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Loose Bits - March 2011

Here is the department’s online news briefs, Loose Bits, which highlights all the positive achievements and activities happening around the UW EE community. If you have any news items you would like to share, please continue to send your information to:

Upcoming Events:

Engineering Discovery Days
Date and Time: April 22nd – 23rd
For more information, visit:

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 faculty, students and alumni!

Graduate Students Ahlmahz Negash and Nathaniel McVicar have been awarded the 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

Graduate Student Anna Dixon
has been awarded the Intel/SRCEA fellowship.

Alumnus Jianjun Guo was named General Electric’s Genius of the Day.

Alumnus Ramses Alcaide was awarded the 2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

UWEE students and faculty
were part of two winning teams taking part in this year's Environmental Innovation Challenge. Undergraduate student Kerwin Loukusa was a member of the first-place winning team, while grad student Charlie Matlack and Professor Howard Chizeck were associated with the team taking second.

Undergraduate Students Gennie Gebhart and Kelly Meyers were awarded 2011Mary Gates Leadership Scholarships.

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 and students. You can click on the link to read the article.

Associate Professor Babak Parviz in The Seattle PI
Associate Professor Josh Smith in The Economist Online
Professor Eve Riskin in Technology Review
Professor Vikram Jandhyala in UW Today
The Biorobotics Lab in Columns Magazine
Emeritus Professor Robert Albrecht in The New York Times
Associate Professor Babak Parviz in Newsweek

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.

Now Accepting Nominations for 2011 EE Department Awards
The 2011 Electrical Engineering Awards recognizes the outstanding efforts of the department's teaching and research assistants, students, staff, and faculty members. The awards are presented annually at the Electrical Engineering Awards Ceremony and Reception. For more information, visit:

New Grant Awards
Our faculty members continue to be successful at bringing in research funding for the department. During the months of March, new grant awards have totaled nearly $350,000. Here are the new awards that faculty have received:

PI: Dave Allstot
Sponsor:  AlphaSense, Inc.
Title:  High Performance Ka Band Power Amplifiers for Future EVA Radio Applications

PI: Dave Allstot
Sponsor:   Semiconductor Research Corp
Title:   CMOS Switched-Capacitor Power Amplifiers

PI: Les Atlas
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research
Title: Complex Modulation and Passive Sonar

PI: Vikram Jandhyala
Sponsor: C4C – Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow (UW)
Title: EFF-Jandhyala-03/11

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