ECE News

Fall 2003
Power Monitor

 BioMed Option



 Bulleted Slides

R&D 100 Award

 FDA Symposium



 Night Clouds

 Head Letter

 Exemplary Award

 Faculty Retirements

 Faculty News

 Tucker Inducted

2003 Annual Report

Spring 2003


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Fall 2003

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From the Department Head

Education News
Research News
Undergraduates Build Equipment to Monitor Power Grid
A team of ECE students have spent the past year designing equipment for a nationwide, internet-based power frequency monitoring network (FNET) that may help prevent cascading blackouts like this summer's event...
Power Electronics Device Wins R&D 100 Award
A semiconductor power switch developed by ECE power electronics researchers has been named one of the top 100 inventions of the year by R&D Magazine...
ECE Grad Option Set in Biomed Engineering
ECE now offers a masters and doctoral degree option in biomedical engineering. The option is offered in conjunction with the Virginia Tech/Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences (SBES)...
FEORC, FDA Hold Workshop On Sensors for Breath Analysis
Department fiber optics researchers cosponsored a workshop this spring with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the development of fiber and electronic sensors for breath analysis...
A Quieter Headset, Nearly Perfect Results
A senior EE design team not only made a headset quieter last semester, but also produced results almost identical to the initial computer simulation of the design. It worked perfectly the first time it was tested.
Three ECE Faculty Members Named Bioinformatics Fellows
Three ECE faculty members have received two-year fellowships to collaborate with researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI): Peter Athanas, Amy Bell, and Mark Jones...
Spock's Nightmare Called 'Most Bang for the Buck'
A Virginia Tech student team won the $1,000 Most Bang for the Buck Award in August with its first entry in an international AUV competition sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle systems International and the Office of Naval Research.
ECE Team Developing Channel Models for UWB System Simulation, Planning
A department research team is developing some first-ever models of a newly available wireless communications technology being touted for wireless video transmission in homes, jam-proof military communications, and other high-data-rate applications...
Bulleted Slides Can Wound Your Presentation
Phrase headlines and bulleted lists should be avoided in engineering and scientific presentations, according to ECE faculty member Michael Alley, in his new book on crafting scientific presentations. "Bulleted list after bulleted list quickly place audiences in trances," he says.
Project Studies Night Clouds, Radar Echoes
ECE's Wayne Scales is developing a model that he hopes will help researchers understand high altitude clouds that glow electric blue in the evening sky and are generally considered indicators of global climate change. Noctilucent clouds are the highest clouds in the earth's atmosphere...
Department & People News
ECE Named Exemplary Department
he ECE, MSE (Materials Sciences and Engineering) and Physics Departments have jointly received one of the University's Exemplary Department Awards for 2003.
Faculty Retirements
Ioannis Beieris, Dan Chen, Richard Conners, David de Wolf, Gail Gray, and Arun Phadke retired from ECE this past spring...
Faculty Promotions
Peter Athanas, Alex Huang, G.-Q. Lu, and Pushkin Kachroo have been promoted...
Hyde Tucker Inducted into College Academy of Excellence
Hyde Tucker (EE, ‘56) was inducted this spring into the College of Engineering Academy of Engineering Excellence...

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