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A nationally recognized specialist in microelectronics/nanoelectronics, Prof. Kapoor holds M.S. (1972) and Ph.D. (1976) degrees from Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, where he was awarded the Eastman Kodak prize for excellence in teaching. He went to work in California’s Silicon Valley at Fairchild Corp. as a senior design engineer designing computer chips during the cutting edge of the computer revolution.

After his industrial experience, Dr. Kapoor joined Case Western Reserve University in 1978 as an Assistant Professor and taught electrical engineering and pioneered collaboration in space communications with NASA-Lewis Research Center. He joined the University of Cincinnati in 1983 as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of Graduate Studies, and in 1986 became the head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. He joined the University of Toledo in 1994 as Dean of the College of Engineering. He was appointed the 14th President of the University of Toledo, Ohio in January 1, 1999. He was the Director of Biomedical Nanotechnology Research Center and Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering until his retirement from the University of Toledo in June 2008. Dr. Kapoor was designated Professor and Dean Emeritus, College of Engineering, The University of Toledo since July 2008.

At present Dr. Kapoor is a Courtesy Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Graduate Faculty Scholar in the College of Graduate Studies, both at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida.

He was awarded the “IEEE Third Millennium Medal” in 1999 for his contribution to the Electrical Engineering profession. For his outstanding scientific and technical contributions in semiconductor microelectronics, he was elected a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society in 1993 and was awarded the “Thomas D. Callinan Award” in 1991 for outstanding contributions and achievement in dielectric science and technology.

Dr. Kapoor has published over 170 scientific papers in prestigious journals and scientific conference publications. He has been a major advisor for 40 M.S. and Ph.D. student theses/dissertations and directed 42 undergraduate student’s project/theses with multimillion dollar research grants from federal/state government and industry. His students have become faculty at U.S.A. university or have responsible positions at major high-technology companies. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses for the past 30 years and his overall student course evaluation rating have been from excellent to very good teacher.

Professor Kapoor came to the United States of America from India in 1969, and his name is on the American Immigrant Wall of Honor at The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island, New York. Dr. Kapoor is married to Elizabeth and has three sons, Mark, Michael, and John and two grandchildren, Taylor, Evan, Ryan, and Alexa.


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