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Seeonic, co-founded by ECE Nicholas Singh has successful award-winning implementation

Seeonic, co-founded by alumnus Nicholas Singh, partnered with Interstate Batteries to deploy an inventory management system in more than 2,000 locations across the country. In operation for over a year, the successful deployment of Seeonic's IoT-based RFID technology has won Interstate Batteries RFID Journal's Best Implementation Award. This award is given to a company who uses RFID technology to "improve its manufacturing, supply chain or retail operations". Interstate Batteries collaborated with Seeonic to deploy the latter's SightWare devices to collect inventory data, transmitting it to Seeniq, Seeonic's cloud service. Nicholas (on the right in this picture) graduated with his MSEE degree from the Department of ELectrical and Computer Engineering in August 2006.




U of MN Alumnus Shengli Zhou elected IEEE Fellow

Shengli Zhou  Alumnus Shengli Zhou (Ph.D. '03), current 
  University of Connecticut faculty member, has 
  been elected as an IEEE Fellow for his 
  contributions to wireless and underwater 
  acoustic communications.
  (Prof. G.B. Giannakis, former advisor)


Alumnus Mark Strong (MS') named VP of 
Research and Development at HeartWare

Mark Strong HeartWare






  Mark Strong was named vice president 
  of research and development at 
  HeartWare (based in Framingham, MA). 
  Mark is a native of Ortonville, MN and
  earned a master’s degree in electrical
  engineering at the University of Minnesota
  and an MBA at the University of St.Thomas
  in St. Paul. He also holds a bachelor’s
  degree in electrical engineering and
  biomedical engineering from North 
  Dakota State University. Mark recently 
  relocated to Massachusetts from the 
  Twin Cities area. At HeartWare, Mark 
  will lead the company’s R&D efforts 
  and will play an integral role in 
  advancing the technology pipeline.
  (Prof. Bruce Wollenberg, former advisor)

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Alumnus Hongliang Chang and Prof. Sachin Sapatnekar
to receive ICCAD Ten-Year Most Influential Paper Award 

  Hongliang Chang

Sachin Sapatnekar Thumbnail

  ECE Alumnus Hongliang Chang (Ph.D.'05) and 
  co-author Prof. Sachin Sapatnerkar will receive the 
  Ten -Year Most Influential Paper Award from the 
  2013 International Conference on Computer-Aided 
  Design (ICCAD.) Their paper is titled "Statistical Timing 
  Analysis Considering Spatial Correlations Using a 
  Single PERT-like Traversal. Prof. Sapatnekar was 
  Chang's advisor when she attend the University
  of Minnesota.


Alumnus Bodhisatwa Sadhu (Ph.D.'12) authors most downloaded
paper on IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits for May 2013

Bodhisatwa Sadhu Grad (Ph.D.'12) 



  Bodhisatwa Sadhu (Ph.D.’12), post-doctoral researcher
  at IBM T.J.  Watson Research Center, is the author of
  the top paper downloaded from the IEEE Journal of
  Solid-State Circuits in May 2013. This work—“A
  linearized, low-phase-noise VCO-based 25-GHz
  PLL with autonomic biasing”—was done in
  collaboration with IBM Yorktown and Carnegie
  Mellon University, and funded by DARPA.
  (Prof. Ramesh Harjani, Ph.D. advisor)


Alumnus Dr. Shengli Zhou promoted to Professor and
received Outstanding Advisor Award

Shengli Zhou  ECE alumnus Dr. Shengli Zhou (Ph.D.'03 2003),  is now
  a faculty member at the University of Connecticut, and
  was recently promoted to the rank of Professor with
  tenure. Prof. Zhou received also the Outstanding
  Faculty Advisor Award at the University of Connecticut.
  (Prof. G. B. Giannakis, former advisor)


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Did you know?
        Inventors Earl Bakken (EE'48) and Seymour Cray (EE'49) are graduates of our
        department. Bakken invented the battery-operated cardiac pacemaker and founded
        Medtronic, Inc. Cray invented the supercomputer and founded
Cray Research, Inc.

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