James Hoburg

Emeritus Faculty – ECE
Department Electrical and Computer Engineering
Telephone (412)-268-2473
Fax (412)-268-2860

Research Interests


Spending as much time as possible outdoors in the mountains and lakes of New Hampshire, with activities including hiking, running, bicycling, kayaking, snowshoeing and mosquito swatting. Items listed below are still of interest to me, but I'm doing no active work on them.

Magnetic bearings in flywheel energy storage systems

Magnetic fields and forces are modeled in systems that employ Halbach permanent magnet arrays in high speed magnetic bearings.

Electrohydrodynamic instability mechanisms in microfluidic applications

Very old work on electrohydrodynamic instability mechanisms driven by bulk fluid property gradients is currently relevant to microfluidic interactions.

Electromagnetic interactions

Descriptions of magnetic diffusion interactions have led to fundamental understanding of power frequency magnetic shielding principles and strategies, including multilayered shielding and simultaneous effects of flux shunting and flux redirection due to induced currents. More recent work focuses on shielding that results from induced currents in large scale loops formed by structural steel.

In the News

  • ECE Faculty Earn CIT Awards
  • ECE Faculty Teach High School Workshops
  • ECE Alumnus Wins Intel Achievement Award
  • Lauren Chikofsky
  • ECE Diploma Ceremony Honors Graduates
  • Hoburg Elected IEEE Fellow
  •  James  Hoburg

    Carnegie Mellon, 1975

    Research Area

    Device Science and Nanofabrication


    Electromagnetics, electromechanics, electrohydrodynamics, microfluidics


    PhD, 1975
    Electrical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    EE, 1971
    Electrical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    SM, 1971
    Electrical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    BS, 1969
    Electrical Engineering
    Drexel University