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Robert Bruce Darling

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Bruce Darling joined the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1985.  He has regularly taught courses in electronic circuits and devices, analog circuit design, photodetection, semiconductor devices, microfabrication, medical instrumentation and senior project design.  His research areas have covered many different areas of integrated sensor development, IC design, novel optoelectronic devices and electronic materials and processing techniques.  He has developed instructional curriculum and laboratories for undergraduate electronics, introductory RF electronics and the first hands-on microfabrication laboratory at UW in 1995.  In 2003 he was an electrical engineering forensic investigator on the NASA Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB).  Darling served as Acting Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering over 2003-2004, and has also regularly held roles as Graduate Program Coordinator and Associate Chair for Education.  He has also participated in a number of NASA expeditions to the Atacama desert and high Andean volcanoes of Chile and Bolivia, coordinating field communications and electrical power.  Darling actively consults with local industry and startups on electronic product development and new electronic device concepts.  His spare time is usually filled with hiking, trekking and scrambling in the Cascades, Rockies, Alps, Andes and other mountain ranges of the world.

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UW electrical engineering (UW EE) professor Bruce Darling was awarded the College of Engineering Faculty Award in Teaching for his outstanding contributions to engineering education. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who fosters innovative and lasting contributions to engineering education and displays high-level commitment to students both in and outside of the classroom.

Professor Darling has a 37-year career with the engineering department; he has been instrumental in laying the foundation for several UW EE curricula and launched a microfabrication laboratory.

Throughout his time in the department, he has remained dedicated to his students. Recently, as a faculty advisor, Professor Darling supported students as they launched EcoCar to national competition, receiving first place for their topic paper and presentation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Award.
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At the national competition, the UW EcoCar team took first place in the innovation topic paper and presentation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Award. Students on the first-place team include UW electrical engineering (UW EE) students James Goin, Joanna Mazer, Denis Jivaikin, Ting-Yu (Jacky) Wang, Thaniel Schrimshire and Brandon Noyes and Paul G. Allen School of computer science and engineering student Max Thompson.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors (GM), EcoCAR is a multi-year, multi-phase challenge in which students work to convert a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car. From donated cars, students design a more fuel-efficient powertrain to replace their vehicle's stock powertrain. This challenge provides students an opportunity to gain hands-on engineering experience and develop real-world problem-solving skills.

Of the 14 nation-wide teams participating, the UW team took seventh place overall. The team will now be working to improve their car before next year's competition. As the majority of EcoCar teams are composed of only mechanical engineering students, the UW team holds a unique position by also incorporating electrical and computer engineering students. This collaboration offers a dynamic and diverse approach in design and power.

 

UW electrical engineering Professor Bruce Darling is the ECE (electrical and computer engineering) advisor and UW mechanical engineering Professor Brian Fabien is the faculty advisor.

[video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://www.ee.washington.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/EcoCAR_Innovation_Video.mp4"][/video]

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Bragg, Professor Bruce Darling and bioengineering Professor Wendy Thomas[/caption] UW electrical engineering (UW EE) professor Bruce Darling was awarded the College of Engineering Faculty Award in Teaching for his outstanding contributions to engineering education. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who fosters innovative and lasting contributions to engineering education and displays high-level commitment to students both in and outside of the classroom. Professor Darling has a 37-year career with the engineering department; he has been instrumental in laying the foundation for several UW EE curricula and launched a microfabrication laboratory. Throughout his time in the department, he has remained dedicated to his students. Recently, as a faculty advisor, Professor Darling supported students as they launched EcoCar to national competition, receiving first place for their topic paper and presentation for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Award. 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Students on the first-place team include UW electrical engineering (UW EE) students James Goin, Joanna Mazer, Denis Jivaikin, Ting-Yu (Jacky) Wang, Thaniel Schrimshire and Brandon Noyes and Paul G. Allen School of computer science and engineering student Max Thompson. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors (GM), EcoCAR is a multi-year, multi-phase challenge in which students work to convert a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid-electric car. From donated cars, students design a more fuel-efficient powertrain to replace their vehicle's stock powertrain. This challenge provides students an opportunity to gain hands-on engineering experience and develop real-world problem-solving skills. Of the 14 nation-wide teams participating, the UW team took seventh place overall. The team will now be working to improve their car before next year's competition. As the majority of EcoCar teams are composed of only mechanical engineering students, the UW team holds a unique position by also incorporating electrical and computer engineering students. This collaboration offers a dynamic and diverse approach in design and power.   UW electrical engineering Professor Bruce Darling is the ECE (electrical and computer engineering) advisor and UW mechanical engineering Professor Brian Fabien is the faculty advisor. [video width="1280" height="720" mp4="http://www.ee.washington.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/EcoCAR_Innovation_Video.mp4"][/video]

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Representative Publications

  • M. G. Rabbani, S. R. Patil, A. Verma, J. E. Villarreal, B. A. Korgel, R. Nekovei, M. M. Khader, R. B. Darling, and M. P. Anantram, “Zero-bias photocurrents in highly-disordered networks of Ge and Si nanowires,” Nanotechnology, vol. 27, no. 4, art. 045201 (9pp.), Dec. 11, 2015.
  • Z. Wan, R. B. Darling, and M. P. Anantram, “Programmable Diode/Resistor-Like Behaviors of Nanostructured Vanadium Pentoxide Xerogel Thin Film,” J. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., vol. 17, no. 45, pp. 30248-30254, Nov. 2015.
  • H.-H. Wu, C.-L. Wei, Y.-C. Hsu, and R. B. Darling, “Adaptive Peak-Inductor-Current-Controlled PFM Boost Converter With a Near-Threshold Startup Voltage and High Efficiency,” IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 1956-1965, Apr. 2015.
  • L. L. Lam and R. B. Darling, “Determining the optimal discharge strategy for a lithium-ion battery using a physics-based model,” J. Power Sources, vol. 276, pp. 195-202, 2015.
  • T.-C. Chen and R. B. Darling, “Fundamentals of Laser Ablation of the Materials Used in Microfluidics,” Chapter 3 of Micromachining Techniques for Fabrication of Micro and Nano Structures, pp. 35-60. M. Kahrizi, editor, InTech Publishers, 2011. ISBN 978-953-307-906-6.
  • R. B. Darling and S. Iwanaga, “Structure, properties, and MEMS and microelectronic applications of vanadium oxides,” Sādhanā, Indian Acad. Sci., Proc. Eng. Sci., vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 531-542, Aug. 2009.
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Education

  • Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, 1985
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering, 1982
    Georgia Institute of Technology
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, 1980
    Georgia Institute of Technology