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Community Projects 2017
ECE Students Giving Back to the Community through Senior Design Projects
Embracing and partnering with the community is one of the key elements of UIC’s strategic priorities. And 16 students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) are taking this mission to heart and using their engineering knowledge and skills to help four Chicago nonprofits.Under the direction of ECE Clinical Assistant Professor Renata A. Revelo, the students partnered with Enlace Chicago, Lakeview Pantry, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, and People for Community Recovery to give back to local nonprofit agencies that are supporting Chicago residents.“The students are working in teams on the projects as part of their senior design coursework at UIC, but the projects will take them to areas throughout Chicago,” said Revelo.The nonprofits provided a problem statement, during…
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ECE Students Win ‘Innovation Award’ at Design Expo; New Department Award Presented
A team of ECE students brought home a handful of awards for their senor design project. The team of Anthony Bertini, Dennis Goad, Nataliya Belyaeva, and Ryan Maurella were one of only two teams to win The Office of Technology Management Award for Innovation during the 28th Annual UIC Engineering Senior Design Expo on April 21, 2017, at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. The team picked up the award and $500 for their project Erebus: Automatic Gunfire Detection System.The team also received a first-place Globe Award for the project. During the expo, the students competed against 130 projects, which were presented by more than 500 students.The Erebus system is a device that will automatically recognize a gunshot…
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ECE’s First Abraham Lincoln Fellow Earns His Ph.D.
On May 6, Albert Colon went from student to Doctor of Philosophy during the hooding ceremony -- signifying his successful completion of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s graduate program -- during UIC’s spring commencement. Colon was not be alone during the ceremony, but he does hold one special distinction. Colon graduated as the first ECE student awarded the Abraham Lincoln Fellowship.The goal of UIC’s Abraham Lincoln Fellowship program is to increase the excellence and diversity of the graduate student body by attracting applicants who have overcome obstacles to achieve academic success, like President Lincoln himself, who by his words and actions forged the framework for America's pursuit of freedom, equality and justice. All applicants must be nominated by their departments,…
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Prolific Pair Awarded Scholarships from IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society
Two prolific ECE students were recently awarded scholarships from the Chicago Chapter of the IEEE Electromagnetic Compatibility Society. Seiran Khaledian, a second year Ph.D. student, was awarded $1,000 and Farhad Farzami, a third year Ph.D. student, received $500 for their achievements in research.“Ms. Khaledian is a very bright student, who is making very good progress in her research with a lot of potential for success,” said ECE Professor Danilo Erricolo, who is the director of the Andrew Electromagnetics Laboratory at UIC. “On an academic level, I know that she is an excellent student because she has taken two courses with me and she received an A grade in both of them."“Ms. Khaledian has a very dedicated and sincere approach towards…
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ECE Faculty Member Awarded for Outstanding Teaching Performance
Kim Fitzgerald takes a lot of pride in her work. And for her dedication, the lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), was selected by her peers to receive a “2016 - 2017 Teaching Recognition Program” (TRP) award for her outstanding teaching contributions at UIC.The award, which comes from the UIC Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities, recognizes faculty members who concluded that her “teaching is an excellent example of the high quality of instruction that characterizes the best of UIC.”She was one of only a handful of faculty members throughout the university to receive the award. The review committee considered multiple variables, including her statement, student feedback, peer reviews, course materials, mentoring of students, curriculum…
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Professor Devroye is Pushing the Limits of Wireless Communication
Natasha Devroye is making wireless communications more efficient. The associate professor in UIC’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) is researching a way to make it reliable, faster, and safer.An expert in information theory, which is the mathematical theory behind communications, she researches the understanding behind wireless communications like cellphones, Wi-Fi, radio receivers, and more.“What information theory does is look at the fundamental boundaries of how fast you should be able to communicate,” said Devroye. “It often leads industry to explore different directions. I see it as a guide for industry for what directions to build their systems.”Consumers and industry experts continuously want technology pushed to the next level as they seek more data and faster speeds. There are…
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Professor Zhang Research Focuses on Enhancing Memory System Dependability
Professor Zhao Zhang recently joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and he is already making an impact.            When he isn’t teaching students in the classroom, the associate professor is researching computer architecture, parallel and distributed systems, and architectural support for system security. His research is geared toward making efficient designs to improve performance, energy efficiency, and reliability of personal and server computers.“Current schemes for memory error protection are no longer sufficient for reliable operation of server computers,” said Zhang. “The project I’m working on explores a unique error protection scheme called MemGuard, which is based on checking memory integrity to enhance memory error protections for server computers as well as to provide a cost- and energy-efficient solution for…
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Professor Stroscio Elected to the AIMBE College of Fellows
Congratulations to ECE Distinguished Professor Michael Stroscio on being elected to the College of Fellows at the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). AIMBE College of Fellows represents the most accomplished and distinguished medical and biological engineers responsible for innovation and discovery.Stroscio, who is the co-director of the Nanoengineering Research Laboratory at UIC, was nominated for membership by an AIMBE Fellow, reviewed by his peers, and accepted based on his contributions to research. “It’s based in part on the interdisciplinary research done with Bioengineering and ECE graduate students over the last 15 years on the application of nanotechnology for biomedical applications as well as the application of semiconductor, nanostructures, and biomolecules to make novel nanobiosensors,” said Stroscio.AIMBE is…
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