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2013-2014

Professor Erkin Şeker To Participate in NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education
August 20, 2014
Assistant Professor Erkin Şeker has been selected to participate in the National Academy of Engineering's 6th annual Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium. Erkin will join some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators in order to discuss and collaborate on novel approaches to promote effective, substantive, and inspirational engineering education.
NSF Major Research Instrumentation Proposal Awarded
August 15, 2014
University of California, Davis has been awarded a thin film deposition instrument to use as a shared resource for conducting fundamental research on materials, processes, and devices for a wide spectrum of important applications. Initiated by the proposal "MRI: Acquisition of a Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) Tool with Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP)," the proposed instrument is capable of producing high quality, highly conformal thin films (such as diamond or silica) on nano to macroscale structures with controlled thickness and material properties at less than 200°C temperature. Large numbers of students at UC Davis, Northern California high schools and community colleges, including many students from minority and underrepresented communities, as well as postdoctoral researchers, will have the opportunity to be educated in the immersive transdisciplinary environment surrounding this tool, uniquely preparing them to solve important problems and succeed in today’s highly competitive academic or industrial environments. The awarded proposal is under the collaborative direction of Saif Islam, X. Leo Liu, Neville Luhmann, Subhash Mahajan, David A. Horsley, Jerry Woodall, Erkin Seker, Q. Jane Gu, Joshua Hihath, Cristina Davis and Dong Yu.
Professor Saif Islam Receives NSF Partnerships for Innovation Award
August 15, 2014
ECE Professor Saif Islam is collaborating with Jim Olson from the Graduate School of Management (GSM) and the Engineering Translational Technology Center (ETTC) on the project "Micro and Nanofabricated Semiconductor and Ceramic Blade Arrays for Surgical and Hair Removal Applications." This Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI: AIR) Technology Translation project focuses on translating atomically sharp disposable surgical blades through standard semiconductor processing techniques used by the microelectronics industries in Silicon Valley. The technology will address the need for low cost blades used in cataract surgery, tissue cutting and hair removal applications. The project will enable high-throughput manufacturing of ultra-sharp semiconductor and ceramic based cutting tools with associated safety features and potential integration of a variety of electrical, optical and mechanical sensors that are not possible in metal based blade platforms.

2013-2014

Professor Omeed Momeni Receives NSF Award
August 1, 2014
ECE Professor Omeed Momeni is leading a new NSF funded project "Terahertz PLL-Based Phased Array for Wide Band Radar/Sensing Systems in Silicon.” This is a collaborative project between UC Davis and UC Irvine to implement a scalable high-power terahertz phased array transmitter for radar/sensing applications.
ECE Professors Receive NSF Award for Research on Enhancing Access to Radio Spectrum (EARS)
July 29, 2014
ECE Professors Xiaoguang "Leo" Liu, Paul Hurst, Stephen Lewis, and Bernard Levy received an National Science Foundation award to study and develop reconfigurable high speed bandpass sampling radio frequency receivers for software defined radio applications. The award is funded under the NSF Enhancing Access to Radio Spectrum (EARS) program.
Professor Q. Jane Gu Taking Part in $941K NASA Project
July 14, 2014
Prof. Q. Jane Gu is a co-PI on a $941K project entitled "Spectrometer On a Chip." This project is funded by NASA and led by Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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.

2012-2013

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

2011-2012

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.
Professor Brian Kolner Elevated to IEEE Fellow
November 29, 2011
Professor Brian Kolner has been selected for elevation to IEEE Fellow for "contributions to optical waveform analysis and mode locked lasers". 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.
Four New Faculty Join ECE!!!!
November 16, 2011
The UC Davis ECE Department is pleased to announce that four new members will join its faculty this year.  Professors Joshua Hihath and Erkİn Şeker,  who began fall quarter, do research in physical electronics with an emphasis on biology:  Hihath from the molecular transport side and Şeker from a materials interface perspective.  Professors Xiaoguang "Leo" Liu and Omeed Momeni, who will join this winter and summer, respectively, do research in microwave/mmWave/THz electronics: Liu focuses on micro/nano-electromechanical systems while Momeni studies high-performance circuits and systems.
Graduate Student Anh Tran and Professor Baas Receive Best Paper Award
October 31, 2011
Graduate student Anh Tran and Professor Bevan Baas receive the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD), October 2011. Their paper was entitled "RoShaQ: High-Performance On-Chip Router with Shared Queues."
Professor Yoo Receives Dean's Faculty Award
September 27, 2011
Professor Ben Yoo will receive this year's "Outstanding Senior Research Faculty Award" for the College of Engineering. This award will be presented along with others honoring the achievements of outstanding faculty at a reception on November 3rd, 5:00-7:00 pm in the lobby of Kemper Hall.

2010-2011

Professor Stephen O'Driscoll wins the 2011 ASUCD Excellence in Education Award for the College of Engineering
May 26, 2011
Professor Stephen O'Driscoll was awarded the 2011 ASUCD Excellence in Education Award for the College of Engineering. These teaching awards are completely student-funded, student-nominated, and student-chosen. One award is presented to an outstanding instructor from each college (except for Letters & Science, which has one award for each of its three divisions).
Professor John Owens leads Graphics Systems theme in Center for Visual Computing
April 26, 2011
Intel's Science and Technology Center for Visual Computing, a $2.5M/5-year collaboration between Intel and eight universities, includes Associate Professor John Owens who leads UC Davis's involvement as theme leader in "Graphics Systems" theme within the center. (ISTC home, Press Release)
Dr. Nicolas K. Fontaine Wins the 2011 Zuhair A. Munir Award
April 13, 2011
Fontaine's Ph.D. research on "Optical Arbitrary Waveform Generation and Measurement" was completed in June 2010 under the mentorship of ECE Professor S. J. Ben Yoo.
2011 Industrial Affiliates Conference
The Annual Industrial Affiliates Conference will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011. Click here for more information and registration.
Professor Brian Kolner elected to Fellow of the Optical Society of America
March 11, 2011
Professor Kolner has been elected to Fellow of the Optical Society of America for "conceiving and developing the optical time lens and for contributions to the understanding of low-frequency noise properties of femtosecond solid state lasers." The OSA Fellow Member designation is awarded to select OSA members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of optics.
Professor Qing Zhao receives Best Paper Award
February 2, 2011
Professor Qing Zhao was awarded the 2010 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award for her paper co-authored with Brian M. Sadler of ARL entitled "A Survey of Dynamic Spectrum Access", published in the Vol. 24, No. 3, May 2007 issue. The IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award honors the authors of a paper of exceptional merit and broad interest on a subject related to the Signal Processing Society's technical scope and appearing in the Society's magazine. The award will be presented at the Society's Awards Ceremonies at ICASSP to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, in May, 2011.
Professor Anna Scaglione Elevated to IEEE Fellow
December 16, 2010
Professor Scaglione has been selected for elevation to IEEE Fellow for "contributions to filterbank precoding for wireless transmission and signal processing for cooperative sensor networks". 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.
Professor Qing Zhao Is Named a 2010-11 Chancellor's Fellow
October 15, 2010
Professor Qing Zhao has been selected as a 2010-11 Chancellor's Fellow. The Chancellor's Fellows Program is supported in part by funds from the Davis Chancellor's Club and the Annual Fund of the University of California, Davis. The Program was established in 2000 to honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members early in their careers. It includes a one-time award of $25,000 to be used for support of research, teaching, and service activities, together with the designated title Chancellor's Fellow.

2009-2010

ECE Graduate Student Wins Prestigious NSF Fellowship
April 27, 2010
Integrated Nanodevices and Nanosystems Lab (Inano) masters student Heim Kirin Grewal won the highly competitive and prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Sandia Fellowship 2010. Only twelve fellowships were awarded in the nation. Dr. Jack L. Skinner will be Heim Kirin Grewal's Sandia research supervisor whose work involves plasmonics and nanofabrication; the integration of nano- and microscale devices.
ECE Architecture Course Featured on iTunes U
April 27, 2010
Associate Professor John Owens's Graphics Architecture class (EEC 277) is now featured on iTunes U.
Professor Islam Receives 2010 Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award
April 18, 2010
Professor Saif Islam is one of 3 recipients of this year's Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award for undergraduate teaching. The award will be presented at a ceremony in conjunction with other Academic Senate and Academic Federation awards on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 5:30 p.m. in ARC Ballroom A.
Anjul Patney Wins NVidia Fellowship Award
April 15, 2010
Anjul Patney, an ECE graduate student studying under the mentorship of Prof. John Owens, has received a prestigious NVIDIA Fellowship for the second time and is one of 10 recipients from 268 applicants.
ECE Student wins Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation
April 1, 2010
Nathaniel J. Guilar, who received his Ph.D. from UC Davis ECE in 2008 under the mentorship of Professor Amirtharajah, has been awarded the 2010 Zuhair A. Munir Award for best doctoral dissertation for his research entitled "A Flexible Power Management System for Interfacing with Energy Harvesting Transducers".
Linda Katehi, National Academy of Engineering Member, joins ECE Faculty
March 31, 2010
Linda Katehi, UC Davis’s new Chancellor, has joined the ECE faculty. Professor Katehi has received the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Distinguished Educator Award; best-paper awards from MTT, IEE, and the Society of Hybrid Microelectronics; and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA, among many other distinctions. Her NAE election citation is for "contributions to three-dimensional integrated circuits and on-wafer packaging and to engineering education." (See http://chancellor.ucdavis.edu/bio.html)
Industrial Affiliates Conference 2010
February 1, 2010
This year’s conference was held Friday, January 29, 2010. Keynote Presentation by Dr. Thomas N. Theis, Director, Physical Sciences, IBM Research, T.J. Watson Research Center.
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Professor Stephen O'Driscoll Joins the ECE Faculty
Professor Stephen O'Driscoll joined the ECE faculty in August 2009. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and joins UC Davis at the rank of Assistant Professor. His research includes analog, RF and mixed-signal integrated circuit design, wireless power transfer, medical electronics and bioelectronics, system-configured analog circuits and automated circuit design. Signal processing, electromagnetics, and system design for medical applications are also a strong focus.
UCD Mobile iPhone Application
January 28, 2010


"UC Davis students Sunny Dhillon and Fei Li have developed the ultimate iPhone app about all things Davis! From real-time Unitrans tracking, campus map GPS location, class schedules, search directory, instant e-mail access, and watching AggieTV videos, this app has it all!"
Professor Scaglione is part of project on Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG)
December 8, 2009
Anna Scaglione is the UC Davis PI of the TCIPG team awarded nearly 18.8 million over 5 years to establish a major Resilient Smart Grid Program. Led by the University of Illinois, the project is funded by the DOE and Homeland Security and includes Dartmouth College and Washington State University.
Professor Qing Zhao Taking Part in A 10-Year ARL Project
November 23, 2009
UC Davis is a general member of a $35.5 million, 10-year project that will create the Communication Networks Academic Research Center under a new Collaborative Technology Alliance for Network Science Program run by the Army Research Laboratory.
Professor Shu Lin Coauthors Book on Channel Codes
October 8, 2009
"Channel Codes: Classical and Modern" (Cambridge University Press) contains a solid coverage of classical channel codes and an extensive coverage of modern channel codes. It gives an up-to-date presentation of the state of the art.
Prof. Anh-Vu Pham has been appointed as a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer
October 1, 2009
Prof. Anh-Vu Pham has been appointed as a Distinguished Microwave Lecturer of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) for the term of 2010-2012. The IEEE Distinguished Microwave Lecturers are recognized experts in their fields and available to present lectures to local MTT-S chapters world-wide. MTT-S is the fifth largest IEEE society and has more than 11,000 members with 138 chapters around the globe.

2008-2009

HP Labs Innovation Research Program Award
June 15, 2009
Prof. Kwan-Liu Ma and Prof John Owens received awards from HP for their research in Intelligent Infrastructure and Digital Commercial Print. See the HP press release.
Prof. Saif Islam Recieves DARPA Award
May 13, 2009
The DARPA Award is worth $800,000 for Research on Quantum Advanced Detectors and Energy Conversion Devices.
2009 Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
May 11, 2009
CS graduate student Pinar Muyan-Ozcelik has been named a finalist for the 2009 Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Google awarded scholar/finalist status to 50 women in the US.
Sandia/UCD Fellowship Award
May 10, 2009
ECE PhD student, Neil Jacklin, selected for the 2009 Sandia National Laboratories/UC Davis Excellence in Engineering Graduate Fellowship.
Anjul Patney Wins NVidia Fellowship Award
April 10, 2009
ECE graduate student Anjul Patney has won the prestigious NVidia Fellowship, one of ten students honored worldwide.
Andrew Davidson Wins National Science Foundation Student Award
March 17, 2009
Under the Prof. Owen's supervision, ECE first-year graduate student Andrew Davidson has been accepted into the National Science Foundation's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute and will be spending the summer collaborating with researchers in the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Prof. Saif Islam Recieves DURIP Award
March 16, 2009
Prof. Saif Islam received a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award for building Instrumentation for Integrating 3D Multifunctional Materials.
Awards Won in ECE K-12 Outreach Effort
March 15, 2009
Under Prof. Zhao supervision, Ms. Angela Yeung, a junior student at Davis Senior High School won the first place at Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair for her project "Sharing Spectrum the Smart Way."
Professor Shu Lin's Low Density Parity Check Selected for NASA Mission
March 14, 2009
An (8176, 7156) Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) code, devised by Professor Shu Lin and his co-workers, has been selected for use in the NASA Landsat Data Continuation Mission scheduled to launch July 2011 with a design life of 5 years.
Professor Zhi Ding is appointed Child Family Professorship in Engineering and Entrepreneurship
March 13, 2009
Professor Zhi Ding is appointed Child Family Professorship in Engineering and Entrepreneurship. From Bruce White's announcement:
It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Professor Zhi Ding of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to the Child Family Professorship in Engineering and Entrepreneurship. He is the first person to receive this honor.
2009 Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
May 11, 2009
CS graduate student Pinar Muyan-Ozcelik has been named a finalist for the 2009 Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. Google awarded scholar/finalist status to 50 women in the US.
Sandia/UCD Fellowship Award
May 10, 2009
ECE PhD student, Neil Jacklin, selected for the 2009 Sandia National Laboratories/UC Davis Excellence in Engineering Graduate Fellowship.
Anjul Patney Wins NVidia Fellowship Award
April 10, 2009
ECE graduate student Anjul Patney has won the prestigious NVIDIA Fellowship, one of ten students honored worldwide.
Andrew Davidson Wins National Science Foundation Student Award
March 17, 2009
Under the Prof. Owen's supervision, ECE first-year graduate student Andrew Davidson has been accepted into the National Science Foundation's East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute and will be spending the summer collaborating with researchers in the Global Scientific Information and Computing Center at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Prof. Saif Islam Recieves DURIP Award
March 16, 2009
Prof. Saif Islam received a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award for building Instrumentation for Integrating 3D Multifunctional Materials.
Awards Won in ECE K-12 Outreach Effort
March 15, 2009
Under Prof. Zhao supervision, Ms. Angela Yeung, a junior student at Davis Senior High School won the first place at Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair for her project "Sharing Spectrum the Smart Way."
Professor Shu Lin's Low Density Parity Check Selected for NASA Mission
March 14, 2009
An (8176, 7156) Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) code, devised by Professor Shu Lin and his co-workers, has been selected for use in the NASA Landsat Data Continuation Mission scheduled to launch July 2011 with a design life of 5 years.
Professor Zhi Ding is appointed Child Family Professorship in Engineering and Entrepreneurship
March 13, 2009
Professor Zhi Ding is appointed Child Family Professorship in Engineering and Entrepreneurship. From Bruce White's announcement:
It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Professor Zhi Ding of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to the Child Family Professorship in Engineering and Entrepreneurship. He is the first person to receive this honor.
Prof. Zhi Ding Appointed IEEE COMSOC Distinguished Lecturer
October 3, 2008
Prof. Zhi Ding is appointed a two year term as IEEE COMSOC . Distinguished Lecturer from 1.2008-12.2009.
Professor Saif Islam Receives Funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
October 2, 2008
Professor Saif Islam receives funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study techniques for integrating 3D multifunctional materials and devices on amorphous surfaces for low cost electronics and photonics.

2007-2008

Professor Qing Zhao Receives College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.
August 3, 2008
Professor Qing Zhao receives College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. The goal of the program is to honor achievements of outstanding faculty members early in their careers and additionally to provide peer recognition within the College of Engineering.
Professor Chen-Nee Chuah Is Named a 2008-09 Chancellor's Fellow
August 2, 2008
Professor Chen-Nee Chuah has been selected as a 2008-09 Chancellor's Fellow. The Chancellor's Fellows Program is supported in part by funds from the Davis Chancellor's Club and the Annual Fund of the University of California, Davis. The Program was established in 2000 to honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members early in their careers. It includes a one-time award of $25,000 to be used for support of research, teaching, and service activities, together with the designated title Chancellor's Fellow.
Professor Anna Scaglione Joins the Faculty at ECE Scaglione Lab
August 1, 2008
Professor Anna Scaglione has joined the faculty at ECE in July 2008, and she will be part of the Information Systems group. She was previously at Cornell University and joins UC Davis in the rank of Associate Professor. Her expertise is in signal processing and communication theory and her current research interests are in wireless communications and sensor networks.
Aaron Katzenmeyer wins National Science Foundation Fellowship
July 1, 2008
ECE Ph.D. Student, Aaron Katzenmeyer wins the highly competitive and prestigious National Science Foundation Fellowship.
Professor Heritage wins R. W. Wood Prize
April 3, 2008
Prof. Jonathan Heritage of UC Davis, together with his colleague at Purdue University, Prof. Andrew M. Weiner won one of the most distinguished awards in optics, R. W. Wood Prize.
Lockheed Martin Teaching Excellence Award Recipients
April 2, 2008
Susan Dragich of Lockheed Martin presented the Lockheed Martin Teaching Excellence Award to Professor Stephen Lewis and Professor Rajeevan Amirtharajah.
2008 Zuhair A. Munir Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation
April 1, 2008
Dr. Lisa A. Poyneer was selected for her research entitled Signal Processing for High-Precision Wavefront Control in Adaptive Optics under the mentorship of Professor Bernard Levy in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Dr. Poyneer received her Ph.D. in May 2007.
Professor Anh-Vu Pham Chosen for 2008 IEEE MTT-S Outstanding Young Engineer Award
February 1, 2008
Professor Anh-Vu Pham has been named as the recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Outstanding Young Engineer Award.
Best Paper Award
November 1, 2007
Mr. Marwan Batayneh, a Ph.D. student in our program, received the Best Paper Award of the Optical Networking Symposium at IEEE Globecom 2007 Conference (to be held in Washington DC in Nov. 2007) for the paper: Lightpath-Level Protection versus Connection-Level Protection for Carrier-Grade Ethernet in a Mixed-Line-Rate Telecom Network.
Student Paper Award
October 3, 2007
Murat Demirkan, Stephen Bruss and Professor Richard Spencer won the 2nd-place Student Paper Award at the 2007 Radio-Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) Symposium for their paper entitled "11.8GHz CMOS VCO With 62% Tuning Range Using Switched Coupled Inductors".

2006-2007

ASUCD 2007 Excellence in Education Award
June 1, 2007
Professor Richard Spencer has received the ASUCD 2007 Excellence in Education Award for the College of Engineering. This was the fifth annual set of ASUCD excellence in education awards. Each year, seven awards are given with one in each of six colleges or divisions and one overall award winner selected from the six winners.
NATCAR 2007
May 21, 2007
With an average speed of 7.57 ft/sec, racers Kayvan Abbassian and Bill Wang (Team UCD3) take first place at the NATCAR 2007 Race.
Professor Saif Islam Receives the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
April 3, 2007
Professor M. Saif Islam has been selected to receive the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for the College of Engineering Dean's Faculty Award Program. This is the highest honor the College of Engineering can bestow upon its faculty. The award plaque and the accompanying certificate will be presented to Prof. Islam at the College of Engineering New Faculty and Dean�s Annual Award Reception that will be schedules in early November, 2006. Recipient of the Dean's Faculty Award are added to a permanent display board located in the main lobby of the Kemper Hall to honor the achievements of the outstanding faculty members within the College of Engineering.
ECE Senior Wins Best Oral Presentation at the California Alliance for Minority Participation Symposium
March 1, 2007
Bokuba Nwengela, a senior at the ECE department of UC Davis was honored with a Special Award for Best Oral Presentation at the CAMP symposium (California Alliance for Minority Participation). This award was given to the best four presentations in each category (Biological Sciences, and Physical/Engineering Sciences).
Professor S. J. Ben Yoo is Elected a Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of OSA
January 1, 2007
Professor S. J. Ben Yoo was elected a Fellow of the IEEE, effective January 1, 2007, and was also elected a Fellow of the Optical Society of America. Prof. Yoo's main area of expertise and interest is photonic systems and technologies for next generation networks.
Professor Qing Zhao receives two new Multi Year NSF Awards
September 3, 2006
Professor Qing Zhao has received two new multi year NSF awards. One is entitled "Decision Theoretic Approach to Resource Constrained Cyber Infrastructure" and the second one is entitled: "Integrated Approach to Opportunistic Spectrum Access". She is the only PI on both these awards and these are each a three year grant with the first one at $240K for three years and the second at $230K level for three years. It is extraordinary and exceptional for a young faculty to receive two such grants in the same year from a peer reviewed agency like NSF. Congratulate Professor Qing Zhao.

2005-2006

UCD's Professor Bevan M. Baas wins NSF CAREER Award
April 25, 2006
Dr. Bevan M. Baas received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his proposal titled, "Processors for the Computation of Future Digital Signal Processing Applications".
The National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization.
Professor Rajeevan Amirtharajah Wins NSF 'Early Career' Award
February 17, 2006
Dr. Amirtharajah's research focuses on powering electronic systems from environmental sources by harvesting energy from solar radiation or mechanical vibration. The goal is to reduce battery size and volume, decrease system maintenance costs, and increase operating lifetime for portable or wearable electronics or wireless sensors. Research under the new grant will include the exploration of circuit styles and signal processing architectures for energy harvesting sensors which enable a trade off between system performance and available power. This work will open new possibilities in long-lifetime sensors for monitoring critical infrastructure, health care, and security applications.
Professor M. Saif Islam wins NSF 'Early Career' Award
January 28, 2006
Assistant Professor M. Saif Islam was recently awarded a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award by the National Science Foundation. The Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the NSF's most prestigious awards in support of the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who most effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. Such activities build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education. His work is titled "Massively Parallel and Manufacturable Self-Assembly Techniques for Interfacing and Integrating Nanowires in Devices and Circuits".
Grant for Ultrafast Optical Communications
January 18, 2006
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded $9.5 million over three and a half years to UC Davis, MIT and commercial partners to develop new high-speed devices for ultra fast optical communications, imaging and other applications.