Dr. Ujjal Bhowmik received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama (UAH) in Huntsvillle in 2012 and M.Tech in Instrumentation from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India in 2001. He also did his B.S. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (KUET), Bangladesh. Dr. Bhowmik joined as a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer of the University Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in Spring 2019. Currently, he is teaching two courses (ECE 120 and ECE 220) in Computer Engineering. Before joining UIUC, he worked at the Catholic University of America (CUA), Washington DC, as a clinical assistant professor from Fall 2013 to Fall 2018. Dr. Bhowmik's research interests include GPU-based high-performance computing for engineering research, Medical Imaging (mathematical modeling, simulation and application of 3D CT imaging), fingerprint identification and verification systems, and application of FPGA and Microcontrollers. He authored six Journal articles and ten conference papers. Based on his recent research work, a paper titled, "Segmentation of cracks in x-ray CT images of tested macroporous plaster specimens," has been awarded as the best technical paper at IEEE Southeastcon 2014 conference. Dr. Bhowmik is also the recipient of the CUA School of Engineering 2015 Kaman Best Teacher Award. Dr. Bhowmik was awarded the 2018-2019 CDER PDC Curriculum Early Adopter Grant – an NSF/IEEE-TCPP Curriculum Initiative – to introduce parallel and distributed computing related topics and courses in the existing curriculum.
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