Douglas C. Hopkins

Research Professor
 Keystone Science Center 23
 Campus Box 7911


Prof. Hopkins' primary research areas are:

* Very high frequency, high density power electronic systems

* Extreme environment electronics, and related solid-state protection

* Organic-based circuits for power and energy systems

* High temperature(>300˚C) metal-matrix composite packaging with integrated ceramics

* True 3D electronic packaging with flexible jet patterning

Prof. Hopkins has over 20 years of experience in electronic energy systems. His early career was at the R&D centers of the General Electric and Carrier Air-Conditioning Companies in advanced power electronics systems for military and commercial applications up to the low MW range.

Prof. Hopkins received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech where his research focused on zero-current switching converters and cermet packaging. Prior to joining NCSU, he was at the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) conducting research in high temperature power electronics (>350˚C) and packaging with aluminum-based composites. At NCSU he created the Laboratory for Packaging Research in Electronic Energy Systems (PREES) focusing on high-temperature, high-frequency, 3D packaging using composite materials primarily for wide band gap power semiconductors (e.g. GaN and SiC) .

Prof Hopkins held Visiting Faculty appointments with the Army, NASA, and the Ohio Space Institute. He was co-founder of DensePower, LLC, and conducts expert witness activities through DCHopkins & Associates, LLC. He has published over 100 journal and conference articles, a number recognized with awards. Further information is available from


  • Ph.D. 1989
    Electrical Engineering
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

Awards & Honors

  • 2013 - "Outstanding Educator Award" - International Microelectronics and Packaging Society
  • 2007 - Fellow – International Microelectronics and Packaging Society (IMAPS)
  • 2001 - "Outstanding Contribution to Education, Research and Professionalism," IEEE – Region I
  • 1999 - IEEE Third Millennium Medal recipient
  • 1992 - Senior Member – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Recent News

New Tech Promises to Boost Electric Vehicle Efficiency, Range

Posted on September 15, 2016 | Filed Under: Faculty and Power and Research

Researchers in NC State’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s FREEDM Systems Center have developed a new type of inverter device with greater efficiency in a smaller, lighter package – which should improve the fuel-efficienc …

Successful Inaugural 3D-PEIM Symposium

Posted on August 22, 2016 | Filed Under: Events and News

A true success – on June 13-15, 2016, over 80 participants, 11 from outside the US, attended the 1st International Symposium on 3D Power Electronics Integration and Manufacturing ( in Raleigh, North Carolina. The symposium o …


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