EE Newsletter: Fall 2010

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the 2010-2011 academic year-it's exciting to see new and returning students and faculty. Last June, I replaced outgoing EE chair Art MacCarley, who I want to thank for his great work over the last three years. His accomplishments included opening five new Electrical and Computer Engineering labs, which are already contributing to our students' education. We are excited about fully developing these facilities as we obtain the necessary funding. I'll give you more details in our Winter 2011 EE Connections newsletter.

Outstanding Senior Project: Electric Bicycle System

Robert Cong, Rodney Martinez, Mark Casilang, and Peter Vong

Outstanding Senior Project: UAV Pirates and SilenTrack Integration

Matt Woolridge, Ashley Wager, Travis Dean, Hushnak Singh

Outstanding Thesis: “Affine Region Tracking and Augmentation using MSER and Adaptive SIFT Model Gene

Matt Marano

Outstanding Senior Project: Inverted-Pendulum Balancing Robot

David Sacharny

Outstanding Graduate Student Mike McCarty

Mike McCarty's thesis, "Determining the Optimum Operating Parameters of a Unipolar PWM Inverter," explores theoretical and experimental approaches to establish the best possible inverter operating parameters.

Outstanding Thesis: "Measurement and Modeling of Blocking Contacts for Cadmium Telluride Gamma Ray D

Patrick Beck

Western Digital Connects

With the popularity of digital medium such as email, digital pictures and videos has come an explosion in demand for digital storage.

Outstanding Graduate Student Simeon Trieu

Simeon Trieu's thesis, "Enhanced Light Extraction Efficiency from GaN Light Emitting Diodes using Photonic Crystal Grating Structures" focused on discovering the grating parameter combinations that maximized light extraction efficiency from an LED light source.

EE Students On Tour

An "up close and personal" tour of NASA facilities allowed 11 EE students to experience the working world of satellite, robotics, and RF/telecommunications systems engineering. The trip also provided an opportunity for students to discuss project work with practicing engineers.

EE Test Drives Tesla

Last Spring, students Daniel Forbes, Jesse Adamson, Alex Kravecas, Patrick Bernard, Mason Borda, Laura MacCarley, and Daniel Lomeli visited Tesla Motors with Dr. Art MacCarley.

Ronald Smith (EE ’83) Named 2010 College of Engineering Honored Alumnus

The 2010 Honored Alum for the College of Engineering started his career at Northrop Space Technology in 1982, and he's been on an upward trajectory ever since.