Curriculum Vitae

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



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

Honors & Awards

  • 2017 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. Utah Governor's Medal, 02/2017
  • 2016 Days of ’47 Pioneers of Progress Award . Days of '47, 07/2016
  • Fellow. National Academy of Inventors, 03/2015
  • Distinguished Teaching Award. Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Utah, 08/2014
  • 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


Dr. Cynthia Furse is the Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Utah and Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.  Dr. Furse is a Fellow of the IEEE and the National Academy of Inventors.  Her technological innovations and 14 patents include development of a system to locate intermittent electrical faults on aging aircraft wiring, with which she founded a successful spin off company, LiveWire Innovation.  She is also a pioneering researcher in the development of telemetry antennas for medical implants, and fast methods for predicting the statistical variation in bioelectromagnetic applications. 

Dr. Furse teaches circuit design, electromagnetics, wireless communication, computational electromagnetics, microwave engineering, and antenna design and is currently a leader in the flipped classroom teaching method.  She works to interest young students, including women and minorities, in engineering and routinely volunteers in Utah's K-12 schools.  She has helped organize the Society of Women Engineers Girl Scout Night, Meet an Inventor Night, and College of Engineering High School Summer Camp.  She has received numerous teaching and research awards including the 2009 IEEE Harriett B. Rigas Medal for Excellence in Teaching.


  • 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

Personal Interests

I enjoy almost anything out-of-doors -- camping and hiking with my husband and dog, playing with our kids and grandkids, canoeing, skiing, and  horseback riding and packing. Utah has fantastic places to ride, all year round. I enjoy historical crafts -- quilting, stitchery, sewing, painting, making pysanky, etc. I play the violin (classical and fiddle) and viola, and my husband is a luthier. And I write history books in my other spare time. Life is good.

At the Golden Crayon in the Paria River, on Tesla. I love reflections, and this one was especially cool.

A beautiful summer morning in the fields above our house.

Smith Chart Quilt, 1998. My students sign this quilt when they finish their research project. (Graduate students in the middle, Undergraduates around the circle.) My daughter, now also an EE, helped me make this quilt when she was in the 3rd grade. Both of my brothers have also done projects with me, so they are here too. The pins and patches are from my travels in engineering (various conferences, projects, trips). The two red sashes are from engineering students who brought me special messages at graduation. Thank you to all of my students, you are my greatest achievement.