Prof. Anupama B. Kaul

PACCAR Professor of Engineering 

Director, Nanoscale Materials and Devices Laboratory (NMDL)
Director, PACCAR Technology Institute 

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering (joint)
The University of North Texas

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Dr. Kaul's research revolves around exploring the electrical, optical and mechanical properties of nanoscale materials for device applications. In particular, her research is currently focused on the synthesis, materials property characterization and device integration of two-dimensional (2D) layered nanomaterials for a number of device applications.  Her research is currently funded by agencies such as the ONR, AFOSR, NSF, and ARO.  Dr. Kaul joined UNT in the Fall of 2017 where she serves as Director of the PACCAR Technology Institute. The institute involves core faculty in this area of research at UNT within the Colleges of Engineering and Science.  
Prior to UNT, Dr. Kaul was with the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from Fall 2014 to Summer 2017 where she served as the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, and held the AT&T Distinguished Professorship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  

Dr. Kaul obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in Materials Science and Engineering with minors in Electrical Engineering and Physics in 2000, while her B.S. degrees (with Honors) were in Physics and Engineering Physics from Oregon State University.  For her Ph.D. dissertation research at UC Berkeley, she was advised by Prof. Theodore Van Duzer (EE), a National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Member, and Prof. Timothy D. Sands (MSE, Co-advisor), the current President of Virginia Tech.

After obtaining her Ph.D., Dr. Kaul was a Senior R&D Engineer at Motorola Labs from 2000 – 2002, where she was engaged in research on a DARPA-sponsored RF-MEMS program. From 2002 - 2014, she was with the Jet Propulsion Labs (JPL), California Insititute of Technology (Caltech), in capacities ranging from Member of the Technical Staff, Senior Member of the Technical Staff and Task Manager.  From 2011 - 2014, Dr. Kaul was on rotation from JPL-Caltech to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Washington D.C., where she served as a Program Director (through the IPA mechanism) in the Electrical Communications and Cyber Systems Division (ECCS) within the Engineering Directorate at NSF.

Awards and Recognition (Selected)
  • National Science Foundation's Director's Award for Program Management Excellence for leadership in the creation of a new Initiative at NSF totaling nearly $50 M in partnership with the Department of Defense, 2013
  • NASA Service Award, 2010
  • NASA Team Accomplishment Award, 2007
  • Multiple NASA Patent Awards 2005 - 2013 and numerous NASA Technology Brief Awards for innovative research
  • US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2012 Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) Symposium, Warren, MI
  • US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2014 bi-lateral Indo-US FOE Symposium, Mysore, India
  • Fellow of the Class of 2016 ELATE Program (Executive Leadership in Academic Technologies and Engineering) coordinated by Drexel University
  • More than 65 invited and keynote talks at major international conferences and meetings sponsored by professional societies (IEEE, SPIE, MRS, TMS, and NSTI, among others)
  • Senior Member, IEEE
Service & Advisory Boards (Selected)
  • Nature Scientific Reports, Editorial Board Member
  • Associate Editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal (Previously)
  • International Advisory Panel Member of the Materials Xpress Journal for the Institute of Physics
  • American Editor of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters
  • Associate Editor of Reviews in Advanced Sciences and Engineering and serves on the Editorial Board of several other journals.
  • Editor of Microelectronics to Nanoelectronics: Materials, Devices and Manufacturability:CRC Press
  • External Advisory Committee Member of the Penn State University's 2D Crystal Consortium – Materials Innovation Platform (2DCC-MIP), a national user facility dedicated to 2DLMs that was recently funded by the National Science Foundation
  • Member: Materials Research Society (MRS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), American Chemical Society (ACS), IEEE, SPIE
US Patents (Issued)
  1. A. B. Kaul "Methods for gas sensing with single-walled carbon nanotubes," US Patent 8,529,124 B2, California Institute of Technology, granted Sep. 2013.
  2. H. M. Manohara, and A. B. Kaul, "Carbon nanotube vacuum gauges with wide-dynamic range and processes thereof," US Patent 8,387,465 B2, California Institute of Technology, granted Mar. 2013.
  3. A. B. Kaul, L. W. Epp, and L. Bagge, "Applications and methods of operating a three-dimensional nano-electro-mechanical resonator and related devices," US Patent 8,435,798 B2, California Institute of Technology, granted May 2013.
  4. A. B. Kaul and J. B. Coles, "Thermally-resilient, broadband optical absorber from UV-to-IR derived from carbon nanostructures and method of making the same," US Patent 8,947,800 B2, California Institute of Technology, granted Feb. 2015.
  5. A. B. Kaul, E. W. Wong, R. Baron, and L. Epp, "Carbon nanotube switches for memory, RF communication and sensing applications and methods of making the same," US Patent 7,446,044, California Institute of Technology, granted Nov. 2008.
  6. T. Van Duzer, X. Meng, N. Newman, L. Yu and A. B. Kaul, "Internally shunted Josephson junction device," US Patent 6,734,454 B2, University of California-Berkeley, granted May 2004.

Dr. Kaul recently developed a new, interdisciplinary course at UNT on Micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS): Materials, Devices and Applications, which she developed through sponsorship from the ONR STEM grant where she serves as PI.  This course encompasses theory sections and integrates these with hands-on lab modules where students construct devices in the UNT cleanroom facility.  The course is currently offered as a special topics course, cross-listed in MTSE and EE departments, and is open to graduate students, and upper-division undergraduate students from the College of Engineering or Science.

At UNT, Dr. Kaul also teaches MTSE 3000, Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering.     

While at UTEP, Dr. Kaul developed two new courses in the EE and MMBME departments.