July - December, 2006 News and Awards Archive
Linda Wills to Participate in Hesburgh Program
Linda M. Wills has been invited to participate in the Hesburgh Award Teaching Fellows Program, run by Georgia Tech's Center for the Enhancement for Teaching and Learning. Participation in this program is an honor reserved for tenured faculty members who are already successful in their careers and who have the potential of providing leadership in teaching and learning to their colleagues. (December 15, 2006)
Madhavan Swaminathan Appointed as New Pettit Professor
Madhavan Swaminathan will become the Joseph M. Pettit Professor in Electronics in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, effective January 1, 2007. Dr. Swaminathan started working at Georgia Tech in 1994 as a research engineer and then became a tenure track faculty member in 1997.
He has served as deputy director of the Microsystems Packaging Research Center since 2004 and also leads its system design and test research alliance group. Advisor to 15 graduate level students and several researchers in the EPSILON Mixed Signal Design Laboratory, Dr. Swaminathan has written 250 publications in refereed journals and conferences and three book chapters and has 12 issued patents. In 2002, he co-founded and became chief scientist of Jacket Micro Devices, an ATDC start-up company.
Dr. Swaminathan was elected as an IEEE Fellow in 2006 and also received the IBM Faculty Award in 2004 and 2005. (December 15, 2006)
Ayanna Howard Tapped for GAFOE Symposium
Ayanna Howard has been invited to the 2007 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (GAFOE), to be held April 26-28, 2007, in Hamburg, Germany. This activity is organized by the National Academy of Engineering and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, an organization that supports foreign researchers and doctoral students studying in Germany.
About 60 participants(ages 30-45) are expected at the GAFOE Symposium, representing German and U.S. industry and universities as well as government labs. The two-day symposium will consist of four sessions -- Brain Research Technologies, Robotics, Smart Materials, and Space Technologies. (December 15, 2006)
Rick Hartlein Chosen as New NEETRAC Director
Rick Hartlein will become the new director of the National Electric Energy Testing Research and Applications Center, effective January 1, 2007. A principal research engineer at NEETRAC, Mr. Hartlein has served as the Center's interim co-director since Teddy Püttgen retired from Georgia Tech earlier this year.
For the first 20 years of his career, Mr. Hartlein worked at the Georgia Power Research Center. In 1996, he came to Georgia Tech to help establish NEETRAC, a merger of the Georgia Power Research Center and Georgia Tech's research and instructional programs in electric power. While at Tech, Mr. Hartlein has marketed NEETRAC to prospective members and served as the Center's Underground Systems Program Manager, where he develops and manages research and testing projects related to electric utility underground cable systems. He also holds several leadership roles in industry technical organizations related to this field. (December 8, 2006)
Gary May Tapped for AAAS Honor
Gary S. May will receive the 2006 AAAS Mentor Award for his outstanding contributions in recruiting, mentoring, and educating members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering careers. He will be presented with this award in February 2007 at the 173rd AAAS Annual Meeting, to be held in San Francisco, Calif.
Established in 1996, the AAAS Mentor Award recognizes individuals who have mentored and guided significant numbers of underrepresented students or who have impacted the climate of a department or institution to significantly increase the diversity of students pursuing and completing doctoral studies in the sciences. (December 5, 2006)
Dupuis to Receive 2007 IEEE Edison Medal
Russell D. Dupuis has been named the recipient of the 2007 IEEE Edison Medal "for pioneering contributions to metalorganic chemical vapor deposition technology and continuous-wave room-temperature quantum-well lasers." These contributions provide the underpinning technology employed world-wide for many of today's advanced compound semiconductor electronic and optoelectronic devices. For example, they are the basis in creating coherent light sources and photodetectors used for advanced optical communication systems and also for the manufacture of incoherent high-brightness visible light-emitting diodes.
Named for Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor of the first practical incandescent light bulb, this award has been given by IEEE almost every year since 1909 to an individual for a career of meritorious achievement in electrical science, electrical engineering, or the electrical arts. Russ will be presented with this award at an IEEE event to be determined in the near future. (November 22, 2006)
Chatterjee, Hughes Elected as IEEE Fellows
Abhijit (Chat) Chatterjee and Joe Hughes have been elected as IEEE Fellows, effective January 1, 2007. Their citations are as follows:
Abhijit Chatterjee, for contributions to testing analog and mixed signal circuits.
Joseph L.A. Hughes, for contributions to engineering education program development, assessment, and accreditation activities.
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. (November 22, 2006)
NTU-Georgia Tech to Offer Dual Degrees in Infocomm
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore and Georgia Tech are collaborating to offer two degrees in information technology - a bachelor of engineering degree from NTU and a master of science degree from Georgia Tech. NTU students will spend three years at NTU and one to one and a half years at Georgia Tech before graduating with the two degrees. The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore has pledged up to 100 scholarships for the programmes over five years. (938Live radio broadcast about the program) (November 16, 2006)
Hughes Named Senior Associate Chair, Elected IEEE Education Society President
Joseph L.A. Hughes has been named as senior associate chair for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he will substitute for and/or represent the School Chair, when needed and as directed.
Dr. Hughes will continue to lead and manage the School's activities related to academic operations & support and accreditation & assessment, and he will continue to supervise student support programs associated with our outreach and retention efforts. He will also organize and coordinate administrative and operational matters related to ECE academic programs at Georgia Tech campuses outside of Atlanta. In addition, Dr. Hughes will formulate policy with ECE and Institute personnel on the use and integration of computing and other technologies to support our academic programs and operations.
Dr. Hughes has also been elected president of the IEEE Education Society. His one-year term takes effect January 1, 2007, with the possibility of re-election for a second year in 2008. The Society has almost 3,200 members, more than half residing outside the United States, and 64 local Chapters. It focuses on education-related issues that span the breadth of IEEE, including educational methods and technology, instructional materials, and educational and professional development programs within the electrical engineering, computer engineering, and allied disciplines. (November 1, 2006)
Tom Barnwell to Receive Honor from Atlanta's Country Music Community
Tom Barnwell, and his wife Aina, will be inducted into the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame's Hall of Honor on November 25. This honor is given to Georgia musicians who have distinguished themselves over a period of at least 20 years by performing, authoring, and/or teaching. The Barnwells will be recognized for their articles and work with the Southeastern Bluegrass Association. (October 9, 2006)
CardioMEMS Named Small Times Award Winner
CardioMEMS received the 2006 Best of Small Tech Company of the Year Award at the Small Times NanoCon International Conference and Trade Show last Thursday in Las Vegas. The event, sponsored by Small Times (TM) Magazine, spotlights the top leaders and the biggest successes in nanotechnology, MEMS, and microsystems during the past year.
CardioMEMS, Inc. captured the top small company honor for its new, FDA-approved implantable wireless pressure sensors, which measure pressure changes in the abdominal aorta, promising a relatively inexpensive means of managing the care of patients with congestive heart failure. ECE Regents' Professor Mark G. Allen co-founded this company in 2001 and serves as its chief technical officer. (September 21, 2006)
Joe Hughes Named Georgia Tech Executive Board Chair
Joseph L.A. Hughes has been elected chair of the Georgia Tech Executive Board, where he has been a member since 2004. Consisting of representatives from the administration, faculty from each college and GTRI, students, and staff, the Executive Board oversees all aspects of Institute faculty governance, guiding the activities of the General Faculty, the Academic Faculty, their representative bodies, and their committees. Dr. Hughes will serve as chair of the Board through August 2007. (September 21, 2006)
Tech Ranked a Top University for Biotech Transfer
Georgia Tech is one of the top universities in the world for technology transfer and a top producer of start-up companies, according to a new biotechnology study from the Milken Institute.
Georgia Tech was ranked No. 4 for start-up companies, No. 11 overall for technology transfer (bringing technologies from the lab to market), and No. 8 for patents filed. Tech also ranked No. 9 in number of patents in 2005, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. CardioMEMS, a company formed from intellectual property originating from the School of ECE, is one of Georgia Tech's many biotech start-up success stories. (September 21, 2006)
Ron Harley's Research Group Takes Top PES Poster Honors
Wei Qiao, Yamille del Valle, and Jean Carlos Hernandez Mejia received top student poster prizes at the recent annual general meeting of the IEEE Power Engineering Society (PES), held in Montreal, Canada. All three students are members of Ron Harley's research group; their poster titles and their award placements are as follows:
Wei Qiao, "A Fault-Tolerant P-Q Decoupled Control Scheme for a Static
Synchronous Series Compensator."
Yamille del Valle, "Optimal STATCOM Allocation Using Particle Swarm
Optimization," co-authored by Jean Carlos Hernandez Mejia.
Jean Carlos Hernandez Mejia, "Classification and Identification of
Real Cable Insulation Defects by Partial Discharge Measurements."
(September 18, 2006)
The Envy of Its Peers?
From the bachelor's to the doctorate, Georgia Tech has figured out how to be a top producer of black engineers. But just how do they do it? (From Diverse Issues in Higher Education, September 7, 2006)
The Future of Engineering
Gary S. May and Douglas B. Williams are among the electrical engineering faculty members commenting on engineering careers, industry involvement, and how the world perceives engineers in the latest issue of Test and Measurement World Magazine. (September 1, 2006)
Georgia Tech, ECE Remain Strong in U.S. News Rankings
For the eighth consecutive year and the ninth time in the past decade, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Georgia Tech as one of the top 10 public universities in the nation. Tech moved up to the eighth spot from ninth last year among the nation's top public universities for undergraduates. Both ECE undergraduate programs held their places in the top 10 rankings of individual engineering disciplines, with electrical engineering holding steady at sixth place, while computer engineering moved up a notch to seventh. (August 22, 2006)
Liquid Crystal Polymer: Georgia Tech Investigates Robust, Paper-like
Plastic for NASA Applications
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have received funding from the NASA/Earth Science Technology Office to evaluate a material called liquid crystal polymer (LCP) for electronics applications in space. ECE Associate Professors John Papapolymerou and Manos Tentzeris are leading this effort.
The ultra-thin, paper-like plastic can incorporate a variety of electronic circuits, yet it molds to any shape and appears to perform well in the extreme temperatures and intense radiation encountered by NASA spacecraft. (August 22, 2006)
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That Is Free, Unlimited . . . Not Localized'
From its tiny confines in the corner of one lab in 1985, Ajeet Rohatgi's solar domain now encompasses about two dozen researchers working in seven laboratories on some of the most sophisticated instruments in the field. His University Center of Excellence in Photovoltaics at Georgia Tech --- the first in the nation and one of only two today --- is dedicated to making a better solar cell. (August 20, 2006)
Marcus Nanotechnology Building Groundbreaking: Georgia Tech Thinks
Big While Thinking Small
Georgia Tech broke ground on the new Marcus Nanotechnology Building, which has many people on campus and throughout the state filled with high hopes.
"With this new building, we will have 20,000 square feet of space dedicated to nanotechnology focused on physical science and engineering adjacent to a 10,000-square-foot facility dedicated to biological and biomedical nanotechnology research -- this combination doesn't exist anywhere else in the world," said James Meindl, director of the new Nanotechnology Research Center, which will be housed in the new Marcus Nanotechnology Building. (August 7, 2006)
Taking Care of Bio-Business, Despite Fierce Competition
Atlanta may not be a hotbed for life-sciences companies on the scale of San Diego or Boston, but things are heating up here. Among recent milestones, CardioMEMS, a company formed from ECE intellectual property, won approval from the FDA to market its first commercial product, the EndoSureTM sensor, an implantable device that monitors blood pressure in aneurysm patients. (August 3, 2006)
Compact Device Can Pack Big Sensing Power on a Chip
Georgia Tech researchers have found a way to shrink all the sensing power of sophisticated biosensors - such as sensors that can detect trace amounts of a chemical in a water supply or a substance in your blood - onto a single microchip. Led by Ali Adibi, the researchers have designed a wavelength-demultipler, believed to be the most compact to date, that is able to function at very high resolution in much tighter confines (as small as 64 microns by 100 microns - smaller than a millimeter). (August 2, 2006)
Tong Zhou Appointed Director of Georgia Tech Shanghai Initiative
G. Tong Zhou has been named director of the Georgia Tech Shanghai Initiative, effective July 1, 2006. In her new role, Dr. Zhou will be the institutional leader and contact for Georgia Tech operations in Shanghai, including the programs at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).
She will direct the GT-SJTU ECE Dual-M.S. Degree Program in coordination with the ECE Graduate Affairs Office and will coordinate and oversee, along with the Office of International Education (OIE), all GT-Shanghai programs. Dr. Zhou will also work with individual units, OIE, and GT Legal Affairs in the development of academic and research agreements with Shanghai entities and organizations. (July 24, 2006)
Durgin Receives NSF CAREER Award
Gregory D. Durgin has received a 2005-06 NSF CAREER Award for his project, "Long-Range 5.8 GHz Backscatter RF Tag Systems."
The goal of Dr. Durgin's work is to make RFID tags and RF sensors operate at higher frequencies and longer ranges. Currently, these low-powered RF devices cannot be read at distances much more than 1m. By building a RF tag testbed, researchers at the Propagation Group are inventing and testing methods for dramatically increasing range and reliability of these devices. (July 19, 2006)
David Anderson to Take Part in NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
David Anderson will participate in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) 12th annual Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, an event that will bring together 81 engineers ages 30 to 45 who are performing cutting-edge engineering research.
To be held September 21-23 in Dearborn, Mich., the Symposium will cover topics like the nanotechnology-biology interface, intelligent software systems and machines, supply chain management, and personal mobility. Symposium goals are to introduce these engineers to each other and to facilitate collaboration, transfer new techniques and approaches across fields, and establish contacts among the next generation of engineering leaders. (July 17, 2006)
Kevin Kornegay Receives IBM Faculty Award
Kevin Kornegay received an IBM Faculty Award for his research project entitled "On-chip Jitter Measurement and Clock Duty-cycle Adjustment." In this cycle of IBM Faculty awards, 136 faculty members received awards representing 67 colleges and universities worldwide. Dr. Kornegay's research focuses on the design of circuits for high-speed wire and wireless data transmission. (July 14, 2006)
Georgia Electronic Design Center and Maritime Logistics Innovation Center Join Forces in RFID/Sensor Research
The Maritime Logistics Innovation Center (MLIC) and the Georgia Electronic Design Center (GEDC) announce a partnership focused on furthering Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based research.
Led by Manos Tentzeris, the GEDC team will test low-cost, multifunctional UHF RFID antennas and integrated circuits that will aid in developing real-world applications that support supply-chain activities in Georgia ports and other supply-chain checkpoints. It also leverages a working test bed provided by Savi Networks, a MLIC partner. (July 13, 2006)
Thales and Georgia Tech Pledge Transatlantic Cooperation in Research
Georgia Tech and Thales, a major defense contractor in Europe, have signed a cooperation agreement in the field of applied electronics research to foster the transfer of knowledge and skills between the two partners.
In late summer 2006, Thales and Georgia Tech will introduce five doctoral programs on topics as varied as air traffic control, radar algorithms, and the optimization of complex systems. This initial stage may be followed by more ambitious research projects involving joint research teams. (July 12, 2006)
Meindl Named Founding Director of Tech's Nanotechnology Research Center
Georgia Tech's newly formed Nanotechnology Research Center, which recently received a $15 million commitment from the Marcus Foundation for a new building, has named James D. Meindl as its founding director.
Dr. Meindl, director of Tech's Pettit Microelectronics Research Center and the recent winner of the IEEE Medal of Honor, will lead the Center's efforts to fuse multiple scientific disciplines in pursuit of breakthrough nanotechnologies. (July 10, 2006)
Fred Juang Elected to Academia Sinica of Taiwan
Fred Juang has been elected as a Member of the Academia Sinica of Taiwan, an equivalent to the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences in the United States. Election to Academia Sinica takes place once every four years and is the most prestigious honor in academic achievement bestowed by Taiwanese government. Currently, the convocation of the Academia Sinica consists of 250 members, including six Nobel Prize Laureates. (July 6, 2006)
Last revised on April 4, 2007.