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Loose Bits: Weekly Highlights Within EE

November 14, 2003


And now on to this week:

1. Dr. Anthea Coster of MIT Lincoln Labs gave the EE Department Colloquium on 11/13 about the current and future status of the Global Positioning System (GPS). The on-demand video playback of her talk can be found at the link

2. The Grainger Foundation has approved a renewal of graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships for our EE Department. This comprises $200,000 over the next two years and brings the total Grainger Foundation funds to a total of $600,000. CONGRATULATIONS to Prof. Chen-Ching Liu for fostering and organizing the Grainger program!

3. Two of our graduate students, Jonathan Jantz and Ania Mitros, presented a slide show of their travels to Patagonia and other parts of South America in the HUB on 11/12. It is good to see our students get out of the labs now and again!

4. Your acting chair has also returned from two weeks in Chile, Bolivia, and Peru. I was involved in two back-to-back expeditions, the first to investigate soil sensors and measurements in the sterile high Atacama desert in Northern Chile, and the second to help with some biomedical instrumentation for a climbing party on Volcan Licancabur, a 19,000 ft. volcano on the Chilean-Bolivian border. These expeditions were led by Dr. Chris MacKay and Dr. Natali Cabral, both from the NASA Ames Research Center. Here is a page describing the expeditions.

I've also put some photographs up on my web page if you would like to see what these expeditions were like.



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