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May 2014 Newsletter

May 2014 Newsletter

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

Congrats 2014 Graduates!

Farewell to a long-time friend, colleague, and teacher...

We wish to extend our gratitude and warmest wishes to Roger Kirschner on his retirement this year. We also congratulate him, as he won the 2014 McCormack CEAS Outstanding Staff Award. How long has Roger's impact been felt at UC? Well, he was a veteran educator and lab manager even when the author of this newsletter learned from him as an undergrad in EECS)

EECS Annual Award Winners

On April 16th we honored our annual student, staff, and faculty award winners. The awardee list is available here.

Big News!

In 2009, EECS launched the Ohio Center for Microfluidic Innovation The success of EECS faculty has now grown to the point where it is now a U.S.-wide National Science Foundation industry center, partnered with UC Irvine. The NSF center creation was lead at UC by EECS Prof. Ian Papautsky. Full story:

Student Achievements

Congrats to Daniel Griffin, winner of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences! Full story:

Jacob Wells won the 'Mr. Engineer' award at SWE's fundraising event, and donated his cash prize back to SWE!

Yuguang Liu from the BioMicroSystems Lab was awarded the 2014 Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) grant. The Sigma Xi GIAR program has a highly competitive application process and only approximately 20% of applicants receive any level of funding.

Yuguang Liu was also awarded the 2014 UC URC Graduate Student Research Fellowship for her project "Combining Digital and Continuous Microfluidics for Multiplex Immunoassay." This year 165 proposals were received and only 22% were selected.

Faculty Achievements

Ian Papautsky leads a team of University of Cincinnati researchers who have developed a point-of-care sensor to measure metal levels in humans. His efforts as principal investigator of the project earned him a nomination in this year's Cincinnati Business Courier Innovation Awards.

Ian Papautsky and George Shaw (Department of Emergency Medicine) were awarded one of four collaborative projects through the latest round of the University Research Council interdisciplinary grants program.

Andrew Steckl, gave an Invited Presentation on "Circuits on Cellulose: From Transistors to LEDs, from Displays to Microfluidics on Paper" at Winter School on Bioelectronics, Kirchberg, Austria, Feb. 2014.

Marc Cahay and Jason Heikenfeld were honored at the University-Wide Faculty Awards, among a select few of inductees into the 2014 Class of the Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning (AFTL):

Jason Heikenfeld's work with Anton Harfmann (DAAP) on concepts for the next generation of solar lighting, was the #1 ranked UC news release of the year:

Jason Heikenfeld has now launched his 3rd startup company, Eccrine Systems LLC, to pursue commercialization of wearable sensor technology that replaces blood-based measurements by non-invasively stimulating and detecting biomarkers in sweat. The related fundamental research at UC also involves collaboration with EECS Profs. Ian Papautsky and Fred Beyette, and EECS adjunct research Prof. Joshua Hagen.

First Student Publications List!

S. Purandare, E. F. Gomez and A. J. Steckl, "High brightness phosphorescent organic light emitting diodes on transparent and flexible cellulose films," IOP Nanotechnology, 25 (9), 094012, Mar. 2014 (doi:10.1088/0957-4484/25/9/094012).

A. Zocco, H. You, J. A. Hagen and A. J. Steckl, “Pentacene organic thin-film transistors on flexible paper and glass substrates”, IOP Nanotechnology, 25 (9), 094005, Mar. 2014 (doi:10.1088/0957-4484/25/9/094005).

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.

Anagha Jamthe and Dharma P. Agrawal, “Scheduling Transmissions of Coexisting Wireless Body Area Networks using Minimum Weight Match," Wireless Communication and Sensor Networks (WCSN-2013), Allahabad, Dec. 16-19, 2013.

Suryadip Chakraborty, Robert Mangine, Dharma P Agrawal, "A Framework in Wireless Body Area Sensor Network to Assess Athlete’s Injury by Squat Testing," IEEE SENSORS 2013, November 3-6, 2013, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Suryadip Chakraborty, Anagha Jamthe, Saibal K. Ghosh, and Dharma P. Agrawal, "Determining Athlete's Injury with Wireless Body Area Sensor Network-based Overhead Squat Testing," The Tenth IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems (IEEE MASS 2013), October 14-16, 2013, Hangzhou, China, pp. 439-440.

Andrew Knox, Suryadip Chakraborty, and Dharma P Agrawal, "Predicting and Modeling Biological functions in Body Area Network," 8th International Conference on Body Area Networks (ÍCST BODYNETS 2013), September 30–October 2, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

M. Ratterman, L. Shen, D. Klotzkin, I. Papautsky, "Carbon dioxide luminescent sensor based on a CMOS image array," Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical, DOI: 10.1016/j.snb.2014.02.022

Ann Christine Russell and Jason Heikenfeld, "Scaling Dielectrowetting Optical Shutters to Higher Resolution: Microfluidic and Optical Implications," Langmuir, DOI: 10.1021/la5008582

Recent Grants

Fred Beyette, Jennifer Kaplan, Jason Heikenfeld, and Hector Wong Sweat Patch for Quantification of Lactate in Critically Ill Children NIH T1 - UC CCTST PCS Pilot Grants $100,000 - 7/1/14-6/30/15

Jason Heikenfeld Reconfigurable Liquid Metal Electronics - Phase I AFRL $200,000 6/1/14-9/1/15

Jason Heikenfeld and Gerald Kasting (UC Pharmacy) The Microfluidics of On-Skin Technologies NSF CADMIM Center $50,000 4/1/14-3/31/15

Jason Heikenfeld, Andrew Steckl, and Ian Papautsky Microfluidics Integration with Mass-Manufactured Paradigms for Flexible and/or Wearable Electronics NSF CADMIM Center $50,000 4/1/14-3/31/15

Jason Heikenfeld Wearable paper-based microfluidic biomarker sensor patch. National Nano-Bio-Manufacturing Consortium $40,000 2/1/14-1/31/15

Jason Heikenfeld Launch of Eccrine Systems LLC Cincy Tech Imagining Grant ($25k) UC Accelerator Grant ($25k) and Ohio TVSF Grant ($100k) $150,000 2/1/14-1/31/15

Ian Papautsky Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) NSF $300,000 - 3/14-2/19

Ian Papautsky Visualization of Complex Fluids in Microfluidic Hyperbolic Channels P&G; $25,000 - 3/14-9/14

Andrew Steckl (PI, with 4 other faculty) Renewable Energy Storage Devices Using Renewable Materials UC Renewable Energy Initiative $208,000, 4/2014-5/2015

Andrew Steckl (coPI, with 2 other faculty) Clinical Assesment of Novel Paper-based Microfluidics Device for Blood Coagulation Diagnostics UC Interdisciplinary Faculty Grant $25,000, 4/2014-4/2015

William Wee CMC VCT data processing GE $11,257 - 1/1/14 – 5/2/14

William Wee NDE 2D&3D Data Processing GE $40,000 - 2/16/14 – 12/15/14

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