Paul Flikkema

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Director, SICCS
Professor, SICCS

Phone: 928-523-6114, Fax: 928-523-2300

School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems (Bldg #90)
Office #204
1295 S. Knoles Drive
PO Box 5693
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

Research Projects


Paul G. Flikkema received the PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1992. From 1993-1998 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida, and joined Northern Arizona University as an Associate Professor in January 1999, where he is currently Professor of Electrical Engineering. He has been a JSPS Visiting Researcher at Yokohama National University, a Visiting Research Scientist at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Tokyo, and a Nokia Fellow at Helsinki University of Technology. In 2007, he co-organized a US-France Workshop on Sensor Networks and the Environment. In Spring 2008 he was a Visitor at SAMSI, where was Program Leader of SAMSI’s Program on Environmental Sensor Networks. In 2013-2014, he was Fulbright-Aalto Distinguished Chair at Aalto University. He is broadly interested in the properties of distributed natural and synthetic networked systems that sense and react to their environment, including decentralized and resilient systems. His current work includes research and education in energy-efficient embedded systems and networks, inference of the embedding environment, and wireless sensor/actuator networks for monitoring and control of environmental and ecological systems. Recently, he has led the development of cyberinfrastructure for the Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA), an NSF-funded facility for research on the effects of climate change on plant communities and ecosystems. While visiting Aalto University, he developed several collaborations in the area of smart electrical power grids, with a focus on distribution grids with intelligent sensing and control of dynamic loads and generation. Dr. Flikkema is also active in engineering education innovation, where he has contributed to innovations in student learning of systems thinking and complex engineered systems.


  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park
  • BS, Computer Engineering, Iowa State University