The SunShot Diversity in Science and Technology Advances National Clean Energy in Solar (DISTANCE-Solar) program has awarded the SunShot DISTANCE award, a three-year, $750,000 competitive award through the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, to the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI) at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). UTSA will partner with St. Phillip’s College to use the award to provide utility-scale solar PV technology solutions that reduce systems integrations costs, enhance the value of solar electricity, and contribute to the development of a “solar-educated” diverse workforce to accelerate large-scale deployments of solar within the United States. The program will also focus on increasing the amount of underrepresented minority students pursuing solar industry careers, and training them for jobs in the solar energy industry.
Dr. Hariharan Krishnaswami, Assistant Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Les Shephard, Director of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, will serve as the Principle Investigators in this solar energy technology development initiative, collaborating with Afamia Elnakat, associate professor of research (TSERI), and Daniel Sherry, chair of the Department of Applied Electrical and Mechanical Technology at St. Phillip’s College. The DISTINCT program, a program unique to UTSA and St. Phillip’s College, aims to increase the diversity of students pursuing solar careers, foster research opportunities for faculty and students in solar energy, and broaden the solar curriculum of both institutions.
Dr. Sos Agaian, Peter Flawn Professor, has been awarded the status of IS&T Fellow for outstanding contributions to the fields of multimedia-imaging systems and security systems, including embedded data decryption processes and data hiding methods for mobile communications. The Society for Imaging Science and Technology, which awarded him this fellowship, is an international non-profit organization whose goal is to keep members aware of the latest scientific and technological developments in the field of imaging through conferences, journals and other publications.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Chair, Dr. Daniel Pack, has received one of two recently instated professorships created by UTSA Alumni Loretta and Jeff Clarke. Jeff received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1986 and now serves as vice chairman and president of Dell's Global Operation and End User Computing Solutions. He also gives back to his alma mater as a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council. Read more about the Clarke's latest contribution here: http://giving.utsa.edu/summer2012/briefs.html
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is pleased to announce Dr. Dong Yue as the Fall 2012 ECE Outstanding Graduate Research Award Winner (OGRA).
Dr. Yue was unanimously recommended by the Joint Selection Committee for the OGRA for his thesis entitled, "Computational Prediction of Genome-wide MicroRNA Targets and Functions," which addressed the prediction of functions of a recently discovered regulatory molecule in cells, known as microRNA.
Yue has worked on developing statistical models using high throughput genomics and proteomics data to predict the genes and biological processes likely to be regulated by microRNA. These prediction results help biologists better understand the functionality of the microRNAs, generate hypotheses to be tested experimentally, and possibly design intervention strategies in the treatment of related diseases. During his doctoral studies at UTSA, Yue also made significant contributions to an emerging area in computational biology and has written five journal papers (four published, one accepted) and six conference papers.
Dr. Yue holds both bachelor and master's degrees from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. Dr. Yue received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UTSA, May 2012. Currently, Dr. Yue is Software Engineer at Informatica Corporation in Austin, Texas.
Daniel Pack Receives Award from United States Air Force Academy, Is Named Professor Emeritus (Dec. 6, 2012)
On December 6, 2012, Dr. Daniel Pack received the Air Force Award for Meritorious Civilian Service:
"In recognition of his distinguished performance as Professor and Director of the Academy Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems Research ….. Headquarters United Sates Air Force Academy, Colorado, from July 7, 1995 to July 31, 2012. During this period, the outstanding performance, professional competence, and ceaseless efforts of Dr. Pack resulted in unsurpassed instruction of over 1,500 cadets spanning eleven courses and three departments, along with being named the 2005 Colorado Professor of the Year. Dr. Pack's vision also culminated in the stand-up of the Academy Center for Unmanned Aerial Systems Research, which he directed while managing nearly ten million dollars in total research money….."
As of 1 August 2012, Dr. Pack is also appointed as Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the United States Air Force Academy.
Piscataway, New Jersey, USA, January 2013: Ruyan Guo, Ph.D., Robert E. Clarke Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA, has been named an IEEE Fellow. She is being recognized “for contributions to understanding of polarization phenomena in ferroelectric solid-solution systems." Guo’s research focuses on structure-composition-property relationships in ferroelectric, piezoelectric, pyroelectric, and nonlinear dielectric and optical materials. Her scientific contribution advances the design and tailoring of electronic ceramics, composites, and crystals used in applications such as night vision, ultrasonic imaging, energy conversion, structure-health monitoring, etc., as capacitors, resonators, filters, sensors, modulators, actuators, or transducers.
The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. 298 individuals have been elevated to IEEE Fellow for 2013.
Guo’s research draws strength from interdisciplinary approach integrating materials science and electrical engineering in design, synthesis, characterizations and device development. She is the author/co-author of some 350 technical publications and the editor/co-editor of 19 transaction books and professional proceeding volumes. She has been an organizer of various domestic and international technical symposia and conferences. Guo served as the elected Chair of the Electronics Division of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) in ‘02-‘03. She was an elected member of the Administrative Committee of IEEE-UFFC in ‘06-’08. She directed an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) Site Program at the Department of Electrical Engineering, Penn State from 2003 to 2007. She has been a faculty advisor to Society of Women Engineers at UTSA. She served as Department Chair (interim) of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UTSA from 2010 to 2012.
The recognition, Guo says, “acknowledges accomplishments in interdisciplinary research and brings to me immense pride for being an educator and a researcher in materials and electrical engineering.” Dr. Guo has been recognized as a Fellow of The American Ceramics Society (ACerS) in 2003 and a Fellow of The International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE) in 2009.
Ruyan Guo earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University of China and a doctoral degree in solid state science from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining the faculty of electrical engineering of the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2007, Guo was professor of electrical engineering of The Pennsylvania State University. She was a member of research faculty of the Materials Research Institute (then Materials Research Laboratory), Penn State, from 1991 to 1999 and a faculty member of The Department of Electrical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, from 1984 to 1985.
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Dr. Eugene John wins Teaching Award, (Oct. 5., 2012) – UTSA's College of Engineering has awarded Dr. Eugene John the "Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.
UT Horizon Fund Grants $200,000 investment to ECE Professor's Patent, (Oct. 5., 2012)
A patent created by Dr. Sos Agaian, the Peter T. Flawn Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and his Ph.D. student, Richard Metzler that was purchased earlier this year by software company, Latakoo, has received a $200,000 investment from the UT Horizon fund.
Dr. Shuo Wang Receives Research Grant from The Boeing Company (Oct 1, 2012) – Dr. Shuo Wang, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, received a three-year grant totaling $349,232 from The Boeing Company to develop advanced techniques for the high power density and low weight filters in the electrical power systems of more electric aircrafts (MEA) and all electric aircrafts (AEA). His grant is entitled "Hybrid Filters with High Power Density and Low Weight for Aircraft Electrical Power Systems." MEA and AEA can greatly reduce air pollution and greenhouse effects. They can also significantly improve energy efficiency and increase the nation's energy independence. The developed technology will be used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the most advanced state-of-the-art MEA.
Dr. Shuo Wang receives the William M. Portnoy Award (September 20, 2012) - Dr. Shuo Wang has received the William M. Portnoy Award from the Power Electronics Devices and Components Committee of IEEE Industry Applications Society for his paper published an presented in last year's ECCE conference. The paper is entitled "Novel Concepts for High Frequency High Efficiency Transformer Design" and is co-authored by Dianbo Fu.
Dr. Jamshidi receives honorary professorship from Óbuda University in Budapest, Hungary (Sept. 3, 2012) - Óbuda University in Budapest, Hungary, has awarded Dr. Mo Jamshidi an honorary professorship "for his outstanding and long-term contribution to the scientific activities of Óbuda University."
(Photo above: Dr. Ingr. Imre Rudas, Rector of Óbuda University in Budapest, presents Dr. Jamshidi with the professorship during a ceremony.)
National Institute of Health Awards Dr. Eugene John Research Grant (Aug. 1, 2012) - Dr Eugene John, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received an NIH MBRS SCORE grant for four years totaling $441,000. The NIH grant will support Dr. John's effort to explore low-power electronics for biomedical applications under the project entitled "Ultra Low Power Integrated Circuits and Systems for Cardiac Pacemakers."
Dr. Yufei Huang Receives National Science Foundation Research Grant (Aug. 1, 2012) – Dr. Yufei Huang, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, received a two-year grant totaling $296,859 from National Science Foundation to conduct computational system biology research. His grant is entitled "AF: EAGER: Bayesian Factor Modeling of Context-Specific Gene Regulation." Dr. Yidong Chen, Visiting Researcher of Electrical Engineering, is Co-Principal Investigator of this grant. Dr. Huang will lead a team of graduate students to develop powerful computational models to study regulations of gene expression by transcription factor and microRNA, two important regulatory molecules in a cell. The project will have long lasting impact on gene regulation research and is expected to also significantly advance statistical signal processing and Bayesian learning.
Dr. Yufei Huang's Conference Organization Effort Gets National Science Foundation Support (Aug. 1, 2012) - Dr. Yufei Huang, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and a lead organizer for the IEEE Signal Processing Society Workshop on Genomic Signal Processing and Statistics, or GENSIPS, has received a two-year $12,000 award from National Science Foundation in support of the workshop. The NSF award will enhance his effort in fostering Interdisciplinary research and education in Computational Biology by providing travel awards to qualified graduate students and doctoral researchers, especially woman and minority students, for their participation in the workshop.
Ms. Erin Nicole Jines holds B.A. in English with minor in Psychology and M.A. in Literature with minor in Rhetoric and Composition, both from Texas State San Marcos. Erin has working experience as Tutor, Staff supervisor, Public relations Manager and Writing Center Coordinator at Texas State San Marcos between 2008 to 2011. Erin will support departmental functions in undergraduate education and student activities. She will also support departmental outreach and alumni relations.
Tanya S. Copeland holds a B.S. in Consumer Science and Merchandising from the University of Houston. Most recently, Tanya held the position of Project Manager II at H-E-B working on strategic human resource change initiatives. She possess over 20-years of combined administrative and project management experience – in various industries. Tanya will provide program coordination support for both M.S. and Ph.D. ECE Graduate Programs. Tanya took all of her core curriculum courses here at UTSA....she’s excited to be back on campus supporting ECE students!
ASEE-Xilinx Workshop Hosted by UTSA ECE A Success (June 15, 2012) – during ASEE (American Society of Engineering Education) Annual Conference in San Antonio, UTSA ECE department successfully hosted an on campus ASEE co-event “Xilinx workshop on High Level Synthesis Flow using AutoESL” June 14-15, 2012. Xilinx is the industry leader in field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology. AutoESL is Xilinx’s cutting-edge high level synthesis tool, which converts C/C++/SystemC programs onto FPGA chips. Attendees also went through four labs in two-days. After the workshop, Xilinx donated to UTSA 15 Atlys boards, lab manuals, and one-year license for using AutoESL. Dr. Parimal Patel of Xilinx’s University Program delivered the workshop tutorial. This event was coordinated by Prof. Bao Liu with the support of the IT team, College of Engineering.
Dr. Daniel Pack To Join UTSA as The Chair of Department of ECE (June 13, 2012) –Dean Agrawal, UTSA College of Engineering, made announcement today that Dr. Daniel Pack has accepted the position of the Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering after an exhaustive nationwide search. Dr. Pack has a Ph.D. from Purdue, M.S. from Harvard, and a B.S. from Arizona State. He is currently a full professor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado and the Director of the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research. He will join UTSA in August 2012. Dean Agrawal also thanked Dr. Ruyan Guo, Robert E. Clarke Endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering, for her excellent work in leadership as well as teaching and research activities, as the Interim Chair of the ECE since Jan. 2010.
Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering Prof. Qingquan Lei Visits ECE and Lectures on Nano-dielectrics (June 2, 2012) - Prof. Qingquan Lei, of Harbin University of Science and Technology and Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering, visited Department of ECE, UTSA, May 29 – June 1, 2012. Prof. Lei is a renowned scientist in electrolyte theory, quality and application of nanoelectrolyte, and high voltage and insulation technologies. He pioneers the research on size effect of low‐dimensional nanodielectrics and their applications in microelectronics. Prof. Lei delivered a distinguished lecture entitled "Temporal and Spatial Multi-Hierarchical Structure and Transport in Nano-Dielectrics" which was attended by engineering faculty and graduate students. During his visit Prof. Lei and his colleagues were received by College Dean Prof. Agrawal, hosted by the ECE Department Chair Prof. Ruyan Guo and toured the Multifunctional Electronic Materials and Devices Lab.
UTSA ECE Undergraduate Student Presents Technical Paper on Engineering Education at ASEE Conference (June 14, 2012) – During the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) 2012 Annual meeting, ECE undergraduate student Mr. Keith Delahoussaye presented a poster paper on “Comparative Study of the Functionality and Cost Effectiveness of Electronic Laboratory Virtual Instrumentations.” This paper reports evaluation results in comparison of several excellent boards, including National Instruments’ ELVIS II+ USB Educational Design and Prototyping Platform and Digilent's Electronics Explorer Board for their functionalities, ease of use, and cost effectiveness. This paper, led by undergraduate student and co-authored by Lars Hansen and Ruyan Guo, has been published in ASEE Proceedings.
Prof. Eugene John Honored by Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching (May 30, 2012) – Dean Mauli Agrawal made an announcement today that Dr. Eugene John, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the recipient of the 2012 College of Engineering Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. The College of Engineering awards are given each year to recognize faculty and staff for excellence. These awards are based on student nominations, departmental recommendations, and are selected by the College of Engineering External Advisory Council.
Prof. Chunjiang Qian A Charter Member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars (May 21, 2012) – In recognition of the preeminent role of instructional faculty in advancing knowledge, The University of Texas at San Antonio has established the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. During a reception on May 11 Provost John Frederick recognized Dr. Chunjiang Qian, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, as a Charter member of the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, as one of the 17 UTSA recipients of the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards. The UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching awards celebrate the highest quality of undergraduate teaching at UT System Institutions. Dr. Qian received the UT System Regents’ Teaching Award in 2009.
NSF REU at UTSA Kicks into High Gear (May 21, 2012) - National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in the Experimental Study on Computer Architecture and Performance Evaluation program (ESCAPE) at ECE, UTSA, kicked off its 2012 summer program May 21. The program offers ten weeks of paid research experience for undergraduate students with an overall goal to motivate the participants to pursue research careers in computer architecture and microprocessor design or in science and engineering more broadly, and to take their first steps toward becoming independent researchers. Ten undergraduates from UTSA, UT Dallas, UT Pan American, Columbia University, and New Mexico State University are participants of this year’s program. The program is directed by Dr. Byeong Lee, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The faculty mentor team includes Drs. Eugene John (Co-director), Wei-Ming Lin and Bao Liu.
Dr. Sos Agaian’s Research and Development Effort Gets Support from Latakoo (May 7, 2012) – Dr. Sos Agaian, Peter T. Flawn Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded $30,000 grant by Latakoo, Inc., a Texas based corporation, to conduct research related to advanced data and image processing, transcoding, compression, and uploading technologies.
New Master's Degree in Advanced Materials Engineering to be administered by ECE and accepting new applications for Fall 2012 (April 19, 2011) - As one more step towards becoming Tier One University, The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering will offer an interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in Advanced Materials Engineering. The program has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and will begin in Fall 2012. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will administer the program for the College across department boundaries. The multidisciplinary degree program will offer students courses in a variety of subject areas designed to provide them with technical training in materials engineering as well as training that will enhance their problem solving and entrepreneurship skills. It is expected that the program will prepare graduates for sensors, energy storage and conversions, and biotechnology industries. The online application for this program (M.S. in MatE) is now open. To learn more about the new master's degree program, visit the department of electrical engineering at http://ece.utsa.edu/ or contact Prof. Ruyan Guo, Department Chair at 210-458-7076.
Professor Jamshidi honored by University Excellence Award for Advancing Globalization (April 10, 2012) – Dr. Mo Jamshidi, Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering was honored during the 2012 University Excellence Awards Ceremony as a recipient of the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Advancing Globalization. Dr. Jamshidi has been an effective ambassador for UTSA in global scene. He has presented many invited and plenary talks in international professional meetings. He organized the IEEE International Conferences on System of Systems in many years. He established in 1986 and has been organizing a non-profit international meeting World Automation Congress that has highlighted UTSA’s research activities since 2008 and will help define UTSA's role in establishing a technical gateway to the South American and Latin America.
Dr. Shuo Wang’s Research and Development Effort Gets Support from Huawei (Feb. 28, 2012) – Dr. Shuo Wang, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been awarded one-year $110,000 grant by Huawei Technologies Co., Inc., a global telecommunication equipment supplier, to conduct research entitled “High Power Density EMI Filter Optimization for DC/AC Converters.” Dr. Wang’s research on generation and propagation mechanisms of electromagnetic interference may have significant impact on technologies related to power conversion, power supply, magnetic component design, control, optimization, and implementation.
Dr. Yufei Huang receives NIH Sub-Award (Jan. 4, 2012) – Dr. Yufei Huang, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, received $54,655 sub-grant from the National Institute of Health through collaboration with faculty of the University of Southern California. Dr. Huang’s research is entitled “Cell Model for KSHV Infection and Genetic Manipulation”.