Amal El-Ghazaly

Amal El-Ghazaly
(“em-el  el-ḡe-ze-lee”)
Assistant Professor
ase63 [at] cornell [dot] edu


Amal El-Ghazaly joined Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University as an assistant professor in July 2019. Prior to joining Cornell, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of California Berkeley, where she was awarded the University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2017. Her postdoctoral research explored new possibilities for ultrafast all-electrical switching of magnetic nanodots for faster and more energy-efficient computer memories. She earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University, where she was funded by both NSF and NDSEG graduate research fellowships as well as the Stanford DARE fellowship until her graduation in 2016. Her Ph.D. research focused on radio frequency devices using magnetic and magnetoelectric thin-film composites for tunable wireless communications. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011.

In the summer of 2015, while completing her Ph.D., she interned with the Components Research department at Intel in Hillsboro, OR. She has also studied and interned abroad in Japan, Egypt, and Nigeria over the course of her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Throughout her career, she has devoted much of her spare time to numerous diversity initiatives in STEM. She is deeply passionate about empowering minorities through higher education and stimulating technology development and science and engineering education across the world.

Postdoctoral Associates


Karthik Srinivasan Karthik Srinivasan
Postdoctoral Associate in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He completed his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where he has received the prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, NSF I-Corps Award, and Educational Seed Funding from the IEEE Magnetics Society. His Ph.D. research focused on developing magneto-optical garnets for integrated photonic isolators and as novel material platforms in magnonics. During his time in Minnesota, he was the Vice-Chairperson for the Twin-Cities chapter of the IEEE Magnetics Society and a Resource Instructor for the college’s Teaching and Language Kick-off (TALK). He received his M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and B.S. in electronics and communication engineering from Anna University, Chennai, India.

Ph.D. Students

Ludovico Cestarollo Ludovico Cestarollo
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.
He completed undergraduate and master degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Binghamton University (SUNY), publishing his thesis titled “Precision dispensing of screen printable materials for flexible hybrid electronics”. During his four years at Binghamton, he was a Division I tennis player, and during his junior and senior years also the captain of the team. In his free time, Ludovico enjoys playing and watching sports, especially tennis (of course!) and soccer.
Yulan Chen Yulan Chen
Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.
She received her B.S. degree in Polymer Materials and Engineering from South China University of Technology. She then continued her M.S. study at University of Alberta in Canada. Her current research interest focuses on the fabrication of transparent magnetic elastomers.
Gilles Djomani Gilles Djomani
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He completed a BS in Physics from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he did research in superconducting qubits, quantum biology, and quantum computing. While at Cornell, he hopes to continue doing research within quantum information science and sensors. In his free time, Gilles likes to attend tech conferences, play tennis, and go out with family.
Tzu-Yun Hsu Tzu-Yun Hsu
Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
She completed her undergrad in National Tsing Hua University with a major in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) and a minor in Computer Science. Then, she continued her studies with an M.S. in MSE at Cornell. She is interested in piezoelectric materials and related research fields in novel electronic devices. In her free time she enjoys arts, technology, animals, and adventures!

Master’s Students

Maritza Correa Maritza Correa
M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering.
She has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University where she focused on physical devices and photonics. At Cornell, she hopes to continue her interest in devices by studying optical/magnetic materials.
Vlad Smarandache Vlad Smarandache
M.Eng. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell, and is pursuing further studies aimed to increase his capacity to innovate in the industry. He is particularly interested in applying software engineering methods to physical problems in order to reduce costs and maximize the ability to iterate. In his spare time, he enjoys watching foreign movies and building electrical contraptions for the lowest possible cost.

Undergraduate Students

Akugbe Imudia Akugbe Imudia
B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He is currently a junior undergraduate and is passionate about creating new digital devices and learning more from electronic personal projects. In his free time, he likes to practice the piano, fold origami, and play Super Smash Brothers.