Canek Fuentes-Hernandez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University. He was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico, where he received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Universidad Nacional Autonóma de México in 1998. In 2004, he received a PhD degree from the Optical Sciences Center at the University of Arizona. In 2005 he joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology were he worked as Principal Research Scientist until 2021. In August 2021, he joined the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University.
His research interests lie at the intersection between electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and material science. His past research has included investigations of the physical properties of organic semiconductors, and the physics and engineering of microelectronic and optoelectronic organic semiconductor devices, including: organic thin-film transistors, organic photovoltaics, organic photodetectors, high energy density capacitors and organic light-emitting diodes and multiple areas of physical optics and photonics, encapsulation, reliability and sustainability of organic semiconductor devices and their applications.
His current research focuses on developing flexible and stretchable sensors to implement power autonomous and biologically-inspired sensor networks with computational capabilities with reduced latency and improved privacy. His goal is to enable multimodal sensing surfaces that operate at a local level or as part of a wireless network infrastructure, and that create new ways for users to interact with the living environment in areas that support global scale applications ranging from healthcare, telemanufacturing, robotics, to smart agriculture and large scale sensing for urban resilience and conservation.