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About David Estrada

David Estrada is originally from Nampa, Idaho. From 1998 to 2004 he served in the United States Navy as an Electronics Warfare Technician/ Cryptologic Technician – Technical. David achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class in 2003 before receiving an honorable discharge and returning to Idaho to pursue his undergraduate education at Boise State University (BSU) where he was a Ronald E. McNair scholar. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from BSU in May of 2007, he began graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) under the direction of Professor Eric Pop. David received his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from UIUC in 2009, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering at UIUC in 2013. David then joined Prof. Rashid Bashir’s Laboratory of Integrated Bio Medical Micro/Nanotechnology Applications as a Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher before moving to the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Boise State University. David is the recipient of the NSF and NDSEG Graduate Fellowships. His work has been recognized with several awards, including the Gregory Stillman, John Bardeen, and SHPE Innovator of the Year awards. His research interests are in the areas of emergent semiconductor nanomaterials and bionanotechnology.


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


2022 - 2027 New Pathways to STEM Careers in Southern Idaho
National Science Foundation - 2221665
Standard Grant
Role: Co-PI
Colleague(s): Don Plumlee (PI), Sondra Miller (Co-PI), and Katherine Wright (Co-PI)
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


2013 Ph.D. - Electrical Enginnering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2009 M.S. - Electrical Enginnering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2007 B.S. - Electrical Engineering, Boise State University
2003 A.A. - Electronics Technology, University of Phoenix

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