Author: Emily Benda

Presentations inspire students to follow STEM careers

On April 12th, the ISU Magnetics Research Group (MRG) collaborated with the Virtual Reality Applications Center (VRAC) to give a series of presentations designed to inspire grade school students to follow a path into the STEM fields. The outreach program was funded by a grant from the American Physical Society (APS). The event hosted 52 … Continue reading Presentations inspire students to follow STEM careers

Ph.D. student receives IBM Fellowship award

ECpE PhD student, Neelam Prabhu Gaunkar recently received the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship award in the fundamental science and technology category. The IBM Fellowship award is an internationally competitive award given to excellent Ph.D. students who have an interest in solving problems that are important to IBM and fundamental to innovation in various areas of study. … Continue reading Ph.D. student receives IBM Fellowship award

VEISHEA project could be first answering machine

ECpE alum, James Mitchell (EE ‘82), may have created the world’s first digital outgoing telephone message machine during his time at Iowa State University. Mitchell displayed a working prototype of the digital outgoing message with a taped incoming system at the Iowa State University VEISHEA Engineering Open House in April 1982. Using 35 integrated circuits … Continue reading VEISHEA project could be first answering machine

Former department chair wins award

S.S. (Mani) Venkata, a former ECpE Department Chair at Iowa State University, was awarded the prestigious Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award at the 2016 Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA)  Annual Conference and ECExpo in La Jolla, California this past March. The Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award … Continue reading Former department chair wins award

Research discovery helps cancer prevention

Prostate Cancer (PC) is the second most common cancer and the sixth leading cause of cancer death among men worldwide. The worldwide PC burden is expected to grow to 1.7 million new cases and 499 000 new deaths by 2030. ECpE’s Dr. Long Que and his laboratory have created a chip that may help combat … Continue reading Research discovery helps cancer prevention

Best Student Paper Award at Photonics West 2016

This year’s Best Student Paper Award in the Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems section of  SPIE Photonics West (BIOS) was presented to Iowa State graduate students and faculty for their presentation, “Transfer molding processes for nanoscale patterning of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) films.” This is a collaborative project being performed in ECpE and the Microelectronics Research … Continue reading Best Student Paper Award at Photonics West 2016

Optical transmission technique published

Research by Rana Biswas, ECpE professor, and Akshit Peer, ECpE PhD student, was featured in Optics and Photonics News and in Nanoscale last week. Bisa and Peer’s work demonstrates a technique for achieving an optical transmission, with modeled electric-field enhancements as high as a hundredfold, using a continuous film of gold on a corrugated, “nanocupped” substrate. The … Continue reading Optical transmission technique published

Faculty to be featured in Discover Magazine

Sandbulte professor, Ian Dobson, will be featured in Discover Magazine’s lead article for the March 2016 issue. Dobson’s research with physicists, Ben Carreras and David Newman, on the risk of large blackouts is described in detail in Discover’s article, “Averting the Blackout of the Century,” by journalist, Peter Fairley.   Dobson and his team’s work … Continue reading Faculty to be featured in Discover Magazine

ECpE mourns the loss of Jim Nilsson

James W. Nilsson, Anson Marston Distinguished Professor Emeritus for the Iowa State Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away December 26, 2015 at Green Hills Health Care Center. He was 91. Nilsson, one of the most prominent and celebrated teachers in ECpE annals, earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Iowa (1948), and … Continue reading ECpE mourns the loss of Jim Nilsson