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DEPARTMENT HEAD MESSAGE

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FACULTY NEWS • Professor Yaakov Bar-Shalom Receives the 2008 IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal • Professor Bahram Javidi Garners Major Awards

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FACULTY NEWS Professor Quing Zhu Awarded Three Grants

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NEW BOOKS BY FACULTY

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FACULTY PROFILE Mohammad Tehranipoor

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ALUMNUS PROFILE Hemchandra M. Shertukde

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FACULTY PROFILE Shengli Zhou

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STUDENT ACTIVITIES

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SENIOR DESIGN

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ACCREDITATION 2007

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ECE FACULTY PROFILES

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STUDENT PROFILE Sean Mason

This newsletter is published for the alumni, faculty, students, corporate supporters and friends of the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Suggestions and information are always welcome.

Please send correspondence and address corrections to the address below or email Peter.Luh@uconn.edu. Peter Luh University of Connecticut Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering 371 Fairfield Way, Unit 2157 Storrs, CT 06269-2157

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Message from the Head of the Department y way of this Fall 2008 Newsletter, it is my pleasure B to highlight some of the major achievements of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) in the 2007-08 Academic Year. The ECE Department resides in the new Information Technologies Engineering Building, a product of the 20-year, $2.3 billion state initiative to enhance the research and teaching infrastructure at UConn, which has been consistently rated (by U.S. News – America’s Best Colleges) as the top public university in New England. We offer undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering (jointly with the Computer Science & Engineering Department), and

Engineering Physics (jointly with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences). Both the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering programs underwent successful accreditation visits during last year. At the graduate level, we offer M.S and Ph.D. programs in Electrical Engineering with concentrations in Electronics, Photonics, and Biophotonics and in Information, Communication, Decision, and Bio-systems. The Department also participates in the M.S and Ph.D. programs in Biomedical Engineering. Full-time enrollment is around 200 undergraduates and 110 graduate students. The 22 tenured and tenure-track faculty members of the ECE Department are dedicated educators and are internationally recognized for their scholarship. Areas of active research include systems and energy, communications and signal/image processing, biomedical engineering, microelectronics, optoelectronics, electromagnetics and photonics, nanotechnology, VLSI computer engineering, and homeland security. Last year, the faculty worked on 106 sponsored grants/contracts with annual expenditures around $3.8 million. Scholarly productivity stimulated by research is strong. During the past year, the faculty published 97 refereed journal articles, 5 book chapters, 146 full conference proceedings papers, and 13 patents. As innovators and leaders in their fields, ECE faculty members receive many prestigious awards. Dr. Yaakov Bar-Shalom received the 2008 IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for radar target tracking in clutter. Dr. Bahram Javidi received the 2008 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize, 2008 Alexander von Humboldt Prize and the 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow Award for real-time 3D optical imaging and identification. Dr. Shengli Zhou received a 2007 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator award and Dr. Quing Zhu received a 2007 Connecticut Women of Innovation Award. The faculty members are also leaders in many professional societies/organizations. During the past year, ECE faculty members held 10 major journal editorships, 18 associate editorships or conference chair posts, and 36 other editorial or conference-planning appointments. We have a strong and supportive Industrial Advisory Board (page 10), as well as active and vibrant student societies, including IEEE, Eta Kappa Nu, and SPIE, among other UConn student societies (page 7). Peter Luh SNET Professor of Communications & Information Technologies & Department Head

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Professor Yaakov Bar-Shalom Receives the 2008 IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal

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he IEEE and the University of Connecticut are pleased to announce that Dr. Yaakov Bar-Shalom, the Marianne E. Klewin Professor in Engineering and Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, is the recipient of the 2008 IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal for Radar Technologies and Applications. Sponsored by the Raytheon Company, the Picard Medal recognizes Dr. Bar-Shalom for contributions to techniques for radar target tracking in clutter. He received the award on September 20, 2008 at the 2008 IEEE Honors Ceremony in Quebec City. Dr. Bar-Shalom is credited with the development of algorithms designed to track moving objects, such as airplanes and missiles. ese computations are used today in airport traffic monitoring systems and in military missile defense systems of several countries. Dr. Bar-Shalom’s chief contributions include the probabilistic data association filter (PDAF) used in over 50 Raytheon radars. e Joint PDAF algorithm provides

better tracking of multiple, closely spaced targets in the presence of clutter. He also contributed to the Interacting Multiple Model estimator that can be used to reduce the radar time and energy required for tracking maneuvering targets with phased array radars. Dr. Bar-Shalom is an IEEE Fellow. He has written seven books and more than 360 papers and book chapters, and is the most published author in the IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. His previous awards include the M. Barry Carlton Award for the best paper in IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems (1995, 2000) and the 2002 J. Mignona Data Fusion Award presented by the DOD Joint Directors of Laboratories Data Fusion Group. Dr. Bar-Shalom received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and his doctoral degree from Princeton University—all in electrical engineering.

Professor Bahram Javidi Garners Major Awards r. Bahram Javidi, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at the University of Connecticut, has recently received several major awards from IEEE, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and SPIE. IEEE: Dr. Javidi was awarded the 2008 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize for the best overview or survey paper among all (over 130) IEEE transactions, journals, and magazines. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: The Foundation has awarded Dr. Javidi the 2008 Humboldt Prize for outstanding U.S. scientists, Germany’s most prestigious research award for senior U.S. scientists and scholars in all disciplines. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: He has received a 2008 Fellow Award for his work on real-time 3D optical imaging and identification. SPIE: He has received the 2008 Technology Achievement Award from the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) for his lifetime work on information optics.

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His other awards include the Dennis Gabor Award in Diffractive Wave Technologies from SPIE, National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award, Engineering Foundation and IEEE Faculty Initiation Award, IEEE Distinguished Lecturer Awards, and best paper awards from IEEE and SPIE. In 2003, he was selected by the National Academy of Engineering as one of the nation’s top 160 engineers between the ages of 30-45 to be an invited speaker at the Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Dr. Javidi is Fellow of seven professional societies, including IEEE, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Optical Society of America, SPIE, and Institute of Physics. He has over 630 publications, including 8 books, 44 book chapters, over 250 peer reviewed journal articles, over 330 conference proceedings, and over 110 plenary and keynote addresses and invited conference papers. Dr. Javidi received his B.S. from George Washington University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University, all in electrical engineering.


FACULTY NEWS

New Books by ECE Faculty

Professor Quing Zhu Awarded Three Grants Dr. Quing Zhu, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, was awarded three major grants in 2007 totaling $2.3 million from the National Institutes of Health, the Donaghue Foundation and Connecticut Public Health: a) to conduct a larger scale clinical trial at the UConn Health Center and the Hartford Hospital using a novel near infrared (NIR) and ultrasound imaging device; b) to explore several new imaging techniques for breast cancer detection and diagnosis; c) to study the feasibility of ovarian cancer diagnosis using Optical Coherence Tomography and a nuclear imager.

The ECE Department is pleased to announce the publication of the following new books by Professors John Ayers and Mohammad Tehranipoor.

Her team includes Dr. Molly Brewer, Associate Professor at the UConn Health Center and Research Professor of ECE, Dr. John Gamelin, Assistant Research Professor of ECE, as well as Ph.D students Chen Xu, Andres Aquirre, Anastasios Maurudis, Yasaman Ardeshirpour, Nrushingh Biswal, Yi Yang, Rae Bao, Behnoosh Tavakoli, and Devis Dishnica in the ECE/BME graduate programs. Last year, Dr. Zhu was honored with a Connecticut Women of Innovation award in recognition of her outstanding contributions toward science. In addition, she was selected a Donaghue Investigator by the Donaghue Foundation, West Hartford, CT and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE).

Heteroepitaxy of Semiconductors: Theory, Growth, and Characterization John Ayers (CRC Press, 2007) • Provides the first full length treatment of the underlying principles of heteroepitaxial growth and characterization. • Offers convenient access to critical data for designing heteroepitaxial growth process • Includes nearly 200 illustrations, numerous examples, and valuable list of up-to-date references • Contains approximately 40 problems to reinforce practical understanding

Nanometer Technology Designs: High-Quality Delay Tests Mohammad Tehranipoor and Nisar Ahmed (Springer, 2008) • At-speed test challenges for nanotechnology • Low-cost tester-friendly design-for-test techniques • Improving test quality of current at-speed test methods • Functionally un-testable fault list generation and avoidance • Timing-based ATPG for screening small delay faults • Faster-than-at-speed test considering power supply noise • Power supply noise tolerant at-speed test pattern generation and application • Solutions for dealing with crosstalk and signal integrity issues

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FACULTY PROFILE

ALUMNUS PROFILE

Mohammad Tehranipoor

Hemchandra M. Shertukde

Director, Computer-Aided Design and Test Research Group

he CADT research group focuses on variT ous areas of design and test of nanometer technology circuits. The research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). As technology scales to 45nm and below and circuit density and functional frequency increase, power and signal integrity have become challenging issues for design and test engineers. The population of chips failing due to signal integrity issues (delay, crosstalk, and process variations) is on the rise. The power starvation in the chips is contributing significantly to the overall yield and circuit reliability. In the CADT research group, we address the above issues by (1) developing novel methodologies to test delay faults due to manufacturing defects and process variations, (2) developing test structures and on-chip measurement methodologies for delay sensitive paths under process variations, (3) developing novel methods for predicting power starvation in chips’ power distribution network (PDN), (4) designing robust PDNs for nanometer technology designs, and finally (5) developing techniques to deal with crosstalk and small delay induced by process and environmental variations in the chips. The CADT research group also deals with IC authentication and hardware security and trust. In this project, we develop techniques based on circuit side-channel signal (e.g. power and delay) analysis to (1) detect and isolate the Trojans in very large circuits and (2) verify the authenticity of the chip fabricated in an untrusted foundry. Finally, CADT research group deals with issues raised by emerging technologies and nano-architectures built from carbon nanotubes and nanowires. Such architectures suffer from high defect rates and low reliability. In this project, we develop (1) hybrid reconfigurable nano-architectures based on matured CMOS technology and nanowire/ nanotube based crossbars to increase reliability and facilitate circuit realization and (2) built-in self-test and defect-tolerance methodologies to efficiently configure and test reconfigurable nanoscale devices. 6

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(Ph.D ‘89) Professor Electrical & Computer Engineering University of Hartford emchandra M. Shertukde (Ph.D ‘89) H is presently a Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT. He joined the faculty in the Fall of 1988 after finishing his doctoral thesis work in the Summer of 1988 under the guidance of Dr. Yaakov Bar-Shalom. He was awarded tenure and promotion to the Associate Professor level in 1992. He was promoted to the Professor level in 1995. He was the Director of

Graduate Studies for the College from 1993 to 1998 and Chairman of the ECE department from 1994-1998. He won the James E. and Francis Bent Award for creativity and artistic activities at the University of Hartford in 1997. He is also a Consulting Fellow/VP Technology of Diagnostic Devices Inc., a company he and his wife Rekha Started in 1992. Dr. Shertukde presently has two patents form the USPTO (for transformer PD detection and locations and for coronary artery diagnostics), both of which are passive systems, licensed and commercialized products. He and his wife Rekha Shertukde successfully raised $4 million to fund a start-up company for the latter product. He has about 10 more patent applications being examined by the USPTO. He and his wife Rekha are presently seeking funding for their new product on human embryonic stem-cell identification of surface markers. He has more than 75 articles published in the IEEE Journals, Transactions and Proceedings of Internacontinued on next page


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tional and National Conferences in the areas of signal processing to multi-sensor and multi-target tracking, transformer failure detection and location, corornary artery stenoses detection and location and other applications. He is a senior member of IEEE and AIAA as well as a member of SPIE, SME, and the honor socities Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kapa Nu.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Members of the UConn student branch of the IEEE (faculty advisor: Dr. Yunsi Fei) conducted monthly meetings as well as a number of professional seminars. A well-attended picnic in September served to advertise and promote IEEE and to gather faculty and students together. The branch reached out to the University of New Haven IEEE Chapter for a workshop on signal processing. UConn’s chapter of SPIE (faculty advisor: Dr. Zhu) drew a number of distinguished seminar speakers including Dr. Brian Culshaw, the 2007-2008 President of SPIE. The chapter activities were highlighted in the Hartford Business Journal. The chapter, along with IEEE, co-founded the Connecticut Optics and Photonics Association. UConn’s chapter of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) inducted 10 new members during 2007-2008 and elected new officers in the spring semester. Dr. Marty Fox served as the faculty advisor for the chapter.

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Shengli Zhou

Towards A Practical Multicarrier Modem for Underwater Telemetry and Distributed Networks

he idea of applying sensor networks T into underwater environments (i.e., forming underwater sensor networks) has recently received tremendous interest for applications, such as in monitoring aquatic environments for scientific exploration, commercial exploitation and coastline protection. However, existing commercial underwater acoustic modems are based on either non-coherent frequency-shift-keying (FSK) or direct-sequence spread spectrum. All of them inherently have low data

rates. Existing phase-coherent underwater acoustic communication systems deploy single-carrier transmissions. As the symbol rate (or bandwidth) increases, severe intersymbol interference (ISI) places an onerous complexity burden on channel equalization for high-rate acoustic communication. Multicarrier modulation in the form of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) has well-demonstrated success in broadband wireless radio communications due to its unique strength in handling high-rate transmissions over long dispersive channels. OFDM is the workhorse that has made the wireless Internet a reality. Regretably, underwater acoustic channels are far more challenging than their radio counterparts, and early attempts at applying OFDM techniques to underwater environments have had a very limited success. The goal of Dr. Shengli Zhou’s research is to make OFDM work underwater and build a practical multicarrier modem prototype. Funded by the Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation, his research team has recently developed effective ways to deal with the unique characteristics of underwater channels and to make OFDM work underwater. They have developed two OFDM modem prototypes: One implemented using two laptops and the other implemented on digital-signal-processing (DSP) boards. Both prototypes illustrate the advantages and the feasibility of OFDM modulation for high-rate underwater acoustic communications. These two prototypes were demonstrated at The Third ACM International Workshop on UnderWater Networks (WUWNet), Montreal, Sept 2007. A practical multicarrier modem, once fully developed, will be a major step on the path to a new era of underwater distributed networks.

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Senior Design ACCREDITATION 2007

he last week of the Spring semester found the senior design labs buzzing as students T scrambled to complete their projects in time for Senior Design Day on May 2nd. As always, the teams were, for the most part, able to pull things together and overcome last-minute obstacles to cross the finish line with their completed projects. This semester, we had 11 outstanding projects including four projects sponsored by industrial partners and three projects that were associated with some of our faculty’s cutting-edge research efforts. In 2008, the department reinstated prize awards for the top two senior design projects. Gems Sensors Corp. required a fully automated test station to test their various flow-meter products. Kenneth Case, Jennifer Hernandez, and Kathleen Mayer stepped up to the plate and delivered a solution that addressed Gems Sensors Corp. needs. The project earned first prize honors. Prof. Rajeev Bansal was the advisor. Phonon Corp. continued its association with Senior Design by sponsoring a project to upgrade its wafer-handling systems by interfacing the equipment with a computer user interface. Aaron Feldstein and Paul Rago went beyond the call of duty in completing the project and earned second prize in the competition. Prof. Mohammad Tehranipoor was the advisor. Qualtech Corp. sponsored the project team of Poorak Mody, Jonathan Schindler, and Jason Thibodeau. Their task was to develop an automated software solution to take engineering computer-aided design input and produce a model that could be used by Qualtech in their failure modeling software. Prof. Mohammad Tehranipoor was the advisor. The final industry-sponsored project was from an local startup that is creating a system to protect children from online predators. The team of Steven Baird, Lucas Marlow,

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and Corey Springer provided a complete analysis of the biometric identification requirements and capabilities that the company will use in developing the final product. In addition, they produced a software tool that can automatically extract information from identity documents such as a birth certificate. Prof. John Chandy was the advisor. Prof. Quing Zhu continued her involvement with Senior Design with two teams working on her research projects in acoustic tomography for breast cancer detection. The first team comprised Catherine Emmons, Weihao Lu, and Juan Ocampo, who worked on the creation of a data acquisition board to collect data from a receiver board. The second team of Neil Pande, Digish Shah, and Joseph Smith created an integrated system of transducer arrays that can be used in photoacoustic imaging. Prof. Shengli Zhou also involved a Senior Design team in his research in underwater acoustic networking. This semester’s team of Sanjiv Dinakar, Ajay Patel, and Jamal Roache, was the third team working on acoustic networking. They were able to create a real-time acoustic modem using specialized DSP/FPGA boards. Prof. Martin Fox has long been advising department-sponsored teams exploring various aspects of sustainable energy. This semester’s teams consisted of Hisham Abouchacra, Josh Cefaratti, and Mike Kosa, working on an Electric Transport Vehicle, and Matthew Fogarty, Michael Stroh, and Jeong Yoo, working on a Solar Wind Lab. The Wireless Sensor Network team of Thomas Athanasios, David Butkiewicus, and Brenton Matte was sponsored by the department and advised by Prof. John Chandy. They were the third iteration of this project idea looking at building mobile robot nodes that can self-identify where they are in the network and communicate video and environmental sensor information. The Inventory Control System team of Daniel Fain, Robert Hohner, and Ezzeddine Zayati was also sponsored by the department and advised by Prof. Rajeev Bansal. This team created a system that can do inventory control. Their demonstration project was a control system that automatically detected customer drink levels in a restaurant.

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ngineering programs at U.S. instituE tions are accredited by ABET, Inc., a federation of 28 professional and technical societies representing these fields. As part of the accreditation process, each program submits an extensive self-study documenting the curriculum with special emphasis on an assessment process that demonstrates that program objectives and outcomes are being achieved and a continuous quality improvement process is in place. The submission of the written documents is followed by a visit by an ABET team. The EE program had its previous ABET visit in 2001 and subsequently received accreditation for 6 years. For our new Computer Engineering program, we were seeking accreditation for the first time. Both the Electrical engineering (EE) and Computer Engineering (CMPE) underwent accreditation visits in 2007. Self-studies for EE and CMPE were submitted to ABET in Spring 2007. Two industrial visitors representing ABET visited our programs in early Fall 07. The visitors examined curricular materials and the assessment data compiled about the programs, visited the facilities, and talked with students, faculty, alumni, and members of our Industrial Advisory Boards. The feedback provided by the ABET visitors during the exit interviews was uniformly positive.

PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES

A) Our alumni will make technical contributions to design, development, and manufacturing in their practice of electrical/ computer engineering. B) Our alumni will demonstrate professionalism and a sense of societal and ethical responsibility in all their endeavors. continued on page 11


ECE FACULTY PROFILES ANWAR, A F. Professor, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education Fellow, SPIE Quantum size effect devices; transport in semiconductor devices; high frequency noise in electronic devices; GaN-based high power devices anwara@engr.uconn.edu

AYERS, JOHN E. Associate Professor

Semiconductor materials, heteroepitaxial growth, and characterization; defect engineering in heteroepitaxial semiconductors; semiconductor devices, VLSI fabrication jayers@engr.uconn.edu

BAR-SHALOM, YAAKOV M. Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor & Marianne E. Klewin Endowed Professor in Engineering Fellow, IEEE Member, CASE Target tracking with radar, sonar, and infrared sensors; air traffic control, surveillance systems with multiple sensors ybs@engr.uconn.edu

Anthony DeMaria Professor in Residence Member, NAE and NAS

Molly Brewer Research Professor

John Gamelin Research Assistant Professor

DONKOR, ERIC Associate Professor Fellow, SPIE Member, CASE

Fiber optic high-speed digital and high-frequency network implementation; quantum computing and communications donkor@engr.uconn.edu

Modeling physiological systems, system identification, signal processing, control theory jenderle@engr.uconn.edu

Applied electromagnetics (EM) rajeev@engr.uconn.edu

Steven K. Boggs Research Professor Fellow, IEEE

Distributed storage, clustered file systems, networking, hardware, parallel architectures, VLSI design and automation chandy@engr.uconn.edu

ENDERLE, JOHN D. Professor Fellow, IEEE and AIMBE

BANSAL, RAJEEV Professor, Associate Head Fellow of the Electromagnetics Academy Member, CASE

AFFILIATED FACULTY

CHANDY, JOHN A. Associate Professor

Robert S. Lynch Adjunct Lecturer Eric P. Soulby Lecturer

ESCABI, MONTY Associate Professor

Human perception of sounds, neuronal processing of sound information, neuronal modeling escabi@engr.uconn.edu

EMERITUS FACULTY Peter K. Cheo Fellow, IEEE David Jordan Mahmoud A. Melehy Robert B. Northrop

David Kleinman Fellow, IEEE Charles H. Knapp Matthew Mashikian Fellow, IEEE

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ECE FACULTY PROFILES FEI, YUNSI Assistant Professor

Embedded system and integrated circuit design automation, power analysis and optimization of ICs and systems, mobile computing systems, underwater sensor networks, security in computer architecture, hardware/software co-synthesis yfei@engr.uconn.edu

FOX, MARTIN D. Professor

Biomedical imaging, Doppler ultrasound, ultrasound and x-ray imaging, optical glucose sensing fox@engr.uconn.edu

JAIN, FAQUIR C. Professor Member, CASE

Design & fab of sub-22nm FETs & circuits; quantum dot nanophosphor displays, lasers & modulators; CNT biosensors fcj@engr.uconn.edu

GOKIRMAK, ALI Assistant Professor

Nanofabrication, Micro/Nano-electronics, Thermo-electrics, Electrical Characterization, Transport, Electrical materials processing gokirmak@engr.uconn.edu

JAVIDI, BAHRAM Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Fellow, IEEE, OSA, SPIE

Optics for information systems, 3D imaging, 3D display, 3D image processing, 3D image recognition, bio sensing, biomedical imaging, disease detection, bacteria identification, and information security bahram@engr.uconn.edu 10

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LUH, PETER B. SNET Professor of Communications & Information Technologies & Department Head Fellow, IEEE Member, CASE Planning, scheduling & coordination of design, manufacturing, and service activities; power system load/price forecasting and market auctions; building emergency evacuation luh@engr.uconn.edu

PATTIPATI, KRISHNA R Professor Fellow, IEEE Member, CASE

Optimization, prognostics and diagnostics, Inference and Decisionmaking under uncertainty, multi-object tracking and adaptive organizations krishna@engr.uconn.edu

SILVA, HELENA Assistant Professor

Nanofabrication, Micro/Nano-electronics, Thermo-electrics, Electrical Characterization, Transport, Electrical materials processing hsilva@engr.uconn.edu

INDUSTRIAL ADVISORY BOARD Zahi Abuhamdeh (TranSwitch) Stephan Bundschu (TRUMPF, Inc) Frank Chan (Naval Undersea Warfare Center) Anthony DeMaria (Coherent) Peter Friedland (ISO New England) Tom Martin (Phonon) Don Masters (Pratt & Whitney) Kathleen F. Maurer, MD, MPHN (The Hartford) Eric Mueller (Coherent)

Edmond Murphy (JDS Uniphase) Venk Mutalik (C-COR) Gina Portanova (Hamilton Sundstrand) Liu Qiao (Toyota Technical Center USA) David Raunig (Pfizer) Eric Reed (General Electric) Nils R. Sandell, Jr. (BAE Systems) Theodora Saunders (Sikorsky) Daniel Serfaty (Aptima)


ECE FACULTY PROFILES TAYLOR, GEOFF W. Professor Fellow, IEEE

WILLETT, PETER K. Professor Fellow, IEEE

TEHRANIPOOR, MOHAMMAD Assistant Professor

ZHOU, SHENGLI Assistant Professor

WANG, LEI Assistant Professor

ZHU, QUING Professor Member, CASE

Optoelectronic devices and integrated circuits; advanced materials gwt@engr.uconn.edu

Computer aided design and test, Delay fault testing, Hardware security and trust tehrani@engr.uconn.edu

Low-power, high performance, integrated microsystems, design methodologies for ASIC/SOC, and VLSI signal processing algorithms and architectures leiwang@engr.uconn.edu

ACCREDITATION 2007 C) Our alumni will engage in professional development or post-graduate education to pursue flexible career paths amid future technological changes.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Our graduates will demonstrate: A) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. B) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.

Detection, target tracking, and signal processing willett@engr.uconn.edu

Wireless communications, signal processing for communications, and underwater acoustic communications and networking shengli@engr.uconn.edu

Near Infrared light imaging, ultrasonic imaging, photoacoustic imaging, Optical coherence tomography zhu@engr.uconn.edu

continued G) An ability to communicate effectively.

C) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.

H) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.

D) An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

I) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

E) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.

J) A knowledge of contemporary issues.

F) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.

K) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

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STUDENT PROFILE: SEAN MASON

EDUCATION

“The thing I always talk about, especially with new students who are considering engineering here at UConn, is how many different things you can do with a degree in electrical engineering: from power to nanotechnology to estimation and signal processing. As a graduate student I am doing research on underwater acoustic communications, something that doesn't directly involve electricity but is still studied almost exclusively by electrical engineers. Interestingly, if someone had told me when I was a freshman that I'd be studying this as a graduate student, I would have thought they were joking.”

• MS (Electrical Engineering) Expected Dec 2008 • BS (Electrical Engineering) Dec 2006 • Academic Interests: Wireless communications, digital signal processing, control systems

HONORS/AWARDS

• Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges: 2006 Edition • Member Eta Kappa Nu: National electrical engineering honors society • Dean’s list for the school of engineering: Last awarded: Fall 2006 • Recipient of academic merit scholarship: UCONN School of Engineering • Recipient of academic merit scholarship: University of Connecticut • Recipient of Edward T. Polidor Academic Scholarship: Optical Gaging Products, Rochester, NY • Army National Guard Primary Leadership Development Course: Commandant’s list graduate • Army Achievement Medal: Awarded twice

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WORK EXPERIENCE

• 6/2007-8/2007: Intern at Naval Research Laboratory, Washington D.C. Decoding and analyzing CDMA data which had been sent through an acoustic underwater channel. Channel characterization and performance analysis. • 5/2007-6/2007: Employee of McGowan Consulting Group, Shelton, CT. • 1/2007-2/2007: Underwater acoustic communications researcher at the University of Connecticut. • 8/2000-8/2006: Member of Connecticut Army National Guard • 5/2005-8/2005: Intern at Sikorsky Aircraft’s Bridgeport Facility

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