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Loose Bits: Weekly Highlights Within EE

April 16, 2004


Here is the round-up for this week:

1. Professor David Allstot and one of his former PhD students, Dr. Kiyong Choi, have won 3rd place in the IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits Symposium student paper contest for their paper titled "A 900 MHz GSM PA in 250 nm CMOS with Breakdown Voltage Protection and Programmable Conduction Angle." The award will be presented this June at the plenary session of the 2004 symposium.

Congratulations, David and Kiyong!

2. I have learned that the team of students responsible for the advanced technology trash can mentioned in last week's Loose Bits were Fred Sayre, Eric Hungerford, Anna Tonkonogui, and David Bliss. These students had formerly participated in the SWAT robotics competition.

Way to go, folks! A truly great project!

3. In last Sunday's Pacific Northwest magazine, 4/11/04, (an insert to the Seattle Times) several EE graduate students are mentioned for their work in the Human Interface Technology (HIT) Laboratory. One of our current graduate students, William Anderson, who is being advised by Prof. Blake Hannaford, is mentioned for his work on a virtual stylus to point out features on a simulated biomolecule. One of our 2002 PhD graduates, Mark Billinghurst, who was advised by Profs. Tom Furness and Linda Shapiro, is mentioned for his work on the MagicBook technology, as well as for his current role in directing the HIT Lab's sister operation in New Zealand. The article can be found on-line on the Seattle Times Website.

The HIT Lab was founded in 1989 by Prof. Tom Furness, and is presently led by him and Prof. Suzanne Weghorst. This is some great work that is really having an impact.

4. Professor Vikram Jandhyala as just received a 6-month exploratory grant of $25,000 from NASA for a project titled "Development of multilevel low-rank methods for full-wave scattering and radiation simulation." Prof. Jandhyala has also received a supplemental award of $6,000 from the National Science Foundation to support a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on his CAREER award.

Good work, Vikram!

5. Professor Ming-Ting Sun has received a donation of a MPEG Test System and a Picture Quality Analysis System from Tektronix. This donation is worth approximately $77,000 and will support Prof. Sun's research and instructional courses in image and video processing.

Great going, Ming-Ting, and THANK YOU, again, Tektronix!!!

6. One of our graduate students, Tho Nguyen, has been awarded a fellowship under the NSF IGERT Program, for his project titled "Multinational Collaborations on Challenges to the Environment." Tho will focus on a project impacting the environment in Vietnam. More information can be found at this IGERT Website. Tho's advisor is Prof. Linda Bushnell.

Congratulations, Tho and Linda!!

7. Sekar Thiagarajan has been successful once again with another award from Intel to fund an upgrade to our Embedded Systems Laboratory. Intel will be providing 50 high end Dell Precision workstations with flat panel monitors to upgrade the Computing Labs in rooms 137, 345 and 347. We also received 2 high end dual processor Dell Xeon servers to improve our departmental computing infrastructure.

The hard work by Sekar and others of our faculty and computing staff is what keeps our EE Department up to date with state-of-the-art hardware. Way to go, Sekar!!! Sekar has an unmatched record in winning these proposals from Intel and other sources. If any faculty would like pointers on putting together successful proposals, see Sekar!!!

Enjoy the weekend,


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