ECE Awards Ceremony - May 21, 2010

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2010 ECE Award Recipients

Undergraduate Student Awards

Graduate Student Awards

Staff and Faculty Awards

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Arthur and Julia Suran Endowed Scholarship

Liyao Miao

Jovana Ilic

Best Poster at Industrial Affiliates Conference

Jovana Ilic

Stella Heydon

ECE Staff Recognition Award

Stella Heydon

Donovan Carillo

Department Citation

Donovan Carillo

Brady Smith

Best Poster at Industrial Affiliates Conference

Brady Smith

Dr. Stephen Lewis

IEEE Outstanding Instructor of the Year

Dr. Stephen Lewis

Sunny Dhillon

Department Citation

Sunny Dhillon

Allen Tang

Best Teaching Assistant

Allen Tang

Dr. Raj Amirtharajah

ECE Graduate Student Association Award for Graduate Teaching & Mentorship

Dr. Raj Amirtharajah

Brian Zimmer

Department Citation

Brian Zimmer

Stanley Hsu

IEEE Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year

Stanley Hsu

Dr. M. Saif Islam

2010 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. M. Saif Islam

Cevin Freed

Outstanding Senior Design Project

Cevin Freed

Dr. Nathaniel J. Guilar

Anil K. Jain Memorial Prize Award

Dr. Nathaniel J. Guilar

 
Steven Weiss

Outstanding Senior Design Project

Steven Weiss

   

Undergraduate Student Awards

Arthur and Julia Suran Endowed Scholarship

Liyao Miao

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The Arthur and Julia Suran Endowed Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship generously endowed by former ECE Instructor Jerry Suran. This scholarship was given in honor of his parents, Arthur and Julia Suran.

The recipient for the 2009-10 academic year is Liyao Miao. In his nomination, Liyao was described as, "a very bright, hardworking student who is interested in learning." One of Liyao's personal interests is roller coasters. He was twelve years old when he finally overcame his fear of heights and rode on his very first coaster. The thrill stayed with him and in his junior year of high school, he embarked on a month long project to build a model coaster. That experience inspired him to major in engineering. Although he chose to concentrate on Electrical Engineering in college and will not likely be a coaster designer, his interest lives on and paves the way for his future. This summer, Liyao will be interning at Intel. Congratulations Liyao!

Department Citations

Donovan Carillo

Donovan Carillo

Donovan Carrillo is one of this year's three awardees of the Department Citation.

Donovan is graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Technical Management minor. His 3.97 GPA includes 22 A+ grades. He recently completed an electronics project, assembling and testing expansion boards for the Stellaris microcontroller. Donovan participated in study abroad during the summer of 2008, traveling to London, England to study Shakespeare in live performance and through readings. He is a member of IEEE at UC Davis & Tau Beta Pi. He is president of the Tai Chi Club and the Team Captain for Relay for Life. At home, he volunteers as an interpretive guide at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. After graduating, Donovan intends to work in industry for a few years to gain practical insight into the uses of engineering before returning to graduate study in the hopes of teaching others in the field of electrical engineering. Congratulations Donovan!

Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon

Sunny Dhillon is one of this year's three awardees of the Department Citation.

Sunny is graduating with a degree in Computer Engineering. His 3.96 GPA include 20 A+ grades. Sunny completed an internship at eBay during the summer after his sophomore year. He is currently interning at Adobe in the Acrobat team where his project was named one of the best Adobe solutions last summer. Here at UC Davis, Sunny has had three research projects. His first research project was at the Hybrid Electrical Vehicle center. His last two research projects have been under the direction of faculty in the Computer Science department: Dr. Michael Gertz and, most recently, Dr. Premkumar Devanbu. Sunny, along with his class partner, also created the UCD Mobile application for the iPhone and Android. The application allows students to interact with bus schedules, real-time locations of buses, class schedules, newspapers, campus TV stations, campus radio, and more. They have been interviewed by ABC and FOX regarding the application. After graduation Sunny will be working full-time at Google as a software engineer while pursuing an M.S. in Computer Science part-time at Stanford. Congratulations Sunny!

Brian Zimmer

Brian Zimmer

Brian Zimmer one of this year's three awardees of the Department Citation.

Brian is graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering and will also receive a Technical Management minor. His 4.0 GPA includes 26 A+ grades so far, including two in courses he took in Singapore while studying abroad. In addition, Brian played on the club ultimate frisbee team all four years of undergrad, and ran his own web development company. Last year he worked in Prof. Amirtharajah's lab and designed an SRAM cell that retained memory as the supply voltage dropped to 45mV for a short period of time. According to Professor Amirtharajah, Brian is "the best undergraduate I have taught or mentored in research in my time at UC Davis." Brian is now working in Prof. Baas's lab. Next year, he will be attending UC Berkeley's PhD program in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science. Congratulations Brian!

Outstanding Senior Design Project

Cevin Freed

Cevin Freed

The most Outstanding Senior Design Project was awarded to Cevin Freed & Steven Weiss. Their project was part of a larger project to remotely monitor, in real time, the oxygen saturation and pulse rate of an athlete.

Cevin has pursued intellectual projects and hobbies from a young age. He experimented, used tutorials, and spoke with others to learn computer programming, starting in middle school. While he enjoyed the abstract nature of computer programming and many of the theoretical pursuits in his early years of college, he has recently focused on pursuing more practical problems both through hobbies like welding, and through his work as a lab assistant to Professor Andrew Knoesen, here at UC Davis. Cevin also assisted Professor Knoesen in developing course material for EEC136, a senior design course that is offered this year. Prof. Knoesen has praised Cevin as an excellent technical writer. His work has been posted online and has attracted considerable attention. A person from National Instruments who is responsible for academic operations has commented several times on the clarity of presentation of Cevin's technical writing. We're very lucky that Cevin is an IDP student who will be continuing on for his M.S. here at UC Davis in the Fall. Congratulations Cevin!

Outstanding Senior Design Project

Steven Weiss

Steven Weiss

The most Outstanding Senior Design Project was awarded to Cevin Freed & Steven Weiss. Their project was part of a larger project to remotely monitor, in real time, the oxygen saturation and pulse rate of an athlete.

Steven returned to school for an electrical engineering degree following a long career as a self-taught electronic engineer. His start in electronics began with a lot of programming in high school, a single introductory electronics class his first time in college, followed by an amateur radio license and a stint in broadcast engineering after leaving school. Moving to Silicon Valley as a design engineer and working my way up, he earned five patents and reached senior engineering positions. He felt constrained by lack of theoretical training, though, and from doing the kind of advanced, creative work of which he felt capable. Returning to school has been a long and difficult, but richly stimulating journey for him, very different from the first time around. Steve explained, "Now I know what I want and why I'm here, I sit up front, and I'm not afraid to ask questions. Going to school is a great privilege, though a difficult path. Perhaps the most difficult thing is seeing how much more there is to learn." We're very lucky that Steve is also an IDP student who will be continuing on for his M.S. here at UC Davis in the Fall. Congratulations Steve!


Graduate Student Awards

Best Poster at Industrial Affiliates Conference

Jovana Ilic

Jovana Ilic

At the annual Industrial Affiliates Conference held this January, each affiliate was encouraged to vote for the best poster amongst those on display by graduate students. Then a committee of board members made the final decision based on these votes. This year's winners were Jovana Ilic and Brady Smith.

Jovana's poster was entitled, "Sparsity-Enhanced DFE for LTE." Her research is in Sparsity-based methods in wireless communications. She is working under the supervision of Professor Thomas Strohmer in the Department of Mathematics. She will be starting an internship at Mathworks in Boston this June and plans to graduate with her doctoral degree in December. Congratulations Jovana!

Best Poster at Industrial Affiliates Conference

Brady Smith

Brady Smith

At the annual Industrial Affiliates Conference held this January, each affiliate was encouraged to vote for the best poster amongst those on display by graduate students. Then a committee of board members made the final decision based on these votes. This year's winners were Jovana Ilic and Brady Smith.

Brady's poster was entitled, "Electrostatic Focusing of Electrons off a Large-Area Reticulated Vitreous Carbon (RVC) Field Emission Source." He is working under the supervision of Professor Charles Hunt in the ECE Department. Congratulations Brady!

Best Teaching Assistant

Allen Tang

Allen Tang

The awards committee chose the winner for the Best Teaching Assistant based on both student evaluations and faculty comments, while also taking into account the number and breadth of courses the student assisted with. The winner of this year's award is Allen Tang. Allen received outstanding evaluations from students in the courses he assisted. Students described him, "Extremely helpful," "Very approachable," "Very engaging," "Very knowledgeable," and as someone who "genuinely cares that students learn." Congratulations Allen!

IEEE Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year

Stanley Hsu

Stanley Hsu

The IEEE Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year is decided entirely by the students in our department. This year's winner is Stanley Hsu. One student shared that Stanley "makes so much more effort than what is asked of him. He is more dedicated than any TA we've ever had. Not only is he extremely helpful, but he is one of the most knowledgeable TAs I've had in four years here at Davis." Congratulations Stanley!

 

Anil K. Jain Memorial Prize Award

Dr. Nathaniel J. Guilar

Dr. Nathaniel J. Guilar

The Anil K. Jain Memorial Prize is for the graduating student with the best doctoral dissertation in the department for the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Prof. Anil Jain, who was a distinguished member of our faculty until his untimely death. The winner of the Anil K. Jain Memorial Prize Award is again determined by our Awards Committee and is based on their reading the dissertations nominated as well as examining papers that have been published and other factors that indicate the quality and impact of the work.

This year's Jain Prize recipient is Dr. Nathaniel J. Guilar. His dissertation, entitled "A Flexible Power Management System for Interfacing with Energy Harvesting Transducers" was supervised by Professor Rajeevan Amirtharajah. Dr. Guilar's dissertation led to various publications, including two at the IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in 2008 and 2009. The ISSCC is the premier conference in integrated circuit design and one student publishing two papers there is an outstanding accomplishment. Dr. Guilar is currently working at Agilent Laboratories at the Mixed-Signal Electronics Division in Santa Clara, California. He is working on high speed data converters and frequency synthesizers. His research interests include mixed-signal control systems, energy harvesting devices and analog circuit design. Dr. Guilar's dissertation has also gone on to win the Zuhair A. Munir Best Dissertation Award, which is the best dissertation award for the entire UC Davis College of Engineering. He is also a new father and his 8-month old son is now the center of his life. Congratulations Dr. Nathaniel J. Guilar!


Staff and Faculty Awards

ECE Staff Recognition Award

Stella Heydon

Stella Heydon

The Staff Recognition Award acknowledges a member of the ECE staff who has excelled in the performance of his or her duties. Faculty, students and staff may nominate a staff member, and then the awards committee picks the winner based on these nominations.

This year's winner is Stella Heydon. Stella's nominator wrote of her, "Ms. Heydon is truly an exceptional staff member...When I approach her, she is always smiling and listens to my needs and takes... immediate action. She goes out of her way to help me... Ms. Heydon is professional and courteous. She also knows payroll inside out and her advice is always sound. We are definitely lucky to have an energetic person in this important position." Congradulations Stella!

IEEE Outstanding Instructor of the Year

Dr. Stephen Lewis

Dr. Stephen Lewis

The IEEE Outstanding Instructor of the Year award is given yearly and is decided entirely by the students in our department. This year's recipient is Dr. Stephen Lewis. One student shared that Professor Lewis' presentation in class is clear, distilled well to key concepts, and paced appropriately for students learning new concepts, while taking notes at the same time. He is an excellent teacher with a superb command of the course material." Congratulations Dr. Lewis!

ECE Graduate Student Association Award for Graduate Teaching & Mentorship

Dr. Raj Amirtharajah

Dr. Raj Amirtharajah

The ECE Graduate Student Association Award for Graduate Teaching & Mentorship is determined entirely by our graduate students based on nominations submitted to the GSA. This year's recipient of is Dr. Rajeevan Amirtharajah. In his nomination, students shared that Professor Amirtharajah "always presents to you the facts he knows and gives you options and freedom to explore, which makes you feel that you are indeed the true owner of your research project, and hence motivates you to move forward... [He] is amazingly knowledgeable, and at the same time very honest about what he knows and how much he knows. It is really fun to discuss any research topics with him." Congratulations Dr. Amirtharajah!

2010 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

Dr. M. Saif Islam

Dr. M. Saif Islam

This year the academic senate awarded three faculty members the 2010 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award for Undergraduate Teaching. One of this year's awardees is our very own Dr. M Saif Islam. Congratulations Dr. Islam!