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Professor (MtE), Adjunct Professor (ECE)

Center for Materials for Information Technologies, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

1018 NERC
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  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Cincinnati, 1981
  • M.S., Physics, University of Cincinnati, 1978
  • B.S., Physics, University of the West Indies, Jamaica


Faculty Director, UA Micro-Fabrication Facility:2006-2016. Converted facility built on federally funded grant (after grant expiration) to university user facility in 2006, servicing over a dozen independent research groups in Engineering and Arts and Sciences. This facility has served significantly in outreach, training dozens of undergraduates in photolithography, at least half of whom have been women and minorities. In fact, the undergraduates have become the backbone of the facility, organizing and running it and training other students and researchers with minimal supervision from faculty. We have had Research Experiences for Undergraduates in the facility nearly every summer since it opened in 2007, with undergraduates conducting experiments on GMR sensors and advanced media. We have also hosted several high school students during summer high school internships.

Chair, MTE Retention, Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2014, 2015, 2017.
Member, College RT&P Committee, 2014, 2015, 2017.
Graduate Coordinator: Summer 2005 to Fall 2008.
Chair, Graduate Subcommittee, same period.
Member, University Graduate Research Committee , Fall 2007-2009.
Senior member, IEEE; Member, AVS, APS, TMS, SWE, MRS
AVS Thin Film Division:Program Chair/ Chair-Elect: 2008-2010; Chair:2010-2011, Executive Committee:2012-2014; Secretary/Treasurer: 2014-2016, 2018-2019.
ABET Observer and Program Evaluator-in-training, 2019.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Vacuum Society, (2018).
  • Sony Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (1991): “Development of High Productivity Processes for MiniDisc Coating Applications”.
  • Class 1 NASA Tech. Brief Award (1985): “Selective Electroplating on Laser-Irradiated Surfaces”.
  • One of 100 top innovations of 1984-85 selected by Science Digest magazine: “Fabrication of MOSFETS in Laser-Recrystallized Silicon-on-Garnet”.

Areas of Research

Latest Publications

  • “Magnetic bubble formation in perpendicular Co/Pd multilayer-Py films”, W. Zhang, S. Kang, J. Gong and S. Gupta (in preparation, 2019)
  • “TEM study of various seed layers for Co25Pd75 alloys”, J. B. Abugri, B. D. Clark, Kristen Tippey, Philomela Komninou, P.B. Visscher and S. Gupta, (in preparation, 2019)
  • “MFM and FORC+ study of switching mechanism in Co25Pd75films”, J. B. Abugri, B. D. Clark, P. B. Vissscher, J. Gong, and S. Gupta, J. Appl. Phys. 126, 013901 (2019).
  • “FORC+ Analysis of Perpendicular Magnetic Tunnel Junctions”, J. B. Abugri, P. B. Visscher, S. Gupta, P. J. Chen, and R. D. Shull, J. Appl. Phys. 124, 043901 (2018).
  • “The University of Alabama Excalibur Project”, S. Gupta, J. of Metals, 70, 1366, (2018).