Dr. Charles holds B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University and The Johns Hopkins University, respectively.  He is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the Group Supervisor and Program Manager of the APL Education Center. Dr. Charles is also the Editor-in-Chief of the APL Technical Digest. He has worked for over 35 years in the microelectronics arena and is a specialist in solid state physics, electronic devices, packaging, and reliability.  His latest interests include ultra-thin modules; advanced interconnect; biomedical instrumentation; nano-scale electronics; and alternate energy.  He has published over 210 papers on electronic devices and packaging, along with 17 patents and several pending patent applications.  Dr. Charles is a Fellow and former President of IMAPS – The Microelectronics and Packaging Society, a Life Fellow of the IEEE, and a past member of the Board of Governors of the IEEE’s Components Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society.  He has received international recognition for his research, development, and teaching activities, including ISHM’s Technical Achievement Award (1987), selection as Maryland’s Distinguished Young Engineer (1989), The Johns Hopkins University’s Outstanding Teaching Award (1992), the CPMT Board of Governors’ Outstanding Service Award (1992), ISHM’s Distinguished Service Award (1994), the IMAPS Daniel C. Hughes Memorial Award (1998), the IMAPS Lifetime Achievement Award (2014) and numerous awards for best papers and other publications. Dr. Charles has taught for 40 years in the Johns Hopkins University Engineering for Professionals (JHUEP) program. He has developed ten new courses and is currently chair of the Applied Physics Program in the EP. For several years, Dr. Charles held the Office of Naval Research Distinguished Chair for Science and Technology at the US Naval Academy. He has recently been appointed by the JHU Whiting School of Engineering as the Associate Dean for Non-residential Graduate Programs.

Education History

  • B.S.E.E Electrical Engineering, Drexel University
  • Ph. D. Electrical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University

Work Experience

Principal Professional Staff, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory


Over 210 major publications. Several hundred presentations and minor publications
17 United States Patents, over 50 invention disclosures

Honors and Awards

  • Walter Hopkinson Literature Award (2017)
  • IMAPS Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
  • APL Lifetime Publication Award (2012)
  • Walter Hopkinson Literature Award (2010)
  • APL Inventor of the Year Award (2008)
  • APL Inventor of the Year Award (2006)
  • Daniel C. Hughes Award, IMAPS (1998)
  • Fellow, IEEE (1996)
  • Fellow, IMAPS (1996)

Professional Organizations

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE)
Inter. Microelectronics & Packaging Society (IMAPS)