Joseph Talghader obtained his B.S. in electrical engineering from Rice University
in 1988. He was awarded an NSF Graduate Fellowship and attended the University of California at Berkeley
where he received his M.S. in 1993 and Ph.D. in 1995. In graduate school, Dr. Talghader studied semiconductor lasers and microfabrication techniques and developed assembly techniques for vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers. From 1992 to 1993 he worked at Texas Instruments as a Process Development Engineer, where he investigated EEPROM memory design and reliability issues. After graduating from Berkeley in 1995, he joined Waferscale Integration where he developed microfabrication processes for high-density nonvolatile memory devices. In 1997 Dr. Talghader joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor and was later promoted to full Professor.
Dr. Talghader has received 3M Nontenured Faculty Awards on three occasions. He has served on various program committees and reviews, including service as Program chair of the 2003 IEEE/LEOS Optical MEMS Conference and as Guest Editor of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics 2004 Special Issue on Optical Microsystems. His present research areas include IR detection, micro-opto-mechanical coatings, thin film materials, adaptive micro-optics, and microfluidic sensors.
If you would like to know more about Professor Talghader's research-related experiences, his Curriculum Vitae is available.