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2011 Annual Report

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Deep Freeze: Space Science Takes ECE to Antarctica

Sensor platform for Antarctica
When going out in the field, ECE researchers can find themselves anywhere from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the plains of Antarctica. This year, an ECE team of four, led by Bob Clauer, traveled to Antarctica as part of an effort to establish magnetometer stations to help with the study of space weather. Read about the expedition and other out-of-lab experiences inside.



Researchers at the Virginia Tech SuperDARN laboratory have been working on adding four new radars to the Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN).

Reaching for the Stars

With funding from NASA, Scott Bailey’s team recently launched a sensor package on a rocket, as part of an effort to measure the amount of nitric oxide in the upper atmosphere.

Tapping Multi-Core

ECE professor Binoy Ravindran is leading a team of dedicated students to confront some of the unique challenges of multi-core computing: managing time constraints of dynamic time-critical applications on multi-core hardware, and automatically modifying existing time-critical code for use on the new hardware.

When Hardware and Software Hit Deep Water

Researchers in the Autonomous Systems and Controls Laboratory (ASCL) are developing and testing a number of new surface and underwater vehicle projects, including a sensing and autonomy package that can make any boat autonomous, a self-mooring autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), and an autonomous drifter.

Reverse Engineering a Network to Fight Breast Cancer

Armed with computer algorithms and data-mining techniques, Jason Xuan is diving into massive amounts of protein and gene data to fight breast cancer.

Apping Disasters

Jules White and his students are working on an app for smartphones that will enable “civilian scientists” to use their phones to help during emergencies.

Nanogrids for Sustainable Buildings

Engineers are seeking ways to make renewable energy systems more affordable and to integrate them with existing ac power grids. Researchers from the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) are tackling the issue from what they call a “nanogrid” perspective.

Fred Lee Elected to National Academy of Engineering

University Distinguished Professor Fred Lee has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his contributions “to high-frequency power conversion and systems integration technologies, education, industry alliances, and technology transfer.”