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Loose Bits: Weekly Highlights Within EE

October 24, 2003


First, a few bits that were dropped from previous weeks:

1. Over the Summer, two of Professor Alex Mamishev's students from his Sensors, Energy, and Automation Laboratory (SEAL), Bing Jiang and Ryan Wistort, won second place in the International Student Paper Contest at the Power Engineering Society Transmission and Distribution Conference in Dallas, TX. Their paper and presentation were titled "Cost-driven Maintenance with Mobile Monitoring of Underground Cable Systems." The announcement of awards and photos will be published in about two months by the IEEE Power and Energy Magazine. A video of the presentation can be viewed at: The IEEE PES T&D Conference is a meeting of about. 20,000 professionals. This particular international student paper contest was among the nine winners of preceding regional contests held earlier this year. This award continues a line of international contests won by SEAL students, with the most recent ones being: first place at the international poster contest at the IEEE PES General Meeting 2003 in Toronto (Nels Jewell-Larsen, Kyle Pendergrass, David Parker) - first place at the international poster contest at the IEEE PES General Meeting 2002 in Chicago (Min Wang), and finalist of the 2003 international Intel Student Research Contest (20 students chosen worldwide, world finals in Santa Clara, CA in March 2004) (Sam Larson). Smaller awards from this year are listed at SEAL webpage in the News section:


2. Professor Yongmin Kim, the Chair of Bioengineering at the UW, was voted president-elect of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society of the IEEE last month at the society¹s annual meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, one of 37 societies in the IEEE, has about 8,000 members and centers its efforts on applying the physical and engineering sciences to biology and medicine. Professor Kim will serve as president-elect of the society next year and then as president in 2005. In addition to heading the UW¹s bioengineering department, Kim is also professor of electrical engineering, adjunct professor of radiology, and adjunct professor of computer science and engineering.


Now on to this week:

3. Professor John Sahr has been blitzed by the news media following the conference that he hosted this week in Seattle on Passive and Covert Radar. He has given interviews to the NWCN, KIRO, and KOMO TV stations and to KIRO radio. Look for them later today and tomorrow and check out the local solar weather on Professor Sahr's laboratory home page Professor Sahr will also be giving the EE Colloquium next Thursday, Oct. 30, at 10:30am, and will discuss the work behind all of this in "Recycled Radio Waves: Passive Radar Technology for Geoscience and Aerospace Applications."

4. Many thanks to our neighbors in Computer Science and Engineering for hosting a TGIF get together between EE and CS&E today! Of all the spoken and machine languages, food is clearly the most universal. THANKS, CS&E!

5. The fourth of our new faculty, Assistant Professor Babak Amir Parviz arrived this week after traveling across the US from the East coast. WELCOME, Babak!

Coming up:

6. Your new acting chair will be out of town on a NASA expedition to the Atacama desert in Chile over the next week or so to help test some biomedical and environmental sensors that may be destined for future NASA space missions. Thus, the next few editions of Loose Bits will be somewhat delayed in deployment. Nevertheless, keep emailing me your items and I'll assemble a belated version for each of the next two weeks upon my return.



Robert Bruce Darling, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor and Acting Chair
University of Washington
Department of Electrical Engineering, Box 352500
Seattle, WA 98195-2500
office phone: 206-616-0959
dept. fax: 206-543-3842