Urgaonkar wins ACM Test of Time Award

A paper co-authored by Bhuvan Urgaonkar, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, was recently selected as the winner of the 2016 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group for the computer systems evaluation community (SIGMETRICS) Test of Time Award.

Engineers use grant to study traffic data to determine causes of fatal accidents

Traffic accidents are a leading cause of death in the U.S., especially for people under the age of 25. Computer scientist Kamesh Madduri and civil engineer Venky Shankar are developing a high performance computing (HPC)-based framework for the comparative evaluation of traffic safety on statewide transportation networks, which they hope will find patterns related to fatalities and severe injuries.

Jackson earns engineering alumni society's Diversity and Inclusion Award

SherryDawn Jackson, manager of the Department Electrical Engineering Academic Affairs Office, has been awarded the 2016 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Diversity and Inclusion Award.

Lydon-Rodgers named OEA for electrical engineering

Jean Lydon-Rodgers ('85 B.S. EE), president and CEO of Military Systems at GE Aviation, has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumna by Penn State's College of Engineering.

Xu named OEA for Computer Science and Engineering

Wilson Xu (M.S. '99) executive vice president of engineering at Palo Alto Networks has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumna by Penn State’s College of Engineering.

Electrical engineer's research in remote sensing and space systems earns him distinguished honor

Pasko's success in atmospheric electrodynamics, atmospheric gravity waves, computational plasma physics and electromagnetics are lengthy and this year he is being honored with another accolade: The Penn State Engineering Alumni Society is recognizing him for his achievements by honoring him with the Outstanding Research Award. The award recognizes and rewards outstanding engineering researchers for accomplishments in advancing the frontiers of knowledge.

Computer science graduate student wins Google PhD fellowship

Graduate student Nicolas Papernot was one of 39 recipients from North America, Europe and the Middle East honored as a 2016 Google PhD Fellow. Google created the PhD Fellowship program in 2009 to recognize and support outstanding graduate students doing exceptional research in computer science and related disciplines, according to the Google research blog. Now in its eighth year, the fellowship program has supported hundreds of future faculty, industry researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Electrical engineers create device to diagnose patients more quickly

Weihua Guan has created a device that will deliver a diagnosis to the patient in 30 minutes. The assistant professor of electrical engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with the help of his graduate student, Gihoon Choi, has created “AnyMDx: A Mobile Molecular Diagnostics Lab for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime” for rapid diagnosis.

New major prepares next generation of data scientists

As part of the Amazon Prime Air team, the drones-delivering-packages project, Brigid Smith sees the benefit of the data sciences classes she took as a graduate student in computer science and engineering. Smith was using graphs to correlate related objects during object recognition. That is, she was using data science to keep track of objects we tend to see in order to prioritize looking for them as we detect more and more objects.

Silicon Happy Valley: Back by popular demand

After the success of last year’s Silicon Happy Valley conference, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Society is hosting their second annual event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, April 18, at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Gorilla and human Y chromosomes are highly similar, new method reveals

A new, less expensive, and faster method has been developed to determine the DNA sequence of the male-specific Y chromosome in the gorilla. The technique will allow better access to genetic information of the Y chromosome of any species and thus can be used to study male infertility disorders and male-specific mutations. It also can aid in conservation genetics efforts by helping to trace paternity and to track how males move within and between populations in endangered species, like gorillas.

Board approves new major in data sciences

In today's information society, there is growing demand for data-savvy professionals in business, government and the nonprofit sector. Penn State is capitalizing on the big data movement by offering a new data sciences undergraduate major as part of an inter-college initiative with the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering, and the Department of Statistics in the Eberly College of Science.

Undergraduate Advisory Board's town hall meetings give students a voice

Emma Roudabush, a senior computer science student who will graduate in May, wants to influence change before leaving Penn State. By joining the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Undergraduate Advisory Board, the Murrysville, Pennsylvania native hopes to help make the electrical engineering and computer science and engineering departments’ transition into a school easier for undergraduate students.

McDaniel Named Distinguished Professor

Patrick McDaniel, professor of computer science and engineering, has been conferred the status of distinguished professor in Penn State's College of Engineering, the highest professorial distinction in the college.

Cadambe to study new data storage techniques with NSF CAREER Award

Electrical engineer Viveck Cadambe has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his proposal “An Information Theoretic Perspective of Consistent Distributed Storage Systems.”

Brubaker wins scholarship to study in Japan

Tim Brubaker of Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, an electrical engineering Ph.D. candidate, was named a recipient of a Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT).

Collins and Giebink honored for teaching excellence

Robert Collins, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, and Chris Giebink, Charles K. Etner Early Career Professor of Electrical Engineering at Penn State, were recently selected to receive the Joel and Ruth Spira Excellence in Teaching Award.

Smith wins Test of Time award for paper

A paper co-authored by Adam Smith, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State, was recently selected as the winner of the Theory of Cryptography Conference (TCC) 2016 Test of Time award.

Metamaterial-enabled antennas help improve satellite communications systems

Smaller, lighter weight, better performing and more multifunctional miniature antennas with increased performance may be possible using smart materials, according to Penn State engineers. One particularly promising application of this technology is for satellite communications systems.

Shiny Fish Skin Inspires Nanoscale Light Reflectors

A nature-inspired method to model the reflection of light from the skin of silvery fish and other organisms may be possible, according to Penn State researchers.

Alumnus Sheldon Kennedy named IEEE Fellow

Sheldon Kennedy, a 1975 electrical engineering alumnus has been named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the organization’s highest honor.

Kavehrad selected as IEEE Distinguished Lecturer

Mohsen Kavehrad, W.L. Weiss Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering, has been selected as an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2016 and 2017.

Kandemir named Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers fellow

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named Mahmut Kandemir, professor of computer science and engineering, a fellow.

McDaniel named Association for Computing Machinery fellow

Patrick McDaniel, professor of computer science and engineering, has been named a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), for his contributions to computer and mobile systems security.

Gegelia combines automotive passion with energy efficiency in EcoCAR competition

Tengiz Gegelia, a senior electrical engineering student, said he always had a talent for math and physics that drove him to become an engineer, but at Penn State he found his passion for combining his studies with innovation in the automotive industry.

Thakur awarded prestigious fellowship for Ph.D. students in electrical engineering

Yash Thakur, an electrical engineering Ph.D. student from Himachal Pradesh, India, has been awarded a $5,000 fellowship from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (IEEE DEIS). He is one of only three recipients in the world to receive this honor for the 2015-16 academic year.

New Horizons flight controller to speak at alma mater

This summer, as much of the country was learning about New Horizons’ flyby of Pluto and its moon, Katie Bechtold, a 2000 Schreyer Honors College and Department of Computer Science and Engineering graduate, was busy operating the space probe.

Waynick Lecture to focus on life inhabiting the universe

David W. Miller, chief technologist at NASA, will deliver the 2015 Waynick Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 in 113 IST Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Keegan McCoy: On a mission to advance space programs

Keegan McCoy ('12 E E, '12 MS, '12 SCI) set his sights on a career in the space industry, in part because of his grandfather, who was a high school astronomy teacher.

Electronics get a power boost with the addition of a simple material

The tiny transistor is the heart of the electronics revolution, and Penn State materials scientists have just discovered a way to give this workhorse a big boost, using a new technique to incorporate vanadium oxide -- a functional oxide -- into the electronic devices.

Engineering students innovate 3-D printing process to improve accessibility

Penn State engineering students Kevin Paroda and Justin Keenan quickly discovered that they had much in common. As first-year roommates, they designed a keyless entry mechanism for their dorm room during the first week of school.

Professor uses nanostructures to create cloaking device

Cloaking devices have had a major role in many science fiction narratives, but Xingjie Ni, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State, is working to make them a reality.

Graduate student research wins runner up award at ACM International Conference

Computer science and engineering graduate students Cheng Wang and Neda Nasiriani's paper on cloud computing earned them runner up for best paper at this year's prestigious ACM International Conference on Future Energy Systems.

Electrical engineering student does collaborative work in MNE lab

Growing up with an electrical engineering father, Chris Miller, a Penn State senior from Audubon Pa., knew at a young age that he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become an electrical engineer. He would tinker around with his dad’s tools and create his own projects. When his father passed away, he continued to use the gadgets and felt they helped him cope with his grief.

Giebink wins early career award

Chris Giebink, assistant professor of electrical engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received the Charles K. Etner Early Career Professorship in the College of Engineering.

EECS professors write one of most significant paper over the last 25 years

An international Significant Papers Committee (SPC) chose a paper co-authored by three professors in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science along with their graduate students as one of the most significant for influencing theory and practice in the area of Field-Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL) over the last 25 years.

Smith receives Google grant to investigate privacy issues

Adam Smith, associate professor of computer science and engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received a grant from Google to investigate privacy issues in a state-of-the-art training technique called deep learning.

Electrical engineering graduate student receives NASA fellowship

Timothy Hackett, who was the spring 2015 electrical engineering student marshal and is now a graduate student in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State, has been awarded a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.

Organization works to find ways to attract and retain women in STEM fields

Number of women in some STEM fields is on the rise. At Penn State, the Association of Women in Computing -- a student organization founded by three students in 2011 -- is striving to reduce such barriers by building a community of women at the University who are studying and/or interested in computing and engineering.

Five tenure-track faculty members join the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2015-16

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science welcomes five new tenure-track faculty members.

Raghavan appointed to National Science Foundation advisory committee

Padma Raghavan, associate vice president for research and strategic initiatives at Penn State, director of the Institute for CyberScience, and Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, has been appointed to serve on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Advisory Committee.

Narayanan provides Congressional briefing on brain-inspired computer systems

Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Penn State, provided a briefing last week on brain-inspired computing systems at a hearing hosted by the Senate and House National Labs Caucuses.

Electrical engineering's Guler invited to two conferences for women

Penn State electrical engineering doctoral student Basak Guler is used to being one of only a few females in the lab, the classroom and her department. With her bachelor's and master's degrees also in electrical engineering, and her current research focus on interactive communication and computation problems and information theory, she and her adviser, electrical engineering Professor Aylin Yener are among the few female researchers in their field.

Invisibility cloak aspirations inspire new metasurface material

A fabricated metasurface that leads to improved antenna performance may well represent the first demonstrated practical application for invisibility cloaks, according to Penn State researchers.

Kane named director of Center for Optical Wireless Applications

Tim Kane, professor of electrical engineering in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering at Penn State, has been appointed as the new director of the Center for Optical Wireless Applications (COWA).

Kavehrad book explores optical wireless applications

With the increased popularity of white light LEDs, research in multiple-source optical wireless applications is rapidly expanding. Mohsen Kavehrad, W. L. Weiss Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering, and two of his recent Ph.D. graduate students, M. I. Sakib Chowdhury and Zhou Zhou, have been conducting research in this field for quite a few years, and they have written an extensive book on the topic.

Four faculty members in EECS celebrate retirement this summer

Computer science’s Lee Coraor and Don Heller and electrical engineering’s Jack Mitchell and Raj Mittra are starting a new chapter in their lives: retirement.

Schultheisz and Reeder win second place in Freescale Cup

While most seniors spend their last weekend before graduation celebrating the completion of four years of hard work, studying for finals or both, electrical engineering students Karl Schultheisz and Corbin Reeder spent theirs in Rochester, New York, competing in a national match. After a semester building and programming a model car, they were ready to race it in the Freescale Cup.

Four engineering alumni to receive Penn State's highest honor

Four engineering alumni -- Richard H. Bard, Donald Devorris, Lynn A. Dietrich and Jacqueline C. Hinman -- will be honored June 5 with Penn State's Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest award for an individual.

Student creates app to access all Penn State sites in one place

Computer Science and Engineering student creates an iOS app for Penn Staters to access most commonly used websites as students.

Engineering students will travel to Peru as part of Pathways Fellows program

Ten College of Engineering students are leaving for Peru this month to attend classes at the Universidad de ESAN (UESAN) in Lima and work on an electrical engineering project with their Peruvian peers at the university.

Students work with international peers in Global Cyber Learning Factory course

Often when a professor assigns team projects at the start of the semester, after divvying up the work, most students forget about it until a few days before it’s due. But procrastination is nearly impossible when the teammates are global.

EE alumnus Todd Erdley to speak at College's spring 2015 commencement

Todd Erdley, president and CEO of Videon Central, will deliver the commencement address at the College of Engineering's baccalaureate degrees program ceremony at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Computer Science and Engineering's Bruce Wile ('85), and Electrical Engineering's Robert Liang ('88) two of 12 to receive 2015 Outstanding Engineer Alumni award from College of Engineering

Twelve Penn State engineers will be honored on April 14 at the annual Outstanding Engineering Alumni Awards ceremony at the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

Werner wins 2015 ACES Technical Achievement Award

A professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was honored with the 2015 Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society's (ACES) Technical Achievement Award last month in Wlliamsburg, Virginia.

STATEWARE to present semester's efforts at end-of-school-year event

Computer science class hosts inaugural event to unveil new software.

Committee recommends new School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Penn State Board of Trustees on Friday (March 20), has approved the College of Engineering to house a new School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science -- a move that follows current business trends and will open up opportunities for students.



The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was created in the spring of 2015 to allow greater access to courses offered by both departments for undergraduate and graduate students in exciting collaborative research in fields.

We offer B.S. degrees in computer science, computer engineering, and electrical engineering, and graduate degrees (M.S., M.Eng., Ph.D.) in computer science and engineering and electrical engineering respectively. EECS focuses on the convergence of technologies and disciplines to meet today’s industrial demands.

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