College of Engineering Hosts Candidates for Chair of Department of Electrical Engineering

The College of Engineering will host four candidates for the position of Chair of the Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Indranil Bhattacharya will visit on Tuesday, April 19th, Dr. Gleb Tcheslavski on Wednesday, April 20th, Dr. Abdelnasser Eldek on Thursday, April 21st and Dr. Ravi Jain on April 22nd.   The biographies of each candidate are listed below.


Battacharya 2Dr. Indranil Bhattacharya is a tenured faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Tennessee Tech University and the Director of SOLBAT-TTU Energy Research Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering f rom the Florida State University. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication Engineering in First Class with Distinction. Dr. Bhattacharya worked as an Adjunct Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the Florida State University prior to his appointment at Tennessee Tech University. Dr. Bhattacharya’s research interests are in lithium and sodium-based battery technologies, high-efficiency III-V solar cells, wireless power transfer and electromagnetics. He is the main inventor of 3 US patents. He has been the Principal or co-Principal Investigator of USD 2.5 Million funding f rom agencies like the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee Valley Authority etc. He received Tennessee Tech University’s top Centennial Scholar Mentor Award in 2021, Wings Up 100 research award in 2021 and 2020, Innovator Award at Florida State (2014 and 2011), Statewide (Florida) Research Excellence Award etc.
He is a very passionate teacher with 17 years of teaching experience and re-ceives the best teaching evaluations in the department and has been nominated for the University-wide Best Teacher Award in 2021 and 2020. He has published at least 45 peer reviewed technical papers in reputed journals and conferences. He has supervised 7 Ph.D., 11 Master’s and 52 undergraduate students. His graduate and undergraduate students have won best research poster awards consecutively for the past 5 years in the Tennessee Tech’s Research and Creative Inquiry Day. In 2021 his undergraduate researcher won the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship award. He is a frequent reviewer of many National Science Foundation panels.

Gleb-resize.jpgDr. Gleb Tcheslavski has received his engineer-developer degree in Electronic Engineering f rom Bauman Moscow State Technical University (Russia) and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. At VT, he was a member of the Digital Signal Processing Research Lab. After graduation, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at University of Houston involved in Biomedical Image Acquisition and Processing. Currently, he serves as an Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair in the Phillip M. Drayer Department of Electrical engineering at Lamar University. His research interests span the area of Digital Signal Processing with the emphasis on Biomedical Signal Analysis.

EldekDr. Abdelnasser A. Eldek obtained B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering f rom Egypt, Netherlands, and USA, respectively, as well as a high Diploma in Technical Education f rom Netherlands. He has been working full and part-time in many academic/research institutes and national labs for 28 years. Currently, he is a Professor and Coordinator of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Jackson State University. Dr. Eldek is a senior member of the IEEE and ASEE, technical reviewer for several Jour-nals, Conferences and Funding Agencies, founding member of the Inclusive Engineering Consortium (IEC), and ABET Program Evaluator. He has obtained 20 grants and published more than 100 papers including 42 journal papers in prestigious national and international journals and scientific meetings. His main research areas include Applied Electromagnetics, Antennas, Phased Arrays, RF/Microwave Circuits, Numerical Methods, and Engineering Education.

JainDr. Ravi Jain obtained his PhD in EECS f rom UC, Berkeley, and spent several years in industry, notably Bell Labs, Hughes Research Labs, and Amoco Technology Company, moving f rom a Member of the Research Staff to Group Leader and Manager. After his brief but very successful stint in industry, Ravi transitioned to academics as an Endowed Chair of Microelectronics at the University of New Mexico, where he served as Professor of ECE for >25 years, and as the Associate Director for the Alliance of Photonics Technology for >7 years, while holding secondary appointments in the depts. of Physics and Astronomy, Nanoscience and Microsystems, Optical Sciences and Engineering, and the Center for High Technology Materials. At UNM, Ravi served as a member of the Academic Faculty Senate for 4 years, and co-chaired several departmental committees, including those on promotion and tenure, undergraduate education, strategic planning, space allocation, and web design, and led several multidisciplinary research efforts and industrial interaction initiatives.

Ravi chose to retire from UNM in June 2021 to pursue an appropriate and challenging leadership position in academia and is currently consulting with local industry and federal institutions on academic and government funding issues, as well as participating in scientifi c research and technical issues related to photonics and sustainability. Ravi Jain’s professional volunteering activities have include participating proactively in several professional society and conference committees, on the Board of Governors at IEEE-LEOS, and on the Board of Directors at the Optical Society of America (OSA/Optica). He is currently serving as Associate Editor for Optics Express. He has >150 publications and >25 patents, and has received numerous professional awards, including SPIE’s Edgerton Award, and is a Fellow of every professional society that he belongs to, namely IEEE, SPIE, OSA (Optica) and the American Physical Society.