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Neena Gilda, PhD

neenaPostdoctoral Research Associate in Materials Science and Engineering
SPID - NUANCE Center, Northwestern University
Silverman Hall, room B560
2170 Campus Drive
Evanston IL, 60208-3113
phone: (224) 727-9734

Educational Background

2017-present Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University
2013-2017 PhD in Microelectronics and VLSI, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India
2009-2013 Research Assistant, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India
2004-2008 BE in Electronics Engineering, Shivaji University, India

Research Objectives and Approach

“Flexible electronics for health”, working on development of emerging flexible and wearable physical sensing platforms for healthcare and biomedical applications by integrating the flexible nano-generators with next generation CMOS technology. 


  • ​Neena A. Gilda, Gayatri Vaidya, M. S. Baghini, V. Ramgopal Rao, “Nano Electro Mechanical Switch”, Indian patent application number: 201721001779, Filing date: January 17, 2017
  • Vinayak Hande, Neena A. Gilda, M. S. Baghini, V. Ramgopal Rao, “Temperature independent bidirec- tional current source”, Indian patent application number: 3804/MUM/2014, Filing date: Novermber 28, 2014​
  • Neena A. Gilda, Sudip Nag, M. S. Baghini, D. K. Sharma, V. Ramgopal Rao,“AC current driven open- bridge configuration for measuring impedance variations of a sensor”, Indian patent application number: 2205/MUM/2011, Filed date: 3 August 2011


  • Neena A. Gilda, Gayatri P. Vaidya, Shojaei Baghini, V. Ramgopal Rao, “Multi-functional, CMOS compatible Nano-Electro-Mechanical Relays for Vapor Phase Explosives Detection”, (IEEE/ASME) Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (J-MEMS), March, 2017
  • Neena A. Gilda, Vinayak Hande, D. K. Sharma, V. Ramgopal Rao, M. Shojaei Baghini “Low Power, Area Efficient, and Temperature-Variation Tolerant Bidirectional Current Source for Sensor Applica- tions”, Microelectronics Journal, March, 2016
  • Neena A. Gilda, V. Ramgopal Rao “Comparison of Capacitive versus Resistive Mode of Sensing for Vapor Phase Explosive Detection”, IEEE EDSSC, April 2015
  • Neena A. Gilda, Sudip Nag, Sheetal Patil, M. Shojaei Baghini, D. K. Sharma, V. Ramgopal Rao, “Current Excitation Method for dR Measurement in Piezo-Resistive Sensors with a 0.3 ppm Resolu- tion”, IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation & Measurement, March 2012
  • Neena A. Gilda,, “Piezoresitive 6-MNA Coated Microcantilevers with Signal Conditioning Cir- cuits for Electronic Nose Applications”, Proceedings of the IEEE Asian Solid-State Circuits Conference (ASSCC), Jeju, South Korea, November 14-16, 2011
  • Neena A. Gilda,, “A Low-Cost, Ultrasensitive Hand-Held System for Explosive Detection using Piezo-Resistive Micro-Cantilevers”, IEEE 8th International SoC Design Conference (ISOCC), Jeju, South Korea, November 17-18, 2011 (Invited)

Book Chapter

“Polymer-Based Micro/Nano Cantilever Electro-Mechanical Sensor Systems for Bio-Chemical Sensing Applications”, Micro and Smart Devices and Systems, Springer publications, March, 2014

Awards and Honors

  • First prize winner for 3M-CII Student Innovation Challenge Award at 10th Confederation of In- dian Industry (CII) summit, Bangalore for Explosives Detector project, August 2014
  • Winner of prestigious Gandhian Youth Technological Innovation Award, 2012 for the Electronic Nose Project, at IIM Ahemedabad, India, April 2012
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