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Principal Investigator

Image of Kurtis CantleyKurtis D. Cantley,
Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Affiliate Faculty, Materials Science and Engineering
Boise State University
1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725-2075
Phone: 208-426-5715

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Cantley grew up in Kennewick, WA and received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Washington State University in 2005. He was a member of the Honors College at WSU and also received minors in math, physics, and music, spending significant time performing on trumpet with various ensembles including the WSU and Washington-Idaho symphony orchestras. In 2005, Dr. Cantley moved to West Lafayette, IN to attend Purdue University, where he graduated with a master’s degree in ECE in 2007. From there, he moved to Plano, TX to begin his PhD in electrical engineering at The University of Texas at Dallas with funding from the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellowship. Following graduation from UTD in 2011 with another year or so of post-doctoral work, Dr. Cantley joined the faculty in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State University (in August 2013). He is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest.

Graduate Students

Image of Sepideh RastegarSepideh Rastegar: PhD expected 2019

Sepideh received her bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering branch (Electronics specialty) from the University of Tehran in 2013 with an emphasis on fabrication of electronic devices in the Thin-Film Lab. She began working toward her PhD in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State in Fall 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Cantley. Sepideh’s research interests include neural circuits and networks, robotics, and electronic devices. She currently works on TFT device and circuit fabrication, as well as electrophysiology for neural interfaces.

Image of Sumedha GandharavaSumedha Gandharava: PhD expected 2019

Sumedha was born and raised in India where she completed her bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering in 2009. She moved to Boise in 2011 after working as an engineer at Accenture, India for two years. While pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration at Boise State, Sumedha also worked as Quality Assurance Analyst. She likes Boise and loves spending time in nature and the outdoors. After graduation in 2014 Sumedha worked with Create Common Good, a non-profit organization in Boise. She is excited to be part of Dr. Cantley’s team with a primary focus on simulation and fabrication and electrical characterization of resistive memory (memristor) devices.

Image of Robert IvansRobert Ivans: PhD expected 2020

Robert is interested in robotics, neural circuits and networks, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience in general. He is currently working on simulation, design, and testing electronic neural circuits to investigate higher order properties, learning, and behavior. Robert received his BSEE from Boise State in 2015.



Undergraduate Students

Benjamin Etcheverry: BSEE expected May 2019

Previous Students and Interns

Susy Camargo: BSEE received May 2018. Susy was part of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LASAMP) program at Boise State, and also received a HERC fellowship to continue the research during the fall semester of 2017. She worked on electrical characterization of neuromorphic circuits and is now employed at HP Boise.

Kameron Sellers: BSEE received May 2018. Kameron lead the development of the hardware artificial neural network stimulator (HANNS) platform. He is now working for the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Catherine Walker: BSMSE received May 2018. Catherine’s research projects included developing bonding processes for flexible electronics, piezoelectric polymers, and materials characterization. She received a Boise State Summer Research Initiative Fellowship in 2014.

Justin Stadlbauer, Boise State ECE (January 2015 – September 2016). Justin is an undergraduate student pursuing a double major in electrical engineering and physics. His research was focused on development of electrophysiology capabilities for neural interface testing.

Conor Perry, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo MSE (Summer 2016). Conor is part of the MSE REU program in Materials for Energy and Sustainability. He worked with the new Fuji Dimatix materials inkjet printer to create a standard process for silver printing for interconnects and carbon-based thin-film transistors.

Sierra Bush, Meridian Technical Charter High School (September 2015-May 2016). Sierra was a high school student in the electronics track at MTCHS, and assisted the group in obtaining advanced electrical measurements on a variety of semiconductor devices such as memristors.

Samantha D’az, Boise State University ECE (Summer 2015). Samantha received an INBRE fellowship in 2015 to refine the testing capabilities of our electrophysiology system by automating control of the various components.

Vlad Calugaru, BSEE December 2015. Vlad’s research involved developing electrical characterization techniques for artificial neural networks and their constituent devices. Vlad grew up in Romania, and moved to the United States at the age of 12. He loves to play piano and guitar, ride dirt bikes, and spend time outdoors.

Research Opportunities

Dr. Cantley is often looking for qualified graduate (PhD track preferred) and undergraduate students for various research projects involving fabrication and simulation of artificial neural networks and systems. The best candidates will be self-motivated and prepared to tackle a wide variety of engineering challenges and offer creative solutions. They will also have maintained an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5/4 and/or obtained a master’s degree with GPA greater than 3.2/4. For graduate students, quantitative GRE scores should be in the upper quartile, while verbal and analytical scores would preferably be above the mean. Other candidates with exceptional experiences will also be considered. Generally, undergraduate pay is hourly with approximately 10-20 hours/week expected during the academic year, and 30-40 hours/week during the summer. Graduate students will also be offered competitive salary and benefits. If interested, please contact Dr. Cantley via email with an attached resume or CV.