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Victor Karthik, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
Whiteman-Gibbs 18D
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Dr. Karthik teaches primarily electrical engineering classes at Spring Arbor University. He is an enthusiastic teacher with more than seven years of industrial experience. He enjoys being with students and mentoring them to entrepreneurial design thinking ideas to generate social and economic impact.

After graduating from MSU with a doctoral degree, he led an engineering team at Avidhrt Inc to develop a handheld cardiac monitoring device capable of taking vitals such as ECG and Pulse oximetry. He is a co-inventor of 2 patent applications and authored many publications in peer-reviewed journals. His research interests are developing medical devices, computational electromagnetics, and building intelligent solar tracking systems.

Dr. Karthik is originally from Sri Lanka. He found Christ when he was 16, during the country’s displacement due to civil war. His life is always different after that. He met his wife, Yeshoda, in Nepal. Yeshoda also found Jesus as a teenager, and she is one of the first Christians in her town. They have been married for eight years now and have two daughters.

Dr. Karthik believes his calling is to innovate things that will improve the quality of people’s life and glorify God’s kingdom. His favorite verse is Matthew 6:33.


  • Ph.D.: (Electrical and Computer Engineering) Michigan State University, 2015
  • B. Sc. Eng. : (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) University of Peradeniya, 2010

Memberships and Affiliations

IEEE Senior Member - 2023

Awards & Honors

McKenna Scholar Award, May 2023



• Defect detection system using finite element optimization and mesh analysis. March 2021 (U.S. Patent No. 10,949,584)
• Vital monitoring device, system, and method, June 2019 (U.S. Patent. No.: 10,238,301)

1. Victor U. Karthik, Sivamayam Sivasuthan, Arunasalam Rahunanthan, Ravi S. Thyagarajan, Paramsothy Jayakumar, Lalita Udpa, and S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, “Faster, more accurate, parallelized inversion for shape optimization in electroheat problems on a graphics processing unit (GPU) with the real-coded genetic algorithm,” COMPEL – Int. J. Comput. Math. Electr. Electron. Eng., vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 344–356, Jan. 2015.

2. T. Mathialakan, V. U. Karthik, P. Jayakumar, R. Thyagarajan, and S. R. H. Hoole, “The Depth Limits of Eddy Current Testing for Defects: A Computational Investigation and Smooth-Shaped Defect Synthesis from Finite Element Optimization,” SAE International, Warrendale, PA, SAE Technical Paper 2015-01-0595, Apr. 2015.

1. Victor Karthik, S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole, Optimization for Hyperthermia Treatment Planning by the Genetic Algorithm, Proceedings of Technological Advances in Science, Medicine and Engineering Conference 2021

2. N. Waldron, S. Smith and V. Karthik, “Solar Tracking System Utilizing Internet of Things Technologies for Enhanced Power Generation,” 2023 12th International Conference on Renewable Energy Research and Applications (ICRERA), Oshawa, ON, Canada, 2023, pp. 269-272.

Recent Research

Building an intelligent solar tracking system
-Using the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to track the sun for dual-axis solar systems.

Computational Electromagnetics
– Hyperthermia treatment planning using shape optimization.