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Professor Shu Lin Awarded NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal
July 11, 2014
Prof. Shu Lin in the ECE Department was awarded the Exceptional Public Achievement Medal "in recognition of nearly 25 years of exceptional service, this award is presented to a world expert in Communications for his outstanding contributions to the NASA mission." This prestigious medal is awarded to any non-Government individual for significant, specific achievement which contributed to the mission of NASA.
STAIR Grant Awarded to Hunt Research Group for Lighting Technology
July 7, 2014
Prof. Charles E. Hunt in the ECE Department was awarded one of the Inaugural STAIR (Science Translation And Innovative Research) Grants for his proposal, "Low-Cost, High-Quality Energy-Efficient Light Sources using FEL." This project emerges from patented results by Prof. Hunt’s research group in the arena of energy-efficient, high-color-quality light sources utilizing Field-Emission lighting technology. The project was one of four awarded, out of 38 proposals submitted in 2014 to the STAIR Grant Program.
UC Davis Formula Racing Team Take Third in Formula SAE Electric Competition
June 25, 2014
The UC Davis Formula Racing team took third place in the annual international Formula SAE Electric Competition held this year in Lincoln, Nebraska. Electrical and Computer Engineering students Jeff Bouchard, Trevor Gibson, Henry Herndon, Tyler Lanham, Josh Bihn, Jonathan Tao, Chad Timmins worked with Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering students to re-design and fabricate every system in the vehicle. The UC Davis Formula Racing team, advised by Visiting Professor Roland Williams, ECE Prof. Andre Knoesen and MAE Prof. Jae Wan Park, challenges its members annually to apply their academic knowledge to build and race high-performance, environmentally conscious vehicles.
Professor Saif Islam Receives ARO Award
June 24, 2014
Professor Saif Islam will demonstrate printed multi-spectral photodetector and sensors using heterogeneously integrated micro/nanoscale 1D and 2D devices to offer capability for detecting photons between ultraviolet to 2.50μm. His team will also evaluate the relative technical merits and limitations of printing and integrating multi-spectral sensors of any crystalline material on any unconventional substrate. The proposed research will bring revolutionary device applications in highly efficient sensors and systems, optoelectronic devices for communications and display and devices for energy conversion.
ECE Graduate Students Receive Best Paper Awards at 2014 IEEE WAMICON
June 10, 2014
ECE Graduate Student Bo Yu, co-advised by Prof. Q. Jane Gu and Prof. Xiaoguang Liu, is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Wireless and Microwave Technology Conference Best Conference Paper Award, for the paper authored by Bo Yu, Yuhao Liu, Xing Hu, Xiaoxin Ren, Xiaoguang Liu, and Qun Jane Gu, entitled “Micromachined Silicon Channels for THz Interconnect.” In addition, ECE PhD student Akash Anand's paper entitled "Substrate-Integrated Coaxial-Cavity Filter With Tunable Center Frequency and Reconfigurable Bandwidth" has won the Best Student Paper Award. Akash is advised by Prof. Xiaoguang Leo Liu.
Saif Islam Group Creates Nanowire Bridging Transistors
May 15, 2014
ECE Graduate Student Jin Yong Oh and Professor Saif Islam create nanowire-bridging transistors grown out of semiconducting materials. Their research is featured across many outlets, including phys.org. These nanopillars will allow for smaller, faster and more robust complex circuits that will pave the way for next-generation technology.
Professor Qing Zhao Receives CoE Dean's Faculty Award
May 13, 2014
Professor Qing Zhao receives the 2014 Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Research Award for seminal contributions in wireless sensor and communication networks and cognitive networks, sequential decision theory, stochastic optimization and statistical signal processing.
Professor Q. Jane Gu Receives
$510K ONR Award
May 7, 2014
Professor Q. Jane Gu is leading a project “Passive Wideband Interferometer enabled by non-Foster Quasi-Constant Phase Shifter for Error Feedback Transmitter.” The goal of this proposed research is to develop transmitters with ultra-clean output spectrum by developing noise suppression and nonlinearity cancellation techniques.
ECE Events at Picnic Day
April 8, 2014
ECE Picnic Day displays include projects from Prof. Knoesen's EE Emerge program, sponsored by Texas Instruments. Projects this year will include the Laser Harp, LED Color Table, Spotlight and Communicating Modules. Picnic Day is an annual UC Davis event and will be held on April 12, 2014.
Professor John D. Owens Receives NAE Grainger Grant
March 26, 2014
Professor John Owens has been awarded a Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Education grant from the National Academy of Engineering for the project "Parallel Matrix Factorization: Toward GPUs in the Data Center." This collaborative project with co-PI Tuhin Sahai, of the United Technologies Research Center, will explore the development of computational models to better make decisions with large amounts of data.
ECE Graduate Student Receives 2014 Chancellor’s Achievement Award
February 27, 2014
ECE Grad Student Cristian Heredia received one of seven 2014 Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity and Community for his efforts to help underrepresented populations in STEM fields. Cristian is interested in the intersection between technology and social responsibility and hopes to bring low-cost solar cell technology to developing countries.
Professor Stephen O'Driscoll Involved in Google[x] Smart Contact Lens Project
January 30, 2014
Professor Stephen O'Driscoll is on leave at Google[x] working on the recently announced Smart Contact Lens Project which hopes to provide an easier method for people to manage their diabetes. The device, Google’s first biomedical device, consists of an ultrathin antenna, wireless integrated circuit and glucose sensor embedded in a contact lens which measure and relay the glucose concentration in tear film. Prof. O’Driscoll led the wireless design and designed some of the integrated circuit. Google[x] hopes to work with partners to provide the glucose measurements to the wearer and their physician.
Professor Jerry Woodall Inducted into the National Academy of Inventors
December 12, 2013
Professor Jerry Woodall will be formally inducted into the National Academy of Investors on March 7, 2014 for his work on lattice-matched heterojunctions for LEDs and lasers. By NAI criteria, election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.
Professor Q. Jane Gu Receives NSF CAREER Award
December 12, 2013
Professor Q. Jane Gu has been awarded a NSF CAREER award entitled “CAREER: Terahertz Interconnect, the Last Centimeter Data Link”. The five-year award will support her work on ultra high bandwidth density and high energy efficiency THz interconnect circuits and systems.
ECE Graduate Student Receives 2013 IEEE Young Author Best Paper Award
December 11, 2013
ECE graduate student Lin Li is the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, for the paper authored by Lin Li, Anna Scaglione, and Jonathan Manton "Distributed Principal Subspace Estimation in Wireless Sensor Networks," IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, Volume: 5, No. 4, August 2011
Professor Bevan Baas Receives $400K NSF Award
December 2, 2013
Professor Bevan Baas is leading a project "Fine-Grain Many-Core Processor Arrays for Efficient Enterprise Computing." The goal of the proposed research is to develop massively parallel processor arrays that work in conjunction with traditional enterprise-class processors to compute datacenter workloads with vastly greater efficiency. The targeted workloads include sorting, regular expression based pattern matching, encryption, data compression, video encoding and decoding, and other enterprise workloads of high impact.
Professors Ben Yoo and Bevan Baas Receive $400K DoD Award
December 2, 2013
Professors Ben Yoo (PI) and Bevan Baas (Co-PI) are leading the project "Energy-Efficient, High-Performance, and Reliable Computing with Massively Parallel AsAP and Interconnects," which develops architectures, applications, circuits, and VLSI designs for fine-grain many-core processor arrays and arrayed waveguide grating router-based optical interconnects and switching, for highly-efficient and high throughput datacenter computing including the fabrication of hardware prototype blades.
Professor Ben Yoo leads $400K GENI Project
September 24, 2013
Professor Ben Yoo (PI) is leading a new Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) project, "Shakedown Experimentations and Prototype Services on Scalable, Agile, Robust, and Secure Multi-Domain Software Defined Networks". This project will conduct advanced networking experiments that test scalability and interoperability of programmable networks running OpenFlow. ECE Professor Chen-Nee Chuah and CS Professor Matt Bishop are Co-PIs on this project.
Professor Chen-Nee Chuah leads $913K NSF Project
September 17, 2013
Professor Chen-Nee Chuah (PI) is leading a new NSF project, "NeTS: Medium: Collaborative Research: Towards Building Time Capsule for Online Social Activities". This is a collaborative project between UC Davis ($609K, awarded to Professors Chuah and D'Souza) and Georgia Tech ($304K, awarded to Professor Jun Xu) to develop graph modeling and streaming techniques for summarizing massive OSN data sets.
Professors Chen-Nee Chuah and Qing Zhao Receive NSF Award
September 13, 2013
Professor Chen-Nee Chuah (PI) and Professor Qing Zhao (co-PI) receive a $300K award from National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project "Beating the odds in traffic measurements/detection with optimal online learning and adaptive policies". This project will develop optimal online learning and adaptation strategies for accurate traffic sampling, inference, and detection under hard resource constraints and dynamic network/traffic conditions.
Professors Anna Scaglione and Qing Zhao Receive NSF Award
September 12, 2013
Professor Anna Scaglione (PI) and Professor Qing Zhao (co-PI) receive a $498K Award from NSF for the project "Online Learning and Exploitation of the Radio Frequency Spectrum with Sub-Nyquist Sampling."
Professors Q. Jane Gu and Omeed Momeni Receive NSF Award
September 6, 2013
Professor Q. Jane Gu (PI) and Professor Omeed Momeni (co-PI) receive a $300K award from National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project "EAGER: High Performance Silicon based Terahertz Front End Circuits for Chip-to-Chip Interconnect." This project aims to develop CMOS based THz front end circuits to enable high efficiency THz interconnect.
ECE Researcher Named to IEEE EDS GOLD Committee
July 31, 2013
Dr. Kyle Montgomery, a research scientist and lab manager for the Woodall Research Group in our department, has been named to the Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Committee of the Electron Devices Society (EDS) of the IEEE.
LDPC code developed by Prof. Shu Lin used in NASA's Landsat-8
July 30, 2013
NASA's Landsat Data Continuity Mission launches the IRIS spacecraft into low-Earth orbit. IRIS, short for Interfact Region Imaging Spectrograph, is to observe how solar material moves, gathers energy and heats up as it travels through the sun's lower atmosphere. The 7/8 LDPC encoding algorithm used in IRIS was developed by Prof. Shu Lin.
Professor Chen-Nee Chuah Taking Part in Inter-disciplinary NSF Project
July 16, 2013
Professor Chen-Nee Chuah is a co-PI on a $350K NSF award entitled “User-Centric Sensing and Distributed Control of Corridor Transportation Networks”. This interdisciplinary research project is led by Professor H. Michael Zhang in Civil & Environmental Engineering, in collaboration with Professor Chuah and Computer Science professor, Dipak Ghosal.
Professor John Owens To Participate in NAE Frontiers of Engineering
July 10, 2013
Associate Professor John Owens has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 19th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. John will join 80 of the nation's brightest young engineers--from industry, academia and government--all of whom were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.
ECE Faculty Receive Two of Four 2013 College of Engineering Dean's Faculty Awards
July 10, 2013
Professor Stephen Lewis won the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award for 2013. Professor Lewis' research interests include analog integrated circuits, data conversion, filters and signal processing.
Professor Anna Scaglione won the Outstanding Mid-Career Faculty Research Award. Professor Scaglione's work focuses on communication networks and information systems, with an emphasis on wireless networks and sensor networks.
Professor Xiaoguang Liu Receives 2013-14 UC Davis Hellman Fellowship Award
July 10, 2013
Assistant Professor Xiaoguang "Leo" Liu has been selected by the Hellman Family Foundation to be a 2013-14 UC Davis Hellman Fellow. The fellowship includes a cash award of $29,000, to be used in support of Professor Liu's research activities.
ECE Undergraduate Student Wins IEEE MTT-S Fellowship
July 10, 2013
ECE undergraduate student Zachary Myers has been awarded the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Fellowship. The award consists of a certificate of recognition, a scholarship of $1500, and a travel supplement to attend an IEEE MTT-S sponsored conference.
ECE Events at Picnic Day Featured in the Sacramento Bee
April 29, 2013
ECE Picnic Day displays featured in the Sacramento Bee include projects from Prof. Knoesen's EE Emerge program, sponsored by Texas Instruments. ECE was included in 4 of the 14 photos in the online edition of the Picnic Day story (photos 5-8) and in the one photo that ran in the print edition of the paper (photo 8).
UC Davis Shines at 2013 Freescale Cup
April 29, 2013
The Freescale Cup autonomous race car competition was held on Picnic Day at the UC Davis Conference Center. 22 teams competed from UC Davis, UC Berkeley and UCLA. UC Davis had 5 of the top 6 fastest cars! A video of the competition can be seen at https://community.freescale.com.
ECE Graduate Student Wins DoD NDSEG Fellowship
April 11, 2013
ECE graduate student Akash Anand has been awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship for his research on low-loss high power handling tunable RF/microwave filters. Akash is the first UC Davis College of Engineering student to win this prestigious fellowship.

Prof. Zhi Ding Receives IEEE Communication Society Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award
April 10, 2013
Professor Zhi Ding receives the 2012 IEEE Communication Society Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award for "outstanding contributions in the field of Wireless and Mobile Communications Theory, Systems, and Networks "

Prof. Stephen O'Driscoll receives NSF CAREER Award
March 5, 2013
Professor Stephen O'Driscoll has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award entitled "CAREER: Bio-Adaptive Wireless Power Transfer And Signal Acquisition For Implantable Medical Devices." The five-year award will support his work on power transfer and ultra low power IC design for implantable devices.

LDPC code developed by Prof. Shu Lin used in NASA’s LDCM
February 26, 2013
NASA’s Landsat Data Continuity Mission completed a successful transmission of the X-band downlink, which is the first operational use of Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC) codes at coding rate 7/8 and is the first use of LDPC codes for a space to ground link for any agency or company. This LDPC code is developed by Prof. Shu Lin. View the LDCM launch here.

ECE Undergraduate Students Win First Place in the 2012 IEEE MTT-s Video Competition
February 07, 2013
UC Davis ECE undergraduate students Jhonnatan Ascate and Christopher Young along with Huangqing Xiao, a summer exchange student from Zhejiang University (China), have been awarded first place in the 2012 IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-s) Video Competition for their video entry entitled “Visualizing Electromagnetic Waves”.

Massive Open Online Course Offered by Professor John Owens
February 07, 2013
Professor John Owens has started a massive open online course (MOOC), Introduction to Parallel Computing, through Udacity. This is the first MOOC taught by a UC Davis faculty member. It has more than 15 thousand students.

Professor John Owens co-PI in $2M DARPA Project
January 15, 2013
Professor John Owens is a co-PI on a $2M project to develop an open-source platform for accelerated and real-time graph analytics on GPU compute clusters. This project is funded by the DARPA XDATA program and led by SYSTAP, LLC.

Prof. Chen-Nee Chuah Recognized as ACM 2012 Distinguished Scientist
January 4, 2013
Professor Chen-Nee Chuah has been recognized as an ACM 2012 Distinguished Scientist based on her innovative research contribution and singular impacts on the dynamic computing field, specifically, in network design and routing. In 2012, ACM has identified 41 distinguished members from over 100,000 members worldwide.
Anna Scaglione Named Co-Recipient of the 2013 Donald G. Fink Award
January 3, 2013
Professor Anna Scaglione has been named co-recipient of the 2013 IEEE Donald G. Fink Award, together with former UCD ECE Research Associate Dr. Zhifang Wang and Dr. Stefano Galli, for their paper “For the Grid and Through the Grid: The Role of Power Communications in the Smart Grid" published in the IEEE Proceedings in June 2011. This award is given for “the most outstanding survey, review, or tutorial paper published in the IEEE Transactions, Journals, Magazines, or in the Proceedings of the IEEE between 1 January and 31 December of the preceding year.”
Professor Qing Zhao Elevated to IEEE Fellow
November 28, 2012
Professor Qing Zhao has been selected for elevation to IEEE Fellow for "contributions to learning and decision theory in dynamic systems and cognitive networking". IEEE Fellow is conferred upon a person with an "extraordinary record of accomplishments" and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. The total number selected in any one year does not exceed 0.1% of the voting membership.
UC Davis PhD Candidate Lin Li Invited to Rising Stars in EECS Workshop
November 20, 2012
Professor John Owens Taking Part in $1.6M DOE Project
November 5, 2012
ECE Professor John Owens is a co-PI on a $1.6M DoE award entitled "Efficient Probability of Failure Calculations for QMU using Computational Geometry." The project is led by Scott Mitchell from Sandia National Laboratories.
Professor Stephen O'Driscoll Receives the 2012-13 UC Davis Hellman Fellowship
October 13, 2012
ECE Professor Stephen O'Driscoll is one of twelve professors to share the 2012-13 Hellman Grant. Professor O'Driscoll's research topic "Location adapive wireless power transfer for implantable medical devices" incorporates the innovative nature encouraged by the Hellmann Family Foundation.
Professor Saif Islam is Co-founder of Startup Company Nano-Sharp
September 19, 2012
The new UC Davis startup company, co-founded by ECE Professor Saif Islam, MAE Professor David Horsely and ECE Postdoctoral Scholar Logeeswaran V. Jayaraman, focuses on creating economical and better performing razor blades and surgical tools with silicon wafers and semiconductor manufacturing technology.
Professor Erkİn Şeker Receives $1.3M Award from UC Office of Research
September 6, 2012
Professor John Owens Taking Part in $764K UC Projects
September 6, 2012
Professor Neville Luhmann Receives the IEEE John R. Pierce Award
August 23, 2012
Professor Neville Luhmann receives the 2012 John R. Pierce award for "outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of vacuum electronics as a scientist, engineer and educator".
Professor Qing Zhao Receives A $400K Award from ARO
July 27, 2012
Professor Bevan Baas Receives A $270K Award from SRC
July 23, 2012
Four ECE Faculty Among Recipients of UC Davis Research Investment Awards
July 19, 2012
Professors Josh Hihath, Andre Knoesen, Anna Scaglione and Erkin Seker are among the recipients of UC Davis RISE research awards for interdisciplinary concepts in science and engineering. Twelve RISE awards, totaling $10 million over 3 years, were selected from 115 submissions.
Professor Anna Scaglione Taking Part in $840K NSF Project
July 19, 2012
Professor M. Saif Islam Receives Dean's Outstanding Mid-career Research Faculty Award
June 8, 2012
The Dean's Faculty Awards honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members in the College of Engineering. The awards will be presented at the College of Engineering's 50th Anniversary Awards Gala on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at the Olympic Club, Lakeside in San Francisco.
UC Davis NatCar Teams Sweep the Competition!
June 4, 2012
The UC Davis NatCar teams, led by ECE development engineer Lance Halsted, swept the competition by taking first, second and third places against UCB, UCSD, UCLA, CalPoly and other schools.
Jinyong Oh wins a Korea-US Science Cooperation Graduate Scholarship (KUSCO-KSEA)
June 4, 2012
Jinyong Oh, a Ph.D candidate at the Integrated Nanodevices & Nanosystems Lab is one of fifteen students who will receive the KUSCO-KSEA scholarship in 2012. The scholarship recognizes outstanding graduate students in the United States who have demonstrated a potential to become future leaders for closer cooperation between the U.S. and Korea. An award ceremony will be held in the US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship 2012 (Aug 8-11) at Los Angeles, CA.
Afton Geil wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
April 16, 2012
Student Afton Geil mentored by Professor John Owens, wins highly competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Dr. Keqin Liu Wins the 2012 Zuhair A. Munir Award
April 12, 2012
The winner of the 2012 Zuhair A. Munir Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation is Dr. Keqin Liu for his research entitled "On Multi-Armed Bandit in Dynamic Systems". Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. in June 2010. His research was completed under the mentorship of Professor Qing Zhao in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Professor Jerry Woodall, National Medal of Technology Laureate, to Join ECE
March 9, 2012
Jerry Woodall will join ECE as Distinguished Professor effective July 1, 2012.  Woodall is well known for his prolific and seminal contributions to compound semiconductor materials and devices for high-speed circuits and photovoltaic applications.  He is also engaged in work on “green” energy storage using bulk aluminum alloys.  Woodall, who has co-authored over 350 publications and holds over 60 patents, will add a wealth of industrial and academic experience to the department.

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