ECE in the News
November 22, 2017
Koomson receives NSF grant
In a collaborative project with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Associate Professor Valencia Koomson
received a grant from the National Science Foundation for research into sensing technology for
rapid characterization of pathogenic bacteria in floodwater generated by future catastrophic events.
This grant was awarded through the EAGER program for exploratory research,
in a special NSF announcement for projects related to Hurricane Harvey.
November 16, 2017
Tufts researchers develop method for opening blood-brain barrier
A group of researchers at
Brigham and Women's Hospital, including PhD student Tao Sun
and Professor and Chair Eric Miller, has developed a more precise and controlled way to
open the blood-brain barrier for safer drug delivery to the brain.
November 15, 2017
Aeron named to IEEE Signal Processing Society committee
Research Associate Professor Shuchin Aeron has
joined the Machine Learning for
Signal Processing Committee of the IEE Signal Processing Society.
November 15, 2017
Student teams win Ricci Prize for interdisciplinary engineering design
Two student teams each won a $5,000
Stephen and Geraldine Ricci Interdisciplinary Prize
for new engineering design plans. Tarseer, a team including four electrical and computer
engineering graduates – Jorge Anton Garcia, Erika Marmol, Jessica Morales, and Terence Tufuor,
all E17 – won for their plan for an accurate and accessible headset for monitoring glaucoma.
Camila Menard, E18, is a member of UChu Biosensors, the second prizewinning team, which
designed an intraoral biosensor for oral health.
November 6, 2017
Aeron named associate editor of TGRS journal
Research Associate Professor Shuchin Aeron has been named an
of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS).
October 30, 2017
Students win at Polyhack hackathon
Electrical and computer engineering students Zachary Faber Manning, E19,
Sam Gertler, E19, Joe Bessette-Denwood, E19, Diana Whealan, E19,
Emma Pannullo, E19, and Jason Iskenderian, E19, were among the
winners at this year's student-run
October 20, 2017
Graduate student wins conference award
Margaret Stevens, a PhD student in Electrical Engineering funded through the
NASA NSTRF Fellowship program, won "Best Student Presentation" at the 33rd
North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy (NAMBE) Conference for her presentation
"Determining indium surface diffusion parameters on InGaAs/InP by employing
October 17, 2017
FRAC award winners
Professor Sameer Sonkusale and Associate Professors Valencia Koomson
and Mai Vu
received Faculty Research Awards. Sonkusale won an Open Access award for his proposal
"Low cost metamaterial on paper chemical sensor," Vu won a Grant-in-Aid award for the proposal
"Interference modeling for cellular networks under beamforming transmission," and Koomson
received a Faculty Research Fund award for her proposal
"Biological electricity analysis using biocompatible recording devices."
October 5, 2017
Convergence in imaging sciences
Writing in SIAM News, Professor and Chair Eric Miller
explains how analytical and computational methods are coming
together to create new advances in imaging technology.
September 26, 2017
Panetta named as an influential woman in STEM
Professor and Dean of Graduate Education Karen Panetta was named in College Magazine's
list of influential women in STEM. She was recognized for her initiatives
to support and empower young women in STEM fields.
September 13, 2017
Panetta discusses role of robots in
Professor and Dean of Graduate Education Karen Panetta was interviewed on
Cheddar TV about IEEE's new video series, "How Robots Learn."
Watch the interview.
September 5, 2017
Improved conversion for radioisope power generators
Doctoral candidate John Chivers received an Intelligence Community
Postdoctoral Fellowship grant. Currently a graduate student in
Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde's lab, Chivers will defend his
thesis in December and continue with a postdoctoral fellowship in
January. For the grant, Chivers and Vandervelde will develop new
techniques to turn heat into electricity for deep space probes, with
the hope that this technology could be part of a NASA mission to the
outer planets in the coming decades.
August 25, 2017
Panetta talks robotics in early education
Professor and Dean of Graduate Education Karen Panetta spoke to
Business Insider about the growing role of artificial intelligence
software and early-stage humanoid robots in pre-K and kindergarten.
July 28, 2017
Tufts hosts and co-sponsors 2017 MWSCAS
On August 6-9, Tufts University hosted and co-sponsored the
60th IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems.
The symposium featured distinguished lectures and
presentations that focused on the latest innovations in the field of circuits and systems.
July 21, 2017
Paulraj to speak on next generation WiFi
Dr. Arogyaswami Paulraj, Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer
Engineering at Stanford University, will give a talk on Monday, July 31,
from 11 AM to 12 PM in Halligan Hall, room 209. He will address the
current trends in evolution of the 802.11 standard and then focus on
11ax (HE) < 6 GHz standard. He will discuss shortcomings of current
WiFi technology and some of the fixes promised by 11ax. Read more.
June 29, 2017
Stankovic awarded $200,000 NSF grant
Professor Aleksandar Stankovic
received a $200,000 award from the National Science Foundation to
pursue collaborative research involving differential geometry for
model verification in energy systems. The project has the potential
to result in economic, environmental, and resilience benefits by
enabling more precise operation of future electricity markets.
June 12, 2017
Vandervelde to give keynote address
Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde will give a keynote address at the 2017 Optics Society of
America (OSA) IONS conference in Paris, France, on the topic of optics for energy. This honor was
awarded through the OSA's Traveling Lecturer Program.
June 9, 2017
Fantini, E18, receives Summer Scholars funding
Lisa Fantini, E18, was selected to participate in the Summer
Scholars Program. This summer, she will conduct a funded independent
research project with her faculty mentor, Associate Professor Tom
May 18, 2017
Tracey recognized for teaching with technology
Professor of the Practice Brian Tracey received a university-wide
Teaching with Technology Award for 2017. Nominated by students, the
award recognizes instructors who use technology in new and inventive
ways in the classroom.
May 17, 2017
Lasser receives Fischer Award
Professor of the Practice
Ron Lasser received the 2017 Henry and Madeline Fischer Award.
Awarded annually to one faculty member in the School of Engineering,
the award recognizes teaching excellence and dedication to inspiring
and motivating students.
May 12, 2017
Aeron named lead guest editor of IEEE journal
Assistant Professor Shuchin Aeron was recently
named lead guest editor for a special issue of IEEE
Transactions on Computational Imaging. This achievement
highlights Tufts faculty members' longstanding expertise in the area
of imaging and image formation.
May 11, 2017
Tufts hosts IEEE International Midwest Symposium on Circuits
This summer, Tufts University will host the
International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems.
Facilitated by Associate Professor Valencia Koomson, who is the
conference's Technical Program chair, this is the oldest
IEEE-sponsored conference in the area of analog and digital circuits
May 1, 2017
ECE students receive academic awards
At the 2017 Honors Convocation, four ECE students were honored for their academic achievements.
Congratulations to Andrew Bourhis, Jorge Anton Garcia, Ryan Gill,
Danielle Skufca, and their classmates who won department awards and
will be recognized at the upcoming ECE Awards Ceremony!
April 21, 2017
Panetta speaks to TechRepublic
Professor and Associate Dean Karen Panetta talked with TechRepublic
about how Tufts engineering students connect with industry mentors as they work on senior capstone projects.
April 13, 2017
Tufts team wins MakeMIT
A team of Tufts students— including electrical engineers Noel Hwang,
E17, and Logan Garbarini, E18—recently won first prize in the MakeMIT hackathon. The Sphnx team developed a battery-operated
sensor system to track a cyclist's posture.
April 10, 2017
Electrical and computer engineering students win at $100k
Four electrical and computer engineering majors and one computer
science major turned their senior design project into a winning
pitch at the 2017 $100k New Ventures Competition. Their team, called
Tarsier, is developing a headset that can aid in the diagnosis and
monitoring of glaucoma. Tarsier won first prize in the
Healthcare/Life Science track.
April 4, 2017
Khan elected member of BigData Special Interest Group
Assistant Professor Usman Khan has been elected to serve as a member of the
BigData Special Interest Group within the IEEE Signal Processing Society.
The Special Interest Groups are created to quickly address emerging technical
areas, and the Big Data SIG is to promote awareness of problems related to
large amounts of data (Big Data) within the Signal Processing community.
March 27, 2017
Registration opens for summer classes
The School of Engineering is offering a number of summer classes
this year, including courses on tools for nano science and
processing for micro and nano fabrication. Register now.
March 14, 2017
Inspiring the next generation of engineers
Four engineering Ph.D. candidates, including electrical engineer Dan
Banco, participated in the annual Reverse Science Fair
this year. Tufts graduate students visited Medford High School to
share their own research, then returned several months later to
check out the high school students' projects.
February 17, 2017
Alumni continue Tufts research
Alex Goldschmidt, Jake Hellman, and Alexander
Yared recently filed for a patent on their WiSK device, which would
add an extra layer of encryption to keyless entry systems. The three
developed the wireless device as their senior capstone project last
February 6, 2017
Vandervelde receives ONR DURIP award
Tom Vandervelde received a $470,000 ONR DURIP award to purchase a
new IR ellipsometer system and to upgrade existing equipment. His
research will continue to characterize material with light from
170nm to 20 microns, with sample temperatures from 80K to 600C.
January 27, 2017
Internship fund honors alumna
The Bruce-Griffey Leadership and Diversity Internship Fund was established to posthumously
honor alumni Lena Bruce, E92, and Anita Griffey, J90. The fund supports African-American
women in community service and
recently awarded its first stipends.
Bruce received her degree in electrical engineering from Tufts.
January 24, 2017
Vandervelde elected OSA technical group chair
Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde has been
chair of the Optics for Energy Technical Group for the
Optical Society of America (OSA). His three-year term begins this
January 20, 2017
Sonkusale and Rout publish new book
Sameer Sonkusale and recent doctoral recipient Saroj Rout have
written a new book on metamaterials. Active Metamaterials:
Terahertz Modulators and Detectors will be
Springer this year.
January 19, 2017
Sonkusale researches new terahertz modulator
Sameer Sonkusale and former postdoctoral researcher Pramod Singh
published a paper in Nature: Scientific Reports on their
chip-sized, high-speed modulator that operates at terahertz
frequencies and at room temperature at low voltages without
consuming DC power. Their research could help make faster data
January 9, 2017
Panetta promotes computer science education
Professor Karen Panetta spoke to the Wall Street Journal's Tech News Briefing about
science education for young students. She stressed the importance of ensuring that educators have the proper
training, and that students learn about the big picture of why computer science matters.
November 11, 2016
Safavi wins at IEEE Asilomar Conference
At the 50th anniversary IEEE Asilomar Conference
on Signals Systems, and Computers, Ph.D. candidate Sam Safavi
won first place for the best paper in the Networks track, as well as
the third-place prize for best paper in the entire conference.
Advised by Assistant Professor
Khan, Safavi's paper was on "A Distributed Range-Based Algorithm
for Localization in Mobile Networks."
October 21, 2016
Sonkusale writes on "smart" threads
Professor Sameer Sonkusale published the article
"The next frontier in medical sensing: Threads coated in nanomaterials" in The Conversation. The article expands on the advantages of embedding sensor functions into threads.
October 11, 2016
Khan invited to speak at IEEE school
Assistant Professor Usman Khan has been invited to speak at the IEEE Signal Processing Society Winter School on Distributed Signal Processing for Secure Cyber Physical Systems. The event will be hosted in November at Montreal's Concordia University.
October 7, 2016
Alumnus Heffernan receives national teaching award
Electrical engineering double-Jumbo John Heffernan, E81, EG84, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
September 26, 2016
Sonkusale receives ONR grant
Professor Sameer Sonkusale has received a $1 million grant
from the Office of Naval Research to build biomedical microdevices to investigate the gut microbiome.
The project is a collaboration between Sonkusale, Associate Professor Qiaobing Xu, and Assistant Professor Jimmy Crott.
September 2, 2016
Aeron invited to participate in symposium
Assistant Professor Shuchin Aeron has been
invited to participate in the fourth Arab-American Frontiers of
Science, Engineering, and Medicine symposium, hosted by the Masdar
Institute of Science Technology on its campus in Abu Dhabi.
August 22, 2016
Panetta interviewed on IT gender wage gap
Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Education
discusses the gender wage gap in the IT industry and calls for salary
August 3, 2016
Vandervelde elevated to IEEE senior member
Tom Vandervelde has been elevated to the rank of
IEEE senior member.
Of the more than 415,000 members of this professional society, fewer than eight percent hold this honor.
July 18, 2016
Sonkusale and colleagues invent "smart" thread
Associate Professor Sameer Sonkusale
and colleagues invented a thread that
collects real-time diagnostic data when sutured into
tissue. The thread-based diagnostic platform could be an effective
substrate for a new generation of implantable diagnostic devices and
smart wearable systems.
July 7, 2016
Panetta speaks to CNNMoney on women in engineering
Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Education
was interviewed by
CNNMoney. Panetta spoke on the multiplicity of opportunities
available to female engineers, as well as discussing ways to navigate the
predominantly male culture and the gender pay gap in engineering.
May 31, 2016
Miller writes on computing power for The Conversation
Professor and Chair Eric Miller published the article
"How computing power can help us look deep within our bodies,
and even the Earth" in The Conversation. The article provides context on recent advancements in computer-aided imaging systems.
May 26, 2016
Koomson receives NSF early-concept grant
Associate Professor Valencia Koomson received an NSF early-concept grant
for exploratory research (EAGER) to develop a 3D optical imaging device
to report data on real-time electrical activity of multi-cellular systems.
The research project involves a collaboration with Postdoctoral Scholar,
Dr. Nurdan Ozkucur. The project will have broader impacts in various
science and engineering areas ranging from disease pathways,
drug development, and bioengineering.
May 13, 2016
Aeron receives NSF CAREER award
Assistant Professor Shuchin Aeron has received a five-year
$530,000 National Science Foundation
early career award for
his work advancing multidimensional data science via new
algebraic models and algorithms. He aims to re-invigorate
interest among other researchers in using tools from linear
and multilinear algebra that are currently overlooked.
May 12, 2016
Lasser Awarded Tufts Innovates Grant
Professor of the Practice Ronald Lasser recieved a 'Tufts Innovates' grant
in support of a societal-focused integrated technology-based iterative design
class for students utilizing experimentation and reflection. Congratulations, Ron!
April 29, 2016
Dr. Edward Lee to give colloquium on Wireless Power Extraction for Biomedical Implants
Dr. Edward Lee, Alfred Mann Foundation, has been invited by the Electrical and
Computer Engineering department to speak on Friday, April 29th at 1:30pm in
Halligan Hall, room 102. All are welcome to join us for this informative talk.
April 19, 2016
Mimir Insights team wins in $100k New Ventures Competition
Arlo Clarke, E17, was part of the team that won first place in the
2016 Tufts Gordon Institute
$100k New Ventures Competition's
High-Tech / General track. The team's company,
aims to help companies that sell equipment and services to scientists.
April 14, 2016
Undergraduate Research Published in PSST
Stephen Dennison (BSEE '16) and Adam Chapman (BSEE '17) published the article
"Plasma Generation by Dielectric Resonator Arrays" in the journal Plasma Sources Science and Technology.
This research project with Professor Jeffrey Hopwood, in collaboration with researchers at
Penn State University, demonstrates integrating plasma, the fourth state of matter,
with traditional metamaterials.
April 5, 2016
Boston.com Profiles Nick Davis, E14
Nick Davis, E14, works for Rapid7, a business that provides security data and analytics solutions
for organizations that want to improve their network security. "I
studied computer engineering, which is a cross between hardware and
software. Then I found security and security to me is a very
romantic thing because it's all about good versus evil. I found the
concept very exciting and played with it on my own in my free time."
Read more at Boston.com.
April 4, 2016
Inverse Problems highlight ECE Faculty
Two papers from ECE faculty were among the 15 selected as "Highlights of 2015"
by the editors of Inverse Problems, an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal
combining mathematical and experimental papers. The first was authored by
Professor of the Practice Brian Tracey and the second was by Arvind Saibaba,
a former postdoctoral researcher who now serves on the mathematics faculty
at North Carolina State University.
March 11, 2016
Tracey to Research New Tomography Systems
Professor of the Practice Brian Tracey was recently awarded $200,000 by the Department
of Homeland Security in collaboration with American Science and Engineering. The award
will support research in developing novel X-ray Compton Scatter tomography systems for
airport luggage screening with the goal of creating affordable, next-generation systems
that improve the safety of airline travel.
January 27, 2016
Koomson Named Associate Editor for IEEE Journal
Associate Professor Valencia Koomson has been appointed as an
Associate Editor to the IEEE journal, Transactions on
Circuits and Systems, for a 2-year term.