UT graduate as a faculty member joins the Penn State School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS)
will join the faculty in the electrical engineering department as an assistant professor on Jan. 1, 2020. Kayyalha is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at Penn State. He received his doctoral degree from Purdue University in 2018 and his Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Tehran in Iran in 2011 and 2009, respectively — all in electrical and computer engineering. Kayyalha’s research revolves around harboring novel properties of topological insulators and two-dimensional materials for applications in quantum computing, nanoelectronics and energy harvesting devices.
The results of his research are published in various journals, including Physical Review Letters, Nature Communications, npj Quantum Materials and Applied Physics Letters. Kayyalha is a recipient of the Ross Fellowship (Purdue University, 2011-2015) and Faculty of Engineering Award (University of Tehran, 2005-2006). He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Electron Devices Society, the American Physical Society and the Iranian American Physicists Network Group.