Congratulations to our ECE Seniors on a successful Projects Day! We wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.
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.
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!
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.
Thank you to all those who attended our Mystery Seminar. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
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!
Happy Birthday to all of our students with Spring Birthdays!
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!
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
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.
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.
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, '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 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.
Off-Grid Electrical Systems in Developing Countries
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:
The junior class had a year long lab series where they created robots that could fight zombies. The final battle was epic.
We celebrated all our seniors' achievements at the Senior Brunch. Awards were given for best poster, best video, top student leader and top student innovator. Congratulations Seniors
Seniors are looking sharp and ready to take on Projects Day and their team presentations!
The ECE Alumni Advisory Board, under the leadership of Josh Marti, became a self-governing board this year, raised $1200 for ECE Student support, donated to the Innovation Lab, created two new Senior awards, and reviewed the learning outcomes for ABET accreditation. It has been a big year, and through their tireless work, they support the students in the ECE Department
Professor Henry Louie was featured in the UW Electrical Engineering Newsletter for his work to address energy poverty in Zambia: http://www.ee.washington.edu/spotlight/an-alums-journey-to-tackle-energy-poverty/.
Adjunct Professor, Kevin Lybarger was featured in the UW Electrical Engineering Newsletter. He was named to the Hustky 100 for his work in promoting a more inclusive community. He is currently a Graduate Student pursuing his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering at UW: http://www.ee.washington.edu/spotlight/graduate-students-mayoore-jaiswal-and-kevin-lybarger-named-husky-100/
Mirka Mandich took second place in the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts College Essay Contest 2016-17: http://www.evergreen.edu/wacla/college-essay
In April, the College hosted the 86th Annual Pacific Northwest Section ASEE Conference: “Teaching for Inclusion: Diversity in the Classroom and Beyond”. Keynote speakers included Michael Mattmiller, Chief Technology Officer at City of Seattle, Dr. Janet Callahan, Chair and Professor of the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University, and Dr. David Green, Director of the Center for Faculty Development at Seattle University. The conference featured technical sessions, workshops, and networking events. Agnieszka Miguel, Shiny Abraham, Mehmet Vurkac, and Rich Bankhead were part of the organizing committee.
Steve Wilson, '16 ECE has been featured in a Texas Instruments Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BTjcYp5D2lU/…
Here is what Steve says about his experience in the working world: "I'm really loving my job. Currently working in the high speed data converters team and using lots of the signals and systems/communications concepts I learned at SU!"
ECE Professors Dr. Agnieszka Miguel and Dr. Shiny Abraham were among a cohort of STEM faculty to join Fr. Sundborg at Amazon's Seattle campus to engage in dialogue on how to empower the next generation of innovators.
Carrie Smith participated in the CAT Vehicle REU during the summer of 2016. Check out the video she made about her experience. This will give you a feel for what it is like to do an REU in the summer and maybe you will be inspired to apply for your own REU experience!
Professor Johnston was featured for his new novel, Returning to Zero, which was published in late February 2017 and is the sequel to his novel Counting from Zero. Returning to Zero takes a fictional dive into the murky waters of botnets, cyber- criminal networks and malicious nation-state intelligence operatives. The story pits a "white-hat" (aka Good Guy) hacker against an exploit writer whose botnet threatens to wreak cyber havoc.
Congratulations, Professor Johnston!
Congratulations to Jason Snodderly '18, who was awarded an IEEE Power and Energy Supply Scholarship. The goal of the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative is to encourage undergraduate students to pursue careers in power and energy engineering. Jason was selected based on his superior academic performance, his personal achievements, volunteer activities, and work experience, and the strength of our ECE program. Great work, Jason!
We are delighted to announce that the W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to support the development of an Internet of Things-based Innovation Lab in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The grant will enable the faculty in ECE to add Internet of Things-related skills to the undergraduate curriculum and will foster the growth and success of the new Innovation Lab being created in Bannan 210. The award will also “support undergraduate research and help cultivate an informal learning environment that inspires curiosity, exploration, and discovery,” according to Shiny Abraham, the Principal Investigator on the grant.
Please join us in congratulating Shiny Abraham (PI) and Agnieszka Miguel (co-PI).
What a great way to start 2017!
We're nearing completion! Walls and flooring are completed, and furniture is installed. Currently being installed are cutting edge equipment and computers. The ECE Department and students are excited to get in there to begin engineering projects!
ECE's very own Peter Beery Rocking the Red on the snare drum supporting Seattle U Men's Basketball vs. the University of Washington. Go Redhawks!
On December 2, we held our annual Holiday Party and White Elephant! Laughs were had, presents were shared, and, of course, good food was eaten. Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
On November 5th, 2016, ECE hosted the IEEE 5G Summit-Seattle, in collaboration with IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc). This was one among several high-impact summits organized by ComSoc, to provide a platform for industry leaders, researchers, and innovators to collaborate and exchange ideas in the emerging 5G technology.
The event featured keynote speakers from Intel, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T, and it was live-streamed on IEEE.tv. Assistant Professor Shiny Abraham was an Organizing Committee Member and Technical Program Committee Co-Chair for the Summit.7 IEEE-HKN students from the ECE department served as volunteers for the event.
Dave Goldsmith, a recent alumnus, was featured in several places in the IEEE Spectrum (link to article). The article is on off-grid electric installations in the Himalayas that he helped with over the summer. It’s a great story. Dave’s exposure to humanitarian engineering started at SU, participating in Dr. Louie’s Lunch-and-Learn sessions. He started volunteering with KiloWatts for Humanity and had a senior project related to off-grid electricity access. Dave is now a liaison for another senior design project, which continues what he had done last year. Dr. Louie spent time in Zambia (on two occasions) with Dave and is pleased to see him applying his talents to people in need.
Some of you may have taken a class with Walter Sun. When he's not teaching, he's working with Bing Predicts. He was featured on KOMO News 4 talking about how he uses data from search clicks to predict the 2016 election.
Kirstin beat out a competitive group of finalists in the University of Notre Dame's National Undergraduate Nanotech Research Competition held on October 18 on Notre Dame's campus in South Bend, IN. The competition's mission is to recognize outstanding undergraduate researchers in nanoscience and nanoengineering.
Kirsten's project, "Nucleating high-k dielectrics on MoS2 using plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition" was advised by Prof. Aaron Franklin from Duke University.
Congratulations, Kirstin, on this incredible and well-deserved achievement!
The ECE Seminar Series continued this week with a presentation by Aren Kaser and Sean MacBeath from the Igor Institute. The duo gave a great talk about what it takes to design and take products from idea to market, and the associated challenges involved in producing hardware devices. Thank you to Aren and Sean! We had a packed room to enjoy the presentation.
11 ECE students and 2 faculty members were inducted into the IEEE-HKN Honor Society. Electrical and Computer Engineering now has a chapter of this prestigious society. Thank you to Dr. Shiny Abraham for making this achievement possible. Congratulations to the first group of inductees: Joshua Beard,Dominic Burgi, Kevin Dao, Ross Hartley, Matthew Horn, Matthew Kunimoto, Nhut Nguyen, Joshua Ogden, Natasha Petrus, Nicholas Ralston, Kirstin Schauble, Carrie Ann Smith, Stephanie Yup, Dr. Agnieszka Miguel, and Dr. Shiny Abraham
The new Father Wood Lab in Bannan 210 is starting to take shape and everyone in the ECE Department is excited! This Maker Lab will be finalized and ready for students to start creating projects by the beginning of Winter Quarter 2017. Stay tuned for more construction updates!
ECE students and alumni alike were represented well at the annual Business and Engineering Career Fair, which was held on October 18 in Campion Ballroom. Many of our alumni represented their current firms in the industry and current students were hard at work looking for potential employment opportunities for the summer and after graduation. Recruitment season is in full swing!
On October 13, ECE students shared their summer experiences with their peers. The variety of internship experiences and technical expertise gained was amazing. Thank you to all of our presenters!
On October 11, ECE seniors were able to meet with their liaisons, enjoy lunch, and ask questions at the SU Project Center Opening Event. "Team 16.3" received their NCEES Award. Overall, it was a great start to the senior project experience. Good luck, Seniors!
Dr. Henry Louie and Rianne Spath ('17) were featured in an interview on KOMO News on September 23. The duo discussed their humanitarian engineering work with micro-grids that provided electricity to households in Zambia. The interview took place as part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Seattle University. For the full interview, click here.
Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is able to give scholarships of up to $10,000 per year to our academically talented transfer students. This great group of scholars met to kick off the 2016-2017 school year with Department Chair Dr. Agnieszka Miguel.
On Sunday, June 12, commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2016 were held at Key Arena, culminating a years'-long achievement for our students. Congratulations, ECE graduates, and good luck!
METROMBA has a great article about Dr. Louie's work in Zambia as a Fulbright Scholar studying the countries electrification system and teaching at Copperbelt University in Kitwe. Read the full article here.
Washington STEM and Washington MESA has launched the Engineering Fellows program to increase engineering education efforts throughout the state focusing on King County and the Yakima Valley. National STEM organization 100Kin10 provided funding for this innovative project.
Armand was chosen through a highly competitive process to be one of the college engineers for the program. Thirty fifth grade teachers from the Yakima Valley and King County are collaborating with professional engineers and college/graduate engineering students to design and implement engineering design challenges that are integrated with their local curriculum.
“Teachers and engineers will work together through the Engineering Fellows program to create a high-quality STEM experience for Washington students,” said Patrick D’Amelio, CEO of Washington STEM. “Washington state is number two in STEM job availability, and Engineering Fellows will ensure students are ready to take advantage of these great opportunities.”
Over the next three years, Washington STEM and Washington MESA plan to expand the program to ensure that almost 200 fifth grade teachers are equipped, empowered, and well-supported to engage students in engineering design challenges based on real-world problems.
Congratulation Armand on being chosen to participate in this innovative new program.
With our new ECE Curriculum, the Juniors complete a Junior Project during their year long lab series. This year's project was an electronic puppet utilizing sensors, motors, and raspberry pi. They all gathered in the Pigott Auditorium to set up, fine tune, and trouble shoot, then the show was on with music and puppets dancing in unison. Dr. Al Moser and Dr. Eddy Ferre guided the Juniors on this puppet journey.
The ECE Department celebrated with the Seniors at the Senior Breakfast.
Senior project videos were viewed and voted on. The Winner ($85 gift certificate to Sizzling Pie) was: ECE 16.7: 12.5KV Power Cable Monitoring
• Students: Cameron Carlson, Andrew Dotson, Joshua Gilmore, Elizabeth Sblendorio
• Advisor: Dr. Xusheng Chen
• Liaison: Rich Barrutia
• Sponsor: Tacoma Power
Future plans were shared by all the seniors. Department Chair Dr. Miguel gave congratulations to all. It was a lovely morning!
Projects Day--The culmination of a years worth of work. Our seniors gathered for pictures in their business dress before the event began. They are looking fine!
Our first ever Mini Maker Faire! Spearheaded by Balin Lusby '16. There was a demonstration of individual projects created by our students, and a soldering workshop where participants created a digital dice.
Senior Design Team ECE 16.3 received one of the six $7,500 awards in the 2016 NCEES Connecting Professional Practice and Education Competition.
Their submission was entitled "Solar Microgrid in Rural Zambia with Real–Time Cloud–Based Monitoring”. The students are: Dave Goldsmith, Sergey Russu, Keiko Schleicher, and Natalie Swope. The faculty advisor is Professor Steve Szablya. The sponsor liaisons are Professor Henry Louie and Matthieu Back. Teresa Beery helped with the poster creation. The project was sponsored by Seattle University. Congratulations to everybody who made it happen!!!!
SU Science and Engineering did well this year as Civil and Environmental Engineering received two $7,500 awards. This means that SU took half of the 2nd place awards this year! Once again it is a testimony to the quality of our Project Center and the work that our students, faculty, and staff members are doing. Well done!
The ECE Scholars and ECE Ambassadors were treated to a VIP Boeing Tour thanks to Jiwan Hayre, one of our ECE Advisory Board members. We were able to travel by electric cart onto the floor of the largest warehouse in the world in order to see the work where they build Boeing aircraft up close. It was amazing! Thanks to Jiwan for this awesome opportunity.
King5 reported the conclusion of our year-long project with the non-profit KiloWatts for Humanity powering a small village in Africa through the power of Microgrids!
Check out the news report and article here on the King5 website.
The ECE Department said goodbye to Dr. Xusheng Chen in his retirement ceremony. Thank you, Dr. Chen, for your years of teaching, and for the care and dedication you've shown ECE students! See more pictures on our Facebook Page: Seattle University Electrical and Computer Engineering!
The End of Year BBQ was a great success! Held on campus this year on the Admin Lawn, students, faculty and staff enjoyed great food, games, and community. It was a fun celebration for a fabulous year!
Congratulations to Chleo Bales-Heisterkampt, Daniel Phung, David Grob, Alfredo Juarez Galeana, and Kirstin Schauble, who have been awarded Bannan Scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year.
This scholarship program is named for its benefactor, Thomas J. Bannan, a leader in manufacturing, commerce, engineering and applied sciences and a man with a deep commitment to Seattle University.
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.
Congratulations to our Bannan Scholars!
Yesterday at the S&E end of year meeting, the Dean’s Award went to Agnieszka Miguel in Electrical and Computer Engineering, for her work to advance her department, including: actively recruiting transfer students from community colleges, increasing the number of majors by more than 50%, increasing the percentage of women ECE majors from 8% to 24%, serving as faculty advisor to the Society of Women Engineers, and taking an active role in fundraising for the new Innovation Lab that will open during the next academic year.
Congratulations Dr. Miguel. You make the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering shine!
Congratulations Dr. Chen!
The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability awards fellowships to supports the scholarly activities of students and faculty.
Dr. Abraham's was awarded the CEJS Fellowship for her research titled: Remote Environmental Monitoring using Internet of Things (IoT)
Environmental monitoring encompasses systematic methods that observe and study conditions of natural resources such as air, land, and water. Challenges associated with traditional environmental monitoring methods include accessibility constraints imposed by harsh terrains and vast geographical areas, lack of real-time data collection and processing, and the inability to facilitate continuous monitoring. This calls for a need to develop remote environmental monitoring techniques that are based on intelligent data acquisition, communications and processing. This project will focus on using Internet of Things (IoT) technology to build and deploy smart, connected sensors that provide continuous monitoring of air, water, and soil quality. Acquired data may be used to define current conditions of the area being monitored, and also to establish trends or detect any abnormalities. Parameter thresholds will be established in order to trigger email/text alerts to users, stakeholders, or monitoring personnel when there is a deviation from normal.
Dr. Miguel, chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was just elected as Chair of the Professional Interest Council I of the American Society of Engineering Education, which gives her a seat on the ASEE Board of Directors. PIC I includes the areas of aerospace, architectural engineering, biological and agricultural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, construction engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering economy, engineering management, industrial engineering, manufacturing, and mechanical engineering. Her two-year term will begin in July, 2016. Dr. Miguel also serves as Chair of the ASEE Pacific Northwest Section until July, 2017.
Congratulations to Dr. Miguel, and thank you for your dedicated service to engineering education!
Sara Beery, a Seattle University senior receiving degrees in both computer engineering and applied mathematics, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in the field of robotics and computer vision. The prestigious award is given to 2,000 students with the potential to make significant contributions to research, teaching and industrial applications in science, mathematics and engineering each year, and provides three years of tuition and a living stipend. Sara will be accepting the fellowship and beginning her doctoral study in Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology in the fall, where she plans to develop applications of computer vision for environmental sustainability.
The IEEE Officers did a fabulous job of putting on Mock Interview Night during Engineers Week. Participants could make appointments for the early or late session and take part in speed interviewing with working engineers from local businesses, many of them SU alumni. A BIG thank you to them for supporting this event!
This was also a networking event with wine and beautifully prepared appetizers. Everything looked professional with custom labels on the food table and sweet decorations. Interview practice, networking connections, lovely food - PERFECT!
The IEEE Power and Energy Society Seattle Chapter has announced the PES Outstanding Engineer Awards for 2015. Dr. Chen will receive the Outstanding Educator award. The award will be presented at the NWEISS conference in April.
Yin Mak and Natalie Swope were named PES Scholars by the IEEE Power & Energy Society. The nation-wide multi-million dollar competitive scholarship "supports the most promising future engineers in power and energy." The department has had award recipients ever since it was established. Given the relative size of Seattle University, having 2-4 PES scholars every year is a testament to a strong and growing engineering program.
On December 4, we held our annual Holiday Party and White Elephant! Laughs were had, presents were shared, and, of course, magic courtesy of Balin Lusby! Here's wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
10 students and Dr. Agnieszka Miguel had an amazing experience at the Society of Women Engineers Conference on October 23-25! The group traveled to Nashville, Tennessee for WE15: the largest and most comprehensive career advancement and professional development event for women engineers. Attendance this year was made possible by a generous donation by The Boeing Company.
Dr. Shields spoke about the project that helped provide valuable electricity to rural Zambia this past summer. Seattle University start-up Kilowatts for Humanity spearheaded the project currently building these microgrids throughout rural Africa.
The IEEE hosted the Welcome Back Hot Pot Event on Friday October 2nd to celebrate the start of a new school year with ECE department friends and a Magic Show featuring Balin Lusby! What a delicious way to kick off the new quarter! For more pictures of this event and others, visit our Facebook page here!
King 5 News interviewed Dr. Louie regarding his work with Kilowatts for Humanity building microgrids in Africa.
Our SYEP high school summer interns under the direction of Gary Fernandes taught a robot workshop today. Children, parents and grandparents all built a line following robot. Everyone was thrilled to see their robots in action. Way to go interns!
The department of Electrical and Computer Engineering would like to introduce our new professor: Dr. Shiny Abraham.
Dr. Abraham received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2012 from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA, and B.E. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from Visveswaraiah Technological University (VTU), India in 2007. Dr. Abraham’s research interests include optimization in wireless communication systems and power systems, cognitive radio networks, computer networks, cyber security, optimization using game theory, and engineering education research.
Before joining SU, Dr. Abraham was an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering at Tuskegee University, Alabama from 2012 to 2015. Dr. Abraham is a member of the IEEE and ASEE, a technical program committee member for IEEE Globecom, ICC, ICCCN and VTC conferences, and a reviewer for several journals and conferences.
She is a self-proclaimed foodie. She enjoys everything about food; cooking and experimenting with different cuisines, exploring eateries in every city she visits, growing fresh produce, and even grocery shopping ! Shiny also enjoy travelling, reading, listening to music, and solving puzzles. Her ultimate dream is to travel the world!
Congratulations to Tim Dukhnovsky who was awarded the Provost Award at Commencement 2015. The Provost's award is awarded to the transfer student who maintains the highest Seattle University grade point average throughout the undergraduate degree. Way to go Tim!
Professor Paul Neudorfer is retiring from ECE after 35 years as a professor, mentor and leader. The ECE students led by Josh Gilmore presented him with a commemorative bench for the ECE hallway.
Projects Day 2015 was a great success! The College of Science and Engineering students unveiled their capstone projects with presentations, poster sessions, project demonstrations and a reception. Way to go ECE Seniors!
As part of our new ECE Curriculum, Juniors now participate in a yearlong lab series where they build a robot. The final was a Zombie Apocalypse, robots against the zombies. Two robots were successful in their mission and many others contributed in the battle. But who could those zombies be?
Senior Lunch is an ECE tradition where we honor our seniors and all their hard work. This year each Senior Design Team made a creative video about their project. These were shown at the lunch and proved to be very entertaining. Congratulations Seniors!
Last week, the Provost announced the recipients of two new awards that recognize the outstanding contributions of Seattle University Faculty. Dr. Henry Louie is the first to be honored with the Award for Excellence in Teaching.
"Dr. Louie involves students in his teaching and research on how social enterprises can provide electricity to the energy impoverished in sub-Saharan Africa through small-scale utilities," Provost Isiaah Crawford, Ph.D. said. "He instills in students a sense of compassion and duty that is exhibited through their active service to humanity."
The Provost's Awards recognize full-time faculty who have been members of the Seattle University faculty for at least three years. Among the teaching excellence award criteria are the quality of course design, student relations, learning assessment effectiveness and creativity, innovation and impact of teaching. Dr. Louie will be recognized at the undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 14 at KeyArena, and at the Provost's Convocation in the fall.
Congratulations, Dr. Louie!
Congratulations to Sara Beery, Larisa Brown, Kirstin Schauble and Nevan Wichers who have been awarded the Bannan Scholarship. This scholarship program is named for its benefactor, Thomas J. Bannan, a leader in manufacturing, commerce, engineering and applied sciences and a man with a deep commitment to Seattle University.
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.
Congratulations to our Bannan Scholars!
Sara Beery has been awarded a Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability (CEJS) Fellowship. This provides funding for research for the 2015-16 school year. She will be working with Dr. Miguel on Snow Leopard identification. Specifically using math algorithms to match the curvature of the spots on the leopard's fur to identify individual snow leopards.
In 2014 a team from Seattle University, led by Dr. Henry Louie, developed a community power station in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. This represented the first time that this community would have regular access to electricity. Since the implementation of this power station, we have been collecting data on usage and power production. This summer, Yin Mak and Alexandra Schleicher will be working with Dr. J. McLean Sloughter to use this data to develop load forecasting models. They will develop statistical time series models to describe energy consumption patterns. This work will help with the planning of similar projects for other communities in the future, as well as improving the operation of the power station in Muhuru Bay itself.
Emily Morris traveled to Filibaba, Zambia with Steve Szablya and Matt Shields as part of an assessment trip to meet community members there and assess their energy need and the feasibility of building a microgrid for their community. Read about her experience Charged for Change_HL.
Dr. Henry Louie was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, and will spend 11 months at the Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia. Dr. Louie will teaching undergraduate and post-graduate courses on electrical machines and power system analysis, and researching electrification in the context of less economically developed countries. Dr. Louie commented that “Spending nearly a year embedded in Zambia will allow me to greatly accelerate my research, forge lasting collaborations and challenge me as an educator to teach a familiar subject in a totally different context”.
Sponsored by the U.S. government as the leading international educational exchange program, the Fulbright Program promotes collaboration between the U.S. and other countries. Fulbright alumni include judges, university presidents, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, heads of state and CEOs and have collectively been awarded 53 Nobel Prizes.
The Seattle University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the $25,000 grand prize winner of the 2014 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education (NCEES).
The department received the top prize for its submission, Micro-grid System for a Wind and Solar Farm Located in Rural Kenya. For the project, electrical engineering students worked as part of a team that also included faculty, professional engineers, and other professionals to design a hybrid wind- and solar-power micro-grid system to provide electricity to a school and surrounding community in Muhuru Bay, Kenya.
This project highlights the commitment of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department to support projects that create engineers for just and humane world.
The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) is pleased to announce that the Seattle University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is the grand prize winner of the 2014 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education.
Washington Board Journal: www.dol.wa.gov/.../engFall2014.pdf
Congratulations to our senior design team ECE 14.4 for winning $25,000 grand prize in the 2014 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education! Their project "Microgrid System for a Wind and Solar Farm Located in ...Rural Kenya" was selected among the 37 submissions this year. The students in the team are Patrick Berg, Michael Koppi, Andrew Mewborn, and Daniel Nausner. The faculty advisor is Steve Szablya. Dr. Henry Louie has been also involved in this project. Well done!! Read more about the award here.