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  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

2014 Fall Signals Newsletter


Winner announced for 2014 Fall Senior Design Show
First Place: 3dB Metamaterials Transmission Line Coupler"

Team 9 3dB Metamaterials


  ECE Project "3dB Metamaterials Transmission Line Coupler,
  above (l to r) Advisor Prof. Anand Gopinath, Jason Lahr, Zenawi
  Abadi, Mohamed Haji, Phat Phan, Tam Luong. 
  Teams that achieved Honorable Mention (below)
  "Nimbelink Dry Good Inventory Sensor Using LIDAR" by Jake 
   Lutz, Anastasio Silguero,  Brice Ngnigha, Luke Everson, and 
   (not present) Cody Qiao. (not pictured) Advisor Ramesh Harjani.

  "Self-Excited Induction Generator" by (standing) Daniel Larson,
   Tianchen Yuan, Pierre Chaput, Tyle Eckwright. (kneeling)
   Xiaonan Duan and Stephen Carnicom.
   (not pictured) Advisor Prof. Paul Imbertson.

 Nimbeline Dry Good Team 

Self-Excited Induction Generator

Alumnus Meisam Razaviyan ('14) receives IEEE
2014 SPS Young Author Best Paper Award

Meisam smaller 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

Nikos Sidiropoulos 2013  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

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  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

Kostas Slavakis









  Research Assoc. Professor Kostas Slavakis,  with
  Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  and the Digital Technology Center,  received the
  2014 IEEE Signal Processing magazine Best Paper
  Award for "S. Theodoridis, K. Slavakis, and
  I. Yamada, "Adaptive learning in a world of projections:
  A unifying framework for linear and nonlinear
  classification and regression tasks," IEEE Signal
  Processing Magazine, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 97-123,
  Jan. 2011."

  The Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award
  honors the author(s) of a paper of exceptional merit
  and broad interest on a subject related to the Signal
  Processing Society’s technical scope and appearing
  in the Society’s magazine. The award includes a
  prize and a certificate that will be presented to Kostas
  and his co-authors at the Society’s Awards Ceremony
  during ICASSP 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.


Prof. Jian-Ping Wang has been elevated to IEEE Fellow
and appointed to U of MN Centennial Chair

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  Prof. Jian-Ping Wang has been
  elevated to IEEE Fellow for his
  contributions to magnetic
  material and spintronic devices
  for magnetic recording, information
  processing and biomedical

  In addition, Prof. Wang has been
  appointed to the Centennial Chair
  in Electrical and Computer
  Engineering by College of Science
  and Engineering Dean Steve Crouch
  upon recommendation by the faculty

  The Centennial Chair was estab-
  lished to expand "... the educational
  capacity and enhance the academic
  quality and prestige in the [ECE
  department] with emphasis on
  technologies pertaining to computer
  design and development including
  subsidiary areas ..."


University of Minnesota engineers make sound loud enough
to bend light on a computer chip

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  “Our breakthrough is to integrate 
  optical circuits in the same layer
  of material with acoustic devices
  in order to attain extreme strong
  interaction between light and
  sound waves,” said Mo Li,
  assistant professor in the Depart-
  ment of Electrical and Computer
  Engineering and the lead
  researcher of the study.

  The researchers used the state-
  of-the-art nanofabrication tech-
  nology to make arrays of elec-
  trode with a width of only 100
  nanometers (.00001 centimeters)
  to excite sound waves at an
  unprecedented high frequency
  that is higher than 10 GHz, the
  frequency used for satellite

  “What’s remarkable is that at this
   high frequency, the wavelength
   of the sound is even shorter than
   the wavelength of light. This is
   achieved for the first time on a
   chip,” said Semere Tadesse, a
   graduate student in the University
   of Minnesota’s School of Physics
   and Astronomy and the first author
   of the paper. “In this unprecedented
   regime, sound can interact with
   light most efficiently to achieve
   high-speed  modulation.”

  To read more, click here.



ECE Team KPZZ finishes 6th in American
Epilepsy Society Seizure Prediction Challenge

Keshab Parhi 2013

 Zisheng Shang

  Prof. Keshab Parhi ( top left) and Ph.D.
  candidate Zisheng Zhang (bottom left)
  ranked 6th out of 506 entries in the
  International Seizure Prediction Challenge
  hosted by Kaggle. Sponsored by the American
  Epilepsy Society, the contest was organized by
  UPenn and the Mayo Clinic.

  To review final standings, click here.
  For details of the competition, click here.



Prof. Beth Stadler named IEEE Magnetics
Society Distinguished Lecturer

Beth Stadler 2013



  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

Vasileios Kekatos  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
Graduate Scholarship

Lucas Taylor  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
Presentation Award

Kartik Iyer  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

 Wang and Klein Nokia Sesing Challenge

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
health monitoring.

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. 

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Ph.D. candidate Huan Li is featured in Nature Nanotechnology


  Ph.D. Candidate Huan Li is
  featured in Nature Nanotech-
  nology, the premier journal
  on nanotechnology.
  (Prof. Mo Li, advisor)
  To read more, click here.


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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




2015 Spring ECE Colloquium Schedule 

Past Colloquium presenters  

Information and Resources

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