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

Kyle Astin

Kyle is currently an active student at Wright State University studying Accounting and Finance. He recieved an associates degree in Accounting at Sinclair Community College. Kyle is currently in his last year of his undergraduate degree at Wright State and is pursuing the CFA charter after graduation. Kyle is a diehard Philadelphia Eagles 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.

High School Students

Shivam Sarodia
High School Senior

Shivam Sarodia is currently a senior at Centerville High School and takes some courses at Wright State University. His scientific research focuses on the numerical modeling of thermal breakdown in terahertz photoconductive devices. Shivam is president of his high school’s Math Club, captain of the Science Olympiad team, and has won a silver medal in the National Physics Olympiad. He enjoys coaching two middle school MathCounts teams and tutoring children. In his spare time, Shivam likes to indulge in computer programming, playing the piano and tennis, and spending time with friends.

Graduate Students

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. 

Andrea Mingardi
Master's Student in Electrical Engineering.

Andrea Mingardi is a visiting student from the University of Parma, Italy, where he has attained his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. As a student researcher for the THz Sensor Group, he is working to complete his thesis with the ultimate goal of graduating from the University of Parma with a Master's degree, also in Electrical Engineering. Outside of his studies, he plays soccer just for fun and baseball competitively; he also coaches a youth baseball team for the same club."


Dr. John Middendorf
Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering

John Middendorf is a local student from Medway, Ohio. John recently graduated from Wright State University with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. He also graduated from Wright State University with a bachelors degree in Engineering Physics with a minor in Computer Science. After doing some work for the AFRL in diffractive and IR optics, he pursued 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. Click here for a brief video about John and his research.

Ret. Lt. Col David Sonntag

David Sonntag has recently retired from the Air Force, after 23 years as an active-duty Biomedical Sciences Corps Officer (Lt Col). His career as a Bioenvironmental Engineer has encompassed Medical Intelligence, Biological Technologies, especially biologically-inspired advanced sensors, Public Health Informatics/Big Data, International R&D Management, Biomarker development, Industrial Hygiene/Toxicology. His CV is located here. He is currently working in the Terahertz Sensors Lab, developing new proposals for physical computing, the Internet of Things, but especially at the nano-bio-information nexus. You can find out more about David by clicking here.

Rocky Demers