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Nanomaterials-Sensor Laboratory

Praveen Sekhar, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Praveen Sekhar is an Associate Professor of School of Engineering and Computer Science, WSU Vancouver. He started as an Assistant Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department in 2011 here at WSU Vancouver and serves as an Adjunct Faculty in the same Department of WSU Pullman since 2012. Prior to that, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Sensors and Electrochemical Devices group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM, USA.

Dr. Sekhar serves as the mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students, allowing them to engage in many different research projects. He is the Director of “Nanomaterials and Sensor Laboratory (NMSL)” at Washington State University Vancouver. He has 66 peer-reviewed journal publications, 18 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, has written two book chapters, and has presented at over 70 conferences across the globe. Of these publications, around 20 have been from Undergraduate students. In addition to his past and current research, Dr.Sekhar is a frequent panel reviewer to NSF’s special and unsolicited cross-interdisciplinary program. Further, he is an executive member of iUrbanTeen. iUrbanTeen’s vision is to build an educational community rooted in trust, empowerment, inclusivity, and community, and to see all BIPOC students succeed not only in their programs but also in their long-term careers. iUrbanTeen delivers highly sought-after skills and experience in science and technology industries and paves a path that leads students toward economic sustainability. 


Ph.D.: University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, Florida
MS:   University of South Florida (USF), Tampa, Florida
BS:    Coimbatore Institute of Technology, India

Research Interests
  • Wearable and Flexible Wireless System
  • Electrochemical Sensors for Smart Systems, Environmental Monitoring, and Health Systems
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Broadening Participation in Engineering
  • Women in Engineering
  • Empowering BIPOC Students
  • Outreach Program Evaluation.


Open Positions

Undergrad and Grad students: We are looking for highly self-motivated undergraduate, graduate, and INTO students interested in flexible antennas and electronics, sensors design and fabrication, nanomaterials, MEMS. Applicants must have a BS degree in EE or a relevant field. Interested applicants should contact me via email at including your CV, transcripts, and English tests.


  • Apr. 2021, Our paper is accepted for publication in the Micromachines, MDPI.