Ronald A. Coutu, Jr.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ronald A. Coutu, Jr. is a Professor and the V. Clayton Lafferty Endowed Chair in Electrical Engineering at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. He received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1993, his M.S. in electrical engineering from the California Polytechnic State University (CalPoly) in San Luis Obispo in 1995, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 2004. He is a California Professional Engineer and Senior Member of the IEEE and SPIE. His research interests include MEMS, advanced microsystems, biosensors, device fabrication, micro-electrical contacts, and phase-change materials.
Graduate Research Assistant
Turja Nandy has started his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Marquette University, WI, USA from Spring-2018, and is working as a Graduate Research Assistant in Prof. Coutu’s Advanced Microsystems Research Laboratory since then. Previously, he has completed his B.Sc. in Applied Physics, Electronics and Communication Engineering and M.Sc. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from University of Dhaka. His bachelor and master researches were about graphene nanomaterials, nanostructured thin films and their applications. His current research is focused on design, fabrication and testing of MEMS switching devices and investigating microcontact materials and phase change materials. Besides, he is involved in installation, maintenance/troubleshooting and process development of different clean room fabrication tools such as UV and DUV lithography, RIE and XeF2 dry etching, dual deposition (sputtering and evaporation) etc.
Farhana Anwar has started to pursue her M.S. degree from the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Marquette University, Milwaukee in Fall, 2017. She has also joined as a Research Assistant in Prof. Coutu’s MEMS and Advanced Microsystems research group, and her current research is focused on the design, fabrication and testing of pressure sensitivity of MEMS membrane. Farhana came to Marquette University as an international student from Bangladesh, where she received B.Sc. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering (EEE) from University of Dhaka. As part of her honors thesis, she conducted research on nanowire CdS/CdTe solar cell. During her B.Sc. program, she worked on design and simulation of Core Multishell Nanowire/Quantum Dot heterojunction structure, Core Multishell Metal Nanowire, Lead Free Perovskite Solar Cell, and CZTS Solar Cell.
Rafee Mahbub is a graduate student in Ph.D. program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Marquette University. After successful completion of his MS degree at Marquette University, he has enrolled into the Ph.D. program in the same department. His master’s thesis was about water contaminant detection using RF microwave principles. He has received BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Currently, he is working as a Research Assistant (RA) in Prof. Coutu’s Advanced Microsystems Research Laboratory. His present research is focused on design and construct micro-structural features into a surrogate system in order to access the effect these features have on the resulting dynamic response of the bulk system.