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Nicole McFarlane

Min H. Kao Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

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  • 552 Min H. Kao Building


Nicole McFarlane received her PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2010 and received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Howard University in 2001 and 2003 respectively. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She also serves as the TCE Advance Professor. Her broad research interests lie in developing smaller and more efficient circuits and devices for sensing systems. The lab uses mixed signal CMOS strategies in conjunction with nano- and micro-fabrication to develop sensors for a wide variety of sensing applications that make faster measurements, measure more samples simultaneously, are smaller, and are less costly than traditional sensing systems. Sensing applications include electrochemical sensors, point-of-care devices, biological sensors, multi-modal sensors, nuclear based imaging, and hardware and biosensor security.

  • Mixed signal circuit design
  • Biotechnology and bio-sensor design particularly for lab-on-chip applications
  • Noise theory for electronic systems
  • Energy and power trade-offs in mixed signal circuit design in particular studying the channel capacity of analog circuits
  • Microfabrication and development of devices
  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park M.D., 2010
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, Howard University, Washington D.C., 2003
  • BS in Electrical Engineering, Howard University, Washington D.C., 2001