Awards and Recognition


The University of Utah’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has world-class faculty and students making positive contributions every day. Here are our stories and our accomplishments.

Huang Receives Prestigious Humboldt Fellowship

Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor, Tsung-Wei Huang, has been awarded the Humboldt Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, which will allow him to conduct research in Germany for nine months over the next three years. The fellowship is among the most prestigious and generous awards a researcher can receive, with only 25 to 30% of recipients selected from the total pool of applicants. This highly competitive fellowship is designed to foster international academic cooperation and networking among scientists and scholars and is reserved for postdoctoral and experienced researchers with above-average qualifications.  

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Reanimation System Helps Stroke Patient Recovery

Roughly 80% of stroke patients experience hemiparesis, a condition that causes weakness on one side of the body and can affect every area of life, from walking to eating to dressing. Recovering and living with one-sided weakness requires patients to engage in regular rehabilitative exercise and therapy to regain strength. One popular treatment for hemiparesis is Mirror Therapy, a therapy in which a mirror is placed between a patient's arms or legs, allowing the reflection of their moving limb to give the illusion of normal movement in the affected limb.

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Students and Faculty Celebrated at Senior Banquet

On Wednesday, April 28th, the department of electrical and computer engineering hosted its annual Senior Banquet at the U’s Eccles Alumni House. The event serves to recognize the outstanding achievements of the senior undergraduates and faculty within the department and show appreciation to industry sponsors who support student projects. Family and friends were in attendance to celebrate students and express their support.

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Faculty Nominated for Career Impact Awards

Each year the Career and Professional Development Center at the University of Utah celebrates faculty, staff, alumni, and employers’ positive contributions to students’ career development through the Career Impact Awards. Award recipients are nominated, by the campus community, for one of four award categories, Career Champions of the Year, Employer of the year, Alumni Career Mentor of the Year and Internships of the year.

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Students Win JUMP into STEM Final Competition

A group of University of Utah-led students, including electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. candidates Xiang Huo and Xinyang Rui, School of Architecture undergraduate Samantha Eddy and Civil Engineering Ph.D. student Xinyan Liu, is one of four teams to win the 2022 JUMP into STEM final competition hosted by the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office.

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ECE Celebrates Highest Number of NSF CAREER Award Recipients

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is proud to announce that four ECE faculty members have received the 2022 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award. This is the highest number of CAREER awards obtained in a single year by the department.

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Solzbacher Named IEEE Fellow

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professor and department chair Florian Solzbacher has been named a 2022 IEEE Fellow for his contributions in the development of tools enabling applied and translational neuroscience and neural engineering. 

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GEORGE NAMED ONE OF “30 UNDER 30”

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Jacob George, director of the Utah NeuroRobotics Lab who is also helping develop the “LUKE Arm” motorized prosthetic arm, was named one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30” in the Science category for 2022.

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George Awarded Ascender Grant

Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Jacob George has received a $96,500 Ascender Grant from the University of Utah PIVOT Center to develop his lab’s latest technology that detects hand motions based on electrical signals from the wrist for commercial use. The fast-paced project will last 80 days and enable his lab to turn the technology into a sleek, wearable device resembling a smartwatch. 

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2021 COE Teaching and Staff Awards

Congratulations to this year’s winners of the University of Utah College of Engineering Teaching and Staff Awards, given to those for outstanding work in the college this last year. Below are the awards received by staff from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

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