Welcome to Autumn Quarter, 2003!!!
First I would like to welcome all of our new and returning students to the Department of Electrical Engineering! There is an exciting year ahead, and I hope that each of you will take full advantage of the great faculty, staff, and colleagues, and rich university environment that is offered here.
I would also like to introduce you to four new faculty who have joined our department this year:
Associate Professor Lih Lin (photonics and MEMS),
Each of these new faculty are stars in their field, and add to our already strong faculty. I encourage you to meet these new faculty and welcome them into our department.
Next are a few awards that we have garnered this past week:
1. Associate Professor Lih Lin was was selected as one of MIT Technology Review's TR100 for 2003. This prestigious award is given to the top 100 young innovators under 35 "whose technologies are poised to make a dramatic impact on our world." Dr. Lin was selected for building micromirror switches for faster, all-optical telecommunications networks.
2. Professor Deirdre Meldrum was awarded $342,134 from the National Institute of Health for a new project "High Throughput, Capillary-Based Protein Crystallography."
3. Professor Deirdre Meldrum was awarded $100,000 from the National Institute of Health for a new project "CEGSTech: Integrated Biologically-Active Microsystems,"
4. Research Assistant Professor Katrin Kirchhoff was awarded $309,207 from the National Science Foundation for a new project "Using Machine Translation to Bootstrap Speech Recognition Systems."
As you have no doubt noticed, the EE main office has now been moved from the second floor of the EE building to the ground floor of the new Paul Allen Center for CS&E. You will find all of our main administrative offices, graduate and undergraduate advising, and mail rooms located there. Stop by and check out our fancy new spaces!
Robert Bruce Darling, Ph.D., P.E.