Shayla Maya Sawyer

Assistant Professor, Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering

Dr. Shayla Sawyer received her BS in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) from Hampton University as a student-athlete.   She then pursued her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  She was awarded the Department of Homeland Security fellowship for her investigation of ultraviolet light emitting diodes and terahertz for detection of harmful biological agents.  Her thesis work focused on low frequency noise characterization of deep ultraviolet light emitting diodes for input into material growth methods and determining a light source signal-to-noise ratio for sensitive systems.  She continued with a post doctoral position at Rensselaer in studying degradation of deep ultraviolet LEDs.    Dr. Sawyer has worked with several industries throughout her education including GE Rail, GE Healthcare, GE Research and Development and National Securities Technologies (NSTec).  She also participated in leadership roles with association


Ph.D. Electrical Engineering (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2006), B.S. Electrical Engineering (Hampton University, 2003)