New Book: "A Faculty Story: the Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of the Texas Tech Department of Electrical Engineering"
A new book by Pamela Brink, "A Faculty Story: the Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of the Texas Tech Department of Electrical Engineering," has been published. Serving as a history of the Texas Tech University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the book documents the growth of a trailblazing Texas Tech teaching and research department, from the beginning as the Department of Electrical Engineering to the present.
The book is available for purchase at Amazon. All book royalties donated to Texas Tech University.
Pamela Brink owns and operates Associated Authors & Editors, Inc., a writing, editing, and graphic design company located in Lubbock, Texas. During her career, she has created many award-winning designs and publications for banks, medical facilities, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations. She has also fulfilled many professional contracts with departments, colleges, and schools at Texas Texas University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. This is her first full-length work of narrative nonfiction.
|Dr. Changzhi Li, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the recipient of a Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award.|
Recognizing excellence in teaching, research, and commercialization, these awards represent the most prestigious honors granted to faculty members throughout the Texas Tech University System. The Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research award recognizes outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activity of faculty members in the developmental stages of their careers.
His research focuses on the study of integrated circuits and energy efficiency of microelectronics.
|Dr. Hongxing Jiang, Horn Professor and Edward E. Whitacre Jr. Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been elected to the grade of fellow of SPIE. |
SPIE Fellows are SPIE members of distinction who have made significant scientific and technical contributions in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. They are honored for their technical achievement and service to the optics community and to SPIE in particular.
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 256,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional networking, and patent precedent.
The Lubbock chapter was founded in 1972. The ARCS Foundation is dedicated to helping meet the country's need for scientists and engineers by providing scholarships to academically outstanding students who are United States citizens in need of financial assistance to complete their higher education, thereby contributing not only to the advancement of science, but also to the material and intellectual welfare of all people.
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.
|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 AwardAndrew 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.
|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.|
|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.
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.
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.
|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.|
|(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.
|(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.
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.
|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.
|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.
|(SMART) Scholarship for Service Program.
|Tom R. Burkes Award at the 2012 IEEE International Power Modulator and High Voltage Conference in San Diego, CA.
Design Contest. Student researchers presented their microelectromechanical system (MEMS) designs to the scrutiny of Sandia’s engineers.
| FIRST Robotics Regional Competition in Dallas, TX. The team will advance to the FIRST Championship held April 2012, in St. Louis, Mo.