Bharatkumar S. Joshi Memorial Scholarship Announces First Recipient

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Arnab Baruah was recently announced as the first recipient of the Bharatkumar S. Joshi Memorial Scholarship, named in memory of Associate Professor Dr. Bharatkumar S. Joshi of the William States Lee College of Engineering.

Baruah is currently working on his dissertation, “Ultra Low Power Wireless Transceiver for Wearable Medical Devices.” His research is primarily focused on developing “near zero-power” electronic circuits that can be used in ADC’s, sensors, and wireless transceivers operating at nano amperes of current. Such devices are critical for the use of wearable and implantable electronics such as those used in implanted medical devices. Baruah’s research is funded by grants obtained from DARPA through Honeywell.

“Baruah is at an early stage of his research and demonstrates the potential to make significant contributions to the field,” said Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair Asis Nasipuri.

The Bharatkumar S. Joshi Memorial Scholarship recognizes excellence in graduate research that focuses on applications of computing to healthcare, medical science and practice, and novel approaches for improving human life. The scholarship was made possible by a gift to Exponential: The Campaign for UNC Charlotte, from family and friends of Dr. Joshi.

“He had a passion for teaching and was dedicated to his students,” said Illa Joshi, Dr. Joshi’s wife. “This scholarship will reward a student once a year in the department Bharat so loved and cherished.” 

Dr. Joshi taught in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from August 2005 until his passing on March 7, 2016. He was a dedicated teacher, a beloved mentor, and a brilliant researcher in the area of computer engineering, specializing in fault tolerant computing.

We are excited that the scholarship has already benefited one student,” said Wil Bosbyshell of University Advancement. “We look forward to future news from the family, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the UNC Foundation on increasing the impact of this important scholarship.”