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September 2013 Newsletter

September 2013 Newsletter

EECS Newsletter - September 2013

Dr. Michael Helmick joins our EECS Faculty

Dr. Helmick brings cutting edge computing industry experience to EECS, as he was a software engineer at Google for the past three years. He also has industr y experience at Amazon.com, Cardinal Solutions Group, and Convergys Corporation. His interests include educational software systems, distributed computing, cloud computing platforms, distributed database and storage systems. He is a UC alumnus too!

Student Achievements:

Kaitlin Burnam is the recipient of a Full-Scholarship Cincinnatus Presidential Award! She is a National Merit Commended student who is majoring in computer e ngineering.

Adam Lennartz is the recipient of a 2013 International Society of Automation Education Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $5,000.00!

Ramesh Nair (EECS MS student with Ranga Vemuri) was selected to the Steering Committee of the 2013 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (Silicon Va lley, Oct 20-23, 2013).

Ph.D. students Alex and Philip Shultz, and their advisor Jason Heikenfeld, have signed a UCRI agreement that brings a major industry initiative in desalinati on to UC: http://www.okeanostech.com/2013/06/okeanos-technologies-signs-sponsored-development-agreement-with-the-university-of-cincinnati/

K. Gunasekera, S. Chakraborty and S. Ravindren, students of Punit Boolchand, contributed 4 papers at the highly regarded American Physical Society meeting (March 2013, Baltimore).

Upcoming Events:

The first IEEE student meeting of the year will be Thursday September 5, 5-6:30pm in Baldwin 544/644, and… the first TGIF is Friday Sept. 27th at the Brass Tap! http://www.brasstapbeerbar.com/location/10/Cincinnati-OH For those of age, new IEEE president Shawn Razek noted that this year they will have Stella on tap. A typical 'political' move to please the electorate… it should work : )

Alumni in the News...

"CEAS Alumnus Commands New US Navy Submarine," a spotlight profile on electrical engineering alumnus Commander Dan Caldwell and his prestigious new role as commanding officer of the US Navy's newest submarine, PCU John Warner: http://ceas.uc.edu/news-1213/ceas-alumnus-serves-as-commanding-officer-of-new-us-navy-s ubmari.html

Faculty Achievements

Professor Matthieu Micoulaut of the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie has been awarded a William J. Fullbright Fellowship for a visiting in EECS. He will be working on "Topological models of glassy networks" with our Professor Boolchand. Dr. Micoulaut is a full time member of the faculty of Laboratoire de Physi que Theorique de la Matiere Condensee at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie. Paris, France.

Arthur Helmicki and Victor Hunt have recently finished a research project for the City of Cincinnati to conduct truckload testing and evaluation of the Fort Washing Way bridge #29, which consists of three eastbound ramps leading to northbound I-71, eastbound US-50, and down to Pete Rose Way (just north of the Gre at American Ball Park). This project follows their past success with similar testing of other parts of Fort Washington Way over the past decade.

Jason Heikenfeld's startup company, Gamma Dynamics, is the recipient of the 2013 Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Leadership Award. This prestigious r ecognition is based on an extensive and independent competitive analysis of the market for e-paper displays.

Jason Heikenfeld comments in a BBC story on liquid metal technology: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology/23255830

Anca Ralescu presented a paper on Hopfield Neural Network for the perception and recognition of odors, at IJCNN 2013, held in Dallas.