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Four ECE Faculty Recognized with CTL Teaching Excellence Awards

Atlanta, GA

Sung Kyu Lim, Christopher Rozell, Brendan Saltaformaggio, and Alenka Zajic have been honored with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 Award. They were formally recognized at CTL’s Celebrating Teaching Day, which was held on March 10, 2020. 

For this year, courses taught during the calendar year 2019 were considered. The criteria for selection for the award included a student response rate of 85% and above. CIOS scores were based on the sum of three scale items: (#16) instructor’s respect and concern for students; (#17) instructor’s level of enthusiasm about teaching the course; and (#18) instructor’s ability to stimulate interest in the subject matter.

Lim was recognized for his outstanding teaching in ECE 6133: Physical Design Automation of VLSI Systems. He taught this course to 76 graduate students during spring 2019. This course focuses on various design automation problems in the physical design process of VLSI circuits. It also covers issues such as logic partitioning, floorplanning, global routing, detailed routing, compaction, and performance-driven layout. 

Lim is a professor and has been on the ECE faculty since 2001. He leads the Georgia Tech Computer-Aided Design Lab. 

Rozell was recognized for his outstanding teaching in ECE 8801: Are You Thinking of Becoming a Academic? during fall 2019. He taught this course to 67 graduate students, combined from all four sections, during fall 2019. This course is cross-listed with the Schools of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE), Industrial and Systems Engineering(ISyE), and Mechanical Engineering. The course focuses on seeking positions at top tier research universities and covering topics such as the application and interview process, building and funding research groups, and mentorship. 

Rozell is a professor and has been on the ECE faculty since 2008. He leads the Sensory Information Processing Lab.

Saltaformaggio was recognized for his outstanding teaching in ECE 4894 A: Introduction to Malware Reverse Engineering. He taught this course to 49 students during spring 2019. This course couples the instruction of fundamental malware dissection principles with hands-on reverse engineering projects which investigate realistic malware samples and utilize cutting-edge technologies. The students follow dedicated lab assignments which progressively introduce new and important challenges that a reverse engineer might encounter when analyzing modern malware – an increasingly in-demand skill set for both graduate research or employment with private and government forensics labs.

Saltaformaggio is an assistant professor and has been on the ECE faculty since 2017. He leads the Cyber Forensics Innovation Laboratory, also known as the CyFI Lab.

Zajic was also recognized for her outstanding teaching in ECE 8801/CHBE 8801/ISYE 8811: Are You Thinking of Becoming a Academic? during fall 2018. She taught this course to 32 graduate students from ChBE, ISyE, and ECE. The course focuses on seeking positions at top tier research universities and covering topics such as the application and interview process, building and funding research groups, and mentorship.

Zajic is an associate professor and has been on the ECE faculty since 2012. She leads the Electromagnetic Measurements in Communications and Computing Laboratory. 

 

Last revised July 15, 2020