Jorge Vargas

Associate Professor

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Innovation, Science and Technology Building, Room 2092, 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805-8531



Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Florida International University, 2005

M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Florida International University, 2001

B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Florida International University, 1999


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Dr. Jorge Vargas is currently an associate professor in the electrical and computer engineering department. He brings knowledge and experience in microelectronics, radio frequency, and microwave engineering, magnetics and superconductivity to his role at Florida Polytechnic University.

At Florida Poly, he has designed and developed the electrical engineering curricula for the undergraduate and graduate programs, supported collaborative educational grants for external funding opportunities and provided outreach projects to the community.

His industry background includes work as a product development engineer for IBM’s Microelectronics Division,(Burlington, Vermont). Vargas coordinated strategies to debug and scale integrated circuits for wireless RF communications.

Vargas received his doctorate from Florida International University, where he researched the design and fabrication of superconducting micro-electro mechanical system switches through the U.S. Air Force’s Future Aerospace Science and Technology (FAST) Center at FIU. He researched, developed, tested and implemented technology to assist the Air Force in producing the next generation of space-based communication and intelligence platforms. Vargas also explored high-temperature superconductors as a research assistant at the FAST Center.

Prior to joining Florida Poly in October 2013, Vargas worked as an associate professor in electrical engineering at Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico, where he taught undergraduate engineering courses on electrical circuits, electronics, logic design, radio frequency design and electromagnetism. His research there involved assembling radiation sensors. He was a senior researcher on a project through the U.S. Department of Energy to fabricate novel thin-film radiation sensors. He also built switches that had Micromachined Screen Printing (MaSprint) capability for a cost-effective approach to integrating sensing elements into devices and applications. He has published and presented his work in many peer reviewed journals and conferences.



  • Microelectronics
  • MEMS
  • RF/Microwave engineering
  • Superconductivity
  • Magnetic sensors


Professional Activities

  • Academic Program Coordinator (APC) at Florida Poly, 2015-2017
  • Attended Institute for Academic Leadership (IAL), June 2017
  • Attended ECEDHA Annual Conference & ECExpo, March 2016
  • Attended ASEE workshop on active learning, June 2016
  • Attended NETI (National Effective Teaching Institute), June 2015
  • Worked with industry leaderships to establish future capstone senior design projects.
  • Made efforts relating course development, EE program development, graduate program development, equipment selection, and lab space development in the EE department at FL Poly.
  • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity
  • Reviewer for IEEE Microwave and Wireless Components Letters


Awards and Honors

  • 2018: Nominated for the Exemplary Service to Others Award
  • 2017: Institutional Excellence Award (runner-up)


Selected Publications

  • Carpenter M., Yakymyshyn C., Micher L., Drake C. and Vargas J. “Proposal-Based Learning for Freshman Introduction to Engineering,” ASEE, 2016. DOI:10.18260/p.26009.
  • Vargas J. M., Hijazi Y., Vlasov Y.A. and Larkins G.L., Jr. “ Effectiveness of BaTiO3 dielectric patches on YBCO thin films for MEM switches.” Journal of Physics: Conf. Series Institute of Physics, 2014, 507(4):042045.
  • Vargas J. M., Bogozi A., Noel J., Hijazi Y., Vlasov Y.A. and Larkins G.L., Jr. “Reliability of suspended bridges on superconducting microstrip filters using MEMS switches.” IEEE Trans. On Appl. Supercond. , 2011, v. 21, no. 3, p. 567-570.
  • Vargas J.M., Noel J., Brzhezinskaya M., Vlasov Yu.A., Larkins G.L., Jr. “Design and fabrication of two switched superconducting microstrip hairpin filters using series MEM switches. ” IEEE Trans. On Appl. Supercond., 2007, v. 17, no. 2, p. 898-901.
  • Martinez J.A., Brzhezinskaya M., Bogozi A., Vargas J.M., Vlasov Y.A., Larkins G.L. Jr. “Optimization of a MEMS Switched Superconducting Microstrip Hairpin Filter.” Advances in Cryogenic Engineering, 2006.
  • Bogozi A., Brzhezinskaya M., Martinez J., Vargas J.M., Vlasov Y.A., Larkins, G.L. Jr., Datye A.V., Wu K.H. “Advances in Elastic Modulus Study of Gold Thin Film for Use as an Actuated Membrane in a Superconducting RF MEM Switch.” Advances in Cryogenic Engineering, 2006.


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