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Hornak, Larry A.

Adjunct Professor - Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Approved Graduate Faculty for Statler MS and PhD committees


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University, 1991 
M.E., Electrical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1986 
B.S., Physics, Binghamton University (SUNY), 1982

Dr. Lawrence A. Hornak received his B.S. in Physics from Binghamton University in 1982, his M.E. from Stevens Inst. of Technology in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers in 1991. In 1982, he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories, Holmdel, NJ where as a member of technical staff he engaged in research in topics including robotic sensors and imaging, High-Tc superconducting interconnections, and optical interconnections. In 1991, Dr. Hornak joined the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at WVU and now directs the multiuniversity NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Identification Technologies (CITeR), and is a founding member of the Photonic & Microelectronic Technologies (PMT) Research Group at WVU. Dr. Hornak has continued research exploring high-performance mixed-technology systems, receiving an NSF National Young Investigator Award in support of his work. His current primary research explores wide bandgap semiconductor devices, photonic MEMS, and integrated biometric sensors and systems. Dr. Hornak has completed one edited book, several book chapters and has had over 80 articles published.

Research Focus Areas


Research Interests

Photonic MEMS 
Wide bandgap semiconductor devices 
Integrated biometric sensors and systems 
High-performance mixed-technology systems

Teaching Interests

Photonics and electronics 

Special Interests

Student career development and high-technology development in West Virginia.

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