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Loose Bits - April 2010

Dear EE Community,

At the request of many members of the department, we are bringing back Loose Bits, an informal yet informative email to the UWEE community highlighting all the positive achievements and activities happening around the department. Loose Bits will be a monthly email, however, to get everyone up to speed, this iteration will include news and information that has happened over the last quarter. If you have any news items you would like to share, please continue to send your information to:

Development Update:
The generous support of our EE alumni has allowed for the recent establishment of three new endowed funds. These new funds will provide much needed support for graduate and undergraduate students, and general department operations.  

Don & Joan Baker Fellowship
EE alumnus, Don Baker (BSEE ’60), and his wife Joan, have established the Don & Joan Baker Endowed Fellowship. This generous gift will support graduate students in Bioengineering or Electrical Engineering who are pursuing biomedical instrumentation.

Leonore Kerkof Scholarship
A new scholarship in memory of Leonore Kerkof will provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in the EE department. This endowment was established by a generous gift from Leonore Kerkof, the late wife of Vincent Kerkof (BSEE ’49). Leonore wished to establish this scholarship to convey her gratitude for the education Vincent received at
the University of Washington. Vincent supported Leonore and himself on the income produced from his employment as an engineer, during the 45 years of their marriage. 

Additional Support for EE Operations
The Kenneth J. and Sylvia K. Steen Endowed Fund, a new fund created in memory of Kenneth J. Steen (MSEE ’72), will provide discretionary support for both the EE Department and the Foster School of Business. 

Awards & Honors:

Many of our community members have received recognition for their exceptional efforts in research and education. You can click on the links below to learn more information about the award and recipient. Congratulations to these students, faculty and alumni!

Five EE Undergraduate Students win Mary Gates Scholarships. The students selected are: Cezanne Camacho (Honors and Space Grant Scholar); Nomin Oyunerdene (Leadership Scholar); Erik Josberger, Alexander Spott, and Brendan Trimboli (Research Scholars). A full list of the recipients, mentors, and project titles can be found on the official Mary Gates Endowment webpage.

Graduate student Sina Nia Kosari was awarded the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada Fellowship.

Graduate student Jonathan Lester and Professor Shwetak Patel won the best paper award at the International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technology and Healthcare (Pervasive Health) 2010.

Graduate student Basel Alomair has won the IEEE/IFIP William C. Carter Award for 2010 for his paper "Scalable RFID Systems: a Privacy-Preserving Protocol with Constant-Time Identification."

Tim Kowalewski, an EE Ph.D. student in Blake Hannaford's BioRobotics Lab, received the Best Doctoral Candidate Award at the first annual Doctoral Consortium for Medical Simulation and Robotics.

Professor Scott Hauck honored with the 2010 Distinguished Teaching Award from the
University of Washington.

Alumnus Richard Citta was awarded the COE Distinguished Achievement in Industry Award. Over his long career as a research engineer at Zenith Electronics, Citta played a critical role in the technology that makes HDTV possible.

Alumni Lisa Anderson (formerly Hansen), David Burnett, and Harvey Ho won Outstanding Recruiter Awards from Sandia Lab.

Team from Professor Brian Otis' Wireless Sensing Lab has been named a winner at the 2010 Design Automation Conference (DAC)/International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) Design Competition.

Graduate students Sidharth Nabar and Tony Wu of the Network Security Lab received the Pride@Boeing Award.

UWEE In the News:
The research and service activities of several of our faculty have gained public interest through media coverage. Below is a selection of press items that features our faculty. You can click on the link to read the article.

Michael Hochberg in The New York Times:
Michael Hochberg in Interconnectworld:
Eve Riskin in The (IEEE) Institute: Professor Gary Bernard in UWeek:
Shwetak Patel in UWeek:
Shwetak Patel in Computing Now:
Michael Hochberg in The White House blog:

Department News:
The most recent and up to date news and events items can always be found on our EE website: Here are some additional departmental items that occurred over the last quarter.

EE Leadership Seminar Series
Each week, one of our successful alumni shared their insights on the skills, attributes, and approaches that lead to their outstanding careers. A list of the speakers as well as brief bio’s of their careers can be found here:

EEK 2010 is Online
This year’s issue featured research articles written by our students and a profile of UWEE’s longstanding partnership with Intel.

Gary Swofford Selected as EE Commencement Speaker
Gary Swofford (BSEE ’68), General Manager of Swofford Energy Consulting, LLC, and the former Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Puget Sound Energy, will deliver EE’s commencement address on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in Kane Hall 130. With over 35 years of experience in the energy industry, Mr. Swofford brings a deep understanding of the issues driving power utilities to adopt networking technologies. He provides insight into what motivates consumers and the regulatory world to embrace advanced metering programs that encourage consumers to use energy more efficiently and cost effectively. As the former Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Puget Sound Energy, which serves 1.5 million electric and gas customers in Western Washington, Mr. Swofford was instrumental in implementing one of the USA's first large-scale, fixed wireless networks for a utility.

New Grant Awards
Our faculty members continue to be very successful at bringing in research funding for the department. During the months of January and February alone, new grant awards have totaled nearly $2 million. Here are the new awards for the months of January and February that faculty have received:

Karl Böhringer
Sponsor: DARPA
Short Title: Thin Chip Singapore

Alex Mamishev
Sponsor: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Short Title: NIH FHCRC Diet Sensor

Blake Hannaford

Sponsor: Barron Associates                  
Short title: Tactile Data Entry

Michael Hochberg
Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research
Short title: PECASE

Georg Seelig
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Short title: NSF Career

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