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Vishnukumar Lakdawala

  • Vishnukumar Lakdawala
  • Associate Professor
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • 217 Kaufman Hall
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4665
  • vlakdawa@odu.edu
  • Dr. Lakdawala received his BE degree from Bangalore University, India, in 1972, the ME degree from the Indian Institute of Science, India, in 1974, and the Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, in 1980, all in electrical engineering. He has worked as an Assistant Development Engineer with M/s Jyoti Limited in their R & D Center in instrument transformers division. He joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Liverpool as a Senior Research Associate in 1980. In 1982 he joined the Atomic Molecular and High Voltage Physics group at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. His publications include articles on electron attachment in fluorine compounds, breakdown studies in compressed gases and vacuum, material characterization and simulation studies in compound semiconductors, and high power semiconductor switches. Dr. Lakdawala joined Old Dominion University in the Fall of 1983. He served as the Graduate Program Director from 1988 -98. He is presently the Chief Departmental Advisor and an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
  • Education

    University of Liverpool (United Kingdom), 1980
    Major: Electrical Engineering
    Degree: Ph. D.
    Indian Institute of Science, 1974
    Major: Electrical Engineering
    Degree: M.E.
    Bangalore University, 1972
    Major: Electrical Engineering
    Degree: Bachelors of Engineering
  • Licensures and Certifications

    Electron Beam Controlled Bulk Semiconductor Switch with Cathodoluminescent Electron Activation
    Date Obtained: 1990-04-10
    Electron Beam Controlled Bulk Semiconductor Switch with Cathodoluminescent Electron Activation
    Date Obtained: 1989-05-16
    Optically Controlled Bulk Semiconductor Switch, Not Requiring Radiation to Sustain Conductions
    Date Obtained: 1989-04-25
  • 2001: Excellence in Faculty Advising Award, College of Eng & Tech, ODU
  • 1986: Leadership Award, Eta Kappa Nu, Zeta Epsilon chapter
  • 1974: N.R. Khambati Memorial Prize, Indian Institute of Science
  • 1972: GOLD MEDAL, University of Bangalore
  • 1972: State Award, Education & Youth Services Dept. , Karnataka State, India
  • 1971: Institution of Engineers (India) award, Institution of Engineers
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Implementation Grant: Simulation and Visualization Enhanced Engineering Education
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Date: September 15, 2005 - August 31, 2008
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.; Chaturvedi, S.; Akan, O.; Pickering, W.
    Joint Digital Library Project
    Sponsoring Organization: Faculty Technical Services
    Date: October 1, 1997 - September 30, 1998
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.
    Design and Development of a Thin Film Tilt Sensor
    Sponsoring Organization: Lucas Control Systems Products/CIT-TAC
    Date: November, 1995 - April, 1996
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Albin, S.; Mielke, R. R.; Lakdawala, V. K.
    Development of the Bulk Optically Controlled semiconductor switch (BOSS) technology for the pulsed power applications
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research and Tetra Inc.
    Date: August 1, 1992 - July 31, 1995
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.; Schoenbach, K. H.
    Electron Beam Controlled Semiconductor Switches
    Sponsoring Organization: Army Research Office/Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    Date: January 1, 1990 - August 31, 1993
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.; Schoenbach, K. H.; Gerdin, G.
    A Laser Controlled Semiconductor Switch
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: July 1, 1989 - June 30, 1992
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.; Schoenbach, K. H.
    Laser Controlled High Power Semiconductor Opening Switch
    Sponsoring Organization: Tetra Corp
    Date: July 23, 1990 - January 23, 1991
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.
    Third SDIO/ONR Pulse Power Physics Meeting
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: April 15, 1990 - July 15, 1990
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.
    Preparation of Semiconductor Switches
    Sponsoring Organization: Naval Underwater Surface Center
    Date: April 1, 1989 - March 15, 1990
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.; Schoenbach, K. H.
    Electron Beam Controlled Semiconductor Switches
    Sponsoring Organization: Army Research Office/Air Force Office of Scientific Research
    Date: June 1, 1986 - May 31, 1989
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.; Schoenbach, K. H.
    A Laser Controlled Semiconductor Switch
    Sponsoring Organization: Office of Naval Research
    Date: May 16, 1986 - May 15, 1989
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.; Schoenbach, K. H.
    Study of Diamond Film Growth and Properties
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center
    Date: May 16, 1987 - May 15, 1988
    Investigators:Albin, S.; Lakdawala, V. K.
    Electrical and Optical Characteristics of Laser Diodes and Materials
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center
    Date: January 1, 1987 - May 15, 1987
    Investigators:Albin, S.; Lakdawala, V. K.
    A Study of Pulsed Surface Flashover in a Vacuum
    Date: May, 1985 - May, 1986
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.
    Easily Testable Designs and Device Modeling for VLSI
    Sponsoring Organization: Centre for Innovative Technology
    Date: September, 1984 - August, 1985
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.; Radhakrishnan, D.
    A Study of Pulsed Surface Flashover in a Vacuum
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA Langley Research Center
    Date: May, 1984 - May, 1985
    Investigators:Lakdawala, V. K.