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Professor 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. Read more.

Repairing Rwanda;ECE Graduate Spends Summer Fixing Medical Equipment in Africa (Updated Story)
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. Read more.

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. Read more.

Q&A with ECE Associate Professor Besma Smida
ECE is a growing department with several new faculty members. In the third part of this series we are introducing Associate Professor Besma Smida. Read more.

Giving Back to the Community Leads to Scholarship for ECE Student
There are a lot of benefits to giving back to the community. It can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and much more. For Wings Chipana, a senior in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, giving back to the Hispanic community changed his life and led to a small scholarship. Read more.

Gates Millennium Scholarship Winner Set to Study Electrical Engineering
Niles North High School graduate, Jinbin Cao, was recently awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship, and will be entering a honors electrical engineering program at UIC in the fall. The scholarship will cover his undergraduate tuition and will pay $30,000 per year in tuition toward a graduate degree. Read More

ECE Student Helps AIAA Team Soar to Second Place at National Competition
UIC’s American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics student chapter captured second place during the annual Mountaineer Collegiate UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Fly-Off Competition at Louis Bennett Field in Jane Lew, West Virginia. Read more.

ECE Graduate Repairing Medical Equipment in Rwanda.
Joshua Shubert didn’t have much time to celebrate graduation. On May 28, the new Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering alumnus flew to Rwanda with Engineering World Healt for a two-month project, where he will use his talent to repair medical equipment. Read more.

Six faculty members in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) have received “2016 COE Seed Funding Awards.” Only 14 proposals were chosen from among 36 submitted proposals after a review by UIC’s College of Engineering (COE) Executive Board members and the COE Administrative Council members.
The six ECE awardees are:
Professors Natasha Devroye, Besma Smida, Hulya Seferoglu, and Daniela Tuninetti for “On the Art of Communicating Highly Reliable Short Packets with Low Latency.”
Professors Besma Smida and Mojtaba Soltanalian for “ComRaDe: A fully-integrated Communication, Ranging and Detection system.”
Professor Amit Trivedi for “Unclonable, Robust, and Channel Adaptive Secret-Key Generation using Neuromorphic Peripherals for Energy-Constrained Networks.”
The review criteria is based on leveraging, significance, approach, and feasibility. Funds are for the support of exploratory research to be accomplished by the investigator(s) in one year.

ECE students were the big winners at the 27th Annual Engineering EXPO at the UIC Forum. Along with first-place finishes in their categories, ECE teams took home both top awards during the expo, which featured 119 senior design projects in 21 categories. The expo projects were all geared toward solving real-world challenges with topics representing majors from all six departments in the College of Engineering. Read more.

Q&A With ECE’s Clinical Assistant Professor Renata A. Revelo
ECE is a growing department with several new faculty members. In the second part of this series we are introducing Clinical Assistant Professor Renata A. Revelo. Read more at Renata A. Revelo.

Q&A With ECE’s New Visiting Lecturer Paolo Vinella
ECE is a growing department with several new faculty members. In the first part of this series we are introducing Visiting Lecturer Paolo Vinella. Read more at Paolo Vinella.

ECE Professor Igor Paprotny has been award two grants. He received a new two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $246,484 for a project entitled “EAGER: Opto-Radiometric Powered Untethered MEMS Microfliers.” The award runs from April 1, 2016, to March 31, 2018.
“Despite the existence of microscale flying insects, aerial microrobots have not been previously investigated,” said Paprotny. “This project will validate the feasibility of achieving untethered, controlled opto-radiometric microscale flight. The results will pave the way for a new class of aerial microrobots with applications such as surveillance, microassembly, airborne pollution monitoring and airborne threat detection.”
Paprotny will receive $107,000 in funding from Aclima, Inc. on July 16 for his project “Development of Low-cost/Low-power Selective MWCNT Methane Sensor.” Learn more about Dr. Paprotny’s research at Paprotny Laboratory

Congratulations to Professor Daniela Tuninetti has been named a University Scholar. The University Scholar Program, now in its 31st year, honors faculty members for suprior research and teaching., along with great promise for future achievements. The award provides $15,000 a year for three years. Read more »

UIC Engineers Take Checkered Flag at Winter Baja 2016 Race - The freezing temperatures of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula couldn’t stop the red hot UIC Baja team from capturing the checkered flag at the annual Winter Baja 2016 hosted by Michigan Tech University on Feb. 13. Read more.

Congratulations to Professors Danilo Erricolo and Sudip Mazumder on being elevated to the rank of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellows effective January 2016! Read more »

Congratulations to Professor Sudip Mazumder for being selected as a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Power Electronics Society starting in 2016, and Professor Derong Liu has been selected as a Distinguished Lecturer for IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) for the period 2016-2018. Read more »

Distinguished Professors Mike Stroscio and Mitra Dutta, and Professor Lucy Shi have received a new $100,598 AFOSR grant for a project entitled “Quantum Engineering of States in Heterostructure-Based Detectors for Enhanced Performance.”
ABSTRACT: A novel multiple quantum well heterostructure will be modeled, designed, and tested as a new type of photodetector design. This device has a greatly enhanced signal-to-noise ratio due to the use of interface-phonon assisted transitions.

Professor Besma Smida recently received a $425,429 NSF CAREER award for a project entitled “CAREER: Full-duplex wireless networks by means of reflected power: Theory and applications." The objective of this project is to create reliable full-duplex wireless networks by means of reflected power. Read more »

ECE’s Professor Igor Paprotny wants to change the air quality in Chicago. To accomplish this task, he is planning to use the city as his laboratory and gather data with the help of residents as “citizen scientists” who will measure air quality by wearing mobile sensors created by the UIC Led Air-Microfluidics Group.Read more »

Students Finding Early Success as Freshmen; Electrical and Computer Engineering Junior Headed to California for Second Apple Internship. Read more »

Congratulations to Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate James Pinkl who won the gold award for his design earlier this month at the 139th Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York. His submission was for a wireless vocal effects unit and controller called “The Voice Grip. Read more.

Professor Milos Zefran wants to make the world a better place for people, and he’s doing it with robots. His interest in helping humanity and robotics started in the early 90s when he was a student in Slovenia working in a lab where he was part of team helping paraplegics walk by controlling their muscles with an electrical stimulator. Read more.

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