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2018

September 21, 2018
ECE alumnus to deliver Dean's Lecture
Electrical engineering alumnus Keith Moore, E85, now the Vice President of Research & Development at HP Labs, will deliver the fall Dean's Lecture on October 18. Please join us from 3:00-4:15 PM in Nelson Auditorium, Anderson Hall.

September 18, 2018
Smart bandage does it all
Professor Sameer Sonkusale explains how his team created "smart bandages" that can actively monitor and deliver precisely targeted treatment to chronic wounds in a story for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers magazine.

September 7, 2018
Next generation communications
Professor Mohammed Nurul Afsar and Associate Professor Valencia Koomson received a National Science Foundation grant to develop a novel hexagonal ferrite thin film preparation system that will be applicable to wide-bandgap semiconductors.

September 6, 2018
How I spent my summer
Two ECE majors, Kevin Naranjo and Chanel Richardson, were interviewed about their summer activities on and off campus.

August 29, 2018
Catching waves
Associate Professor Mai Vu and Professor Sameer Sonkusale received an NSF grant for their research into overcoming crucial obstacles blocking the adoption of millimeter wave communication.

August 27, 2018
Zeybek and ElMahgoub publish at conference
M.S. student Tolga Zeybek and part-time lecturer Khaled ElMahgoub published a paper at the recent 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting (APS/URSI).

August 15, 2018
Power generation
Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate new methods for solving inefficiencies in electricity production.

August 13, 2018
Remote monitoring
In the Sacramento Bee, Dean Karen Panetta discusses the future of human remote monitoring of autonomous vehicles.

August 6, 2018
Enhancing drug delivery
Tufts researchers led a team in developing an electronic wound dressing an electronic wound dressing that enables active topical drug delivery, with applications for chronic wound care. The findings were published in Advanced Healthcare Materials.

July 26, 2018
Research featured in NIH Director's Blog
Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), featured ECE-led research on "smart bandages" on the NIH Director's Blog. The research, published in the journal Small, was led by Professor Sameer Sonkusale, Ph.D. alumnus Pooria Mostafalu, EG15, and colleagues from UCLA and Purdue University.

July 25, 2018
Digital dermatology
Professor Karen Panetta explains the possibilities and challenges of developing new technologies to assist with diagnosing and treating medical conditions in MobiHealthNews.

July 18, 2018
Designing microprocessors
A team of researchers led by Tufts faculty and alumni have created a prototype of a "Associate Professor Mark Hempstead investigates the history of microprocessor hardware and the future of secure microchips in a piece for The Conversation.

July 6, 2018
Smart healing
A team of researchers led by Tufts faculty and alumni have created a prototype of a "smart" bandage that can monitor the conditions of a wound and deliver drug treatment.

July 5, 2018
Learning in a new language
While studying abroad in Talloires, France, BEST scholar and electrical engineering major Alejandro Colina-Valeri put his French to the test while communicating with his host family.

July 3, 2018
A novel algorithm for computer visioning
Professor Sameer Sonkusale and Robert D'Angelo, EG17, worked with a team of researchers to publish findings on a more efficient and novel algorithm for computer vision processes involving large amounts of data.

July 3, 2018
Machine learning to analyze dietary intake
A team of Tufts researchers is developing an artificial intelligence incorporated with computer vision techniques to report nutrient intake. Ph.D. candidate Shreyas Kamath and Dean of Graduate Education and Professor Karen Panetta worked with colleagues from the Friedman School to develop the novel methodology.

June 21, 2018
Sensor study
Tufts researchers are participating in a study that uses sensors to monitor cognitive performance and biomechanics.

June 20, 2018
A path for women in engineering
Dean Karen Panetta discussed the importance of K-12 engineering education to get women interested in the field from a young age.

June 19, 2018
Game face in France
BEST scholar and electrical engineering major Alejandro Colina-Valeri got swept up in soccer fandom in Lyon, France as part of his experience in the Tufts in Talloires study abroad program.

June 13, 2018
Lasser receives teaching award
Professor of the Practice Ronald Lasser received the 2018 Henry and Madeline Fischer Award for Teaching Excellence in the School of Engineering.

June 4, 2018
A new sensor for volatile gases
Professor Sameer Sonkusale, and Yu Chen, EG17, were part of a research team that printed chemoresponsive dyes and chemiresistive inks on paper to develop a "paper-nose" optoelectronic sensor for volatile gases in air, with findings published in a new paper.

May 31, 2018
Building confidence in Hong Kong
As her time studying abroad in Hong Kong draws to a close, computer engineering major and BEST scholar Michelle Chan, E19, is no longer questioning her own skills.

May 25, 2018
More effective location awareness for the Internet-of-(many)-Things
Sam Safavi, EG17, and Associate Professor Usman Khan were part of a research team that created an improved algorithm for self-localizing and tracking mobile devices, a development that could meet the demands of a projected 50 billion connected products in the Internet-of-Things by 2020. The research was published in Proceedings of the IEEE, the leading peer-reviewed scientific journal published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

May 23, 2018
New graduate program in computer engineering
Starting this fall, applications will be open for a new master's degree in computer engineering.

May 2, 2018
Hopwood elected as an AVS Fellow
Jeff Hopwood, a professor in electrical and computer engineering, has been elected as an AVS Fellow. Hopwood was honored for seminal contributions to the understanding, development and applications of microplasmas.

May 2, 2018
Senior wins Presidential Award for Civic Life
Electrical engineering senior Ryan Stocking received the Presidential Award for Civic Life, which recognizes outstanding achievements in service, leadership, and civic engagement during a student's time at Tufts.

May 2, 2018
Two ECE majors named Summer Scholars
As summer scholars, Kevin Naranjo, a rising junior, will work on Performance Analysis of Key Facial Recognition Algorithms with Dean Karen Panetta, and rising senior Ashish Neupane will study Magnetic Tracking Vest with Professor Sameer Sonkusale.

April 24, 2018
Instant ice cream
Associate Professor Tom Vandervelde holds the tenth annual liquid nitrogen ice cream party at REAP Labs.

April 24, 2018
Tufts Robotics wins international competition
The Tufts Robotics Club took first place in team and individual categories in the Olympiad Tournament in the international Trinity College Fire Fighting Robot Contest. The club's president is Ryan Stocking, a senior majoring in electrical engineering.

April 20, 2018
Tufts team places second at MITRE event
Two students in electrical and computer engineering, M.S. student Geoffrey Keating and senior Richard Preston, participated in the MITRE eCTF (embedded capture-the-flag) competition as part of a Tufts student team.

April 18, 2018
Senior named co-author on research paper
Electrical engineering student Logan Garbarini is a co-author of a paper about tooth sensors that track what you eat, led by Professor Fiorenzo Omenetto.

April 18, 2018
Senior runs Boston Marathon
Brian Rappaport, a senior studying electrical engineering, completed the Boston Marathon as part of the Tufts Marathon team. Congratulations to Brian and all marathon participants from Tufts!

April 13, 2018
Emeritus Professor Joseph P. Noonan passes away
Joseph P. Noonan, E67, EG69, EG73, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away on April 10. Professor Noonan earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Tufts and he taught at Tufts for more than 35 years, with his research focusing on statistical communication theory. He will be greatly missed.

April 11, 2018
Jumbos for Jumbos
The Tufts Elephant Conservation Alliance (TECA) has launched a crowdfunding campaign for a groundbreaking new project, utilizing drones for elephant conservation. The project was conceived by Dean Karen Panetta in the Vision and Sensing Systems Laboratory, implemented by student software engineers, and aided by faculty members from across campus.

March 20, 2018
Panetta on the future of Java
Professor and Dean of Graduate Education Karen Panetta spoke to TechRepublic about the place of Java in the new era of computer programming.

March 19, 2018
Grodstein named to ICCAD committee
Lecturer Joel Grodstein has been selected to be on the program committee for the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). ICCAD is the premier technical conference on design automation of electronic systems.

March 19, 2018
New data science degree at Tufts
A Bachelor of Science in Data Science will be offered at Tufts starting in the fall, administered jointly by the departments of computer science and electrical and computer engineering.

March 8, 2018
Koomson receives CABCS funding
Associate Professor Valencia Koomson is leading a project to develop a new brain machine interface probe to enable simultaneous transcranial direct current simulation (tDCS) and measurement of associated changes in oxygenated hemoglobin using functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) tools.

February 15, 2018
Sonkusale and team develop microneedle fabrication process
Professor Sameer Sonkusale and a research team explain a new method to make microneedles without cleanrooms, using readily available materials and equipment.

February 15, 2018
Alum named to National Academy of Engineering
Bob Adams, who graduated from Tufts in 1976 with a degree in electrical engineering, was recognized by the Academy for his work on digital storage and reproduction of high-fidelity audio.

February 9, 2018
Khan named IEEE editor
Associate Professor Usman Khan has been named Associate Editor of IEEE Control Systems Letters.

February 1, 2018
Cultural connections in Hong Kong
While studying in Hong Kong this semester, computer engineering student Michelle Chan, E19, considers the transformative effect of study abroad and the meaning of home.

February 1, 2018
Panetta named top influencer in EdTech
Professor and Dean of Graduate Education Karen Panetta was named one of the Top 100 influencers in EdTech by EdTech Digest for her work with over 85,000 children, parents, and educators on engineering outreach activities.

January 24, 2018
New directions in ultrasounds
Tao Sun, a Ph.D. student, spoke to WIRED about his work opening the blood-brain barrier in a more precise and controlled manner and its applications for ultrasound treatments.

January 19, 2018
Engineers week comes to Tufts, February 18-24
Join Tufts School of Engineering for activities, networking, panel discussions and more during National Engineers Week, February 18-24, 2018 all over campus.

2017

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 associate editor 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 Polyhack hackathon.

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 droplet epitaxy."

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.