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ECE Senior Design Expo at UIC in Chicago
ECE Students Show Talent and Ingenuity at Design Expo
ECE students showed their talents and ingenuity during the 29th Annual UIC Engineering Senior Design Expo on Friday, April 27, at the UIC Forum. ECE students were among more than 528 seniors from the College of Engineering (COE) presenting within 27 project categories. Eleven ECE teams were named Best in Category – some teams tied for first - in the eight categories in which they participated. The Best in Category In the Electronics Engineering category, Paul Benjamin Johnson and Joshua H. Tang nabbed the top spot with their Velo Nexus.The project leverages the power of a smartphone to add additional sensors easily and on demand allow for variability for an individual user’s needs and wants related to a bicycle ride.  Controlling…
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ECE Alum Suyu Zhang of Chicago tech startup Chowbus
Alumnus on the Road to Success with Tech Startup
Ordering food online can get expensive quickly when you add the delivery fee and tip to the total. Unless the order is placed through the online app Chowbus, a Chicago-based tech startup that charges a modest $1 for deliveries.Co-founded by UIC alumnus Suyu Zhang, who serves as the company’s chief technology officer, Chowbus curates and delivers top-notch ethnic food with a rotating menu. The company started selling food online in 2015. Zhang has a background in mobile apps and he and the co-founder started working on their app, which was launched in March of 2016. Now, they are generating approximately $600,000 a month. The idea for a low delivery fee came from personal experiences ordering food while Zhang was working…
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ECE_IGOr's class competition
[Video] Mechatronics Students Competed with their Autonomous Vehicles
ECE Professor Igor Paprotny's Mechatronic Systems Design Laboratory class competed with their autonomous vehicles at the end of the semester. The video has an introduction fro Professor Paprotny, and the competition starts at the 19 minute mark for those who want to jump to ahead to see the cars in action. This is only one round of the race, but shows all of the teams competing.The picture above shows the wining teams, which were team DOV (three students at right) and team Goldstar (left), who tied for first place with 17.4 second and 17.64 second lap times.Learn more about the ECE courses offered at Undergraduate Course Offerings.
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EWH ECE student Jessica with BioE Aseel
ECE Students Addressing Global Health Needs
Students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and their peers from the College of Engineering are taking on challenges to improve health care in the developing world. As members of UIC’s chapter of Engineering World Health (EWH), the students are using their engineering knowledge and skills to help people in Vietnam and beyond.When they are not in the classroom, the students are working together to build unique devices at UIC. This past year, the students constructed a prosthetic arm for a 10-year-old girl in Vietnam, who lost her arm in a playground accident. They also developed a hearing test device that can be easily replicated and used in a variety of locations around the world.“I’m working on…
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Wally and Laxpati ECE New Book
Professors Bring a Lifetime of Experience and a Fresh Approach to New Textbook
Two ECE professors have used their vast knowledge and long-time experience to provide a unique approach to an introductory course textbook on signal processing. Associate Professor Emeritus Sharad Laxpati and Lecturer Vladimir “Wally” Goncharoff recently released “Practical Signal Processing and Its Applications,” which is volume 17 in the Advanced Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering book series. “The target audience for our textbook are university students who are taking their first course on signal processing,” said Goncharoff. “Because many useful tables, examples of practical applications and computer code are included, this textbook is also useful as a reference book for engineering students in other departments and for practicing engineers.” The purpose of the series is to publish work of high quality…
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ECE student Anastasios community presentation at UIC
ECE Student Receives Chancellor’s Student Service Award
ECE student Anastasios Kokkinias received the 2018 Chancellor’s Student Service Award during UIC’s 46th Annual Chancellor’s Student Service and Leadership Awards (CSSLA) Ceremony on April 19.The award recognizes outstanding student leaders and student volunteers who, while maintaining high academic achievement, demonstrate a commitment to the UIC community through participation in student organizations and campus activities and throughout the greater Chicagoland area through active service and community engagement.Clinical Assistant Professor Renata A. Revelo, of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), nominated Kokkinias for his outstanding work on a senior design project, which provided much needed support to a Chicago nonprofit.“[Kokkinias] had extensive service to the University and he was a key team player in the design and coordination with Little…
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Professor Mazumder Awarded More Than $1 Million for ‘Universal Battery Supercharger’ Research
Professor Sudip Mazumder, of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), received $1,047,717 in new funding from Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for his three-year project titled Universal Battery Supercharger.For this project, Mazumder, who serves as the Director of UIC’s Laboratory for Energy and Switching-Electronics Systems, is planning to use a 60 kW wide-bandgap universal battery supercharger for the DC quick-charging (DCQC) of the electric vehicles. The supercharger is designed using a unique AC/DC converter system that offers multiple advantages including high efficiency, high power density, reduced component count, low electromagnetic noise, light weight, high reliability, and low cost.“To achieve compactness, we use fast-switching silicon-carbide (SiC) field-effect transistors (FETs) with integrated gate-drivers, and we use a novel hybrid-modulation method…
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Professor Mazumder Awarded Grants for Power Semiconductor Device Control and Cyber Physical Energy Systems Research
In 2017, ECE Professor Sudip K. Mazumder traveled the globe to deliver keynote lectures at the IEEE Southern Power Electronics Conference in Chile and the IEEE Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems Conference in Brazil. He also delivered IEEE PELS distinguished lectures in India, Chile, and the United States. The prolific professor also was the co-recipient of his 10th U.S. patent entitled Insulated-gate photoconductive semiconductor switch.Mazumder, who is the Director of UIC’s Laboratory for Energy and Switching-Electronics Systems, was awarded two new research grants, which means he doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon.The first grant is for research in the power electronics area and the research is titled Control of Next Generation Naval Wide-Bandgap Power-Electronic Systems using Predictive Switching Sequences and…
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