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Loose Bits - June 2010

Hope you are all enjoying the summer. Here is this month’s installment of Loose Bits, the UW EE community news email highlighting all the positive achievements and activities happening around the department. If you have any news items you would like to share, please continue to send your information to:

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!

Graduate Student Linda Bai has been awarded an NSF Fellowship. Linda is the third EE graduate student to receive this prestigious award for 2010. Congratulations!

Alumnus Sudip Shekhar (PhD ’08) along with several colleagues from Intel Labs, and Professor Dave Allstot received the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society 2010 Darlington Award for best paper published in the IEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems.

Graduate student Patrick Aubin is the recipient of two awards; The Whitaker International Scholar Award, and a travel grant from the U.S. Student Fulbright Program.

Affiliate Professor Pavel Nikitin’s paper, “Phase based Spatial Identification of UHF RFID Tags” was named best paper at the IEEE RFID 2010 Conference in Orlando, Florida.

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

Affiliate Professor Josh Smith & Graduate Student Alanson Sample in The Economist
Scott Hauck
in UWeek Special Supplement
EE Ugrads John Thomson & Ramses Alcaide in UWeek

Shwetak Patel in Communications of the ACM

Department News:

Most of the latest news and events items can be found on our EE website: Here are some additional departmental items that have occurred over the last month:

New Grant Awards
Our faculty members continue to be successful at bringing in research funding for the department. During the month of May, new grant awards have totaled approximately $400,000. Here are the new awards during the month of May that faculty have received:

PI: Eric Klavins
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Estimation & Observation of Stochastic Biochemical Networks

PI: Scott Dunham
North Carolina University
Title: Technology Computer Aided Design Tools for Silicon Solar Cells


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