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Lab Director

Harish Subbaraman, ECE, Electrical and Computer Engineering, faculty/staff, studio portrait, Priscilla Grover photo

Dr. Harish Subbaraman joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Boise State University in the Fall of 2016. Prior to that, he was a senior research scientist at Omega Optics in Austin, TX, where he worked on printed and flexible photonics and electronics; and silicon and polymer based optical interconnects. He completed his B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Chaitanya Bharathi Institute Of Technology in India.  He earned his M.S. in 2006 and his Ph.D. in 2009, both in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Subbaraman’s current research areas include ink-jet printing and silicon nanomembrane based flexible electronic and photonic devices; fiber-optic sensors; optical true-time-delay; phased array antennas; RF photonics; polymer photonics; and slow-light photonic crystal waveguides. He has served as a PI and Co-PI on several federal and state grants. Dr. Subbaraman has 5 issued and pending patents and has over 130 publications in refereed journals and conferences. He is a member of SPIE, and OSA. He is a senior member of IEEE. (Download CV)

Faculty Affiliates

Dave Estrada, Explore Magazine, John Kelly photo

Dr. David Estrada founded the Integrated Nanomaterials Laboratory in 2013, which later became the Advanced Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Laboratory in partnership with Dr. Harish Subbaraman in 2016. He is currently the Associate Director for the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES). David served in the United States Navy as an Electronics Warfare Technician/ Cryptologic Technician – Technical. He achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class in 2003 before receiving an honorable discharge and returning to Idaho to pursue his undergraduate education at Boise State University (BSU) where he was a Ronald E. McNair scholar. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from BSU in May of 2007, he began graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) under the direction of Professor Eric Pop. David received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from UIUC in 2009, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering at UIUC in 2013. David then joined Professor Rashid Bashir’s Laboratory of Integrated Bio Medical Micro/Nanotechnology Applications as a Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher before moving to the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Boise State University. David is a member of the Engineering Honor Society – Tau Beta Pi, and numerous professional societies. David is the recipient of the NSF, NDSEG, SURGE, and Micron Graduate Fellowships. He also is the recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Innovator of the Year Award, the National TRIO Achievers Award, the International Association of Advanced Materials Medal, and The Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40 Award. His research interests are in the areas of emergent semiconductor nanomaterials and bionanotechnology. (Download Dr. David Estrada’s CV)

Dr. Lizandra Godwin joined the Boise State Materials Science and Engineering department in June 2016. Prior to Boise State, Dr. Godwin worked for Intel Corp. for over 10 years, where she held various roles in engineering and management. While at Intel, she developed expertise in plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition for the growth of dielectric materials used in integrated circuits. She also has expertise in process development, statistical process control, and JMP analysis. Dr. Godwin made the recent career transition to fulfill her career goal of returning to academia to make an impact in the education and development of future engineers. Dr. Godwin completed her Ph.D. and M.S. in materials science and engineering from the University of Florida with fellowships sponsored by the National GEM Consortium and the University of Florida College of Engineering. Her research focused on phosphors, luminescent materials, for field emission flat panel displays. Additionally, she has a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering, from Florida A & M University, where she was a NASA scholar. Her research focus puts particular emphasis on the fabrication of novel nanomaterials via chemical vapor deposition and the characterization of these materials. She has an interest in developing sustainable, energy solutions and sensors that may also sustain harsh or extreme environmental conditions.

Dr. Zhangxian (Dan) Deng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at Boise State University. He joined to the department in July 2018. Prior to Boise State University, Dr. Deng was a postdoctoral researcher at NSF I/UCRC Smart Vehicle Concepts Center (SVC). Dr. Deng earned his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University in August 2015. The fundamental goal of Dr. Deng’s research is to tackle challenging engineering problems by utilizing novel functional/smart materials (e.g., magnetostrictive, piezoelectric, shape memory, magneto-rheological). Dr. Deng’s work covers both fundamental research and applied research. The fundamental research advances understanding of smart materials via multiphysics experiment and modeling. The applied research targets the following objectives: 1) vibration control especially in road vehicles and aircraft; 2) sustainable power sources and wireless sensors for intelligent platforms; and 3) adaptive structures and robust composites.

Adjunct Graduate Faculty:

Adjunct graduate faculty are non-tenure-track faculty with a terminal degree for their discipline and who are otherwise qualified to assume all the privileges and duties of a Graduate Faculty member. The Graduate Council may be appointed Adjunct Graduate Faculty status for a fixed term not to exceed seven years. Non-tenure track, nonfaculty appointees and tenure-track faculty at other universities also may be given Adjunct Graduate Faculty status by the Graduate Council for a fixed term not to exceed seven years. Adjunct Graduate Faculty may chair committees if they have a departmental endorsement. The ANML is proud have nominated the following personnel for Adjunct Graduate Faculty status at Boise State University, and sincerely thanks them for their service to our students.

Dr. Emily M. Heckman is a senior electronics research engineer with the Devices for Sensing Branch of the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory.  Dr. Heckman is currently the research lead for the printed electronics program “PrintTronics” in the Sensors Directorate, which focuses on the fabrication and testing of electronic and photonic devices using additive manufacturing techniques.  Previous research interests include infrared materials characterization and biomaterials for electro-optical applications.  Dr. Heckman is a Senior Member of both IEEE and SPIE.

Dr. Jessica E. Koehne is a research scientist at the NASA Ames Center for Nanotechnology where she leads the Nano-Biosensors Group. Her research interests include the interface between nanoscale materials, electronics and biological systems with an emphasis on biosensing. Dr. Koehne has developed carbon nanotube and nanofiber based sensor platforms for the detection of DNA, rRNA, proteins and neurotransmitters with applications ranging from point-of-care to homeland security. Dr. Koehne has published over 40 peer reviewed articles in the field of nanotechnology and has received numerous awards for technical achievement including the 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Dr. Ashkan Behnam is a device engineer at Intel Corporation in non-volatile memory research and development group, working on low power and high speed memory solutions. He has been working on first generations of Micron/Intel joint 3D NAND Products (e.g. first-to-market NAND 64-cell-string with 4 bit/cell programming and cost/density leadership). He has led full cycles of pathfinding and optimization projects including process development and integration, electrical experiment design/implementation, data collection /interpretation and implementation. Prior to working at Intel, he was a postdoctoral researcher at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) working in the field of applied nano-electronics, and specifically in design, fabrication and optimization of devices based on novel materials that showed great promise for clean energy, flexible electronics, non-volatile memory and healthcare-related applications. He has coauthored > 30 journal publications and > 50 conference proceedings and abstracts.

Administrative Assistants:

Jamie Hayward

Jaime Hayward
Micron School of Materials Science & Engineering
Phone: 208-426-5649 | Office: ENGR 338

Graduate Research Assistants


Twinkle Pandhi earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Her current research focus at Boise State University includes investigating 2D materials for printed and flexible electronics. In 2016, she participated in a summer internship at NASA Ames under the direction of Dr. Jessica Koehne where she worked on integrating graphene in printed biosensors.


Kiyo Fujimoto earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the Boise State University in 2016. Fujimoto is the recipient of the Department of Energy’s prestigious Nuclear Energy University Programs Graduate Research Fellowship, awarded to only 32 students nationwide. Her current research focus includes investigating novel materials for additive manufacturing of nuclear sensors.

Ashita Chandnani earned a B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Rajasthan, India in 2009 and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar in 2014 with an emphasis on the design and analysis of MEMS based sensors for biomedical applications. She moved to Boise in 2016 and started her Ph.D. studies in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State in Spring 2017. Her current research focus includes investigating printed and flexible electronics for wearable technology and sensors applications.

image of Bahareh Badamch

Bahareh Badamchi earned  B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Urmia University, Iran in 2011 and 2013, respectively. After graduating from Urmia University as an honors student, she joined the same university as a lecturer and served in that capacity until 2016. While there, she was also active in research involving the design of Ultra Wide Band (UWB) and Millimeter Wave (mmWave) reconfigurable antennas. Currently, she is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering at Boise State.  Her research focuses on the design and fabrication of flexible, conformal and reconfigurable structures in antenna and microwave devices.

Roxanne Stone earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with minors in Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering. She is working for the Boise State University College of Engineering Advising and Outreach office as an Academic Advisor while pursuing her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering through Interdisciplinary Studies. Over the years, her research has been focused on identifying knowledge gaps related to improving human health. She participated in NASA Microgravity University from 2012-2014 and has had internships with Orthopedic Research Clinic of Alaska and Idaho Surgical Associates. During 2015-2017 she earned several clinically related certifications in the field of medicine, her most accomplishing being a nationally certified Phlebotomist. Roxanne’s future research with this group will focus on tissue engineering. She is co-advised by Dr. Amy Moll and Dr. Julie Oxford in the Boise State University Biomolecular Research Center.

Naqsh-e-Mansoor earned her B.S. in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering. She joined the MS program at Boise State University as a Fulbright scholar from Pakistan. Her earlier research has been in the field of green nano-technology, about developing economical biodegradable polymers. She is an ardent advocate of environmental empathy. Her current project is about 2-dimensional nano-materials and their applications in environmental sensors. She also has deep rooted love for dogs, reading, bollywood music and all things food.

Florent Muramutsa earned his B.Eng. with Honours in Metallurgy Engineering from the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, where he gained significant research experience while working on his bachelor’s thesis ‘Effect of Niobium Addition on the Reproducibility of Mechanical Properties in A356/2L99 Alloys’. He is joining the Boise State University Interdisciplinary Materials Science and Engineering Doctoral Program where his project involves developing nanomaterials and additive manufacturing methods for nuclear sensors.

Nicholas McKibben earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Northwest Nazarene University in 2015. He spent one and a half years working as a research assistant in the field of organometallic chemistry at Texas Tech University, where his primary focus was new molecule synthesis for hydrogen cleavage and the reduction reaction. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University. His current research focus is the synthesis and development of nanomaterials for additive manufacturing methods.


Lynn Karriem is currently a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from Boise State University. Her research focus at Boise State University is in the area of graphene bioscaffolds for regenerative medicine. She is a recipient of the INBRE Summer Fellowship.

Cadré Francis earned his B.S. in Biomolecular Sciences where his research was in the field of polymers and his M.S. in Environmental and Chemical Sciences with his thesis work focused on the Morphological and Ontogenetic Color Change in the American Alligator. Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University where his current project involves the synthesis of 2-D nanomaterials for catalytic applications.

Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Jasmine Cox is a sophomore pursuing a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering at Boise State University. She is currently an undergraduate researcher and financial officer of National Society of Black Engineers, Boise State chapter. Her research focuses on using additive manufacturing as a method of creating circuits in flexible and printed electronics.

Amanda White is a junior pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Applied Mathematics and Japanese Studies at Boise State University. She is a Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholar as well as the treasurer, and former Conference Chair, of the Boise State Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Chapter. She received the Engineering Research and Retention Undergraduate Research Award sponsored by the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium under which her research focuses on using aerosol jet printing to develop capacitive strain gauges for flexible materials.

Fataneh Jenabi is currently a junior pursuing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Boise State University. Her research at Boise State focuses on using inkjet printing and synthesis of 2D materials (MOS2 and Graphene) for printed and flexible electronics. She has over 14 years of industry experience in engineering, having previously worked at a major petrochemical company.


Eric Krueger, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Researcher 2013-2015
Tony Varghese – Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering 2019
Courtney Hollar- Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering (University of Idaho) 2019
Binay Joshi – M.Engr. Materials Science and Engineering 2018
Alondra Perez – B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2018
Riccardo Torsi – B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2018
Katie Yocham – M.S. Mechanical Engineering 2017
Nikki Chang – M.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2016
Dale Brown – M.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2015
Emily Tanasse – B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2017
Kari McLaughlin – B.S. Materials Science and Engineering 2016
Noelia Caloca – B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2015
Richard Livingston – B.S. Mechanical Engineering 2014
Hanna Meinikheim – B.S. Chemistry 2014

Other Researchers:

Akina Fujimoto 2018
Jason Ward – Bridge to Baccalaureate 2018
Vanessa Howard – Mechanical Engineering 2018
Sarah Knue – Civil Engineering 2018
Casey Cornwell – Materials for Society REU 2018
Marissa Hondros – Materials Science and Engineering 2017
Katazyrna Lewandowska – Materials for Society REU 2017
Brady Garringer – Materials Science and Engineering 2017
Adan Estrada – Undergraduate Researcher 2016
Benjamin Knipfer – Materials for Energy and Sustainability REU 2015
Jim Verity – Materials for Energy and Sustainability RET 2015
Curtis Heishman – Materials for Energy and Sustainability REU 2014
Alison Fielding – Materials for Energy and Sustainability RET 2014
Makayla McKibben – High School Intern 2013