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    Josh Hihath Interviewed by International Innovations

    September 22, 2015 Josh Hihath was recently interviewed by the magazine International Innovation, which published a brief highlight of the work from his group. He “discusses his research into molecular electronics and his ideas as to how this work could provide novel solutions to some of the major problems the world faces in healthcare and energy.” For ...

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    Best Paper Award for ECE Students at Healthy Buildings America 2015 Conference

    September 21, 2015 At the Healthy Buildings America conference in Boulder, Colorado, July 2015, UC Davis ECE students Nic Madrid and David Killeen received a best poster award for their research on “Web-Based Wireless Sensor System for Remote Air Environment Monitoring in a Commercial Winery.” Healthy Buildings America is a forum run by the International Society ...

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    See UC Davis’ Dinky participate in Worldwide Freescale Cup in Erlangen, Germany live!

    September 10, 2015 The LiveCast of the Freescale Cup Worldwide 2015 will run from Monday, September 14 at 5am(PDT)/2pm(CEST) until the end of the event on Tuesday, September 15 at 8:30am(PDT)/5:30pm(CEST). To see the LiveCast, visit here. The Freescale Cup Worldwide 2015 LiveCast Poster

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    Erkin Şeker featured on UC Davis Office of Research site for his work on Pathogen detection

    September 3, 2015 An article about Erkin Şeker’s work as the senior author on two recent papers in Analytical Chemistry has been featured on the website for the UC Davis Office of Research. He and his colleagues have made progress developing a technique to detect disease-causing agents in humans and plants by using sponge-like nanoporous gold. For the ...

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    John Owen’s Student Leyuan Wang Presents “Distinguished Paper” at Euro-Par 2015

    September 2, 2015 At Euro-Par 2015 last week, Electrical and Computer Engineering professor John Owen’s Ph.D. student Leyuan Wang presented her paper, “Fast Parallel Suffix Array on the GPU.” Her paper was one of two “Distinguished Papers” of the 51 accepted at the conference. To read her paper, visit here. For the Euro-Par 2015 conference schedule and information, ...

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    Jane Gu wins UC Davis College of Engineering Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

    June 23, 2015 The UC Davis College of Engineering has announced the recipients of its 2015 Faculty Awards. The Outstanding Junior Faculty Award goes to Jane Gu, an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Jane joined our College of Engineering in 2012. Her research interests include RF/MMIC/THz and mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems; ...

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    UC Davis’ Dinky will participate in Worldwide Freescale Cup in Erlangen, Germany

    August 24, 2015 Team Dinky will be participating in the Worldwide Freescale Cup Competition in Erlangen, Germany on September 14-15. Please visit this post by Fraunhofer IIS for a video created by UC Davis team Dinky. The video shows how their “Dinky” race car came to be. The video is part of a photo and video ...

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    Prof. S. J. Ben Yoo leads a new DARPA project on Direct On-chip Digital Optical Synthesizer

    July 30, 2015 The new project, Micro-Optical Synthesizer (µOS), will pursue heterogeneous integration of chip-scale optical frequency synthesizer with unprecedented stability and accuracy for a module containing only 1 cc and consuming 1W. Successful progress in this project in three phases will be worth $9.15 million. The partners on this project are OEwaves, Freedom Photonics, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford ...

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    UC Davis partners in a new $610M Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute

    July 30, 2015 UC Davis is a partner in new $610 million institute for photonics manufacturing innovation announced July 27 by Vice President Joe Biden at an event in Greece, N.Y. The Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IP-IMI) aims to stimulate new investment and industrial growth based on photonics technology, which uses light, rather than electrons, ...

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    ECE Students Honored at 2015 College of Engineering Scholar Awards

                May 26, 2015 The UC Davis College of Engineering presented the annual Student Scholar Awards on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in the AGR room of the campus’ Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center. The ceremony featured 54 awards worth a combined total of $146,000. Texas Instruments honored Electrical and Computer Engineering students by awarding them with most of ...

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    ECE Students Debut EE-Emerge “Project Naughty Ball” at the Bay Area Maker Faire

    May 21, 2015 Hengjiu Kang, Yi Lu, and Yunan Song, as part of the EE-Emerge Course, created “Project Naughty Ball” that was part of the UC Davis Student Projects Booth at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015. This project has been featured in articles on Hackaday and 3Dprint. For Hackaday Article, visit here. For 3Dprint Article, visit here. For ...

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    Erkin Seker receives a National Science Foundation Grant

    May 8, 2015 Dr. Erkin Seker has received a $305K National Science Foundation grant to study the Effects of Nanostructure on the Performance of Nucleic Acid-Based Electrochemical Biosensors. Under this grant he and his group will fabricate novel electrodes with nanofeatures to understand how nanoscale features on the electrodes enhance sensitive measurement of DNA. This grant closely ...

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    UC Davis ‘Team Dinky’ Wins National Freescale Cup Autonomous Model Car Competition

    May 3, 2015 ‘Team Dinky’, composed of ECE undergraduate students Sam Dawson, Andrew Chung, and Justin Laguardia (left to right), raced their autonomous model car to the finish line to claim the North America Freescale Cup Championship this past weekend at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. The top teams from the three ...

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    ECE Graduate Student Receives 2015 OSA (OFC) Corning Outstanding Student Paper Honorable Mention

    April 10, 2015 ECE Graduate Student Binbin Guan, advised by Prof. S. J. Ben Yoo, is the recipient of honorable mention at Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition presented at Optical Fiber Communication Conference 2015, for the paper authored by Binbin Guan, Nicolas K. Fontaine, Roland Ryf, Sai Chen, Greg Raybon, Ryan P. Scott and S. J. ...

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    Erkin Seker & Colleagues are on the cover of Applied Materials & Interfaces

    April 8, 2015 Please join us in congratulating Professor Erkin Seker and colleagues (from UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory) on being the cover image for the current Applied Materials & Interfaces! Their article is titled “Nanoporous Gold as a Neural Interface Coating: Effects of Topography, Surface Chemistry, and Feature Size.” For information on the cover ...

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    Jin Yong Oh Receives 2015 Munir Award

    March 18, 2015 The UC Davis College of Engineering Awards Committee has presented the 2015 Zuhair A. Munir Best Dissertation Award to Jin Yong “Jackie” Oh, who completed his doctorate in electrical engineering in June 2014. Oh’s dissertation is titled High Throughput Manufacturing of Silicon Nano-bridges for the Fabrication of 3D Gate-All-Around Field Effect Transistors. Oh began ...

  • Barbara Hurst retires after 30 years of service to ECE department

    February 27, 2015 Barbara Hurst’s (née Allison) last day of work was today, February 27, 2015. Barbara began working for the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, originally the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, in 1985. She has worked for the University of California, Davis since 1973 when she started working in the Dean’s office at ...

  • James Chen receives IEEE MTT-S Undergraduate/Pre-graduate Scholarship

    February 23, 2015 ECE student Jiun Rong (James) Chen has been selected to receive an IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) Undergraduate/Pre-graduate Scholarship for Spring 2015. Please join us in congratulating him on this accomplishment!

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    Nature Materials publishes paper by Hihath Group

    February 16, 2015 Nature Materials has published “Binding configurations and intramolecular strain in single-molecule devices” by Habid Rascón-Ramos, Juan Manuel Artés, Yuanhui Li and Joshua Hihath. Nature Materials is a monthly multi-disciplinary journal aimed at bringing together cutting-edge research across the entire spectrum of materials science and engineering. To read the paper on the Nature Materials website visit ...

  • UC Davis Graduate Earns ASEV ‘Best Paper’ Honor

    February 4, 2015 Nicholas Shrake, who earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering at UC Davis in 2014, is first author on the paper titled “In-Line Measurement of Color and Total Phenolics During Red Wine Fermentations Using a Light-Emitting Diode Sensor”. It has been selected as the best enology paper published that year in the American Journal of ...

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    Erkin Seker receives a National Science Foundation CAREER Award

    January 28, 2015 Dr. Erkin Seker has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. The CAREER Award is the Foundation’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. Erkin received this award for his proposal “Multifunctional Nanostructured Electrodes ...

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    Omeed Momeni receives a National Science Foundation CAREER Award

    January 21, 2015 Dr. Omeed Momeni has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. The CAREER Award is the Foundation’s most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research. Omeed received this award for his proposal “Scalable Traveling and ...

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    M. Saif Islam elected to National Academy of Inventors

    March 26, 2015 Update: National Academy of Inventors Fellows Inducted at Caltech – for full story on Prof. Islam’s induction visit here. December 16, 2014 Prof. M. Saif Islam is one of UC Davis’ newest additions to the National Academy of Inventors. Professor Islam discovered a way to mass-produce the sharp edges of silicon and subsequently co-founded a company ...

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    Chen-Nee Chuah Elevated to IEEE Fellow in Class of 2015

    November 24, 2014 Chen-Nee Chuah will be elevated to IEEE Fellow effective January 1, 2015 for her contributions to MIMO communications and network management. Please join us in congratulating her on this accomplishment!

  • Professor John Owens Receives Adobe Digital Marketing Research Award

    September 22, 2014 ECE Professor John Owens and Stanford Professor Stephen Boyd are among the first set of recipients for the new Adobe academic program for Digital Marketing Research Awards. The $50,000 award will support the research project “Scaling Convex Optimization with GPUs” to develop solutions to problems in marketing.

  • Professor Erkin Seker To Participate in NAE Frontiers of Engineering Education

    August 20, 2014 Assistant Professor Erkin Seker 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),” ...

  • 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 ...

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    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  More Info

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 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. More Info

  • 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. More Info

  • 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 ...

  • 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. More Info

  • Professor Stephen O’Driscoll Involved in Google[x] Smart Contact Lens Project

    January 30, 2014 Professor Stephen O’Driscoll is on leave at Google 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...