Dr. Onur Tigli 
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ABOUT DR. TIGLI

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."

- Albert Einstein

Biography

Dr. Onur Tigli is an Assistant Professor of Electrical-Computer Engineering, and Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute of University of Miami (BioNIUM). He also holds a secondary appointment at the Department of Pathology, Miller School of Medicine.

Onur Tigli was born in Istanbul, Turkey. He received the B.S. degree with high honors in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey in 2000. He received his M.S. and D.Sc. degrees in computer engineering from The George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC, in 2002 and 2007 respectively. During his graduate studies, Dr. Tigli worked for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Semiconductor Electronics Division, Naval Research Lab (NRL) Materials Science and Technology Division, and completed projects on areas of system-on-a-chip, ASIC/FPGA design, biochemical sensors, and micro/nano electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS). He completed his post-doc work at GWU with a special grant by the office of university research for his work on biosensors for cancer biomarker detection - a joint effort with GWU Medical School and School of Engineering and Applied Science. After the completion of his post-doc studies he worked as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver. At this post he helped design and implement the brand new Electrical Engineering curriculum and conducted research in nanotechnology for medical applications.

His primary research interest is in the field of bioMEMS/NEMS and biomedical nanotechnology to develop smart point-of-care diagnostic tools for clinical applications. In this field, his current research deals with the development of integrated micro/nano systems for rapid and comprehensive blood, serum and other bodily fluid analysis. This work involves the use of micro/nano fabrication methods, microfluidics, micro/nano sensor and actuator development, and their respective applications in clinical medicine, neuroscience, genomics, proteomics, cell and tissue engineering. In addition to the biosensor development, he also conducts research for monolithic lab-on-a-chip solutions by employing nanotechnology and MEMS toolsets. In this context, his interest is on integrating nanotechnology with conventional CMOS technology for sensor and other bioMEMS/NEMS applications. Dr. Tigli also conducts research in the field of MEMS scale energy harvesters and their biomedical applications.

Dr. Tigli is a member of IEEE and has served as a reviewer on a variety of leading conferences and journals in the field of sensors and their biological applications including IEEE Sensors and Biomedical Circuits and Systems. Dr. Tigli held several teaching positions at GWU since 2002, for which he received the Philip Amsterdam excellence in teaching award in 2006. He has two US patents for the development of "CMOS-SAW based Biochemical Sensor with Temperature Control" and "A Novel Circular SAW device in CMOS". Dr. Tigli's dissertation titled "Novel SAW Devices in CMOS for Biosensor Applications: Design, Modeling, Fabrication and Characterization" was selected as the official nominee of GWU for 2008 CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award.

 

Education

Ph.D., Computer Engineering, 2007

The George Washington University, Washington DC
Dissertation: Novel SAW Devices in CMOS for Biosensor Applications: Design, Modeling, Fabrication and Characterization

M.S., Computer Engineering, 2002

The George Washington University, Washington DC
Fields of Focus: MEMS, ASIC, VLSI

B.S., Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 2000

The Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey
Fields of Focus: Microelectronics, Telecommunications

 

Work Experience

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Pathology
Dr. John T. MacDonald Foundation Biomedical Nanotechnology Institute (BioNIUM)

College of Engineering, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Miller School of Medicine University of Miami, Miami, FL
    - Nanotechnology for Medical Applications

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering (2009-2010)

School of Engineering and Computer Science, Washington State University, Vancouver, WA
    - Design and implement the brand new Electrical Engineering curriculum
    - Nanotechnology for medical applications

Post-doc Fellow/Professorial Lecturer (2008)

MEMS-VLSI Institute, George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC
    - ZnO nanowire based biosensor modeling, fabrication and assembly

Graduate Research Assistant (2002-2007)

MEMS-VLSI Institute, George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC
    - Mask design, FEM/BEM Modeling/Simulation, Wet Etching, RIE, DRIE, Photolithography
    - LPCVD, CVD, Thermal Evaporation, Thin Film Deposition, RF Sputtering, Bonding
    - Die/Wafer level fabrication/post processing, XRD, AFM, SEM
    - Optical/Fluorescence Microscopy, Profilometry/Ellipsometry

Graduate Teaching Assistant (2002-2007)

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, GWU, Washington DC
    - CMOS VLSI Design/Digital Design
    - MEMS design and analysis
    - ASIC-FPGA design techniques and design entry in Verilog
    - Advanced RTL design, testbench development and synthesis

Research Contractor (2003-2004)

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science & Technology Division, Washington DC
    - CMOS read-out development and testing of MEMS based micropreconcentrator for detection of trace explosives

Trident Systems, Inc., Fairfax, VA
    - Design and testing of DSP blocks of UAV-SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) on Xilinx FPGAs

Research Fellow (2000-2002)

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Semiconductor Electronics Division, Gaithersburg, MD
    - Development and design of test-bench-on-a-chip approach for SoC
    - Full clean room certification for semiconductor and MEMS processes

Summer Intern (1998,1999)

Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), Information Technologies and Electronics Research Institute (BILTEN), VLSI Center, Ankara, Turkey
    - Standard cell library development in CMOS
    - Design/simulation/testing of digital cells