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!
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.
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.
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 has been awarded the 2018 SHPE Regional Advisor Excellence Award. Congratulations Dr. Takach!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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; http://www.seattlespectator.com/2018/01/24/seattle-u-coders-compete-video-game-competition/
All the games were fabulous and cash prizes were awarded as follows:
First Place: $100 each
Second Place: $50 each
Third Place: $25 each
Big shout out to Mirka Mandich for organizing this great event!
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.
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 last recipient's of the NSF S-Stem Scholarship, Nassuel Valera and Angela Flores-Marcus!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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: