Miguel Hinojosa, Ph.D.
U.S. Army Research Laboratory
Dr. Miguel Hinojosa is currently an Electronics Engineer at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, and Principal Investigator supporting the High Voltage Power Technology program. His research focuses on the development of SiC Insulated-Gate Bipolar Transistors, which are next-generation switches with applications in the power grid, medical devices, and military weapons, to name just a few. Dr. Hinojosa is also involved in the development of advanced Pulsed Power circuits for land-to-air protection systems.
Born in El Paso, Texas, Dr. Hinojosa attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock where he earned Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees in Electrical Engineering. At Texas Tech, he was involved in advanced vehicle engineering, and he worked on early prototypes of hydrogen fuel cell, parallel-hybrid, and diesel-electric hybrid vehicles. He also worked on the NASA-sponsored Ecological Development Unit, a carbon dioxide–filled environmental chamber to simulate growing plants in space. Additionally, through a sponsorship from Texas Instruments, he worked on a project to develop a low-cost, automated jitter-measurement tool for semiconductor chips.
It was his Ph.D. advisor, Dr. Stephen Bayne, who first recommended him to the Army Research Lab for an internship. Dr. Hinojosa’s been at ARL ever since, and works to ensure others take advantage of opportunities like the one he was afforded. He’s involved in the Open Campus initiative and student mentoring programs that bring graduate and undergraduate students to the ARL during the summer. He is also spearheading ARL’s mission to expand collaboration with universities in Texas.
-By Vinnie Longobardo