Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia's research in deep sea network computing has could lead to improvements in tsunami detection, offshore oil and natural gas exploration, surveillance, pollution monitoring and other activities. It was successfully tested in Lake Erie and has been featured in the following websites and publications:
UB News Center
The paper, titled "Virtual hyperbolic metamaterials for
manipulating radar signals in air," is co-authored by Zhaxylyk A. Kudyshev, Martin C. Richardson, Natalia M. Litchinitser.
This work introduces virtual hyperbolic metamaterials (VHMMs) formed by an array of plasma channels in air as a result of self-focusing of an intense laser pulse, and shows that such structure can be used to manipulate microwave beams in air. Hyperbolic, or indefinite, metamaterials are photonic structures that possess
permittivity and/or permeability tensor elements of opposite sign with respect to one another along principal axes, resulting in a strong anisotropy. The authors' proof-of-concept results confirm that the proposed virtual hyperbolic metamaterial structure can be used for efficient beam collimation and for guiding radar signals around
obstacles, opening a new paradigm for electromagnetic wave manipulation in air.
More details can be found at:
Professor Dimitris Pados, with his current Ph.D. student Panos Markopoulos and former Ph.D. student George Karystinos (Assoc. Prof. at Technical Univ. of Crete, Greece and 2012-13 UB visiting Prof.),received the 2013 Intern. Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems (ISWCS) Best Paper Award iin Physical Layer Communications and Signal Processing for their article ‘‘Some Options for L1-SubspaceSignal Processing.’’
In their groundbreaking work, Dimitris and his students describe for the first time in the literature ways to define and calculate optimally L1-norm signal subspaces. In folk language, L1-norm distance is sometimes referred to as "Manhattan distance" or "Taxicab." L1-calculated signal subspaces are less sensitive to outlying (erroneous) data than L2-calculated subspaces. The work suggests the possibility now of establishing a new practical line of L1 data Principal-Component-Analysis (PCA) that parallels and robustifies the familiar L2 PCA approaches. Applications are projected to be as broad and as diverse as PCA itself, for example tweet analysis, astronomical data analysis, genomic signal processing, robust multidimensional statistical characterization (materials, processes), machine learning, feature extraction, image processing, spectrum sensing.
Professor Edward Furlani received an NSF SBIR subaward for the development of a Macroscale Knudsen Pumped Solar Thermal Collector. This energy harvesting system converts solar to thermal energy and has a self-pumping energy transport mechanism based on the nanoscopic phenomenon of thermal transpiration. He will perform modeling to quantify fundamental operating mechanisms and to guide the development of prototypes.
Two research papersco-authored by Professor Jon Bird that have been recently published by Nano Letters, a highly recognized journal in the nano field. The titles of the papers are "Fast Energy Relaxation of Hot Carriers Near the Dirac Point of Graphene" and "Large Magnetoresistance of Nickel-Silicide Nanowires: Non-Equilibrium Heating of Magnetically-Coupled Dangling Bonds."
Jon Bird is an invited speaker and will report on his work in the 2013 International Symposium on Advanced Nanodevices and Nanotechnology, Dec. 8-11, Kauai.
Professors Alexander Cartwright and Natasha Litchinitser, along with co-authors
Jinwei Zeng, Xi Wang, Jingbo Sun, Apra Pandey, published "Manipulating Complex Light with Metamaterials" in the journal Scientific Reports.
In this paper it is shown that unique optical properties of metamaterials (MMs) open unlimited prospects to “engineer” light itself. The paper proposes and demonstrates for the first time a novel way of complex light manipulation in few-mode optical fibers using optical MMs. Most importantly, these studies highlight how unique properties of MMs, namely the ability to manipulate both electric and
magnetic field components of electromagnetic (EM) waves,open new degrees of freedom in engineering complex polarization states of light at will, while preserving its orbital angular momentum (OAM) state. These results lay the first steps in manipulating complex light in optical fibers, likely providing new opportunities for high capacity communication systems, quantum information, and on-chip signal processing.
Professor Pao-Lo Liu has received a grant from NY State as a member of 3 PI team, one from each of the following SUNY campuses: Stony Brook, Binghamton and Buffalo.
The total award is $615,000 over 3 yrs, for all campuses (UB's part is approximately $154,000).
The three campuses have been collaborating for the last six years to offer online courses in Electrical Engineering. In 2011, the NY State Education Department approved the program as an upper-division Bachelor of Science degree program in Electrical Engineering at Stony
Brook University. Faculty from Binghamton and Buffalo continue to support the program by teaching some of the online electrical engineering courses at Stony Brook University as adjunct faculty.
The broad objective of this grant is to expand the program and provide online professional engineering education to the technical work force in New York and the nation.
To accomplish this overall goal, specific objectives include expanding the offering of high-quality online laboratory courses, seeking ABET accreditation, offering faculty
support for online teaching, instructional designs and course development and providing a model for partnership within SUNY campuses that embraces the Open SUNY concept in which students can take online courses among
SUNY campuses as outlined in the Chancellor’s Open SUNY Initiative.
Associate Professor Tommaso Melodia's research on body networks and ultrasonic networking for implantable biomedical devices has been featured in Time Magazine, Discovery News and the UB News Center. His research, “Towards Ultrasonic Networking for Implantable Biomedical Device,” is supported by a five-year, $449,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER grant. The CAREER award is the foundation’s most prestigious for young investigators.
Professor Jonathan Bird and Assistant Professor Uttam Singisetti are working to revolutionize computing power in their research with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for NanoFerroic Devices. They received an $850,000 grant to fund low-power computing experiments that involve magnetoelectric and ferroelectric devices. See the full story on the UB News Center.
Assistant Professor HyungSeoh Oh has received an award for his project "“Towards An Efficient AC Optimal Power Flow & Global Optimizer Solutions" from the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS).
The objective of this project is to develop an algorithm that can used to find an optimizer for solving a nonlinear AC optimal power flow (AC OPF) problem in near real time. AC OPF is the most detailed model available for finding an optimal operation point for a power system. As it is represented in the polar coordinate system, AC OPF is highly nonlinear, and, therefore, it can be impractical to find an algebraic solution to the problem. It is well known that a global solution to an OPF problem can be found by rank relaxation if the rank of W (= vvT where v is the control variable) equals 1. Due to the symmetry of the power flow equations, this condition extends to cases in which the rank is 2. There was a claim that assigning arbitrarily generated values to a transformer makes the rank less than or equal to 2. When a solution is extracted from the solution to the relaxed problem in which the rank of W is above 2, the extracted solution typically violates certain constraints such as voltage limits, which makes it an infeasible solution to the original OPF problem. The solution in the conventional approach clearly violates the voltage constraints specified for the problem in, for example, MATPOWER OPF calculations.
It is believed that due to this nonlinearity the calculation effectively yields a numerical solution when an iterative method is used to solve the problem. The method involves the reevaluation and the inverse of the matrix, which needs to solve Ax = b for x over many iterations. An efficient way to solve Ax = b for x is to factorize A and solve the linear equation with the factors. The factorization number for determining 15-minute dispatches over 30 years is about 11 million. The number further increases if multiple scenarios must be considered in the stochastic optimization framework to accommodate variable energy resources or contingencies in the optimization problem, such as security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF). If the OPF is formulated in the Cartesian coordinate system, most elements in A are constant, i.e., need not be updated at every iteration since they depend only on the transmission network of interest. Because the transmission network is not often modified, the computation cost of solving Ax = b through factorization would be reduced if the elements were stored and reused.
This approach provides an important advantage because it involves only one major computation for each topology by storing and reusing elements of the A matrix. Given this advantage, it is natural to extend the approach to the challenge of solving a unit commitment problem, because the transmission topology is in general invariant for a day-ahead market.
"Everyday Spectrometer: True Color Detection with Rainbow Polymer," a research project by Professor Alexander Cartwright and Assistant Professor Qiaoqiang Gan, has been featured by the Society of Manufacturing Engineering in its 2013 List of Innovations that Could Change the way you Manufacture. The List of Innovations is published by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and
showcases new and emerging technologies that are making a difference in manufacturing; innovations that can be used today or within a few months and have already shown some successful implementation.
Video of Professor Cartwright and Professor Gan
Buffalo Business First Article
UB News Page
Assistant Professor Qiaoqiang Gan's research paper titled "Rainbow Trapping in Hyperbolic Metamaterial Waveguide" has been published in Scientific Reports, a new journal of Nature Publishing Group. It has also been featured on the homepage of the National Science Foundation and on the UB News Page.
The recent reported trapped “rainbow” storage of light using metamaterials and plasmonic graded surface gratings has generated considerable interest for on-chip slow light. The potential for controlling the velocity of broadband light in guided photonic structures opens up tremendous opportunities to manipulate light for optical modulation, switching, communication and light-matter interactions. However, previously reported designs for rainbow trapping are generally constrained by inherent difficulties resulting in the limited experimental realization of this intriguing effect. Here we propose a hyperbolic metamaterial structure to realize a highly efficient rainbow trapping effect, which, importantly, is not limited by those severe theoretical constraints required in previously reported insulator-negative-index-insulator, insulator-metal-insulator and metal-insulator-metal waveguide tapers, and therefore representing a significant promise to realize the rainbow trapping structure practically.
Tommaso Melodia and Gesualdo Scutari Receive NSF CAREER Awards
Two EE faculty have won the 2013 National Science Foundation CAREER award, the foundation's most prestigious award for junior investigators, which recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of teacher-scholars "who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century."
Tommaso Melodia received the award for his project titled "Towards on Ultrasonic Networking for Implantable Biomedical Devices" (Duration: 5 years. Amount: $449,000).
In particular, Professor Melodia's project will focus on enabling networked intra-body miniaturized sensors and actuators that communicate through body tissues. The project will investigate the fundamentals of wireless networking in human tissues based on ultrasonic waves through a closed-loop combination of mathematical modeling, simulation, and experimental evaluation. This is a different perspective of most research to date which has focused on communications along the body surface among devices interconnected through traditional electromagnetic radio-frequency (RF) waves. More specifically, the project will investigate four intertwined research tasks, i.e, (i) ultrasonic channel modeling and capacity analysis; (ii) physical/medium access control layer solutions for ultrasonic communications; (iii) distributed cross-layer control and resource allocation algorithms based on stochastic modeling of ultrasonic interference; (iv) performance evaluation through a multi-scale simulator and a software-defined testbed.
Professor Scutari has received the CAREER Award for his project titled "Variational Inequalities: A New Paradigm for Cognitive Network Layering" (Duration: 5 years. Amount: $400,000).
The goal of Professor Scutari's project is to progress towards a systematic and better understanding of distributed cognitive layering and consequent network architecture decompositions (in a stochastic and dynamic environment), based on the advanced theory of Variational Inequalities. The theory of Variational Inequalities provides a broad mathematical framework for a host of formulations of practical interest, such as classical nonlinear optimization, equilibrium, and game-theoretic problems. The proposed hierarchical Variational Inequality problem offers thus a constructive and powerful platform to investigate several novel cross-layer designs, and provides an alternative and promising direction to deal with the fundamental issues of traditional Network Utility Maximization (NUM) designs.
Assistant Professor Uttam Singisetti has received a major grant from the Office of Naval Research to support
his work on InN and In-rich InGaN surface passivation by novel Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology.
In particular, Professor Singisetti's project focuses on overcoming the high surface conduction challenge of InN and related alloys using the novel Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology. Successful completion will open the pathway for high Johnston Figure of Merit (JFoM) THz InN devices.
Michael Fetto BS'82 Receives 2012 EE Distinguished Alumni Award
Michael Fetto was feted by the Department of Electrical Engineering on December 12, 2012 for his achievements and service to EE.
Mr. Fetto graduated from UB with a BSEE in 1982 and has been working in the communications industry for nearly 30 years at such companies as Harris RF Communications, Aria Wireless Systems, Comptek Telecommunications and Sierra Research Corporation. He is the Vice President of Engineering at the Bird Technologies Group and has been instrumental in setting up a strong partnership between UB EE and Bird Technologies. Bird Technologies Group celebrated its 70th anniversary this year, and is an industry provider of RF communications products, services, calibration, and training to the Public Safety, Cellular Communications, Broadcast, Semiconductor, Military, Government and Medical markets.
This partnership with Bird Technologies has been invaluable to EE, providing research support, the Bird Technologies Laboratory and graduate fellowships. Mr. Fettos is also a member of the newly formed EE Department Advisory Board. He and other members will provide important leadership as EE moves into the future. Mr. Fetto has been a champion for the department, extremely generous in his work and his professional accomplishments are great advertisement for the department. Congratulations to MIchael Fetto!
EE is proud to announce that 13 students have received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship. The award reconizes high achieving electrical and computer engineering majors with strong GPAs, distinctive extracurricular activities and a commitment to exploring the power and energy field. Congratulations to EE's winners: Nicolas Baldenko, Eric Bartkowiak, Brandon Colling, Nick Davis, William Dellanno, Ian Farneth, Joseph Materski, Kevin Mei, Dustin Muscato, Massamba Samb, Wiliam Schubert, Ryan Thorne, Frank Walsh. More details can be found at: 2012 PES Scholars by region – IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative™>>
Dr. Kwang Oh has been featured in Lab on a Chip’s 2012 Emerging Investigators themed issue (impact factor: 6.5). Furthermore, images by Dr. Oh and his students are featured on the cover of the journal, describing a robust droplet fusion and sorting method for two parallel trains of droplets that is relatively insensitive to frequency and phase mismatch (see the image in the left top corner [Link]). Research by Dr. Oh was previously featured on the inside cover of the October 2011 edition of Lab on a Chip. Please click here to find the full article of Dr. Oh’s most recent work.
Dr. Jennifer Zirnheld of the UB EE Department was among five faculty chosen to receive the UB Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. The award seeks to recognize faculty that provide research and scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students that are not commonly available at many institutions and oftenresult in the creation of transformative educational experiences.
A new patent (US8271572) for "Generating Partial Sums" was issued to Prof. Adly Fam of the UB EE department as of September 18, 2012. The invention describes what might very well be the fastest available multioperand adder to date.
Invited paper by Aaron Roof and Adly Fam, “Automatic classification of multiple signals using 2D matching of magnitude–frequency density features,” has just been published (9/17/2012) in Springer journal on Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing and is available as an 'Online First' via this Springer Link.
The paper is an extension of a conference paper that received Best Paper award in the Software Defined Radio Conference (November 2011) and is the basis of an invention adopted by UB.
Dr. Steve Durbin, of both the EE and Physics Department, was recently granted a new National Science Foundation award titled, “EAGER: Earth Abundant Element Nitride Semiconductors Based on ZnSnN2.” The award is comprised of $ 239,973 in funding over 2 years starting September 1, 2012.
This project is focused on growth and characterization of high-quality single-crystal thin films of zinc tin nitride, a material predicted to have the right combination of properties needed for solar cell applications, but which to date has not been synthesized. The II-IV-nitride family is comprised of earth-abundant elements for which there already exists significant recycling infrastructure, making it of interest for device applications from both economic and environmental perspectives.
Dr. Vladimir Mitin, with Co-Is Dr. Petrou Athos and Dr. Joseph Zawicki , has recently been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation for his project titled, "Synergy of Educational Tools for Teaching Electromagnetic Fields and Waves: Lab Experiments, Educational Java Applets, Numerical Modeling, Textbook with Power Point Presentations." The award is comprised of $199,973 in funding over 3 years, starting September 1, 2012.
This project seeks to develop a conceptually novel one-semester Electromagnetic Fields and Waves (EFW) course for engineering junior undergraduate students and establish a new undergraduate laboratory for teaching EFW. This novel approach to the teaching of EFW will be based on the interactive approach – experiment – theory – experiment– applications. Through experiments, educational Java applets, and software for numerical solutions, undergraduate students will actively learn the theoretical principles of EFW and develop a scientific approach, which promotes critical reasoning and creative thinking.
EE's own Prof. Natalia Litchinitser has published an exciting new article titled, "Structured Light Meets Structured Matter," in the August 2012 edition of Science Magaizine. The article highlights innovative research that has developed as a result of synergies between metamaterials and singular optics. Dr. Litchinitser's work is further discussed in a follow-up article by the UB Reporter.
Professors Natalia Litchinitser and Alexander Cartwright were recently granted a new National Science Foundation award titled, “Submicron Remote Imaging using Specialty Fiber Coupled Hyperlens”. The award is comprised of $370,000 in funding over 3 years starting August 1, 2012.
The objective of this new NSF project is to develop fiber based hyperlens for ultra-high resolution optical imaging and endoscopy.
Prof.Qiaoqiang Gan was recented granted a new award from the Bruce Holm Memorial Catalyst Fund for his project titled, “A Prototype of Circular Plasmonic Mach-Zender Interferometer for Low-cost Multiplexed Biosensing.” The award is comprised of $50,000 for 1 year starting August 1, 2012.
This project aims to develop a circular plasmonic Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) biosensor to demonstrate a portable and parallel sensor system. By observing the output intensity emitted from the nanostructre in real-time, one can effectively screen biomolecular binding events and analyze the binding kinetics, which, importantly, is much cheaper than conventional SPR systems and extremely attractive to the market.
Professors Gesualdo Scutari and Tommaso Melodia were recently granted a new National Science Foundation award titled, “Small: Toward Distributed Decision Making in Cognitive Radio Ad-hoc Networks Based on Bi-level Equilibrium Programming”. The award is comprised of $400,000 in funding over 3 years starting July 1, 2012.
The objective of this project is to look at the cross-layer design of cognitive radio networks from a different and novel perspective. The cross-layer design including the optimization of sensing parameters is formulated as a bi-level equilibrium problem, whose solution analysis is addressed using the advanced theory of variational inequalities. The project will contribute to the development of novel algorithms and tools that naturally implement vertical and horizontal decompositions across the network. This will lay the foundation for the next generation of cognitive networking technology.
EE student Eric Kozarsky was awarded Best Poster at the 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists for the presenation of his poster titled, "Thin-Film ZnO/Si Heterojunction Solar Cells: Design and Implementation." The conference was held in Austin, Texas from June 3 - June 8, 2012. The winning poster was authored by Kozarsky and additional EE graduate students, Juyung Yun, Chong Tong, Xueli Hao, Jun Wang, and their advisor, Dr. Wayne A. Anderson.
Winners of the James J. Whalen Memorial Multistage Amplifier Design Compeition have been announced in the following categories and prizes:
Most Unusual Circuit/Least Number of Parts ($250)- David Marks
Most Exceeded Design Parameters ($200 each)- Boris Yuditsky and Chris Adams
Participation in the competition was open to all undergraduates enrolled in EE353 and EE311.
Congratulations to our winners!
Hatim Tyabji, an Alum of EE's Masters Program, was recently named Chairman of the Board at Best Buy Co., Inc. For more details regarding Mr. Tyabji's new role click here.>>
UB Department of Electrical Engineering is proud to annoucement that Professor Jonathan Bird of has been awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. All award recipients will be officially recognized by UB next fall at the annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bird.
Prof. Adly Fam and graduate student Aaron Roof were recently awarded "Best of R&D Track" for their paper titled, "Classification of Multiple Signals using 2D Matching of Magnitude-Frequency Density Feature" at the Wireless Innovation Forum Conference on Communication Technologies and Software Defined Radio, which was recently held in Washington, DC.
This paper received one of only two "Best Paper" awards for the R&D Track. An expanded version of the paper will be published in a special issue of the Springer Journal of Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing.
An image by Prof. Kwang W. Oh and his students describing their method for droplet combination in microfluidic devices that allows passive parallel synchronization has been featured on the cover of the journal, Lab on a Chip (impact factor: 6.3) . They describe the layout as being analogous to a train track, as the network consists of a top channel, a bottom channel, and ladder-like connections between the two main channels. It has also been highlighted on the LOC blog at http://blogs.rsc.org/lc/.
Their featured work is also available at the links below:
Parallel synchronization of two trains of droplets using a railroad-like channel network
Byungwook Ahn, Kangsun Lee, Hun Lee, Rajagopal Panchapakesan and Kwang W. Oh
Lab Chip, 11, 3956-3962, 2011 (Impact Factor: 6.3) [Link] [Movie S1], [Movie S2], [Movie S3]
Four UB Electrical Engineering students, Luke Darling, Michael D'Angelo, Ian Farneth, and William Dell'Anno have been awarded the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship.The PES Scholarship Plus Initiative™ recognizes undergraduate students who have declared a major in electrical and computer engineering, are high achievers with strong GPAs with distinctive extracurricular commitments and are committed to exploring the power and energy field. Ninety-three scholarships were awarded to students at fifty-one universities. Each scholarship recipient will receive $2,000 USD during the 2011-2012 academic year.Click here for a link to the press release on the IEEE PES website.
See below for a listing of awards over $200,000:
Q. Gan, “Collaborative Research: The Hybrid Integration of Plasmonic Interferometer Sensors and Active Optoelectronic Devices on a Single Microfluidic Chip,” National Science Foundation, Oct. 1, 2011-Sept. 30, 2014, $248,589.
N. Litchinitser (60%), A. Cartwright (40%), G. Swartzlander, “Spin-optics in Metamaterials,” U.S. Army Research Office, Aug. 15, 2011 - Aug. 14, 2015, $1,400,000 (UB Share: $1,000,000).
N. Litchinitser, M. Richardson, L. Arrisan, A. Aceves, J. Diels, E. Johnson, T. Seideman, X. Zhang, M. Baudelet, Z. Chang, L.L. Chin, P. Corkum, “ARO MURI: Light Filamentation Science,” US Army Research Office, Aug. 1, 2011 - Dec. 31, 2011, $317,993 UB Share.
N. Litchinitser, “ARO DURIP: Spectroscopic Ellipsometer for Metamaterials Characterization for Nonlinear and Spin Optics, U.S. Army Research Office, Aug. 1, 2011-July 31, 2012, $236,250.
T. Melodia, “Compressed-sensing-enabled Cooperative Video Streaming for Wireless Multimedia Sensor Networks”, Office of Naval Research, Sept. 1, 2011 - Aug. 31, 2014, $300,000.
T. Melodia (50%), D. Pados (50%), “Towards Ubiquitous Multimedia Sensing through Compressive Video Streaming,’’ National Science Foundation, Sept. 1, 2011 – Aug. 31, 2014, $450,000.
T. Melodia (20%), D. Pados (20%), S. Batalama (20%), W. Su (20%), J. Atkinson (20%), ‘‘MRI: Development of an Underwater Acoustic MIMO Networking Testbed,’’ National Science Foundation, July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2014, $600,000.
D. Pados (34%), S. Batalama (33%), T. Melodia (33%), ‘‘Cognitive Jointly Optimal Code-division Channelization and Routing over Cooperative Links,’’ Air Force Research Laboratory, Oct. 19, 2010 - Oct. 19, 2013, $620,000.
T. Melodia (25%), D. Pados (25%), S. Batalama (25%), W. Su (25%), ‘‘Networking on Underwater Acoustic MIMO Links,’’ National Science Foundation, Sept. 1, 2010 - Aug. 31, 2012, $280,642.
M. Safiuddin (60%), D. Hopkins (40%), “ARRA: Recovery Act - Workforce Training for the Electric Power Sector,” Syracuse University, Aug. 9, 2010 - Aug. 8, 2013, $360,000.
V. Mitin (82%), A. Sergeyev (18%), “Adaptive IR Sensing Based on Advanced Nanostructures with Tunable Kinetics,” US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Aug. 1, 2010 - Jul. 31, 2015, $1,099,995.
W. Su, “Studies on Optimized Assured Cooperative Communications,” US Air Force Research Laboratory, Jul. 25, 2010 - Oct. 19, 2013, $205,000.
A. Cartwright (60%), N. Litchinitser (40%), “Energy and Sensor Informatics, “US Air Force Office of Scientific Research, May 1, 2010 - Apr. 30, 2012, $782,000.
V. Mitin, “STTR Phase II: Adaptive Quantum-dot Photodetectors with Tunable Barriers,” Esensors Incorporated, May 1, 2010 - Apr. 30, 2012, $200,000.
Dr. Esther Takeuchi, Professor in Electrical and Chemical and Biological Engineering, was recently inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for her work on Lithium/Silver Vanadium Oxide Batteries. She was one of ten new inventors recognized by the Foundation in 2011, bringing the total number of inductees into the National Inventors Hall of Fame to 460. At present, Dr. Takeuchi is one of only nine women represented by this prestigious Foundation. Dr. Takeuchi was also a recipient of the National Medal of Technology in 2009 and currently holds more patents than any other woman in the U.S.. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Takeuchi on this remarkable achievement.
For further information on her induction, please see the following link: UB Reporter
The United States Army Research Office in conjunction with the University at Buffalo’s Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to present the "Beyond the Imagination of Nature: Spin, Quantum Optics and Metamaterials Workshop." The event will be held at the Embassy Suites in downtown Buffalo on September 19 and 20, 2011. The objective of this workshop is to capture state-of-the-art innovation in three fascinating fields of modern optical physics, spin, quantum optics, and optical metamaterials. Additionally, we hope to generate new ideas and initiate new collaborations at the interface of these fields. Specific themes to be discussed at the workshop include:
1. Progress in optical metamaterials: From theory to experiments
2. Transformation optics: Endless opportunities for tailoring space for light
3. Spin-optics: Spin and angular momentum properties of light
4. Unconventional polarization states of light and optical vortices
5. Quantum and nonlinear optics in conventional and novel media
Dr. Litchinitser was recently elected as a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) for "fundamental contributions to the areas of linear and nonlinear optics of metamaterials, photonic crystal fibers and optical fiber communications." This prestigious honor is reserved for less than 10% of the OSA membership. Please join us in congratulating her on this significant achievement!
Dr. Mitin was recently elected as a Fellow of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for "contributions to sensors and detectors." IEEE is one of the leading institutions for researchers in this field, and the rank of Fellow is reserved for no more than 10% of the IEEE voting membership. Please join us in congratulating him!
UB will host its fall open house on Saturday, October 16th. The Department of Electrical Engineering will hold several informational presentations and will additionally have lab tours and demonstrations in Bonner Hall beginning at 10am. If you are interested in EE, this is your chance to hear from professors and students within the department while also seeing examples of current student research. Please see the university's page for Open House (link below) for more information.
Open House Information / Registration
Professor Steven Durbin, a new faculty member at UB in both Electrical Engineering and Physics, will be giving a lecture entitled "Alternatives to Silicon: The Search for New Semiconductors" on Friday, September 3rd. The lecture will be held in 112 Norton Hall at 2pm. Dr. Durbin will be the first speaker for the graduate seminar series this fall. Students and faculty are welcome to attend.
Professor Alexander Cartwright Named Interim Vice President for Research at UB
Dr. Alexander Cartwright has been asked to serve as the Interim Vice President for Research for the university, effective July 1, 2010. Dr. Cartwright most recently served as the Department Chair for Electrical Engineering and previously as the Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives at UB. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Cartwright on his new position as well as thanking him for his service to the Department as Chair.
Two EE students, Daniel Muffoletto and Antonio Upia, were recently recognized for their academic achievements. Daniel Muffoletto was named an honorable mention for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, an extremely prestigious program which recognizes students with exceptional potential as graduate students and researchers. Antonio Upia was named a WNY Prosperity Scholar as part of a scholarship program funded by the Prentice Family Foundation to encourage students in the STEM fields to stay in and contribute to Western New York. Both students work with Professor Jennifer Zirnheld. Congratulations to our outstanding scholars.
This summer the department of Electrical Engineering is planning to offer several courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Summer courses are a great way to focus on only one course at a time and to get ahead in your studies. Please follow the link below for a full listing of EE summer course offerings.
EE Summer Courses 2010
EE Graduate Internship 2010
Dr. Youngsoo Yoon, (PhD, EE, 2008) recently co-authored a paper in the premier peer-reviewed physical journal, Physical Review Letters with Nobel Prize winner Klaus von Klitzing. Dr. Yoon joined the von Klitzing group at the Max-Planck Institute in Stuttgart after completing his PhD studies at UB under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Bird. Dr. Yoon has most recently moved to the University of Helsinki, Finland, as a postdoctoral researcher. His research is focused on the physics of novel nanoelectronic devices. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Yoon on his prestigious publication.
Sadly, Professor Raj Kaul passed away on April 9, 2010 after over 40 years of service to our university as a dedicated faculty member. We thank him sincerely for his many years of service to our department.
Professors Weifeng Su and Dimitris Pados, along with PhD candidate Fuyu Chen and EE alumnus Dr. John Matyjas are the recipients of The 2010 IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) Best Paper Award in the field of Signal Processing for Communications for their work, "The Outage Probability and Optimum Power Assignment for Differential Amplify-and-Forward Relaying." IEEE ICC is the premier, longest-standing, flagship conference of the IEEE Communications Society. The award ceremony will take place during ICC 2010 on Tuesday, May 25th in Cape Town, South Africa. Congratulations to all!
Professor Yong-Kyu Yoon and PhD Candidate Jungkwun Kim Receive Award
Professor Vladimir Mitin was recently elected to the rank of Fellow in the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Mitin is the author of more than 430 professional publications, including 10 patents, more than 180 publications in refereed journals, and more than 220 presentations at conferences and publications conference proceedings. He also recently served as the Chair of Electrical Engineering for a six-year term. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Mitin on this significant achievement.
Professor Dimitris Pados was recently recognized at the SUNY level for his outstanding teaching in the classroom. He was one of three UB professors recognized in this category by SUNY this spring. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Pados on this accomplishment.
Professor and Chair Alexander Cartwright was recognized by the university for his exceptional scholarship throughout his career in academia with The Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement. This award recognized an extremely high level of accomplishment throughout the scholar's career. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Cartwright on his continued success.
Professor Albert Titus was recently recognized for his exceptional efforts in teaching and curriculum development with the university's Award for Teaching Innovation. This award recognizes Dr. Titus' efforts within the classroom, as well as his efforts in developing the university's new program in Biomedical Engineering. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Titus on this accomplishment.
Professor Esther Takeuchi was selected as a recipient of the 2009 National Medal of Technology, the highest honor given from the United States to recognize technological achievement. Professor Takeuchi is the only woman receiving this award in 2009, and is one of only four individuals in the country to be selected for the award this year. She will travel to the White House to accept her award from President Obama on October 7th. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Takeuchi on this momentous accomplishment.
For more information on this award, please see the following link: UB Reporter article, 9/18/2009.
To listen to an interview with Esther Takeuchi on her accomplishment, please see the following link:
WNED-AM 970 NEWS interview, 10/6/2009.
The Department of Electrical Engineering will once again be participating in this year's Open House. The Department Chair, other faculty, and current EE students will provide prospective high school students with an inside look at all our department has to offer. Please see the department calendar for further details: EE Calendar.
Professor Pados was recently named the Associate Chair of Electrical Engineering. Professor Pados has been with EE since 1997, and continues to be an integral member of the Electrical Engineering faculty. His work in communications theory and systems has resulted in more than 100 journal and conference proceedings papers, best journal and conference paper awards, and nearly $3M in federal research funding. He was also a recent recipient of the 2009 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Pados has continually demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, and service, and this promotion into a leadership role is a well-deserved recognition of all his continued efforts within the department. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Pados on his new position.
Our department recently welcomed the largest incoming class of graduate students in the history of our department. Nearly 120 new graduate students entered our M.S. and Ph.D. programs this fall. The current overall graduate student body is also the largest it has ever been.
Professor Batalama was named the Associate Dean for Research within the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Professor Batalama's own success in the field of Communications, and her more than $2 million in research awards from the National Science Foundation and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, helped propel her into this important role within our School. In this new position Professor Batalama will work to expand current research efforts within all of the School's departments and to increase the success rate of our research proposals. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Batalama on her new appointment.
Professor Alexander Cartwright is the new chair of Electrical Engineering. Professor Cartwright is an accomplished teacher, researcher and administrator. He has numerous awards for excellence including the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the NSF CAREER Award and the ONR Young Investigator Award. Professor Cartwright has served as the Director or Co-Director of several research centers and institutes at the University since joining the faculty in 1995. Most recently he has served as the Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives. In that role he was responsible for coordination and planning of the eight multidisciplinary strategic strengths established through the UB2020 planning process. Professor Cartwright has published over 100 peer reviewed journal publications and conference proceedings, presented over 30 invited talks, and has had his intellectual property licensed by three different companies.
Cambridge University Press has just published the 2nd
Edition of Transport in Nanostructures, co-authored by Professor Jonathan Bird and his two colleagues at Arizona State University, Stephen Goodnick and David Ferry. Further details of the book can be found on the Cambridge University Press website. >>
US Patent No. 7,492,312 has been issued issued on 2/17/2009 to Dr.Adly T. Fam and Dr. Indranil Sarkar: "Multiplicative Mismatched Filters for Optimum Range Sidelobe Suppression in Barker Code Reception". Dr. Sarkar Obtained his Ph. D. on September 2007 with Professor Fam as his major advisor.
This award was established in 2001 to recognize tenure-track junior faculty whose body of work over a number of years has garnered professional or public accolades beyond the norm for faculty at a similar career stage. The UB Exceptional Scholar and Teaching Innovation Awards reception was held on Monday, May 18th, 3-5pm, in the Kaveeshwar Gallery in 501 Capen Hall.
Professor Bird received this award in recognition of his continued research excellence in his field. Most significantly, he has made vast contributions to the field of nanoelectronics.
Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society, UB SEAS Chapter, has selected Professor Liu as the 2009 Professor of the Year. Professor Liu's outstanding efforts in the classroom earned him this important recognition by our students. Among other things, Professor Liu developed demonstrations and incorporated remote labs in his lectures to enhance the learning experience of his students.
Fuentes' article with Professor Adly Fam was selected as the one of the best papers of those considered in our Travel Grant Competition. These travel grants, courtesy of NASA, are provided to students of US institutions. The article, entitled "Mismatched Filters for Frank Polyphase Codes Via Sidelobe Inversion," has been awarded a grant of up to $1,500.
Claire Lochner, class of 2011, has received the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. She is the only recipient this year from the University at Buffalo. The award is based on academic excellence and is awarded to students that "have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering." Claire has been actively involved in the electrical engineering department. She served as a student assistant with Professor Zirnheld and as a research assistant with Professor Cartwright. As a student assistant with Professor Zirnheld, she enlightened freshmen engineers with her knowledge to help them solve interdisciplinary case studies as part of EAS 140, an introductory course for the school of engineering and applied sciences. During her research experience with Professor Cartwright, she investigated the development of flexible solar cells made from plastics using an inexpensive fabrication process. In addition, she has been actively involved in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Student Chapter, Engineers for a Sustainable World, the Society of Women Engineers, the Engineering Impact on Society Group, and the UB Engineering Ambassador program. Her vast contributions to our University illustrate her commitment to advancing the engineering profession.
The University at Buffalo (SUNY) seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in the broad area of multiscale modeling of the production, assembly, and properties of engineered nanoscale materials, structures, or devices. Appointment at higher rank is possible in exceptional cases. Example research areas of interest include, but are not limited to: modeling energy transport in materials and devices for thermoelectric, photovoltaic, and photocatalytic applications; modeling of nanoscale devices in the regime of strong quantum effects; coarse-graining or multi-scale modeling strategies that link quantum chemistry and atomistic molecular simulations to the nano, micro, and macro scales; and simulation of the transport of natural and human-made nanostructures in biological environments. This position is associated with the UB2020 Strategic Strength in Integrated Nanostructured Systems (www.nano.buffalo.edu), one of eight areas of scholarly activity identified for strategic investment at UB. The home department of the successful candidate will be determined by mutual agreement at the time of hiring, and could be Chemical and Biological Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, or Electrical Engineering. Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, statements of teaching and research plans, and names of three references via the UBJobs system, at www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu, referencing posting number 0900080. The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Recruiter
The SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students who have received recognition for student excellence. This award is given to the students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include arts, athletics, career achievement, community service, and leadership.
Professor Cartwright received a Faculty Excellence Award, given to select faculty members who showed exceptional diligence and effort towards being both productive (quantity) and excellent (quality) in all their activities. Professor Cartwright was one of only two School of Engineering and Applied Sciences faculty members to receive this award.
An interview with Prof. Esther S. Takeuchi has been published in C&E News magazine of American Chemical Society. Prof. Takeuchi is Co-Director of NYSTAR Center for Advanced Technology in Bioniformatics and Biomedicine. She is also a recent recipient of Astellas Foundation Award (2008) administered by American Chemical Society. For a full profile of Prof. Takeuchi, see her personal Web page.
Dr. Whalen and Dr. Yoon will lead a newly-established Bird Technologies Group Fellowship Program. Bird Technologies Group, Solon, OH, has given $200,000 to the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences to advance research and education in UB's RF/microwave systems program. In honor of the corporation's gift, space in the new engineering building to be constructed on UB's North (Amherst) Campus will be called the Bird Technologies Group Microwave Laboratory. The gift also establishes the Bird Technologies Group Fellowship Program. UB electrical engineering faculty Yong-Kyu Yoon, Assistant Professor, and James J. Whalen, Professor, will lead the newly established Bird Technologies Fellowship Program, which will provide scholarship support for three students in electrical engineering. For more information Click Here.