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Loose Bits - September 2010

Here is this month’s installment of Loose Bits, the UW EE community news email highlighting all the positive achievements and activities happening around the department. As we gear up for the start of the new academic year, please save the date for the upcoming Dean Lytle Electrical Engineering Endowed Lytle Lecture Series (details are provided below). Also, a couple of local television channels reported on the Mobile ASL Project, so there are some interesting video clips to check out in the UWEE In The News section below. And, as always, if you have any news items you would like to share, please continue to send your information to:

Upcoming Events: Save The Date!
The Dean Lytle Electrical Engineering Endowed Lecture Series

Dr. Thomas Kailath
For more information, visit:
Mathematical Engineering: Origins and Impact
Monday, October 11, 2010 — 4:30pm-5:30pm (reception to follow)
Room 125 EEB

From Radiative Transfer Theory to Fast Algorithms for Cell Phones*
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 — 10:30am-11:30am
Room 105 EEB
*RSVP by October 1 to Kelly Oswald at 206-685-9816 or

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, staff and students!

Professor Mari Ostendorf has been honored with the Harriet B. Rigas Award from the IEEE Education Society.

Graduate Academic Advisor Frankye Jones was named the 2010 Distinguished Graduate Program Assistant by The UW Graduate School.

Graduate Student Ali Al-Awami was awarded Best Poster for his poster presentation titled, “Combining Wind & Thermal Bids in Short-Term Electricity Markets” in Minneapolis.

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 or watch the video.

Graduate Student Jessica Tran &
Mobile ASL Team on Q13 Fox News,0,660898.story
Graduate Student Patrick Aubin in UWeek
Graduate Student Jessica Tran & Mobile ASL Team
on King 5 News
Professor Eve Riskin & Mobile ASL Team
in The New York Times (via ReadWriteWeb) Professor Eve Riskin & Mobile ASL Team in UWeek
Professor Babak Parviz in PR Newswire

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.

New Grant Awards
Our faculty members continue to be successful at bringing in research funding for the department. During the month of July, new grant awards have totaled approximately $675,000. Here are the new awards for the month of July that faculty have received:

PI: M.P. Anantram
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Title: Mechanically Strained Silicon Nanowire Optoelectronic Devices

PI: Blake Hannaford
Sponsor: Washington Technology Center
Title: EDGE Enhanced Surgical Skill Evaluation

PI: Scott Hauck
Washington Technology Center
Title: Acceleration of Genomics Algorithms on Pico Computing Boards

PI: Brian Otis
Sponsor: Commercialization Gap Fund
Title: Rehabilitation Gaming Using Wireless Electromyography


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