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September 2014 Newsletter

EECS Newsletter for September 2014.

Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems (EECS) - Newsletter - September, 2014

Welcome to a new school year!

Exciting New Hires in EECS:

  • Welcome Vicki Baker! - program coordinator between EECS and UC's Bioinformatics program. Vicki brings a wealth of experience in higher ed and has made immediate impact in enhancing our graduate program.
  • Welcome Prof. Rui Dai! - Rui (April) received her Ph.D. degree in electrical and computer engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. Prior to joining UC, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Dakota State University. Her research interests include wireless sensor networks, sensor systems for healthcare, multimedia communications, and cyber-physical systems.
  • Welcome Prof. Nan Niu! - Nan's research is in software engineering in general. He recently received an NSF CAREER Award enabling him to discover evolutionary-ecological ways to link the solo and social levels in software development. He is looking forward to working with the talented students and faculty at UC to address the pressing needs of software practitioners.
  • Welcome Prof. Eric Rozier! - Eric joins UC after completing a faculty fellowship with Data Science for Social Good, a Center at the University of Chicago's Computation Institute directed by Rayid Ghani, former Chief Data Scientist from the 2012 Obama Campaign. Dr. Rozier's research group, the Trustworthy Data Engineering Laboratory, tackles problems in Data Science and Engineering, focusing on the cybersecurity, infrastructure, and analytic challenges presented by Big Data and cloud computing. The Trustworthy Data Engineering Lab focuses on problems with impact on social and environmental justice, such as global warming, public health, and primary science. Visit to learn more about opportunities.


  • Welcome Prof. Kristin Rozier! Kristin, Eric's wife, was also just hired by UC's Aerospace program. Recipient of the Initiative-Inspiration-Impact Award from Women in Aerospace, she has been affiliated with NASA's Ames Research Center since September 2008 and a civil servant since November 2003. Rozier earned her BS and MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science and therefore has a shared appointment in EECS. Check out the full story:

Upcoming Events

The U.S.-wide National Science Foundation industry center on microfluidics will be having its semi-annual Industrial Advisory Board meeting in Cincinnati on September 11-12, 2014. This NSF center is a partnership between UC and UC-Irvine.

At UC, the center is led by EECS Prof. Ian Papautsky. full story:

Alumni News & Updates!

  • The Unidyne Microphone, is now an official IEEE Milestone, and was invented by Benjamin Bauer, a UC BSEE graduate:
  • Pamela Moore (EET, '89) recently earned a Master of Project Management and MBA with a concentration in Information Systems Management; GPA 3.96/4.0.

Alumni - please send us news & updates! We want to hear from you.

For example, when we announced our recent name change we heard back on some history from alum Jack Snarr: "Thanks for this update on what is now happening in what I recall as simply the EE Department! In my senior year of 1961 UC purchased its first computer, an IBM 650, so we were not yet known as EECS back then." . James Falter also let us know that when he graduated in 1961 there were only two EE paths, communications and power!

Student Achievements

  • Research by EECS PhD student Sarjoun Doumit and Prof. Ali Minai was featured on the Scientific American blog "Beautiful Minds" by Scott Barry Kaufman. This research is part of an ongoing project to understand the cognitive and social basis of creativity with support from a National Science Foundation INSPIRE award:
  • Vignesh Subbian, advised by Prof. Fred Beyette, has been selected as one of 15 finalists in the student paper competition at the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC 2014)! The annual meeting for the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society is one of the premier meetings for applications of engineering technologies in healthcare and biological applications. Good luck!

Students Achieving Their First Publications!

  • N. Blumenschein, D. Han, M. Caggioni and A. J. Steckl, "Magnetic Particles as Liquid Carriers in the Microfluidic Lab-On-Tube Approach to Detect Phase Change", ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 6 (11), 8066-8072, June 2014. Note: Nick - 1st author - was an EE junior when the research was performed and the paper was written.
  • M. Bosken, A. Stettler, B. Waring, and M. Cahay, "Connection Between Bound State and Tunneling Problems", accepted for publication in Physica E. This paper is the outcome of a project given in EECE 6022: Quantum Systems in the Fall of 2013.
  • Piyali Das and Dharma P. Agrawal, "RFID for Indoor Position Determination," 2nd International Conference on Advanced Computing, Networking, and Informatics (ICACNI'2014), Kolkata, 24-26 June, 2014.
  • Anagha Jamthe, Amitabh Mishra, and Dharma P. Agrawal, "Scheduling schemes for Interference Suppression in Healthcare Sensor Networks," IEEE ICC 2014 - Ad-hoc and Sensor Networking Symposium, June , 2014.
  • Amitabh Mishra, Suryadip Chakraborty, Hailong Li, and Dharma P. Agrawal, "Error Minimization and Energy Conservation by predicting data in Wireless Body Sensor Networks using Artificial Neural Network and Analysis of Error," Consumer eHealth Platforms Services and Applications - CeHPSA 2014, Las Vegas, Jan. 10-13, 2014, pp. 177-182.
  • Ramesh Nair and Ranga Vemuri, "MITH-Dyn: A Multi Vth Dynamic Logic Design Style Using Mixed Mode FinFETs", accepted for 27th IEEE International System-on-Chip Conference (SOCC), Sept 2-5, 2014, Las Vegas, NV
  • M. Norouzi, K. Cormier, M. Aydemir, S. Hashtroodi, V., Hunt, D. Nims, A. Helmicki, "Measuring Displacement of Tall Concrete Columns During Construction," Transportation Research Record, No. 2408, pp. 97-106, 2014 (doi: 10.3141/2408-11).

Faculty Achievements

  • EECS prominently featured in this past year's media summary:
  • Dharma Agrawal gave Keynote speeches at 2 conferences/workshops, including workshop on Disaster Management using Wireless Sensor & Ad hoc Networks, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur and International Multi-Track Conference on Sciences, Engineering and Technical Innovations: IMTC-2014, CT Institute of Engineering, Management and Technology, Jalandhar which have over 250 attendees.
  • Jason Heikenfeld was named to the NerdScholar's "40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire", although he admits that he is a bit of a nerd, he notes that this is for inspiring teaching and research, not for maximum nerdiness.
  • Arthur Helmicki and Victor Hunt have recently finished a research project with the University of Toledo, TY Lin International, and HNTB Corporation to investigate sensing and alarm strategies for pylon displacement during construction of the Jeremiah Morrow bridge, just north of Cincinnati on I-71 highway in Lebanaon, Ohio. This research was presented by invitation to the annual meeting of the Construction AFH40 committee of the Transportation Research Board.,
  • Ian Papautsky will be giving an Invited Presentation on "Towards Point-of-Care Metal Exposure Assessment Using Electrochemical Microsensors" at Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Biomonitoring at the 24th Annual Meeting of The International Society of Exposure Science (Oct 2014, Cincinnati, OH)
  • George Purdy has been chosen by the Engineers Club of Dayton to receive the 2014 Joe Desch Innovation Award for his "distinguished research and publications", along with his "active interest in the history of cryptology". As explained in the award announcement, the award "is named for the Daytonian who designed innovative analytical equipment for the US Navy during World War II."
  • Andrew Steckl gave an Invited Presentation on "Paper-Based Microfluidics - An Old Material for New Applications" at InterPore 2014 – International Conf on Porous Media, Milwaukee, WI, May 2014.

Recent Grants

Jason HeikenfeldConfidential Biosensor for Product Development / Clinical Testing



7/1/14 - 6/30/15

Abe Lee (UC-Irvine) and Ian PapautskyIntermediate-Scale Manufacturing for Microfluidic Sample Enrichment and Concentration




Alumni, students, faculty, staff! Please email your recent educational, professional, teaching, and research achievements to

Prof. Jason Heikenfeld, UC '98 (BS) and '01 (PhD)Director, Novel Devices Laboratory / Founding Director, Ohio Center for Microfluidic InnovationDept. Electrical Engin. and Comp. Systems, University of / 513-556-4763Google Scholar: Nat. Acad. of Inventors / Senior Member: IEEE, SID