Dr. Hunt grew up in the literary haven of Columbus, Mississippi, the boyhood home of Tennessee Williams, and received his B.S.E.E. from the University of Alabama in 1976. He worked for Harris Corporation for two years in the areas of acousto-optics and surface acoustic wave (SAW). He then entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his S.M.E.E. in 1980 and conducted research in the field of auditory physiology. After four years with Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc. he entered the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana where he received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1987. His research there was on acoustic charge transport (ACT) devices and the SAW properties of Gallium Arsenide.
Dr. Hunt joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology in the fall of 1987 as one of the original members of the Pettit Microsystems Research Center. There he founded the Microelectronic Acoustics Group which focuses on the development of ultrasonic devices that can be integrated with Microsystems. Among these have been, ACT devices, micromachined polyvinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene (PVDF)-based transducers for intravascular ultrasound, acousto-optic devices for tunable lasers as well as SAW and bulk acoustic wave (BAW) devices for wireless and chemical sensor applications.
- Thin film piezoelectric materials
- SAW and BAW devices for wireless applications
- Application of microelectronic acoustics to chemical sensing and biological research
- Device physics and fabrication of microelectronic acoustic devices
- Rhodes Scholar Finalist
- National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator
- DuPont Young Faculty Award
- University of Alabama Distinguished Engineering Fellow, 1994
- Past Member of Administrative Committee of IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society
- Newsletter Editor, IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Society
W.D. Hunt, J. A. Kosinski, and R. Pastore, "Ballato Electronic Circuit Models for Programmable SAW Filters," Proceedings of the 1999 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium.
W.D. Hunt, "Self-Collimating Surface Acoustic Waves on Multilayer Structures," Proceedings of the 1999 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium.
J.H. Irby and W.D. Hunt, "Calculation of Dn2 and k for an acoustically-induced distributed Bragg reflector (ADBR)," IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 213-224, February 1998.
K.F. Brennan, William D. Hunt: "Integrated Surface Acoustic Wave-surface Plasmon Resonance Sensors," ROI#1926, 1997.
T.P. Cameron, William D. Hunt: "Slanted Reflection Gratings on Gallium Arsenide," Proceedings of the 1997 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, pp. 11-16, 1997.
William D. Hunt, M.E. Woodberry: "Investigation of Accelerated Aging Characteristics of a SAW Filter," Proceedings of the 1997 IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, pp. 55-60, 1997.
B.L. Olutade and W.D. Hunt, "Sensitivity analysis of a thin film bulk acoustic resonator ladder filter," 1997 Frequency Control Symposium, pp. 737-42, Orlando, Florida, May 1997.
William D. Hunt, K.L. Jones: "A Novel for Enhanced Electroporation and Drug Delivery Using Vacuum Microelectronics," ROI#1960, January, 1997.
R.D. Briggs, William D. Hunt, M.Z. Sleva: "A Micromachined Polyvinylidene Fluoride-Trifluoroethylene Transducer for Pulse-Echo Ultrasound Applications," IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 257-262, 1996.
R.D. Briggs, D.M. Connuck, William D. Hunt, M.Z. Sleva: "Wideband IV Acoustic Microscope," U.S. patent no. 5,488,954, no. 5, 1996.
E. Danicki, William D. Hunt: "On Spurious Bulk Wave Excitation in SAW Grating Reflectors on GaAs (001) (110)," Archives of Acoustics, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 171-175, 1995.
T.P. Cameron, William D. Hunt: "SAW Amplifiers on Multilayer GaAs Substrates," presented the IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, Seattle, WA, 1995.
William D. Hunt, M. Woodberry: "Temperature Characteristics of LST-Quartz Resonators," IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, Seattle, WA, 1995.
William D. Hunt, H. Irby: "GHz-Range SAW Devices on GaAs and InP," IEEE Ultrasonics Symposium, Seattle, WA, 1995.
Yield Modeling of Acoustic Charge Transport Transversal Filters," IEEE Trans. Semicond. Manuf, W.D. Hunt, James S. Kenney, G.S. May: "8," 2, 207, vol. 13, no. May, p. 1995.
W.D. Hunt, T. Cameron, J.C.B. Saw, Y. Kim and M. Suthers, "Mode profiles in waveguide-coupled resonators," Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 74, no. 8, pp. 4886-4893, October 1993.
Y. Kim and W.D. Hunt, "Acoustic fields and velocities for surface acoustic wave propagation in multilayered structures: An extension of the Laguerre polynomial approach," Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 68, no. 10, pp. 493-4997, November 1990.
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