Curriculum Vitae

  • Associate Vice President for Research , University of Utah
  • Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering, University of Utah



  • PhD 1994, Electrical Engineering, University of Utah
  • MS 1988, Electrical Engineering, University of Utah
  • BS 1986, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Utah

Honors & Awards

  • Engineering Educator of the Year. Utah Engineering Council (UEC), 03/2014
  • ASUU Student Choice Award for contributions to the teaching profession. ASUU, 03/2013
  • HEWLETT-PACKARD/HARRIETT B. RIGAS AWARD recognizes outstanding faculty women who have made significant contributions to electrical/computer engineering education through excellence in teaching, encouraging and supporting increased participation of women in electrical/computer engineering, demonstrated scholarship/research, development of educational technology which enhances student learning, and/or service to the engineering profession. IEEE Education Society, 10/2009
  • Reynolds Lecturer: Bioelectronics and the Bionic Age -- How Electronics Touch our Hearts and Minds( University of Utah, 10/2009
  • Education Excellence: Women Tech Council , 04/2009
  • Finalist, Stoel Rives Utah Innovation Awards, Computer and Electronics Division, LiveWire Test Labs, Inc., 2008. Stoel Rives Utah Innovation Awards, 08/2008
  • Fellow. IEEE, 05/2008
  • Distinguished Young Alumnus. University of Utah Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, , 2008
  • Outstanding Teaching Award. University of Utah College of Engineering, 2008


Cynthia M. Furse earned the Ph.D. degree from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, in 1994. She is a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, University of Utah, where she teaches electromagnetics, wireless communication, computational electromagnetics, microwave engineering, and antenna design.  She is also an Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Utah.

Dr. Furse is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Smart Sensors at the University of Utah, and the Research Lead with LiveWire Test Labs, Incorporated.  The Center focuses on imbedded sensors and telemetry systems in complex environments, particularly in the human body and aging aircraft wiring. She has directed the Utah “Smart Wiring” program since 1997.

Dr. Furse was the Professor of the Year in the College of Engineering at Utah State University for the year 2000, Faculty Employee of the year 2002, a National Science Foundation Computational and Information Sciences and Engineering Graduate Fellow, IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Graduate Fellow, and President’s Scholar at the University of Utah. She is the Chair of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Education Committee, and associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propogation.


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Fellow, Member, Past Adcom Member, Past Chair of Education Committee, 05/1984 - present
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), member, 12/15/1997 - present
  • Society of Women Engineers (SWE), member, 12/15/1997 - present
  • LiveWire Innovation (, Chief Scientist, 06/2000 - present

In the Media

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Antarctica