Dr. Hirak Patangia is a Professor of Electronics and Computer in the College of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. He has served the University in various administrative positions including interim dean, associate dean, and department chair before returning to full-time teaching and research.He is a strong proponent of undergraduate research and many of his publications include undergraduates as coauthors. With NSF funding, he developed a project based freshman engineering course for engineering and other university students who want to explore engineering as a career path or for personal enrichment. He has written a textbook and a laboratory manual for the course "Introduction to Electronics and Electrical Systems: A PBL Approach."He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence at UALR including Donaghey Outstanding Teacher award. He has also received recognition for research excellence from the chancellor and college. His research interest is in the general area of signal processing (analog/digital) and he is working on new approaches in inverter design and solar controller to improve efficiency of solar energy conversion. He received the bachelor’s degree with honors from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and Ph.D. degree from McGill University, Canada, all degrees in Electrical Engineering.
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