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Archives: 2015

December 23, 2015
Pfiester-Latham Receives Graduate Research Award
Nicole Pfiester-Latham, a doctoral candidate in Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde's Renewable Energy and Applied Photonics (REAP) Lab, was selected to receive a Graduate Research Award for her project "Metamaterial Selective Emitters for Thermophotovoltaic Applications."

December 14, 2015
Miller Named SIAG/IS Chair
Professor and Chair Eric Miller has been named chair of the Imaging Science Special Interest Group (SIAG/IS) for the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). His chairship of the group, which looks at the sophisticated mathematical, statistical, and computational methods used in the reconstruction, enhancement, segmentation, analysis, registration, compression, representation, and tracking of two and three dimensional images, begins January 2016 for a two-year term.

November 23, 2015
Aeron Calls for Papers in IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging
Assistant Professor Shuchin Aeron, as guest lead editor of a special issue of IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging, put out a call for papers to compile earth sciences research in signal and image processing, inverse problems, machine learning, and related areas as applied to problems of image formation and analysis arising in the context of earth science applications covering the wide range of application domains.

August 6, 2015
DeMeo Wins IC Postdoc Fellowship
Dante DeMeo, E08, EG13, has received an Intelligence Community postdoctoral research fellowship from Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) managed by the U.S. Department of Energy for Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Dante and advisor Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde will act as Dante's research advisor in the Renewable Energy and Applied Photonics (REAP) Lab.

July 9, 2015
Aeron elevated to Senior Member of IEEE
Assistant Professor Shuchin Aeron has been elevated to the rank of Senior Member of the IEEE, an honor held by fewer than eight percent of more than 415,000 members of this professional society.

June 19, 2015
Corey Shemelya wins Joseph Noonan Outstanding Doctoral Research Prize
Corey Shemelya, EG13, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Joseph Noonan Doctoral Research Prize. The prize recognizes outstanding research contributions made during doctoral studies in the department of electrical and computer engineering at Tufts University in the past three years. Corey is currently an Intelligence Community Fellow and Research Assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso.

June 16, 2015
Vandervelde Wins $2M in Green Energy Grants
In 2014, Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde received a $1.5M Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation to build a multi-chamber molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) system to generate advanced semiconductors. He recently received $1M over four years from the Office of Naval Research for his proposal entitled "Epitaxial Growth of Semiconductor-Semimetal Towards Rectifying Diodes for Energy Harvesting and Indirect Solar Thermal Energy Conversion". He received an additional $600K from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to fund research in producing Group-IV SiGeSn photonic materials. Vandervelde also received a $620K Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award which to support his VG90 MBE renovations associated with his photonic material research. 

May 22, 2015
Sonkusale and Vandervelde Win Tufts Collaborates Grants
Associate Professor Sameer Sonkusale and Chris Dulla, an assistant professor in Tufts Sackler School of Medicine, received a grant from the Tufts Collaborates program for their proposal "Transparent Flexible Graphene Electrode Array for Combined Electrical/Optical Monitoring of Neural Activity." Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde and Assistant Professor James Adler (Mathematics), received a grant from the Tufts Collaborates program for their proposal "Unlocking the Mystery of Ultra-Efficient Solar Cells."

May 21, 2015
Sonkusale to Attend NAE Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
Associate Professor Sameer Sonkusale has been invited to attend National Academy of Engineering's 2015 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (FOE) symposium held at the National Academies' Beckman Center in Irvine, California September 9-11, 2015. Because of his research in "Optical and Mechanical Metamaterials", Sameer was selected as one of the 100 participants to attend the symposium.

May 8, 2015
Rabinkin Wins Senior Design Mentoring Award
Daniel Rabinkin, a member of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory technical staff in the Embedded and Open Systems Group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, was presented with the 2015 Senior Design Mentoring Award. Rabinkin was recognized by the senior ECE bachelor's degree students for his guidance on a project to develop a system that could be mounted on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to collect synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data.

May 6, 2015
Licht named STEM Chateaubriand Fellow
Doctoral candidate Abigail Licht, ECE, was named a 2015-2016 STEM Chateaubriand Fellow. The Chateaubriand Fellowship is a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. Every year, it allows doctoral students enrolled in American universities to conduct research in France for 4 to 9 months. Congratulations, Abigail!

April 30, 2015
Tufts Racing Takes First in All-Electric at Formula Hybrid
Congratulations to Noel Hwang, electrical lead of the Tufts Racing team, for the first place win in the all-electric class at the Formula Hybrid competition held April 27-30, 2015 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Follow Tufts Racing on Facebook.

April 15, 2015
Hu and Wu Named Tufts Summer Scholars
Pengxiang (Jerry) Hu and Peter Wu were named 2015 Summer Scholars. Jerry will work with Associate Professor Sameer Sonkusale on a project to "Study and Build Instrumentation for Saliva Diagnostics." Peter will work with Professor Jeffrey Hopwood on his project to "Improve Vintage Synthesizers for Increased Temperature Based Pitch Stability." Congratulations, Jerry and Peter!

April 10, 2015
Koomson and Sthalekar Take Third in $100K New Ventures Competition
Associate Professor Valencia Koomson and Chirag Sthalekar, a doctoral student in Koomson's Advanced Integrated Circuits and Systems Lab, took third place in Tufts Gordon Institute's $100K New Ventures Competition - Life Sciences Track for their proposal "MicroLife." Congratulations, Valencia and Chirag!

April 9, 2015
Stevens Named NASA Space Technology Research Fellow
Maggie Stevens, a doctoral student in Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde's REAP Lab, received funding from NASA for her proposal "Solid State Energy Conversion for Deep Space Power." NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships are awarded to graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA's goal of creating innovative new space technologies for the United States' science, exploration and economic future. Congratulations, Maggie!

March 25, 2015
Pfiester-Latham and Providence Recipients of Graduate Awards
Graduate student Nicole Pfiester-Latham in Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde's REAP Lab was selected to receive the 2015 School of Engineering, Outstanding Graduate Contributor to Engineering Education Award. The award recognizes Pfiester-Latham for her significant contributions to the education programs of the department. Brendon Providence, E08, EG13, was selected to receive the 2015 Graduate Alumni Award for Outstanding Service. Nicole and Brendon received the awards at the 17th annual Graduate Student Awards ceremony held April 24, 4-6 p.m. in Distler Performance Hall.

March 5, 2015
REAP Students Present at APS
Graduate student Maggie Stevens and undergraduate Katie Levinson in Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde's REAP Lab presented papers at the American Physical Society meeting, March 2-6, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. Maggie presented a paper on "Studying Anomalous Open-Circuit Voltage Drop-Out in Concentrated Photovoltaics Using Computational Numerical Analysis."  Katie presented a paper on "Emission Testing Results of Thermally Stable, Metamaterial, Selective-Emitters for Thermophotovoltaics."

March 4, 2015
Sonkusale Wins National Academies Fellowships
Associate Professor Sameer Sonkusale received two National Academies Arab-American Frontiers fellowships to develop low-cost, low-power tools for the developing world. Sonkusale is developing a low-power lab-on-chip microsystem for detection of enteric viruses in collaboration with Mouna Marrakchi, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science, Clarkson University. He was also awarded funding to develop low-cost, paper-based diagnostics with Ala'aldeen Al-Halhouli at the Institute of Microtechnology, Technische Universität Braunschweig.

February 27, 2015
Koomson and Sthalekar Named $100K New Ventures Finalists
Associate Professor Valencia Koomson and Chirag Sthalekar, a doctoral student in Koomson's Advanced Integrated Circuits and Systems Lab, were named finalists in Tufts Gordon Institute's $100K New Ventures Competition for their proposal "MicroLife." Premature infants can suffer profound disabilities due to brain damage caused at birth. Severe brain damage—and even death—could be prevented with tools that could accurately measure vital characteristics of cerebral blood flow. Using low-cost and lightweight silicon microchip technology, MicroLife can compute infants' blood oxygen and volume levels using near-infrared brain imaging techniques and transmit data wirelessly.

February 22, 2015
Stevens Named NREIP Scholar
Maggie Stevens, a doctoral student in Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde's REAP Lab, received funding to spend the summer working at the Naval Research Labs through the prestigious Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program. She will be working with the Robert Walters group at NRL on epitaxial processes and characterization. Congratulations, Maggie!

February 20, 2015
Samani Named IEEE Senior Member
Doctoral candidate Arash Samani has been elevated to the rank of Senior Member of the IEEE, an honor held by fewer than eight percent of more than 415,000 members of this professional society. Samani is currently a Ph.D. candidate under Professor Karen Panetta and works at MITRE Corporation.

January 12, 2015
Miller and Saibaba Featured on Cover of
Inverse Problems

The research of Professor and Chair Eric Miller and postdoc Arvind Saibaba is featured on the cover of the January issue of the journal Inverse Problems. The work, in collaboration with Professor Peter Kitanidis at Stanford University, develops computationally efficient methods for estimating the state of large-scale, noisy, and dynamical systems, opening up possibilities for real-time monitoring and control of processes in fields ranging from medicine and biology to subsurface remediation, carbon sequestration, and numerical weather prediction.

January 8, 2015
Beardsley, E85, Named Dean of UVA Darden School of Business
Alumnus Scott Beardsley, E85, has been named the next Dean of University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. He will also occupy the Charles C. Abbott Professorship in Business Administration, traditionally held by the dean. Currently, he is a senior partner of McKinsey & Company. Beardsley will assume the role Aug. 1. Congratulations, Scott!