Dr. Vamsi Borra

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Vamsi Borra

Assistant Professor

Rayen School of Engineering

Moser Hall 2030

phone: (330) 941-3014

vsborra@ysu.edu

Bio

Before moving to YSU, I worked as an assistant professor and program coordinator (Computer Engineering Technology) in the Department of Computer Science, Information Systems, and Engineering Technology at California University of Pennsylvania (CALU). Also, prior to CALU, I was a visiting assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department at the University of Toledo. I also worked as an electrical engineer for Valley Electrical Consolidated Inc. (Girard, OH) before starting my Ph.D. studies.

I served as a chair of the Toledo section’s IEEE Young professionals group. My research interests include characterization and fabrication of electronics materials, controlled whisker growth, thin-film fabrication and characterization, and condensed matter physics-related research. I was recently awarded a patent to mitigate whisker growth Nickel Oxide sublayer.

I was recently named a Senior Member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

Research Interests

3D electronics, Embedded systems, Flexible electronics, Electronic materials, Reliability testing, Controlled whisker growth, CdTe Photovoltaics, Thin-film fabrication and characterization, and Condensed matter physics-related research

  • Education
    • 2017

      Ph D, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

      The University of Toledo

    • 2014

      MS, Electrical & Computer Engineering

      Youngstown State University

    • 2011

      BS, Electronics and Communication Engineering

      Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University

  • Awards and Honors
    • January 2023

      Youngstown State University

      YSU Research Professorship

      Each year not less than eighteen (18) faculty members whose unsubsidized research is deemed meritorious of support shall be designated “Research Professors".

    • February 2022

      Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

      IEEE Senior membership

      Dr. Vamsi Borra was recently named a Senior Member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). Fewer than 10% of the more than 400,000 IEEE members hold this prestigious grade of membership, which recognizes significant professional technical accomplishments, significant contributions to the profession and IEEE.

      As a Senior Member, Dr. Borra has the ability to hold executive IEEE positions and serve as a reference for other applicants for senior membership. To be eligible one must have shown significant performance in at least ten years in professional practice.

      IEEE is the world's largest technical professional society and serves professionals involved in all aspects of the electrical, electronic, and computing fields and related areas of science and technology. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world's largest association of technical professionals with more than 400,000 members in over 160 countries.

    • January 2022

      Youngstown State University

      YSU Research Professorship

      Each year not less than eighteen (18) faculty members whose unsubsidized research is deemed meritorious of support shall be designated “Research Professors".

    • April 2018

      The University of Toledo

      PhD Dissertation of the Year Award

      Recipient of EECS PhD Dissertation of the Year Award (2017 - 2018) award from the University of Toledo Electrical Engineering department, April 2018.

    • April 2017

      The University of Toledo

      Best Graduate Student of the Year

      Recipient, IEEE-EECS Best Graduate Student of the Year (2016 – 2017) award from the University of Toledo Electrical Engineering and department, April 2017.Award based on the service to IEEE student section, academic achievement and campus participation.

    • November 2016

      Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

      Young Engineer of the Year

      Received Young Engineer of the Year award from IEEE Toledo section for outstanding service to the section, Nov 2016.

    • April 2016

      The University of Toledo

      Teaching assistant of the Year

      Recipient, Teaching assistant of the Year (2015 – 2016) award from the University of Toledo Electrical Engineering department for the distinguished support to the department, April 2016.

  • Past History
    • 2018

      California University of Pennsylvania

      Assistant Professor

    • 2018

      The University of Toledo

      Visiting Assistant Professor

    • 2015

      The University of Toledo

      Instructor

    • 2014

      The University of Toledo

      Graduate Teaching Assistant

    • 2013

      Valley Electrical Consolidated Inc.

      Electrical Engineer

  • Intellectual Contributions
    • 2023

      "A Comparison of GaN Transistors to MOSFETs for Active Magnetic Levitation"

      18th International Symposium on Magnetic Bearings

    • 2023

      "Percolation Nature of Threshold Switching: an Experimental Verification"

      , p. 1--5

    • 2023

      "Microstructuring of cobalt (Co) thin films by UV laser irradiation"

      Springer, volume 129, issue 12, p. 864

    • 2023

      "Low-Cost DC Motor Control System Experiments for Engineering Students"

    • 2023

      "Impedance Measurements Using a High Precision, Low Power Analog Front End"

    • 2023

      "Harmonic content analysis of a soft starting variable frequency motor drive based on FPGA"

      , p. 1--5

    • 2023

      "Design and Fabrication of Terahertz (THz) Antenna Using Aerosol Jet Printing"

      , p. 157--161

    • 2023

      "Building Trust in Microelectronics: A Comprehensive Review of Current Techniques and Adoption Challenges"

      MDPI, volume 12, issue 22, p. 4618

    • 2023

      "A Novel Plasmonic Sensor Based on Dual-Channel D-Shaped Photonic Crystal Fiber for Enhanced Sensitivity in Simultaneous Detection of Different Analytes"

      IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience

    • 2023

      "A combined fuzzy backtracking search optimization algorithm to localize retinal blood vessels for diabetic retinopathy"

      Biomedical Physics \& Engineering Express, volume 9, issue 5, p. 055025

    • 2022

      "Transient Thermal and Electrical Characteristics of a Cylindrical LiFeS2 Cell with Equivalent Circuit Model"

      9th International Conference on Fluid Flow, Heat and Mass Transfer

    • 2022

      "Transient Thermal and Electrical Characteristics of a Cylindrical LiFeS2 Cell with Equivalent Circuit Model"

      , volume 14, p. 155

    • 2022

      "Tin Whisker Growth Suppression Using NiO Sublayers Fabricated by Dip Coating"

      Condensed Matter, volume 7, issue 1, p. 7

    • 2022

      "Tin Whisker Growth Suppression Using NiO Sublayers Fabricated by Dip Coating"

      MDPI

    • 2022

      "Threshold Switching in CdTe Photovoltaics"

      ECS Transactions, volume 109, issue 1, p. 3

    • 2022

      "Modification of Tin (Sn) metal surfaces by surface plasmon polariton excitation"

      Scripta Materialia, volume 208, p. 114357

    • 2022

      "Effect of laser irradiation on the tribological properties of RF-sputtered nickel oxide (NiO) thin films"

      Vacuum, volume 205, p. 111461

    • 2022

      "A novel modal representation of battery dynamics"

      IEEE Access, volume 10, p. 16793--16806

    • 2022

      "A Novel Modal Representation of Battery Dynamics"

      IEEE Access, volume 10

    • 2022

      "A Coupled Thermo-Mechanical Dynamic Characterization of Cylindrical Batteries"

      IEEE Access, volume 10, p. 51708--51722

    • 2022

      "A Coupled Thermo-Mechanical Dynamic Characterization of Cylinbdrical Batteries"

      IEEE Access, volume 10

    • 2022

      "3D Printed Dual-Band Microwave Imaging Antenna"

      ECS Transactions, volume 107, issue 1, p. 8631

    • 2021

      "Sn whisker growth mitigation using NiO sublayers"

    • 2021

      "Tuning the tribological properties of Ni/NiO thin films by Nd: YAG pulsed laser irradiation"

      SPAST Abstracts, volume 1, issue 01

    • 2021

      "A 3-D printed UWB microwave imaging antenna"

      SPAST Abstracts, volume 1, issue 01

    • 2020

      "Laser-Based Fabrication of Microstructures on Nickel Thin Films and Its Applications in On-Chip Thin Film Inductors"

      IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, volume 19, p. 455--460

    • 2019

      "The statistics of tin whisker diameters versus the underlying film grains"

      Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, volume 52, issue 16, p. 165305

    • 2018

      "Microscopic structure of metal whiskers"

      Physical Review Applied, volume 9, issue 5, p. 054029

    • 2018

      "Metal whisker growth induced by localized, high-intensity DC electric fields"

      MRS Advances, volume 3, issue 57-58, p. 3367--3372

    • 2018

      "A computational study on the variation of bandgap due to native defects in non-stoichiometric NiO and Pd, Pt doping in stoichiometric NiO"

      Condensed Matter, volume 3, issue 4, p. 46

    • 2017

      "Whiskers: The Role of Electric Fields in the Formation Mechanism and Methods for Whisker Growth Mitigation"

      University of Toledo

    • 2017

      "Whisker growth on Sn thin film accelerated under gamma-ray induced electric field"

    • 2017

      "Whisker growth on Sn thin film accelerated under gamma-ray induced electric field"

      Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, volume 50, issue 40, p. 405302

    • 2017

      "Sn whisker growth mitigation by using NiO sublayers"

      Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, volume 50, issue 47, p. 475309

    • 2017

      "Gamma-Ray Induced Growth of Metal Whiskers"

      , volume 44, p. 2830

    • 2016

      "Fabrication of optically smooth Sn thin films"

      Thin Solid Films, volume 616, p. 311--315

    • 2016

      "Cultivating metal whiskers by surface plasmon polariton excitation"

      MRS Advances, volume 1, p. 805--810

    • 2014

      "Design and modeling of high performance LED dimming driver with reduced current spikes using turn-on snubber across power MOSFET"

      Youngstown State University

    • "Transient Thermal and Electrical Characteristics of a Cylindrical LiFeS2 Cell with Equivalent Circuit Model"

      Dimensions [mm], volume 14, p. 50--5

  • Professional Service
    • 2024 - 2024

      Committee Member
      IEEE NANO 2024

    • 2023 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Global Transitions (Elsevier)

    • 2023 - 2023

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      IEEE CONECCT 2023

    • 2023 - 2023

      Session Chair
      Quantum, Neuromorphic, and Unconventional Computing (IEEE NANO 2023)

    • 2023 - 2023

      Session Chair
      Nanorobotics and Nanomanufacturing (IEEE NANO 2023)

    • 2023 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics (Springer)

    • 2023 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Materials Research and Technology (Elsevier)

    • 2023 - 2023

      Workshop Organizer
      Midwest Semiconductor Network Workshop 2023
      Elyria, Ohio

    • 2023 - present

      Editorial Review Board Member
      Electronic Materials MDPI

    • 2023 - 2023

      Session Chair
      ISSETA 2023: Special Session

    • 2023 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Inorganics (MDPI)

    • 2023 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Thin Solid Films (Elsevier)

    • 2022 - present

      Committee Member
      Midwest Regional Semiconductor and Microelectronics Network

    • 2022 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Applied Sciences (MDPI)

    • 2022 - present

      Editorial Review Board Member
      Micromachines MDPI

    • 2022 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Sustainability (MDPI)

    • 2022 - present

      Reviewer, Conference Paper
      SAE International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Energy, Environment, & Policy

    • 2022 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Molecules (MDPI)

    • 2022 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Electronic Materials (MDPI)

    • 2021 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Materials (MDPI)

    • 2021 - 2022

      Editor, Journal Editor
      Condensed Matter: Special Issue Title: Electronic materials and devices

    • 2021 - present

      Editorial Review Board Member
      Condensed Matter journal (MDPI)

    • 2021 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Coatings (MDPI)

    • 2021 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Scripta Materialia (Elsevier)

    • 2020 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Processes (MDPI)

    • 2020 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Materials Science (PeerJ)

    • 2020 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal of Physics: Materials - Institute of Physics (IOP)

    • 2020 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Condensed Matter (MDPI)

    • 2019 - present

      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Materials Research Express (MRX) - Institute of Physics (IOP)

  • Public Service
    • 2023 - present

      Committee Member
      Ohio Department of Higher Education: Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) statewide faculty review panel

    • 2023 - present

      Committee Member
      Ohio Department of Higher Education Intel Academic Committee (Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network)

Before moving to YSU, Dr. Borra worked as an assistant professor and program coordinator (Computer Engineering Technology) in the Department of Computer Science, Information Systems, and Engineering Technology at California University of Pennsylvania (CALU). Also, prior to CALU, Vamsi was a visiting assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department at the University of Toledo. Dr. Borra also worked as an electrical engineer for Valley Electrical Consolidated Inc. (Girard, OH) before starting his Ph.D. studies. Vamsi received his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in 2011 and master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Youngstown State University in 2014.

Dr. Borra is a Senior Member of IEEE. He served as a chair of the Toledo section’s IEEE Young professionals group. His research interests include flexible electronics, printed circuits, characterization and fabrication of electronics materials, controlled whisker growth, thin-film fabrication and characterization, and condensed matter physics-related research.  He was recently awarded a patent to mitigate whisker growth Nickel Oxide sublayer.

  • Research Focus

    3D electronics, Flexible electronics, Electronic materials, Reliability testing, Controlled whisker growth, thin-film fabrication and characterization, and condensed matter physics-related research

  • Expertise

    I am an experimentalist who enjoys programming, fabricating, and observing the Nano and Micro-sized structures under the microscope and studying their growth characteristics.

    Here are a few of the current and past research projects:

    • Additive manufacturing of UWB antenna (for medical applications)
    • Threshold switching in PVs.
    • Laser micro-and nano-structuring of thin metal films.
    • Growing Metal Whiskers, understanding the internal structures, and methods for whisker mitigation.
    • Fabricating thin films for optical applications.
  • List of courses
    • Embedded System Design - ECEN 4856 (lecture and laboratory)
    • Intermediate Lab - ECEN 3712
    • Senior Design Project - ECEN 4899
    • Senior Laboratory - ECEN 4811
    • Thesis - ECEN 6990
  • Service to the Institution
    • YSU –Electrical and Computer Engineering ABET coordinator.
    • Faculty advisor: YSU IEEE Student chapter.
    • YSU commencement marshal (STEM college).
    • YSU – Penguin Preview Day Electrical and Computer Engineering representative.
    • YSU Watson Team Center – Faculty representative Electrical and Computer Engineering.