News and Events

ECE Seminar - Graduate School Panel

SU Alumni who are attending grad school will present and be on a panel about grad school

Come to our ECE Seminar, Graduate School: Selecting, Applying, Thriving on Tuesday, September 29th from 12:30-1:20pm via zoom!
Sep 18, 2020

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Completing the Circuit for Electrical and Computer Engineering Students

The faculty and a staff member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) program in the College of Science and Engineering have come up with innovative ways to bring the labs to students’ homes while promoting collaborative learning to increase student engagement.
Aug 11, 2020

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Dr. Agnieszka Miguel - ASEE Fellow

Dr. Agnieszka Miguel has been selected to become an American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Fellow! One of 9 honorees for 2020.
Jun 26, 2020

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Projects Day 2020

Congratulations to all the ECE seniors for presenting their Projects Virtually! The transformation from a physical to virtual event went seamlessly and students represented themselves well in their presentations. We are proud of everyone's accomplishments and can't wait to see what you achieve as Electrical and Computer Engineers!
Jun 8, 2020

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Congratulations to Dr. Abraham for getting promoted!

Congratulations to Shiny Abraham, Ph.D. for getting promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and Granted Indefinite Tenure. Dr. Abraham’s promotion will take effect in the next academic year. We are looking forward to her contribution and growth in the ECEGR department in the years to come.
May 22, 2020

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Crazy Hat Day for ECE Tea

On Friday, May 8th we had a special ECE Tea where we had great conversations while wearing fun, crazy hats! We were joined by students and faculty in the ECE department.
May 13, 2020

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ECE Seminar: Risk Management and Application to COVID-19

The ECE Department is hosting an ECE Seminar as speaker, Maren Nelson, will be talking about Risk Management and Application to COVID-19. Please join us on Tuesday, May 12th from 12:30-1:20pm PST via Zoom.
May 6, 2020

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ECE Tea Talent Show - Ly Nguyen Piano Solo

From our ECE Talent Show, here is a highlight of Ly Nguyen playing a piano solo of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin. Ly is a freshman pursuing a major in Electrical Engineering.
May 6, 2020

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ECE Tea Talent Show - Rich Bankhead's Tour of his Garden

Our ECE students took a break from their school work to showcase their creative talents for ECE Tea. On Friday, May 1st, we had a Talent Show with nine participants sharing talents including magic tricks, guitar, ukulele, vocals, piano, Ukrainian Egg dying, farm tour, and a garden tour. Here is a highlight of Rich Bankhead’s greenhouse and garden tour. Rich is an ECE Lecturer and our Innovator in Residence for the Innovation Lab.
May 6, 2020

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Congratulations to our Seniors! 

ECE Senior Group Picture

Congratulations to our ECE Seniors on a successful Projects Day! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. 

Congratulations to our Bannan Scholars!


Congratulations to Eunice Lubemba, Michel Mugisha, Calien Somlak, and Christiana Tembo who are ECE Bannan Scholars for 2019-2020! 

To be eligible for a Bannan scholarship, a student must be an undergraduate junior or senior with a full-time major in the College of Science and Engineering. The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and have a demonstrated commitment to serving both the university and the greater community. The applicant must submit a biographical sketch, a personal statement describing volunteer service, and a faculty recommendation.

Congratulations scholars! 


Congratulations Professor Henry Louie and Teresa Beery! 

Each year the College honors exceptional faculty and staff members: The Faculty Innovation Award award goes to Professor Henry Louie, and Distinguished Staff Award goes to Teresa Beery. Thank you for your exceptional accomplishments, leadership, and service during the school year!

End of Year BBQ 2019

BBQ advertisement

Come to the ECE End of Year BBQ at Gasworks Park, Friday, May 31st from 3:30-7pm. There will be delicious food, games, great views and time to celebrate a this fabulous year with fellow students, faculty and staff. Need a ride or available to give a ride? Sign up for a carpool in BANN 209.

Mystery Seminar - Louie Foxx The One Man-Sideshow 

ECE Mystery Seminar - Louie Foxx Collage

Thank you to all those who attended our Mystery Seminar. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Mystery Seminar

ECE Seminar that will be fun!

ECE Seminar, May 21st, 12:30-1:20pm in BANN 102. Fun, fun, fun! You worked hard all quarter, you deserve the fun and entertainment that this seminar brings! There will be Pizza!

Thank you to our Seminar Speakers: Nate Gardner & Ramya Korlakai Vinayak

ECE Spring Seminar Flyers 2019

Happy Birthday to Our Students! 

ECE Spring Birthdays Group Picture

Happy Birthday to all of our students with Spring Birthdays! 

New Computer Engineering Degree Celebration

New Degree Celebration Collage

What a wonderful celebration! Thanks to everyone who came out to our New Computer Engineering Degree Celebration. With your lovely support we are off to a great start!

Celebrate BS in Computer Engineering

Electrical and Computer Engineering Invitation for Computer Engineering Celebration

Come celebrate the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department's new Computer Engineering Degree with us! We'll be having an open house May 3rd from 3:30pm to 5pm in BANN 204, 210, 215 and the second floor hallway!

We will  be demonstrating projects for our new courses such as Machine Learning, IoT, Embedded Systems and Junior Lab. There will be delicious food! Everyone is invited to attend!

ECE Alumni, the ECE Advisory Board, ECE Students and Faculty will be there!

Come Join the Fun!

We look forward to welcoming students, alumni, faculty and staff of Science and Engineering to this


Delicious Dessert - Tough Competition

Bake off Collage

Update: the winner receives a gift certificate to local bakery, but in this tightly heated battle between sugar and chocolate, the outcome was a tie between Mahalia and Timothy, close runner up Don. Tie breaker coming up soon, stay tuned.

ECE Dessert Competition

Join the fun, bake a dessert for the competition. All deserts will be judged by those who attend. The winner gets a gift certificate to a local bakery! April 12, 3:30pm, BANN 215.

Prof. Henry Louie feature filmed by CBS and Go Daddy on Campus

Henry Louie is filmed on campus for his work as a professor and with Kilowatts for Humnanity, the non-profit he started.

Professor Henry Louie is the subject of a news story filmed by CBS in conjunction with Go Daddy regarding his work in electrification in developing countries through the non-profit he started, Kiliwatts for Humanity. They were filming on campus April 4th and 5th. Stay tuned for a link to the video when it is finished.

Angela Flores - Leader in Stem

Angela Flores, '19, is featured in the President's Report 2019 as a Leader in STEM. The article celebrates Angela's pathway to leadership at SU as a first-generation college student and woman of color.

President's Report 2019 Angela Flores

ECE Students De-stress with an Epic Balloon Battle

ECE students enjoyed our winter quarter party and were able to destress with classmates in an epic balloon battle prior to finals week. Congratulations to our winner Eunice Lubemba!

Dr. Miguel and ECE Alumnus David Grobb Present at the International Workshop on Data Science and Big Data Analysis in Singapore

Department Chair Dr. Miguel and ECE Alumni Speaking at conference

ECE alumnus David Grob and Department Chair Agnieszka Miguel presented a conference paper on evolutionary multi-objective optimization for motion computation on camera-trap image sets at the 6th International Workshop on Data Science and Big Data Analysis in Singapore on November 17th, 2018 as part of the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining. The paper was written by Grob, ECE assistant professor Mehmet Vurkaç, Dr. Miguel, ECE student Mirka M. Mandich, and Panthera scientist Rana Bayrakçismith.

SWE Resume Review

Collage of pictures from SWE Resume Night


Thank you to all who participated in SWE's Resume Review Night! Students were able to network with many professionals while getting constructive feedback on their resumes. 

ECE Networking Night 2019

2019 ECE Networking Night 2019 collage

Our second ECE Networking Night was a great success with over 40 students and 25 industry professionals in attendance. Students were able to connect with professionals from different companies and learn about their future career opportunities, while gaining valuable networking experience. 

Dr. Margarita Takach awarded 2018 SHPE Regional Advisor Excellence Award

Dr. Margarita Takach SHPE Advisor Award

Dr. Margarita Takach has been awarded the 2018 SHPE Regional Advisor Excellence Award. Congratulations Dr. Takach!

ECE Seminar - Dr. Louie: Father Wood Research

Approximately 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to the electricity grid. This form of energy poverty disproportionately afflicts those living in less economically developed countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia. Achieving universal electrification through grid extension is optimistically decades away, and might never be a viable option in rural areas. Instead, many communities will rely on off-grid electricity solutions in the form of renewable energy-powered microgrids. Dr. Louie's presentation described the challenges to development that energy poverty presents and described the role of microgrids and other off-grid solutions in providing electricity access.

Dr. Louie's Book - Off-Grid Electrical Systems in Developing Countries

Cover of Dr. Louie's Book - Off-grid Electrical systems in Developing Countries

Congratulations to Dr. Henry Louie for publishing his book - Off-Grid Electrical Systems in Developing Countries. Dr. Louie's book provides readers with a guide to off-grid electrification and can be found here if you are interested in purchasing.

Off-Grid Electrical Systems in Developing Countries

Alumni Spotlight - Sara Beery '16


Checkout the revolutionary technology that Sara Beery '16 and her team at Caltech are developing! Sara's research is centered on her work with algorithms that use A.I. to extract information from cameras that biologists place in the wild. Sara hopes to create a real time model of biodiversity that will allow scientists to make informed decisions on how to save threatened species

Bannan Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Bannan Scholars! Electrical and Computer Engineering students Dominic Burgi, Eunice Lubemba, Mirka Mandich, and Michel Mugisha are among the recipients of the scholarship. Recipients of the Bannan scholarship have demonstrated academic excellence and a commitment to serving both Seattle University and the greater community.

Google Scholarship Recipient: Angela Flores Marcus

Google Scholar: Angela Flores-Marcus

Congratulations to Angela Flores-Marcus! Angela was recognized as a recipient of the 2018 Google Scholarship in the Women Techmakers Scholars Program. Angela will have the opportunity to visit a Google office to learn more about Google’s company culture, network with fellow scholars, and participate in professional development opportunities. Congratulations to Angela on her amazing achievement in the very competitive Google Scholars program. 

Celebrating the Innovation Lab’s First Birthday!

Innovation Lab First Birthday Collage

Our Innovation Lab just turned one! Thank you to all those who came out to celebrate. Our Innovation Lab is a space where students are able to grasp the concepts learned in class in a hands on environment. Our Innovation Lab features all sorts of equipment including a 3D printing workstation, electronics equipment, a laser cutting workstation, audio visual equipment, sewing equipment, and various learning kits.

SU Places Fifth at the Collegiate Wind Competition in Chicago

Collegiate Wind Competition group picture

Seattle University placed 5th overall out of 12 teams at the Collegiate Wind Competition in Chicago! The team of Enactus, Mechanical and Electrical engineering students worked all year on developing and building a model wind turbine that could withstand various tests to meet criteria established by industry leaders.  

ECE Seminar: Ifty Hasan and Matt Rust of OutBack Power

ECE Seminar Outback Power Picture Collage

Our ECE Seminar speakers, Ifty Hasan and Matt Rust of OutBack Power, shared their experiences in working with power electronics design. Hasan and Rust related the discussion to the importance and application power electronics design to OutBack Power's product lines, where these technologies are used to achieve highly compact and functionally diversified systems. 

ECE Networking Event

2018 ECE Networking Event Collage

Our first ECE Networking Event was a great success! With about 40 students and 10 professionals attending. Students were able to connect with professionals and learn about opportunities to help them in their future careers.

The companies represented included: ADCOMM Engineering, Boeing, Facebook, PACCAR, Point Inside, Puget Sound Energy, SeaTac Consulting Inc., Spectralux Corporation, and T-Mobile.

ECE Alpha Sigma Nu Inductees

Alpha Sigma Nu Logo

Congratulations to Dominic Burgi, Angela Flores-Marcus, Matthew Horn and Irwan Winarto on their induction into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society. The inductees represent a group of people who show excellence in scholarship, loyalty to Jesuit values and service.

Senior Design Making Progress to the Goal

Our ECE Seniors are moving into the final phase of their Senior Design Projects that will be presented at Projects Day June 8, 2018. Pictured above, they just finished presenting for their final for winter quarter.

Junior Lab Project: Persistence of Vision Clock

Collage of junior ece students working on their persistence of vision clock project

Assembly line production at its finest! The juniors work together to solder and build all the boards for the Persistence of Vision Clock which is the Junior Lab project this year.

PACCAR Reception

PACCAR hosted a reception honoring the long-term partnership between PACCAR and SeattleU. Dr. Agnieszka Miguel met with four ECE Alumni currently working there: Michael Lindberg, Tony Truong, Tristan Lafferty and Chris Shaughnessy. Our alumni are doing great work!

ECE Wins Projects Day Photo Contest 

ECE Projects Day Book Contest Photo Winners

Congratulations to two of our ECE teams whose photos will be featured in this year's Projects Day book! Teams from the ECE department won the first and third place prizes for the contest.   

2016-2017 IEEE-HKN Outstanding Chapter Award

Agnieszka Miguel receiving HKN Chapter award at the ECEDHA Conference

Congratulations to our IEEE Mu Iota chapter who have received the IEEE HKN Outstanding Chapter Award for the year 2016 - 2017! The Seattle University Mu Iota Chapter is one of only 24 chapters selected for the award. Recipients of the award are selected on the basis of the chapter's ability to improve professional development; raise instructional and institutional standards; encourage scholarship and creativity; provide public service; and further the established goals of IEE-HKN. The picture above was is of Dr. Agnieszka Miguel receiving the award at the ECEDHA conference 3-18-18

SWE: WE17 Conference Recap

SWE 17 Group Picture

Back in October a group of our students attended WE17, a conference sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). WE17 is the world’s largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology. At the conference students were able to attend various seminars related to cutting-edge technologies, new industry trends, maintaining a proper work-life balance, and much more. Students were able to network with representatives from various companies and some students even secured full-time job offers and internships. A few of the companies represented at WE17 included: Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Texas Instruments, Ford, Northrop Grumman, and the United States Air Force. Great work to our SWE students who attended the conference! 

ECE Tea: Pancakes and Hackathon Games

ECE Pancakes and Hackathon Games group photo (1.29.18)

We had a great turnout for ECE Tea Friday. Students were able to test out the games created at Hackathon while enjoying some delicious pancakes! 

Hackathon: Code 21

The IEEE Club in conjunction with the Innovation Lab sponsored Hackathon:Code 21 last Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19-20, 2018. This 21 hour Hackathon was the first in the ECE Department and was a contest to create an original video game using an Arduino processor housed in an arcade box with a joystick and two buttons. Students worked in teams of two or three to code the games and then had 3 minutes to sell their product. This event was featured in The Spectator;

All the games were fabulous and cash prizes were awarded as follows:

First Place: $100 each

  • Matthew Horn
  • Clare Mason

Second Place: $50 each

  • Jeremiah Kalmus
  • Dominic Burgi
  • Jonathan Roscoe

Third Place: $25 each

  • Ross Hartley
  • Olsen Ong

Big shout out to Mirka Mandich for organizing this great event!

ECE Seminar with Andrew Sprenger: Puget Sound Energy

Andrew Sprenger ECE Seminar

Andrew Sprenger graduated from Seattle University in 2013 with a BSEE. After graduating he worked at Electroimpact in Mukilteo for a year where he spent a majority of his time in the shop wiring panels. Sprenger started working at Puget Sound Energy in 2014 as part of the EIT rotation program. While on the rotation program, he spent 4-6 months going through several Engineering departments: Substation Assembly, Transmission Design, Plant Technical Services, Customer and System Projects, and Business Energy Management before landing permanently with Substation Controls. 

Holiday Christmas Party

ECE Holiday Christmas Party 2017 Group Photo

The ECE community gathered to celebrate the ending of Fall Quarter 2017 at our Holiday Christmas party. Thank you to all students for working very hard this quarter. See you all in January! 

Congratulations to our NSF S-Stem Scholarship Recipients 

 NSF S-Stem Scholar Nassuel ValeraNSF S-Stem Scholar Angela Flores-Marcus

Congratulations to our last recipient's of the NSF S-Stem Scholarship, Nassuel Valera and Angela Flores-Marcus!  

ECE Seminar with Paul Kostek: Networking 101

 ECE Seminar Paul Kostek 1ECE Seminar Paul Kostek Students

Seminar Speaker Paul Kostek, is the Technology Project Manager for the Center for Research in Education and Simulation Technologies (CREST) at the University of Washington. CREST is part of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine and develops virtual and physical training systems for medical training and patient education. He is past President of IEEE-USA, past President of IEEE Aerospace & Electronics Systems Society, and Chaired the 2004 Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference, the 2006 IEEE/AIAA Digital Avionics Systems Conference and the 2011 and 2012 IEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference.

Paul shared his expertise on growing a professional network centered around relationship building. 

ECE Seminar with Jason Yedinak: Enabling a Renewable Energy Future

ECE Seminar with Jason Yedinak (10.24.17)

Jason Yedinak is the Lead Power Systems Engineer at Doosan GridTech. Mr. Yedinak is responsible for the design, installation, and deployment of utility-scale energy storage systems. Mr. Yedinak has over a decade of experience integrating renewable resources into power systems. Previously a Senior Engineer at Puget Sound energy, he led the transmission interconnection and operational integration of over one gigawatt of wind, solar, gas and hydroelectric generating facilities. 

In this ECE Seminar, Mr. Yedinak covered an introduction to energy storage, the rise of lithium ion batteries, and how advanced software enables a renewable energy future. 

ECE Seminar "What I Did Last Summer?" 

What did our students do last summer? Well, we found out at our ECE Seminar, where students presented the highlights of their summer internships. Some of the companies where students interned included NASA, Seattle City Light, Puget Sound Energy, Astronics, Tacoma Public Utilities, Denver Transit Operators, and Stantec. 

ECE Senior Design Opening Event


At the Senior Design Opening Event, ECE students were able to meet their Senior Project company liaisons over lunch. The sponsors and projects are as follows:

  • 18.1 Alderwood Water and Wastewater District - Energy Conservation Study
  • 18.2 The Boeing Company - Project Proposal Development of Power Quality Monitor for Aircraft
  • 18.3 Chelan County Public Utility District No. 1 - Hydroelectric Generator Capability and Protection Coordination Model
  • 18.4 SeattleU - The Collegiate Wind Competition
  • 18.5 KiloWatts for Humanity - Raspberry Pi Based Data Acquisition System
  • 18.6 PACCAR Inc. - Drone-Based Heavy-Equipment Inventory System
  • 18.7 Panthera - Project Spot Check

Welcome Back Potluck

Group picture at ECE Welcome Back Potluck 2017

The ECE Department welcomed back students with a potluck to get the year started off right! Here's a picture of all of our amazing students who attended.

ECE at the Seattle Mini-Maker Faire


The Francis Wood, S.J., Nick Arvanitidi, PhD Innovation Lab, led by Rich Bankhead, manned a booth at the Seattle Mini-Maker Faire. Over 600 mini lanterns were built by visitors to the booth. Many of the Innovative Lab projects were on display. ECE students volunteered to help with the lantern building and talk with visitors about the Seattle University Innovation Lab. Great job team!

Angela Flores-Marcus Awarded First Annual WISE Scholarship for Women

Congratulations to Angela Flores-Marcus incoming ECE Major and transfer student on being awarded the first annual WISE (Women in STEM Excel) Scholarship. Angela was selected for her academic dedication, leadership, and commitment to community service. Read More.

ECE Faculty Present 4 Papers at the ASEE Annual Conference

Dr. Miguel, Dr. Abraham and Dr. Vurkaç authored and presented papers at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exhibition in Columbus, OH, in June 2017 as follows:

  1. Creation of an Internet of Things (IoT)-based Innovation Lab, Shiny Abraham and Agnieszka Miguel.
  2. Creating an Environment for Transfer Student Success, Agnieszka Miguel and Shiny Abraham.
  3. A Mobile Platform Using Software Defined Radios for Wireless Communication Systems Experimentation, Otilia Popescu, Shiny Abraham, and Samy El-Tawab.
  4. Arts Problem-Solving for Engineering Problem-Solving (APS4EPS): Multi-Modality Skill-Building—P–12, College, and the Impact Beyond, Dr. Mehmet Vurkaç.This is a literature review followed by an outline of a research plan and a curricular-design plan for implementing a substantial, progressive (as in showing progress), and intentional arts component into the curriculum for the purpose of improving and measuring problem-solving performance in senior projects.