Dr. Christos Christodoulou

Dr. Christos Christodoulou currently serves as the Dean of the School of Engineering (SOE) and the University of New Mexico.   He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1985.  In 1999, he joined the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of New Mexico, where he served as the Chair of the Department from 1999 to 2005.  He is one of the founders of COSMIAC (SOE research Center for Space Electronics) and served as the Director of the center from 2012 to 2014.  From 2009 to 2011, he received an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) assignment with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to help with their in-house telecommunication research. 

Dr. Christodoulou is an IEEE Fellow, a member of Commission B of the U.S. National Committee (USNC) for URSI, and a Distinguished Professor at UNM.  He has given numerous invited talks all over the world, published over 500 papers in journals and conferences, written 17 book chapters, co-authored 8 books, and has several patents. Over his academic career he has served as the major advisor for over 100 PhD and MS students and received about $50M in funding as a PI and Co-PI from several federal agencies and industry.


Dr. Francesca Cavallo is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Principal Investigator at the Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM) at the University of New Mexico (UNM). 

Dr. Cavallo joined the University of New Mexico (UNM) in August 2014. Before coming to UNM Dr. Cavallo was a post-doctoral fellow and a scientist at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology with the highest honors from ‘‘the Chemnitz University of Technology’’ (Germany). She conducted research studies for her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (Stuttgart, Germany) and at the Leibnitz Institute for Metal Research (Dresden, Germany).

Her research focuses on synthesis, assembly, fundamental properties, and applications of inorganic sheets. While a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Dr. Cavallo developed processes for controlled bending, folding, and wrinkling of semiconductor sheets or nanomembranes (NMs). As a post-doc and a scientist at UW-Madison, she was responsible for multiple efforts to fabricate hybrid materials based on NMs and understand the mechanical, electrical, and optical properties of NMs and hybrid materials. Selected results of these efforts were an improved understanding of NMs mechanics, facile processes to create arrays of 3D scaffolds for single-neuron studies, and discovery of the unique transport characteristics of graphene/Ge. Recent achievements at UNM include solar cells and infrared detectors based on defect-free III-antimonides on silicon (III-Sb/Si), strain-engineering of 2D materials, and design of novel concepts for solid-state THz sources.

Dr. Cavallo is the author of  50 refereed articles which have received more than 600 citations in the last few years. Additionally, she has published 4 patents and  3 patent applications. Dr. Cavallo is also on the program committee for the electronics materials conference (MRS-EMC), and she serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals and funding agencies in the United States and in Europe.

Dr. Francesca Cavallo


Dr. Ganesh Balakrishnan

Dr. Ganesh Balakrishnan, Ph.D. Ganesh Balakrishnan is a Professor and Regents’ Lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico. He is an expert in development of semiconductor electronic and optoelectronic devices and semiconductor crystal growth using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). In the past five years, he has developed one of the few laboratories in the country that has the capability to grow, characterize, process and package such devices and in the process his team has established several world records for devices such as high-power lasers. His research interests also include advanced materials characterization using electron microscopy and failure analysis of such materials in harsh environments.

Dr. Balakrishnan has published 105 peer reviewed journal articles, 65 conference proceedings and has given over fifty conference presentations (two invited). He has served on the program committees of several conferences including the electronics materials conference (MRS-EMC), IEEE Photonics Society Conference, the North American MBE conference (NAMBE), the International MBE conference and the Indium Phosphide and related materials conference (IPRM).


Dr. Jun Zheng received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2005. He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Queens College, the City University of New York from 2005 to 2008. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. His current research interests are in cybersecurity, wireless networks, machine learning and its applications.

Dr. Zheng has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers. His research has been supported by the NSF, DOE, and DHS. He has served on the editorial boards of six international peer-reviewed journals. He has served as workshop co-chair, session co-chair, track chair, track co-chair, site chair and TPC member for more than 80 conferences and workshops. Dr. Zheng is a member of IEEE and ACM.

Dr. Jun Zheng