Funding Highlights


The University of Utah’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is deeply grateful to the alumni, corporate partners, institutions and friends whose generous support has sustained us in the past.

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 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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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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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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George Receives $200k Grant

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Jacob George has received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs “Specially Adapted Housing Assistive Technology Program" to expand his lab’s thought-based control of smart-home devices for VA patients with neuromuscular disabilities.

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Huang Receives $488,675 NSF Grant

Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Tsung-Wei Huang has received a highly competitive three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to continue developing his novel programming system, Taskflow.

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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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U Faculty Join $3.5 Million DOE Project

Electrical and computer engineering assistant professors Mingxi Liu, Mingyue Ji, Armin Tajalli and civil and environmental engineering assistant professor Terry Yang are co-principal investigators on a $3.5 million project that will develop a visual-based technology system to substantially reduces the cost of cooperative driving automation (CDA).

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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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Huang Receives Open-Source Software Development Grant

Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Tsung-Wei Huang has received a $10,000 grant from the nonprofit NumFocus to develop his programming system Taskflow. Taskflow is a general-purpose parallel and heterogeneous task programming system that enables users to write parallel programs with high performance and productivity.

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Huang Receives $403,114 NSF Grant

Electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Tsung-Wei Huang has received a three-year, $403,114 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a novel computing system that will address the challenges of designing, implementing, and deploying parallel algorithms on heterogeneous nodes.

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NATEGH LAB RECEIVES $2 MILLION RO1 GRANT

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering department assistant professor Neda Nategh was recently awarded the National Institutes of Health Grant for her research on deciphering the neural code of dynamic vision. The $2 million NIH National Eye Institute grant will fund research in Nategh’s lab for at least the next five years.

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Cunxi Yu Receives Over $1M From NSF

ECE Assistant Professor Cunxi Yu had been granted nearly $1.13 million to develop multidisciplinary research across formal methods and deep learning.

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JORGENSEN FAMILY DONATION FOR ECE LAB

Thanks to the generosity of the David G. and Annette T. Jorgensen Family Foundation as well as the support of additional donors, the University of Utah Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will have a new state-of-the-art undergraduate lab to enhance student learning.

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UNDERGRADUATE AWARDED $1,000 TO TRANSFORM NANOSTRUCTURES

University of Utah senior Dinorah Segovia is putting her love of math, engineering and the community together. “I actually didn’t really like that there wasn’t enough math in healthcare and so now electrical engineering is a great option to help people in a different way,” she said.

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Solzbacher Students Win Bench to Bedside

Two University of Utah engineering students under electrical and computer engineering chair Florian Solzbacher are part of a team that has won this year’s Bench to Bedside Competition.

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ECE Assistant Professor is Remaking Electronics

Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon was awarded close to $2 million for projects for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s new Electronics Resurgence Initiative (ERI) “Page 3” programs.

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Power to the People

Masood Parvania is building a laboratory to develop technology that would help communities get their power back online faster in an outage.

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Gaillardon Receives NSF CAREER Award

University of Utah electrical and computer engineering assistant professor Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon has received the NSF CAREER Award.

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Gaillardon Wins Research Award

ECE Assistant Professor Pierre-Emmanuel Gaillardon was recently awarded the 2016 Professor Amnon Pazy Memorial Research Award.

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