Students inducted to Phi Beta Kappa

May 9, 2022

Congratulations to these students who were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Inductees are chosen based on exceptional academic performance and a letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member. Particularly strong candidates are elected as juniors, the rest as seniors. (Note: many of these students are also completing majors outside the Hajim School.)

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Tianwei Jiang ’22 and Zilin Zeng ’22 of audio and music engineering receive the Professors’ Choice Award

April 25, 2022

Tianwei Jiang ’22 and Zilin Zeng ’22

As another academic year draws to an end, we have so many student achievements to recognize! For example, 13 research projects involving Hajim students were presented at the Speakers Symposium and poster session at this year’s Undergraduate Research Exposition. In addition, eight of our Grand Challenges Scholars showed their posters. You can see the posters of undergraduate researchers from across AS&E and the Medical Center at the Expo’s digital website.

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Evelyn Ferwalt ’23 Recognized with Research Initiative Award

March 7, 2022

Evelyn looking at camera

Evelyn Ferwalt ’23 of electrical and computer engineering received the runner-up prize, in this year’s Research Initiative Awards, These awards, created by the Friends of University of Rochester Libraries, are given to students working on capstone or independent research projects or senior theses. The awards recognize excellence in the early phases of research, which includes working with faculty and librarians.

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Electrical engineering alumnus Kevin Klem ’80 and mentorship

January 18, 2022

Kevin Klum

Electrical engineering alumnus Kevin Klem ’80, a participant in the Meliora Collective Mentorship Program, is an example of the wonderful mentors who draw on their own experiences to provide our Hajim students with invaluable career advice. Just ask Charles Pan ’22 of mechanical engineering and Rose McDonogh ’21 of electrical and computer engineering, now pursuing her master’s degree here. Both have benefited from Kevin’s insights.

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Professor Gonzalo Mateos selected for the 2021 IEEE Signal Processing Society

January 10, 2022

Gonzalo Mateos

Gonzalo Mateos, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Asaro Biggar Family Fellow in Data Science, who has been selected for the 2021 IEEE SPS (Signal Processing Society) Pierre-Simon Laplace Early Career Technical Achievement Award “for contributions to distributed, online and robust signal processing over networks.” The award is presented to an individual who, over a period of years in his or her early career, has made significant technical contributions to theory and/or practice in technical areas within the scope of the Society.

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Tanzeem Choudhury ’97 has been named a fellow of ACM

December 31, 2021

Tanzeem Choudhury

Electrical engineering alumna Tanzeem Choudhury ’97 has been named a fellow of ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), the world’s largest and most prestigious society of computing professionals, for contributions to mobile systems for behavioral sensing and health interventions. Tanzeem, who was an exemplary undergraduate here, is now the Roger and Joelle Burnell Professor in Integrated Health and Technology at Cornell Tech and co-founder of HealthRythms Inc. She was named one of 35 top innovators under 35 by MIT’s Technology Review. Tanzeem is an outspoken advocate for gender equity.

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Ruihan Xu, an ECE sophomore, is a recipient of the 2021 Suzanne J. O'Brien Book Award

December 1, 2021

Ruihan Xu

Ruihan Xu, an ECE sophomore, is a recipient of the 2021 Suzanne J. O'Brien Book Award. The award is cosponsored by the Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the College at the University of Rochester. It was first conceived and presented in 2003 as a way of recognizing excellence at the very beginning of a student’s college experience. Awardees are selected for their scholarly achievement, humanistic values, cocurricular activity, and leadership potential.

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Qiang Lin, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and PhD students in his lab, generate an incredibly large bandwidth using a thin-film nanophotonic device they’ve created

November 8, 2021

Researchers in the lab of Qiang Lin, professor of electrical and computer engineering, have generated record ‘ultrabroadband’ bandwidth of entangled photons using this thin-film nanophotonic device. (Illustration by Usman Javid and Michael Osadciw)

Qiang Lin, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and PhD students in his lab have taken advantage of quantum entanglement to generate an incredibly large bandwidth using a thin-film nanophotonic device they’ve created. The breakthrough, described in Physical Review Letters, could lead to:

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Distinguished Alumnus Award

October 25, 2021

Robert Huang

The Hajim Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient this year is Robert Ter Tsu Huang ’70 (MS) ’76 (MA) of electrical engineering, the founder of SYNNEX Corp. Robert is generously supporting efforts to promote the University of Rochester, and connect its alumni, parents, and friends nationwide, through the Huang Series in Technology and Innovation program. The series included a great zoom session recently on Ranga Dias’ groundbreaking work on superconducting materials, with good attendance and lots of questions. And a panel discussion in March on the applications data of science is another good example. The series is a wonderful way to encourage support and engagement from our University community. Robert distinguished himself as SYNNEX president and co-CEO for nearly 30 years, then worked closely with the company to create a lasting legacy of scholarships for college students. We are deeply grateful for his generosity.

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Outstanding Student - Muhammed El-Sayed ’22

October 18, 2021

Muhammed El-Sayed ’22

Studio X, a newly opened space in the Carlson Science and Engineering Library, will be a great place for our students and faculty to explore, collaborate, and engage in peer-to-peer tutoring in the latest extended reality (XR) technologies. This month’s outstanding student, Muhammed El-Sayed ’22 of electrical and computer engineering, will play an important role in making that happen. He is one of three 2021 studentKarp Library Fellows who will help River Campus Libraries develop programs and outreach for Studio X.

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Alumnus John McNeill ’91 (MS) named the Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

August 16, 2021

Congratulations to electrical engineering alumnus John McNeill ’91 (MS) who has been named the Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). John, who has been serving as interim dean since 2018, joined the faculty at WPI in 1994 after working in industry. He has received multiple awards for outstanding teaching, and is an expert in biomedical sensing, jitter (noise) in integrated oscillators, and digitally assisted calibration of analog-to-digital converters used in low-power sensor systems. Read more.

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Mark Bocko Collaboration of Mobile Health Device

July 26, 2021


A version of a mobile device first developed by Mark Bocko, Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in collaboration with Hyekyun Rhee, professor of nursing, is now undergoing clinical trials as a research tool to detect advance indicators of chronic respiratory disease symptoms. ADAMM-RSM is produced by Health Care Originals Inc. which licensed the ADAMM technology originally developed by Mark and Hyekyun as a personal device adolescents could wear to better manage their asthma.

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Professor Mujdat Cetin appointed next editor-in-chief of the journal IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging

July 6, 2021

Mujdat Cetin

Mujdat Cetin, professor of electrical and computer engineering and the Robin and Tim Wentworth Director of the Goergen Institute for Data Science, who has been appointed as the next editor-in-chief of the journal IEEE Transactions on Computational Imaging. He will serve in this role for three years starting on January 1, 2022. The journal publishes articles where computation plays an integral role in the image formation process. This is a wonderful recognition for Mujdat from his colleagues.

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The Department Remembers Professor Charles Merriam III

June 16, 2021

Charles Merriam III

Charles Merriam III, a former electrical engineering chair and faculty member, passed away in August 2020 at the age of 89. Charles joined the department in 1971 to serve as chair of the Electrical Engineering Department. He was chair for more than a decade and thereafter remained a professor. Famous for his demanding teaching style, Chuck was beloved by colleagues and students alike for his devotion to excellence in education and teaching. He served on several university committees and wrote several engineering textbooks. Chuck considered being named a Fellow in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) his highest academic honor. He retired from the University of Rochester after 30 years in 2001 at age 70.  Read more about Charles here.

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