Julio Urbina, associate professor of electrical engineering, has been selected to receive a Fulbright award to Peru. As a Fulbright scholar, Urbina strives to build an educational training program that leverages teaching between Universidad Nacional de Ingeniera (UNI) in Lina, Peru and Penn State. He will teach two project-based, experiential learning courses in the field of electrical engineering at UNI. Ultimately, Urbina will identify common goals and cooperative projects to sustain and maintain both an exchange of scholars and students between Peru and the United States. Urbina’s research at Penn State has been focused on developing radar systems using open source hardware and software tools, which includes a prototype of the next generation of meteor radars to study meteor reflections and its effect on the Earth’s upper atmosphere and also on space weather. The Fulbright program, established in 1946, was created to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of the more than 150 countries that currently participate in the Fulbright program. The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide.
Noel Chris Giebink, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, was recently awarded a grant through Air Force’s Young Investigator Research Program. The program is open to scientists and engineers at research institutions across the United States who received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and who show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research. The objective of this program is to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for the young investigators to recognize the Air Force mission and the related challenges in science and engineering.
The research work presented by EE graduate student, Caitano da Silva, at the Fall 2013 meeting of the American Geophysical Union that was held in December 2013 in San Francisco, CA, received an outstanding student paper award. da Silva's work is devoted to model interpretation of formation of long lightning leaders in the Earth's atmosphere. His full length paper on this subject has recently been accepted for publication in the Journal of Geophysical Research. da Silva is working on his Ph.D. degree in Professor Victor Pasko's research group.
The Arecibo Observatory (AO) located in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, is the world’s largest and most sensitive radiotelescope used for atmosphere, astronomy and planetary research.
In recognizing its 50th year of service to the scientific community, the AO celebrated with a science symposium “50 Years of Scientific Achievement and Future Directions at Arecibo Observatory”.
The Department of Electrical Engineering had six attendees: James Breakall, professor; John Mathews, professor; Anthony Ferraro, distinguished professor emeritus; Julio Urbina, associate professor; Lynn Carpenter, associate professor emeritus and Thomas Collins, retired director of the electronics design services. Breakall, Mathews, Ferraro, and Urbina presented papers relating to the history of the facility.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named Srinivas Tadigadapa, professor of electrical engineering, an IEEE fellow. Tadigadapa was cited for contributions to microeletromechanical systems for fluidic and biochemical sensors.
Penn State announced that Amr Salah Elnashai will serve as the new dean in the College of Engineering, pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at the Nov. 22 meeting. Read the whole article about the new dean.
Professor Suman Datta will participate in a Penn State led multi university research initiative that is working to develop a computer prototype that can see the surroundings in the same fashion as the human brain's visual cortex with improved energy efficiency. With a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Datta’s research team is part of a seven-university group that will receive an NSF CISE Expeditions in Computing award, the largest single investment the foundation makes in computing science. The project envisions a holistic design of a machine vision system that will approach or exceed the capabilities and efficiencies of human vision, according to the foundation. This technology will enable computers to interprete visual content at three orders of magnitude enhanced efficiency than current technologies. Datta’s team is funded by more than $500,000 of the total grant. His team is harnessing many body interaction in correlated materials to fabricate analog processing elements as building blocks for next generation vision processing systems. Collaborating institutions include University of Southern California, Stanford University, York College of Pennsylvania, University of California-San Diego, University of California-Los Angeles and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read the whole story about Suman Datta's research initiative here.