Texas Tech University


The Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department of Texas Tech University (TTU) is recruiting highly-motivated students to pursue a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering under a Graduate Assistance in the Areas of National Need (GAANN) award from the US Department of Education.

Emerging Areas

• Cybersecurity of Industrial Control Systems
• Detection and Mitigation of Stealth Attacks in Critical Infrastructures
• Cybersecurity of Smart Grid with Distributed Renewable Sources and 
    Storage Systems
• Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Algorithms for Cybersecurity
• Deep Learning-Based Forecasting and Detection Methods

Fellowship Requirements

• US citizens or permanent residents
• Excellent academic credentials, with a BS or MS degree in EE, CMPE,
    CS, Math, Physics, or another related field
• Graduating Students in the Spring, Summer and Fall 2019 are
    encouraged to apply
• Admission into the Ph.D. program in EE at TTU
• Plans for a career in research or teaching

GAANN Program Features

• Annual Fellowship of up to $34,000 based on financial need as
    established by FAFSA
• Allowance for full tuition, fees, books, conference travel, and
    other educational expenses
• Continued support to Fellows with good academic standing through
    completion of Ph.D. program
• Supervised teaching experience
• Internship Opportunities

How to Apply

• Send an e-mail to gaannfellowships.ece@ttu.edu stating your
    interest in applying for a GAANN Fellowship.
• Submit Application to the PhD program in Electrical Engineering through
• Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled

Participating Faculty Members in the Grant

Vittal Rao

Vittal Rao, Ph.D.

Professor, ECE

Email: vittal.rao@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.4293

Fax: 806.742.1245

Office: ECE 224

Research Interests:

Electrical Energy Smart Grid Technologies
Smart Structural Systems
Tera−Hertz Technologies
Cyber Systems
Robust Control Systems
Data Fusion & Mining


Brian Nutter, Ph.D., P.E.

Brian Nutter

Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor, ECE

Email: brian.nutter@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.6410

Fax: 806.742.1245

Office: ECE 214

Research Group Website: Biomedical Integrated Devices and Systems (BIDS)

Research Interests:

Biomedical Imaging
Embedded Systems


Ranadip Pal, Ph.D.Ranadip Pal

Associate Professor, ECE

Email: ranadip.pal@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.8631

Fax: 806.742.1245

Office Hours: ECE 212

Personal Website: Dr. Ranadip Pal

Research Interests:

Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence
Stochastic Modeling and Control


Beibei Ren, Ph.D.Beibei Ren

Assistant Professor, ME

Email: beibei.ren@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.6692

Fax: 806.742.3540

Office: ME South 201J

Research Group Website: Dynamic Intelligent Systems, Control and Optimization (DISCO) Group

Research Interests:

Cybersecurity of Industrial Control Systems and SCADA
Renewable Energy and Grid Integration
Microgrid Control
Critical Infrastructure Inspection using Drone Technology


Miao He, Ph.D.Miao He

Assistant Professor, ECE

Email: miao.he@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.8962

Fax: 806.742.1245

Office: ECE 110

Research Interests:

Cyber-physical power systems
Monitoring and data fusion towards secure smart grids
Power system operations with high penetration of renewable resources
Online dynamic security assessment of power systems using PMU measurements


Michael Giesselmann, Dr. Ing., P.E.Michael Giesselmann

Department Chair and Professor, ECE

Email: michael.giesselmann@ttu.edu

Phone: 806.834.6841

Fax: 806.742.1245


Research Center Website: Center for Pulsed Power & Power Electronics

Research Interests:

MW−Level Motor Drives
Compact Pulsed Power Distributed Railguns
Power Electronics
Pulsed Power
Power Systems

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For additional information or to apply, please contact:
Brian Nutter brian.nutter@ttu.edu or Vittal Rao vittal.rao@ttu.edu

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