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Bernussi Inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy
Bernussi Inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy
Dr. Ayrton Bernussi, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been inducted into the Texas Tech Teaching Academy. He was selected because he has demonstrated a significant commitment to teaching excellence. The mission of the Teaching Academy is to advocate for teaching excellence, promote service related to the university's teaching mission, advise and mentor colleagues and others, and share knowledge about teaching strategies and their implementation as appropriate.


New Book: "A Faculty Story: the Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of the Texas Tech Department of Electrical Engineering"
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.

  • Follow the story of early departmental challenges in a fledging Texas Technological College.
  • Rekindle memories of team experiences in the Project Labs.
  • Gain broad perspective on the promise and fate of the Crosbyton Solar Power Project.
  • Follow the national and international development of departmental research achievements.
  • Celebrate the strong leaders who shaped the goals and reputation of the department.

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.




Karp Receives President`s Excellence in Teaching Award
Karp Receives President`s Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Tanja Karp, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is one of the 2014-2015 recipients of the Texas Tech University President's Excellence in Teaching Award.

The award is given to faculty members that demonstrate excellence in teaching, as observed by students, peers, and university administration.


Li Receives Chancellor`s Council Distinguished Research Award
Li Receives Chancellor`s Council Distinguished Research Award
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.


Jiang Elected SPIE Fellow
Jiang Elected SPIE Fellow
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.


Schrock Named ARCS Scholar
Schrock Named ARCS Scholar
The Lubbock Chapter of the Achievement Rewards for College Students (ARCS) has selected James Schrock, an electrical engineering doctoral student, as an ARCS Scholar for the 2014-2015 year. He was honored at an event in October and received a $5,000 stipend. ARCS funds several awards to scholars pursuing scientific research careers. These awards are merit-based, and the scholars will present a poster on their current research activities.

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.


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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