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In the Winter 2016 Issue:

Chair's Message

Dear EE Community:

Winter quarter is in full swing and our faculty, staff and students are hard at work making UW EE one of the premier electrical and computer engineering departments in the nation. Building on our department’s strengths in entrepreneurship, we launched a new multi-quarter entrepreneurial capstone design option this quarter, enabling students to work in teams on industry-sponsored projects with companies such as Booz Allen Hamilton, Plugable and more. We are excited to equip our students with entrepreneurial skills while they gain real-world industry experience. Professor Payman Arabshahi is the founding members of this initiative.

I am tremendously pleased to announced new professorships, which will expand research into biomedical devices and systems as well as the power and energy field. Thanks to the generosity of visionary alum Dr. Cherng Jia (CJ) Hwang and his wife, Elizabeth, multiple new professorships will advance rehabilitation technologies for spinal cord injury. Read more »

Department News

CSNE Receives $16 Million to Continue Developing Devices to Treat Paralysis
The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) has received $16 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, which allows researchers to continue their cutting-edge work. Researchers include UW EE's Howard Chizeck, Blake Hannaford, Matt Reynolds, Chris Rudell, Visvesh Sathe and Joshua Smith.

Leaders Gather to Define Vision for Smart Communities
Leaders from around the world gathered for a two-day workshop hosted by UW EE, on behalf of the National Science Foundation, to discuss the future of smart and connected communities. 
Professorships Established by Visionary Alums
Two new professorships have been established in the area of rehabilitation technologies for spinal cord injury, thanks to gifts from alums Dr. Cherng Jia Hwang and his wife, Elizabeth.


Student News

EE Students Awarded IEEE Power
& Energy Society Scholarships

Congratulations to Jaclyn Wilson, Bryan Bednarski, Joshua Monson and Brandon Thayer for being honored with IEEE Power & Energy Society scholarships!
Graduate Student Jingda Wu's Paper Featured in Advanced Optical Materials
Ph.D. student Jingda Wu’s paper is featured as the inside front cover image and article in the November 2015 edition of Advanced Optical Materials.
Graduate Student Kevin Morrissey
Receives DOE Fellowshi

A fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy funds graduate student Kevin Morrissey's collaborative research to create more energy efficient buildings.


Research Highlights

Graduate Student Keyu Chen Develops
VR Finger Tracking Device

Ph.D. candidate Keyu Chen is working with Oculus Research on a virtual reality device that uses electromagnets to track the position of each finger in 3D.
Developed in UbiComp Lab, Low-Cost Camera Captures Unseen Details
A new low-cost camera that captures unseen details beneath surfaces has been developed by researchers in the UbiComp Lab, led by EE & CSE Professor Shwetak Patel.
Cochlear Implant Users Closer to Hearing Music, Thanks to EE Research 
Technology developed by UW EE and medical school researchers has been licensed to Lishengte, which plans to develop cochlear implants that enable people to hear music.


Honors & Awards

Professor Scott Hauck is
UW EE's 25th IEEE Fellow

Congratulations to Scott Hauck, elected an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to FPGAs, chips that can be programmed and reprogrammed to implement complex digital logic.

Popular Science Names PoWiFi System
One of the Most Innovative Technologies

Developed by EE and CSE researchers, the Power Over Wi-Fi (PoWiFi) system has been named one of the most innovative technologies of 2015 by Popular Science.


Alumni News

Alum Louis Scharf Honored
with Two Awards

For his contributions to statistical signal processing and distinguished achievements in academia, alum Louis Scharf has been honored with the following awards:

Alum Eric Sortomme Patents System
For Optimal Electric Vehicle Charging

Alum Eric Sortomme (Ph.D. ’11) has patented a new system he designed to provide a framework for how to optimally charge electric vehicles.

Upcoming Events

Discovery Days Alumni Breakfast,
Saturday, April 23, 8:30am
Join us for the first annual UW EE alumni breakfast on Saturday, April 23, to kick off  the second day of 
Discovery Days 2016. Family members and children welcome! RSVP Required.


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