Shengjie Zhai

Dr. Shengjie (Patrick) Zhai is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research expertise is centered around five key areas: 1) Novel nanomaterials and patterning techniques for bioelectronics, optoelectronics, and photovoltaics, 2) Plasmonic-enhanced biosensors for single-molecule biomedical analysis, 3) Micro/Nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), 4) Physiological organ biomimetic systems built on microfluidic chips and multi-external driven, scaffold-free engineered human tissue models, and 5) Artificial intelligence-assisted health assessment.
His research contributions include the development of micro-engineered multichannel organ-on-a-chip devices, AI-reinforced biomimetic biosensors, and novel biomaterials for low-noise, comfortable personal health wearable monitor bioelectronics (PHWMB). Dr. Zhai has authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles published in respected journals such as Advanced Optical Materials, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, and IEEE COMPSAC, and holds nine patents in his field.
Among his accolades, Dr. Zhai is a recipient of two National Science Foundation Fund Awards (2021, 2019), the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development Fund Award (2020), the NASA-Colgate Funding Award (2019), and a Department of Energy Research Award (2022). He has also served as an editor for the Journal of Renewable Materials and as a contributing reviewer for the Royal Society of Chemistry Advances. His academic services extend to numerous other academic journals, and he has participated as a panelist for NSF, DOE, and NASA grant review processes.

Biswajit Das

Dr. Biswajit Das is an internationally reputed researcher in the field of nanotechnology with international recognition for his seminal work on spintronics and as the co-inventor of the Datta-Das transistor. Dr. Das is the director of the Nevada Nanotechnology Center and is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Nevada. Dr. Das received his PhD degree from Purdue University in 1989 and has been a faculty member of Electrical Engineering at University of Notre Dame and West Virginia University. He came to UNLV in 2003 with the objective to develop a world class program in nanotechnology. Dr. Das has over twenty five years of research experience in nano- and micro- technologies and has made many original contributions in these fields, and has been involved in the development of multiple research facilities at previous institutes. His current research focus is on the development of CMOS-compatible nanofabrication tools for the commercial manufacturing of nanoscale devices and integrated circuits.