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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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Professor Danilo Erricolo Takes Over Editor-in-Chief Position for IEEE Journal
ECE's faculty members have held dozens of editorial positions with prominent engineering research journals. Professor Danilo Erricolo has held half a dozen editorships with journals, which are intended to further the progress of science by reporting new research. At the beginning of August, Erricolo added another notch to the department's accomplishments as he started his appointment as the editor-in-chief of the "IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation" journal. The term of the position is for three years, and it can be renewed once for a maximum of six years of consecutive service. The "IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation" is the premier journal in the world that publishes novel research on the topic of antennas and propagation. The total number…
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Professor Michael Stroscio Wins Excellence in Teaching Award
Every year, UIC honors a select few of its most dedicated and outstanding faculty members with the Award for Excellence in Teaching. This year, Distinguished Professor Mike Stroscio, of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has been selected by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost as a recipient of the prestigious award. He was selected by past recipients of the award from nominations made by departments and colleges. He earned the award based on his accomplishments and goals in teaching, which emphasize his philosophy of teaching as well as any formal contributions to teaching effectiveness. “My basic approach as a teacher is to make sure my students are given the information on the…
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