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Mickelson, Alan R

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Prof. MIckelson's research is focused on communication, both the device research that drives communication system innovation, the use of the resulting technology in systems and the application of the systems. The device effort is that of in house measurement and analysis of silicon on insulator nanophotonic components. In house designs are fabricated in outside foundries and then evaluated in house again. This device work is highly interdisciplinary as is the work in applications of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Green Energy Initiatives. The ICT effort includes being past director the IEEE Smart Villages (ISV) Operations Committee. The ISV program has funded a testbed located on our campus that can be used to test Wi-Fi Long Distance (WiLD) networks before deploying in remote areas such as the Chaco Province of Argentina. Work with the IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee has brought solar power and green energy training to rural Haiti as well as solar driven power and irrigation to agricultural communities in Wakiso Province, Uganda and Chaco Province, Argentina.


  • integrated optics, electro optic materials and devices, silicon on insulator (SoI) devices, semiconductor lasers, nanophotonic devices for communications and computing, optical communications, fiber optics, information and communications technology, information and communications technology for development, microwave communication systems, embedded systems, plasmonic metamaterials, heterogeneous optoelectronic integration, renewable energy technology,


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courses taught

  • ECEN 1500 - Sustainable Energy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Explores how energy is generated and used in today's society. Through collaborative discussion and hands-on data collection, students will analyze the engineering challenges, fundamental limits, and potential solutions to meeting our energy needs sustainably. Students will learn to analyze numerical data, estimate orders of magnitude, and apply mathematical methods in their own lives and in the ongoing energy debate. Basic algebra required.
  • ECEN 2410 - Renewable Sources and Efficient Electrical Energy Systems
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Introduces electrical power generation and renewable energy, including solar, wind, micro, hydro, coal, nuclear and natural gas and some of the issues in integrating renewable energy sources in the grid.
  • ECEN 3320 - Semiconductor Devices
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022
    Highlights the fundamentals of semiconductor materials and devices. Topics include the electrical and optical properties of semiconductors, the theory of Pn junctions, bipolar and field-effect transistors, and optoelectronic devices.
  • ECEN 5645 - Introduction to Optical Electronics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces lasers, Gaussian optics, modulators, nonlinear optics, optical detectors, and other related devices.
  • ECEN 5696 - Fourier Optics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Introduces a system level approach to the analysis and design of optical systems. Topics include holography, Fourier transform properties of lenses, two-dimensional convolution and correlation functions, spatial filtering and optical computing techniques. Also covers coherent and incoherent imaging techniques, tomography, and synthetic aperture imaging. Recommended prerequisites: ECEN 3300 and ECEN 3410.


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