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Loose Bits: Weekly Highlights Within EE

August 2, 2005

Dear Colleagues: Based on popular demand, we are re-starting Loose Bits on a regular basis; we plan to send it twice per month on approximately the 1st and 15th of each month. Please let us know if something exciting is going on that we have missed, and we will make sure to include it the future. please send your contributions to: . I hope your summer is going well. Thanks. Dave

1. The Department of Electrical Engineering's EEK 2004 Magazine has received a CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) District VIII "Bronze Award" in the "Publications-Alumni Audiences" category. District VIII includes Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavet, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories of Canada. EEK2004 is also being entered in the national competition.

CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education. CASE also offers a variety of advancement products and services, provides standards and an ethical framework for the profession, and works with other organizations to respond to public issues of concern, while promoting the importance of education worldwide.

Congratulations to Laura Haas and Howard Chizeck for their excellent work on this magazine!

EEK 2005 is hot off the press. If you have not yet received a copy, please contact and she will send you a copy.

2. Thanks to EE grad student Anna Pyayt, we now have a SPIE Student Chapter. Students who are interested in joining should contact Anna, at SPIE is the international society for optical engineering.

The chapter membership has many benefits including: (1) SPIE scholarship (usually several chapter members receive it). (2) Student Travel Contingency Grants in addition to SPIE's Educational Scholarships and Grants program, SPIE offers student travel contingency grants to qualifying and selected students in need of travel support to present an accepted paper at any of SPIE's meetings, and this includes support for attendance at international conferences. (3) Newport Research Excellence Awards (this is something new) The Newport Research Excellence Travel Awards Program provides funding for university students to attend the two largest meetings of SPIE The International Society for Optical Engineering, where they will present their research. The Newport Research Excellence travel grants will be awarded annually by SPIE.

More details about student chapters can be found at:

3. Guoqing Li just won the "best student paper" award in the 38th Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems, and Computers in Asilomar, CA. Her paper was entitled "on the capacity of broadband relay networks". The winner was selected out of over 60 entries. Professor Hui Liu is Guoqing's advisor.

Congratulations Guoqing and Prof. Liu!

4. Jean Wang has been selected as the graduate female student to receive the Society of Women Engineers SWE Outstanding Female Award from EE She was recognized at the SWE 23rd Annual Evening with Industry Dinner Banquet held on January 20, 2005.

Prof. Lih Lin is Jean's advisor. Congratulations on your outstanding record, Jean!

5. Charles T. Peach won the Outstanding Research Presentation Award for Design & Tools at the 2004 Graduate Fellowship Program Annual Conference of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). Charles has a Ph.D. fellowship from the SRC.

Nice job, Charles! His advisor is Prof. Dave Allstot.

6. Alex Mamishev has been named Director of EEIC. The EEIC consortium provides scholarships to recruit outstanding student to our Energy Program; see Alex succeeds Prof. Chen-Ching Liu who provided leadership as the EEIC director for many years. Congratulations Alex and thank you Chen-Ching!

7. EE had excellent representation in this year's Analog Devices, Inc. Annual Circuit Design Contest acDC2004. The contest was developed to challenge students with engineering skills with a set of circuit questions, create competition among eligible students for cash and prizes, and to allow ADI to meet potential employees. The winner was from MIT. Second Place went to Sudip Shekhar and Third Place went to Sankaran Aniruddhan from our Dept.

8. Sumit Roy's Infrastructure proposal for a RFID Ecosystem has been chosen for funding at the requested amount of $200,000. This is an exciting project that will help build bridges between CSE and EE, and we wish him the best in getting it launched. Professor Roy will be working with Gaetano Borriello from CSE on this project.

Congratulations Sumit and Gaetano!

9. Please join me in offering congratulations to all of this year's fellowship winners. See: Well done! We are all very proud of you!

10. In ceremonies with Pres. Bush at the White House, Prof. Radha Poovendran recently received a 2005 Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE). Radha added PECASE to previous Army Research Office and Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Awards and an NSF CAREER Award. Radha is one of the very few to run the table on these prestigious awards.

Congratulations Radha!!!

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