2011
  • Associate Vice President for Research , Vp For Research, University of Utah (www.research.utah.edu)
  • Professor, Elect & Computer Engineering

Education

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

Research Summary

Dr. Furse and her team have developed a system to locate intermittent electrical faults on aging electrical 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. She is an innovative leader in the flipped classroom teaching method.

Biography

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 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 freshman circuit design, and has prevoiusly taught electromagnetics, wireless communication, computational electromagnetics, microwave engineering, and antenna design. She is a leader in the flipped classroom teaching method.  She has received numerous teaching and research awards including the 2009 IEEE Harriett B. Rigas Medal for Excellence in Teaching.

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.