School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Mohamed Osman

  • Ph.D. in Applied Physics,  Arizona State University, 1986
  • MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts, 1982
  • MS in Physics, University of Arizona, 1980
  • BS in Physics, University of Khartoum (First Class Honors), 1977

Joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2008 from WSU Pullman.

Academic Interests


  • Semiconductor devices
  • Microelectronic circuits
  • Renewable energy
  • Photovoltaics
  • Wind energy integration
  • Power system performance
  • Electromagnetics
  • Nanoelectronics
  • Molecular simulation of nanostructures


  • Electron transport
  • Thermal transport in nanostructures
  • Smart environment
  • Renewable energy
  • Molecular and particle simulations
Professional Experience

Service to Professional Groups/Associations

  • Member, Technical Program Committee and Chair Alternative Energy Track: IEEE SUSTECH 2013, Portland, Oregon, August 1-2, 2013, IEEE SUSTECH 2014, Portland, Oregon, July 24-26, 2014.
  • Member, Program Committee, IEEE NANO 2013, Beijing, China, August 5-8, 2013
  • Member Organizing Committee, Engineer’s Week, Tri-City, Washington, 2009-2013
  • Member Engineer of the Year Selection Committee, Engineer’s Week, Tri-City, Washington, 2009-2013.
  • Chair,  IEEE Region 6 Student Paper Competition, 2009-2012 (held every Fall)
  • Member International Advisory Board, Nanotech Malaysia 2012, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia, 11/05-11/07/2012.
  • Member, Program Committee, IEEE NANO 2011, Portland, Oregon, August 15-19, 2011.
  • Member International Advisory Board, Nanotech Malaysia 2010, Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia, 12/01-12/03/2010.
  • Member Editorial board, Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering , 2009-present
  • Member NSF SBIR/STTR Phase II Panel on “BC: Separations”, April 2009.
  • Member NSF SBIR/STTR Phase I Panel on “Organic Electronics”, February 2009.

Membership in Professional Societies and Services

*American Physical Society: Computational Physics Division, Condensed Matter Physics, Forum on Education, Soft Matter Topical Group.
*Senior Member IEEE: Electron Device Society, Power and Energy Society, Education Society.

  • IEEE PES Chapter, Richland section: Secretary 2013, Vice Chair 2014.
  • Chair,  IEEE Region 6 Student Activities Committee 2008-2012
  • Member,  IEEE MGA Student Activities Committee  2008-2012
  • IEEE Palouse subsection Vice Chair 10/04-12/05 2004 , Chair: 01/08 – 08/08.
  • Faculty Counselor, IEEE Student Chapter at WSU-Tri-Cities, January 2009- present
  • Founding Chair, IEEE AP/CAS/ED/SP joint chapter Palouse section, 1995-2007.

Awards and Recognition

  • IEEE Richland Section “2008 Engineer of the Year Award”, February 2009.
  • Outstanding Research Faculty Award, School of Electrical Engineering, WSU, 2003.
  • NASA Group Achievement Award for excellence in research and outstanding contributions to the emerging field of Nanotechnology, June 2000.
  • NASA Certificate of Recognition for contribution to research, 1995 NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship program
Recent Publications
  • M.A. Imam, M.A. Osman, and A.A. Osman, ”Determination and assessment of the floating body voltage of SOI CMOS devices,” IEEE Trans. Electron Dev.,Vol. 48,  pp. 688-695, 2001.
  • M.A. Osman and Deepak Srivastava, “Temperature Dependence of Thermal Conductivity of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes,” Nanotechnology,  Vol. 12 No 1, 21-24,  2001.
  • K.O. Goyal, R. Mahalingam, P.D. Pedrow and M. A. Osman,”Mass Transport Characteristics in a Pulsed Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition Reactor for Thin Polymer Film Deposition,” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 29, No. 1, February 2001.
  • L.V. Shepsis, P.D. Pedrow, R. Mahalingham, and M.A. Osman, “Modeling and Experimental Comparison of Pulsed Plasma Deposition of Aniline,” Thin Solid Films Vol. 385, pp. 11-21, 2001.
  • A. Daghighi and M.A. Osman, “Two dimesnional Model for Simulation of Body Contacts in SOI MOSFETs,” Microelectronics Engineering, Vol. 70, pp. 83-90, 2003.
  • M.A. Imam, M.A. Osman, and A.A. Osman, “ Simulation of partially and near-fully depleted SOI MOSFET Devices and Circuits using SPICE compatible Physical sub-circuit model,” Microelectronics Reliability, Vol. 44, pp. 53-63 (2004).
  • P.A. Tamirisa, K.C. Liddell, P.D. Pedrow, and M.A. Osman,” Pulsed Plasma Polymerized Aniline Thin Films,” J. Applied Polymer Science VOl. 93, pp. 1317-1325 (2004)
  • A. Cummings, M.A. Osman, D. Srivastava, D. Srivastava and M. Menon, “Thermal Conductivity of Y-Junction carbon naotubes,” Phys. Rev. B Vol. 70, pp. 115405-115410 (2004).
  • R. Dhar, P.D. Pedrow, K.C. Liddell, Q. Ming, T.M. Moller, and M.A. Osman, “Plasma Enhanced MOCVD of Catalytic Coatings for Fuel Reformers,” IEEE Trans. on Plasma Science, Vol. 33, pp 128-146 (2005)
  • M.A. Osman and D. Srivastva, “Molecular Dynamic Simulation of Heat Pulse Propagation in Single Wall carbon nanotubes,” Phys. Rev. B.72, 125413 (2005)
  • R. Dhar, P.D. Pedrow, K.C. Liddell, Q. Ming, T.M. Moller, and M.A. Osman, “Synthesis of Pt/ZrO2 Catalyst Fecralloy Substrates using Composite Plasma Polymerized Films ,” IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 33, pp. 2035-2045  (2005).
  • T. A. Soares, M.A. Osman and T.P. Straatsma, “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Organophosphorous Hydrolases Bound to Nerve Agent Soman,” J. Chem. Theory Comp.  Vol. 3, 1569   (2007).
  • T. Kim and M.A. Osman, “Molecular Dynamic Simulation of Heat Pulse Propagation in Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes,” Phys. Rev. B 76, 155424 (2007).
  • M.A. Osman, A. Cummuings, and D. Srivastava, “Thermal Properties of Carbon nanotubes,” Chapter 13 in Molecular Building Blocks for Nanotechnology:  From Diamondoids to Nanoscale Materials and Applications,  G. Ali Mansoori, Thomas F. George, Guoping Zhang and Lahsen Assoufid, editors, Springer-Verlag’s Topics in Applied Physics Series Vol. 109, Springer 2007.
  • D. Srivastava, M.A. Makeev, M.  Menon and M.A Osman, “Computational Nanomechanics and Thermal Transport in Nanotubes and Nanowires,”  J. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Vol. 8 (7), 3628-3651 (2008).
  • A. Daghighi, M.A. Osman and M.A. Imam, “An Area Efficient Body Contact for Low- and High- Voltage SOI MOSFET Devices,” Solid State Electronics Engineering, Vol. 52 (2), pp.196-204, 2008.
  • A. Daghighi, M.A. Osman, International Journal of Electronics, “Experimental Characterization of PD SOI MOSFET DeviceFabricated with Diamond-Shaped Body Contact,” International Journal of Electronics, Vol. 98 (6), pp.801-812, 2011.
  • Y. Eero, M.A. Osman and S. Hudson, “Using Zigbee Wireless Network for Monitoring and Control of a Greenhouse over the Internet,” Proceeding of the 2013 International Conference on Wireless Networks, Reno Nevada, July 2013.
  • J. Mullen and M.A. Osman, “Wind Power Ramping in the Bonneville Power Administration Area,” Proceeding of the  1st IEEE Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (IEEE SusTech13), Portland, Oregon, August 2013.
  • T. Roberts, G. Mosbrucker,J. Petersen, and M.A. Osman, “Flexible Solar Simulator for Renewable Energy Laboratory Instruction,” Proceeding of the  2nd IEEE Conference Conference on Technologies for Sustainability (IEEE SusTech14), Portland, Oregon,  July 2014.
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