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January 2014 Newsletter

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

Farewell to Prof. Haas

Prof. Michael Haas is retiring after a 39-year UC experience. We consider it an 'early' retirement, because if it were up to EECS, he would still be here! Michael was an instrumental part of our undergraduate program, whose impact on our students will be immediately missed. We wish him all the best.

Alumni News (BIG NEWS - New $3M Gift for Scholarships!)

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor (class of 1988) in the form of a $3 million gift, the Mantei/Mae Award has been established — a scholarship program recognizing the academic performance of students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems (EECS), named in part in honor of our award-winning educator, Emeriti Prof. Thomas Mantei. Learn More.

Student Achievements

Your first publication is a major and exciting professional milestone, congrats to our students who recently published their first paper! This list is long, and found near the footer of this newsletter.

Thaddaeus Voss is now a member of the The Cincinnatus Society, which is an honorary society of only 35 students on campus. It is the second oldest honorary on campus, and is composed of students who have demonstrated distinguished service leadership towards the betterment of the University of Cincinnati, generally through leadership in student recruitment and UC pride.

Co-op News

UC’s Top-Ranked Co-op Model, Engineering Programs to be Offered in China! EECS is one of the pilot programs and we have 50 Chongqing University freshman EE students who started in the fall! Learn More.

Faculty Achievements

Dharma Agrawal gave Keynote speeches at 6 conferences/workshops, including Mobihoc, WOCN, ICCSA, ICFN, AICCSA, etc. which has over 100-150 attendees. At these conferences he presented on the topics of Biomedical applications of sensor networks, use of Femto Cells, and Future Internet.

Prabir Bhattacharya was the Keynote Speaker at the annual ACM Mid-Southeast Conference held last month in Gatlinberg, TN. Learn More.

Ali Minai has been elected to be President of the International Neural Network Society for the terms of 2015 and 2016!

Ian Papautsky has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue development of a portable sensor that will be used to measure metal levels in humans. This is a major achievement and testament to Ian's reputation in biomedical devices, as engineers are rarely the leads on such large medical grants! Learn More.

UC Research by Anca Ralescu Brings a Future of Mind-Reading Robots Ever Closer. Learn More.

Andrew Steckl and former student Dong-Seon Lee published a book based on Dr. Lee's thesis: D-S. Lee and A. J. Steckl, Growth and Mechanisms of Rare-Earth-doped GaN Electroluminescent Devices, Lambert Press, 2013.

STEM Best Faculty - Andrew Steckl and Jason Heikenfeld named 2 of the 25 top STEM Professors in the state of Ohio (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Learn More.

Jason Heikenfeld and UC President Santa Ono have been elected to the rank of National Academy of Inventors Fellow. Learn More.

Jason Heikenfeld and Anton Harfmann in DAAP at UC made international headlines as they first reported their 'Smart Light' approach for interior lighting (google "Smart Light Cincinnati"). Learn More.

First Student Publications List!

Zongjie Tu and Prabir Bhattacharya, Game-theoretic Surveillance over Arbitrary Floor Plan Using Video Camera Network, Signal, Image and Video Processing, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 706-721 (2013). (Publisher: Springer)

Prabir Bhattacharya and Minzhe Guo et al., Learning Mobile Security with Labware, IEEE Security and Privacy, vol. 12, no. 1 (2014). (Publisher: IEEE Computer Society.) To appear in January 2014.

R. Murdock, L. Shen, D. Griffin, N. Kelley-Loughnane, I. Papautsky, J. Hagen, "Optimization of a Paper-Based ELISA for a Human Performance Biomarker,” Analytical Chemistry, vol. 85 (23), pp. 11634–11642, 2013.

W. Kang, X. Pei, A. Bange, W. R. Heineman, I. Papautsky, "Lab-on-a-chip sensor with evaporated bismuth film electrode for anodic stripping voltammetry of Zn,"Electroanalysis, vol. 25 (12), pp. 2586–2594, 2013.

N. Nivedita and I. Papautsky, "Continuous separation of blood cells in spiral microfluidic devices," Biomicrofluidics, vol. 7, p. 054101, 2013.

X. Pei, W. Kang, A. Bange, W. R. Heineman, I. Papautsky, "Improving reproducibility of lab-on-a-chip sensor with bismuth working electrode for determining Zn in serum by anodic stripping voltammetry," Journal Electrochemical Society, accepted.

Y. Liu, A. Banarjee, I. Papautsky, “Precise droplet volume measurement and electrode-based volume metering in digital microfluidics,” Microfluidics Nanofluidics, DOI: 10.1007/s10404-013-1318-2

X. Wang, J. A. Hagen and I. Papautsky, "Paper pump for passive programmable transport" Biomicrofluidics, vol. 7, pp. 014107, 2013

Prudhvi Janga and Karen C. Davis, “Tabular Web Data: Schema Discovery and Integration,” Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery (DaWaK), Prague, Czech Republic, August 26-29, 2013; published as Lecture Notes in Computer Science, LNCS 8057, Springer Verlag, pp. 26–33, 2013.

Recent Grants

Raj Bhatnagar Spindle Failure Prediction based on Monitored Data Analysis Techsolve Inc. $27,000 - 10/13-3/14

Marc Cahay CNIC: U.S.-Swedish Engineering Research on Spin Blockaded Transport and Onset of Wigner Crystallization in All Electric Spin Valves National Science Foundation $53,304 - 9/13 - 9/14

Karen Davis Trajectory Healthcare Big Data Prototype Trajectory Healthcare LLC $7,887.00 - 8/23/13

Ian Papautsky Development of a Lab-on-a-Chip for Point-of-Care Biomonitoring of Blood Metals NIH / NIEHS $1,550,000 - 10/01/13 - 05/31/17

Andrew Steckl Electrospun Fiber Mats for Controlled Release US Army Natick Soldier Research Center $125,000 9/13-9/14

Andrew Steckl Electrowetting Devices on Flexible Substrates RJ Reynolds $100,000 1/14-12/14

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