Majeed  M.  Hayat


Phone: 505.272.7095
Fax: 505.272.7800

Physical Address

Room 139
Center for High Technology Materials
Building # 338 on the UNM map

Mailing Address

MSC04 2710
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1070

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Associate Director

Center for High Technology Materials

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Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992

MS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988

BS (Summa Cum Laude), Electrical Engineering, University of the Pacific, 1985


Dr. Hayat received his Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Pacific  (in Stockton, CA) in 1985. He received the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988 and 1992, respectively. He worked as a Research Associate in the ECE Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1993 to 1996 where he also taught graduate and undergraduate courses. In 1996, he joined the Electro-Optics Graduate Program and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Dayton, where he was granted early tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2001. He is currently a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Associate Director of the Center for High Technology Materials, and General Chair of Optical Science and Engineering at the University of New Mexico. He was an Associate Editor of Optics Express (Photodetectors and Image Processing) from 2004 to 2010 and an Associate Editor and member of Conference Editorial Board for the IEEE Control Systems Society. From 2010 to 2013 he was the Chair of the topical committee on Photodetectors, Sensors, Systems and Imaging of the IEEE Photonics Society; he is currently Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems. Dr. Hayat’s research activities cover a broad range of topics including avalanche photodiodes, signal and image processing, algorithms for infrared spectral sensing and imaging, optical communication, networked computing, reliability models for smart grids, and applied probability and stochastic process. He is recipient of the National Science Foundation Early Faculty Career Award (1998) and the Chief Scientist Award for Excellence (2006) by the National Consortium for MASINT Research and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Dr. Hayat has authored or co-authored over 87 peer-reviewed journal articles (over 3300 citations, H-Index: 29) and has eight issued patents, three of which have been licensed.  Dr. Hayat is Fellow of IEEE, OSA and SPIE.

Teaching Interests

  • Probability and stochastic processes
  • Image processing
  • Detection and estimation theory

Research Interests

  • Signal processing and algorithms for spectral sensing and imaging
  • Avalanche photodiodes
  • Reliability of complex systems: networked computing and smart grids

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