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.

ECE Faculty Research Team Awarded $750K NSF Grant

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering professors Mingyue Ji, Rong-Rong Chen, and Cunxi Yu, along with University of Buffalo assistant professor Zhangyu Guan, have been awarded a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support their research around drone and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) networks. The grant, titled “Collaborative Research: SWIFT: Decentralized Intelligent Spectrum Sharing in UAV Networks (DISH-uNET) via Hardware-software Co-Design,” will allow the team to develop innovative solutions to the current challenges facing the design of wireless communication networks for decentralized networks of UAVs.

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ECE PhD Student wins 2nd place in ACM Competition

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. student Dian-Lun Lin won second place in the graduate division Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) student research competition at the International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT) 2022. This is one of the largest research-based competitions for students in the parallel computing and processing field.

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ECE Student awarded $160k fellowship from NIH

University of Utah electrical engineering Md-Ph.D. student Michael Adkins has been awarded a $160,000 two-year fellowship from the National Institutes of Health intended to promote diversity in health-related research. This grant will allow Adkins to further his work developing an innovative medical device able to quantify the fine motor function of stroke patients.

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HydroFlex Team Garners Second Prize

A team of electrical and computer engineering researchers at the University of Utah, including associate professor Masood Parvania and graduate students Majid Majidi, Alex Farley, and Luis F. Rodríguez-Garcia, have just received the grand prize in the second phase of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydropower Operations Optimization (H2Os) Prize.

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Huang Receives $298,814 NSF Grant

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Tsung-Wei Huang has received a one-year $298,814 NSF grant as part of broader $8 million investment from the National Science Foundation to support and grow sustainable, high-impact open-source projects. Huang had previously received a $488,675 NSF grant to further the development of his novel programming system, Taskflow. With this new NSF grant, he now seeks to explore three different applications of the program.

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ECE Student Published in Applied Materials and Interfaces Journal

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. student Jichao Fan recently co-authored a paper, “Wafer-Scale Full-Coverage Self-Limiting Assembly of Particles on Flexible Substrates,” accepted to be published in Applied Materials and Interfaces Journal. This work is a collaborative effort led by researchers at Villanova University. Fan joined professor Weilu Gao’s lab in Fall of 2021 and has been working with him on this research for the past year.

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ECE Team Receives Honorable Mention at ITC India

A paper published by a team of University of Utah electrical and computer engineering researchers led by professor Priyank Kalla recently received the honorable mention award at the International Test Conference in India. The paper, titled “Transfer-Matrix Abstractions to Analyze the Effect of Manufacturing Variations in Silicon Photonic Circuits”, was a collaborative effort between Kalla’s research group and professor Steve Blair, primarily authored by Ph.D. student Pratishtha Agnihotri.

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Sanchez-Terrones featured in IEEE Pulse Magazine

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Benjamin Sanchez-Terrones recently had his research featured in the journal IEEE Pulse. His paper, titled “Skin Electrical Resistance as a Diagnostic and Therapeutic Biomarker of Breast Cancer Measuring Lymphatic Regions”, was selected among a group of works that fall under the umbrella of health-related ion detection research. Sanchez-Terrones was previously featured in IEEE Access for this work in 2021.

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Gao Receives Multi-Institute NSF Grant

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Weilu Gao has joined a multi-institute, $1.5 million Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) grant from the National Science Foundation. Gao has been awarded this grant alongside a team of researchers headed by assistant professor Geoffrey Wehmeyer of Rice University.

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Tabib-Azar on Advances in Quantum Computers and Information Sciences

The quantum computing market has seen exponential growth over the past several years and has a projected year-over-year growth rate of around 30% into the foreseeable future. University of Utah electrical and computer engineering USTAR Professor Massood Tabib-Azar has been pioneering research in the quantum computing field since the early 90’s, when he introduced the first ever course on the topic at his previous university.

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