Ricketts received his Ph.D. in engineering and applied sciences from Harvard University and his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Prior to joining academia, he spent eight years in industry developing more than 40 integrated circuits in mixed-signal, RF and power management applications. Ricketts' research crosses the fields of physics, materials science and circuit design, investigating the ultimate capabilities of microelectronic devices and how these devices are harnessed by differing circuit topologies to produce the highest performing systems.

Research Interests
Micro- and nano-integrated circuits, systems and devices for analog and high-speed applications.


  • Ph.D. 2006
    Engineering and Applied Sciences
    Harvard University, Cambridge

Recent News

Marshall Brain recognized with the John S. Risley Entrepreneur of the Year award

Posted on February 22, 2023 | Filed Under: Awards and Faculty

The chancellor celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship at “The Point” where Marshall Brain received the Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Chancellor’s Innovation Fund Awards Support to ECE Projects

Posted on September 9, 2022 | Filed Under: News

This year’s Chancellor’s Innovation Fund supports two ECE projects that include researching a better way to make EKGs wireless and faster COVID-19 antibody tests.

Faraday's Dynamo in 1931
Live from Michael Faraday’s Lab: An Intuitive and Historical Perspective on Electromagnetism

Posted on May 23, 2022 | Filed Under: Events

Dr. Ricketts recreates Faraday’s original experiments to share the history and the natural intuition that Faraday had, and most importantly, how you can use the Faraday approach to better understand the dynamics and effects of electromagnet …

Media Mentions

NASA’S ‘POINTER’ Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails

February 20, 2017

The basic technique isn’t entirely new, says David Ricketts, an associate professor in North Carolina State University’s electrical and computer engineering department. He worked with Arumugam several years ago on a project that looked at a sports application of magnetoquasistatic position and orientation tracking, specifically following a football in play.

Ball-Tracking Tech for (American) Football

June 25, 2014

The World Cup has its own system. But new technology could help spot the pigskin through a 10-lineman pileup on the gridiron. David Ricketts, electrical and computer engineering, featured.

‘Invisible’ airplanes: Chinese, US race for cloaking tech

December 19, 2013

Materials that enable cloaking technology are becoming more available. David R. Ricketts, engineering, featured.


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