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ECpE Senior Design teams win big

1st Place: Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) based Sensing System for Soil Conditions Monitoring David Severson, Kyle Kehoe, Nathan Coonrod, Sok Yan Poon, Jacob Verheyen Adviser: Shuo Yang & Dr. Yang Zhang Currently, measuring changes and gathering data on soil moisture and temperature is not only expensive, but also occasionally unreliable. But this senior design team has … Continue reading ECpE Senior Design teams win big

ECpE Department receives major external research awards

During the months of July through September 2016, Iowa State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering received many external research awards from the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and other groups. Major grants from the DOE include an award of $1,162,477 for a project entitled “Autonomous Tools for Attack Surface … Continue reading ECpE Department receives major external research awards

New faculty member garners millions in grants

In August of 2015, Iowa State Electrical and Computer Engineering added Zhaoyu Wang as an assistant professor. In the short time Wang has called Iowa State home, he has acquired over $3 million in research grants from groups like the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy and industry leaders. “I really enjoy working with Zhaoyu,” noted … Continue reading New faculty member garners millions in grants

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