Rebecca Novy Selected for Award

Rebecca Novy Selected for Award

November 30th, 2016

We are pleased to announce that ECE student Rebecca Novy has been selected to receive an award from the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative for the 2016/2017 academic year. Rebecca is an outstanding student interested in power and energy systems, and passionate about pursuing her career in the power industry. She is also vice-chair of the IEEE PES Student Chapter at the University of Utah’s ECE Department, helping other students to learn more about the power and energy systems. The award is very selective. Only 230 students across the USA, Canada and Puerto Rico receive the award. The award is given to undergraduate students in electrical engineering who have expressed interest in the power and energy field and who have maintained high GPAs. The $2,000 annual award is renewable for up to three years.[...]

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Now You See It, Now You Don't

November 10th, 2016

From Harry Potter’s Cloak of Invisibility to the Romulan cloaking device that rendered their warship invisible in “Star Trek,” the magic of invisibility was only the product of science fiction writers and dreamers.But University of Utah electrical and computer engineering associate professor Rajesh Menon and his team have developed a cloaking device for microscopic photonic integrated devices — the building blocks of photonic computer chips that run on light instead of electrical current — in an effort to make future chips smaller, faster and consume much less power.Menon’s discovery was published online Wednesday in the latest edition of the science journal, Nature Communications. The paper was co-written by University of Utah doctoral student Bing Shen and Randy Polson, senior optical engineer in the U’s Utah Nanofab.The future of computers, data centers and mobile devices will involve photonic chips in which data is shutt[...]

A Complete Waste of Energy

A Complete Waste of Energy

October 27th, 2016

According to the National Resource Defense Council, Americans waste up to $19 billion annually in electricity costs due to “vampire appliances,” always-on digital devices in the home that suck power even when they are turned off.But University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Massood Tabib-Azar and his team of engineers have come up with a way to produce microscopic electronic switches for appliances and devices that can grow and dissolve wires inside the circuitry that instantly connect and disconnect electrical flow. With this technology, consumer products such as smartphones and computer laptops could run at least twice as long on a single battery charge, and newer all-digital appliances such as televisions and video game consoles could be much more power efficient.Tabib-Azar’s research was published in a new paper this week in the current issue of Solid State Electronics. The paper[...]

ECE Faculty Receive BRAIN Awards

ECE Faculty Receive BRAIN Awards

October 14th, 2016

Three faculty members from the University of Utah’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department received grants from the National Institute of Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. This is the third and latest round of NIH grants, which so far have totaled more than $150 million in fiscal year 2016. The following U projects received awards: Rapid Electrode Multiplexing for Scalable Neural Recording — Over the past few decades, extracellular electrodes for recording the electrical activity of individual neurons has improved to the point that an array the size of a postage stamp can record from hundreds of neurons simultaneously. What has not kept pace with the miniaturization of electrode arrays is miniaturization of the onboard computer chip that processes the incoming neuronal data. Walker and his colleagues propose a new multiplexed architecture in which each of the chip’s electrode interfa[...]

Harley gets Air Force Award

Harley gets Air Force Award

October 13th, 2016

The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research announced it is awarding more than $359,000 to University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Joel B. Harley to research new technology that inspects and assesses areas of aircraft that are normally inaccessible. "My research group and I are excited for this opportunity to make a significant impact to the aerospace industry," Harley said. The grant is through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program, which is distributing $20.8 million in grants to 58 scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions and small businesses. Harley is the only faculty member from the U to receive an award. Aircraft regularly undergo inspections to locate damage that could lead to catastrophic structural failure in flight. However, testing inaccessible areas of an aircraft remains a significant challenge for inspectors. For example, the interior structure of a[...]

Open Faculty Positions in ECE

Open Faculty Positions in ECE

September 28th, 2016

Employment in ECE Faculty Candidates The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah has experienced significant recent growth, fueled in part by strong support from the State of Utah. The Department currently has 34 tenured and tenure-track faculty, has had annual research expenditures as high as $11M, and has approximately 120 doctoral students enrolled. Current ECE faculty have founded or co-founded several successful companies, in line with the unique entrepreneurial spirit at the University of Utah, which has been consistently ranked as one of the top schools for startup creation. The Department attracts world-class students and faculty. We are known for innovation and collaboration, and the Department has strong ties to the medical community and industry. Salt Lake City has an outstanding quality of life and natural beauty; seven world-class ski resorts are within a one-hour drive, and[...]

Peng Wang Wins Innovation in Technology Competition

Peng Wang Wins Innovation in Technology Competition

September 2nd, 2016

Peng Wang, a Ph.D. student in the ECE Department working with Prof. Rajesh Menon, won the University-level Innovation in Technology competition. As a winner of this competition, he will represent the University of Utah at the national Innovation in Technology competition sponsored by the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS). The winner will be announced in March 2017 at the WAGS annual meeting in Seattle, WA. The Innovation in Technology Award recognizes the innovative application of technology to scholarship, as shown in the research supporting either a master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation. Initial screening is based on originality, creativity, scholarly significance of the use of technology, and overall quality. We wish Peng good luck.[...]

Nominations for EE Undergrad SAC

Nominations for EE Undergrad SAC

August 26th, 2016

We are asking for nominations of EE undergraduate students willing to serve on the Undergraduate Student Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department for the 2016-2017 academic year. (There is a separate CE SAC.) The main duties of the SAC are to: 1) Provide a forum for student concerns. 2) Communicate student issues with teachers, courses, and requirements to the department. 3) Provide Retention, Promotion and Tenure (RPT) reports for professors. We are looking for six members of the committee, two each from the senior, junior, and sophomore years. If you are interested in being on the ballot, please send Holly Cox your name, uNID, and year in school by Monday, August 29. [...]

New Course: Emerging Technologies and Entrepreneurship

New Course: Emerging Technologies and Entrepreneurship

August 26th, 2016

ENGINEERING 5020/6020 Emerging Technologies and Entrepreneurship Gianluca Lazzi Course Overview Regardless as to whether you intend to start a company or not, “emerging technologies and entrepreneurship” provides skillsets that everyone can benefit from, no matter what you will be doing in your life. Warren Buffet says “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who has been swimming naked;” this highlights that unpreparedness, lack of knowledge, lack of confidence are your worst enemies when it comes to determine your next steps as an entrepreneur and your skills are likely to prove essential in tough times, not good times. Gaining an understanding of operations, strategy, finance, business plans, and valuation will be invaluable for you and your career; the goal is to ensure that you learn to discover and seize opportunities, and learn how to approac[...]

ECE Welcomes New Faculty

ECE Welcomes New Faculty

August 5th, 2016

The University of Utah’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering warmly welcomes two new faculty members who will greatly enhance our research in the areas of power systems and communications. Both arrived July 1. Assistant professor Mingyue Ji was a system design scientist at Broadcom Corp. in San Diego before coming to the U. He received his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in 2015 and a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also received a master’s in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. His research involves a wide array of interests including communication and information theory, distributed storage and computing, wireless communications, signal processing, content delivery networks and machine learning. He currently is studying the joint design of (large-scale, distributed) information storage, computing and communication. Assistant professor[...]

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