July - December, 2005 Archived ECE News Articles and Awards
Switching: Researchers Demonstrate Optical Modulation for Data
Rates in Trillions of Bits per Second
By using electromagnetic waves instead of electrical current for switching, researchers have operated an optical modulator at terahertz frequencies - an accomplishment that could one day facilitate data transmission rates in the trillions of bits per second.
The work represents a key step toward a new generation of optical communication systems that would be as much as 100 times faster than current technology, bringing closer such applications as real-time telemedicine and movies on demand. The research team consists of David Citrin, associate professor of ECE, and colleagues at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the NASA Ames Research Center. (December 26, 2005)
Clough Visits Shanghai as Georgia Tech Announces New Dual Degree
Georgia Tech President Wayne Clough received an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) during a recent visit to China. The trip was highlighted by an agreement between SJTU and Georgia Tech that will allow students of SJTU to receive dual master's degrees from both institutions. Professor G. Tong Zhou of ECE is credited with coordinating this new degree program. (December 21, 2005)
Electronic Design Center and Partners Make Proposal on Cognitive
Researchers from the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC), Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEM) and the Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute of South Korea (ETRI) recently participated in an international standards meeting on the emerging cognitive radio standard.
The GEDC-SEM-ETRI team presented a full proposal to the IEEE 802.22 Standards Committee, which met in Vancouver, British Columbia, during the second week of November. IEEE 802.22, the new communication standard for wireless regional area networks (WRAN), uses cognitive radio as its main enabling technology. Cognitive radio is a wireless technology that optimizes increasingly crowded spectrum resources by finding and utilizing unoccupied frequencies. (December 21, 2005)
is Better:" Nanoengineered Silicon-Germanium Microchips
May Herald New Applications from Radar to Space Exploration
Georgia Tech scientists and engineers are pursuing the dictum that "smaller is better" to develop a new breed of highly-integrated silicon-based microchips capable of operating in ultra-sophisticated radar systems - and in new generations of NASA spacecraft.
This research is supported by the U.S. Department of Defense and is known as the "Silicon-Germanium Transmit-Receive Module Project." A joint effort between the Georgia Tech Research Institute and faculty within the Georgia Electronic Design Center, led by John Cressler, its objective is to develop silicon-germanium technology for next-generation phased-array radar systems. (December 9, 2005)
James D. Meindl to Receive the 2006 IEEE Medal of Honor
James D. Meindl will receive the 2006 IEEE Medal of Honor, the Institute's highest award, for his pioneering contributions to microelectronics, including low power, biomedical, physical limits, and on-chip interconnect networks. The IEEE Medal of Honor is given only to those who attain preeminence in the IEEE fields of interest through outstanding technical contributions. (December 7, 2005)
Deepak Divan Honored with New Power Electronics Award
Deepak Divan has been named the inaugural recipient of the IEEE William E. Newell Power Electronics Award "for leadership in the development of soft-switching power converters." This award, sponsored by the IEEE Power Electronics Society, was established this year by the IEEE Board of Directors. It is presented for outstanding contribution(s) to the advancement of power electronics. (December 7, 2005)
Computer Engineering Faculty to Receive Best Paper Award
Linda M. and D. Scott Wills will receive the Best Paper Award at the International Conference on Embedded and Ubiquitous Computing, to be held December 6-9 in Nagasaki, Japan. The title of their award winning paper is "Determining Optimal Grain Size for Efficient Vector Processing on SIMD Image Processing Architectures." (December 7, 2005)
Bonnie Heck Receives WLC Accolade
Bonnie Heck received the Women of Distinction Faculty Award at the Georgia Tech Women's Leadership Conference (WLC), held November 11-12. Dr. Heck was honored for her leadership in education, research, and K-12 outreach and retention initiatives at this annual conference, which is a gathering of women who seek to be leaders in the classroom, boardroom, and the community as a whole. (November 18, 2005)
Four ECE Faculty Members Elected as IEEE Fellows
Ye (Geoffrey) Li, Gary S. May, Steven W. McLaughlin, and Madhavan Swaminathan have been elected to the rank of IEEE Fellow, effective January 1, 2006. Their citations are as follows:
Ye (Geoffrey) Li, for contributions to signal processing for wireless communications.
Gary S. May, for contributions to semiconductor manufacturing and engineering education.
Steven W. McLaughlin, for contributions to information theory and applications to digital recording technology
Madhavan Swaminathan, for contributions in design tools, design methodologies, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) control for power delivery in digital and mixed signal systems.
The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the Board of Directors upon a person with an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. To view the entire class of 2006 IEEE Fellows, click here. (November 17, 2005)
Inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame
Janeen McReynolds was one of eight honorees recently inducted into the Georgia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. The formal induction ceremony was held on November 4, and during half-time at the Georgia Tech-Wake Forest football game, all of the inductees were presented to the spectators. Ms. McReynolds was selected for this honor for her accomplishments in track and field while a student-athlete at Georgia Tech from 1990-94. She is now a research engineer with NEETRAC. (November 14, 2005)
Sivakumar Receives Second Best Paper Award This Year
Raghupathy Sivakumar received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Network Protocols (ICNP), held in Boston, Mass. earlier this month. ICNP is considered to be one of the premier conferences on computer networking. The title of Dr. Sivakumar's award-winning paper was "Routing in Ad-hoc Networks with MIMO Links," and it was co-written with his Ph.D. student, Karthikeyan Sundaresan. This is the second such award that Dr. Sivakumar's research group has received this year and the third overall in the last few years. (November 14, 2005)
Linda Milor Named Best Paper Award Recipient
Linda Milor received the IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing Best Paper Award for "Characterization of Spatial Intrafield Gate CD Variability, Its Impact on Circuit Performance, and Spatial Mask-Level Correction," which was co-written with her colleagues, Michael Orshansky and Chenming Hu and appeared in the February 2004 issue. The Transactions' editorial staff and reviewers base their choice for the Best Paper Award on the immediate or potential impact that the work will have on the overall semiconductor manufacturing industry. (November 14, 2005)
Leadership: Gisele Bennett Named Director of Electro-Optical
Systems Laboratory at GTRI
Gisele Bennett has been named director of the new Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). The new lab was created to highlight GTRI's broad expertise and experience in electro-optical systems. Dr. Bennett is a 1995 Ph.D. graduate of ECE. (October 26, 2005)
Sivakumar Research Group Takes Best Paper Honors
Raghupathy Sivakumar and his students, Yujie Zhu and Karthikeyan Sundaresan, received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE Communications Society Conference on Sensor and Ad Hoc Communications and Networks, held in Santa Clara, Calif. in late September. Dr. Sivakumar and his students were honored for their paper entitled "Practical Limits on Achievable Energy Improvements and Useable Delay Tolerance in Correlation Aware Data Gathering in Wireless Sensor Networks." This is the second Best Paper Award received by his research group in the past couple of years. (October 13, 2005)
Manos Tentzeris Chosen for IEEE MTT-S Young Engineer Award
Manos Tentzeris has been named as the recipient of the 2006 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Symposium (MTT-S) Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year Award. Dr. Tentzeris is being recognized for his innovation in the development of multiresolution CAD tools and in the design and optimization of 3D RF modules in ceramic and organic substrates up to mm-wave frequency range. He will receive this award at the annual IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, to be held in June 2006 in San Francisco, Calif. (October 11, 2005)
Gordon Stüber Honored by IEEE Vehicular Technology
Gordon Stüber has received an Outstanding Service Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society, where he has served as an elected member of the IEEE VTS Board of Governors since 2001. Beyond regular Board of Governors duties, Dr. Stüber has served as the VTS Fellow Evaluation Committee Chairman, has handled the judging of the VTS Best Propagation Paper Award, and has managed the VTS Distinguished Speaker Program during the last several years. Prior to his service with the VTS Board of Governors, he was the technical program chair for the 1996 IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference. (October 7, 2005)
Elliot Moore Receives NSF CAREER Award
Elliot Moore has received an NSF CAREER Award for his research entitled "Extraction and Integration of Voice Source Features into the Acoustical Analysis of Spoken Affect." An assistant professor in the digital signal processing group, Dr. Moore is the first Georgia Tech Savannah-based faculty member to receive an NSF CAREER Award.
This CAREER project will focus on developing new techniques for extracting and integrating features of a voice source into assessing speaker affect/attitude. In addition to developing and distributing fully automated voice source estimation and analysis tools, Dr. Moore plans to provide a framework for integration of voice source features into existing databases on various types of spoken affect. This research will be helpful in analyzing speech for emotion and stress, detecting deception, improving human-computer interaction in dialogue applications, and clinical applications related to emotional and vocal disorders. (September 28, 2005)
Selects Atlanta to Develop New Optical and Broadband Technologies
for U.S. Telecommunications Market
Pirelli and Georgia Tech signed a five-year strategic R&D partnership to develop new optical components and systems and broadband access technologies for future high-speed telecommunications networks. The agreement was announced September 22 by Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and representatives from both the Italian company and Georgia Tech. Pirelli and scientists from the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) at Georgia Tech will study a new generation of integrated optical systems based on nanotechnologies and solutions for advanced home networking. (September 22, 2005)
ECE-Led Research Group to Create Photonic Crystal Tools
Photonic crystals, with highly periodic structures that can be designed to control light, have the potential to revolutionize everything from computing to communications. But researchers need more effective and affordable methods to create these promising crystals if they are going to find their way into personal computers or tiny sensors.
Georgia Tech has been awarded a grant totaling $4.16 million for photonic and phononic (the photonic crystal's acoustic equivalent) crystal research by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The grant also includes a two-year option for an additional $2.75 million. Ali Adibi, an associate professor in ECE, is leading a multi-university research group known as APEX (Advanced Processing-tools for Electromagnetic/acoustic Xtals or crystals) that will develop very effective, yet relatively inexpensive tools for the manufacture of three-dimensional (3-D) photonic and phononic crystals.
(September 8, 2005)
Ayanna Howard Chosen for Women in Business Award
Ayanna Howard has been selected to receive a Women in Business Award, which is bestowed by California State Assembly Member Carol Liu, State Senator Jack Scott, and Assembly Member Dario Frommer. Dr. Howard, who joined the ECE faculty in systems and controls this summer, is being honored for her contributions to science and technology. Her achievements will be recognized at an awards luncheon scheduled for October 19 in Pasadena, Calif.
(August 23, 2005)
Tech's U.S. News Undergraduate Rankings Remain Strong-ECE Programs
Remain in Top 10
For the seventh consecutive year and the eighth time in the past decade, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Georgia Tech as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation. Tech was ranked ninth among the nation's top public universities for undergraduates and 37th among all of the American universities, up four slots from last year. The College of Engineering held steady with a ranking of sixth, while ECE's undergraduate programs remained in the top 10, with electrical engineering ranking sixth and computer engineering placing eighth.
(August 22, 2005)
Launches New Samsung Design Center
Officials from the Samsung Electro-Mechanics Company (SEM), the State of Georgia, and the Georgia Institute of Technology held a ribbon-cutting August 17 for the company's new North American radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) design center to be located in Technology Square with the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC). GEDC is led by Joy Laskar, Joseph M. Pettit Professor in Electronics in the School of ECE.
The Samsung RFIC Design Center will develop technology for next-generation
communication systems, expanding to system-on-chip devices for
modem, digital, and RF equipment. Innovations developed by researchers
at the new center will impact a broad spectrum of Samsung's worldwide
(August 19, 2005)
David S. Citrin has been elected as a recipient of the
Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von
Humboldt Foundation. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
grants approximately 20 of these awards each year to young, top-flight
scientists and scholars from abroad who are already recognized
as outstanding researchers in their fields. Dr. Citrin, an associate
professor in optics and photonics and microsystems, will be invited
to work on research of his choice in cooperation with colleagues
in Germany, thus further promoting international scientific cooperation.
He was nominated for this honor by his German colleagues, Ernst
O. Gobel and Martin Koch.
(August 18, 2005)
Patricio Vela Named
Most Promising Engineer by HENAAC
Patricio Vela has been selected to receive a Most Promising Engineer Award by the HENAAC Board of Directors and TECHNiCA Magazine. Dr. Vela, who will officially join the ECE faculty as a member of the systems and controls group later in August, is scheduled to receive this award at the 17th Annual HENAAC Conference, October 6-8, 2005.
HENAAC is the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation,
and its mission is to enlighten the U.S. about the achievements
of Hispanics in engineering, science, technology, and math; to
motivate and educate more students to pursue careers in these fields;
and to increase the role the Hispanic community plays in maintaining
America's status as the world's technology leader.
(August 8, 2005)
Gaylord to Give Commencement Address
Thomas K. Gaylord, Regents' Professor and Julius Brown Chair in Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), will address the Georgia Institute of Technology's 222nd commencement ceremony on Friday, August 5, at 9 am, in Alexander Memorial Coliseum. Tech expects approximately 1,000 students to participate in the ceremony.
Last April, Dr. Gaylord received the Georgia Tech Class of 1934
Distinguished Professor Award. The prize, which includes the honor
of delivering the summer commencement address, is the most prestigious
award bestowed upon Tech faculty members.
(August 2, 2005)
is Top Producer of African-American Engineers
Georgia Tech is the top producer of African-American engineering graduates at both the undergraduate and master's degree levels, according to rankings from Black Issues in Higher Education magazine's annual college rankings report.
Tech was ranked first in bachelor's degrees awarded to African-American
engineering students for the 2003-04 school year with 126 degrees,
up from second place last year. Tech remained on top for master's
degrees awarded to African-American students in engineering, rising
to 34 degrees from 31 the previous school year. In engineering
Ph.D. degrees awarded to African-American students during the 2003-2004
school year, Tech rose to second place, up 142 percent to 29 graduates
from 12 graduates the previous school year.
(July 22, 2005)
Critical Infrastructure Assurance Group Supports Education
at Georgia Tech
The information assurance experts of tomorrow can be found today at top universities around the U.S. and the world, learning their craft with the help of the most advanced technology and curricula available. One important source of support for these education programs is the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Group (CIAG) at Cisco Systems. Equipment donations from Cisco have helped support an internetwork programming course and a hands-on security lab in ECE, said Henry Owen, a professor in the computer engineering group.
(From News@Cisco, June 2005)
Oliver Brand Named Recipient of 2005 IEEE Donald G. Fink
Prize Paper Award
Please join me in congratulating Oliver Brand on receiving the 2005 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award. Dr. Brand and his co-authors were presented with this award at the IEEE 18th International Conference on Micro Electrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS), held in Miami, Fla. in February 2005, and their achievement was noted in the 2005 IEEE Awards publication, just recently issued by IEEE President and CEO W. Cleon Anderson.
They received this honor for their paper entitled "Microfabrication Techniques for Chemical/Biosensors," which was published in the June 2003 issue (vol. 91, no. 6) of the Proceedings of the IEEE. Dr. Brand's co-authors were Christop Hagleitner of IBM (Ruschlikon, Switzerland) and Andreas Hierlemann and Henry Baltes, both professors in the Physical Electronics Laboratory at ETH Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland. (July, 2005)
Sakis Meliopoulos Receives IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann
Sakis Meliopoulos has been named the recipient of the IEEE Richard Harold Kaufmann Award "for contributions to power system grounding design and testing procedures." This award is presented to an individual, or team of up to three persons, who have made exceptional contributions to electrical engineering in the industrial environment through the design or application of systems technology, as well as apparatus, devices, or materials for plant power distribution, drive systems, process control, or other utilization systems.
Dr. Meliopoulos' achievement was noted in the 2005 IEEE Awards publication, just recently issued by IEEE President and CEO W. Cleon Anderson. He will receive this award at the annual IEEE Industry Applications Society Meeting, to be held in Hong Kong in October 2005. (July, 2005)
Why Is the Sky Blue, Not Violet?
Regents' Professor Glenn Smith explains that the hues that we see in the sky are not only determined by the laws of physics, but are also colored by the human visual system.
(From Physics News Update, July 6, 2005)
Rincon-Mora Named HENAAC
Role Model of the Week
Gabriel Rincon-Mora has been named Role Model of the Week for the week of July 5 by the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation. Dr. Rincon-Mora is an assistant professor in the electronic design and applications area in ECE. (July 5, 2005)
Last revised on February 21, 2006.