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About David Estrada

Dr. David Estrada joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Boise State University in 2013. This was a homecoming for him since he earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from Boise State before pursuing a Ph.D., also in electrical engineering, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Estrada's research is interdisciplinary in nature, at the intersections of electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, physics, and nanotechnology. In addition to teaching and research, he is an active member of a number of professional societies, including Tau Beta Pi, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Electron Device Society, Materials Research Society (MRS), American Chemical Society (ACS), American Physical Society (APS), and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).


2020 - Present Advanced Manufacturing Deputy Director for Academic Research, Idaho National Laboratory
2019 - Present Associate Director, Boise State University Center for Advanced Energy Studies
2013 - Present Assistant Professor, Boise State University Department of Materials Science and Engineering


2021 - 2026 IUCRC Phase II Boise State University: Center for Atomically Thin Multifunctional Coatings (ATOMIC)
National Science Foundation - 2113873
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Harish Subbaraman (Co-PI)
2023 - 2023 To explore the feasibility of integrating two-dimensional materials with DNA nanotechnology as a new approach to manufacturing computer memory, a critical component in modern computing and data storage
National Science Foundation
Future Manufacturing program - Seed grant
2022 - 2022 Enable advanced manufacturing of flexible hybrid electronics using mixed dimensional materials
Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
Role: Program Lead
Colleague(s): Harish Subbaraman
2019 - 2022 Exploring the challenges and opportunities of plasma jet printing for NASA's emerging In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) program
NASA Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR)
Role: Co-Primary Investigator
Colleague(s): Harish Subbaraman, Jim Browning, Ken Cornell, and Nirmala Kandadai
2020 - 2020 For purchase of an Atomic Force Microscopy–Infrared Spectroscopy (AFM-IR) system
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust
Role: Principle Investigator
Colleague(s): Paul Davis and Elton Graugnard
2019 - 2019 Utilizing Graphene as a Bio-Scaffold for Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering
National Science Foundation
Colleague(s): Julie Oxford, et al.
2018 - 2018 Replicating Marrow Mechanics of Stem Cells Ex vivo
National Institutes of Health
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Gunes Uzer,Trevor Lujan, Julia Thom Oxford, and Mary C. Farach-Carson
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Honors and Awards

  • 2007-2010 - Micron Technology Foundation Graduate Fellow
  • 2007 - Boise State University Founders Leadership Society
  • 2011 - John Bardeen Graduate Research Award, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2012 - Gregory Stillman Semiconductor Graduate Research Award, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2019 - National TRIO Achiever, The Council for Opportunity in Education
  • 2019 - Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation

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