EE Newsletter: Fall 2008

EE Update

Welcome to "Connections," our new e-zine for EE alumni and friends. As you know, Cal Poly EE is distinguished for its innovative hands-on educational methods, its contributions to the state of the art in applied research, numerous award-winning student and faculty projects, and extensive outreach efforts with elementary and secondary schools. But, there have been many changes in the department over the past year, and I'd like to bring you up to date.

EE Authors

A number of Electrical Engineering Department Faculty members have been recently published.  Their works include "A Mathematics Companion for Science and Engineering Students," "Digital Communications Test and Measurement," and "Beasiswa Kuliah di Amerika."

Alumni News

A number of Electrical Engineering Department Graduates have been recently honored.  These include Astronaut Gregory Chamitoff (EE '84), Brian Fetz (EE '83), David Luzuriaga (EE '93) and Ben Lee (EL '89).

Cal Poly Engineering Students Score at CSU Competition

Electrical engineering major Xian Wang and mechanical engineering major Chi-Yeh Hsu placed first in their division at the 22nd Annual California State University Student Research Competition in May. The first prize in the undergraduate engineering and computer science division was awarded for Wang and Hsu’s design of a light-weight, mobile, free-space optical communication system.

EE Alum Provides Outer Space Encounter

Thanks to NASA Astronaut Gregory Chamitoff, over 100 students from local grade schools along with Cal Poly students and faculty had a chance to get a bird's eye view of life at 220 miles above Earth. In an exclusive teleconference on October 15, Chamitoff answered questions about his work and life aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

The Periodic Table Learns to Speak

The collaborative effort between the College of Science and Math, EE chair Dr. Art MacCarley, an EE intern, and two EE students led to the design and creation of a modern learning prototype for visually impaired chemistry and physics students called STEVI (Speaking Table of the Elements for the Visually Impaired).

EE Student Project Goes Underground

Working with Sonic Sensors, a San Luis Obispo company that develops ultrasonic inspection equipment, Curtis Nelson, a 2008 Cal Poly Electrical Engineering graduate, designed and programmed a signal processing system that shows defects in underground gas pipes.

EE and Cal Poly College of Engineering Rank Tops the Nation

U.S. News & World Report named Cal Poly's College of Engineering and its Electrical Engineering program as the No. 1 public engineering college and top EE program in the nation for schools whose highest degree is a bachelor's or master's. Among both private and public institutions, Cal Poly Engineering ranked fourth overall.