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On October 18 the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department held its 2013 Ph.D. Poster Session, in which Akshaya Shanmugam won first place and also received the “Special Tang Award,” sponsored by the Shirley and Ting-wei Tang Endowment. Shanmugam’s faculty advisor was Christopher Salthouse, and the winning poster was entitled “Lensless Fluorescence imaging with height calculation.” The second place poster, entitled “Forest stand height inversion using spaceborne repeat-pass L-Band INSAR correlation,” was created by Yang Lei.

John Logan, a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was Runner-up in the Student Paper Contest at the 2013 IEEE International Symposium on Phased Array Systems and Technology His paper was entitled "Low-Cost mm-Wave UWB Phased Arrays." Logan’s advisor, ECE Professor Marinos Vouvakis, was the co-author of the paper. The conference was held on October 15 to 18 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham on Boston's famous Route 128 Technology Highway.

Christopher Hollot, a professor and the head of our Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, recently appeared on WGBY-TV 57’s Connecting Point show to talk about the Real-Time Concussion Analyzer, the senior design project of four ECE seniors last spring. Hollot was the faculty advisor for the students while they worked on their invention, which could potentially protect football players and other athletes who have suffered head-impact traumas.

A paper authored by four researchers from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department – graduate student Kekai Hu, former graduate student Harikrishnan Chandrikakutty, and Professors Russell Tessier and Tilman Wolf – won the Best Paper Award at the First Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Conference on Communications and Network Security. The paper is entitled “Scalable Hardware Monitors to Protect Network Processors from Data Plane Attacks.” The conference had 141 paper submissions, of which 40 were accepted for presentation.

Rob Palumbo, a Raytheon Ph.D. student working under Professor Steve Frasier of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, won the Best Student Oral Presentation at the 36th American Meteorological Society’s Conference on Radar Meteorology held in Breckenridge, Colorado, from September 16 to 20. Palumbo’s paper was entitled "Polarimetric Observations of Prescribed Bushfires in South Australia using an X-band Phased Array Radar" and was co-authored by W. Al-Ashwal, D.

Brian Hickey, a junior major in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department with a Management minor, has created the prototype for a true and sure-footed career path during his first three years at UMass Amherst. He’s had a hand in two startup companies, including one he founded on his own as an eighth grader, and he spent a summer internship as a sort of jack of all trades at Verizon Wireline in Boston.

On Wednesday, October 16, Eric A. Swanson (’82 B.S., ECE) deliverered the 14th annual Tang Lecture in Campus Center Room 1009. The title of this year’s Tang Lecture was “Startup Stories: Personal Observations and Other Comments.” Mr. Swanson is the director of Acacia Communication, Curata Incorporated, and NinePoint Medical.

Freshman Steven So of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has arrived on campus with eight world titles in various martial arts under his Black Belt. Well, to be more accurate, it’s two Black Belts; one in Taekwondo, and the other in Traditional Mixed Martial Arts. He also holds multiple state and national titles and has won several grand championships all over the country. He also appeared and performed on ESPN multiple times and was featured in Karate World Magazine.

A paper authored by, among others, three researchers in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been attracting international attention in the media. ECE Ph.D. student Georg T. Becker, Adjunct Professor Christof Paar, and Professor Wayne Burleson were among the authors of a paper entitled “Stealthy Dopant-Level Hardware Trojans,” presented in August at the Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems 2013 (CHES 2013) workshop in Santa Barbara, California.

Dr. Vishal Misra, former Ph.D. student of Professor Weibo Gong of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is the founder, CTO, and self-proclaimed “Chief Cheerleader” of Infinio Systems, which won the award for “2013 Start-up to Watch” on September 12 at the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Awards (MTLA) Gala. This award recognizes a new and innovative technology company (two years or younger) that demonstrates the potential for significant growth and positive change to its market or industry.