Professor Elliott R. Brown
Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering

Elliott Brown is a Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at Wright State University where he holds the Ohio Research Scholars Endowed Chair in Sensors Physics. He is conducting research and teaching courses in RF and THz sensor science and technology, and in solid-state physics and engineering. His THz research encompasses several topics including ultra-low-noise rectifiers, photomixing sources, the THz phenomenology of biomaterials, and THz remote sensor and imager design and simulation. Other areas of research include multifunctional RF electronics and systems, biomedical ultrasonic imaging in and around hard tissue (in collaboration with the UCLA Medical and Dental Schools), and electronic and photonic transport in nanostructures. Prior to WSU Dr. Brown was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, (Santa Barbara and Los Angeles campuses), and prior to that was a Program Manager at DARPA in the Electronics Technology Office, Arlington, VA. He earned a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1985, and did his post-doctoral work at Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Brown is a Fellow of the IEEE (since 2000) and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (since 2007). In 1998 he received an Award for Outstanding Achievement from the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Administrative Assistant

Steven Garrett

Steven is currently an active student at Wright State studying a dual concentration in Accounting and Finance.  He began his studies as a Biology major, but after a few semesters decided that business was more his style. He continues to have an active interest in science and has enjoyed the opportunity to participate in experiments, and contribute his business knowledge. Steven is currently in his last semester of his undergraduate degree and is pursuing the CFA charter after graduation. Steven is a diehard Patriots fan and in his free time he loves watching Football, playing sports, and spending time with his family.

Post-doctoral Researchers

Dr. Matthieu Martin

Matt Martin graduated in 2007 from the French engineering school ISEN located in Lille and from University Lille I with a Master in advanced technologies for communications. In 2010, he received his Ph.D. from the Université Paris-Sud. His main focus was he generation and detection of pulse and continuous THz waves thanks to photoconductive devices. He studied a novel GaInAs/GaInNAs superlattice structure as a new photoconductive material. He also put together a THz time-domain spectroscopy system with a detection realized by electro-optic sampling into a DAST crystal. He is now employed as a post-doc researcher in Dr. Brown’s group at Wright State University, Dayton, OH. His projects are the development of a new InP based photoconductive material, the study of ErAs:GaAs material excited at 1550 nm, and the develpment of a contact-free probing system to characterize high speed transistors.

Dr. Weidong Zhang
University of Virginia

Weidong Zhang received the Ph.D degree in Engineering Physics in January, 2005 from University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He received his B.S and M.S degrees from Lanzhou University and Fudan University, China, respectively, all in Applied Physics. His research is focus on semiconductor device modeling and designs, Terahertz electronic devices and transport prosperities in nanocomposites and biomolecular materials.

Jack Owsley
M.S. in Electrical Engineering

Jack Owsley is a recent graduate from Wright State University with a B.S. in Engineering Physics and a concentration in accelerated particles. While at Wright State he was involved in the Society of Physics Students and Society of Women Engineers. Currently he is working with Dr. Elliott Brown on multiple projects, one being a Class IV ultra fast laser which they hope to use in a variety of applications. Outside of work and school Jack enjoys sports and spending time with family and friends.

Graduate students

John Cetnar
Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering

John is a PhD student in the Engineering program at Wright State University. His research focuses on problems in computational electromagnetics in the EHF and mm/sub-mm wave regions as well as solid state transport in THz devices. John was awarded a SMART scholarship and will be joining the Air Force Research Laboratory's Sensors Directorate upon graduation. He holds MS in Physics, BS in Engineering, and MBA degrees all from Wright State. He is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the American Physical Society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. John is also collaborating with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology and has worked at the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Sensors and Materials Directorates. He has 18 years of experience as an electrical engineer and holds two patents for electronics designs.

John Middendorf
Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering

John Middendorf is a local student from Medway, Ohio. He recently graduated from Wright State University with a bachelors degree in Engineering Physics and a minor in Computer Science. After doing some work for the AFRL in diffractive and IR optics, he is now pursuing his M.S. in Physics at Wright State. His two biggest passions outside of academia are soccer and racing, he even spent some time on the Wright State Mens soccer team as an undergraduate student.

Leamon Viveros
Ph.D. Student in Enviromental Sciences

Leamon Viveros has over 20 years experience as a Medical Technologist and is also a Specialist in Blood Banking. He received his Masters degree in Biology from Bowling Green State University and has a background in biosensors. He served as the Clinical Laboratory Manager in several military and civilian medical facilities. His scientific research experience includes three human use protocols, two involving umbilical derived hematopoietic stem cells and the third in the development of nucleic acid detection of pathogens in volunteer donor blood. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Science with a research project of developing THz biosensors.

Scientist Visitors

Dr. Christie Devlin
Adatom Scientific

Christie Devlin is currently owner of Adatom Scientific, L.L.C., a small company in the Dayton, Ohio area for research and development of novel electronic materials and devices. Currently, she works with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Wright State University, and local industry, to develop nanocomposite, graphene, and graphite-based materials and devices for RF, sensor, and other applications. Previously, Dr. Devlin worked as an on-site contractor (General Dynamics IT) for the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate of the AFRL, where she fabricated, developed, and characterized various devices and materials including carbon nanotube, graphene, and DNA-nanoparticle composites. In addition, she was part of a small team which designed and oversaw building, development, and operation of a small cleanroom laboratory for laser and nanoimprint lithography. She also served as General Dynamics IT's program manager for a multi-million dollar carbonaceous nanomaterial development and production scale-up effort. From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Devlin worked as an Air Force officer in the AFRL's Sensors Directorate as part of a rapid prototyping team, designing and building microwave subsystems. During this time she also outfitted a prototype RF and microwave circuitry fabrication facility. In 2001, she earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of California, Davis, specializing in surface physics, and in 1994 received her bachelor's degree in Physics from MIT.

Dr. Edward A. Watson
Vista Applied Optics

Dr. Edward A. Watson retired from the Sensors Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) after 30 years of federal service.  He is currently affiliated with the University of Dayton Research Institute and with the Electro-Optics program at the University of Dayton.  He is president of Vista Applied Optics, a small optical consulting firm.  His research interests include low light level imaging; optical phased array technology; laser radar; and speckle characterization of objects in the optical, terahertz, and millimeter wave domains.  He has a Ph. D. in Optics from the University of Rochester, and an M. S. degree in Optical Sciences and a B. S. degree in Physics from the University of Arizona.  He is a Fellow of OSA and SPIE and is also an AFRL Fellow.


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