Dr. William Hunt

William D. Hunt earned his B.S. from the University of Alabama in 1976, his Master's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1987.  All three degrees are in electrical engineering.  Prior to his entrance into MIT's graduate program, he worked as an engineer with Harris Corporation.  Following completion of his Master's degree, he joined the engineering staff at Bolt Beranek and Newman Corporation.  He joined the electrical engineering faculty at Georgia Tech following completion of his Ph.D. degree.  Special recognitions he has received include the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1989, the DuPont Young Faculty Award in 1988, the University of Alabama Distinguished Engineering Fellowship in 1994.  Dr. Hunt was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist in 1975.  His area of expertise is in the area of Microelectronic acoustic devices for wireless applications as well as chemical and biological sensors based on this technology.  He has published over 70 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings.  He holds 4 US patents and 5 provisional patents.

Graduate Students

Farasat Munir -
Electrical Engineering

Farasat Munir earned his undergraduate Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan in 2001. After that he worked in the signal processing and communication industry in Pakistan for 4 years. He is currently a Fulbright Scholar at Georgia Tech and has been pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering since Fall 2005. His research interests include microelectronics and bioengineering.

Stephen Mobley - Electrical & Computer Engineering 

Stephen Mobley earned his undergraduate Computer Engineering degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).  He is a graduate of the Meyerhoff Scholarship program from UMBC and currently receiving the Sach Foundation Scholarship from Colorado Springs, CO.  He is expecting to receive his M.S. degree Summer 2012 and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering since Fall 2009.  His research interest include liquid phase detection of biological and chemical molecules, for detection applications such as cancer biomarkers or biowarfare prevention.  


Sunil Yalamanchili - Biomedical Engineering 

Warsame Heban - Electrical Engineering 

Stephen Mihalko - Electrical Engineering 

Chris Giardina - Biomedical Engineering 

Stephen Welch
- Electrical Engineering

Stephen Welch has worked with the Microelectronic Acoustics Group since 2007 has led the group's work in musical acoustics. This research began with a project quantifying the surface vibrations of guitars and received notable Georgia Tech press coverage in 2008 and has since expanded in several dimensions including CNC aided instrument construction, novel guitar design, and work with the Chameleon Guitar of MIT's media lab. Stephen also works with the MAG group developing sensors for environmental organophosphate pesticide detection with QCM-D technology. Stephen begins graduate school in Environmental Engineering UC Berkeley Fall 2010.  Personal site:

Jessica Peters - Biochemistry

Sean Mcgee -
Electrical Engineering

Alice W.
Electical Engineering

Past Students

Adam Wathen -
 Electrical Engineering

Adam Wathen earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 2002.  He then attended Georgia Tech and earned his M.S. in 2004, also in electrical engineering, during which he received the Georgia Tech ECE Graduate Teaching Assistant Excellence Award.  After receiving his M.S., he worked as a systems engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation in the area of IR countermeasures and targeting systems.  Adam then returned to Georgia Tech in 2007 and has been since pursuing his Ph.D in electrical engineering where he was an NSF GK-12 Fellow for the 2009-2010 academic year.  His research interests include general solid state acoustics, piezoelectric materials and devices (e.g. sensors and filters) and their applications to biological and chemical detection, as well as informal engineering and science education.  

Ryan Westafer -
 Electrical Engineering

Ryan Westafer earned the B.S. degree in Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech in 2005.  After an internship with Broadcom Corporation, Ryan returned to Georgia Tech and completed the MSECE degree in 2006.  Ryan's research focus is surface acoustic wave dispersion and its application to sensors.  He has developed surface acoustic wave (SAW) ozone sensors and is exploring phononic crystal (PnC) structures for these devices.  His ancillary interests include finite element modeling (FEM), matched filters, etc.  Outside of research, he has served as Instructor of Record for ECE3710 "Circuits and Electronics," and also as the student coordinator for the InVenture Prize and several other initiatives at Georgia Tech. 

Tony Dickherber -

Tony Dickherber earned his Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta in 1999.  He worked for Georgia Tech Research Institute in their Information Technology and Telecommunications Laboratory for the next 4 years, while going to Georgia Tech part time to earn his Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  Tony received his Ph.D. in 2008 in the school of Bioengineering at Georgia Tech and was a Sam Nunn Security Program Fellow during that time.

Christopher D. Corso -

Christopher Corso graduated from Georgia Tech in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering.  He received his Ph.D. from the School of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech in the summer of 2008 as part of the joint MD/PhD program between Georgia Tech and Emory University. During his time at Georgia Tech, Chris was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. He is currently attending medical school at the Emory University School of Medicine. His research interests involve the development of acoustic wave devices for medical diagnostics.

Eric Massey -
Electrical Engineering

Eric Massey graduated from Georgia Tech in the spring of 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering. He was a hammer thrower on the Georgia Tech track team and was named to the All-ACC Academic team. He successfully completed his masters thesis entitled "Measurement of Material Q in Rayleigh Waves With a Laser Based Acoustic Spectrometer" in the Fall of 2006. Eric worked for a while at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Ca, and most recently, he migrated to SpaceX.

Sang-Hun Lee -
Electrical Engineering

Sang-Hun Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. He earned a B.Eng. degree in Electronics Engineering from Korea University, Seoul, Korea in 1998, and M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA in 2000. He successfully defended his thesis entitled, "Theoretical and Experimental Characterization of Time-Dependent Signatures of Acoustic Wave Based Biosensors" in July of 2006. He is now working at Samsung, in Seoul.

Desmond Stubbs, Ph.D.  -

Desmond D. Stubbs earned a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Morris Brown College in Atlanta in 1997. In 1999, he attended Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta where he earned a Master's of Science degree in biochemistry. From 1999-2001, he worked as a demonstrations teacher in the School of Chemistry at Georgia Tech. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Tech in the fall of 2005. Desmond is now working at Oak Ridge National Labs.

Frank Pyrtle III., Ph.D. -
Mechanical Engineering

Frank Pyrtle, III. earned Bachelors and Masters degrees in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX in 1996 and 1999. He began his doctoral program at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1999. He recieved his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in August of 2004