January - June, 2007 Archived ECE News Articles and Awards
Patricio Vela Named to Goizueta Foundation Junior Professorship
Patricio Vela was chosen from a campus-wide field of applicants for the Goizueta Foundation Junior Faculty Rotating Professorship at Georgia Tech. Not only will this three-year-long professorship support his education and research activities, Dr. Vela will also work closely with the Georgia Tech Goizueta Foundation Programs to recruit, advise, and mentor Hispanic/Latino students and faculty and to increase their presence on the Georgia Tech campus. (June 28, 2007)
Jim Meindl Honored with HKN Eminent Membership
Jim Meindl has been named an Eminent Member of Eta Kappa Nu, the society's highest level of membership and granted to the select few whose contributions and attainments in the field of electrical and computer engineering have resulted in significant benefits to humankind. This honor recognizes Dr. Meindl's more than 40 years of leadership in microelectronics research and education and advisement of more than 80 doctoral graduates. (June 28, 2007)
Trang Thai Wins IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship
Trang Thai received an IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship Award at the 2007 International Microwave Symposium, held in Honolulu, Hawaii June 3-8. A senior double major in electrical engineering and physics, Ms. Thai is a member of the ATHENA Group and has been advised by Manos Tentzeris and Gerald DeJean (a 2007 Ph.D. graduate now working at Microsoft) during the last year and a half.
This is the second year in a row that a student from Dr. Tentzeris' group has received this MTT-S honor. Last year, Amin Rida, now a graduate student who has continued his studies in the ATHENA Group, also received this award. (June 28, 2007)
John Cressler to Receive IEEE Electron Devices Best Paper Award
John Cressler and his recently graduated Ph.D. students, Ram Krithivasan and Yuan Lu, were named the recipients of the IEEE Electron Devices Society 2007 George E. Smith Award. This honor is given annually for the best paper to appear in IEEE Electron Devices, considered the flagship microelectronics devices journal for the IEEE. Dr. Cressler and his team will receive the award for their paper, “Half-TeraHertz Operation of SiGe HBTs,” at the 2007 International Electron Devices Meeting, to be held December 2007 in Washington, D.C. (June 28, 2007)
Manos Tentzeris' Group Wins IEEE/APS Best Student Paper Award
Manos Tentzeris and his Ph.D. students, Amin Rida and Li Yang, won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2007 IEEE Antenna and Propagation Society Symposium, held June 11-15 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their paper, "Design and Characterization of Novel Paper-Based Inkjet-Printed UHF Antennas for RFID and Sensing Applications," was recognized as the best among 1,500 papers presented at this event and marked the first time that Georgia Tech won first place in the competition. (June 28, 2007)
Kevin Kornegay Recognized by the Banneker Institute
Kevin Kornegay, the Motorola Foundation Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was nominated as the June 2007 featured scientist for the Banneker Institute for Science and Technology. The Banneker Institute was founded, with support from Congress, to combine many existing initiatives that address low performance and participation rates of African-Americans in science- and math-related studies and professions. (June 28, 2007)
Anthony Yezzi Takes Top Paper Honor
Anthony Yezzi and his Ph.D. student, Ganesh Sundaramoorthi, won the Best Numerical Paper-Project Award at the First International Conference on Scale Space and Variational Methods in Computer Vision, held in Ischia, Italy May 30-June 2.
The award was for their paper "New Possibilities with Sobolev Active Contours" which outlines the application of Sobolev gradients in order to stabilize formerly ill-posed variational formulations of active contours (used extensively in medical imaging and visual tracking applications). This new formulation gives rise to a whole new class of useful active contour models that had not previously been possible with traditional techniques. (June 28, 2007)
Gary Gimmestad Elected as SPIE Fellow
Gary Gimmestad has been elected as a Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) for his work in remote sensing technology, including LIDAR systems for atmospheric characterization and air quality monitoring. Dr. Gimmestad's primary appointment is with the Georgia Tech Research Institute, where he holds the Glen P. Robinson Chair in Electro-Optics and is a Georgia Tech senior faculty leader in remote sensing technology. He has been an adjunct faculty member in ECE since 1992. (May 2, 2007)
Georgia Tech Team Advances in DARPA Urban Challenge Selection Process
Georgia Tech's "Sting Racing" autonomous vehicle was named by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as one of 53 teams that will advance to the next stage in the selection process for DARPA's Urban Challenge. In June, DARPA personnel will conduct site visit tests at locations across the U.S. to assess the ability of each team's autonomous vehicle to perform tasks and to operate safely. ECE Associate Professor Magnus Egerstedt is the software leader on this project and is working with College of Computing (CoC) Professors Tucker Balch and Henrik Christensen. Students from ECE and CoC are also participating in this project. (May 21, 2007)
Incoming Freshman Knew Integrity Had Value, But...
Duane Carver's life sounds like a road map for a dropout. He, his sister and his divorced mom were homeless for a time. At one point they lived in a car. They were given shelter in an unheated church and later lived in a rodent-infested house. But Carter laid out a plan and stuck to it.Those who know Carver best, including his teachers, said he truly defines what it means to rise above circumstance. That vision has translated into Carver's 3.5 grade point average and a full-ride Tech Promise scholarship to Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He plans to major in computer engineering then go to law school and specialize in intellectual law. (From the May 6 issue of The Florida Times-Union) (May 21, 2007)
DARPA Project to Fix Intelligent Star Wars Binoculars into Soldiers' Brain
The U.S Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will soon develop an extraordinary and avant-garde pair of high-tech binoculars for their Special Forces that will be 10 times more powerful than anything available today.
According to DARPA, this advanced prototype model of binoculars is stimulated by 'Luke's Binoculars' that Luke Skywalker used in Star Wars. The agency has planned to create their own version of this science-fiction hardware whose prototype will be handed to troops within three years. Technologies to be used in this device range from flat-field wide-angle optics to the use of advanced electroencephalograms, or EEGs, to rapidly recognize brainwave signatures.
The binoculars will detect threats by using neuromorphic engineering - the science of using hardware and software to mimic biological systems. Paul Hasler, an associate professor in ECE who will participate in the development of this device, said an effort to use neural computation to "emulate the brain's visual cortex" -- can create sensors that, like the brain, can scan across a wide field of view and "figure out what's interesting to look at." (May 4, 2007)
First Solvay-COPE Symposium on Organic Electronics
Solvay and the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics (COPE) at Georgia Tech have announced the First Solvay-COPE Symposium on Organic Electronics. The event will be held at Tech’s Molecular Sciences and Engineering Building on May 8.
Solvay is an international chemical and pharmaceutical group headquartered in Belgium. Last April, Solvay and COPE began a three-year $3 million partnership for research into organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The partnership has since expanded to include research on organic solar cells and is valued at $5 million.
The symposium will feature four distinguished guest speakers as well as invited lectures by four Tech faculty members. One of these is ECE assistant professor Greg Durgin, who will speak about printed and organic electronics research for RF tags and sensors. (May 4, 2007)
Gary May Discusses Immigration Policy on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight (.mov movie file)
National Society of Black Engineers Executive Director Carl B. Mack and NSBE Advisor Gary S. May appeared on CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" to discuss the H-1B visa program, now in the news as part of the national debate on U.S. immigration policy. H-1B visas — which allow highly skilled foreign-born citizens to work in the U.S. for sponsoring employers here for as long as six years at a time — are the main vehicle for entry into the U.S. by foreign-born engineers. (April 27, 2007)
First Large Collaboration between India's Sameer and Georgia Tech's Packaging Research Center
The Packaging Research Center announces the first large collaboration in India with Sameer, an Indian government laboratory responsible for electronic design and prototyping. Sameer will invest in System-On-Package (SOP) technology by collaborating with the PRC through a large contractual program as well as setting up a new electronic design center in India for this technology.
Sameer's focus is on mixed signal applications using the technologies being developed at the PRC. Total funding for this work over the next three years is $5M. (April 27, 2007)
Yuan Li to Receive IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship
Yuan Li will receive a IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society graduate fellowship at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium, to be held June 3-8 in Honolulu, Hawaii. A Ph.D. student in John Papapolymerou's group, Yuan is doing research on silicon micromachined millimeter wave and THz circuits. (April 27, 2007)
Wayne Wolf, Smart Camera Pioneer, to Join Georgia Tech
Wayne Wolf, a leading expert in embedded computing systems and smart cameras, will join Georgia Tech in July as its newest Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Eminent Scholar and will occupy the Rhesa “Ray” S. Farmer, Jr., Distinguished Chair in Embedded Computer Systems in the School of ECE, where he will continue his research and commercialization activities.
Dr. Wolf is the chairman of Verificon, a spin out company out of Princeton University, that is now finalizing two product lines. One system, jointly developed with Yokogawa Electric of Japan, is designed for security in large areas like stadiums and airports. The other system analyzes the activity of customers in stores to help retailers better plan their merchandise displays. Verificon is already searching for part-time programmers in Atlanta and plans to hire full-time employees in the area over the next year. (April 20, 2007)
Rao Tummala Receives IEEE/CPMT David Feldman Award
Rao Tummala has been named the recipient of the 2007 David Feldman Outstanding Contributions Award. This award is given by the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society.
The highest honor given by IEEE/CPMT, the David Feldman Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the fields encompassed by the CPMT Society through executive or managerial directions. Dr. Tummala is being recognized for the breadth of his contributions to IEEE/CPMT in numerous leadership roles and their global impact, including his unprecedented two terms as the Society’s president.
Dr. Tummala holds the Joseph M. Pettit Chair in Electronics Packaging in Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is the director of Tech’s Packaging Research Center and is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. (April 12, 2007)
U.S. News Releases 2008 Graduate School Rankings
The 2008 graduate program rankings from U.S. News & World Report have now been published, and the results are very good for both Georgia Tech and the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The College of Engineering at Georgia Tech retained its 4th place ranking from last year, while the computer engineering graduate program moved up a notch to 6th place and electrical engineering held steady at 7th place.
"Our success has always been attributable to continually recruiting and retaining the finest faculty and students that are supported by an excellent group of research and administrative staff," said Gary S. May, Steve W. Chaddick School Chair. "While these sorts of rankings mean different things to different people, I am very proud of our long record of sustained high placements among the very best of our peers. Let's keep up the excellent work!" (April 9, 2007)
ECE Researcher Wins $3.5 Million to Develop Analog Frequency-Scanning Devices
A Georgia Tech research team from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering has received a $3.5 million grant to develop analog spectral processors (ASPs). These portable communications devices use tiny analog chips to scan a broad range of radio-frequency bands, from 20 MHz to 6 GHz, for open channels. The project's principal investigator is Professor Farrokh Ayazi, a GEDC researcher and co-director of the Center for MEMS and Microsystems Technology (CMMT).
ASPs rely on micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), analog machines that operate at the microscale--one millionth of a meter. Micromechanical circuits have a number of advantages over electronic digital chips, including using less power and providing better communications quality. ASPs have multiple applications, from improving military communications to enhancing civilian radio and cell-phone performance. (April 4, 2007)
Three Faculty to Receive 2007 Institute Faculty Research Awards
Three ECE faculty members will be honored with Institute Faculty Research Awards at the Georgia Tech Faculty Staff Honors Luncheon on April 11, 2007.
John D. Cressler - Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Leadership for the Development of Graduate Research Assistants Award
Joy Laskar - Georgia Tech Outstanding Faculty Research Author Award
Ajeet Rohatgi - Georgia Tech Outstanding Achievement in Research Program Development Award
Congratulations to all three faculty for their many years of hard work and dedication to ECE and to our profession! (March 5, 2007)
ECE Ph.D. Graduate to be Honored with Sigma Xi Award
Karthikeyan Sundaresan has been named a recipient of a Sigma Xi Best Dissertation Award. Mr. Sundaresan will be recognized for his dissertation entitled "Network Protocols for Ad-Hoc Networks with Smart Antennas" at the Georgia Tech Sigma Xi Awards ceremony scheduled for April 9. A Fall 2006 Ph.D. graduate, he was advised by Raghupathy Sivakumar and now works with NEC Labs in Princeton, N.J. (March 5, 2007)
Ali Adibi Earns Top SPIE Recognition
Ali Adibi has been named the recipient of the 2007 SPIE Technology Achievement Award. This honor is given annually by SPIE (the International Society for Optical Engineering) to recognize outstanding technical accomplishment in optics, electro-optics, photonic engineering, or imaging. He is being honored for his outstanding achievements in the areas of volume holography and photonic crystals and will receive this award at the SPIE Annual Meeting, to be in held in San Diego in August 2007. (March 5, 2007)
Bernard Kippelen Elected as OSA Fellow
Bernard Kippelen has been elected as a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) for his contributions to organic nonlinear optical materials and optoelectronic devices. He is one of 58 OSA members who were named to the Society's class of 2007 Fellows. (February 12, 2007)
Electrical Pioneer: Leslie Sibert,
Georgia Power Vice President
Count the number of women with positions like Leslie Sibert's and you're done even before you get through one hand. Ms. Sibert is vice president of transmission for Georgia Power.
Her core expertise —- electrical engineering —- is rare among women, and especially so in this country. Ms. Sibert, a self-described Army brat who has lived in Georgia since junior high school, wants to turn that around. (February 6, 2007)
Colleges Push for More Female Engineers
Georgia Tech freshman Val Uyemura caught a glimpse of her future even before she started classes in electrical engineering. "When I went to orientation, they split us up by major and I was the only woman," Ms. Uyemura said.
Ms. Uyemura, 18, whose parents have engineering degrees, is one of 87 women out of 855 (electrical) engineering majors enrolled at the school. Nationally, women make up only about one-fifth of students in engineering programs. (January 22, 2007)
FIRST LEGO League Coming Up January 20
The State of Georgia FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament is taking place Saturday, January 20 from 9 am-4 pm at the Georgia Tech Student Center. View FIRST LEGO League feature from WPBA Channel 30 here. (January 16, 2007; WPBA video link added April 12, 2007)
Cermet Announces License Agreement with Georgia Institute of Technology
for White LED Technology
Cermet, Inc has negotiated an exclusive license agreement for white LED technology developed with Georgia Tech. The technology–developed by ECE Associate Professor W. Alan Doolittle and Gon Namkoong, a former Georgia Tech research engineer now with Old Dominion University–utilizes nitride emitter structures in combination with zinc oxide semiconductors to produce white light emitting diodes.
Cermet's products include substrates and devices for use in blue, green, and white light emitting diodes, blue laser diodes for next generation optical storage applications, high frequency RF devices for wireless communications systems, and next generation optical telecommunication systems. (January 16, 2007)
QUALCOMM Selects Jacket Micro Devices’ RF Modules for Chipset Reference Design
Jacket Micro Devices (JMD), suppliers of the smallest, highest performing RF modules available, today announced that QUALCOMM Incorporated, a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and mobile data solutions, has selected Jacket Micro Devices’ M20006 and M20007 RF modules for the draft 2.0 compliant 802.11n AGN400™ chipset reference design. The combination of QUALCOMM’s advanced chipset and JMD’s FEM technology enable QUALCOMM to implement a 2x3 dual band MIMO architecture with the RF portion occupying only 98 mm2 of board space.
JMD, a supplier of integrated RF modules for high performance wireless products, was founded in 2002 by Prof. Madhavan Swaminathan (ChiefScientist at JMD) and other researchers from the Microsystems Packaging Research Center at Georgia Tech who developed a groundbreaking new method for miniaturizing RF modules and systems. (January 12, 2007)
Chin-Hui Lee to Receive Signal Processing Honor
Chin-Hui Lee has been named the recipient of a Signal Processing 2006 Technical Achievement Award. Presented by IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors, Dr. Lee will be recognized for his career contributions to fundamentals in automatic speech and speaker recognition at the Society's Awards Ceremony at ICASSP 2007 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (January 12, 2007)
Engineer of Note: ECE Alumnus Vivek Maddala
Vivek Maddala (EE '95) was developing audio technologies for cinematic applications when he tapped out a tango on his computer keyboard. He was one of 200 hopefuls to enter the inaugural Young Film Composers Competition in 2000 by writing music for a silent movie clip. (From the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, Winter 2007 edition; January 11, 2007)
Rock Solid: Faculty Profile on James O. Hamblen
Alumnus Jim Hamblen knows the joy of tinkering. As a kid, he liked to open things up out of curiosity to see what was inside, how they worked. It's a hard habit to break. (From the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine, Winter 2007 edition; January 11, 2007)
Local Man Gets New Lease on Life with CardioMEMS Technology (wmv video format; 9.14 MB; duration: 2:34 minutes)
A heart failure patient at Atlanta's St. Joseph's Hospital is the first person in the southeastern U.S. to receive a CardioMEMS wireless pressure sensor implant. CardioMEMS is a company founded by ECE Regents' Professor Mark G. Allen. (January 9, 2007)
Meliopoulos Appointed to Georgia Power Professorship
A.P. Sakis Meliopoulos is now the Georgia Power Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, effective immediately. This esteemed position was previously held by Teddy Püttgen until his retirement in March 2006.
A faculty member with ECE since 1976, Dr. Meliopoulos has been a mainstay in the electric power research and education programs at Georgia Tech. He is also the academic administrator for the Georgia Tech Power Systems Certificate Program, an internationally recognized continuing education program, and is the organizer of two longstanding annual electric power conferences. (January 5, 2007)
Eta Kappa Nu Named Outstanding Chapter
For the second year in a row, the Beta Mu Chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) has been named a recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Award. A significant mark of distinction, this award recognizes a chapter's service to their fellow students, their department, their university, and the surrounding community during 2005-06. The award will be formally presented at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association Annual Meeting in March 2007. (January 5, 2007)
Last revised on September 28, 2007.