Department News

Professor David Long recieves NASA Group Achievement Award

Professor David Long recieved a NASA Group Achievement Award "for outstanding accomplishments in the Characterization of Arctic Sea Ice Experiment (CASIE), conducted in Svalbard, Norway, July 2009".  He and his students operated a small synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system aboard the CASIE unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to collect radar images of sea ice.

The NASA/Ames Laboroatory also presented the CASIE Project Team with a "Ames Honor Award" for excellence.


BYU Authors Win Best Paper Award

Michael Rice and Oluwasegun Tinubi won the "Best Paper" award at the International Telemetering Conference (ITC) this week. The paper, titled, "The Range Area Network: A New Approach to Aeronautical Telemetry" describes an application of sensor networks to test ranges. Oluwasegun who received his MS degree from BYU in August 2010, received is BSEE degree in his home country of Nigeria. After serving a mission, he enrolled in the ECE graduate program here at BYU.

BYU is one of six university programs sponsored by the International Foundation for Telemetering, the organization that underwrites the International Telemetering Conference.


Prof. Karl Warnick publishes a new textbook

Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Karl Warnick recently published the textbook “Numerical Methods for Engineering: An Introduction Using MATLAB and Computational Electromagnetics” on state-of- the-art computer-aided analysis and design tools for antennas, microwave systems, optical components, and wireless communications applications. See http://www.scitechpub.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=611 for more information about the book.


Undergraduate student wins Best Student Paper award

Paul Bartholomew, an undergraduate student in electrical engineering, recently won a Best Undergraduate Student Paper award at the Four Corners conference of the American Physical Society held at Weber State University on October 15-16, 2010. His paper was titled, "Measurement of steel corrosion in concrete by impedance spectroscopy." Coauthors were Eric Sumsion, W. Spencer Guthrie, and Brian Mazzeo.


Professor Hawkins helps slow down light with a silicon chip

A tiny optical device built into a silicon chip has achieved the slowest light propagation on a chip to date, reducing the speed of light by a factor of 1,200 in a study reported in Nature Photonics (published online September 5 and in the November print issue).

The ability to control light pulses on an integrated chip-based platform is a major step toward the realization of all-optical quantum communication networks, with potentially vast improvements in ultra-low-power performance. Aaron Hawkins, Brigham Young University electrical engineering professor, was part of the team that developed the new device.


BYU Alumnus appointed Dean at JUST

Mohammad Al-Rousan (PhD 1996) was recently appointed Dean of the College of Information Technology at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, where he is also a Professor of Network Engineering and Security. Dr. Al-Rousan was on the faculty of the University of Sharjah (UAE) from 2002 to 2010. His research interests include wireless sensor networks and protocols.


Professor Michael Rice Contributes to New Book

A new book hit the streets in August 2010. The book, Principles of Waveform Diversity and Design, is published by SciTech Publishing, and is the first book dedicated to current and future applications of waveform diversity in radar, sonar, communications, and passive sensing. Along with former PhD student Tom Nelson, Prof. Rice contributed Chapter 28: MIMO Communications Using Offset Modulations. The chapter was based on a presentation given by Michael Rice and Tom Nelson at the Waveform Diversity and Design Conference in 2006. Rice and Nelson were invited to expand their presentation to a full chapter for the book. Tom Nelson completed his PhD, titled, "Space-Time Coding With Offset Modulations," in 2007 and now works for L-3 Communications, Communication Systems - West in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Professor Comer Motorcycles to Conference

Presenting a paper at a circuits conference is nothing new for Dr. Dave Comer.  However, the mode of transportation used to travel to the 2010 Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS) in Seattle was somewhat unusual.

Dr. Comer presented a paper entitled, "A high-gain, low-power CMOS op amp using composite cascode stages," at the 53rd annual MWSCAS.  The paper was coauthored by Dr. Don Comer and MS student Rishi Pratap Singh.

After the paper was selected for presentation, Dr. Comer, an avid Harley rider, decided to travel to Seattle on his Road King with his wife. 

Combining his conference attendance with vacation time, the couple traveled on to British Columbia, Canada after the conference ended.  The 17-day trip covered 2500 miles with only two days of travel in the rain.

Dr. Comer joked that he was probably the oldest conference speaker and the only one that traveled to Seattle on a motorcycle.


Professors Hawkins and Schultz publish new ECEn book

Electrical and Computer Engineering professors Aaron Hawkins and Stephen Schultz recently published “Practically Magic: A Guide to Electrical and Computer Engineering”. The book was designed as an introduction to ECE for high school and college students, researching career options. 

“The book was written at a very basic level and includes historical anecdotes, projected technology breakthroughs, and around 250 pictures and figures”, commented Hawkins.
 
The guide highlights integral ECE concepts and was written to cultivate an interest in the span of the entire field.
 
For more information and instructions to purchase, click here.


Michael Jensen named editor-in-chief

ECEn department chair Michael Jensen was recently named editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Antennas & Propagation, a top journal in the field of antennas and propagation.

Michael Jensen began his appointment on Sunday Augutst 1st, 2010. Jensen received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU and his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles. He returned to BYU in 1994 where he teaches classes in electromagnetic, high-frequency circuit design and signal processing for communications.

IEEE Transactions has been published since 1952 and has announced new discoveries, research progress and information on education. According to its website, it is one of the top 10 journals published in the telecommunications field.

The journal has an international reach with associate editors from the United States, Japan, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Canada and the People’s Republic of China. The journal also gives awards yearly for best papers written in the field.


Dr. Penry receives NSF grant

Dr. Penry has been awarded a research grant from the National Science Foundation's Computing and Communication Foundations Division for research leading to Assisted Partitioning and Automated Synthesis of Hybrid Manycore Simulators.


ECEn PhD student wins first place in Paper Contest

ECEn graduate student Brent Williams who has finished his PhD and will formally graduate in August 2010, attended the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) last week along with 2000 other engineers.  He won first place in the student paper contest, a very prestigious honor.  The is the second time he has one first place at an IGARSS meeting.  The first time was in 2008.


ECEn Engineers install new antenna on world’s largest radio telescope

Professors Jeffs and Warnick along with a few ECEn students installed a super-sensitive antenna for processing signals from deep space at about the same spot where Pierce Brosnan and Sean Bean battled it out in the James Bond film GoldenEye. Click the article heading to read more about their experience.


2 ECEn students among 16 to receive NSF fellowships

Brian G. Buss and Bryan Haslam both Electrical Engineering students are two of sixteen BYU students who recently received prestigious post-graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation – the most BYU students have earned in any given year. Brian G. Buss will be headed to the University of Michigan while Bryan Haslam is headed to MIT.


June 1, 2010: Dr. Penry presents paper at ISCAS 2010

Dr. Penry presented Partitioning and Synthesis for Hybrid Architecture

Simulators on June 1 at the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on

Circuits and Systems held in Paris, France.

 


May 17, 2010: Dr. Penry presents poster at CF 2010

Dr. Penry presented Exposing Parallelism and Locality in a Runtime

Parallel Optimization Framework on May 17 at the 2010 ACM International

Conference on Computing Frontiers held in Bertinoro, Italy.

 


ECE on Display in the news!

Our students recently unveiled their senior projects at ECE on Display. Please vist the following URL's to learn more about just a few of the projects

http://news.byu.edu/archive10-apr-electricalengineeringday.aspx 

http://universe.byu.edu/node/7609


Dr. Hawkins co-authors book defining field

Aaron Hawkins, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is an editor of the recently-released Handbook of Optofluidics. The book is one of the first comprehensive resources on the emerging field of optofluidics, which involves the use of fluids to modify optical properties and the use of optical devices to detect flowing media.


Professor's Dave and Don Comer co-author article published in the March issue of the International Journal of Electronics (British).

An article entitled "A high-gain CMOS op amp using composite cascode stages," written by Don Comer, Dave Comer, and PhD graduate, Lisha Li was recently published in the March issue of the International Journal of Electronics (British). The article reports work by the BYU Mixed-Signal Circuits group that maximizes op amp gain by operating several of the MOS devices in the subthreshold region. Research in the subthreshold operation of amplifier stages is continuing in an effort to minimize power consumption for portable applications in the biomedical instrumentation area.


ECE on Display

Please join the Electrical and Computer Engineering department for ECE on diplay. To be held on April 1, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Wilkinson Center Garden Court. Come look at this challenging, rewarding, and in-demand field! Lots of very cool senior projects will be on display. See you there

 


Undergraduate Research Rotations Information Meeting

The ECEn department is offering a new undergraduate research rotations program. An information meeting will take place at 5pm Thursday Jan. 14 in 254 CB. We will show brief presentations about some exciting department research projects, and interested students will be able to sign up to participate in research rotations in two labs over the next few weeks. The time commitment will be small (1-2 hours per week) and you can participate even if you have another campus job or are working in a lab already. The idea is to give students a flavor of some of the cool things that are happening in the department without having to make a commitment to any particular project. This activity is for Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors in Electrical and Computer Engineering, but students from other programs can participate if they wish. Finally, pizza will be provided!


IMMERSE documentary to be broadcast on BYU Television

A documentary highlighting the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's IMMERSE program will air on BYU Television Jan. 12 at 11 p.m. and again Jan. 27 at 1:30 p.m. Intensive Mentoring and Micro-Electronics Research for Students in Engineering gives undergrads the opportunity to be paid as researchers and trained through one-on-one interactions with faculty and experienced students.  A preview of the documentary can be viewed here.


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