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Dr. Benjamin J. Blalock

Professor

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Contact Information

Email: bblalock@utk.edu
Web: EECS
Mailing Address:
Min H. Kao Building, Room 503
1520 Middle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2250
Office Phone: 865-974-0927
Office Fax: 865-974-5483

Areas of Interest

  • Analog/mixed-signal integrated circuit design for extreme environments (both wide temperature and radiation) across multiple semiconductor technologies
  • Ultra-low power (nano-Watt level) analog IC design for signal processing and computation
  • Multi-channel monolithic instrumentation systems
  • Gate drive integrated circuits for wide bandgap power electronics.

Education

  • BS in Electrical Engineering, The University of Tennessee, 1991
  • MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1993
  • PhD in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996
  • PhD Dissertation: A 1-Volt CMOS Wide Dynamic Range Operational Amplifier

Background

Benjamin J. Blalock is the Blalock-Kennedy-Pierce Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee where he directs the Integrated Circuits and Systems Laboratory (ICASL).

He received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1991 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, also in electrical engineering, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in 1993 and 1996 respectively.

Dr. Blalock has received numerous teaching and research awards at UT, including:

  • 2017 Alexander Prize for exceptional undergraduate teaching and distinguished scholarship, The University of Tennessee
  • 2015 College of Engineering Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, The University of Tennessee
  • 2015 College of Engineering Research Achievement Award, The University of Tennessee
  • Blalock-Kennedy-Pierce Professorship in Analog Electronics, July 2013-present
  • 2011 College of Engineering Teaching Fellow
  • 2009 Gonzalez Family Award for Excellence in Teaching

His research focus at UT includes analog/mixed-signal integrated circuit design for extreme environments (both wide temperature and radiation) across multiple semiconductor technologies; ultra-low power (nano-Watt level) analog IC design for signal processing and computation; multi-channel monolithic instrumentation systems; and gate drive integrated circuits for wide bandgap power electronics.

Dr. Blalock has co-authored over 200 refereed papers. During the 2007 IEEE Nuclear Science and Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC) he taught a short course on Radiation Effects on Analog Integrated Circuits and Extreme Environment Design. He has also worked as an analog IC design consultant for Cypress Semiconductor, Concorde Microsystems, and Global Power Electronics. Dr. Blalock is a senior member of the IEEE.

 

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