Indira Chatterjee

Associate Dean of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Associate Dean Indira Chatterjee

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  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Utah, 1981
  • M.S., Physics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio,1977
  • M.S., Physics Bangalore University, India, 1975
  • B.S., Physics (honors), Bangalore University, India, 1973


As associate dean of engineering, Dr. Chatterjee coordinates efforts to expand the research productivity of the College of Engineering. This includes facilitating industry partnerships, identifying and promoting opportunities for competitive research grants, providing coordination and leadership for research teams to respond to these opportunities, acting as liaison between the college and the Office of Sponsored Projects, working with the Dean on strategic planning, developing and updating pertinent research data, and promoting partnerships with other academic institutions.

She also oversees undergraduate affairs, including assessment, accreditation, recruitment, retention and advising. This includes interacting with advisement, recruiting and outreach personnel; providing leadership to improve retention and graduation rates to meet College and University goals; providing oversight to ongoing assessment procedures and monitoring their implementation; overseeing preparation and reporting for ABET visits; and serving on several University and College committees.

Professional positions

University of Nevada, Reno

  • Associate Dean, College of Engineering, July 1, 2009 - present
  • Professor, Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, 2004 - present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, 1993- 2004
    • Tenured: 1993
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, 1988-1993

University of Alabama

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering,1987-1988

University of Utah

  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering 1984-1985
  • Research Associate, Department of Electrical Engineering 1981-1984

Professional Activities

Dr. Chatterjee has been a member of the Bioelectromagnetics Society since the late 1970's and has attended and presented papers at the annual meetings of the society since her graduate student days. She has also served several times as a member of the BEMS Technical Program Committee and reviewed abstracts for the conference as well as co-chaired many technical sessions. She has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented as many papers at international conferences.

Dr. Chatterjee is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of the IEEE MTT-10 committee and a member of the Editorial Board of the Bioelectromagnetics Journal. She has served in the past on the Board of Directors of the Bioelectromagnetics Society.

Student activities

Dr. Chatterjee has served as research mentor to postdoctoral fellows and many M.S. and Ph.D. graduate and undergraduate students and an academic advisor to many hundreds of electrical engineering students. Most of her graduate students are well-employed in industry and academia, and she also served for many years as the internship coordinator for the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. She also has been the faculty advisor to the University of Nevada, Reno collegiate section of the Society of Women Engineers for the past 24 years.


  • Foundation Professor, 2015
  • Ralph E. and Rose A. Hoeper Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising, 2009
  • Society of Women Engineers Region A Service Award, 2008
  • University of Nevada, Reno IEEE Student Section Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2007-2008
  • Silver Compass Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Students, University of Nevada, Reno, 2005
  • Nevada Women's Fund "Women of Achievement" honoree, 2001
  • National Women's History Month honoree, in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and contributions, Women's Resource Center, University of Nevada, Reno, 2001
  • Nominated for The Nevada Regents Teaching Award, 1999
  • F. Donald Tibbitts University Distinguished Teacher Award, University of Nevada, Reno, 1995.

Research interests

Dr. Chatterjee has been actively involved in research in the area of bioelectromagnetics since her graduate student days at Utah in the late 1970's and early 1980's under the mentorship of Professor Om Gandhi.

In the past, her research interests have included radiofrequency and microwave experimental and numerical dosimetry of the human body, human body impedance and induced current measurements and computations in the VLF to MF band and the bioeffects of 60 Hz fields on cells funded by the National Institutes of Health.

For the past twenty years she and her colleague Dr. Gale Craviso of the University of Nevada School of Medicine have been funded continuously by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to investigate the effects of radiofrequency, microwave millimeter wave fields on catecholamine release from chromaffin cells and on alterations in skeletal muscle contraction. Recently with Dr. Craviso, Dr. Chatterjee has been collaborating with Dr. Tom Vernier of Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA,  on research involving the effects of high-intensity nanosecond pulses on chromaffin cells.

In addition, Dr. Chatterjee's funded research interests involve numerical modeling of various types of antennas.

She has been Principal Investigator or co- Investigator on research grants totaling over $5 million from Johns Hopkins University, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Defense, Department of Energy and GE Energy.

Courses taught

  • EE220 Circuits I
  • EE330 Engineering Electromagnetics
  • EE433/633 Distributed Systems and Antenna Design
  • EE434/634 Electromagnetic Compatibility
  • EE436/636 Microwave Engineering
  • EE751 Antenna Theory and Design
  • EE757 Microwave Communication Systems

Selected publications

  • J. ElZaklit, J. Yoon, I. Chatterjee, E. Evans, P.T. Vernier, N. Leblanc and G.L. Craviso. Ca2+ release from internal stores of adrenal chromaffin cells is not evoked by 5 ns electric pulses. BioEM 2015 conference proceedings, Asilomar, CA, June 2015.
  • J. Yoon, J. ElJaklit, I. Chatterjee, P.T. Vernier, N. Semenova, N. Leblanc and G.L. Craviso. Transient versus sustained Ca2+ responses evoked in adrenal chromaffin cells by 5 ns pulses: pulse delivery considerations. BioEM 2015 conference proceedings, Asilomar, CA, June 2015.
  • G.L. Craviso, C. Fisher, I. Chatterjee and P.T. Vernier. Adrenal chromaffin cells do not swell when exposed to nanosecond electric pulses. Bioelectrochemistry, in press 2015.
  • R. Terhune, I. Chatterjee, J. Yoon and G.L. Craviso. Finite-Difference Time-Domain electromagnetic and thermal modeling of skeletal muscle exposed to millimeter waves. Proceedings of the IEEE 2014 International Microwave Symposium, Tampa, FL, June 1-5, 2014.
  • J. Yoon, N. Leblanc, S. Pierce, I. Chatterjee, P.T. Vernier and G.L. Craviso. Increase in chromaffin cell membrane conductance evoked by 5 nanosecond electric pulses. Proceedings of the BioEM conference, Capetown, S. Africa, June 8-13, 2014.
  • I. Chatterjee, J. Yoon, R. Wiese, S. Luongo, P. Mastin, L. Sadovnik and G.L. Craviso. Millimeter wave bioeffects at 94 GHz on skeletal muscle contraction. Proceedings of the IEEE Radio and Wireless Week conference,Austin, TX, 2013.
  • A. Cerjanic, I. Chatterjee and B. Shiekman. Method of Moments modeling of microstrip patch antennas with automatic GPU acceleration, Proceedings of the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, Montreal, Canada, 2012.
  • G.L. Craviso, S. Choe, I. Chatterjee and P.T. Vernier. Modulation of intracellular Ca2+ levels in chromaffin cells by nanoelectropulses. Bioelectrochemistry, Vol. 87:244-252, 2012.
  • J. Yoon, S. Luongo, R. Wiese, P. Mastin, P. Sadovnik, G.L. Craviso and I. Chatterjee. W-band millimeter wave exposure system for studying non-thermal effects on skeletal muscle contraction. Proceedings of the International Microwave Symposium, Baltimore, MD, 2011.
  • G.L. Craviso, S. Choe, P. Chatterjee, I. Chatterjee and P.T. Vernier. Nanosecond electric pulses: a novel stimulus for triggering Ca2+ influx into chromaffin cells via voltage-gated Ca2+ channels. Cell. Mol. Neurobiol., Vol. 30:1259-1265, 2010.
  • G.L. Craviso, P. Chatterjee, G. Maalouf, A. Cerjanic, J. Yoon, I. Chatterjee and P.T. Vernier, Nanosecond electric pulse-induced increase in intracellular calcium in adrenal chromaffin cells triggers calcium-dependent catecholamine release. IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, Vol. 16: 1294-1301, 2009.
  • N. Hassan, I. Chatterjee, N.G. Publicover and G.L. Craviso, Mapping membrane potential perturbations of chromaffin cells exposed to electric fields. IEEE Trans. Plasma Science, Vol. 30:1516-1524, 2002.
  • J. Yoon, I. Chatterjee, D. McPherson and G.L. Craviso, Design, characterization and optimization of a broadband mini exposure chamber for studying catecholamine release from chromaffin cells exposed to microwave radiation: Finite-Difference Time-Domain Technique. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science Vol. 34:1455-1469, 2006.
  • J. Yoon, I. Chatterjee, and G.L. Craviso. Feasibility study of using two types of microstripline bandpass filters for the detection of bacteria in water. Proceedings of the European Microwave Week Conference, October 8-11, 2007.
  • M.R. Lambrecht, I. Chatterjee, D. McPherson, J. Quinn, T. Hagan and G.L. Craviso, Design, characterization and optimization of a waveguide-based RF/MW exposure system for studying nonthermal effects on skeletal muscle contraction. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science Vol. 34:1470-1479, 2006.
  • T. Hagan, I. Chatterjee, D. McPherson and G.L. Craviso, A novel waveguide-based radiofrequency/microwave exposure system for studying non-thermal effects on neurotransmitter release: Finite-Difference Time-Domain modeling. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, Vol. 32: 1668 - 1676, 2004.
  • N. Hassan, I. Chatterjee, N.G. Publicover and G.L.Craviso, Numerical study of induced current perturbations in the vicinity of excitable cells exposed to extremely low frequency magnetic fields. Phys. Med. Biol. Vol. 48:3277-3293, 2003.