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[...]

More Power To You

More Power To You

July 26th, 2016

Engineers from the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota have discovered that interfacing two particular oxide-based materials makes them highly conductive, a boon for future electronics that could result in much more power-efficient laptops, electric cars and home appliances that also don’t need cumbersome power supplies.Their findings were published this month in the scientific journal, APL Materials, from the American Institute of Physics.The team led by University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Berardi Sensale-Rodriguez and University of Minnesota chemical engineering and materials science assistant professor Bharat Jalan revealed that when two oxide compounds — strontium titanate (STO) and neodymium titanate (NTO) — interact with each other, the bonds between the atoms are arranged in a way that produces many free electrons, the particles that can carry electrical current. STO and NTO are by themselves known as in[...]

Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way

July 21st, 2016

University of Utah Distinguished Professor Gerald Stringfellow, a former dean of the U’s College of Engineering and a pioneer in LED technology, has been awarded a top research prize for his career-long work in the process for making light-emitting diodes, an important milestone for LED TVs, cellphone screens, high-efficiency solar cells, computer monitors and a new wave of LED light bulbs.Stringfellow, who is a Distinguished Professor in the U’s departments of materials science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering, will receive the International Organization for Crystal Growth’s Frank Prize, the top award in the field of semiconductor growth. He will be honored during a ceremony Aug. 8 in Nagoya, Japan.“I feel very lucky to have found a niche where the talents I have could be applied to something that has made such an enormous influence on the world,” says Stringfel[...]

Legendary ECE Grad, Simon Ramo, Passes

Legendary ECE Grad, Simon Ramo, Passes

June 30th, 2016

Not long after leaving Howard Hughes’ fledgling Hughes Aircraft Co. and starting an aerospace firm in Los Angeles in 1953, Simon Ramo received a call from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Dr. Ramo, the chief architect of America’s intercontinental ballistic missile system and an aerospace pioneer who helped shape Southern California into the nation’s center for high-tech weapons research, died June 27 at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 103.His son, Jim Ramo, confirmed the death but did not provide a cause.Dr. Ramo was a California Institute of Technology whiz kid who co-founded aerospace giant TRW Inc., and in his late 80s, brokered one of the biggest mergers ever in the defense industry.(Dr. Ramo graduated from the University of Utah in 1933 with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. A scholarship fund was established in 1998 by Dr. Ramo as the Simon Ramo Sch[...]

Cynthia Furse Receives Pioneers of Progress Award

Cynthia Furse Receives Pioneers of Progress Award

June 28th, 2016

Cynthia Furse, associate vice president for research at the University of Utah and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is this year’s recipient of the Days of ’47 Pioneers of Progress Award for Science and Technology, the latest in a string of U professors to receive the honor. She is one of five Utahns to receive the Pioneers of Progress Award in 2016, each honored in a number of categories including Sportsmanship and Athletics; Creative and Historic Arts; Business and Enterprise; and Health, Education and Humanitarian Assistance. A sixth award, the President’s Award, was given this year to the 1966 Marine platoon 1071 for its military service during the Vietnam War. Furse was honored in part for her pioneering work in developing a system to locate intermittent electrical wiring faults, which led to her startup company, LiveWire Innovation. Her technology can monitor live [...]

Lighting the Way to Better Semiconductors

Lighting the Way to Better Semiconductors

June 16th, 2016

University of Utah materials science and engineering associate professor Mike Scarpulla wants to shed light on semiconductors — literally. Scarpulla and senior scientist Kirstin Alberi of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, have developed a theory that adding light during the manufacturing of semiconductors — the materials that make up the essential parts of computer chips, solar cells and light emitting diodes (LEDs) — can reduce defects and potentially make more efficient solar cells or brighter LEDs. The role of light in semiconductor manufacturing may help explain many puzzling differences between processing methods as well as unlock the potential of materials that could not be used previously. Scarpulla and Alberi reported their findings in a paper titled “Suppression of Compensating Native Defect Formation During Semiconductor Processing Via Excess Carriers,” published June 16 in the journal, Scientific Reports. The research was funded by[...]

Recipient of Leadership Award and College Convocation Speaker

Recipient of Leadership Award and College Convocation Speaker

June 10th, 2016

Congratulations to Daniel Khoury for receiving the leadership award and speaking at the 2016 college convocation! Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Daniel Khoury has always been fascinated by how software and hardware interact. He knew computer engineering was the perfect fit to pursue his career because it would provide him with a firm foundation in both hardware and software development. Khoury embarked on his academic journey at the University of Utah in fall 2010 and graduated at the end of spring 2016 with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in computer engineering. During his studies, he interned twice with Microsoft and was subsequently offered a full-time position in Washington starting this September as a software development engineer. One of the biggest lessons Khoury learned from his education at the U is that you always need to be ready to accept new[...]

U Robot Team Wins Award

U Robot Team Wins Award

May 23rd, 2016

The University of Utah’s mining robot team struck gold in them Martian hills, winning the Innovation Award as well as third place overall in the 2016 NASA Robotic Mining Competition in Cape Canaveral, Florida. It is only the second time the team has competed in the annual contest.The Utah Mining Robotic Mining Project — comprised of 14 members from the U’s departments of mechanical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, geology, mining engineering and computer engineering — competed May 18 to 20 with a robot that simulates scooping up Martian ice. In all, 45 schools from across the country were involved in the NASA event.“It’s amazing,” team member and mechanical engineering senior, Teresa Petty, said about taking third place and winning the Innovation Award. “It was like the experience of a lifetime. It’s incredible just to go to NASA and get feedback from NAS[...]

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