January - June, 2005 Archived ECE News Articles and Awards
the Heat: Liquid Cooling Technique Uses Microfluidic Channels Integrated
onto the Backs of Chips
A new technique for fabricating liquid cooling channels onto the backs of high-performance integrated circuits could allow denser packaging of chips while providing better temperature control and improved reliability. This on-chip microfluidic technique was described June 7, 2005 at the Eighth Annual IEEE International Interconnect Conference in San Francisco, Calif. The research, sponsored by MARCO and DARPA, was conducted by Bing Dang, Paul Joseph, Muhannad Bakir, Todd Spencer, Paul Kohl, and James Meindl, all of the Microelectronics Research Center. (June 22, 2005)
Tom Gaylord awarded the 2005 Esther Hoffmann
Tom Gaylord is recipient of the 2005 Esther Hoffmann Beller Medal from the Optical Society of America (OSA). This award recognizes Tom's innovative teaching that has brought the latest optical science and engineering results alive for students during his 33-year career at Georgia Tech. The award also honors Tom's significant contributions in establishing Tech's optics and photonics program. (From Optics and Photonics News, June 2005)
The Rush of Volunteering
David Ziskind, an electrical engineering major at Georgia Tech, will put his technical expertise to use as the volunteer communications coordinator for the Peachtree Road Race on July 4. Mr. Ziskind and his team have tested and created a network of cell phones, two-way radios, and other devices that will be used by the Peachtree's many volunteers, ensuring a smooth and safe running of the race. (From The Peachtree Road Race Magazine, June 2005)
House Honors Three Tech Professors
The White House announced on June 13 that three Georgia Tech professors are recipients of 2004 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the nation's highest honor for promising young researchers within their areas of research.
ECE Professors Ali Adibi and David Anderson were among the 58 researchers who were honored in a ceremony presided over by John H. Marburger III, science advisor to President George W. Bush and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. (June 14, 2005)
from Space: Adaptive Array Network Could Improve Access to NASA's Earth
Sophisticated signal processing techniques and simple proof-of-principle antenna arrays built from PVC pipe, aluminum foil, and copper wire could revolutionize the way NASA obtains data from its Earth observing satellites.
If the adaptive array system being studied by NASA and Mary Ann Ingram - an associate professor in ECE - and her team of researchers ultimately proves feasible, it could dramatically decrease the cost of building and maintaining ground stations, thus enabling the cost-effective construction of many more ground stations. Ultimately, that could make information from the space agency's Earth-observing satellites more widely and rapidly available. (May 23, 2005)
Digital Signal Processing Expert Named HP Fellow
Ronald Schafer, recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on digital signal processing, has joined HP Labs as the newest HP Fellow.
Dr. Schafer, who co-authored the digital signal processing field's definitive guide and did some of the earliest research in the field, will work in the Mobile and Media Systems Lab on problems of acoustic signal processing for audio communication and entertainment. He is a Regents' Professor Emeritus who retired from the School of ECE in March 2004. (May 9, 2005)
Opens Atlanta RFIC Design Center
The Samsung Electro-Mechanics Company will establish a design center to develop next generation radio frequency integrated circuit technology. This Center will be housed at the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) at Technology Square . President Clough welcomed this announcement stating “The GEDC, in partnership with our School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a world leader in technology for mixed-signal electronics.” (April 27, 2005)
Scholar Reveals Talent for Cryptography
John Parish, a junior electrical engineering major, is the recipient of a 2005-06 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which was awarded to 320 undergraduate sophomores and juniors who study math, science, and engineering at universities across the U.S. After he graduates with his bachelor's degree, John plans to pursue a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and would like to conduct research in coding theory. (April 26, 2005)
Cambridge Scholar Aims to Revolutionize Computing
Anthony Hylick doesn't want much out of life, only to help develop what could be the biggest revolution in computing since the Internet. As Georgia Tech's latest recipient of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, he will begin pursuing his doctorate at the University of Cambridge this fall in the Sentient Computing research group. Mr. Hylick, a native of Warner Robins, Ga., is a senior computer engineering major who is scheduled to graduate this summer. (April 4, 2005)
May Named Electrical & Computer Engineering Chair
The Georgia Institute of Technology has selected Gary May, Motorola Foundation Professor and executive assistant to Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough, to be the new Steve W. Chaddick Chair for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). He will start as chair on May 1, assuming the duties of Roger Webb, who retired in December. (April 4, 2005)
News Graduate Rankings Released
ECE Moves Upward in Magazine's Annual List
In the newly released 2006 U.S. News and World Report graduate program rankings, Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) continues to show that it is a school on the move, with both electrical engineering and computer engineering making upward strides in the top 10 universities that have graduate programs in these disciplines.
For the first time ever, Tech's computer engineering program cracked the top 10 by placing sixth. Also ranking sixth, Tech's electrical engineering graduate program moved up one notch from its showing in last year's U.S. News rankings.
"The School of ECE is pleased to be recognized among the nation's top programs for both electrical engineering and computer engineering," said Gary May, incoming Steve W. Chaddick School Chair and current executive assistant to Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough. "These rankings mean different things to different people, but we can certainly be proud of our long record of sustained placement among the very best of our peers." (April 1, 2005)
Offers Undergrads a Semester in Singapore
Beginning next fall, Georgia Tech undergraduates will be able to spend a semester abroad at one of two universities in Singapore. As English is one of Singapore’s official languages, ECE Professor Doug Williams described the program as “. . .an easy transition for students who want to study abroad without the language barrier.” (March 11, 2005)
Successfully Flies Smarter Rotary Wing UAV
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are one step closer to someday matching — and possibly surpassing — their human-piloted counterparts, thanks to the completion of a project successfully tested by Georgia Tech and sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory
Georgia Tech’s principal investigators on the project are Dr. Daniel Schrage and Dr. Eric Johnson, professors in Aerospace Engineering; and Dr. George Vachtsevanos, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. (February 8, 2005)
Validate Energy Savings of P-Bits
New technology developed at Georgia Tech could mean that computer devices requiring frequent recharging will no longer be tethered to their chargers. ECE Professor Krishna Palem has confirmed his probabilistic bits discovery from last spring by producing a device based on this cutting-edge new approach to making computer chips significantly more energy efficient. (February 4, 2005)
Healthy: CardioMEMS Moves Closer to Commercializing Innovative Sensors
for Heart Patients
CardioMEMS, a member of Georgia Tech’s Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), is pioneering a new breed of testing devices to monitor heart patients. Combining wireless communications technology with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) fabrication, CardioMEMS can provide doctors with more information while making testing less invasive for patients. This startup company was co-founded by ECE Professor Mark Allen. (January 28, 2005)
Last revised on November 4, 2005.