January - June, 2006 Archived ECE News Articles and Awards
Ayanna Howard Featured in The Crisis Magazine
Ayanna Howard was one of five African-American science and technology leaders profiled in the May/June 2006 issue of The Crisis. Dr. Howard was recognized for her current work and career achievements in robotics, and her commitment to increasing the number of minorities and women in engineering and science. (June 23, 2006)
Performance: Georgia Tech/IBM Team Demonstrates First 500 GHz Silicon-Germanium
A research team from IBM and Georgia Tech has demonstrated the first silicon-germanium (SiGe) transistor able to operate at frequencies above 500 GHz. Though the record performance was attained at extremely cold temperatures, the results suggest that the upper bound for performance in SiGe devices may be higher than originally expected.
Ultra-high-frequency silicon-germanium circuits have potential applications in many communications systems, defense systems, space electronics platforms, and remote sensing systems. The accomplishment will be reported in the July issue of the journal IEEE Electron Device Letters. Led by John D. Cressler, Byers Professor in ECE, the research has been supported by IBM, NASA, and the Georgia Electronic Design Center. (June 20, 2006) View IBM video news release (Windows Media Video; 4.85 MB; Runtime: 2:31)
EE Undergraduate Awarded IEEE MTT-S Scholarship
Amin Rida was awarded an IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship at the 2006 International Microwave Symposium held in San Francisco, Calif. Advised by Manos Tentzeris, Mr. Rida studies the co-design of IC + antenna passive RFID tag. (June 14, 2006)
Vijay Madisetti Selected for ASEE Honor
Vijay Madisetti has been named the recipient of the 2006 Frederick Emmons Terman Award, given by the Electrical Engineering Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. This award recognizes Dr. Madisetti's achievements in teaching, research, guidance of students, and related activities, in particular his textbook, VLSI Digital Signal Processors. Sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, the award will be presented to Dr. Madisetti at the 2006 Frontiers in Education Conference, to be held later this year. (June 6, 2006)
Bonnie Heck Chosen as Fellow for Georgia Tech University Leadership
Bonnie Heck has been chosen as a Fellow for the 2006-07 Georgia Tech University Leadership Program (ULP). Designed to ensure the strength and effectiveness of Georgia Tech's faculty leaders, this program fosters the development of new and rising leaders from among the faculty. Dr. Heck was one of 10 Georgia Tech faculty selected to participate in this program. (June 1, 2006)
Wizard of Watts:
James Meindl, 2006 IEEE Medal of Honor Recipient
James D. Meindl caught the low-power semiconductor wave when it was barely a ripple and brought generations of graduate students along for an exciting ride. As director of the Microelectronics Research Center at Georgia Tech, he says the most important part of his job is making graduate school fun and exciting. Lots of professors make the same claim, but Dr. Meindl, the winner of the 2006 IEEE Medal of Honor, has an explosive story to prove it. (IEEE Spectrum, June 2006; also see Georgia Tech News Release - James Meindl to Receive IEEE Medal of Honor)
Moore's Law Meets
By 2010, the "More Than Moore's Law" movement-which focuses on system integration rather than transistor density-will lead to revolutionary megafunction electronics. Real miniaturization requires something more, and we have it in the system-on-package (SOP) approach we're pursuing at the Microsystems Packaging Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology, in Atlanta. (IEEE Spectrum article written by Rao Tummala) (June, 2006)
SiGe Project Receives $9.5 Million from NAS
A School of Electrical and Computer Engineering research project to develop silicon-germanium (SiGe) mixed-signal electronic components for upcoming Lunar and Martian exploration missions has received increased funding from NASA.
The effort, "SiGe Integrated Electronics for Extreme Environments," has been approved for Phase 2 funding of $9.5 million over the next three years. Led by John D. Cressler, Byers Professor in ECE, project participants include IBM Corp., the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, BAE Systems, Boeing Corp., and Lynguent Inc., as well as five other schools - Auburn University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Maryland, the University of Tennessee and the University of Arkansas. (May 19, 2006)
Volatile weather, summer smog alerts, soaring fuel prices, and rising greenhouse-gas levels have focused increased attention on cleaner, more-sustainable technologies.
That concern can be clearly seen among the startup companies formed in Georgia Tech's VentureLab program, which is assisting more than a half-dozen early-stage companies that are pursuing clean-technology products and services. Two of these companies-Ajeetco and Lumoflex-are led by ECE Professors Ajeet Rohatgi and Bernard Kippelen, respectively. (May 16, 2006)
Tech Forms Research Unit with France's CNRS
Georgia Tech and France's Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) have partnered to create a joint international research unit (unit? mixte internationale - UMI) to focus on telecommunications and innovative materials research.
The UMI, which is the first of its kind in France, will be based at Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL), the European campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology located in Metz, France. This GT-CNRS initiative will be devoted to optics-based communication using the dynamics of chaos in optoelectronic components, quantum cryptography, and ultrafast optical communication. Abdallah Ougazzaden, an ECE professor based at GTL, will direct the UMI. (May 2, 2006)
Joe Hughes Named ASEE Fellow
ECE Professor and Associate Chair Joseph L.A. Hughes has been named a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) "for contributions to engineering education through program development, assessment, and accreditation activities." Dr. Hughes will be inducted into the class of 2006 ASEE Fellows at the Annual Awards Banquet on June 21, which is the culmination of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, to be held in Chicago, Ill.
Dr. Hughes joins five past and present Georgia Tech faculty members who have been named ASEE Fellows -- William M. Sangster (1991), Gerald J. Thuesen (1991), William E. Sayle (2003), Ward O. Winer (2004), and Jack R. Lohmann (2005). (April 28, 2006)
Bill Sayle to Receive ASEE ECE Distinguished Educator Award
William E. Sayle will receive the 2006 ASEE ECE Distinguished Educator Award from the ECE Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) "for sustained contributions to electrical and computer engineering education through leadership in accreditation activities, development of global engineering education programs, and service to ASEE."
Dedicated to promoting and improving engineering and technology education, ASEE covers all branches of engineering and has more than 12,000 members. Dr. Sayle, professor and associate chair emeritus of ECE, will be presented with this honor at the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, to be held in Chicago, Ill. in June 2006. (April 28, 2006)
Tech, Solvay Announce $3 Million Deal for OLED Research
Georgia Tech's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) and Solvay have announced a $3 million deal for OLED research.
Solvay, an international chemical and pharmaceutical group headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, has signed a three-year commitment with Georgia Tech to fund research in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), thin-films of organic molecules that give off light when electricity is applied. (April 26, 2006)
Takes First Place in UROC Symposium
Steven Dalton, an undergraduate researcher in ECE Professor George Riley's group, won first place at the 2006 Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Computing (UROC) Research Symposium on April 19. Mr. Dalton's project, "Validation of PFTK Equation in Large TCP Transfers," used network simulation tools to perform an empirical validation of a well known TCP throughput equation. The College of Computing and UROC hosted this annual event, which gives undergraduate students an opportunity to showcase their research talents. (April 19, 2006)
IEEE Students Take Second Place at Robotics Competition
The IEEE student branch hardware team won second place at the IEEE Southeast Conference Robot Competition, held on April 1 in Memphis Tenn. Fifty-five schools registered for the conference, and 25 schools qualified for the final hardware contest.
The objective of this year's robot competition was to design an autonomous robot that can sort and deliver 12 FedEx packages (represented by wooden blocks) to three different "cargo planes" leaving at different times. To add a unique touch to their robot, the Georgia Tech IEEE students programmed it to play the Georgia Tech fight song at opportune moments. (April 19, 2006)
Tech Information Security Center to Host Identity Management Summit
The Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) will host the Identity Management Summit on Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 2 pm at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Conference Center on the Georgia Tech campus.
One of the fastest-growing and most damaging information security breaches today involves the leak or loss of personal information over the Internet, and the fraudulent use of that information by unauthorized individuals. The Identity Management Summit will foster discussion on the best methods to safeguard the "digital identities" of consumer and enterprise Internet users. (April 17, 2006)
Howard to Make Robotics Presentation at Annual NAS Meeting
Ayanna Howard and two of her research collaborators, Peter Stone (University of Texas at Austin) and Brian Scassellati (Yale University), will give a presentation on advances in "Robot Learning for Space and Field Robotics" at the National Academy of Science (NAS) Annual Meeting, to be held April 24-25 in Washington, D.C.
Each year, one session from the Academy's U.S. Frontiers of Science Symposia, organized by and for young scientists, is chosen for presentation at the NAS annual meeting. Dr. Howard's and her colleagues' work, which focuses on making robots adapt autonomously to changing environments, was singled out for this particular honor. (April 12, 2006)
Develop Focus-Changing Eyeglass Lenses
Scientists at The University of Arizona and Georgia Tech have developed new switchable, flat, liquid crystal diffractive lenses that can adaptively change their focusing power. In the foreseeable future, for example, you won't change prescription eyeglasses-your eye doctor will just tweak a new prescription into the specs you already own. Bernard Kippelen, who helped start the project when he was at Arizona, is now a professor in ECE and associate director of Tech's Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics. (April 5, 2006)
WIE Honors Bill Sayle with Top Award
Bill Sayle has received the 2006 Women in Engineering (WIE) Leadership Award for his sustained and outstanding leadership and service to the Women in Engineering Program and the Georgia Tech community. Presented to Dr. Sayle at the 2006 WIE Excellence Awards Banquet, the award honors his commitment to promoting engineering and science as a viable educational and career option to K-12 girls and supporting female engineering students at Georgia Tech. (April 4, 2006)
Chandler Alford Wins Junior
Chandler Alford, a sophomore electrical engineering major, won three gold medals and the Junior National Championship at the USA Weightlifting Junior National Olympic Weightlifting Tournament in Orlando, Fla. A Dean's List student from Conyers, Ga., Mr. Alford is currently training at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 31, 2006)
William Hunt Tapped as IEEE Distinguished Lecturer
William D. Hunt has been named as a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Sensors Council, which consists of 23 IEEE member societies. The fields of interest of the Council and its activities include the theory, design, fabrication, manufacturing, reliability, and applications of devices for sensing and transducing physical, chemical, and biological phenomena. (March 31, 2006)
George Riley Earns PAM Conference Best Paper Honors
George F. Riley and his collaborators have been named recipients of the Best Paper Award from the 2006 Passive and Active Measurement Conference, which was held in Adelaide, Australia on March 30-31. Dr. Riley is being recognized for his paper, "Revealing the Autonomous System Taxonomy: The Machine Learning Approach." His collaborators on this paper are his student, Xenofontas Dimitropoulos, and Dmitri Krioukov and K.C. Claffy, both of the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis at the University of California at San Diego. (March 31, 2006)
ECE Student Earns Sigma Xi Award
Robert Baxley has been named as a recipient of a Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Best M.S. Thesis Award for his thesis entitled "Analyzing Selected Mapping for Peak-to-Average Power Reduction in OFDM." He did his M.S. thesis under the supervision of Tong Zhou and is now a Ph.D. student in her research group. Mr. Baxley will be honored later this spring at the Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Awards ceremony. (March 21, 2006)
Convergence: New Network Architecture Delivers Super-Broadband Wired
and Wireless Service Simultaneously
ECE Professor Gee-Kung Chang and his research team have demonstrated a novel communications network design that would provide both ultra-high-speed wireless and wired access services from the same signals carried on a single optical fiber.
The new hybrid system could allow dual wired/wireless transmission of the same content such as high-definition television, data, and voice up to 100 times faster than current networks. The new architecture would reduce the cost of providing dramatically improved service to conference centers, airports, hotels, shopping malls - and ultimately to homes and small offices. (March 17, 2006)
SoC Technology Makes Dramatic Reductions in Energy Consumption
Krishna Palem and his collaborators in the Center for Research in Embedded Systems and Technology announce energy savings by a factor of more than 500 in simulations with their ultra energy efficient, embedded architecture based on Probabilistic CMOS (PCMOS). The PCMOS devices take advantage of noise, currently fabricated at the quarter-micron (0.25 micron) level, and use probability to extract great energy savings. The findings were presented at the Design, Automation, and Test In Europe (DATE) Conference, the leading peer-reviewed European electronic systems design meeting, on March 9 in Munich, Germany. (March 17, 2006)
May to be Honored at NSBE Golden Torch Awards
Gary S. May will receive the Janice Lumpkin Educator of the Year Award from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at the Golden Torch Awards Program, to be held during NSBE's annual convention on March 30. Dr. May is being honored for his work in semiconductors, integrated circuits, and intelligent electronic systems and his commitment to minority engineering education. (March 17, 2006)
ECE Ph.D. Graduate to Receive Sigma Xi Honor
Abubakr Muhammad will receive the Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Best Dissertation Award at an awards ceremony to be held later this spring. A fall 2005 Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Muhammad will be recognized for his thesis entitled "Graphs, Simplicial Complexes and Beyond: Topological Tools for Multi-agent Coordination." He was advised by Magnus Egerstedt and is now a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. (March 10, 2006)
ECE Faculty and Students Win Education Partnership Award
Jeff Davis and Tom Collins will receive the Education Partnership Award for their work with the State of Georgia FIRST LEGO League Challenge at the Georgia Tech Faculty/Staff Honors Luncheon on April 12. ECE students--Simon Chen, Eric Liu, Satya Bhan, Michael Rivera, and James Holland--and Jeff Rosen, a science teacher from Wheeler High School (Marietta, Ga.) also share in this award, which recognizes substantial partnerships between Tech faculty and students and the K-12 community. (March 2, 2006)
Creates More Compact, Inexpensive Spectrometer
Georgia Tech researchers, led by ECE's Ali Adibi, have developed a technology to help spectrometers - instruments that can be used as the main parts of sensors that can detect substances present in even ultra-small concentrations - analyze substances using fewer parts in a wider variety of environments, regardless of lighting. The technology can improve the portability while reducing the size, complexity, and cost of many sensing and diagnostics systems that use spectrometers. The technology has appeared in Applied Optics, Optics Express, and Optics Letters and was presented as an invited talk at the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society Annual Meeting 2005. (February 8, 2006)
Up: CardioMEMS' New Medical Device Combines Wireless and MEMS Technology
to Monitor Blood Pressure of Aneurysm Patients
Winning a thumbs-up from the Food and Drug Administration, CardioMEMS Inc. has launched its EndoSure sensor, which makes testing safer and more convenient for aneurysm patients. Based on intellectual property from the Georgia Institute of Technology, EndoSure is the first implantable pressure sensor that combines wireless and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology to receive FDA clearance. ECE Regents' Professor Mark G. Allen is the chief technical officer and co-founder of CardioMEMS. (February 3, 2006)
Firm to Market Surge Protection Device
Innovolt Inc., a company assisted by Georgia Tech's VentureLab program, has received a technology license from Georgia Tech and is poised to begin testing and marketing a new approach to protecting electronic devices from electricity surges. Deepak Divan, a professor in the electric power group, serves chair and chief technology officer for Innovolt. (February 1, 2006)
Amateur Radio Club Makes Contact with ISS
W4AQL, the Georgia Tech Amateur Radio Club, hosted students from Tech's School of Aerospace Engineering as they posed questions to Bill McArthur, an astronaut currently aboard the International Space Station and an MSAE '83 graduate of Georgia Tech. To listen to an audio recording of the ISS contact, click here (January 20, 2006)
Sung Kyu Lim Receives NSF CAREER Award
Sung Kyu Lim, an assistant professor in computer enigneering, has received an NSF CAREER Award for his research entitled "Physical Design Automation for Fast and Reliable 3D Circuits." The goal of Dr. Lim's research is to develop the first automatic physical layout tool for 3D ICs under performance, power, size, and reliability objectives. (January 13, 2006)
Eta Kappa Nu Named Outstanding Chapter in the U.S.
The Georgia Tech chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the honor society for ECE students, has received an Outstanding Chapter Award for 2004-05. This award, which is a mark of significant distinction for a college chapter, will be announced and formally presented at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association Annual Meeting in March 2006. (January 13, 2006)
Krishna Palem Named ACM Fellow
Krishna Palem has been named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for his contributions to compiler optimization and embedded computing. ACM will formally recognize the new Fellows at its annual awards banquet on May 20, 2006 in San Francisco, Calif. (January 13, 2006)
Ayanna Howard Tapped as Young Global Leader
Ayanna Howard has been named to the 2006 class of Young Global Leaders (YGLs). Established in 2004 by Professor Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, the Forum of Young Global Leaders is a group of business, government, and academic leaders who are 40 years old or younger and who will work on the 2020 Initiative, a comprehensive endeavor to understand current and future trends, risks, and opportunities both at global and regional levels, to formulate a positive vision for the world in 2020. (January 13, 2006)
Tech to Expand Chinese Courses
Two of Georgia's top state universities are taking advantage of China's emerging position as a global leader by expanding their course offerings about - and in - the increasingly dynamic Asian powerhouse.
Today, the state Board of Regents is expected to approve a major in Chinese language and literature at the University of Georgia and a dual master's degree program in engineering between Georgia Tech and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. (January 11, 2006)
Last revised on July 12, 2006.