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.

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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Students Awarded for Poster on Solar Cell Research

Electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant, Yu-Lin Hsu, was recently awarded for his research poster at the 2021 Microscopy and Microanalysis (M&M) Conference. He co-authored the winning poster, “Simulated Energy Distribution of Electron-beams Irradiated on Metal-Halide Perovskite Solar Cells,” with fellow Ph.D. student Kaden Powell and ECE associate professor Heayoung Yoon.

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ECE Students Awarded for Senior Projects

On Friday, April 30th the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering hosted a virtual event to honor graduating seniors and present faculty and student awards. 

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George Awarded NVIDIA Jetson Nano Grant

Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Jacob George was recently awarded the NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit Grant Program. Jetson Nanos are small embedded systems capable of running AI and IoT applications and are ideal for learning, building and teaching AI and robotics.

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SANCHEZ AWARDED FRIENDS OF FSH RESEARCH GRANT

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Benjamin Sanchez’s technology to check and track tongue health was recently tested in healthy subjects and awarded a “Tongue electro-impedance myography: a window into FSHD” grant from Friends of FSH Research.

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JACOB GEORGE RECEIVES NIH AWARD

The University of Utah electrical and computer engineering department’s new assistant professor Jacob George has received the National Institute of Health Director’s Early Independence Award.

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ECE FACULTY RECEIVE NSF CAREER AWARDS

University of Utah Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering assistant professor Heayoung Yoon has received a five-year, National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for her project, “Optoelectronic Local Probes Measuring Microstructural Degradation and Recovery Under Accelerated Environmental Stressors.”

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TURNING A MINI HOME LAB INTO AN AWARD-WINNING PAPER

With the continuation of COVID-19 and the determination to continue his work Research Assistant Professor Mohamed El Hariri packed up his small microcontrollers, network switches and other hardware.

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OLIVIA THU LAM CHOSEN FOR RESEARCH ON CAPITOL HILL

In an event showcasing the importance of undergraduate research and the work of Utah’s top research universities once a year students are chosen to present their research to Utah state legislature. ECE’s Olivia Thu Lam is presenting her work as one of 25 students from the University of Utah this February.

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