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ECE in the News

2017

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." Read more.

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

September 13, 2017
Panetta discusses role of robots in society
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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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. Read more.

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 Vandervelde. Read more.

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 and Systems
This summer, Tufts University will host the 60th IEEE 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 and systems.

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 Competition
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 year.

February 6, 2017
Vandervelde receives ONR DURIP award
Associate Professor 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 elected chair of the Optics for Energy Technical Group for the Optical Society of America (OSA). His three-year term begins this month.

January 20, 2017
Sonkusale and Rout publish new book
Professor Sameer Sonkusale and recent doctoral recipient Saroj Rout have written a new book on metamaterials. Active Metamaterials: Terahertz Modulators and Detectors will be published by Springer this year.

January 19, 2017
Sonkusale researches new terahertz modulator
Professor Sameer Sonkusale and former postdoctoral researcher Pramod Singh have 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 transmission possible.

January 9, 2017
Panetta promotes computer science education
Professor Karen Panetta spoke to the Wall Street Journal's Tech News Briefing about computer 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.

2016

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 Usman 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 Karen Panetta discusses the gender wage gap in the IT industry and calls for salary transparency.

August 3, 2016
Vandervelde elevated to IEEE senior member
Associate Professor 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 wirelessly 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 Karen Panetta 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, Mimir Insights, 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.