Rao V. Mulpuri

Major Accomplishments

  1. Received uninterrupted research funding for 22 years (1987-2009) from National Science Foundation (NSF): Getting just one NSF research award is considered prestigious, due to a highly competitive nature (proposal success rate of 10-15%) of these awards. Rao Mulpuri's research is being supported continuously from 1987 by nine consecutive NSF Awards. It is extremely difficult to accomplish this feat. His research is also supported by several multi-year research awards from other well regarded government research funding agencies like Office of Naval Research (ONR), Army Research Office (ARO), NASA, Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and NIST, and by General Electric (GE). Total research funding to date is about $3 million.

  2. Rao Mulpuri's research is broad and spans several areas. These areas are considered vital for US security and for maintaining the nation's technical supremacy. His work on semiconductors covers several important application areas like microwave, opto-electronic, and high-power devices. His pioneering work on Mega-electron-volt ion-implantations in several semiconductor materials is widely quoted in various international journals. He is collaborating with research groups at NIST and GMU's Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine (Manassas campus) on bio-related research. His work with NIST is on micro- and nano-fluidic cells, with applications in DNA separation, cell lysing, chemical analysis etc. His work with Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine is in producing silicon micro-array structures for proteomics. Rao Mulpuri published about 100 refereed journal articles to date with one of his students or himself as lead author in more than 90% of them. He currently supports 5 Ph.D. students.

  3. Served as a Program Director in the ECS Division of NSF (expert appointments in 2003-2004, 2001). Received Outstanding Research Award from the School of Information Technology and Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA; and Engineering Excellence Award from Telugu Association of North America (TANA).

  4. Coordinator of electronics track in the ECE Department for the past 17 years. Made a major contribution in establishing electronics track in both graduate and undergraduate level degree programs in the ECE Department. Created graduate level certificate program in VLSI Design and Fabrication. Established and maintains a VMEC sponsored semiconductor fabrication teaching lab. Advised all (4) VMEC summer scholars at GMU. Supervised 7 completed Ph.D. theses and 12 completed M.S. theses. Currently supervising 6 Ph.D. theses. Graduated Ph.D. students are working in companies like Intel, GE, IBM etc. Taught 15 different courses of various levels with very good teaching evaluations.