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SPARKING INNOVATION

FOR 125 YEARS SPOTLIGHT ON INNOVATION

UD ECE’S MULTITOUCH MADE THE IPHONE POSSIBLE NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS FACULTY & STUDENTS RECOGNIZED

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DEAR FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES, Dear Alumni, Colleagues & Friends The UD Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department celebrated a milestone — 125 years of excellence in research and education. Anniversary activities included: iSuite Dedication — distinguished guests and supporters cut the ribbon on the $2M 4,500 ft.² state-of-theart Cyber Range, Maker Space, and Collaboration Hub complex. Research & Education Innovations — ECEx talks and panels featuring field leading alumni, faculty, and government/ industry experts discussed current research and the innovations to be realized in future technologies and education practices. Student Drone Competition — a student designed competition to develop sensors and algorithms that autonomously navigate a drone along a 3D course in the shortest time. Alumni & Student Awards — Drs. Bendett (MEE ‘81, PhD ‘85), Piovoso (BEE ‘69), Wang (PhD ‘92), and Aysal (PhD ‘07) were honored with the Distinguished Achievement, Outstanding Service, Entrepreneurial Innovation, and, Young Alumni Achievement awards, respectively. Alumni panels gave awards to the most impactful undergraduate and graduate projects. Giving Back – $3.5M was raised to celebrate ECE 125, including the Dave and GG Farber Chair. In addition to treasure, supporters gave of their time, including Dr. Sean Wang (PhD ‘92), who will be the first ECE Entrepreneur in Residence

Also celebrating an anniversary is the iPhone. UD ECE’s fundamental contributions on multitouch technology, made by Wayne Westerman (PhD ‘99) and his advisor, Prof. John Elias, extensively covered in The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, are highlighted on page 12. These contributions are emblematic of UD ECE faculty and student entrepreneurial activities, which continue to yield new startups such as Cloudamize and Delux — Dr. Wang’s service as Entrepreneur in Residence is designed to accelerate these activities. Three outstanding faculty joined UD ECE, Prof. Rudi Eigenmann, an internationally recognized leader in HPC, Prof. Mohsen Baidey, an oceanography and wave phenomenon expert, and Prof. Richard Martin, a professor of practice with extensive industry experience. ECE by the numbers, pages 4 & 5, show that the Department, with 652 students, 25 faculty, 40,000 ft.² of facilities, $8M of sponsored research, $3.5M in philanthropy, and unique program differentiators is doing exceptionally well. Cybersecurity is an area of particular growth, with 174 students engaged in a wide array of cyber-focused programs. Critical to UD ECE’s growth and excellence in education and research is engagement with alumni, collaborators, and friends. Please join us on campus for the next UD ECE Research Day, May 2, 2018 — mark your calendar for this major annual event, which features a distinguished lecture by alumnus Guru Parulkar, a research showcase highlighting undergraduate and graduate student research and capstone projects, student and alumni awards, and the opportunity to network with the full UD ECE community.

As always, feel free to contact me at barner@udel.edu with your ideas and feedback.

Kenneth E. Barner, PhD

Charles Black Evans Professor and Chair Electrical and Computer Engineering

DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER ENGINEERING

DISTINGUISHED

2017–18

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

LECTURE SERIES

TOD SIZER Nokia Bell Labs

What’s the Big Deal about 5G, and Should You Care? SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

JON STEVENSON Stratasys, Inc.

The Future of Additive Manufacturing: Engineering is a Team Sport NOVEMBER 15, 2017

ANTONIO ORTEGA University of Southern California

Making Sense of Data on Networks: A Graph Signal Processing Approach APRIL 04, 2018

GURU PARULKAR Stanford University

Internet Infrastructure Transformation with Open Source and Device Disaggregation MAY 02, 2018

ALL LECTURES TAKE PLACE AT

MITCHELL HALL | 3:30 PM Reception in Evans Hall iSuite 2

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ECE BY THE NUMBERS

STUDENTS

FACULTY AND RECOGNITION

652

25

TOTAL STUDENTS

FACULTY

66% GROWTH IN FIVE YEARS

391

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS B.S. DEGREES Electrical Engineering Computer Engineering

MINORS Cybersecurity Bioelectrical Engineering Electrical & Computer Engineering

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GRADUATE STUDENTS M.S. DEGREES Cybersecurity Electrical and Computer Engineering

PH.D. DEGREE Electrical and Computer Engineering

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FACILITIES

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NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING MEMBER

40,000 ft.² LABORATORY AND SUPPORTING FACILITIES

NSF CAREER AWARDS PECASE AWARDEE FELLOWS OF IEEE, ASSOCIATION OF COMPUTING MACHINERY (ACM), AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES NAMED PROFESSORS

10,000 ft.² NANOFABRICATION RESEARCH AND TEACHING FACILITIES

4,500 ft.²

INNOVATION SUITE (iSUITE) INCLUDES STATE-OF-THE-ART CYBER RANGE, MAKER SPACE & COLLABORATION HUB


CYBERSECURITY EXPERTISE

RESEARCH

PROGRAM DIFFERENTIATORS

NEW DESIGN SEQUENCE

DHS & NSA CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN CYBER DEFENSE EDUCATION

CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS FUNDAMENTALS OF CYBERSECURITY CERTIFICATE CYBERSECURITY MINOR DEGREE CYBERSECURITY MS DEGREE (ONLINE & ON-CAMPUS) CYBERSECURITY SCHOLARS PROGRAM

174 STUDENTS

IN CYBERSECURITY DEGREE PROGRAMS

$8M SPONSORED RESEARCH

ECE Design Challenges, ECE Design & Entrepreneurialism, Senior Capstone Design

VERTICALLY INTEGRATED PROJECTS (VIP)

MAJOR FUNDERS

Long-term, multidisciplinary, faculty-driven undergraduate team projects

include NSF, NIH, ONR, ARO, AFOSR, DARPA and DoE

ENTREPRENEUR IN RESIDENCE

AREAS OF RESEARCH EXCELLENCE Computer Engineering, High Performance Computing & Cybersecurity

Dr. Sean Wang (PhD’ 92)

ALUMNI ENGAGEMENT

Signal Processing, Communications & Controls Nanoelectronics, Electromagnetics & Photonics

MAJOR RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS NIST National Cybersecurity FFRDC, American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), Delaware Direct Digital Manufacturing Institute (3DMI), US Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground, JPMC and the

MORE THAN

$3.5M Raised in lead-up to ECE’s 125th anniversary, funding junior chairs, iSuite, VIP, and summer research

Financial Services Industry

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125 YEARS OF ECE

CELEBRATING 125 YEARS

of ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING AT UD The University of Delaware Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering celebrated 125 years on campus with an anniversary celebration May 19-20, 2017. Current and former students came together with faculty and community supporters to celebrate the department’s past accomplishments and future plans.

Activities included panel discussions and ECEx talks, alumni awards, a student drone competition, and the announcement of an endowed professorship sponsored by longtime ECE faculty member David J. Farber and his late wife Gloria. The highlight of the weekend was a ribbon-cutting for the department’s new innovation Suite (iSuite) teaching laboratory which provides 4500 sq. ft. of state-of-theart facilities in which students, faculty, and industry collaborator teams can brainstorm, collaborate, prototype and test solutions to society’s grandest challenges. UD’s ECE department is among the oldest in the discipline but remains one of the most innovative. While much has changed over the past 125 years, the department’s core values remain the same: to prepare students to become problem solvers who can can contribute solutions to the grand challenges and great debates of our time.


DRONE COMPETITION As a culmination of drone challenges held at UD throughout the spring semester, students participated in a drone competition using DJI Matrice 100 drones, quadcopters made specifically for developers. Three teams of four students programmed their drones to navigate in the fastest time on a three-dimensional course designed by ECE students William Beardell, Sean Nelan and Cooper Hurley. The event gave engineering students a chance to showcase their ability to solve problems using the latest technologies and platforms.

ENDOWED PROFESSORSHIP ANNOUNCED Internet pioneer David Farber, a Distinguished Policy Fellow in ECE, committed $2.2 million to establish an endowed professorship – the Dave and GG Farber Early Career Professor of Computer Engineering Chair – to help ECE attract, recognize and retain earlycareer faculty who exhibit extraordinary technical knowledge in computer engineering and a keen understanding of the societal impact of technology.

iSUITE UNVEILED ECE’s new $2M 4,500 ft². iSuite houses a Cyber Range, a Collaboration Hub and a Makerspace. The Cyber Range offers a full suite of computer and networking capabilities to hold “live-fire” cyber defense and warfare training and provides electronic test and measurement instruments to allow integration of exercises with physical (e.g., Internet of Things, or IoT) devices. The Collaboration Hub provides a casual, multi-use environment where teams can think creatively, brainstorm project ideas and present their ideas and projects to on-site and remote collaborators. The Makerspace offers an imagination space where students can conceive, design, prototype and test their ideas and systems. The facility was funded by the state of Delaware, the Unidel Foundation, The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and electrical engineering alumni Bob Pritchett (BEE, 1961), Karen Bloch (M.S. 1997; Ph.D. 2004), and Don Cain (BEE 1968). Opposite Page: iSuite ribbon-cutting, from left to right Babatunde Ogunnaike, Dean, COE, Karen Bloch (MSECE 1997; PhD 2004), Domenico Grasso, UD Provost, Lou Krupnick, Page/ Architect, Kenneth Barner, UD ECE Prof. & Chair, Starnes Walker, UD CSI Dir., Bob Pritchett (BEE, 1961), Dawn Cain (BEE, 1968), and Brad Cain (BCE, 1995; MSECE 1997). This Page (Top to bottom): Sudents compete in drone challenges; David Farber is announced as endowed professor 2017

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125 YEARS OF ECE ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

ECE 125 PANEL DISCUSSIONS C O M M E R C I A L I Z AT I O N : A N ACADEMIC, GOVERNMENT & P R I VAT E S E C T O R P E R S P E C T I V E with (left to right)

Dr. Sean Wang, professor & entrepreneur; Dr. Dennis Prather, ECE professor & entrepreneur; Delaware Senator Christopher Coons; University of Delaware President, Dennis Assanis; and former FingerWorks CEO, Jeff White. C O M M E R C I A L I Z AT I O N & ENTREPRENEURSHIP: A S T U D E N T P E R S P E C T I V E with

ECE student Keith Doggett, BME student Jason Bamford and Finance Major Jordan Gonzalez all co-founders of Geo Swap. W O M E N I N E N G I N E E R I N G with Dr. Karen Bloch, ECE alumnus/DuPont, Janine Barbacane, ECE alumnus/Oracle, Nichol Wells, ECE alumnus/Apple Inc., and Sarah Jensen, ECE graduate student. THE FUTURE OF TECHNOLOGY & E D U C AT I O N : A P R I VAT E SECTOR, ACADEMIA P E R S P E C T I V E with Dr. Mark Bendett,

Business Development, Lockheed Martin; Dr. Ed Coyle, Director Arbutus Center for the Integration of Research & Education, Georgia Tech; and Dr. Fred Kitson, Executive VP & CTO DTS, Inc. T H E C A I N FA M I LY :

An ECE Retrospective with Brad and Don Cain Panels were hosted by Ralph Begleiter and Nancy Karibjanian, both photographed on right.


ECEx TALKS

GONZALO ARCE (TOP)

“The Color and Size of Information” FOUAD KIAMILEV (LEFT)

“The Future of Technology” ANDREW NOVOCIN (RIGHT)

“The Future of Education"

FOUR ALUMNI WINNERS

Mark Bendett MEE’81, PhD’85, was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award 2017

Michael Piovoso BEE’64, PhD’69, was awarded the Outstanding Service Award

Sean Wang PhD’92, was awarded the Entrepreneurial Innovation Award

Tuncer Can Aysal PhD’07, was awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award

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SPOTLIGHT ON INNOVATION

A CULTURE

OF INNOVATION Many people are buzzing about the Sept. 12 Apple announcement about the newest iPhone, the 10th anniversary edition of the device that changed the world. But did you know that the University of Delaware played a role in the development of the iPhone?


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lumnus Wayne Westerman, who earned a doctoral degree from the electrical and computer engineering department in 1999, and John Elias, professor of electrical engineering, developed touch tracking/sensing and typing/ gesture recognition technology as part of their startup company, FingerWorks. That invention later became a ubiquitous part of touchscreen displays and earned them this mention in the book, The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone by Brian Merchant, published earlier this year: “FingerWorks was founded by a brilliant PhD student, Wayne Westerman, and the professor advising him on his dissertation. Despite generally agreeing that the core technology was impressive, Apple’s marketing department couldn’t figure out how they would use multitouch, or sell it. ‘We said, well, it’s time to look at it again,’ Huppi [an Apple engineer] says. ‘And it was like, Wow, they really have figured out how to do this multitouch stuff with capacitive sensing.’ It’s impossible to understand the modern language of computing, or the iPhone, without understanding what that means.” FingerWorks, a tech startup powered by UD engineers, has secured its place in history. Many UD engineers have created startups, any of which could easily be the next big thing. Here are just a few UD entrepreneurs on the rise.

Wow, they really have figured out how to do this multitouch stuff with capacitive sensing –Brian Huppi, Apple Engineer

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STEPHAN BOHACEK, A S S O C I AT E P R O F E S S O R

Stephan Bohacek is head of data analysis and design for Cloudamize, a cloud analytics company that merged with industry leader Cloudreach earlier this year. Bohacek started his first company after he received his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley and before he started graduate school at the University of Southern California. “Going to school in the 90s I think everybody saw that a startup was something achievable,” he says. He co-founded Cloudamize in 2012 and is heavily involved in the coding that makes its products successful. As an entrepreneur in product development, he offers students a unique perspective. “Many aspects of the way I teach networking have been influenced by what I’ve learned in the startup. It’s dramatic,” he said. “I would say that maybe 80 percent of my course material is in some way influenced by my work at a startup. What I present, how I present it. I look at each topic and think: Do students need to know this? How is it going to impact them directly to get good jobs, and how is this knowledge going to help them lead exciting careers? I'm very lucky to bring startup/industry perspective to UD and to be able influence students education and careers."

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Left to right: Zachary Larimore and Paul Parsons ZACHARY LARIMORE, CHIEF TECHNOLOGY O F F I C E R AT D E L U X

It seems like everybody’s 3-D printing something these days, but 3-D printed radars are a unique offering. When Larimore noticed that the field of electromagnetic additive manufacturing was under-developed, he decided to make it his specialty. With another UD grad student and professor, Paul Parsons, doctoral student in materials science and engineering, and Mark Mirotznik, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Larimore started Delux, an additive manufacturing company focused on materials development and process development for printing functional structures. Delux has already secured more than a million dollars in federal funds, plus a few private contracts. There’s a big market for these materials, especially in defense. “What we really see as our two points of expertise is that we’re very good at developing the necessary materials to make what we

want and we’re very good at applying those materials in new and interesting ways,” he says. Eventually he hopes they’ll produce a suite of conductive inks, resistive inks, hydroelectric printable materials and magnetic materials that people can build models around. “I think the next thing is a catalogue of materials and solutions to printing electromagnetics,” Larimore says. Delux has contracts with UD and the College of Engineering to use equipment, lab, and office spaces, and the team is now housed at the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. “The university has been extremely helpful from the very beginning, helping us to get contracts into place that make sense for both the university and us and also helping us to find space to grow in,” he says. He also praises resources at the Delaware Small Business Development Center and Delaware Technology Park. And of course the ECE department has been critical to his success. “There are professors in the department who are more than willing to help us along the way and point us in the right direction,” he says.

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SPOTLIGHT ON INNOVATION

LAUNCHING DISCOVERIES

Karen Bloch, ‘D04, chair of the ECE advisory council, says collaboration is the key to innovation. “What has been consistent through my various work experiences, and it’s been as an individual researcher, as a manager, as a member of teams, has been the importance of bringing diverse perspectives together, having people with different experience bases coming together,” she says. K E I T H D O G G E T T, E E ’ 1 7 CO - F O U N D E R O F G E O S WA P

Keith Doggett (left) and two of his classmates created GeoSwap, a social app that allows people to share photos and event information with others nearby. The trio started their company last year, and before they even graduated, they had secured a two-year, $19,000 deal with Delaware tourism and parks offices. They also placed sixth at e-Fest, one of the largest undergraduate-only entrepreneurship competitions in the country. Doggett says the ECE department’s courses in microprocessors, digital logic, and communications systems sparked his engine for innovation. “A lot of them involved design,

thinking on your feet and seeing that you could build a solution from something,” he says. His senior design project—which involved breaching an RFID system—showed him how to break down a big project into smaller components and make progress toward the end goal. The $2 million iSuite was just being unveiled when Doggett graduated, and he’s excited to see what will happen there. “I think it will be great for getting things from idea to prototype,” he says. “Sometimes that’s one of the hardest steps if you don’t have the right resources.”

That’s why Bloch, a 27-year veteran of DuPont, provided funding for the 4,500-squarefoot Innovation Suite—known as the iSuite—that opened in Evans Hall earlier this year. The iSuite is equipped with a stateof-the-art Cyber Range for cybersecurity training, plus a Collaboration Hub for brainstorming and a Makerspace where students can design and test their ideas. “A visually engaging space draws people together,” says Bloch. “Individuals who can come together in a team with an open mind are ultimately more successful than somebody who has a much more myopic view of—my project, my stuff, my space.” ECE students are also learning how to innovate through design projects, including the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program— which puts together multidisciplinary teams to work on cutting-edge projects. For example, faculty members Charles Boncelet and Andy Novocin are working with students to develop a self-driving mobility scooter for the elderly. “These are exactly the types of experiences that our future engineers need to have in their academic background,” Bloch says.

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I N N O VAT I O N A N D ENTREPRENEURSHIP ENTREPRENEUR GIVES BACK TO ECE ECE alumnus Sean Wang (PhD’92) is a successful entrepreneur who has launched more than a dozen tech and medical device startups, most of them based on photonics. He holds 40 U.S. and international patents, and founded B&W TEK, a company specializing in mobile spectroscopy solutions. Dedicated to giving back to the community where he got his start, Wang is launching a partnership with UD’s Horn Program and ECE Department. This new venture will include an institute at the STAR Campus focused on photonic-based medicine that involves using optical techniques for medical diagnosis and therapy. He will also take on a new role as ECE’s entrepreneur in residence, providing valuable education in the various facets of entrepreneurship.

FOSTERING I N N O VAT I O N A N D C O L L A B O R AT I O N ECE’s new iSuite facility, with its Cyber Range, Makerspace and Collaboration Hub, is a “state-of-the-art teaching laboratory that will enable students, faculty and industry collaborator teams to brainstorm, collaborate, prototype and test solutions to society’s grandest challenges,” says department chair Kenneth Barner. To further support innovation and collaboration, the department has added a design course sequence during junior year and has launched a Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) program that unites undergraduate education and faculty research in a team-based context.

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A S P E C TA C U L A R Y E A R F O R S TA R T U P G E O S WA P The GeoSwap team with senior ECE student Keith Doggett has placed sixth at e-Fest, one of the largest undergraduate-only entrepreneurship competitions in the nation, and third in the e-Fest Innovation Challenge, thus being recognized nationally as one of the top 25 university undergraduate startups teams in the U.S. GeoSwap is a social networking app that lets users find areas of interest in their city with all the details of what is happening at that “GeoSpot”, and provides businesses with analytics to gage how many people GeoSwap is bringing into their businesses. GeoSwap also placed first in the student track at this year’s Hen Hatch competition, UD’s premier startup funding competition, taking home $21,000 to further grow their venture; and it won fourth place in the local College Pitch Philly competition. Most recently, GeoSwap announced a new partnership with the Delaware Tourism Office and Delaware State Parks in which it will include educational content and the ability for users to create their own walking tours.

REEL TECH ECE graduate student Gufei Zhu is part of the team that developed Reel Tech, a product that aims to improve the patient recovery process during physical therapy using exercise equipment and digital accountability. The team won second place at a “Pitch Your Progress” event sponsored by VentureOn, a program designed specifically for UD students who are actively pursuing the launch and growth of a business. Reel Tech was also chosen for the Horn Program’s 2017 Summer Founders program where the team will work to validate its business model and gain customers.

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SPOTLIGHT ON INNOVATION

V E R T I C A L LY I N T E G R AT E D PROJECTS (VIP) PROGRAM

ARTGINEERING This team will create electromechanical kinetic sculptures for display at regional and national exhibitions, will write tutorials to replicate this work and will use these creations as the basis for educational workshops.

CLOUD CRYPTO This team will work on ATM security using biometrics, blockchain voting systems, penetration testing, secure software design, and fully homomorphic encryption.

DRONES This team will develop algorithms, methods, and systems to enable drones that function as autonomous flying labs to address challenging contemporary problems, such as intelligent autonomous control, multifaceted sensing, and data fusion and processing.

E-TEXTILES This team will investigate new materials and fabrication processes for realizing e-textiles that integrate biosensing, signal conditioning and wireless communication within wearable fabrics so they can be used as part of an integrated health monitoring system.

G R I D - I N T E G R AT E D VEHICLES This team will investigate if electric vehicle charging stations can recognize the type of electric vehicle connected to charge solely based on the vehicle’s unique communication protocols and distinct charge profiles, thus enabling the electric power demand to be projected.

HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING This team will explore and create prototypes for parallelizing algorithms on heterogeneous platforms consisting of CPUs along with GPUs and Co-processors.

SCOOTER V2.0 This team will design a self-driving mobility scooter for the elderly and the infirm by first using sensors to gather signals from the surroundings and then teaching a machine to self-drive the scooter. 16

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CYBERSECURITY UD’s growing cybersecurity program

UD’s cybersecurity program has expanded significantly in its first two years, with a reach that extends from a Cyber Camp for school-age learners to professional development for cyber pros and graduate degrees. Seventy undergraduate students from half a dozen degree programs are pursuing minors in cybersecurity; fifty-eight students are pursuing master's degrees in the program and a certificate program is offered to those in business and industry; fifty students are enrolled in a certificate program at the U.S. Army's nearby Aberdeen (Maryland) Proving Ground. "UD's full array of cybersecurity programs, including Cyber Scholars, the minor and M.S. cybersecurity degrees, the new Cybersecurity Range and in-depth cybersecurity research conducted by faculty are resonating with students and employers," said Kenneth Barner, professor and ECE chair. "Enrollments continue to grow rapidly and research contributions are helping tackle the cyber challenges of today and tomorrow."

C Y B E R AT TA C K P R E PA R E D N E S S The recent upsurge in cyber attacks has significantly increased the vulnerability of Delaware’s small business community. In response, a partnership between UD’s Office of Economic Innovation & Partnerships (OEIP) and ECE has been designed to help assess and reduce their vulnerabilities. By attending DatAssured workshops or having ECE students evaluate their systems, small businesses are receiving the latest in best practices and solutions for recovering from a cyber attack.

P O W E R F U L PA R T N E R S U.S. Army Gen. John Baker spent a day here getting up to speed on UD’s Cybersecurity Initiative and research projects that could support and protect Army forces from cybersecurity breaches. After a 3 ½ hour briefing from faculty on their research–that covered helping wounded warriors, developing composite materials for army wear, boosting communication capacity and advancing videocamera technologies–Baker talked to ROTC cadets and students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields about leadership and career options, urging them to invest their growing cyber skills in ways that strengthen and ensure national security, whether in military or civilian roles. 2017

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FACULTY NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Finding a needle in the ocean

Xiang-Gen Xia, Charles Black Evans Professor in ECE, recently shared his thoughts on big data in a brief “Perspectives” paper in IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. Big data is being used in a broad range of applications from targeting customers and improving sports performance to operating self-driving cars and decoding DNA. “Today, massive bits are transmitted through both wired and wireless channels called the internet. The key is how to get some indices, trends, or patterns from these massive data and/ or how to find a needle in the ocean,” Xia said. His paper aims to draw attention to the need for new mathematical tools to deal with big data, hoping to spark conversation among the scientific communities that are working in this area, including mathematics, signal processing, and computer science.

ZENG

Y u p i n g Z e n g ’s group was chosen to

participate in NSF I-Corps, a program that assesses marketability of a technology, for their “High speed Double Heterojunction Bipolar transistor based RF amplifier”.

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L e o n a r d C i m i n i won the Joseph

LoCicero Award for Exemplary Service to Publications from the IEEE Communications Society “for creative and sustained contributions to publications.”

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G o n z a l o A r c e , Charles Black Evans Pro-

fessor of ECE, has been named the 2017 Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Communications and Information Technologies, one of the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program, enabling him to engage in research collaborations with Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland.


FA N G

JPMorgan Chase fellows and scholars

Gonzalo Arce, Charles Black Evans Professor of ECE, has been selected as a JPMorgan Chase Faculty Fellow for 2017-2019. He will teach for UD’s doctoral program in financial services analytics (FSAN) and will be responsible for supervising students, conducting relevant research, collaborating with industry partners via research projects and participating in program activities. Hui Fang, David L. and Beverly J. C. Mills Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been selected as a JPMorgan Chase Faculty Scholar for 2017-2019. “Our program and students will benefit tremendously from the interdisciplinary training offered by the fellows and scholars” said Bintong Chen, director of UD’s Institute for Financial Services Analytics. “They have been major contributors to the program's success so far.”

SunShot Initiative funding

ECE faculty Steven Hegedus (right) will lead a three-year, $1.25 million project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative (a collaborative national effort to drive innovation to make solar energy cost-competitive before the end of the decade) to work on the most 2017

efficient silicon solar cell to date, known as the interdigitated back contact (IBC) solar cell. This silicon cell houses all the metal contacts on its non-illuminated (back) side allowing more light to be harvested in the cell because the shadowing from front-side grid lines found in conventional solar cells is eliminated. The team will explore using

advanced laser patterning techniques to overcome the challenges faced by companies who have produced IBC cell designs but at high production costs because the positive and negative electrodes are difficult to pattern and isolate on the back of the solar cell.

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FACULTY NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

MIROTZNIK

Modeling intracellular networks

ECE associate professor Abhyudai Singh is developing a variety of novel computational and mathematical methods for studying and characterizing complex networks of genes and proteins inside cells. In an online PNAS paper, he and colleagues used this approach to study the timing of key intracellular events important for phase therapy. This therapy exploits the ability of certain viruses to infect and replicate within bacteria, offering promise for treating antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, but designing this therapy requires understanding how phages do their work. Singh and colleagues have developed a mathematical model that brings order to the randomness inherent across cells so they can elucidate the regulatory mechanisms necessary for scheduling a biological event at a precise time with minimal fluctuations. In another project published in Nature, Singh and his graduate student Cesar Vargas-Garcia have applied their mathematical approach in a collaboration with University of Pennsylvania researchers. They have developed algorithms that allow them to infer the architecture of the genetic network that underlies cancer drug resistance, elucidating how random variations and rewiring after drug treatment lead to 20

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this resistance. “This knowledge could lead to better treatment strategies, where, for example, the timing of chemotherapy can be fine-tuned to avoid the further development of resistance” said Singh.

allow physicians to prescribe specifications for quickly and economically creating pills with drug time release profiles tailored to an individual patient’s disease state.

Creating novel multifunctional materials and 3D printed drugs

Workshops/Conferences Held at UD

Mark Mirotznik and his team, along with Navy partners at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, are working on additive manufacturing methods to develop new multifunctional materials. They are designing novel methods for producing composite materials with well-defined electromagnetic, structural and ballistic properties that can be manufactured in a flexible, scalable and cost effective manner. These low-weight materials combine structural properties with integrated radar absorption and enhanced ballistic protection, and can be used to produce the next generation of hull materials for small boat combatants. In another project, Mirotznik has received a grant from the Delaware Bioscience Center for Advanced Technology (Bioscience CAT) to use additive manufacturing methods to 3D print pharmaceutical drugs with multiple ingredients for controlled release. The eventual goal is to have specialized 3D printers at pharmacies that

International Conference on Theory of Information Retrieval

Hui Fang, David L. and Beverly J.C. Mills Chair, is co-organizing ACM’s (Association for Computing Machinery) International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval was held from Sept. 13-16 at UD. Information Retrieval is the major discipline behind web search engines like Google. IEEE Resilience Week

Delaware Cybersecurity Initiative cochaired the 10th annual IEEE Resilience Week with the U.S. DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory. It was held on Sept. 18-22 in Wilmington. Researchers, industry leaders and government officials gathered to present promising research and technology for building resilience into control systems, the energy grid and other critical infrastructures.


and mid-career female faculty. Fang’s work focuses on data and information management, including emergency management, disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. She also develops analytical tools for social media, smartphone-based approaches to enhancing depression treatment, and an early warning system for unrecognized drug side effects.

nia and M.B.A., M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. degrees from UD. Martin has over 20 years of industrial experience designing low noise amplifier circuits and photonics based sensors and has led the design, characterization, and fabrication of numerous highspeed devices and systems. More recently he has been collaborating with Resonate Forward LLC, that is developing wearable therapeutic devices for people with Parkinson’s.

F A C U LT Y H O N O R S

N E W F A C U LT Y

K e n n e t h E . B a r n e r,

M o h s e n B a d i e y received

professor and chair, has been named a Charles Black Evans Professor of Electrical Engineering. This professorship honors Charles Black Evans, secretary-treasurer of the University’s Board of Trustees, 1896-1933. His research includes statistical signal processing, nonlinear and sparse signal processing, sensor network, machine learning, and information access methods for individuals with disabilities. Barner was named a Fellow of the IEEE in 2016 and won an NSF Career Award in 1999.

H u i F a n g has been named the

David L. and Beverly J.C. Mills Chair. The professorship honors David Mills, professor emeritus, and Beverly Mills, a UD alumna, and recognizes exceptional early 2017

G u a n g R . G a o , Endowed

Distinguished Professor, is the 2017 Recipient of the IEEE B. Ramakrishna Rau Award for contributions to the compiler techniques and microarchitectures for instruction-level and thread-level parallel computing. Gao has devoted his research to dataflow program execution models, architectures, and compiler innovations. He has made fundamental contributions in compiler techniques and microarchitectures for instruction-level and thread-level parallelism. Gao is an ACM Fellow for contributions in Multiprocessor Computers and Compiler Optimization Techniques and an IEEE Fellow for contributions in Parallel Computer Architectures and Compilers.

his doctoral degree from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami. He completed postdoctoral work at the Port and Harbor Research Institute, Ministry of Transport in Japan. Badiey joined the UD ECE faculty with a joint appointment in UD’s Physical Ocean Science and Engineering. His research includes work on theoretical, and numerical aspects of all types of wave phenomenon, including water waves, acoustic, and electromagnetic waves.

R i c h a r d M a r t i n joined the

UD ECE faculty as Associate Professor of Practice. He holds a B.S. degree in physics from Millersville University of Pennsylva-

Rudolf (Rudi) E i g e n m a n n came to UD from

Purdue University, where he was a Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. In recent years, he has also served as program director in the National Science Foundation’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. At UD his work focuses on optimizing compilers, programming methodologies, tools, and performance evaluation for high-performance computing, as well as the design of cyberinfrastructure. Eigenmann earned his doctorate in electrical engineering/computer science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

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STUDENT NEWS

A solar solution

At the UD Horn Program’s Startup Madness Pitch Party, student teams pitched their business ideas to a live audience and a panel of accomplished judges. Third place went to Solabrid, a team that includes ECE graduate students Abhishek Iyer and Akirt Sridharan. This start up aimed to develop a more attractive alternative to traditional solar panels. Through their research the team created

low-cost high-efficiency solar panel tiles that look akin to normal roof tiles. They were accepted into the specialized training program of NSF I-Corps Sites and then moved on to the extended program NSF I-Corps Teams where the $50,000 they received went to market research. Now, the team would like to enter the next stage of the NSF program, NSF SBIR, where they hope to find the final guidance necessary to launch their incredible product into the public eye.

Princeton Hack-a-thon awardees

A student team with ECE students Mark Seda and Aric Lu won “Best DIY Project” and “Best Use of Watson IoT - sponsored by IBM” at the Princeton Hack-a-thon in April for their system Olli Recalli. This project combines the capabilities of the self-driving shuttle bus Olli and IBM’s Watson to develop a system that alerts passengers of items inadvertently left behind. When the bus stops, a sensor on the seat checks if the passenger has left and a camera photographs the luggage storage area under the seat. The picture is sent to Watson, which checks if there’s an object, determines its type and color and alerts passengers on what was left behind. The team now plans to scale up their solution to work with multiple devices and then to collaborate with IBM and Olli to implement the technology.

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Ben Sampson, ECE grad student and 5-year standout for the Blue Hen men’s soccer program, was named the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American of the Year, the nation’s highest academic honor for NCAA men’s soccer, and that team’s Academic All-American of the Year. He was also named the 2016-17 Colonial Athletic Association Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, becoming the first UD male athlete to earn the award. Sampson graduated summa cum laude and at the top of his undergraduate UD ECE class in 2016 with a 3.99 cumulative GPA. He has spent the last year pursuing a master’s degree in ECE with a concentration in signal processing, communications and controls.

ECE alumnus recognized by IEEE

Haley Northrup, a 2016 graduate in electrical engineering, was recently selected as one of two finalists for the 2016 IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Student Award. The competitive award, which attracts applications from top students around the world, recognizes outstanding scholastic excellence and high moral character, coupled with demonstrated exemplary service to classmates, university, community, and country. After graduation, Northrop accepted a position at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory where she works on scenario-based simulation and modeling of air and missile defense systems. Cyberscholars

Launched in fall 2017, ECE’s new Cybersecurity Scholars Program already has approximately 30 confirmed participants with the final number expected to be closer to 50. This program will integrate with any major and will train students to become a thought leader in cybersecurity by allowing them to collaboratively assess the most pressing cyber-defense questions and develop both cultural and technical solutions.

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STUDENT NEWS

HOUSER

JENSEN

SRIRAMAGIRI

NSF Graduate Fellowship

ECE alumnus Rebekah Houser has won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and ECE student Patrick Cronin has received honorable mention as the prestigious competition marks its 65th year. The award includes three years of funding plus cost-of-education allowances to the school for study leading to a master's or doctoral degree in science and engineering. Houser works on vehicle-togrid technology and researches improving the electric vehicle (EV) charging systems by enabling EV supply equipment to use a vehicle’s charging characteristics to determine the type (manufacturer, model and year) of vehicle. SMART Scholarship

AMIR

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JOHNSON

ECE alumnus (EE’17) and graduate student Sarah Jensen has been awarded a Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service. Established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support students pursuing degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines, the program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.


Jensen, whose PhD adviser is ECE professor Mark Mirotznik, will be researching the use of additive manufacturing for creating radiofrequency electronics, with potential applications in wireless communications and radar. Her DoD sponsoring facility is CERDEC (Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center) under the I2WD (Intelligence and Information Warfare Directorate) directorate. Jensen will spend summers at the facility until she completes her degree and then will be employed there for five years.

computational image sensing plus depth in the visible and IR wavelengths. Fellowships awarded to students in Gu lab

Two ECE graduate students in Tingyi Gu’s lab received recognition this spring. Anishkumar Soman was awarded the UD Charles Ih Fellowship for his productive experimental research on hybrid 2D material interfaces. Dun Mao received the UD Bendett Fellowship for his multijunction analysis of 2D material-active silicon photonic devices.

Fulbright fellowship

ECE graduate student Juan Ospina in Gonzalo Arce’s lab has received a PhD fellowship from FulbrightColciencias. Ospina researches

Solar graduate student intern

ECE graduate student Gowri Sriramagiri in Steven Hegedus’ lab was selected by the Department of Energy to be a

"Solar Graduate Student Intern". She will be spending 3 months at the National Renewable Energy Lab characterizing defects in CdTe crystals grown here at the Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC). NSF grant supports doctoral diversity

ECE graduate students Mecheal Amir Greene, Ashley Johnson, and Jules Frankie Mbasso (not photographed) are among the 12 who have been selected for UD’s competitive Bridge to the Doctorate program supported by the National Science Foundation to broaden participation of under-represented minorities in graduate-level studies in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Prof. Boncelet led a group of students on a study abroad experience during the January 2017 Winter Session. Boncelet also co-led a study abroad program to Melbourne Australia in 2016. Study abroad will travel to Sydney Australia in 2019.

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Non-Thesis MS Graduates

FACULTY NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS DISSERTATION/THESIS TITLES

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Andrew Clifton Xuebo Cui Weidong Diao Jinghe Huang Xiaojing Li Ce Liu Chen Liu Wenchang Ma Amar Modi Akram Naeem Hung Nguyen Surya Ravipati Mark Vizthum Haochen Xiong Kai Zhang Lihao Ren Mu Zhu Akirt Sridharan Vanshdeep Chauhan Zeyu Chen Jaya Sree Gogineni Jingda Guo Gongyuan He Ashley Johnson Abhishek Joshi Weiguo Lin Cong Liu Yu Liu Feng Mi Ryan Peitsch Yuhao Peng Benjamin Sampson Koray Satili Wangqing Shen Kshitij Srivastava Zheng Wu Haoke Xu Ziqing Xu Qianzi Yan Dongzhao Yang Yang Yang Naichuan Zhang Siyao Zhang Xiwei Zhang Zhaohui Zhang Hancheng Zhao Kaiwen Zheng Ruikai Zheng Gufei Zhu Weida Zhu Yi Zhu Jicheng Zuo

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FALL 2016–SUMMER 2017

PhD Dissertations Grid Integration of Clean Electricity and Storage ELPINIKI APOSTOLAKIIOSIFIDOU Advisers: Kempton, Kiamilev Multigrain Parallelism: Bridging Coarse-Grain Parallel Programming and Fine-Grain Event-Driven Multithreading JAIME ARTEAGA Adviser: Gao Processing and Packaging for Large Format Infrared LED Emitter Arrays for Scene Generation JONATHAN DICKASON Advisers: Kiamilev; Goossen The Growth and Characterization of Group IV Alloys for Near to Mid-Infrared Detectors JOHN HART Adviser: Kolodzey Near Infrared Group IV Optoelectronics and Novel Pre-Cursors for CVD Epitaxy RAMSEY HAZBUN Adviser: Kolodzey Signal Designs for MIMO OFDM Systems YUANSHENG JIN Adviser: Xia Design Time and Runtime Collaborative Defense to Enhance Embedded System Security CHEN LIU Adviser: Yang

Dictionary and Deep Learning Algorithms with Applications to Remote Health Monitoring Systems SHERIN MATHEWS Adviser: Barner System Prototyping and Thermal Modeling of IR LED Projectors Including Wafer-Bonded Superlattice Light Emitting Diodes on GaAs KASSEM NABHA Advisers: Kiamilev Case for Asynchronous Many Task Runtimes: A Modeling Approach for High Performance Computing and Big Data Analytics JOSHUA SUETTERLEIN Adviser: Gao Robust Remaindering and Signal Processing LI XIAO Adviser: Xia Task Oriented Tools for Information Retrieval PEILIN YANG Adviser: Fang


Master Theses Reliability-Aware Runtime Adaption Through a Statically Generated Task Schedule LAURA ROZO DUQUE Adviser: Yang

Control Techniques in Beam Steering and Vector Modulation Application JONATHAN JEROTHE Adviser: Prather

Characterization and Fabrication of MWCNTs Pressure Sensors for Pressure Ulcers Monitoring OMER FIRAT Adviser: Mirotznik

Designing an Advanced Packaging System for Infrared Scene Projectors ZACHARY MARKS Adviser: Kiamilev

LC-SIM: A Simulation Framework for Evaluating Location Consistency Based Cache Protocols POUYA FOTOUHI Adviser: Gao

Massive MIMO: Simulations to Mitigate the Pilot Contamination TIANYUAN QIU Adviser: Xia

Fabrication and Characterization of Layered Spherical Infrared Filter Particles BENJAMIN GARRETT Adviser: Mirotznik Modeling and Interactive Design of Multilayered Spherical Infrared Optical Filters Using MIE Theory NICHOLAS HUDAK Adviser: Mirotznik Optimizing Performance of Chemically Passivated Carrier Selective Pedot: PSS Based Heterojunction Solar Cells ABHISHEK IYER Adviser: Opila

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The Implementation of Parallel Computation on CPU and GPU KUN XIA Adviser: Li Energy Savings When Migrating Workloads to the Cloud YAN ZHENG Adviser: Bohacek

Simulation of Turbo Receiver for VECTOR OFDM ZHE QU Adviser: Xia Securing VXLAN-Based Overlay Network Using SSH Tunnel SARAVANAN RAMESH Adviser: Bohacek Effects of Integration Rule Choice on Time Domain Integral Equation Stability ISMAIL ULUER Adviser: Weile A Data Collection System for Rumor Detection YE WANG Adviser: Fang

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CAPSTONE

CAPSTONE DESIGN EVENT Students, their families, project sponsors, mentors and faculty members gathered in May for the annual senior capstone celebration lunch and poster session. Department Chair Kenneth Barner and Professor Chase Cotton spoke at the event. Senior Capstone Design is a six-credit, yearlong capstone course structured to imitate the scenario a young engineer will experience in the workforce. Teams select a project, discover customer wants, benchmark the best practices for each desired function, generate design concepts, build and test a prototype and make improvements, as necessary.

2016–17

TEAMS AMDRONE An Integration of Robotic Arm and Quadcopter Haoyuan Wang and Jianbo Pei

BREACH Long range RFID card replay attack device Keith Doggett, Connor Grehlinger, Matthew Leung, John Oribioye, and Matthew Schlogel

CampAmps Creating Energy on the Go Kathryn Black, Tianne Lassiter, Cheyenne North, Jesse Semmel, and David Souza

CEREBRO Brain-Machine Interface Robert Haynes, Donte McDaniels, Conor Ryan, Fazal Vandal, and Trevor Verry 28

The course provides a realistic industrial management structure and professional background for the design project activities.

Sarah Jensen, Josh Mack and Allan Pinera and their Envirobot project take first place.

CHIPPED

IR Robot

SQUAD

Investigating the Security of EMV Card Smart Card Transactions Ryan Dailey, Danielle Duvalsaint, Jake Heffernan, Pallavi Mathur, and Alice Zhao

An Autonomous IR Seeking Vehicle Ryan Dronson, Michael Ivey, and John Waldridge

Autonomous Low-light Laser Tracking and Obstacle Avoidance Vehicle Akuma Akuma-Ukpo, Alex Bowe, Jon Chen, Andrew Madden, Bobby Stump, and Alan West

ELASTIC Transaction Processing in the Cloud Tongming Li, Yifeng Liu, Mingkun Chen, Xiao Zhang Liu, Xiangqi Li, and Cheng Zheng

ENVIROBOT Environmental Navigation and Virtual Imaging Robot Christian Basse, Matthew Campagnola, Sarah Jensen, Joshua Mack, and Allan Pinera

MAGNETO Magnetic Card Skimming Device Carl Agbemabiese, Faizan Jamil, Hamza Lemsaddek, Ryan Market, and Mike Padilla

MediApp Automatic Medication Dispenser Vaughn Brantley, Gregory Lort, and Bright Quansah

PET Pet Companion Robot Kun Xue, Yifan Zhu, Changyu Liu, and Hongzhi Liang

EZLog Inventory management made simple Casey Campbell, Ben Mazur, Joe Recchia, and Brian Spangler

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SDR-RANGING RF Ranging with SoftwareDefined Radio Matthew Wezowicz, Andrew Teper, Weifeng Fu, Zihan Zhang

VENOM Vertically Engineered Octadic Machine Mark Betters, Jon Garcia, Marcus Gula, Michael Matimu, Nathan Walker, and Daniel Wang

WiFiCU Through-the-Wall Detection of Movement Matthew Blaschak, Greg Palmer, and Sean Rajkowski


RESEARCH DAY

Josh Mack and Sarah Jensen discuss their 1st place senior research project with their colleagues. Not photographed: Allan Pinera

2017 ECE RESEARCH DAY UD ECE held its annual Research Day on May 19, 2017 to showcase department research. More than 80 posters presented the work of graduate students, undergraduate researchers, VIP groups and senior design teams. A panel made up of advisory council members, alumni and industry collaborators awarded the following students:

COMPUTER ENGINEERING PATRICK CRONIN “Leveraging Hardware Performance Counters to Detect Malicious Android Applications” Adviser: Chengmo Yang

NANOELECTRONICS, ELECTROMAGNETICS AND PHOTONICS DAN WOLFE “Low Cost Controllable Optofluidic Smart Glass for Energy Efficiency, Thermal Management and Privacy Applications” Adviser: Keith Goossen

SIGNAL PROCESSING, COMMUNICATIONS AND CONTROLS ANGELA CUADROS “Coded Aperture Compressive X-ray Spectral CT” Adviser: Gonzalo Arce

CAPSTONE SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT WINNERS CHRISTIAN BASSE, MATTHEW CAMPAGNOLA, SARAH JENSEN, JOSHUA MACK AND ALLAN PINERA “Environmental Navigation and Virtual Imaging Robot”

VIP PROJECT WINNERS MARK BETTERS, RAMAN DHINGRA, JACOB MCCONOMY, KEITH MEYER AND NATALIE RUBIN “Privacy-first ATM Biometrics” Adviser: Andrew Novocin CHARLES GOUERT, RYN LEVIN, SAM PALEEN AND NATHAN WALKER “A Post-Quantum Key Exchange” Adviser: Andrew Novocin

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LEADING THE WAY

2016–17 ECE ADVISORY COUNCIL Ms. Janine Barbacane, EE’01 AC Chair Account Executive, Oracle

Dr. Fil Bartoli Professor and Chair, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Lehigh University

Dr. Karen Bloch, EE’85, M’97, PhD’04

Mr. Daniel Grim, EE’70, MEE’72, PhD’76 Chief Technology Officer, Info. Technologies University of Delaware

Dr. Charles Johnson-Bey, M’93, PhD’94

Recruiting Manager, JPMorgan Chase

Mr. Bradley Cain, EE’95, MEE’97

Dr. Wayne Westerman, PhD’99

Professor, University of Kentucky

Mr. Michael Lombardi

Dr. Edward Coyle, EE’79, M’81

Mr. Thomas McCormick, EE’81

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Vice President of Technology Planning, DTS, Inc.

Dr. Daniel Lau, PhD’99

Senior Architect, F5 Networks

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Mr. Ray Sokola, EE’76

Dr. Rick Taylor

Deputy Director, Intelligence & Information Warfare Directorate, U.S. Army CERDEC

Arbutus Chair, Integration of Research & Ed., ECE Dept., Georgia Institute of Technology

President and CEO, Melillo Consulting, Inc.

Senior Manager and Baltimore Site Lead for Engineering, Lockheed Martin Corporation

Engineering Manager, DuPont Company

Mr. Terrance Bowman, EE’95

Mr. Mark Melillo, EE’82

President and CEO, American Electrical, Inc.

Chair, IEEE Delaware Bay Section

MultiTouch Architect, Apple Computer

Dr. John C. Zolper EE’85, PhD’88 Vice President, Research and Innovation, Raytheon Company


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT FOUR ALUMNI WINNERS M a r k B e n d e t t (MEE’81, PhD’85)

ECE alumnus supports entrepreneurship

In summer 2016, David Welch, who earned his BS from UD ECE in 1981 and went on to a career of entrepreneurial leadership in fiber optic communications, provided financial support and expert advisement to four UD student interns so they could develop innovative ideas and assess the marketability of those ideas. These students worked in teams on two projects: a webbased smart gardening system to control

MUNSON ECE alumnus named president of RIT

David C. Munson Jr., who earned a BS in electrical engineering with distinction from UD in 1975, has been named the 10th president of the Rochester Institute of Technology. K e n n e t h L u t z (EE’64) helped

organize the 2017 IEEE Innovative 2017

watering and other plant care needs; and possible applications for microbe-resistant polymers. This work was supported in various ways by the Horn Program and various departments across UD. Welch has been a strong supporter of UD’s College of Engineering and ECE Department, particularly via providing faculty resources, and is currently a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council.

LUTZ

Smart Grid Technologies conference near Washington, DC and chaired the panel on smart grid education that discussed incorporating smart grid innovations into traditional power engineering curricula. These innovations include new grid technologies, communications and information technologies, cybersecurity, control, and big data.

received the Distinguished Achievement Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed upon alumni of the UD ECE Department given to individuals who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions in engineering research, practice, education or business. Bendett currently serves as a strategy and business development manager at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories and has served on UD’s College of Engineering Advisory Council (2005-Present). M i c h a e l P i o v o s o (BEE’64, PhD’69) was awarded the Outstanding Service Award which acknowledges alumni who have set a strong example to their fellow alumni through their exceptional contributions to scholarship, teaching or other improvements for ECE faculty and students. Piovoso is Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and has been involved with UD ECE for over 50 years. S e a n W a n g (PhD’92) received the Entrepreneurial Innovation Award, conferred upon alumni who exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit central to the ECE discipline by creating an innovative business, developing a new product, bringing to market a new venture or expanding an existing business. Wang is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and co-founded more than a dozen high-tech companies over the past ten years in the fields of lasers, instrumentation and medical devices, and he serves on UD’s College of Engineering Advisory Council. T u n c e r C a n A y s a l (PhD’07) was

awarded the Young Alumni Achievement Award, recognizing alumni who have graduated within the past 15 years and have excelled in their chosen professions, exhibiting outstanding technical achievement, entrepreneurship or leadership that distinguishes them from their recent fellow graduates. Aysal is a research director at Winton Capital Management LTD, one of the world’s largest quantitative investment managers with over $30 billion in assets. UNIVERSITY of DELAWARE | COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING 31


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