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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Building with flowers  200 Union Street SE,
  4-174 Keller Hall
  Minneapolis, MN 55455-0170
  Phone: 612-625-3300

Welcome from Department Head David J. Lilja
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is committed
to educating the
 future work force and to conducting research with
collaborators from industry and government.


Faculty and Other Job Openings



ECE Ph.D. Candidate Mustafijur Rahman received Best in
Session Award at Techcon 2014

Mustafijur Rahman


  ECE graduate student Mustafijur Rahman
  received the Best in Session Award at
  Techcon 2014 in Analog/RF Circuit Design
  for his paper "An Ultra Low Power Multiband
  WBAN Transmitter Using a Novel ILO Based
  Modulator" authored by Mustafijur and his
  advisor Prof. Ramesh Harjani. Techcon
  2014 is conducted by Semiconductor
  Research Corporation (SRC) and was
  held on September 8 and 9 at Austin, Texas.


ECE Prof. Nokos Sidiopoulos received second NSF/BIG DATA
research award; also gave two plenaries at international

Nikos Sidiropoulos 2013





  ECE Prof. Nikos Sidiropoulos, along with
  Prof. George Karypis (Computer Science
  and Engineering) have received a $1.2
  million grant for research about learning
  and education data analytics. This is the
  second NSF BIG DATA award the team
  has received. The project title is “Learning
  Data Analytics: Providing Actionable
  Insights to Increase College Student

  In addition, Prof. Sidiropoulos provided
  plenaries at EUSIPCO, Sep. 2, 2014,
  Lisbon, Portugal (“Tensor Decomposition
  Theory and Algorithms in the Era of Big
   Data'') and at ISWCS, Aug. 28, Barcelona,
   Spain (“Frugal Sensing and Estimation
   over Wireless Networks'')

ECE senior Tien Do awarded MHTA Scholarship

Tien Do  ECE senior Tien Do has been awarded the
  Minnesota High Tech Association(MHTA)
  Award. For the past several years, MHTA has
  supported Minnesota college students with
  more than $60,000 in annual scholarship
  awards. During the past eight years,
  $300,000 in the form of nearly 80 STEM
  scholarships have been awarded.


Prof. Keshab Parhi's paper featured on cover of IEEE Journal of
Biomedical and Health Informatics

Keshab Parhi 2013

Sohini Roychowdhury

  The paper “DREAM: Diabetic Retinopathy
  Analysis using Machine Learning” by
  former Ph.D. Student Sohini Roychowdhury
  (bottom left), Dr. Dara Koozekanani of
  Ophthalmology, and Prof. Keshab Parhi
  (top left) is featured on the cover of the
  Sept. 2014 issue of the IEEE Journal of
  Biomedical and Health Informatics


Prof. Joseph Talghader presents invited talk at International
Micro/Nano Optical Engineering Conference

Joseph Talghader 2013  Prof. Joseph Talghader presented an invited
  talk in Changchun, China, on the “Ultimate
  Thermal Performance of Micromechanical
  Devices,” at the International Conference on
  Micro/Nano Optical Engineering in July, 2014.

Former Prof. Robert P. Featherstone Dies

Robert P. Featherstone, 93, of Minneapolis, Minn. died in August 2014.
He was an electrical engineer who worked at Twin Cities Central
Engineering (currently United Technologies, Corp.) at the CERN Lab in
Geneva, Switzerland, at FERMILab in Batavia, Ill., and at the University of
Minnesota as Physics Professor and Center Engineering Professor.

After retiring from his academic teaching career, he volunteered as a
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Industrial Advisory
Board member. To read more, click here.

Ph.D. student Patrick Quarterman receives Best Poster Award at
TRMC 2014

Patrick Quarterman  Ph.D. student Patrick Quarterman received
  the Best Contributed Poster Award about
  his research effort to develop future heat 
  assisted magnetic recording media
  beyond 5 Terabit per square inch at the
  25th Annual Magnetic Recording Confer-
  ence (TMRC 2014) in Berkeley, Calif. The
  title of his poster was "Effects of embedded
  hark mask patterning process on FePt
  HAMR media with ultra-small grain size."
  (Prof. Jian-Ping Wang, advisor)

University of Minnesota selected as site for IEEE2015 Magnetics
Summer School
The University of Minnesota (UMN), College of Science and
Engineering (CSE) has been selected as the site of the 2015 IEEE
Magnetics Summer School, scheduled for June 14-19,2015.  As
one of the largest academic centers for magnetics research in North
America, the UMN will offer more than 100 student participants
learning and networking opportunities with world-renowned,
local educators. Previous IEEE Magnetics Summer Schools have
been in Brazil (2014), Italy (2013), and India (2012).

The summer school is designed for graduate students who are
members of the IEEE Magnetics Society and studying magnetism
and related areas.  It consists of lectures by international experts
who cover fundamentals and advanced topics in magnetism and
includes poster presentations by participating graduate students.
Graduate student attendees must go through a selection process
including being recommended by their advisors and by IEEE
Magnetics members.  Awardees are provided with free room and
board and are reimbursed for most of the cost of transportation
to/from the school. Students from all parts of the world are accepted.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
Profs. Beth Stadler, chair, and Randall Victora co-chair, will lead
this education event. For more information, click here.


News Archives

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.
Jon Kilgore - Managing Research Engineer - kilgo001 at - (612) 624-4328
Ron Bystrom -Shop Foreman - email bystrom002 at, - (612) 624-7048
Fax (612) 624-4578

University of Minnesota CSE Shop, ME
111Church St SE, Room 2-134 ME
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Mike Jensen - Managing Research Engineer - mjjensen at - (612)-625-2062
Bob Jones - Shop Foreman- jones018 at - (612) 625-0549




2014 Fall ECE Colloquium Schedule 

Past Colloquium presenters  

CSE Alumni Society
Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. Event
Tues. Sept. 16, 2014
6-8 p.m.
Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.
25 E. 9th St.
St. Paul
$18 U of MN Alumni Assoc. Members
$20 non-members


College of Science and Engineering
                  Fall 2014

Science and Engineering Career Fair  
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Mariucci Arena
See a full list of employers at


Math & Science Family Fun Fair  
Date: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Coffman Memorial Union

Institute for Engineering in Medicine

Annual Conference & Retreat
Monday, Sept. 22
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center

Dr. Gary Glover, Stanford
Dr. Roger Kamm, MIT
Dr. John H. Linehan, Northwestern

Community Events of Note

Robotics Alley Conf. and Expo
Sept. 17-18
Saint Paul River Center
Saint Paul, MN

Cyber Security Summit 2014
Oct. 21-22
Minneapolis, MN

Information and Resources

  • Keller Hall Hours:
    Main doors 
         7:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm  Mon. – Fri.
         8:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm  Saturday
         9:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm  Sunday
    Union and Church St. entrance
         7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mon. – Fri.;
         Closed weekends
    Administrative office
         8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
         Closed weekends
    Annex entrance
         7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
         Closed weekends