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Dr. Feng Zhao

Feng Zhao, Ph.D.


Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering and Computer Science

14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave, Vancouver, WA 98686
Phone: (360) 546-9187
Office: VECS 201P

Positions available in Dr. Zhao’s group:

(1) Research Assistant: RA positions for graduate students are available. An earned B.S. or master degree in EE, ME, or Physics is required.

(2) Research projects are also available for talented and motivated undergraduate students.



Research interests: Microelectronics, nanoelectronics, nanomaterials, semiconductors, microelectromechanical (MEMS) and nanoelectromechanical (NEMS) systems, sensors, chip design, fabrication, testing, and modeling. Research sponsored by NSF, NIH, DoD/ONR, industry, and WSU.

  1. Nonvolatile memory and artificial synaptic devices for artificial intelligence (AI), neuromorphic computing, and in-memory computing
  2. MEMS/NEMS for sensing and actuation in chemical, biomedical and harsh environments
  3. Microneedles for transdermal drug delivery, implantable neural interface devices for electrophysiological stimulation/recording and brain-machine interfaces (BMI)
  4. Clean energy, renewable energy, photovoltaic, solar cells
  5. Wide bandgap semiconductors (SiC, GaN and Ga2O3) high voltage/power and high frequency devices
  6. Nanomaterials (graphene, rGO, …) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) based chemical and bio sensors

Facility and Resources

  1. Software license: COMSOL Multiphysics, ADS, Orcad, Silvaco (Athena and Atlas), ANSYS/ANSYS HFSS, Solidworks, Matlab
  2. Micro/Nanoelectronics and Energy Laboratory (MNEL) for testing and characterization of electronic devices and MEMS/NEMS.
  3. Class 100 clean room for device fabrication (4-inch wafer fab).


  • B.S., Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
  • M.E., Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, USA


Course IDTitleSemester
ECE 302Properties of Electronic Materials
ECE 349Principles of Solid State Devices
ECE 451Capstone Design I
ECE 452Capstone Design II
ECE 466Semiconductor Material and Device Characterization
ECE 486Solid State Device Design and Modeling
ECE 496Silicon Integrated Circuit Fabrication Technology
ECE 501Fundamentals of Laboratory-on-Chip (graduate-level)
ECE 582Emerging Device Technologies (graduate-level)
ECE 586Solid State Device Design and Modeling (graduate-level)