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Linda Vahala

  • Linda Vahala
  • Associate Dean
  • Batten College of Engineering & Technology
  • 1104b Engineering Systems Bldg
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4968
  • lvahala@odu.edu
  • Received her BS degree from the University of Illinois in 1969, the MS degree from the University of Iowa in 1971, and the Ph.D from Old Dominion University in 1983. Her publications include articles in both plasma physics and atomic physics with an emphasis on laser interactions with plasma and with neutral/rare gas collisions. She has presented her work at various international workshops and meetings, both in Europe and in the United States. She is a guest worker at the Molecular Spectroscopy Division at the National Bureau of Standards (Gaithersburg, MD). Dr. Vahala joined Old Dominion University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Fall of 1987, and she is currently an Associate Professor.
  • Education

    Old Dominion University, 1983
    Major: Applied Physics
    Degree: Ph. D.
    University of Iowa, 1972
    Major: Physics
    Degree: M.S.
    University of Illinois, 1969
    Major: Physics
    Degree: B.S.
  • Eta Kappa Nu Association
  • Gordon Bell Finalist, SuperComputing
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Sigma Pi Sigma Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi Honor Society
  • 1999: Outstanding ECE Faculty Award , Old Dominion University ECE Dept
  • 1995: Peninsula Engineer of the Year Award
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Graduate Fellows for Excellence in Engineering and Mathematics Education in K-12 Schools
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: March 1, 2009 - February 28, 2014
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Steckroth, J. J.; Baysal, O.; Myran, S.; Lawrence, R. W.; Selby, G. V.; Vahala, L. L.; Robertson, J.; Blackburn, D.
    EBW Physics of ECE in NSTX”
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE
    Date: April 1, 2008 - March 31, 2011
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Topics in Plasma Physics
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE
    Date: May, 2007 - April, 2010
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Capitalizing on opportunity: Barriers and supports in the growth and retention of women undergraduates in engineering and computer science
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University Office of Research Multidisciplinary Seed Funding Program
    Date: 2009 - 2009
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Major, D. A.; Orvis, K. A.; Vahala, L. L.; Brunelle, J.
    EBW Physics of ECE in NSTX
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE
    Date: April 1, 2005 - March 31, 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Virginia Partnership for Nanotechnology Partnership and Workforce Development
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: February, 2006 - January, 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Albin, S.; Vahala, L. L.; Elsayed-Ali, H.
    Wireless Network PathLoss
    Sponsoring Organization: GSRP for Madiha Jafri
    Date: 2006 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Wireless Network PathLoss
    Sponsoring Organization: GSRP for Menna Youssef
    Date: 2006 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Quantum Lattice Algorithms for Magnetohydrodynamics
    Sponsoring Organization: AFOSR
    Date: January, 2004 - December, 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Wireless Network PathLoss
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: 2003 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Topics in Plasma Physics
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE
    Date: May, 2004 - April, 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Neutron-Induced SEE in Flight Control Computers
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: May, 2003 - April, 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Wireless Network PathLoss
    Sponsoring Organization: GSRP fro Genevieve Hankins
    Date: 2005 - 2005
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Quantum Lattice Algorithms for MHD
    Sponsoring Organization: Air Force Research Labs., Hanscom, MA
    Date: April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2005
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Wireless Network PathLoss
    Sponsoring Organization: GSRP for Madiha Jafri
    Date: 2004 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Wireless Network PathLoss
    Sponsoring Organization: GSRP for Menna Youssef
    Date: 2004 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Using Neural Networks to Develop an Electromagnetic Model for a Boeing 757
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: July 1, 2001 - June 30, 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.; Delauney, R.
    Topics in Plasma Physics
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE
    Date: June 1, 2001 - May 31, 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Development of MHD Algorithms on Type-II Quantum Compuaters
    Sponsoring Organization: AFOSR
    Date: July, 2001 - December, 2003
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Random Wave Propagation in Complex Media – a Multiple Scattering Approach
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2003
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Supplemental Funding
    Sponsoring Organization: NASA
    Date: January 1, 2002 - December 31, 2002
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Sponsoring Organization: IPA with Air Force Research Lab
    Date: May 1, 2001 - 2002
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Physics of Divertors
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE
    Date: June 1, 1998 - May 31, 2001
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Wave Propagation in Tokamaks
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE
    Date: June, 1996 - May, 1998
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    SCHEV Education Grant
    Sponsoring Organization: SCHEV
    Date: 1997 - 1997
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.; Verma, A.; Selby, G.
    Turbulence and Wave Propagation in Tokamaks
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE/US Czech Academy of Sciences
    Date: June 1, 1994 - May 31, 1997
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.; Preinhaelter, J.
    Motion Analysis System Engineering/Motion Analysis Technology
    Sponsoring Organization: Tidewater Consortium for Hospital Administrators
    Date: June 1, 1994 - December 31, 1995
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.; Walker, M.; Redondo, R.; Albin, S.
    Wave Propagation in Tokamaks
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE
    Date: November 1, 1994 - October 31, 1995
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Wave Propagation in Tokamaks
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE
    Date: May 15, 1993 - April 14, 1994
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Scattering from Toroidicity Induced Alfven Eigenmodes
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE
    Date: April 15, 1992 - April 14, 1993
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    CIT Alpha Extraction and Measurement
    Sponsoring Organization: DoE
    Date: September 1, 1991 - August 31, 1992
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.; Gerdin, G.
    Alpha Particle Diagnostics
    Sponsoring Organization: Department of Energy
    Date: May, 1990 - May, 1991
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    CIT Alpha Extraction and Measurement
    Sponsoring Organization: DOE
    Date: September 1, 1989 - August 31, 1990
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.; Gerdin, G.
    Sponsoring Organization: Jeffress Foundation, Molecular Oxygen
    Date: January, 1989 - December, 1989
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    CIT Alpha Extraction & measurement
    Sponsoring Organization: Department of Energy
    Date: September, 1988 - September, 1989
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.; Gerdin, G.
    Spectroscopy of Rare Gas Atoms
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: 1987 - 1988
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Travel Grant to attend the International Conference on Spectral Lines in Torun, Polan
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: July, 1988 - July, 1988
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    National Science Foundation Travel Grant to attend the International Conference, Brighton, England
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF
    Date: 1987 - 1987
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.
    Nonlinear MHD and Alpha Particles
    Sponsoring Organization: DOE
    Date: January, 1985 - December, 1986
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Vahala, L. L.