Mark Budnik, Ph.D.

Mark Budnik, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Gellersen Hall, Room 228
219.464.5117
mark.budnik@valpo.edu

Education

B.S. – University of Illinois
M.S. – Purdue University
Ph.D.- Purdue University 

Courses Taught
  • Advanced Microcontroller Topics
  • Computational Techniques for Electrical and Computer Engineers I
  • Computational Techniques for Electrical and Computer Engineers II
  • Embedded Microcontrollers
  • Embedded Microcontrollers Laboratory
  • Embedded System Emulation
  • Linear Circuits Laboratory I
  • Managing Technology and Innovation
  • Nanotechnology Initiatives
  • Signals and Systems
  • Senior Design I
  • Senior Design II
Research Interests
  • Assistive therapy devices for individuals on the autism spectrum – During the past two years, we have developed three generations of vibration therapy devices intended to minimize symptomatic behaviors of children on the autism spectrum.
  • Nanotechnology – Education – Students have the opportunity to learn about nanotechnology and develop new teaching techniques to introduce these lessons to their peers and neighboring K-12 institutions.
  • Nanotechnology – Energy Storage
    Students have the opportunity to explore the realm of one-dimensional nanometer-scale (0.000 000 001 meter) devices and see how they can be used for energy storage applications.
Areas of Specialization
  • Analog and digital circuit design
  • Assistive devices
  • Computational tools
  • Embedded system design
  • Engineering pedagogy
  • Industry collaboration
  • K-12 outreach
  • Nanotechnology
  • Signals and systems
Professional Affiliations
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Senior Member
Selected Publications
  • “A Power Delivery and Decoupling Network Minimizing Ohmic Loss and Supply Voltage Variation in Silicon Nanoscale Technologies,” IEEE Transactions on VLSI, December 2006  (K. Roy)
  • “Bridging Theory into Practice: First Steps Toward the Development of an Electrical Engineering Book of Knowledge,” 2010 ASEE Conference on Industry and Education Collaboration (CIEC), February 2010
  • “Introduction to Nanotechnology: Implementation of a Cooperative Program for Gifted and Talented Elementary School Children,” 2009 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), October 2009  (D. Beck, G. Vrabel)
  • “An International, Multi-Disciplinary, Academic-Industrial Partnership for an Undergraduate Engineering Capstone Course Sequence,” 2009 International Symposium on Academic Globalization (AG), July 2009
  • “A Carbon Nanotube Capacitor,” 2009 IEEE Nanotechnology Materials and Devices Conference (NMDC), June 2009  (E.W. Johnson)
  • “Entrepreneurship Throughout an Electrical And Computer Engineering Curriculum,” 2009 ASEE Annual Conference, June 2009  (D. Tougaw, E. Johnson)
  • “Encouraging Scientific Imagination in Elementary Students,” 2009 ASEE Illinois/Indiana Section Conference, March 2009  (L. Sanders)
  • “An Innovative Opportunity for Industry and Education Collaboration,” 2009 ASEE Illinois/Indiana Section Conference, March 2009  (P. Cooke)
  • “A Thin, Vertical, Parallel Plate Capacitor with Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotube Electrodes,” 2008 Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE Conference on Nanotechnology (NANO), Arlington, TX, August 2008 (J.D. Wood, E. Johnson)
  • “Electrical Models for Vertical Carbon Nanotube Capacitors,” Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE Great Lakes Symposium on VLSI (GLSVLSI), May 2008  (J.D. Wood, E. Johnson)
  • “An Active Suppression Circuit for the Reduction of di/dt Event Supply Voltage Variation,” Proceedings of the 2008 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), Austin, TX, February 2008 (J. Wood, N. Spagnuolo, K. Roy)
  • “A Carbon Nanotube Capacitor Structure,” 2007 International Semiconductor Device Research Symposium (ISDRS), December 2007  (J.D. Wood)
  • “Motivation, Inspiration, and Economics of an International Service Project,” Proceedings of the 2007 National Capstone Design Course Conference, Boulder, CO, June 2007  (P. Johnson, K. Sevener, J. Will)
  • “Managing Senior Projects – Educating Graduates and Undergraduates in a Senior Project Course,” 2007 ASEE Annual Conference, June 2007  (M. Hagenberger, P. Johnson, D. Tougaw, J. Will, K. Sevener)
  • “Integrating Entrepreneurship in Senior Design Projects,” The 2007 National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) Conference, March 2007  (D. Tougaw, J. Will, P. Johnson, M. Hagenberger)
Books
  • “Fundamentals of Power Semiconductors for Automotive Applications, 2nd Edition” –  Infineon Technologies Corporation 2008
  • “A Distributed Power Delivery and Decoupling Network Minimizing Ohmic Loss and Supply Voltage Variation in Silicon Nanoscale Technologies” – copyrighted TX6-476-829 February 25, 2007
  • “Fundamentals of Power Semiconductors for Automotive Applications, 1st Edition” –  Infineon Technologies Corporation 2006