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Dr. Yating (Erica) Hu

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Office: MGB 202A
Tel: (615) 898-2097


Yating (Erica) Hu received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Nankai University in 2008, and M.S. and Ph.D. degree from Wayne State University in 2011 and 2014, respectively. She joined the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University in 2014.

Dr. Hu's research interests focus on sensor and instrumentation design, high performance biomedical sensors, energy harvesting for wireless sensors, and technology commercialization.  In particular, she is interested in developing mobile healthcare related technologies which enable ubiquitous patient monitoring and proactive health management.  She had worked on several federal funded research projects including wearable sensors for continuous heart and lung sound monitoring (NSF), piezoelectric vibration energy harvesting for self-powered smart sensors (NSF), bio-inspired 3-D tactile sensor for minimally invasive surgery (NSF), micromachined piezoresistive accelerometers based on an asymmetrically gapped cantilever (NSF), etc. She has authored or co-authored over 10 publications and holds an US patent. Her current research is conducted in close collaboration with colleagues atnd clinicians from Nashville-area hospitals.

Dr. Hu is also avid for technology commercialization. She was the receipt of the prestigious Kauffman Global Scholar fellowship, and the founder the startup company PiezoPowerTech, which won the $50,000 top prize at the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge.

Dr. Hu is a member of the IEEE, and SAE.

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