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[...]

From the Navy to the U

From the Navy to the U

March 14th, 2016

Cory Boren is what is known in modern nomenclature as a “math wizard.” Serving for eight years as a sonar technician in the U.S. Navy and traveling around the world, from Norway to Panama to Bahrain, he used trigonometry and other complicated calculations to determine the speed and course of submarines and their contacts. While aboard Navy submarines, Boren made quick decisions about where his ship would go and how it would behave, which developed a deep sense of duty and personal responsibility for the safety and well-being of his crewmates. “I understood that every action I did, even though I didn’t think about it, directly affected and impacted other people’s lives as well,” he said. This conscientiousness stayed with Boren when he left the military three years ago to start his electrical engineering degree at the University of Utah. He helps other stude[...]

Flat, Ultrathin Camera Lens

Flat, Ultrathin Camera Lens

February 12th, 2016

Imagine digital cameras or smartphones without the bulky lenses or eyeglasses with lenses that are paper thin.Researchers have always thought that flat, ultrathin optical lenses for cameras or other devices were impossible because of the way all the colors of light must bend through them. Consequently, photographers have had to put up with more cumbersome and heavier curved lenses. But University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor Rajesh Menon and his team have developed a new method of creating optics that are flat and thin yet can still perform the function of bending light to a single point, the basic step in producing an image.His findings were published Friday, Feb. 12, in a new paper, “Chromatic-Aberration-Corrected Diffractive Lenses for Ultra-Broadband Focusing,” in the current issue of Scientific Reports. The study was co-authored by University of Utah doctoral students Peng Wan[...]

Faculty Honored by Career Services

Faculty Honored by Career Services

February 10th, 2016

Five faculty members from the University of Utah’s College of Engineering are among 20 people campus-wide to be recognized by the university’s Career Services for its first annual Faculty Recognition Program.The award is given to faculty who contribute to students’ career development and exploration. Nominations were made by students, and winners were selected for their dedication to help students find resources, guide their career paths and realize their potential. Career Services received more than 120 nominations for the awards.Winners from the College of Engineering are:Tony Butterfield, assistant professor (lecturer) in chemical engineering.Ryan Bown, assistant professor (lecturer) in Entertainment Arts & Engineering.Joel Harley, assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering.Taylor Sparks, assistant professor in materials sciences and engineering.Ashley Spear, assistant professor in mechanical engineering.“With a campus of over 31,000 students, we recognize that our career coaching staff of 10 cannot possibly meet wi[...]

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