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Recent News

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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.

 

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Michael Stroscio has been appointed as an Associate Editor of the Proceedings of the IEEE.

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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 (http:// www.pltw.uillinois.edu) 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.

 
 

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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.

 
 

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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!

 
 

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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.

 
 
 
 
 
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Faculty News    
 

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    10/03/07
 

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

Abstract:

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.

USPTO Link: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=7268682&OS=7268682&RS=7268682


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    05/30/07
 

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.


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    05/21/07
 

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.

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    5/21/07
 

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 http://www.ieeeaps.org/.

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

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    5/21/07
 

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.

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    3/06/07
 

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.

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Grants 2008    

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    07/28/08
 

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

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    07/28/08
 

“Fault Tolerance in Crypto Hardware via Dynamic Assertion Checking,” National Science Foundation, Kaijie Wu, $231,735.00, 9/1/2008 – 8/31/2011

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    07/28/08
 


“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.

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    07/28/08
 


“The Challenge of Integrating MagneticNanostructures into Functional 3-D Devices”, NSF, Vitali Metlushko, $341,018, 8/15/2008- 7/31/2011.

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    07/28/08
 


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.

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    07/28/08
 

“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.

 

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    07/28/08
 

“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.

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    07/28/08
 

 

“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.

 

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    07/28/08
 

“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.

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    07/28/08
 

 

“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.

 

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    07/28/08
 

“Coherent Oscillator Project,” Northrop Grumman Corporation, Sharad Laxpati, $44,000.00, 5/15/08 – 9/31/08.

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    07/28/08
 

“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

 

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Grants 2007    

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“EMP- Hardened SiC Optical Switch”, GeneSIC Semiconductors Inc., Sudip Mazumder, $33,000.00, 8/1/2007 - 1/31/2008

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“ 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.

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“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.

 

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“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

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“CAREER: Etiquette For Collaborative Communication And Networking,” National Science Foundation, Daniela Tuninetti, $400,000.00, 7/1/2007 - 6/30/2012

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“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.

 

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“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.

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“Bi-Directional DC/DC Converter for PHEV Applications”, US Hybrid Corporation, Sudip Mazumder, $348,709.00, 7/1/2007 - 6/30/2010.

 

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“Modular and Efficient Power Converter with Source Ripple-Current Mitigation”, US Hybrid Corporation, Sudip Mazumder, $114,000, 5/1/2007 -4/30/2010.

 

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“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.

 

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“ A Hardware Software Codesign Environment for Low-Power Embedded Systems,” Intel Corp., Prith Banerjee, $100,000.00, 7/1/2006 -8/16/2008.

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“Ultralow Thermal Conductivity Instulation”, Office of Naval Research ONR – TRECC, Alan Feinerman, $40,000.00 5/1/07 – 12/31/07.

 

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“REU:Advanced Materials”, National Science Foundation, Siddhartha Ghosh and Christos Takoudis, $250,000.00, 08/15/07 – 08/14/08.

 

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“AF Tricorder and LEP Nonlinear Optics”, Air Force Office of Surgeon General, Alan Feinerman, $15,944,958.00 10/1/07 – 8/31/11.

 

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“Machine Learning and Event Detection in Biological Systems”, VG BioInformatics, Dan Schonfeld, $40,000.00, 8/16/07 – 5/16/08.

 

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“Signal Communication and Processing in a RFID Sensor Network System”, Your Life Essentials, Dan Schonfeld, 5/17/07 – 12/31/08.

 

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"Electromagnetic Signature of Edge-Structures for Unexploded
Ordnanace Detection" , NATO- Politecnico do Torino, $12,862.26, Piergiorgio
Uslenghi
, 3/1/07- 2/28/09.

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“An Adaptive Nonlinear Control Strategy Inspired by Biological Control
Systems for Powertrain Control", MRC, $21,250, Derong Liu, 9/1/07-8/31/08.

 

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“Rapid Detection Of Pathogens In Buildings And HVAC Systems”, EPIR Technologies Inc, Mitra Dutta, $33,890.00, 9/6/2006 - 3/5/2007.

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“A Hardware/software Design Environment For Reconfigurable Communicaiton Systems, Binachip Inc, Prithviraj Banerjee, $200,000.00 1/1/2007 - 12/31/2008.

 

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“A High Level Synthesis Tool For FPGA Design Using Software Binaries”, Binachip Inc, Prithviraj Banerjee, $30,000.00, 3/1/2007 - 8/31/2007.

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“Electromagnetic Signature Of Edge-Structures For Unexploded Ordinance Detection”, Politecnico di Torino, Piergiorgio Uslenghi, $12,861.78, 3/1/2007 -2/28/2009.

 

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“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.

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“Reliable Information Dissemination and Resource Discovery in Mobile Environments,” A. Ouksel, Ashfaq Khokhar, National Science Foundation, $162,231 2007-2009.

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