Category Archives: Achievements and Awards

MIT Lincoln Laboratory contract for Tim Havens

Timothy Havens
Timothy Havens

Associate Professor Tim Havens received a $15,000 contract from MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Tim and his team will investigate signal processing for active phased array systems with simultaneous transmit and receive capability. While this capability offers increased performance in communications, radar, and electronic warfare applications, the challenging aspect is that a high-level of isolation must be achieved between the transmit and receive antennas in order to mitigate self-interference in the array. This is a half-year project. Timothy Schulz at ECE is the co-PI of the project. Excellent work Tim!


Microdevice for Rapid Blood Typing without Reagents and Hematocrit Determination – STTR: Phase II

Laura BrownMichigan Tech Associate Professor Laura Brown (co-PI) and Robert Minerick (PI) of Microdevice Engineering, Inc. were granted a new award funded by the National Science Foundation regarding the broader impact/commercial potential of development of a portable, low cost blood typing and anemia screening device for use in blood donation centers, hospitals, humanitarian efforts and the military.

This device provides the ability to pre-screen donors by blood type and selectively direct the donation process (i.e. plasma, red cells) to reduce blood product waste and better match supply with hospital demand. This portable technology could also be translated to remote geographical locations for disaster relief applications.

The proposed project will advance knowledge across multiple fields including: microfluidics and the use of electric fields to characterize cells to identify the molecular expression on blood cells responsible for ABO-Rh blood type and rapidly measure cell concentration. This project includes the development of software for real time tracking of cell population motion and adapts advanced pattern recognition tools like machine learning and statistical analysis for identification of features and prediction of blood types.

 


Computer Science PhD wins service award at Graduate Research Colloquium

gorkem-headshotGorkem Asilioglu was presented with a Graduate Student Service Award at the 2017 Graduate Research Colloquium. Congratulations Gorkem!

The 2017 Graduate Research Colloquium (GRC) was held on February 15-16 in the Memorial Union Ballroom. There were oral and poster presentation. The banquet was held on the evening of February 16

ABC 10’s Keweenaw Bureau Reporter Rick Allen reported on the colloquium. Read more and watch the video at ABC10 UP, by Rick Allen.

Complete list of winners:

Oral Presentation Competition

  1. 1st Place: Kevin Sunderland, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  2. 2nd Place: Teresa Wilson, Department of Physics
  3. 3rd Place: Andrew Chapp, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  4. Most Attended: Muraleekrishnan Menon, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
  5. Most Attended: Niranjan Miganakallu, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics

Poster Presentation Competition

  1. 1st Place: Matthew Kilgas, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  2. 2nd Place: Brian Page, Department of Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
  3. 3rd Place: Zichen Qian, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  4. People’s Choice: Mugdha Priyadarshini, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Graduate Student Service Awards

  1. Gorkem Asilioglu, Department of Computer Science
  2. Hossein Tavakoli, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  3. Kate Glodowski, Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  4. Erin Pischke, Department of Social Sciences

The GRC is held each year by the Graduate Student Government at Michigan Tech.


Associate Professor Nilufer Onder receives high marks on student evaluations

Michigan_Tech_Nilufer_Onder_smallAssociate Professor, Dr. Nilufer Onder has been identified as one of only 91 instructors on campus who received an exceptional “Average of 7 dimensions” from student evaluations this fall.  Students in Nilufer’s classes felt she deserved a 4.95 (out of 5.0) on the question, ‘Taking everything into account, I consider this instructor to be an excellent teacher’.

This achievement reflects the tremendous efforts that Nilufer has devoted to teaching and the excellence of her teaching performance.  Way to go, Nilufer!


Scott Kuhl Receives the C2E2 Award

Scott Kuhl
Scott Kuhl won an award.

Scott Kuhl received the C2E2 award in the amount of $1,600. The award will help Scott purchase affordable head-mounted displays (HMDs) to support research, education, and outreach. The Michigan Tech Century II Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2) is a program aimed at providing equipment money to improve the lives of faculty, students, and staff campus-wide. The program is supported by the Michigan Tech Fund, through donations by individuals and organizations in the Fund.

Congratulations Scott!


Faculty and Students Attend Conference

Philart-and-StudentsMyounghoon “Philart” Jeon (CLS/CS) and his seven students attended the 8th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications (AutomotiveUI) Oct. 24-26 at University of Michigan.

Jeon and students hosted a tutorial on “in-vehicle auditory interactions: Design and Application of Auditory Displays, Speech, Sonification and Music.” Jeon and international collaborators hosted a workshop on “Ethically Inspired User Interfaces for Decision Making in Automated Driving.”

They had two demos at the conference: “Listen to Your Drive: An In-vehicle Sonification Prototyping Tool for Driver State and Performance Data” and “Development Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Eyes-free In-Vehicle Gesture Controls.”

This travel has been supported by CLS, CS, ICC, MTTI and HMC.


Tommy Stuart Receives Second Place in Elevator Pitch Competition

14606260_1272887379411026_1795585242386597791_nCongratulations to Tommy Stuart for earning second place at the 2016 Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition on October 6.

His pitch, “Delving Deeply,” proposed to complete development of a single-player top-down action adventure style game, and eventually start a local game development studio to leverage the large population of knowledgeable computer science students in the area.

The game idea and pitch was cultivated in Husky Game Development Enterprise in which students develop video games and were required to pitch their game ideas to the Enterprise one week before the Bob Mark competition.

For winning second place out of the 25 pitches at the Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition, Tommy is receiving $1,000, a free ticket to Michigan Tech’s 2017 Silicon Valley Experience trip, Smartzone Virtual Client Membership, and a Smart Start Program Tuition Waiver.


Computer Science in Top 18 in Nation

homepage_clouds_lgPayScale, a compensation analysis web site, has announced the top 25 university computer science programs in the country and Michigan Tech placed 18th.

In its 2016-2017 College Salary Report, Payscale ranked 171 colleges and universities with computer science programs based on the median early-career and mid-career pay of the schools’ computer science alumni. Tech’s early-career computer science salaries are listed at $63,900. Mid-career median pay is $126,000.

“This is great news. It is the best indicator of the quality of our programs,” said Min Song, chair of Computer Science.

Stanford University ranked number one in the nation, with its computer science graduates reporting a median early-career salary of $99,500 and mid-career salary of $168,000. Read the full report.

By Jenn Donovan



Associate Professor Timothy Havens received a research award

Timothy HavensAssociate Professor Timothy Havens received a DoD Army Research Office research award with a budget of $99,779 during the first year.

This is also a 3-year project with a total budget of $1,066,799. The project is titled “Multisensor Analysis and Algorithm Development for Detection and Classification of Buried and Obscured Targets.”

Tim and his students will develop new algorithms to detect and classify buried objects, one of the important research areas for ARO.