EE Newsletter: Spring 2011

Message from the Chair


On behalf of the EE Department, I invite you to join us at upcoming events in Spring 2011, including the special Open House activities on April 15- 16 and our EE Banquet/Technical conference on May 13th. But, if you can’t make these events, please know that you are always welcome to drop by and experience EE department hospitality.

Amateur Radio Club Wires Wildflower

Hundreds of Cal Poly students volunteer for the Tri-California AVIA Wildflower Triathlons at Lake San Antonio every spring. Most students pass out water, keep runners on course and help with the carnival after the event.

International Experience Sparks a Senior Project

Jeremy Holliman went to Nicaragua with Engineers Without Borders in the summer of 2008 expecting to help the community of Camilo Ortega by creating a health clinic. What he didn’t know is that he would return to the same community for the next two summers to make an even deeper impact on the locals by personally designing a power generator for their health clinic, an undertaking which became his senior project.

Senior Project Exhibition Showcases Engineering Talent

Seniors showcased their ingenuity and engineering know-how at the Fall Quarter EE Senior Project Exhibition on Dec. 2. The students presented their work using display boards and model demonstrations.

From Hardhat to Dress Pants: SDG&E Internship

Electrical engineering senior Danny Zepeda spent his 2010 summer switching from hardhat to dress pants at his internship with San Diego Gas and Electric. Being an intern at SDG&E gave him hands-on experience in the field as well as in the office.

IEEE Tours

Several IEEE members spent a week of their winter break touring different industries in the Silicon Valley. The group visited a different company every day and was given personal, professional tours of the Conoco Phillips, Cisco Systems, BD Bioscience, Agilent Technologies and Microsoft facilities.

EE Intern Hopes to Make MRI Breakthroughs

Many people today benefit from modern implantable medical devices, but a common problem found across most patients with metallic implanted medical devices is the inability to get an MRI due to contraindications which present risk to the patient. Hence, millions of patients forgo a necessary MRI scan and use other less desirable and less precise imaging methods, which, in turn, can compromise their health.

Slivovsky Named Lockheed Martin Endowed Professor

Electrical engineering professor Lynne Slivovsky thrives on helping the community, and during her seven years at Cal Poly, she has received numerous awards for engaging her classroom with community-oriented service projects.