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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Building with flowers  200 Union Street SE,
  4-174 Keller Hall
  Minneapolis, MN 55455-0170
  Phone: 612-625-3300

Welcome from Department Head David J. Lilja
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is committed
to educating the
 future work force and to conducting research with
collaborators from industry and government.



Ph.D. student Patrick Quarterman receives Best Poster Award at
TRMC 2014

Patrick Quarterman  Ph.D. student Patrick Quarterman received
  the Best Contributed Poster Award about
  his research effort to develop future heat 
  assisted magnetic recording media
  beyond 5 Terabit per square inch at the
  25th Annual Magnetic Recording Confer-
  ence (TMRC 2014) in Berkeley, Calif. The
  title of his poster was "Effects of embedded
  hark mask patterning process on FePt
  HAMR media with ultra-small grain size."
  (Prof. Jian-Ping Wang, advisor)

University of Minnesota selected as site for IEEE2015 Magnetics
Summer School
The University of Minnesota (UMN), College of Science and
Engineering (CSE) has been selected as the site of the 2015 IEEE
Magnetics Summer School, scheduled for June 14-19,2015.  As
one of the largest academic centers for magnetics research in North
America, the UMN will offer more than 100 student participants
learning and networking opportunities with world-renowned,
local educators. Previous IEEE Magnetics Summer Schools have
been in Brazil (2014), Italy (2013), and India (2012).

The summer school is designed for graduate students who are
members of the IEEE Magnetics Society and studying magnetism
and related areas.  It consists of lectures by international experts
who cover fundamentals and advanced topics in magnetism and
includes poster presentations by participating graduate students.
Graduate student attendees must go through a selection process
including being recommended by their advisors and by IEEE
Magnetics members.  Awardees are provided with free room and
board and are reimbursed for most of the cost of transportation
to/from the school. Students from all parts of the world are accepted.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
Profs. Beth Stadler, chair, and Randall Victora co-chair, will lead
this education event. For more information, click here.

Prof. Massoud Amin writes invited article for National Geographic

Massoud Amin Thumbnail  Prof. Massoud Amin was invited by National 
  Geographic to write an article about the 11th
  aniiversary of the Aug. 14, 2003 U.S. and
  Canadian blackout. To read the article, click here.


U of MN Faculty research fuels record 15 startups

The University of Minnesota has launched a record 15 startup
companies based on discoveries and inventions by its
researchers during the past year. These companies, which
top the previous record of 14 companies in fiscal 2013,
demonstrate the university’s commitment to bringing
revolutionary discoveries to the market in key industries
including medical technology and the environment.

Two of the companies feature technology by electrical and
computer engineering professor Dr. Jian-Ping Wang.
St. Paul-based Zepto Life Technology centers on a portable,
low-cost device Wang designed to quickly check a human
sample for traces of more than 60 diseases or conditions
ranging from malaria to cancer. Niron Magnetics, in Palo Alto,
Calif., uses technology Wang developed for fabricating a
powerful new type of permanent magnet. Niron will produce
this magnet as an environmentally friendly replacement for
the expensive rare earth materials now used in motors,
generators and wind turbines.

To read more about U of MN startups, click here.

Prof. Jian-Ping Wang named one of the 2014 Titans of
Technology by
Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

Jian-Ping Wang 2013



Prof. Jian-Ping Wang has been named one of the 2014 Titans of Technology honorees by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal. Wang is
being recognized as one of three Technology Inventors for his creation of breakthrough ideas, processes and products.

The award will be presented at a luncheon event in September to showcase the innovators, adopters, and executors impacting the technology industry for the greater good. 



Solar car finishing race photo - 300

CSE Solar Car finishes second in 2014 American Solar Challenge
The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project team finished second
overall in the 2014 American Solar Challenge, an eight-day, 1,700-mile
race that started in Austin, Texas on July 21 and ended at the University
of Minnesota in Minneapolis today. For more

Former ECE Dept. Head, Prof. Emeritus Robert Collins dies

Prof. Emeritus Robert Collins, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Head (1964-69 and 1984-90), passed away in July, 2014. Collins held tenure with the department from 1963-1993.
Prof. Collins was Department Head during the groundbreaking and building of Keller Hall, the current site of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Collins participated in the ground breaking on Oct. 1, 1985; the building was completed in 1988.
During the 1980s, he and other department heads were responsible for hiring new faculty in the emerging fields of signal processing, communications, VLSI, computer systems, microelectronics and controls. While Collins was department head, ECE enrollments reached 1,300 students, a near historic high. For 20 years prior, steady growth had preceded this milestone.
During his tenure, Collins was a member of the Quantum Electronic and Optics Group in the 1970s researching particle sizing, semiconductor annealing with electron and laser beams, and laser interaction with solids. In the 1980s, Prof. Collins was a member of the Devices Research Group whose research included ultrasonic wave devices and microscopy; high speed, microwave and millimeter-wave devices and integrated circuits; three-dimensional integrated circuits; thin-film amorphous devices; complementary heterojunction insulated gate FETs; optoelectronic devices and circuits; silicon heterojunction devices; physics of heterojunctions; magnetic thin film devices; superlattice and quantum-well structures and devices, among others.
Memorial services will be held in Washington, D.C., with burial in Pennsylvania.


News Archives

CSE SHOP: Now Offering 3-D Printing
The CSE Shop designs, fabricates, welds, and repairs prototypes
and scientific research equipment. The shop also provides 3D printing
services, Customers can visit the shop or send drawings for estimates

THE CSE SHOP has two locations: Tate Lab, Physics Room 30 and
Mechanical Engineering , Room 2-134.

More information about the CSE Shop equipment, 3D printer, hourly rates,
and exmaples of shop work cab be found at the CSE SHOP Web Site

University of Minnesota CSE Machine Shop, Physics
116 Church Street SE, Room 30,
Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Jon Kilgore - Managing Research Engineer - kilgo001 at - (612) 624-4328
Ron Bystrom -Shop Foreman - email bystrom002 at, - (612) 624-7048
Fax (612) 624-4578

University of Minnesota CSE Shop, ME
111Church St SE, Room 2-134 ME
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Mike Jensen - Managing Research Engineer - mjjensen at - (612)-625-2062
Bob Jones - Shop Foreman- jones018 at - (612) 625-0549




2014 Fall ECE Colloquium Schedule 

Past Colloquium presenters  

CSE Alumni Society
Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. Event
Tues. Sept. 16, 2014
6-8 p.m.
Tin Whiskers Brewing Co.
25 E. 9th St.
St. Paul
$18 U of MN Alumni Assoc. Members
$20 non-members


College of Science and Engineering
                  Fall 2014

Science and Engineering Career Fair  
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Mariucci Arena

Math & Science Family Fun Fair  
Date: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Coffman Memorial Union

Institute for Engineering in Medicine

Annual Conference & Retreat
Monday, Sept. 22
8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center

Dr. Gary Glover, Stanford
Dr. Roger Kamm, MIT
Dr. John H. Linehan, Northwestern

Community Events of Note

Robotics Alley Conf. and Expo
Sept. 17-18
Saint Paul River Center
Saint Paul, MN

Cyber Security Summit 2014
Oct. 21-22
Minneapolis, MN

Information and Resources

  • Keller Hall Hours:
    Main doors 
         7:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm  Mon. – Fri.
         8:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm  Saturday
         9:00 a.m. - 6:00 pm  Sunday
    Union and Church St. entrance
         7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mon. – Fri.;
         Closed weekends
    Administrative office
         8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
         Closed weekends
    Annex entrance
         7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Mon. – Fri.
         Closed weekends