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Winter 2005 Newsletter

Oilwell Sensor Wins R&D 100 Award
Fiber optic sensor systems developed by ECE researchers for down-hole oilwell applications were named one of the top 100 inventions of 2003 by R&D Magazine.

Nano Process Inspires Elastic Metal
A nanotechnology process developed in the Fiber and Electro-Optic Research Center has led to the developement of a flexible, nanocomposite material that is both elastic and conductive.

Open-Source Radio Tool
The MPRG has released the world's first industrial open-source software radio design. The open-source tool lowers the barriers to entering software radio research, and should boost software radio education and research.

New Sensors Boost Monitoring Capability
A new, extended-range optical sensor developed by ECE's CPT may boost the country's ability to monitor infrastructure.

NSF Renews CPES Funding
The NSF has announced a four-year, $12.5 million funding renewal for the Center for Power Electronics, a university/industry coalition.

Robotic Vehicles to Monitor Waterways
Researchers are developing robotic underwater vehicles and robotic boats for the monitoring of biological and chemical agents.

Tech Wins ONR Grant for Wireless IT Network
The Office of Naval Research has awarded a $3.26 million grant to Virginia Tech to pursue information technology research.

A Tiny Contender
Students build tiny robots to compete in games of capture the flag.

Curriculum Effort Seeks Change
A CPE faculty team is building course modules and a curriculum to integrate verification at all levels of ECE education, in order to meet the demands of the industry.

Undergrads Present Research
Fourteen ECE undegraduates presented their work in the 2004 Virginia Tech Symposium for Undergraduate Research in Engineering.

Claus earns Top VA honor
Rick Claus, the Lewis E. Hestor Professor of Engineering, received the 2005 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, which is the highest honor for faculty members at Virginia's colleges and universities.

Reed achieves IEEE Fellow
Jeffrey Reed has been named a Fellow of the IEEE, which is the highest level of membership in the IEEE and limited to 0.1 percent of the organization's membership.

Shuckla earns PECASE award
Sandeep Shukla was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for the highest national honor for researchers in the early stages of their careers.

Thorp named Kelly Professor
James S. Thorp, who joined ECE this summer as department head, has been named the Hugh P. and Ethel C. Kelly Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

New assistant heads named
Jamie De La Ree has been appointed assistant department head for undergraduate education, and William Tranter has been appointed assistant department head for graduate education.

Riad new international director
Sedki Riad has been named director of international programs for the College of Engineering, overseeing international opportunities for students and fostering international research collaboration.

New Faculty Members
Three new faculty members have joined ECE: Paul Plassmann, Fei Wang, and Yong Xu.

Snodgrass elected Chair ECE Advisory Board
Wayne Snodgrass ('61) of Annapolis, Md. has been elected chair of the ECE Advisory Board.

Wang receives UMd award
Yue (Joseph) Wang, received the Outstanding Alumnus Award in Engineering and Information technology from the University of Maryland Graduate School.

Stolen given Tyndall Award
Roger Stolen received the 2005 John Tyndall Award, for sustained seminal contributions to the fundamentals of the nonlinear optical properties of fibers, including identification and understanding of stimulated Raman scattering in fibers.

Soroka named AREVA Engineer of the Year
Mike Soroka (MSCPE '01) has been named 2005 Engineer of the Year for the Instrumentation and Controls and Electrical Systems Business Unit of the AREVA group.