ECE in the News
December 23, 2015
Pfiester-Latham Receives Graduate Research Award
Nicole Pfiester-Latham, a doctoral candidate in
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
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
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)
July 9, 2015
Aeron elevated to Senior Member of IEEE
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
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
(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
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
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,
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
competition held April 27-30, 2015 at the New Hampshire Motor
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
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
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
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
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
February 22, 2015
Stevens Named NREIP Scholar
Maggie Stevens, a doctoral student in Associate Professor Tom
REAP Lab, received funding to spend the summer working at the
Naval Research Labs through the prestigious
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
Karen Panetta and works at MITRE Corporation.
January 12, 2015
Miller and Saibaba Featured on Cover of
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!