Dr. Jorge Vargas brings knowledge and experience in microelectronics, radio frequency and microwave engineering, spintronics, magnetics and superconductivity to his role at Florida Polytechnic University.
At Florida Poly, he has designed and developed the electrical engineering curricula for the undergraduate and graduate programs, supported collaborative educational grants for external funding opportunities and provided outreach projects to the community.
His industry background includes work as a product development engineer for IBM’s Microelectronics Division in Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Vargas coordinated strategies to debug and scale integrated circuits for wireless RF communications.
Dr. Vargas received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Florida International University in Miami, where he researched the design and fabrication of superconducting micro-electro mechanical system switches through the U.S. Air Force’s Future Aerospace Science and Technology (FAST) Center at FIU. He researched, developed, tested and implemented technology to assist the Air Force in producing the next generation of space-based communication and intelligence platforms. Dr. Vargas also explored high-temperature superconductors as a research assistant at the FAST Center.
Prior to joining Florida Poly in October 2013, Dr. Vargas worked as an Associate Professor in Electrical Engineering at Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico, where he taught undergraduate engineering courses on electrical circuits, electronics, logic design, radio frequency design and electromagnetism. His research there involved assembling radiation sensors. He was a senior researcher on a project through the U.S. Department of Energy to fabricate novel thin-film radiation sensors. He also built switches that had Micromachined Screen Printing (MaSprint) capability for a cost-effective approach to integrating sensing elements into devices and applications.
He was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Miami to complete his undergraduate and graduate studies. His hobbies include playing tennis and soccer.