Dr. Leon-Salas is an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering Technology at Purdue University. His research interests are in the areas of of CMOS image sensors, solar energy harvesting, optical communications and optical devices. Dr. Leon-Salas directs the tinyLab which is dedicated to the integration of electronic circuits with optical devices. Dr. Leon-Salas teaches classes in digital signal processing and digital circuit design. He received the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation in 2011.
Outstanding Faculty in Discovery, School of Engineering Technology, Purdue University, 2014.
National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2011.
Leadership Excellence Achievement Program (LEAP) Award from the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, 2011.
Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, College of Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007.
First place, National Undergraduate Project Competition, IEEE International Conference on Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science (INTERCON), Trujillo, Peru, 1996.
X. Chen, H. Hall, J. P. Simpson, W. D. Leon-Salas, D. Ready, V. Weake, “Cytochrome b5 protects photoreceptors from light stress-induced lipid peroxidation and retinal degeneration,” Aging and Mechanisms of Disease, vol. 18, doi: 10.1038/s41514-017-0019-6, 2017.
X. Chen, W. D. Leon-Salas, T. Zigon, D. F. Ready and V. Weake, "A programmable optical stimulator for the Drosophila eye," Hardware X, vol. 2, pp. 13-33, 2017.
W. D. Leon-Salas and C. Halmen, "A RFID sensor for corrosion monitoring in concrete", IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 16, no, 1, 2016
W. D. Leon-Salas, "Low-complexity compression for sensory systems", IEEE Trans. On Circuits and Systems-II, vol. 62, no. 4, 322-326, 2015.
H. T. Wang and W. D. Leon-Salas, W. D, "An image sensor with joint sensing and energy harvesting functions", IEEE Sensors Journal, 15(2), 902-916, 2015.
G. Moayeri, M. Benyhesan and W. D. Leon-Salas, "Energy harvesting using substrate photodiodes", IEEE Trans. on Circuits and Systems – II, 61(7), 501-505, 2014.
S. Ghosh, H. T. Wang, and W. D. Leon-Salas, "A circuit for energy harvesting using on-chip solar cells", IEEE Trans. on Power Electronics, 29(9), 4658-4671, 2014.
F. Moiz, S. Kumar, W. D. Leon-Salas and M. Johnson, "An embedded multichannel telemetry unit for bone strain monitoring", EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems, 14, doi:10.1186/1687-3963-2013-14, 2013
W. D. Leon-Salas, H. Rizk, C. Mo, L. Brotto., N. Weisleder, E. Abreu and M. Brotto, "A dual mode pulsed electro-magnetic cell stimulator produces acceleration of myogenic differentiation. Recent Patents in Biotechnology. 7(1), 71-81, 2013.
C. Beard, Z. Chen, V. Kumar, Y. Lee, W. D. Leon-Salas, and P. Rao, "SAVEUS: Saving Victims in Earthquakes through Unified Systems", International Journal of Communication Networks and Distributed Systems, 10(4), 402-420, 2013.
L. Zhiqiang, M. W. Hoffman, N. Schemm, W. D. Leon-Salas and S. Balkir, "A CMOS image sensor for multi-level focal plane image decomposition", IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems – I, 55(9), 2561-2572, 2008.
W. D. Leon-Salas, S. Balkir, K. Sayood, N. Schemm and M. Hoffman, "A CMOS imager with focal plane compression using predictive coding", IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, 42(11), 2555-2572, 2007.
W. D. Leon-Salas, S. Balkir, K. Sayood, N. Schemm and M. Hoffman, "A low-complexity circuit for on-sensor concurrent A/D conversion and compression", IEEE Sensors Journal, 7(9), 1317-1325, 2007.
D. Leon, S. Balkir, M. W. Hoffman and L. C. Perez, "Pseudo-noise sequence generator circuits for spread spectrum communications", IEE Proceedings on Circuits, Devices and Systems, 151(6), 543-550, 2004.