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Nov. 2013
Alumnus Bodhisatwa Sadhu (Ph.D.'12) authors most downloaded
Bodhisatwa Sadhu (Ph.D.’12), post-doctoral researcher at IBM T.J.  Watson Research Center, is the author of the top paper downloaded from the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits in May 2013. This work—“A linearized, low-phase-noise VCO-based 25-GHz PLL with autonomic biasing”—was done in collaboration with IBM Yorktown and Carnegie Mellon University, and funded by DARPA. 

Oct. 2013
Alumnus Dr. Shengli Zhou promoted to Professor and receives Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award
ECE alumnus Dr. Shengli Zhou (Ph.D.'03 2003), is now a faculty member at the University of Connecticut, and was recently promoted to the rank of Professor with tenure. Prof. Zhou received also the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award at the University of Connecticut.

ECE Alumnus Dr. David L. Carlson (EE'58) dies March 11, 2013
David L. Carlson (EE'58), who received his Master Degree  in 1961 and his Ph.D. in 1964 both from Iowa State University (ISU) died Monday, March 11, 2013. Born and raised in Minneapolis, he graduated from Washburn High School and received a bachelor degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1958. Family and friends mentioned that he shared memories of working at the University radio station while he was a U of MN student. Both his father and brother also had a passion for electronics. Carlson, with four ISU collaborators, developed one of the first infant respiratory augmentors thus saving countless prematurely born infants. He received a patent for the device in 1967. Among Carlson's awards were the Patent Law Association's Inventor of the Year Award as well as the Faculty Citation Award from Iowa State University Alumni Association for this device. During his career, Carlson worked with Los Alamos National Laboratory, NASA, and the World Health Organization.

ECE Alumnus Suneel Arora (BEE'90) is one of five Minnesota Attourneys selected as Clicent Choice Winner for 2013; Only Minnesota Patent Attorney and one of 19 Patent Attorneys nationwide
Suneel Arora (BEE'90), a shareholder at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A., (Schwegman) was chosen as a 2013 Client Choice award winner. These awards survey senior corporate counsel only, with this year’s winners chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 individual client assessments. This year 355 individual winners across 70 jurisdictions were recognized.  In the United States 222 attorneys were recognized and only 19 of those were patent lawyers. Suneel is one of five attorneys from Minnesota selected, and he is the only patent attorney in that group. Suneel graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in 1999 (Summa Cum Laude and Class Valedictorian).  Following a judicial law clerkship to Chief Judge Paul Magnuson of the U.S. District Court in Minnesota,  Suneel began his intellectual property practice at Schwegman. His practice includes strategic counseling and patent procurement in electrical, software, mechanical, and biomedical technologies. Established in 2005, the Client Choice awards recognize those law firms and partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. The criteria for the awards focus on the ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond other players in the market. This year the research was expanded in order to choose winners by state and province in the US and Canadian markets. A complete list of winners is online at

ECE Alumnus Taehyoun Oh accepts faculty position in South Korea
Taehyoun Oh (Ph.D.'12) accepted the positions of assistant professor for the Electrical Engineering Department of Kwang-Woon University in Seoul, South Korea. He is currently employed at IBM, New York, and will head to Seoul in mid-February.  His area of research focus will be Digital/Analog Integrated Circuits. (Prof. Ramesh Harjani, advisor)

ECE Alumnus Prof. Naresh Shanbhag receives two honors
ECE alumnus Prof. Naresh R. Shanbhag (Ph.D.’93) was invested as the first Jack S. Kilby Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Oct. 31, 2012. The same day, literally hours before the investiture ceremony, he learned that the proposal he lead for establishing the SONIC (Systems on Nanoscale Information fabriCs) Center under the new STARnet program was selected for funding. The STARnet program is funded by DARPA and the U.S. semiconductor and supplier companies, and administered by SRC. Its goal is to maintain U.S. leadership in semiconductor technology vital to U.S. prosperity, security and intelligence. SONIC ( will receive $30 million over the next five years to investigate the design of robust, energy efficient, and intelligent computing platforms using emerging nanoscale devices, inspired by the information processing principles found in communication and biological systems. SONIC team consists of 23 faculty researchers from 8 universities across the nation, including Illinois (Lead), CMU, Princeton, Stanford, Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and Michigan, with Professor Shanbhag as its director. (Prof. Keshab Parhi, ECE advisor)

ECE Alumnus Prof. John Pierre Elevated to Fellow standing by IEEE
ECE Alumnus John Pierre (MS 89 & Ph.D.’91) has been elevated to Fellow standing by the IEEE with the following citation:  “for development of signal processing methods for estimation of power-system stability.”  The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership.  Dr. Pierre is a professor at the University of Wyoming.

ECE Alumnus Patrick Delaney ('08) mentioned in MPR's News Cut
ECE alumnus Patrick Delaney's work with bringing low cost, easy to use solar powered lanterns to Nicaragua was mentioned in Minnesota Public Radio's Bob Collin's article "The simplest machines, the smartest people" posted by Paul Tosto in News Cut in July,


ECE Alumnus Ted Brekken (Ph.D. '05) is chosen Professor of the Year at Oregon State University
ECE Alumnus Ted Brekken (Ph.D.'05) was chosen as the 2011-2012 Oregon State University Electrical Engineering and Computer Science "Professor of the Year." (Ned Mohan, advisor)

ECE Alumnus Dr. Ranjan Gupta (Ph.D.'10) leads ARPA-E Project
Dr. Ranjan Gupta (Ph.D.’2010) of GE Global Research is leading a nearly $4.5M ARPA-E project titled “Resilient Multi-Terminal HVDC Networks with High-Voltage High-Frequency Electronics.” Gupta joined GE Global Research in Niskayna, NY, upon graduation. (Prof. Ned Mohan was Gupta’s advisor.) For more:

Alumnus Mark Kroll (BS '75, MS '83, Ph.D. '87) elevated to IEEE Fellow
IEEE has elevated University of Minnesota, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus Mark Kroll (BS '75, MS '83, PhD '87) to the grade of Fellow for his contributions to implantable and external defibrillator technology.

Dean Klein interviewed about memory trends by HPC Wire
Dean Klein (EE ’80, MEE ’04), Micron Technology, Inc. Memory System Development Vice President, was interviewed as an international expert for the HPC Wire article “Thoughts on Memory Trends from Micron’s Dean Klein.” Klein also provided the closing keynote about this topic at the 2011 International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany in June.

Prof. Ted Brekken (PhD '05) to receive IEEE PES Outstanding Young Engineer Award
Ted Brekken (PhD ’05), Assistant Professor at Oregon State University, has been selected to receive the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES) Outstanding Young Engineer Award. Brekken will receive his award at the IEEE PES General Meeting to be held in Detroit Mich., July 26.

ECE Alumni found company, develop tablet textbook reader
Babur Habib (EE '93) (upper left) and Osman Rashid (EE '93) (lower left) founded Kno, a tablet textbook reader company in Silicon Valley. They developed a dual screen tablet so when students are reading their tablet, it appears like a textbook. The touch screen allows students to highlight, take notes and follow hyperlinks. In addition, the tablet has a keyboard, calculator, calendar, Web browser, and note pad.  

Fifth Annual Bay Area Alumni Gathering
The Fifth Annual Bay Area Alumni Gathering was held Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif. The topic presented was "Using Robotics to Combat Environmental Challenges" by Associate Professor Volkan Isler, Computer Science and Engineering robotics expert.Assoc. Prof. Volkan Isler is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He is a resident fellow at the Institute on the Environment and holds the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. In 2008, he received the National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award (CAREER). He is currently co-chairing IEEE Society of Robotics and Automation’s Technical Committee on Networked Robots. He is also serving as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Robotics and IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. His research interests are primarily in robotics and sensor networks. Robotic sensor networks made up of robots and wireless sensing devices hold the potential to revolutionize environmental sciences by enabling researchers to collect data across expansive environments and over long, sustained periods of time. In this engaging talk, associate professor Volkan Isler will report the progress of his team on building such systems for two applications. The first application is for monitoring invasive fish (common carp) in inland lakes. In the second application, the robots act as data mules and collect data from sparsely deployed wireless sensors. After presenting results from field experiments, Isler focused on two algorithmic challenges—planning robot paths to minimize the time to collect data from all sensors and designing search strategies for finding (possibly mobile) targets.

New Device concepts for wireless biomedical sensing
Prof. Koester will discuss ways to utilize emerging semiconductor technologies for medical device applications. He will specifically discuss methods to use new types of silicon MOSFETs for radiation sensors that can be utilized for dosimetry in cancer therapy, and also describe an exciting new platform for multi-functional biosensing based upon graphene.

Harnessing light and sound interaction on a chip
Lightning is seen much earlier than thunder is heard, because light travels nearly one million times faster than sound in air. Now, imagine on a semiconductor chip, light is slowed down to the speed of sound and confined with sound in a minuscule space. This co-localization of sound and light and the generation of their strong interaction can be achieve by combining the state-of-the-art technologies of nanophotonics and nanomechanical  systems (NEWS). In this talk, assistant professor Mo Li will first demonstrate the use of the force generated by light on a silicon chip to excite a nanoscale device's mechanical vibration - a localized mode of sound. Further we experimentally prove the theoretical prediction that this new optical force is bipolar - its direction can be tuned to be attractive or repulsive by changing the relative optical phase of coupled light waves, resembling the Coulomb force between positive and negative charges. Subsequently, we will show the exploitation of optical forces in a variety of interesting optomechanical structures, including photonic crystal, micro-disk optical resonators and cavity optomechanics, and applications in advanced sensing and optical communication. Finally we will discuss our ongoing efforts on two brand new topics of piezo-photonics and flexible phontonics.


Fourth Annual Bay Area Gathering Welcomed Local Alumni
University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering sponsored the Fourth Annual Bay Area Alumni Gathering hosted by the College of Science and Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA 94043. Bransilav Vajdic, Vice Chairman and founder of NewCardio, provided the presentation titled "From an Idea to a PublicCompany: Lessons Learned." Vajdic shared key lessons he learned in commercializing an industry-leading product, and taking an organization to publicly held status. Vajdic worked at Intel for 22 years, where he held various senior product development management positions and directed the Pentium microprocessor and Flash memory development teams. He was the inventor on several key Flash memory design patents held by Intel. In 2004, Vajdic became an angel investor in NewCardio, a company that developed breakthrough software technology in diagnostic electro-cardiogram (ECG) data. Vajdic holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

San Francisco Alumni Event held Feb. 22, 2011
On Feb 22, 2011 at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco area alumni and other alumni attending the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco were invited to attend an event to network and listen to the latest research being done by Profs. Ramesh Harjani and Chris Kim. Prof. Harjani presented "High Performance Analago and RF Circuits for Communications"; Prof. Kim presented "Circuits Techniques for Combating CMOS Reliability and Variability."


Third Annual Bay Area alumni gathering held Aug. 12, 2010
Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA 94043. Alumni from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (formerly the Institute of Technology) gather for the Third Annual Bay Area Alumni Gathering hosted by the College of Science and Engineering, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.

Class of 1960 Reunion held May 6-7, 2010
Alumni who graduated in 1960 or earlier reconnected with fellow classmates and learned more about current activities within the College of Science and Engineering (formerly Institute of Technology) 50-Year Reunion and Golden Medallion Society Celebration May 6–7 on the University's Minneapolis campus. The Class of 1960 also joined the academic procession during the 2010 commencement ceremony.

Juyul Lee (Ph.D. '10) was awarded the Samsung Human TechThesis Bronze Prize.
More than 1,000 papers were submitted for the prize. Juyul's work (a paper from his Ph.D. thesis) was judged to be in the top 40 papers. (Nihar Jindal, Advisor)

U of MN Alumnus Anand Singh (Ph.D. '09) receives Best Paper Award Spring 2010
Anand Singh, Ph.D. (‘09) received the Best Paper Award from International Conference on Security of Information and Networks (SINCONF) for “Improving Risk Assessment Methodology: A Statistical Design of Experiments Approach.”(David J. Lilja, advisor)



Seattle Area Alumni Gathering held Oct. 26, 2009
"Forever New Frontiers: A look at state-of-the-art electronics for aerospace systems" was the theme of the Seattle Area Alumni Gathering held Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 at the Lake Washington Rowing Club in Seattle, WA. A.J. Kleinosowski, (EE Ph.D. '04/CompE M.S. '05) Boeing research scientist and University of Minnesota Alumna gave the presentation which focused on advancements in electronics which enable today's commercial aircraft, communications satellites, and interplanetary robotic missions.

Second Annual Bay Area Alumni Event held Aug. 13, 2009
The Second Annual Bay Area Alumni Gathering hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (formerly Institute of Technology), Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was held on Thursday, Aug. 13 at the Computer History Museum, Mountain View, Cal.

Class of ‘59 Reunion held May 7-8, 2009
The Class of '59 joined us to learn about ECE advancements and research, and recapture memories at the 50th reunion celebration. They reconnected with colleagues and old friends at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) while they were on the University of Minnesota campus. 

Alumnus Paul Welshinger donates historic display to ECE department
Paul Welshinger (BEE '50) donated a vacuum tube display to the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. It is located in the office of the Department Head. Welshinger, upon graduating, worked for a small hearing aid company in Minneapolis and later for Federal Cartridge Corp. He joined the Engineering Research Associates Division of Remington Rand Corp. in 1954. He retired in 1986 after 32 years of employment with Sperry/Univac.

Micron Technologies donates $1,000 to Senior Design show thanks to alumnus support
Micron Technologies donated $1,000 to the ECE Senior Design Show for purchase of student project materials. Thank you to ECE Industrial Advisory Council Member Dean Klein (EE '80, MEE '04), Vice President of Micron Technologies, Inc., Memory System Development, for making this possible.

U of MN Alumnus Ted Brekken receives Oregon State University's Young Faculty Award
ECE Alumnus Ted Brekken (Ph.D. '05) received the annual Oregon State University College of Engineering Engelbrecht Young Faculty Award in recognition of his "exceptional scholarly and teaching accomplishment and outstanding potential for achievement of tenure...." Brekken also received the Innovative Teaching Award given to one professor for the EECS School annually as voted by students.

University of Minnesota Alumnus John (Jack) M. Reid receives U of MN Outstanding Achievement Award
John M. (Jack) Reid was awarded the University’s Outstanding Achievement Award in October for his work in refining tissue characterization with ultrasound, echocardiography, and pulse Doppler that directly expanded our knowledge of biomedical imaging diagnostics and vastly improving patients’ lives.

University of Minnesota Alumnus Gary Glover receives U of MM Outstanding Achievement Award
Alumnus Gary Glover (BS with honors '64, MSEE '65,  Ph.D. '69), director of the Stanford School of Medicine Radiological Science Laboratory in the Richard M. Lucas Center for Imaging and professor of radiology and by courtesy, of electrical engineering and of psychology, has been awarded the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award for his outstanding contributions in refining medical magnetic resonance technologies that directly improve patients’ lives while also substantially expanding our knowledge of biomedical imaging.  

University of Minnesota Alumnus Kiki Mentan and Prof. Paul Imbertson provide engineering instruction to 7th-12th grade students
ECE alumnus Kiki Mentan ('10) and her advisor Prof. Paul  Imbertson provided engineering instruction at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research Outreach Center in Lamberton, Minn., during "University on the Prairie: Where Can Science Take You?" Aug. 3-5. University on the Prairie provides students in grades 7-12 three days of hands-on experiences to explore career opportunities in Health Care, Food Science, Environmental Science, and Engineering.
U of MN Alumnus Juyul Lee (Ph.D. '10) receives Samsung Human Tech thesis Bronze Prize

Daniel Sun (MSEE '93), owner of SunNet Consulting, dies Winter 2009
Daniel Sun, owner of Sun-Net, Consulting of San Jose, Calif., died of liver cancer. He is survived by his wife, Helen Hu (MSEE '94), and a daughter, Joanna. Daniel and Helen worked for Siemens after graduating from the University of Minnesota and then moved to California where they both worked for ABB in Santa Clara and eventually started Sun-Net Consulting, a leader in the field of outage scheduling and leading supplier of transmission outage applications software.Sun-Net generously gave funds in Daniel memory to the University of Minnesota Foundation to provide fellowships for student studying electric power systems. (Bruce Wollenberg, advisor)

Prof. Brekken awarded NSF CAREER award  2009 Fall
Assistant Professor Ted Brekken (PhD '05), Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award: Advancing Grid Integration of Diverse Renewable Energy Sources. (Professor Ned Mohan, advisor)

Liuqing Yang (’04) receives NSF CAREER award 2009-02-13
Liuqing Yang ('04), Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, was selected to receive the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. This highly competitive five-year award is the NSF's most prestigious program to support the early career development of promising young researchers. Prof. Yang's research interests are in the area of communications and signal processing. Professor Georgios B. Giannakis was Liuqing Yang's ECE advisor.

Mark Lundstrom (EE, ’73; MS,’74) elected to National Academy of Engineering 2009-02-12
Mark S. Lundstrom (EE,'73; MS,'74), (Ph.D., '80, Purdue University), Don and Carol Scifres Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for leadership in microelectronics and nanonelectronics through research, innovative education and unique applications of cyberinfrastructure. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to engineers. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature, and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Xinmiao Zhang receives NSF CAREER award 2009-01-26
Xinmiao Zhang ('05), Schroeder Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was selected to receive the National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award. This highly competitive five-year award is the NSF's most prestigious program to support the early career development of promising young researchers. The title of Professor Zhang's project is "Soft-decision Reed-Solomon Decoding." Professor Keshab Parhi was Xinmiao Zhang's ECE advisor.


White House honors 2007 early career scientists and engineers 2008-12-30
Shengli Zhou, Ph.D. graduate (Professor Georgios Giannakis, advisor) of University of Minnesota, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received one of the 2007 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the nation's highest honor for professionals at the outset of their independent scientific research careers. In a ceremony at the White House on Dec. 19, Dr. John H. Marburger III, Science Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy honored the sixty-seven researchers selected.

Former ECE Ph.D. student receives NIH Salzman Memorial Award 2008-11-24
Dr. Alberto Bartesaghi, 2005 ECE Ph.D. graduate, received the 2008 Norman P. Salzman Memorial Award in Virology for his work on "Molecular architecture of native HIV-1 gp120 trimers" (and Dr. Sriram Subramaniam, the director of his lab, the corresponding Mentor Award). This is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) award given to junior scientists and their mentors. This recognition highlights Bartesaghi's outstanding contributions in the computational techniques for structural determination of various viral components involved in neutralization and cellular entry of SIV and HIV.

ECE alumnus receives IEEE SPS best paper award 2008-01-06
The paper, "On downlink beamforming with greedy user selection: performance analysis and a simple new algorithm," which appeared in the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing (, vol. 53, no. 10, pp. 3857-3868, October, 2005, co-authored by Goran Dimic and Nikos Sidiropoulos, has received a 2007 Best Paper Award from the IEEE Signal Processing Society. The award (cash and certificate) will be presented at the 2008 International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing in Las Vegas in April, 2008. Dr. Dimic received his Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of Minnesota ECE department working with Professor Sidiropoulos. Dr. Dimic is now with the Institute Mihailo Pupin in Belgrade, Serbia. Professor Sidiropoulos is with the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Technical University of Crete, and continues as an adjunct faculty member at Minnesota.


ECE alumnus Earl Bakken honored for contributions to medical device industry 2007-12-28
October 1957 is remembered as the start of the Space Age, but that month also witnessed the birth of a new era in medicine. As the Soviet satellite Sputnik sailed overhead, a power blackout in Minneapolis led University alumnus Earl Bakken to invent a tiny metal box that sparked a revolution: the first wearable cardiac pacemaker.
Earlier this month Bakken, an electrical engineer who graduated in 1948, received the first honorary Doctor of Medicine degree from the University in recognition of his contributions. Last week, at a symposium in his honor, he recounted the tale of the pacemaker's genesis.

ECE alumnus receives ACM Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award 2007-03-29
ECE Department alumnus Dr. Haifeng Qian has received the 2006 ACM Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Electronic Design Automation ( for his dissertation, "Stochastic and Hybrid Linear Equation Solvers and their Applications in VLSI Design Automation". This award recognizes that the dissertation's contributions for solving large-scale linear algebra problems are "innovative, substantial, and of long-term impact". This award is presented annually by the Association for Computing Machinery to the author of the best doctoral dissertation in computer science and engineering in the area of electronic design automation. Dr. Qian is currently working at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center.

ECE alumni receive ONR Young Investigator Awards 2007-03-27
ECE Department alumni Liuqing Yang (M.S. '02, Ph.D. '04) and Shengli Zhou (Ph.D. '02) have been selected as winners in the 2007 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program. This award recognizes the best researchers who are supported by the Office of Naval Research. Only 33 winners were selected from 214 submitted proposals. Yang is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida. Zhou is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Both were advised by Professor Georgios Giannakis during their time at the University of Minnesota.


Alumnus Dr. Peter Herczfeld receives Pioneer Award from IEEE Microwave Society 2006-06-25
Professor Peter Herczfeld, from Drexel University, was awarded the Pioneer Award at the 2006 International Microwave Symposium by the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society. Dr. Herczfeld received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1967.

 U of M ranks second in nanotech industrial outreach 2006-05-31 
 The University of Minnesota ranks second among U.S. universities in industrial outreach in nanotechnology and microtechnology, according to the results of a survey published recently in the May/June 2006 issue of the nanotechnology trade publication Small Times. The University was also rated ninth in nanotech research, making it the highest-ranking Big 10 universities in these categories. The University of Minnesota was specifically recognized for work in the University's Nanofabrication Center, Characterization Facility, and the Particle Technology Laboratory. "The University of Minnesota is pleased to be recognized as a leading institution for nanotechnology," said Steve Campbell, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Nanofabrication Center.

ECE alumnus Dr. Yunqian Ma receives INNS Young Investigator Award 2006-04-26
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus Dr. Yunqian Ma (Ph.D.E.E. 2003) has received the International Neural Network Society (INNS) Young Investigator Award for 2006. This award is chosen by the INNS Board of Governors to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of neural networks. Dr. Ma, who was advised during his PhD research by Professor Vladimir Cherkassky, is currently with Honeywell Labs, where he works on video surveillance and security applications.

ECE alumnus Dr. Gary Glover elected to NAE 2006-02-16
Dr. Gary H. Glover, Professor of Radiology and Director of the Radiological Sciences Laboratory ( at Stanford University, was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) "for research and engineering in the development of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging." Election to the NAE is one of the highest professional honors awarded to engineers. Dr. Glover received his BS in 1964, MS in 1965, and PhD in 1969 degrees, all in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Minnesota.