Current Members

Kara Bocan

PhD candidate

knb12@pitt.edu

Education and training
Kara graduated from Pitt in April 2012 with a dual degree in Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering. She is currently a PhD student in Electrical Engineering.
Research interests
Her research involves studying the propagation of electromagnetic fields in tissue and wireless powering of implanted medical devices.
Nicholas G. Franconi

PhD candidate (co-supervised with Dr. Andy Bunger)

ngf3@pitt.edu

Education and training
Nicholas is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Swanson School of Engineering. He graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Electronics and his M.S. in 2012.
Research interests
In the RFID Center of Excellence, his research includes antenna design, electromagnetic propagation and wireless embedded design.
Justin Hawks

MSEE candidate

ngf3@pitt.edu

Education and training
Justin graduated from Pitt in December 2016 with a B.S. electrical engineering and a concentration in power engineering. He is currently a Masters student in electrical engineering.
Research interests
His research includes signal processing with a focus on the application of machine learning algorithms to barcode reading applications.
Yassin Khalifa

PhD candidate

ivj2@pitt.edu

Education and training
Yassin received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in 2010 and 2013 respectively from Biomedical Engineering Department, Cairo University, Egypt. After his graduation, Yassin worked as a teaching and research assistant for Cairo University and Nile University where he helped in teaching of several courses in both graduate and undergraduate levels and participated in multiple research projects focusing on big data analytics, machine learning and statistical analysis. Yassin also worked as a senior data scientist for Medstreaming, LLC (a leading American company in healthcare technology) till the end of 2016.
Research interests
Yassin is interested in biomedical signal processing, data science especially big data analytics and the applications of deep learning.
Faezeh Movahedi

PhD candidate

fam32@pitt.edu

Education and training
Faezeh received her M.Sc. in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. She has B.Sc. in exercise science and B.Sc. in computer engineering as she is interested in both areas of human body sciences and engineering.
Research interests
Her research is in biomedical signal processing, especially dealing with the automatic detection of swallowing difficulties from swallowing accelerometry and sounds.
Cedrine Rebrion

MSEE candidate

cmr130@pitt.edu

Education and training
Cedrine is an engineering student at ENSEA, a French engineering school in electrical engineering, computer science and telecommunications from 2014 to 2017. She also compeleting a concurrent MS degree at the University of Pittsburgh.
Research interests
Cedrine’s research revolves biomedical signal processing, as she is comparing features from swallowing accelerometry and sound recordings image features from videofluoroscopy.
Michael R. Rothfuss

PhD candidate

mar28@pitt.edu

Education and training
Michael joined the RFID Center of Excellence in 2008 as an undergraduate. He completed his undergraduate and masters work at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA in 2008 and 2010, respectively. He began his PhD work in 2010. His undergraduate study focused on embedded systems.
Research interests
Michael's undergraduate and masters research work focused primarily on real-time location systems used for asset tracking and assisting first responders in a crisis situation. His PhD research spans wireless implantable medical devices, wireless telemedicine and the internet of things, and novel systems for bridge scour events.
Sohel Sarwar

PhD candidate

sms300@pitt.edu

Education and training
Sohel received his M. Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University and he received his B. Sc. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology. Currently he is a PhD student in Electrical & Computer Engineering at University of Pittsburgh. Sohel has over 20 years of industry experience in Research, Development, and Commercialization of Software & Embedded Systems. His current professional focus is to innovate & develop software solutions for healthcare industry.
Research interests
Sohel’s current research revolves around non-invasive brain-computer interfaces and their clinical application.
Joshua R. Stachel

PhD candidate

jrs49@pitt.edu

Education and training
Joshua is a graduate student researcher and Ph.D. candidate in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently pursuing his doctorate, Josh obtained his B.S. in Computer Engineering in 2007 and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2010.
Research interests
As a research assistant in the RFID Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh, his research interests include wireless communications and networks, biosensor applications, and electromagnetic interaction with biological tissues.
Zhenwei Zhang

PhD candidate

zhz87@pitt.edu

Education and training
Zhenwei studied at ESIGELEC de Rouen from 2011 to 2015, a French engineering school specialized in electrical engineering. He received dual Master degrees in electrical engineering from ESIGELEC de Rouen, France and University of Pittsburgh, USA in 2016.
Research interests
Zhenwei’s current research revolves around characterization of swallowing difficulties. His projects focus on signal processing, x-ray image processing and machine learning.