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Simon Foo, Ph.D.

Simon Y. Foo, Ph.D.
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  • Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of South Carolina, 1988
  • M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of South Carolina, 1985
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of South Carolina, 1983
Research Interests
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Reconfigurable Antennas
  • Modeling of Electro-Mechanical Actuator (EMA)
  • Electromagnetic interference (EMI) filtering
  • Regenerative electric power
  • More Electric Aircraft (MEA)
  • Multi-junction Photovoltaics

Dr. Foo is a tenured Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Florida A&M University and Florida State University. His research contributions have been in the areas of computational intelligence, random number generators, field programmable gate array (FPGA) applications, and photovoltaics. Dr. Foo has authored or co-authored over 100 refereed technical papers and contributed to two book chapters. He has also graduated more than 30 MS and PhD students. He is the Principal Investigator of at least 20 funded research projects with total funding of over 3 million dollars. His primary research sponsors include the National Security Agency, National Science Foundation, U. S. Air Force, Boeing Aircraft Company, and the Florida Department of Transportation. He also serves as a technical advisor to Airbus in the area of fire detection in aircraft cargo bays. Besides the "Engineering Research Awards" (2004 and 2008) from the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering, he also won the "Teaching Incentive Award" (1995), "Teacher of the Year" awards (2001 and 2010), and two "Best Paper" awards (2001 and 2004). Dr. Foo is a member of Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society (since 1982).

PhD Students Graduated

  • Dana Skinner, "Compressive Sensing: Optimal Reconstruction", Fall 2013, currently with National Security Agency (NSA), Fall 2013

  • Indranil Bhattacharya, "Modeling and Simulation of High Efficiency Multijunction Solar Cells", Summer 2013, currently an Assistant Professor with Tennessee State University, Cookeville, TN, Fall 2013

  • Yuhang Deng , "Study of Multiphase Bidirectional DC-DC Converter Interfacing with Energy Storage for Fuel Cell Vehicle Using Power Hardware-In-the-Loop Concept", Fall 2010, currently with General Electric (GE), Dallas, TX

  • Masood Ejaz, "Fast Independent Component Analysis", Spring 2008, currently Professor at Valencia College, Florida

  • Jeffrey Connor, "Antenna Array Synthesis Using the Cross Entropy Method", Summer 2008, currently with ArgonST (Boeing), Washington, DC

  • Erastus Ogunti, "Power Analysis of Resonant Clocks", Summer 2008, currently Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical Engineering, Federal University of Technology at Akure (FUTA), Nigeria

  • Jason Isaacs, "Kernel PCA and Kernel ICA", Spring 2007, currently Senior Scientist, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Panama City, FL

  • Dan Belc, "Hybrid Wavelet Filter for Medical Image Compression", Spring 2006, currently with Siemens, Germany

  • Shonda Walker,"Optimal Wavelets for Robust Speech Recognition", Spring 2003, formerly Associate Professor at Georgia Southern, now Associate Professor at Florida A&M University

  1. Weatherspoon, M., Connor, J., and Foo, S. Y., "Shaped beam synthesis of phased arrays using the cross entropy method," International Journal of Numerical Modeling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields, pp. 1893-1903, 2013
  2. I. Bhattacharya and S. Y. Foo, "Modeling of Antimony based Subcell Layers for Higher Photon Absorption in Novel Multijunction Solar Cell", IEEE SoutheastCon 2013, April 4-7, Jacksonville, FL
  3. Y. Deng, S. Y. Foo, H.Li," "Study of Bidirectional DC-DC Converter Interfacing Energy Storage for Vehicle Power Management using Real Time Digital Simulator (RTDS)," Journal of Power Electronics, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp.479-489, 2011
  4. I.Bhattacharya and S. Y. Foo, "Effects of Gallium-Phosphide and Indium-Gallium-Antimonide Semiconductor Materials on Photon Absorption of Multijunction Solar Cells", IEEE SoutheastCon 2010, Charlotte, NC, March 18-21, 2010


  1. Bhattacharya and Simon Y. Foo, US Patent Application No. US 61/219,926, "High Efficiency Photovoltaic Cell for Solar Energy Harvesting", filed (Florida State University Research Foundation) with the US Patent and Trademark Office on June 24, 2010. Granted in November 2013.
  2. Bhattacharya and Simon Y. Foo, US Patent Application No. US 61/547,303, "Four Junction Solar Cell", filed (Florida State University Research Foundation) with the US Patent and Trademark Office on October 14, 2012. Patent pending.