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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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Professor Paprotny Making Advancements on Wearable Sensors for Measuring Air Quality
Professor Igor Paprotny is on a roll! The prolific researcher is making significant advancements on two wearable sensors he is developing in his laboratory in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UIC.The first project entitled “PM Badge: A Wearable MEMS Direct-Read Mass PM2.5 Sensor" is geared toward the development of a wearable sensor that is much smaller and more accurate than the instrumentation currently used by the EPA to measure air pollution, which is about the size of a toaster or a desktop computer.“Exposure assessment is needed to address environmental issues arising from increased exposure to airborne particulate matter (PM),” said Paprotny. “This project will carry out research on developing and miniaturizing PM sensors with potentially major improvement…
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ECE Students Help Introduce Engineering to Elementary Students
Photo by Pawel KonopkaStudents from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and their peers from every area of UIC’s College of Engineering hosted Mom, Me, and SWE on Nov.12 at UIC. The Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) event is an outreach program for fifth-, sixth- and seventh-grade female students and their parents with the goal to expose young female students to engineering with hands on activities and to encourage the students to start thinking about engineering as a viable career path.More than 30 students and parents participated in the free event, which focused on Electrical and Computer Engineering. ECE students Stephanie Sagun, of Park Forest, Ill., and Megan Dague, of Fox Lake, Ill, provided an overview about the…
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Repairing Rwanda
Video of Joshua's experience in Rwanda is available here.Joshua Shubert didn't have much time to celebrate graduation. On May 28, the new Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) alumnus flew to Rwanda with Engineering World Health (EWH) for a two-month project, where he used his talent to repair medical equipment.During the first month of the project he was in the city of Kigali, where he underwent training to on how to repair medical equipment, while learning the local language and brushing up on the French he learned in high school. The second moth proved to be "the ultimate test of [his] engineering knowledge.""My partner, Jeff Chininis from the University of Missouri, and I were able to do a substantial…
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