Professor Nate Cady


Professor Nathan Cady – Principal Investigator

Prof. Cady obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is currently an Empire Innovation Professor at the College of Nanoscale Science (SUNY Poly). Prof. Cady has active research interests in the development of novel biosensor technologies, nano-bio interfaces, and biology-inspired nanoelectronics. Prof. Cady is also the Executive Director of the SUNY Applied Materials Research Institute (SAMRI - SAMRI is a strategic alliance between the State University of New York (SUNY) and Applied Materials, Inc. that will serve as the nucleus of research and development activities on advanced materials, devices, manufacturing, and emerging areas of science and technology.

Graduate Students

Minhaz Abedin

Minhaz Abedin graduated from Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, with a B.S in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. His undergraduate research focused on designing and characterizing CMOS Image Sensors. His research interest is in both nanoscale switching devices and sensors. Currently he is pursuing his master’s degree and his research includes integration of microfluidics and silicon photonic sensors for Lab On a Chip. Apart from research, he enjoys volunteering to outreach and humanitarian activities.

Erica Graham

Erica Graham received her B.E and M.S in Mechanical Engineering from Stony Brook University with a concentration in energy technology. Her current research focuses on stress induced optical inhomogeneity in passive photonic devices and resulting performance deviations caused by via fabrication in 2.5D photonic interposers. Her research is supported by Air Force Research Labs for the AIM Photonics program.

Jubin Hazra

Jubin Hazra graduated from University of Southern California, Los Angeles with a Master’s degree and Engineer’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 2014 and 2016 respectively where his research was mostly based on design, fabrication and characterization of III-V compound semiconductor electronic and optoelectronic devices on Si substrates. He also has one year working experience in ASML US Inc in AZ, US as a senior optics engineer prior to joining SUNY Poly as a full time PhD student in Jan 2018. He joined Cady lab in Aug 2018 and currently his research is focused on hardware implementation of neuromorphic chips using memristor-CMOS hybrid technology and improving the ferroelectric performance in HZO films.

Tristen Head

Tristen graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a B.S in Physics and a certificate in Elements of Computing. His current research involves the development of a microfluidic intravital window for the study of cancer metastasis in vivo as part of a collaboration with the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Mount Sinai Health System.

Maximilian Liehr

Maximilian Liehr graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2014 with a BS and MEng in Electrical Engineering. His current research focuses on electrical and material testing for ReRAM devices with CMOS technologies as well as implementation of characterization programs.

Armond Minor

Armond graduated in 2014 from SUNY Oneonta with a bachelors in Mathematics and Chemistry.  His current research project is helping to develop a platform to detect antibodies to Lyme Disease and other tick-borne pathogens.  Additionally, since the emergence of the Cov-19 pandemic, the platform was modified for detection of antibodies to SARS-CoV2.

Sarah Rafiq

Sarah graduated in 2017 from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) with a B.E. in Electronics -Communications (Honours). During her degree, she had an internship with Intel Programmable Solutions Group in 2016. Her current research focuses on implementation of flow-based computing algorithms on ReRAM arrays for possible in-memory computations, in collaboration with the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is also involved in the electrical characterization of ReRAM devices. 

Senior Scientists / Post Docs

Nima Nikvand

Nima graduated from University of Waterloo with a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2014 and has since taken various academic and industry roles including design engineer for various projects in power generation and mining industry and was a joint postdoctoral fellow at Ryerson University and PBE Canada where he led the research on developing an underground real time target tracking framework. His research interests include computer vision, data analytics and machine learning, digital and analog hardware design, and biomedical applications of signal processing.

Natalya Tokranova

Dr. Natalya Tokranova received M.S. degree from Leningrad Electrical Engineering Institute specializing in optoelectronic devices in 1987 and her Ph. D. degree in Physics in 1996 from A. F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute. She worked from 1987 to 2000 in the A. F. Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, St.-Petersburg, Russia. From 2000 she has been working in the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Tokranova has more than twenty-five years of experience in the semiconductor fabrication technology. Her expertise covers design, fabrication and characterization of silicon semiconductor and MEMS devices and various types of sensors.

Undergraduate Students (current)

Mubtasim Akhyar

Former Graduate Students (graduated)

Eunice Chou – PhD, 2019

Wilkie Olin-Ammentorp – PhD, 2019

Joshua Holt – PhD, 2018

Logan Butt – PhD, 2018

Stephanie Curley – PhD, 2018

Karsten Beckmann – PhD, 2017

Zahiruddin Alamgir – PhD, 2017

Vishal Desai – PhD, 2017

Stephen Kasper – PhD, 2017

William “Rick” Hynes – PhD, 2016

Aleksandra Gunko – MS, 2014

Mary Graham – PhD, 2014

Jihan Capulong – PhD, 2014

Benjamin Briggs – PhD, 2014

Zach Rice – PhD, 2013

Aaron Mosier – PhD, 2013

Nicholas Fahrenkopf – PhD, 2013

Nathan McDonald – MS, 2012

Jason Behnke – MS, 2011

Ted van Hoof – MS, 2010

Blaze Messer – MS, 2010

Former Post Doctoral Associates

Aaron Mosier, PhD

Seann Bishop, PhD

Robert Balsano, PhD

Harika Manem, PhD

Karsten Beckmann, PhD

Former Undergraduate Students

University at Albany / SUNY Polytechnic Institute Students

Nicholas Fahrenkopf

William (Rick) Hynes

Jason Behnke

Brian Clow

Joshua Kessler

Gabriel Kousourou

Steven Kasper

Lyndsay Toth

Alicia McCarthy

Daniel Sellers

Michael Hovish

Samantha Testa

Victoria Crockett

Rachel Bourgignon

James Sidoli

Xinru Wang

Tad Reese

Dominic Picciocca

Sarah Lombardo

Samuel Marthage

Aleksandr Fillipov Zachary Schaffer

Liam Wisehart

Duncan McCloskey

Ryan Hart

William Gasperi

Alex Hartwell

Austin Clark

David Lonstein

Elizabeth Blackert

Julianna Bourgeois                                  

Evan Iler

Tyler Jetjomlong

Elena Musteata    

Emma Richardson

Ezra Romero

Sierra Russell

Nadia Suguitan

Non – SUNY Polytechnic Institute Students

Kai Dallas (Cornell University)

Natalie McClain (Cornell University)

Katherine Lee (Binghamton University)

Sree Addepalli (University of Michigan)

Amanda Stewart (Stony Brook University)

Jennifer Baxter (Hamilton College)

Rhoda Asimeng (Siena College)

Chantel Grubbs (Florida A&M)

Sean McGinn (Binghamton University)

Eileen Jin (Dartmouth College)

Jared Mondschein (Union College)

Oludayisi Otulaja (Stony Brook University)

Gavin Clark-Gartner (Cornell University)

Julian Duff (Stony Brook University)

Olivia Ahner (Northeastern University)

Tyler Jetjomlong (UAlbany)

Medical Students

Luke Beardslee (Albany Medical College)

John Ling (Indiana Univ. Medical College)


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