A glance back at the stories making headlines:
EE Alumnus Bilel Neji is head of product design and development at Bak USA, a social/business enterprise in downtown Buffalo.
Assistant Professor Liang
has been honored with an Army Research Office Young
Investigator Program (YIP) Award, one of the most prestigious
awards the Army grants to early career researchers and scientists.
YIP awards specifically support research in areas relevant to the
Army and are intended to encourage careers in teaching and
EE Assistant Professor, Qiaoqiang Gan, has been honored as a UB
Exceptional Scholar Young Investigator. The award is presented to
untenured researchers whose work has garnered universal acclaim or
completed under the auspices of a prestigious fellowship grant.
The Department of Electrical Engineering has been cited as among
the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report in its
annual ranking of “America’s Best Graduate
Schools” and specialty rankings. Of 189 programs
in electrical / electronic / communications engineering, UB's
was ranked #57, the top 29% of all EE programs.
The UB Space Bulls earned a place in the prestigious NASA and
NIA RASC-AL Robo-Ops Planetary Rover Competition.
EE Alumnus, C.L. Max Nikias, honored for his diversity efforts
as a leader in higher education
Three EE students have been awarded the prestigious National
Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship. Kristina
Monakhova, Andrea Martinez and Luke Zakrajsek have received this
honor in support their pursuit of graduate study in electrical
engineering. Alec Cheney, also of EE, received an Honorable
George Sklivanitis wins for StegoPASS, a system that detects the
proximity of a user’s smartphone to his or her computer using
ultrasound signals for increased digital security.
EE Ph.D. Candidate, Salih Salahli (advisor Natalia Litchinitser)
won the student poster competition at the ARO MURI Program Review
meeting on Filamentation Science.
Peiran Song's paper, "Decomposition by Partial Linearization:
Parallel Optimization of Multi-Agent Systems" has been selected for
the 2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper
A third-place finish for the team is their best yet in this
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and
Creative Activities recognizes the work of those who engage
actively in scholarly and creative pursuits beyond their teaching
responsibilities. This year, EE Chair Stella Batalama was
honored with this award.
Kristina Monakhova, an electrical engineering major from
Liverpool, NY, will receive a Goldwater scholarship, a prestigious
national honor that supports undergraduates studying science,
mathematics or engineering.
Natalia Litchinitser, professor in the Department of Electrical
Engineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, has been
elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).
Kristina Monakhova, a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering,
has been selected to receive the John R. Sevier Memorial
Scholarship Award by the Universities Space Research Association.
Professor Natalia Litchinitser has received the 2014 UB
Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement.
EE is proud to announce that alumnus and adjunct professor John
K. Schneider's company Ultra-Scan
, has been inducted
into the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR
) Hall of Fame.
Kevin Burke has been commended, once again, for his dedication
to students and teaching.
The Department of Electrical Engineering held its annual
Graduate Student Research Poster Competition with many fantastic
entries. Poster Competition winners are:
It was EE against EE, but all in good fun at EE's Undergraduate
Fourteen members of the IEEE Student Branch at UB traveled to
the New Jersey Institute of Technology to participate in the IEEE
Region 1 Student Conference.
UB took second place at the SAE Snowmobile Challenge, an
engineering design competitionthat challenges engineering students
to reengineer an existing snowmobile to reduce emissions and
Professor and UB Vice-President for Research and Economic
Development, Alexander Cartwright, has been elected as a Fellow of
SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.
Jennifer Zirnheld chosen to serve on the faculty steering
committee of RENEW (Research and Education in eNergy, Environment
EE Senior Andrew Tennenbaum has been named to the Theta Tau
Educational Foundation's innaugural All-Academic Team.
Tennenbaum, along with 90 others from Theta Tau chapters throughout
the United States, were selected based on high grade point average
in the previous semester and active engagement in their chapters.
The average GPA among all honorees was 3.6.
The Buffalo News reported on EE senior and UB Bulls football
player Derek Brim and the successful balance he's achieved between
athletics and academics. See more at: Brim
is Leaving His Mark at UB
Andrea Martinez has been awarded the Hispanic Women's League
Scholarship for 2013. The League is committed to maintain
a scholarship fund to provide financial assistance to
Hispanic women who wish to pursue higher education. In
order to be considered, students must demonstrate academic
achievement, community participation, and financial need. In
addition, students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and
document to attend college in the fall of 2013.
Michael Sparks won second place in the Henry A. Panasci Jr.
Technology Entrepreneurship Competition held at the University at
Buffalo. The competition is designed to bring students from
different educational backgrounds together to create vaiable
businesses in Western New York. The second-place award of $10,000
went to Michael Sparks for his business, Sticker Lights
(StickerLights.com), which produces customizable, USB-powered
illuminated stickers for laptop branding. As part of the BSEE/MBA
Program, Sparks graduated from UB in May 2013 with a BS in
electrical engineering and an MBA from the School of
Management. He recently gained another accolade for this
project, start-up funding from UB eLab, a boot camp for business
students. More details can be found in the UB Reporter
Kevin Burke has received the teacher of the year award
from engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi. Each year they award
the teacher of the year award to an
outstanding faculty member for their teaching
achievements and to commend them for their contributions to
EE is proud to announce that 13 students have received the IEEE
Power and Energy Society Scholarship. The award reconizes
high achieving electrical and computer engineering majors with
strong GPAs, distinctive extracurricular activities and a
commitment to exploring the power and energy field. Congratulations
to EE's winners: Nicolas Baldenko, Eric Bartkowiak, Brandon
Colling, Nick Davis, William Dellanno, Ian Farneth, Joseph
Materski, Kevin Mei, Dustin Muscato, Massamba Samb, Wiliam
Schubert, Ryan Thorne, Frank Walsh. More details can be found
PES Scholars by region – IEEE PES Scholarship Plus
Professor Pao-Lo Liu has received a grant from NY State as a
member of 3 PI team, one from each of the following SUNY
campuses: Stony Brook, Binghamton and Buffalo. The total
award is $615,000 over 3 yrs, for all campuses.
The three campuses have been collaborating for the last six years
to offer online courses in Electrical Engineering. In 2011,
the NY State Education Department approved the program as an
upper-division Bachelor of Science degree program in Electrical
Engineering at Stony Brook University. Faculty from
Binghamton and Buffalo continue to support the program by teaching
some of the online electrical engineering courses at Stony Brook
University as adjunct faculty.
The broad objective of this grant is to expand the program and
provide online professional engineering education to the technical
work force in New York and the nation. To accomplish this overall
goal, specific objectives include expanding the offering of
high-quality online laboratory courses, seeking ABET
accreditation, offering faculty support for online teaching,
instructional designs and course development and providing a model
for partnership within SUNY campuses that embraces the Open
SUNY concept in which students can take online courses among SUNY
campuses as outlined in the Chancellor’s Open SUNY
The Electron Dynamics in Semiconductors, Opto-Electronics and Nano-Structures conference, known more simply as EDISON, is hosted in Buffalo for its 20th edition. EE Chair Jonathan Bird is the organizer of EDISON 20.
Professors Natasha Litchinitser and Alexander Cartwright were
published in Scientific Reports.
Assistant Professor HyungSeoh Oh has received an award for his
project "“Towards An Efficient AC Optimal Power Flow &
Global Optimizer Solutions" from the Consortium for Electric
Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS).
Dr. Kwang Oh Featured in Lab on a Chip's 2012 Emerging Investigators Issue
1/10/13 - Dr. Kwang Oh has been featured in Lab on a Chip’s 2012 Emerging
Investigators themed issue (impact factor: 6.5).
Furthermore, images by Dr. Oh and his students are featured on the
cover of the journal, describing a robust droplet fusion and
sorting method for two parallel trains of droplets that is
relatively insensitive to frequency and phase mismatch. Research by
Dr. Oh was previously featured on the inside cover of the October
2011 edition of Lab on a Chip. Please click here to find the full article of Dr.
Oh’s most recent work.
Dr. Jennifer Zirnheld Receives UB Faculty Award for Undergraduate Mentoring
Dr. Jennifer Zirnheld of the UB EE Department was among five
faculty chosen to receive the UB Faculty Award for
Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and Creative
Activity. The award seeks to recognize faculty that provide
research and scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students
that are not commonly available at many institutions and
oftenresult in the creation of transformative educational
New Patent Issued to Prof. Adly Fam
A new patent (US8271572) for "Generating Partial Sums" was
issued to Prof. Adly Fam of the UB EE department on September
18, 2012. The invention describes what might very well be the
fastest available multioperand adder to date.
Journal on Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing Features Paper by Aaron Roof and Prof. Adly Fam
Invited paper by Aaron Roof and Adly Fam, “Automatic
classification of multiple signals using 2D matching of
magnitude–frequency density features,” has just been
published (9/17/2012) in Springer Journal on Analog Integrated
Circuits and Signal Processing and is available as an 'Online
First' via this Springer Link .
The paper is an extension of a conference paper that received
Best Paper award in the Software Defined Radio Conference (November
2011) and is the basis of an invention adopted by UB.
New NSF Award for Dr. Steve Durbin
Dr. Steve Durbin, of both the EE and Physics Department, was
recently granted a new National Science Foundation award titled,
“EAGER: Earth Abundant Element Nitride Semiconductors Based
on ZnSnN2.” The award is comprised of $ 239,973 in
funding over 2 years starting September 1, 2012.
This project is focused on growth and characterization of
high-quality single-crystal thin films of zinc tin nitride, a
material predicted to have the right combination of properties
needed for solar cell applications, but which to date has not been
synthesized. The II-IV-nitride family is comprised of
earth-abundant elements for which there already exists significant
recycling infrastructure, making it of interest for device
applications from both economic and environmental perspectives.
New NSF Award for Dr. Vladimir Mitin
Dr. Vladimir Mitin, with Co-Is Dr. Petrou Athos and Dr. Joseph
Zawicki , has recently been awarded funding by the National Science
Foundation for his project titled, "Synergy of Educational Tools
for Teaching Electromagnetic Fields and Waves: Lab Experiments,
Educational Java Applets, Numerical Modeling, Textbook with Power
Point Presentations." The award is comprised of $199,973 in funding
over 3 years, starting September 1, 2012.
This project seeks to develop a conceptually novel one-semester
Electromagnetic Fields and Waves (EFW) course for engineering
junior undergraduate students and establish a new undergraduate
laboratory for teaching EFW.This novel approach to the
teaching of EFW will be based on the interactive approach
– experiment – theory –
experiment– applications. Through experiments,
educational Java applets, and software for numerical solutions,
undergraduate students will actively learn the theoretical
principles of EFW and develop a scientific approach, which promotes
critical reasoning and creative thinking.
Prof. Natalia Litchinitser Featured in Science Magazine
EE's own Prof. Natalia Litchinitser has published an exciting
new article titled, "Structured Light Meets Structured Matter," in
the August 2012 edition of Science Magaizine. The article
highlights innovative research that has developed as a result of
synergies between metamaterials and singular optics. Dr.
Litchinitser's work is further discussed in a follow-up article by
the UB Reporter.
New NSF Award for Profs. Litchinitser and Cartwright
Professors Natalia Litchinitser and Alexander Cartwright were
recently granted a new National Science Foundation award titled,
“Submicron Remote Imaging using Specialty Fiber Coupled
Hyperlens”. The award is comprised of $370,000 in funding
over 3 years starting August 1, 2012.
The objective of this new NSF project is to develop fiber based
hyperlens for ultra-high resolution optical imaging and
New Award for Prof. Gan from UB Catalyst Fund
Prof.Qiaoqiang Gan was recented granted a new award from the
Bruce Holm Memorial Catalyst Fund for his project titled, “A
Prototype of Circular Plasmonic Mach-Zender Interferometer for
Low-cost Multiplexed Biosensing.” The award is comprised of
$50,000 for 1 year starting August 1, 2012.
This project aims to develop a circular plasmonic Mach-Zehnder
interferometer (MZI) biosensor to demonstrate a portable and
parallel sensor system. By observing the output intensity emitted
from the nanostructre in real-time, one can effectively screen
biomolecular binding events and analyze the binding kinetics,
which, importantly, is much cheaper than conventional SPR systems
and extremely attractive to the market.
New NSF Award for Profs. Scutari and Melodia
Professors Gesualdo Scutari and Tommaso Melodia were recently
granted a new National Science Foundation award titled,
“Small: Toward Distributed Decision Making in Cognitive Radio
Ad-hoc Networks Based on Bi-level Equilibrium Programming”.
The award is comprised of $400,000 in funding over 3 years starting
July 1, 2012.
The objective of this project is to look at the
cross-layer design of cognitive radio networks from a different and
novel perspective. The cross-layer design including the
optimization of sensing parameters is formulated as a
bi-level equilibrium problem, whose solution analysis is addressed
using the advanced theory of variational inequalities. The
project will contribute to the development of novel algorithms and
tools that naturally implement vertical and horizontal
decompositions across the network. This will lay the
foundation for the next generation of cognitive networking
EE PhD Student Wins Best Poster at IEEE Conference
EE student Eric Kozarsky was awarded Best Poster at the 38th
IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists for the presenation of his poster
titled, "Thin-Film ZnO/Si Heterojunction Solar Cells: Design and
Implementation." The conference was held in Austin, Texas from June
3 - June 8, 2012. The winning poster was authored by Kozarsky and
additional EE graduate students, Juyung Yun, Chong Tong, Xueli Hao,
Jun Wang, and their advisor, Dr. Wayne A. Anderson.
EE Design Competition Winners Announced
Winners of the James J. Whalen Memorial Multistage Amplifier
Design Compeition have been announced in the following categories
Most Unusual Circuit/Least Number of Parts ($250)- David
Most Exceeded Design Parameters ($200 each)- Boris Yuditsky and
Participation in the competition was open to all undergraduates
enrolled in EE353 and EE311. Congratulations to our winners!
UB EE Welcomes New Faculty Members
UB Electrical Engineering is pleased to welcome two new faculty
members to the department. Dr. Zhi Sun and Dr. Cristinel Ababei
will join the department in Fall 2012. Dr. Sun is coming to us from
Georgia Tech where he comepleted his PhD in Electrical Engineering
and served as a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Ababei received his PhD
from the University of Minnesota and previously worked as an
Assistant Professor of ECE at North Dakota State University.