including a joint research team with members from ITU and PKU. Dr. Huang brings more than 20 years of Silicon Valley IC design and software design experience to ITU. She was a designer and project manager at VLSI Technology, Inc., Hitachi Semiconductor America, and Virtual Silicon Technology. She participated as a member of the working group and balloter on VITAL, Verilog and Analog Extensions of VHDL toward IEEE standard. Her research interests are low power IC design and methodology and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Huang holds a bachelor’s degree from the South China University of Technology, a master’s degree from Santa Clara University and a doctorate from ITU, all in electrical engineering. She was the first PhD graduate at ITU completed under the supervision of ITU founder Dr. Shu-Park Chan.

Neeli Prasad, PhD : Assistant Department Chair

Neeli Prasad, PhD

Assistant Department Chair


Neeli Prasad is a security and wireless technology strategist, who through her career has been driving business and technology innovation, from incubation to prototyping through validation to commercialization. She has focus and the abilities to transform organizations and networking technologies to address changes in markets. She has made her way up the waves of secure communication technology by contributing to some of the most groundbreaking and commercial inventions. She has general management, leadership, and technology skills, having worked for service providers and technology companies in various key leadership roles for the past 20 years.

She is a subject matter expert covering security, wireless, mobility, Internet of Things, Machine-to-Machine, eHealth, smart cities and cloud technologies. She was one of the key contributors to the commercialization of WLAN for which she has published two books.

Dominik J. Schmidt, PhD : Core Faculty

Dominik J. Schmidt, PhD

Core Faculty


Dr. Dominik Schmidt is a core faculty member at ITU while serving as a technology analysis and investor at QVT Financial LP, and former senior director of Technology Development at Intel. At Intel, Dr. Schmidt helped design one of the first mobile cellular product with an Intel CPU. Dr. Schmidt also co-founded three companies including Airfly Communications Corporation, which was acquired by Intel. Dr. Schmidt has more than 80 patents granted or pending. At ITU, he is also supervising the university’s Bioelectronics Research Lab.

He received a Bachelor’s degree from University of California at Berkeley with a double major in electrical engineering and materials science. He received double Master’s degrees from Stanford University in electrical engineering and technology management. Dr. Schmidt also earned a doctorate in electrical engineering with a focus on ultra fast mixed-signal circuits and a minor in aeronautical engineering with a focus on space-based communications from Stanford University. He is also a senior member of IEEE, ARRL, NSPE, AAAS, SPIE, MRS and the Naval Institute.

John Kim, PhD : Core Faculty

John Kim, PhD

Core Faculty


Dr. JeongHee Kim is a core professor at ITU. He also works as an adjunct faculty at San Jose State University. Previously, he severed as a senior engineer of software verification at Broadcom, a district manager at Panasonic, and a consultant for Electronics, Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), Sybersay Communications, and Bell Labs in Lucent Tech. His research experience is in algorithm development of noise reduction, system optimization, performance analysis, and adaptive filtering process.

Dr. Kim received his Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas and his Master’s degree in electrical engineering from West Coast University. He received his doctorate degree in electrical engineering from New Mexico State University, where his thesis covered stereophonic acoustic echo cancellation.

Ted Sun, PhD : Core Faculty

Ted Sun, PhD

Core Faculty


Dr. Ted Sun is a core faculty member at ITU. He previously served as an engineer at Integrated Device Technology, and Cadence where he developed design flows on both frontend and backend systems with a focus on design optimization, chip reliability, noise analysis, yield-awareness routing. He is also well experienced on EDA tools and system administration.

Dr. Sun received his Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Physics from the National Central University; M.S. in Management Science from University of Dayton, and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University. His research has been featured in statistical electro-migration analysis on chip reliability and failure prediction.

John Ye, PhD : Director of SoC Research Lab

John Ye, PhD

Director of SoC Research Lab


Dr. John Ye is a professor at ITU while serving as a Director at Camel Microelectronics, Inc. He is an expert in VLSI high-speed circuit design, SoC and embedded systems. Dr. Ye is leading SOC researches at ITU. He previously worked as an engineering director at Fortemedia Inc. and Kilopass Technology Inc., a consultant for NEC Electronics and Trident Microsystems, and a designer in Sun Microsystems. His research expertise is in high-speed memory design, computer systems architecture, parallel computing architecture, embedded SoC architecture and design.

Dr. Ye received his Bachelor Degree in Physics from Fudan University, MS in Computer Engineering, and PhD in Solid-State Physics from University of Southern California.

Qingning Li, PhD : Adjunct Faculty

Qingning Li, PhD

Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Qingning Li is an adjunct faculty member at ITU and serves as a consultant in the engineering business. He previously served as a hardware engineer at IBM, where he developed a new type of quasi-tester for testing read head stability, low noise RF amplifier, and control circuits. At IBM, he also led high frequency quasi-test development, performed quasi-data analysis, proposed new NLTS measurements, and signal to noise measurement methods. He also served as a staff engineer at MMC Technology, Readrite, and Phase Metrics. His research areas of expertise include magnetic recordings, semiconductors physics, RF electronics, optics and magnetic resonance and imaging. Dr. Li’ work has been featured in the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and International Society for Optical Engineering publications. At ITU, Dr. Li leads research in the green energy field.

Dr. Li received his Bachelor’s degree in optics from Zhongshan University, Masters and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Utah.

Qing Zhu, PhD :  Adjunct Faculty

Qing Zhu, PhD

Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Qing Zhu splits his time working at ITU and as a full-time CAD manager at eveRAM Technology Inc. He is a professional in CAD methodology, EDA tools for VLSI high-speed, and affordable low-power chips. Starting his career in 1995, he has also worked at Intel, SanDisk and several semiconductor startups.

Dr. Zhu received his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from China and his PhD in Computer Engineering from University of California, Santa Cruz. He has published many technical papers and holds six US patents. His technical contributions include a new balanced clock routing algorithm, a novel chip and package co-design strategy, an iterative optimization algorithm for delay-constrained minimum-cost routing and a low-voltage swing clock distribution scheme. He is also a senior member of IEEE.

Henry Zhang, PhD : Adjunct Faculty

Henry Zhang, PhD

Adjunct Faculty


Dr. Henry Zhang is an adjunct professor at ITU while working as a senior staff engineer at Sandisk Inc. He leads a team of logic designers on RTL and functional verification effort. Dr. Zhang was previously served as a lead Engineer for the switch fabric subsystem at Allegro Networks. He has filed three patents on chip architecture and algorithms.

He received his Bachelor’s in physics from Peking University, Master’s in computer science and engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and doctorate in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. At the University of Texas, Dr. Zhang wrote his dissertation covered experimental and computational atomic/molecular physics. His research expertise is in logic design, digital systems architecture, and memory architecture and design.

Last modified: June 15, 2015