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ECE Professor George Uslenghi

The IEEE Antenna and Propagation society has just approved and announced a yearly "Piergiorgio Uslenghi Best Letter Award"! Final formal approval of this award is expected at the IEEE Board meeting in November 2008. Congratulations to Professor Uslenghi for this singular honor.

Michael Stroscio has been appointed as an Associate Editor of the Proceedings of the IEEE.
For the second year, the department hosted Summer Teaching Institute for High School Science under the aegis of the Project Lead The Way – Illinois program ( from July 20, 2008 through August 1, 2008. Teachers from high school within Illinois and as far away as California are attending this program. The two basic courses of the eight courses developed for the program, Principles of Engineering and Introduction to Engineering Design are offered. Professors Robert Becker and Vladimir Goncharroff served as affiliate instructors, respectively. While the teachers were on campus, they were introduced to some of the exciting research activities that are being carried out and they had an opportunity to learn about the educational programs at UIC for their students.

The Project Lead The Way program is a nationally organized program designed to provide high school students with hands-on experience in engineering and to help prepare diverse student body to enter STEM disciplines in college and be successful.

Michael Stroscio has been appointed to a National Academies NRC Board for Army Science and Technology to advise the Department of Army on Science and Technology research needs.
The late Dr. Harold A. Simon was a UIC professor of mechanical engineering renowned for his teaching excellence. In 1985, as a memorial to Dr. Simon, an award recognizing teaching excellence was established by the College of Engineering. One award is presented each year to a faculty member who exemplifies the dedication, distinguished service, and teaching excellence that were the hallmarks of the late Dr. Simon's career. Congratulations to Professor Preimer for winning this distinguished award. Those who have been his students, however, are not at all surprised that he was the winner!
Silver Circle Awards for Teaching Excellence are awarded to winners who are selected each year by graduating seniors. Professor Becker is again the winner this year – his sixth time winning this award.

Faculty News


Congratulations to Professor Sudip K. Mazumder on receiving a new US patent on Room Monitoring and Lighting System

Title of the patent: Room monitoring and lighting system

USPTO Patent #: 7268682


A system for improving the safety of a room occupied by a patient includes a sensor for monitoring when the patient is out of bed. The sensor sends a signal that gives an alert to a care giver that the patient is out of bed. Lights in the room are slowly illuminated to provide light for the patient. A second sensor may sense when the patient has returned to bed and correspondingly dim the lights.

The history of the patient being in and out of bed, and of the care giver responding to alerts may be recorded in a log. A programmable micro controller is used to control the system.



Congratulations to Muhammad Tahir and Professor Sudip K. Mazumder on receiving the Outstanding Student Paper Award.

A paper authored by Muhammad Tahir and Professor Sudip K. Mazumder entitled “Markov Chain Model for Performance Analysis of Transmitter Power Control in Wireless MAC Protocol: Towards Delay Minimization in Power-network Control” received the Outstanding Student Paper Award. It was presented at the IEEE 21st International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications, held at Niagara Falls, Canada between May 21-23, 2007.


Congratulations to ECE Student Tirthajyoti Sarkar, a PhD student of Sudip Mazumder.

The 2007 Joseph J. Suozzi INTELEC Fellowship in Power Electronics was awarded to Tirthajyoti Sarkar, a PhD of Sudip Mazumder. The single $10,000 award is given for research activities applicable to power for communication systems; it is also an IEEE Power Electronics Society award.


Congratulations to ECE Students Badria Elnour, Subhrangshu Mallik, and Tirthajyoti Sarkar.

Congratulations to Danilo Erricolo’s PhD student Badria Elnour, who was recently awarded the 2006/2007 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Graduate Fellowship award. Only five awards were given: three in the U.S., one to Turkey and another to Canada. They are listed at

Subhrangshu Mallik (Sid Ghosh's PhD student) received the Dean's Fellowhip this year. Congratulations Subhrangshu!


Professor George Uslenghi receives IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award.

Congratulations to Professor Piergiorgio L. E. Uslenghi for having received the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Distinguished Achievement Award! This is the highest award that the Antennas and Propagation Society can bestow on its members. The award will be presented at the 2007 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, June 10 - 15, 2007, Honolulu, Hawaii.


Professor Danilo Erricolo received a DURIP award for a precise positioning system for antenna.

Professor Danilo Erricolo received a DURIP award for a precise positioning system for his antenna. He received one of the 199 awards overall this year, of which only five came to Illinois.

Grants 2008


“EMP- Hardened SiC Optical Switch”, GeneSIC Semiconductors Inc., Sudip Mazumder, $374,999.00, 9/1/2007 - 1/31/2009.

“Fault Tolerance in Crypto Hardware via Dynamic Assertion Checking,” National Science Foundation, Kaijie Wu, $231,735.00, 9/1/2008 – 8/31/2011
“Photonically-triggered SiC-GaN and Superjunction based High-gain, High-temperature, and High-voltage Bipolar Power Transistor,” National Science Foundation, Sudip Mazumder, $307,646 , 8/15/2008- 7/31/2011.
“The Challenge of Integrating MagneticNanostructures into Functional 3-D Devices”, NSF, Vitali Metlushko, $341,018, 8/15/2008- 7/31/2011.
“An Objective Measure of Baby Cry,” National Institute of Health (NIH), Roland Priemer and T. Magee, $148,000.00 9/1/2008 – 8/31/2010.
“Hybrid-Modulation Based High-Power High Frequency and Scalable SiC Ployphase Fuel-Cell Inverter for Power Quality And Distributed Generation” National Science Foundation, Sudip Mazumder, $270,000.00, 8/15/2007- 7/31/2010.
“DURIP: A high performance real-time simulation system for multiscale analysis of advanced power and control networks and hardware in the loop testing”, Office of Naval Research, Sudip Mazumder, $310,000.00 5/15/08 – 5/14/09.
“Algorithms For Simultaneous Exploration Of Multi-Domain Transforms For Design Closure In Emerging Technologies” National Science Foundation, Shantanu Dutt, $250,000.00, 8/1/2008 - 7/31/2011.
“Rapid Detection Nano-Sensors for Biological Warfare Agents in Buildings And HVAC Systems”, EPIR Technologies Inc, ( US Army CRREL), Mitra Dutta, $239,965.00 2/1/2008 - 1/31/2010.
“Integrated Nanoscale-Semiconductor-Biological Systems ---- Applications To Advanced Architecture For Biological Agent Detection And Discrimination” US Army Research Office (ARO), Michael Stroscio, $550,401.00, 6/1/2008 - 5/31/2012.
“Coherent Oscillator Project,” Northrop Grumman Corporation, Sharad Laxpati, $44,000.00, 5/15/08 – 9/31/08.
“Quantum Engineering Of Nanostructures for Optoelectronic Devices With Optimum Performance” US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), Michael Stroscio and Mitra Dutta, $391,150.00, 3/15/2008 - 3/14/2011

Grants 2007

“EMP- Hardened SiC Optical Switch”, GeneSIC Semiconductors Inc., Sudip Mazumder, $33,000.00, 8/1/2007 - 1/31/2008
“Collaborative Research: CSR-SMA: Thermal Modeling, Simulation and Management Of Memory Subsystems For Multi-Core Systems, “National Science Foundation, Zhichun Zhu $40,000.00, 8/1/2007 - 7/31/2008.
“Interactive Vision: Collaborative Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output Inverse Problems With Applications In Image And Video Processing,” National Science Foundation, Dan Schonfeld, $232,496.00, 5/21/2007 - 5/20/2010.
“STTR Phase 1 : Broadband LWIR C-IHET FPA For Discrimination Seekers (Unclassified)”, Intelligent Epitaxy Technology Inc./ (MDA) Mitra Dutta, $30,031.00 9/1/2007 - 2/28/2008
“CAREER: Etiquette For Collaborative Communication And Networking,” National Science Foundation, Daniela Tuninetti, $400,000.00, 7/1/2007 - 6/30/2012
“DURIP: Acquisition of Instrumentation For High-Frequency Measurements At The University Of Illinois At Chicago”, US Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) Danilo Erricolo, $138,350.00, 8/1/2007 - 7/31/2008.
“Metamaterial-Based Antennas for Miniaturized Multi-Brand Wireless System”, Bridge Waves Electronics, David Hung-Yu Yang, $70,000.00, 7/1/2007 - 6/30/2009.
“Bi-Directional DC/DC Converter for PHEV Applications”, US Hybrid Corporation, Sudip Mazumder, $348,709.00, 7/1/2007 - 6/30/2010.
“Modular and Efficient Power Converter with Source Ripple-Current Mitigation”, US Hybrid Corporation, Sudip Mazumder, $114,000, 5/1/2007 -4/30/2010.
“Optically Gated High Power Solid State Switch (SiC-OGHSS) for Pulse Power Application”, Department of Energy, Sudip Mazumder, $100,000.00, 7/1/2007 - 3/31/2008.
“ A Hardware Software Codesign Environment for Low-Power Embedded Systems,” Intel Corp., Prith Banerjee, $100,000.00, 7/1/2006 -8/16/2008.
“Ultralow Thermal Conductivity Instulation”, Office of Naval Research ONR – TRECC, Alan Feinerman, $40,000.00 5/1/07 – 12/31/07.
“REU:Advanced Materials”, National Science Foundation, Siddhartha Ghosh and Christos Takoudis, $250,000.00, 08/15/07 – 08/14/08.
“AF Tricorder and LEP Nonlinear Optics”, Air Force Office of Surgeon General, Alan Feinerman, $15,944,958.00 10/1/07 – 8/31/11.
“Machine Learning and Event Detection in Biological Systems”, VG BioInformatics, Dan Schonfeld, $40,000.00, 8/16/07 – 5/16/08.
“Signal Communication and Processing in a RFID Sensor Network System”, Your Life Essentials, Dan Schonfeld, 5/17/07 – 12/31/08.
"Electromagnetic Signature of Edge-Structures for Unexploded Ordnance Detection" , NATO- Politecnico do Torino, $12,862.26, Piergiorgio Uslenghi, 3/1/07- 2/28/09.
“An Adaptive Nonlinear Control Strategy Inspired by Biological Control Systems for Powertrain Control", MRC, $21,250, Derong Liu, 9/1/07-8/31/08.
“Rapid Detection Of Pathogens In Buildings And HVAC Systems”, EPIR Technologies Inc, Mitra Dutta, $33,890.00, 9/6/2006 - 3/5/2007.
“A Hardware/software Design Environment For Reconfigurable Communication Systems, Binachip Inc, Prithviraj Banerjee, $200,000.00 1/1/2007 - 12/31/2008.
“A High Level Synthesis Tool For FPGA Design Using Software Binaries”, Binachip Inc, Prithviraj Banerjee, $30,000.00, 3/1/2007 - 8/31/2007.
“Electromagnetic Signature Of Edge-Structures For Unexploded Ordinance Detection”, Politecnico di Torino, Piergiorgio Uslenghi, $12,861.78, 3/1/2007 -2/28/2009.
“MotionSearch: Motion Trajectory-Based Object Activity Retrieval and Recognition from Video and Sensor Databases”, National Science Foundation, $72,000.00, Ashfaq Khokhar and Dan Schonfeld, 2007-2010.
“Reliable Information Dissemination and Resource Discovery in Mobile Environments,” A. Ouksel, Ashfaq Khokhar, National Science Foundation, $162,231 2007-2009.

Archived News


Professor Arye Nehorai Professor Arye Nehorai was elected Distinguished Lecturer, IEEE Signal Processing Society, for the term January 2004 to December 2005.


Professor Sudip Mazumder receives the NSF CAREER Award for 2003.

Proposal Information:
Title: Nonlinear Analyses and Robust Control of Interactive Power Networks
Program Name: CNCI (NSF)
Program Officer: James Momoh
Effective Date: February 1, 2003
Duration: 60 months
Amount of Funding: $400,000

Prof. Mazumder has also been invited to serve as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics. Dr. Mazumder already serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Power Electronics Letters.


Mitra Dutta joins U.S. Homeland Security Group--> ECE head of department Mittra Dutta was appointed to an advisory committee on counterterroism
Professor Shantanu Dutt has been awarded a grant of $298,213 by the National Science Foundation effective Jan 1, 2003 for a duration of 3 years for support of the project "Incremental Placement and Routing Algorithms for FPGA and VLSI Circuits.".


Professor Derong Liu recently received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the next three years. This grant is in support to his study on "Control and Management Problems in CDMA Cellular Networks" which has been supported in the past few years by the NSF CAREER program.

Professor Derong Liu recently published a book entitled "Qualitative Analysis and Synthesis of Recurrent Neural Networks." The book is coauthored with Anthony N. Michel from the University of Notre Dame and is published by Marcel Dekker, New York (2002, ISBN: 0-8247-0767-2).


Professor Arye Nehorai was elected Vice President-Publications of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for the term January 2003 through December 2005. The Signal Processing Society has 22,000 members around the world, and is one of the largest societies of the IEEE.

Professor Nehorai has been Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing since January 2000.


Professor Arye Nehorai was elected Vice President-Publications of the IEEE Signal Processing Society for the term January 2003 through December 2005. The Signal Processing Society has 22,000 members around the world, and is one of the largest societies of the IEEE.

Professor Nehorai has been Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing since January 2000.


Professor Florin Balasa has received the NSF CAREER Award: Data-flow Analysis in the Memory Management of Real-Time Multimedia Processing Systems.This research focuses on devising novel techniques based on data-flow analysis in the memory management of real-time multidimensional signal processing. Data-flow analysis is the steering exploration mechanism along this project, allowing more exploration freedom than the traditional scheduling -based investigation, since the memory management tasks usually need only relative (rather than exact) lifetime information. Moreover, data-flow analysis enables the study of memory management tasks at the desired level of granularity -- between whole array and the scalar level -- trading-off computational effort and solution optimality.


Professor Arye Nehorai was Plenary Speaker at the 6th Biennial Conference on Signal Processing and Communications (SPCOM01), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, July 2001. He was also Keynote Speaker at the 3rd International Conference on Information, Communications and Signal Processing (ICICS2001), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, October 2001. He will serve as Co-General Chair, Second IEEE Sensor Array and Multichannel Signal Processing Workshop (SAM 2002), Washington, DC, August 2002. He served in this position also at SAM 2000. His first UIC-graduated PhD student (Aleksandar Dogandzic) was appointed Assistant Professor at Iowa State University in August 2001.


Professor Dan Schonfeld has been invited to be a member of the Standards Technical Panel for Audio/Video & Musical Instrument Apparatus for Household, Commercial & Similar General Use, STP 6500.


Professor Mitra Dutta - New Department Head Professor Dutta joins the ECE faculty as the Head of the Department. Prof. Dutta comes to UIC after an award-winning stint at the U.S. Army Research Office. Dr. Dutta is the author and co-author of over 350 publications and presentations. Her achievements include twenty-six US and Canadian patents...

Professor Michael Stroscio - New Faculty Professor Stroscio is an IEEE fellow since 1992. Prof. Stroscio has produced nearly 500 publications, presentations, and inventions in the fields of solid state physics and electronics, nanoscience, plasma physics, fluid mechanics, atomic physics, and quantum electrodynamics. He is the co-author of two books, and co-editor of three books...

Professors Dutta and Stroscio have authored a new manual, Phonons in Nanostructures, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001, ISBN: 0521792797.


At right, Mr. Jeffrey Hamner, Manager of Corporate Research, Proctor & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH announcing the donation of its patents on Smart Power Management (SPM) technologies to UIC. Dr. Krishna Shenai(left), Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Principal Investigator of the project looks on besides Dr. Sylvia Manning, Chancellor of UIC. details
Cliff Curry - New Lecturer Dr. Cliff Curry has recently joined the ECE team as a Lecturer and Research Scientist. Dr. Curry's research interests are in the areas of microwave circuits and metrology. He has done much research in developing measurement techniques and models for non-linear circuits that are used in wireless...
Professor Sudip Mazumder - New Faculty Professor Mazumder is an ECE Assistant Professor. His research interests include power electronics, motor drives and controls. Prof. Mazumder is a significant contributor to the ONR research initiative on the development of methodologies for control strategies and stability analyses of power-...
Professor Wolfgang-Martin Boerner The University Council of the Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics unanimously honored Prof. Boerner with the degree of Honoured Doctor (Doctor honoris causa) of the Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radioelectronics This honor is awarded to Russian and foreign scientists known through their scientific and engineering achievements, having scientific degrees and having added to the TUCSR development, financial improvement and prestige in the international educational and scientific society. Prof. Boerner received this honor for his involvement in advancing remote sensing techniques for the air/space-borne monitoring of the Siberian environment including its tundra, taiga, marshes and the Baikal Lake Rift Zone.
Professor Milos Zefran has received the National Science Foundation CAREER AWARD for developing a systematic framework for design of a new generation of personal robotic systems that are reliable, safe and suitable for mass production. This research could bridge the gap between the research on high-level reasoning which guarantees autonomy and low level control that ensures safety and high mechanical performance. This type of personal robot could revolutionize everyday life in a similar way that computers have during the last decade.
Professor Piergiorgio Uslenghi was elected President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society for the year 2001, after serving as Vice President in the year 2000. The Society has about ten thousand professional members in some sixty countries. It is the main professional organization dealing with the radiation, propagation and scattering of electromagnetic waves, with applications to antennas, arrays, microwaves, optical systems, radars, and wireless communications. Chair of Commission B - Fields and Waves, United States National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI)

Prof. Uslenghi was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy, in a ceremony presided by the Prime Minister of Italy on April 10, 2001. The Polytechnic of Turin is one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities in Europe. Prof. Uslenghi received a doctorate in electrical engineering, summa cum laude, from the Polytechnic in 1960.

Prof. Uslenghi was appointed the first Editor-in-Chief of Editor of Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, a new web-based scientific publication, in January 2001, for a three-year period.

Prof. Uslenghi has been awarded a Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) Grant by the Department of Defense in Spring 2001. The grant is for over four million dollars for a five-year period, and will deal with the analysis and design of ultrawide-band and high-power microwave pulse interactions with electronic circuits and systems. UIC, with Dr. Uslenghi as Principal Investigator, is the leading institution of a consortium of five universities which includes Clemson University, the University of Houston, UIUC, and the University of Michigan as subcontractors.

Student News


Lucia Valbonesi, an ECE student, was pursuing joint degrees at UIC and Politecnico de Milano. Upon graduation from Milan, she received the Marisa Bellisario award for the best graduating female student in Engineering in Italy. Attached is a picture of Lucia at the awarding ceremony holding the gold apple award. Lucia is currently doing her PhD in the ECE department at UIC.

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