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Archives: 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.