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Electrical Engineering eNews: Spring 2015


In the Spring 2015 Issue:


Chair's Message

Introducing the first edition of UW EE eNews.

Dear EE Community:

The winter quarter has blown by just like a Pacific Northwest windstorm, and it is hard to believe that we have already arrived at spring. But here we are, and the faculty, staff and students are all working with passion in their respective efforts.  

The Department prides itself on exceptional talent, and if recent attention is any indication, we are on the right path. Recently hired junior faculty have achieved notable successes: Arka Majumdar was awarded the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program grant and Baosen Zhang was named to Forbes’ 30-Under-30 list. Kai-Mei Fu also was honored with the Cottrell Scholar Award. These are each highly prestigious acknowledgements.

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Department News

Now Online: UW EE's 2015 Research Review
Highlighting cutting-edge research conducted by UW EE faculty and students, the Electrical Engineering Kaleidoscope is online and ready to view!
UW EE Ranked #18 by U.S. News & World Report
UW Electrical Engineering is ranked #18 in U.S. News & World Report's recent listing of the best graduate schools for 2016.


Student News

UW EE Graduate Student Innovation, Hook Wins Second Place
Founded by UW EE graduate student Rahil Jain, Hook received the $10,000 second place prize at the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge at UW on April 2.
Graduate Student Margaret Thompson Awarded NDSEG Fellowship
UW EE graduate student Margaret Thompson has been awarded a 2015 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, which will further her work designing novel brain-computer interface platforms.
Katherine Pratt Honored with NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Graduate student Katherine Pratt was one of 2,000 NSF Fellowship recipients selected from more than 16,500 applications! The award will fund her work to develop touch-free touchscreens.
Crime Report: UW EE Student Predicts Crime in Seattle
By analyzing police data from 911 calls, Electrical Engineering senior Jay Feng hopes that police officers may be able to develop a more logical method for responding to urgent calls during busy times.


Research Highlights

Bright Future: EE Faculty Create New Energy Efficient Nanolaser
Assistant Professor Arka Majumdar and Affiliate Associate Professor Xiaodong Xu create an ultra-low threshold nanolaser using a single atomic sheet.
The Nature of Flight: Animals Inform the Future of Flying
The new UW Nature-Inspired Flight Technologies and Ideas center allows EE Associate Professor Matt Reynolds to build on his work with neural and EMG telemetry for insects.
UW EE Researchers Work to Advance Deep Brain Stimulation Systems
Researchers from UW EE, Neurological Surgery and Philosophy have teamed up with Medtronic to use deep brain stimulation with people who have essential tremor.
Researchers Prove Security Risks in Teleoperated Surgical Robots
The first to hack a teleoperated surgical robot, UW EE researchers demonstrate how robots are vulnerable to cyber attacks when used in remote settings.


Honors & Awards

Chris Rudell Receives NSF CAREER Award
A five-year grant supports Assistant Professor Chris Rudell's research proposal to develop ultra-broadband, low-power transceivers for communication and medical uses.
Kai-Mei Fu Honored with Cottrell Scholar Award
Recognized for excellence in both undergraduate teaching and research, Assistant Professor Kai-Mei Fu is honored with a Cottrell Scholar Award.
Arka Majumdar Awarded AFOSR Young Investigator Research Grant
Arka Majumdar received a three-year grant to research a hybrid silicon/silica photonics platform for low-power digital optoelectronic devices.


Upcoming Events

May 14, 3:30pm
Mohamed El-Sharkawi Retirement Celebration
The EE community will be celebrating Professor Mohamed El-Sharkawi's many accomplishments after 35 years!
June 12, 6:30-8:30pm
Electrical Engineering Graduation Ceremony
A combined ceremony will honor BSEE, MSEE and Ph.D. graduates. Congrats, upcoming grads!


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