|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|
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 been 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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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 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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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 25-28, 2012, in St. Louis, Mo.