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Li Receives IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award

Li Receives IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Professional Award

Dr. Changzhi Li, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named a recipient of a 2014 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) - Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) Outstanding Young Professional Award. IEEE-HKN is the student honor society of IEEE and is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the IEEE-designated fields of interest.

The Outstanding Young Professional Award—formerly the Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award—has been presented annually since 1936. It is presented to exceptional young engineers who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in their career. Many recipients of this award have gone on to make major contributions to the electrical and computer engineering fields and hold noteworthy positions in academia, industry, and government.


Li Receives ASEE Terman Award

Li Receives ASEE Terman Award

Dr. Changzhi Li, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named the 2014 recipient of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Frederick Emmons Terman Award.

The award, which was established in 1969, is bestowed annually upon an outstanding young electrical and computer engineering educator in recognition of the educator's contributions to the profession. Winners are recognized for achievements in teaching, research, guidance of students, and related activities. Sponsored by the Hewlett-Packard Company, the award will be presented at the 2014 Frontiers in Education Conference in October 2014 in Madrid, Spain.


Fierro Awarded IEEE DEIS Graduate Student Fellowship and IEEE Burkes Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Fierro Awarded IEEE DEIS Graduate Student Fellowship and IEEE Burkes Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Andrew Fierro, a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded a $5,000 fellowship from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS). Each year, the DEIS Graduate Student Fellowship is awarded to applicants who submit a research proposal in the areas of electrical insulation and dielectric phenomena and is open to candidates all over the world.

Fierro was also the recipient of a Tom R. Burkes Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the 2014 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference.


Lin Named Horn Professor

Lin Named Horn Professor

Dr. Jingyu Lin has been named a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor. This is the highest honor given to faculty members at Texas Tech. Lin is one of six Horn Professors in the Whitacre College of Engineering.





Lin Receives Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award

Lin Receives Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Jingyu Lin, Linda F. Whitacre Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been selected to receive the Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award.

Each year since 1976, the Texas Tech Parents Association has presented the Barnie E. Rushing Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award to recognize outstanding research and excellence in scholarship and creative activity by the faculty of the university.


Students Participate in Amateur Radio Club Competition

Students Participate in Amateur Radio Club Competition

The Amateur Radio Club of Electrical and Computer Engineering recently held an amateur radio competition on the Texas Tech campus.

The competition was held on the grounds south of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building on November 16, 2013. Participating students were from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and members of the Amateur Radio Society at Tech (ARSaT). The competition involved field-testing of antennas connected to handheld radios. Participants were asked to search and find the location of a small "radio fox" transmitter hidden on the campus by Dr. Michael Helm, an instructor for the department and the ARSat technical adviser. The transmitted signal carried a Morse code message to identify itself among other signals in the air. Each student proceeded on foot in the direction of the strongest indicated signal. Once the small radio transmitter was found, the participants celebrated the successful discovery. The competition was overseen by David Naugher, the staff adviser for ARSaT; Dr. Michael Helm; and Dr. Tom Trost, an emeritus professor in the department.

Photos from the event are available on this Flickr page.


Beeson Wins 2013 IEEE NPSS Graduate Scholarship Award

Beeson Wins 2013 IEEE NPSS Graduate Scholarship Award

Sterling Beeson, a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering conducting research in the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics, has received the 2013 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nuclear and Plasma Science Society (NPSS) Graduate Scholarship Award. His research is on transient plasmas generated by high power microwaves induced along a dielectric interface as it pertains to radar systems and other directed energy applications. This award is presented annually to up to four graduate students worldwide that show outstanding contributions to the field of nuclear and plasma sciences. The award includes a $1,500 monetary award along with a one-year membership to the IEEE NPSS.


Gu Wins Chinese Government Award, Horn Professor Graduate Achievement Award

Gu Wins Chinese Government Award, Horn Professor Graduate Achievement Award

Changzhan Gu, a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been granted the 2012 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad. This award was funded by the Chinese government in 2003 and is coordinated by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). It recognizes the academic excellence of the Chinese students studying abroad without government-funded scholarships. Only those with outstanding performance in their doctoral studies are considered by the award selection panel. In 2012, 489 students were selected worldwide (of more than 510,000 Chinese students abroad) from all areas of study. He received $6,000 plus travel support to Houston to receive the award.

Gu has also been named a recipient of the Horn Professors Graduate Achievement Award. This award was established by the Paul Whitfield Horn Professors at Texas Tech University to recognize and reward outstanding research or creative activity performed by graduate students while at Texas Tech University.


Liles Wins Second Place in IEEE Paper Competition

Liles Wins Second Place in IEEE Paper Competition

Jeff Liles, senior in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, won second place at the IEEE Region 5 Student Paper Competition held in Denver, Colo. in April for his paper titled "Creating a Logic Analyzer from a Field Programmable Gate Array Development Board." The student paper competition encourages the development of technical communication skills and includes an oral presentation and written paper related to technical, engineering, management, or societal aspects of subjects relevant to the IEEE. Region 5 has approximately 25,500 members of all levels and represents 7% of the worldwide IEEE membership.


Stephens Wins 2013 IEEE Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

Stephens Wins 2013 IEEE Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award

Jacob Stephens, a doctoral student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering conducting research in the Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics (P3E), is the recipient of the 2013 IEEE Arthur H. Guenther Pulsed Power Student Award. He received a bachelor of science and a master of science in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University in May 2011 and December 2011, respectively. He is currently working under Dr. Andreas Neuber's guidance. Stephens is also a member of the National Physical Sciences Consortium supported by Sandia National Laboratories. His current research interests include high-density metal plasma behavior, HPM surface flashover, and microdischarge excimer sources. He will receive a monetary prize of $1,000.


Jiang Named Horn Professor

Jiang Named Horn Professor

Dr. Hongxing Jiang has been named a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor. This is the highest honor given to faculty members at Texas Tech. Jiang is one of six Horn Professors in the Whitacre College of Engineering.





Lie`s Group Wins Best Student Paper Award

Lie`s Group Wins Best Student Paper Award

At the 2013 IEEE Topical Conference on RF Power Amplifiers for Wireless and Radio Applications (PAWR'13), Dr. Donald Lie, Keh-Shew Lu Regents Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his group's paper on silicon-based high-efficiency power amplifier design won first place in the Best Student Paper Award contest.

The paper is titled "A SiGe Bipolar-MOSFET Cascode Power Amplifier with Improved Linearity for LTE Applications," and is authored by Ruili Wu, an electrical engineering doctoral student; Dr. Jerry Lopez, a senior research associate in the Department of Electrical Engineering; Dr. Yan Li, a 2012 graduate with a Doctor of Philosophy in electrical and computer engineering; and Donald Y.C. Lie. The research focuses on power amplifiers. Power amplifiers are often the most critical component of RF/microwave communications systems and are the focus of intense research to achieve increased linearity and power efficiency. New forms of power amplification are being developed to meet the needs of the wireless communication equipment industry and the world's demand for greater information transmission. The research for the paper investigates how to design novel high efficiency silicon-based power amplifiers for 4G handset long-term evolution (LTE) applications.


Gu Wins Best Student Paper Award

Gu Wins Best Student Paper Award

Changzhan Gu, an electrical engineering doctoral student, won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2013 IEEE Topical Conference on Bio-medical Wireless Technologies, Networks, and Sensing Systems (BioWireleSS). The conference was held in Austin, Texas in January 2013 as part of the IEEE Radio and Wireless Week. The title of the paper was: "Distortion Analysis of Continuous-Wave Radar Sensor for Complete Respiration Pattern Monitoring."

National Instruments provided support to this research, including NI PXI systems, a gift donation, and insightful technical discussions.


Prabhakar Serving as Director of DARPA

Prabhakar Serving as Director of DARPA

Dr. Arati Prabhakar, a 1979 Texas Tech graduate with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering, is serving as the director of the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Her first service to national security started in 1986 when she joined DARPA as a program manager. She initiated and managed programs in advanced semiconductor technology and flexible manufacturing, as well as demonstration projects to insert new semiconductor technologies into military systems. As the founding director of DARPA's Microelectronics Technology Office, she led a team of program managers whose efforts spanned these areas, as well as optoelectronics, infrared imaging and nanoelectronics.

In 1993, President William Clinton appointed Prabhakar director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where she led the 3,000-person organization in its work with companies across multiple industries. Prabhakar moved to Silicon Valley in 1997, first as chief technology officer and senior vice president at Raychem, and later vice president and then president of Interval Research. From 2001 to 2011, she was a partner with U.S. Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm.

Prabhakar has served in recent years on the National Academies' Science Technology and Economic Policy Board, the College of Engineering Advisory Board at the University of California, Berkeley, and the red team of DARPA's Defense Sciences Research Council. In addition, she chaired the Efficiency and Renewables Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Prabhakar is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a Texas Tech Distinguished Engineer, and a Caltech Distinguished Alumna.


Lin Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

Lin Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

Dr. Jingyu Lin, Linda F. Whitacre Chair and professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been elected as fellow of the American Physical Society. She was elected for her seminal contributions to our fundamental understanding of the electronic and optical properties of the group III-nitride semiconductors and her significant impact on the use of these materials for nanophotonic devices.


Texas Tech Wins Region 5, Places Sixth in U.S., in IEEE Xtreme Programming Competition

Texas Tech Wins Region 5, Places Sixth in U.S., in IEEE Xtreme Programming Competition

Teo Hall and Thomas Bernens, senior ECE majors; and Taylor Denison, a junior CS major; competed in the IEEE International Xtreme Programming Competition and won first place in Region 5 (Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and parts of New Mexico, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota and Illinois) and sixth place in the U.S. Dr. Richard Gale, associate chair for graduate studies professor of electrical and computer engineering, advised and proctored the team. Competitors have 24 hours to solve a set of programming problems, while competing with other IEEE students around the world.


Beeson Receives SMART Scholarship

Beeson Receives SMART Scholarship

Sterling Beeson, a doctoral student, has been awarded a scholarship from the Department of Defense Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program.


Laity Receives Tom R. Burkes Award

Laity Receives Tom R. Burkes Award

George Laity, a doctoral student, was awarded the Tom R. Burkes Award at the 2012 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference in San Diego, CA.


Students Win "Novel Design" Category at Sandia MEMS Contest

Students Win "Novel Design" Category at Sandia MEMS Contest

Texas Tech students won the "Novel Design" Category at the Sandia National Laboratory’s MEMS Student Design Contest. Student researchers presented their microelectromechanical system (MEMS) designs to the scrutiny of Sandia’s engineers.


Neuber Elected IEEE Fellow

Neuber Elected IEEE Fellow

Dr. Andreas Neuber, AT&T professor of electrical & computer engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for "contributions to the physics of dielectric surface flashover in high electric fields."


Llano Estacado RoboRaiders Win Awards & Advance to International Competition

Llano Estacado RoboRaiders Win Awards & Advance to International Competition

The Llano Estacado RoboRaiders FIRST® Robotics Team 1817 won five awards at the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition in Dallas, TX. The team will advance to the FIRST Championship held April 2012, in St. Louis, Mo.


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