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 joined UNM in 2001. He served an Associate Editor of Optics Express from 2004 to 2010 and as Associate Editor and Member of Conference Editorial Board for the IEEE Control Systems Society from 2003 to 2008. He is currently the Chair of the Topical Committee on Photodetctors, Sensors, Systems and Imaging of the IEEE Photonics Society. 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. Dr. Hayat has authored or co-authored over 81 peer-reviewed articles (over 2650 citations, H-Index: 27), eight book chapters, and has six issued patents, three of which have been licensed. He is co-founder of the startup Dynamic Photonics Inc. Dr. Hayat is Fellow of SPIE, Fellow of OSA and Senior Member of IEEE.

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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