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collaborators from industry and government.
Prof. Tryphon Georgiou in a paper led and co-authored by Prof. Allen Tannenbaum and other researchers and faculty from Stony Brook University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, demonstrates that a certain geometric feature of protein networks can be used to identify cancer cells. The paper published in the Nature research journal Scientific Reports, addresses a key challenge in cancer therapy, to explain and quantify the apparent robustness of cancer cells. Advances on this front may significantly impact targeted treatment of cancer cell networks. The paper titled "Graph Curvature for Differentiating Cancer Networks" reveals the role of curvature as a cancer network characteristic, and its relationship to robustness as a functionality of the network. While the paper is focused on cancer cells, it points to the use of the analytical approach to the study of complex cellular networks to understand phenomena in molecular biology.
Cell robustness with respect to pairwise interactions (figure 1 in paper)
For access to the full paper, please click on the title of this news item.
In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Vernon D. Albertson Passes Away
Vernon D. Albertson, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away on June 6, 2015. He served as a faculty member in the department from 1963-1997.
Professor Albertson received his Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University in 1950, his Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 1956, and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1962, all in electrical engineering. He worked at the General Electric Co. in Schenectady, NY from 1950-1952, and as a Communications Officer in the United States Air Force from 1952-1954.
In 1981, Professor Albertson set up the University of Minnesota Center for Electric Energy within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with the primary mission to support undergraduate education and graduate research in electric power and energy. He was also responsible for establishing a lasting connection between the University of Minnesota and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1981.
Professor Albertson did pioneering and seminal research in the area of protecting power systems from the effects of geomagnetic storms. In collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), he had magnetometers installed in northern Minnesota for measuring these currents. Professor Albertson and his students, based on their research, were instrumental in advising about the impact of stray currents in dairy farms. He was very active in IEEE, organizing annual meetings and seminars. He started MIPSYCON (Minnesota Power Systems Conference) fifty years ago, which has now turned into the premier conference in the upper Midwest, attracting attendees from all over the country and Canada.
Professor Albertson’s contributions to the field of electrical energy and power systems, his friendship, and generosity will be missed.
ECE Welcomes Professor Randall Victora as the New Department Head
We welcome Professor Randall Victora as the new head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He will be taking over from Professor David Lilja on July 1, 2015. Professor Victora has an outstanding record in teaching, research, and service, and the department looks forward to working under his leadership and guidance.
ECE Welcomes Two New Faculty Members For 2015-2016:
Sarah Swisher joins ECE as an Assistant Professor. She is completing her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Prior to her Ph.D. studies, Sarah worked on GPS systems for several years at Garmin International.
Sarah's expertise is in materials for biocompatible and bioresorbable electronics. As an example, she and her collaborators designed and built a flexible electronic device that can provide early detection of pressure sores in patients.
Dr. Mehmet Akcakaya joins ECE as an Assistant Professor. He received his graduate degrees from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from McGill University (Montreal). He has worked as a postdoctoral research associate, and currently as an Instructor in Medicine, at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School.
ECE Faculty Receive Three NSF Early Career Development Awards
|Congratulations to (pictured left to right) Professors Arya Mazumdar, Sairaj Dhople, and Jeong-Hyun Cho for being awarded the Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation. NSF grants this select award to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of the University of Minnesota.|
Jarvis Haupt Receives Young Faculty Award From Darpa
|Congratulations to Professor Jarvis Haupt for being awarded the highly competitive Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) providing rising research stars in junior faculty positions with funding, mentoring, and industry and DoD contacts to develope their research ideas.|
Winner announced for 2014 Fall Senior Design Show
First Place: 3dB Metamaterials Transmission Line Coupler"
ECE Project "3dB Metamaterials Transmission Line Coupler,
Alumnus Meisam Razaviyan ('14) receives IEEE
2014 SPS Young Author Best Paper Award
|Alumnus Meisam Razaviyan (‘14) was selected for the 2014 SPS Young Author Best Paper Award for his “On the Degrees of Freedom Achievable Through Interference Alignment in a MIMO Interference Channel. Co-authors were Gennady Lyubeznik and ECE Prof. Zhi-Quan Luo (who also was Meisam’s advisor.|
Prof. Nikos Sidiropoulos appointed ADC Chair
| Prof. Nikos Sidiropoulos has been |
appointed to a five-year term as ADC
Chair of Digital Technology based on
his records of academic excellence and
his contributions to the Digital Technology
Ph.D. student Md Al Mehedi wins DOW SISCA
Challenge Award for creating more sustainable magnets
| Ph.D. student Md Al Mehedi, advised by |
Prof. Jian-Ping Wang, received the top prize
—a $10,000 award—in the Dow Sustainability
Innovation Student Challenge held on Dec. 4
for his new process of making magnets out
of iron and nitrogen eliminating the need to
use rare earth elements typically used in
standard magnets for applications such
as motors and generators. The winning
project was one of 12 submitted to the Dow
SISCA challenge at the University of
Minnesota, one of 17 colleges around the
world participating in the competition.
DTC and ECE Research Assoc. Prof. Kostas Slavakis
receives IEEE Signal Processing magazine Best Paper
Research Assoc. Professor Kostas Slavakis, with
The Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award
Prof. Jian-Ping Wang has been elevated to IEEE Fellow
and appointed to U of MN Centennial Chair
Prof. Jian-Ping Wang has been
In addition, Prof. Wang has been
The Centennial Chair was estab-
University of Minnesota engineers make sound loud enough
to bend light on a computer chip
“Our breakthrough is to integrate
The researchers used the state-
“What’s remarkable is that at this
To read more, click here.
ECE Team KPZZ finishes 6th in American
Epilepsy Society Seizure Prediction Challenge
Prof. Keshab Parhi ( top left) and Ph.D.
Prof. Beth Stadler named IEEE Magnetics
Society Distinguished Lecturer
Prof. Beth Stadler has been named a 2015
IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer.
Four international speakers, chosen annually,
are awarded travel funds for up to 40 talks
worldwide, with at least one tour each in
Europe, Asia, and the US. Speakers are chosen
on the basis of international reputation for
excellence in their respective fields, speaking
acumen, and the widespread interest within the
greater magnetics community of their proposed
lecture topics. Stadler’s talk is entitled, “Magnetic
Nanowires: Revolutionizing Hard Drives,
Random Access Memory (RAM), and Cancer
Treatment.” For more details on the program
and her talk, click here.
Dr. Vasileios Kekatos receives honorable mention
in 2014 Post-Doctoral Series
|Dr. Vasileios Kekatos received a Postdoctoral Career Development Honorable Mention in the U of MN 2014 Post-Doctoral Association Award Services Series. (Prof. Randall Victora, advisor)|
Ph.D student Lucas Taylor receives DEPS
| ECE Ph.D. student Lucas Taylor received the|
2014-2015 Directed Energy Professional
Society Graduate Scholarship. He was one
of eight students nationwide to receive a
$10,000 award for studies in high energy
lasers and high power microwaves.
(Prof. Joseph Talghader, advisor)
Ph.D. student Kartik Iyer receives Best Session
| ECE Ph.D. student Kartik Iyer received the IEEE|
IECON 2014 Best Session Presentation Award
at the Conference in Dallas, Tex. His paper is
titled “Multi-level Converter to Interface Low
Voltage DC to 3-Phase High Voltage Grid with
Medium Frequency Transformer Isolation.”
(Prof. Ned Mohan, advisor)
Prof. Wang and the Gold Gopher Magnetic Biosensing Team
Selected one of five Distinguished Award Prize winners
A team from the University of Minnesota led by Prof. Jian-Ping Wang
has been selected as one of five Distinguished Award Prize winners,
valued at $120,000, in the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE, a global
competition to develop breakthrough medical sensing technologies
that will ultimately enable faster diagnoses and easier personal
The Golden Gopher Magnetic Biosensing Team has developed a
handheld device, named “z-Lab,” designed to detect various ailments
using disease indicators, or “biomarkers,” found in bodily fluids at
the earliest stages of the disease, often when symptoms are not
even present. A drop of fluid is placed on a small biochip
(~10 millimeters by 10 millimeters) and results of up to 10 health
indicators are displayed within 15 minutes on a smartphone,
tablet or other mobile device. The sensor can also be used for
monitoring other factors that can impact one’s health, such as
the mercury concentration in water.
“The high sensitivity of this device allows it to detect various ailments
—including infections, heart disease and even cancer—faster, easier
and earlier than ever before,” said Golden Gopher Magnetic
Biosensing Team Leader Jian-Ping Wang, an electrical and
computer engineering professor at the University of Minnesota’s
College of Science and Engineering. “We see this as a prevention
-based device that will ultimately save lives.”
The Team includes professors and students from the University
of Minnesota, doctors from the Mayo Clinic and engineers from
several corporate partners, including Zepto Life Technology a
University startup company who is commercializing this technology.
Ph.D. candidate Huan Li is featured in Nature Nanotechnology
Ph.D. Candidate Huan Li is
CSE SHOP: Now Offering 3-D Printing
The CSE Shop designs, fabricates, welds, and repairs prototypes
and scientific research equipment. The shop also provides 3D printing
services, Customers can visit the shop or send drawings for estimates
THE CSE SHOP has two locations: Tate Lab, Physics Room 30 and
Mechanical Engineering , Room 2-134.
More information about the CSE Shop equipment, 3D printer, hourly rates,
and exmaples of shop work cab be found at the CSE SHOP Web Site.
University of Minnesota CSE Machine Shop, Physics
116 Church Street SE, Room 30,
Minneapolis, MN 55455.
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