Fall 2019 Newsletter

 

Dear Alumni, Friends, Faculty, Staff, and Students:

We have had plenty to share with you about our EE department during the 2018-2019 school year: Our College of Engineering held commencement ceremonies with more than 150 BSEE degree recipients and more than 200 MSEE degree recipients. Our department hired an outstanding new faculty in Embedded Systems, and our students enjoyed almost 200 part-time and full-time internship positions at more than 60 local companies and with an average payrate of $32/hour. We also welcomed two new Department Advisory Council members from Facebook and Google and we have been very busy with curriculum development and research. Sadly, one of our emeritus faculty, Dr. Javad Zoroofchi passed away this year.
 
We are very proud of the accomplishments made by our students, faculty, and staff. I invite you to spend a few moments to go through this newsletter. We plan to have an alumni get together this December during our bi-annual student project symposium. All of us at Electrical Engineering are looking forward to seeing you at the event.
 
Thuy T. Le, Professor & Department Chair




 

DEPARTMENT NEWS


New Faculty


Binh Le joined SJSU as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University where he was a research scientist working on high-performance and energy-efficient machine learning systems using emerging memory technologies. Prior to joining Stanford, Binh was a Director of Design at SanDisk Corporation. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and traveling.


Curriculum
 
The EE department has offered new courses in Applied Python Programming in EE (EE104), Machine Learning for Electrical Engineers (EE257), Neural Networks (EE258), Logic Verification with UVM (EE273), Embedded SoC Design (EE277A). The department will offer new courses in Advanced Network Security for IoT (EE280) and Quantum Computing (EE225) starting Spring 2020 semester. We are also in the process of offering new courses in Fiber Optic Networking and Artificial Intelligence in Computer Vision. Many courses in communication, DSP, and FPGA areas have been revised to include topics in deep learning and artificial intelligence applications. Courses in power electronics area have also been revised to include computer simulations.



Research

During the 2018-2019 school year, EE faculty and students have published over 25 conference and journal papers; received eight external grants with over one million dollars total. Several faculty members have been invited to speak at Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, American Mathematical Society, and National Autonomous University of Mexico. Below are several major grants received by EE faculty members:

Assistant Professor Mohamed Badawy received a $57,578 grant from Delta Electronics, Inc. for a research project titled “Developing Efficient Photo-voltaic Converters Using Differential Power Processing Concept.” Prof. Badawy is also a co-PI of a $297,318 grant from National Science Foundation for the acquisition of a Power-Hardware-in-the-Loop (PHIL) System to Enhance Research and Student Research Training in Engineering and Computer Science.


  Associate Professor Birsen Sirkeci received a $326,960 grant from National Science Foundation for the acquisition of a metal additive manufacturing system for multi-disciplinary research and education. The project is in collaboration with four other faculty members in Mechanical Engineering, Chemical and Material Engineering, and Aviation Technology departments.


Assistant Professor Juzi Zhao received a $196,217 grant from National Science Foundation for a research project titled “NeTS: Small: Collaborative Research: Design and Provisioning for Inter-Datacenter Multigranular Flexible Optical Networks.” The project is in collaboration with a faculty member at George Washington University.

 
 
Assistant Professor Hiu-Yung Wong received a $50,000 grant from NASA for a research project titled “Chip Design for Self-Healing Electronics,” a $26,143 grant from Department of Defense for a research project titled “Radiation Hardness Projection and Optimization of sub-10nm Technology Node SRAM through Design-Technology-Co-Optimization (DTCO) Simulations,” and a $25,219 grant from Atomera for a research project titled “CMOS applications of MST film using TCAD.”


FACULTY SPOTLIGHT:
Electrified Transportation




Growing up in Egypt, Mohamed Badawy was fascinated by the landscapes of the Nile River Valley, from the desert oases to the mountains. “However, pollution was growing and taking away from Cairo’s incredible beauty, and putting millions of people at significant health risks,” says the assistant professor of electrical engineering and founder of SJSU’s Center of Power Electronic Converters. “And, thus, my interest solidified in solving the challenge of reducing gas emissions.” 

Full article is at https://bit.ly/electrified-transportation

AWARDS AND HONORS

Professor David Parent was an award winner of the 2019 Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.

Ms. Audrey Leong, EE Systems Analyst was an award winner of the 2019 Staff Excellence in Service Award.
https://engineering.sjsu.edu/banquet/awards

UPCOMING EVENTS
December 7th, 2019
9:30AM - 12:30PM

Student Union Ballroom

 
Bi-Annual Student Project Symposium
This event is an extraordinary Expo and poster session featuring the projects of more than 150 electrical engineering students. The event is being held on the morning of December 7, 2019 at Student Union, San Jose State University. EE alumni and company representatives are invited (free of charge).

Annual EE Alumni Reunion
This event is for EE alumni, faculty, staff, and students to meet and share experiences, stories, and to connect. We plan to have a panel session during the bi-annual student project symposium for alumni to share their experiences to current students about transition from academic to industry. If you would like to be a panelist, please email Professor Thuy Le at thuy.le[at]sjsu[dot]edu. EE alumni are encouraged to attend and we are looking forward to meeting you all. A detailed program will be sent to alumni by EE Friend email list.

EE FACULTY AND STAFF


Mohamed Badawy,

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Akron

Tri Caohuu,

Professor

Ph.D., Texas A & M
University

Chang Choo,

Professor

Ph.D., Rensselaer

Polytechnic Institute

Sotoudeh Hamedi-Hagh,

Professor

Ph.D., University of Toronto

Lili He,

Professor

Ph.D., State University of New York

Ping Hsu,

Professor

Ph.D., University of 
California, Berkeley

Binh Q. Le,

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University

Thuy T. Le,

Professor &

Department Chair

Ph.D., University of

California, Berkeley

Essam Marouf,

Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University

Nader F. Mir,

Professor

Ph.D., Washington University

Robert H. Morelos-Zaragoza,

Professor

Ph.D., University of Hawaii

David W. Parent,

Professor & Undergraduate Coordinator

Ph.D., University of 
Connecticut

Jonathan Ponniah,

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of

Illinois at Urbana- 
Champaign

Jalel Rejeb,

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Syracuse University

Birsen Sirkeci,

Associate Professor &

Graduate Coordinator

Ph.D., Cornell University

Hiu-Yung Wong,

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of

California, Berkeley

Juzi Zhao,

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., George Washington University

Ahmed Abou-Alfotouh,

Lecturer

Ph.D., University of Kentucky

Eveline Bellegarda,

Lecturer

Ph.D., University of 
Rochester

Anindita Bhattacharya,

Lecturer

Ph.D., Northeastern University

Eric Crabill,

Lecturer

MSEE, Stanford University

Khosrow Ghadiri,

Lecturer

Ph.D., International

Technological University

Navid Ghazisaidi,

Lecturer

Ph.D., University of Quebec

Bhawandeep Singh Harsh,

Lecturer

MSEE, San Jose State University

Morris Jones,

Lecturer

MSEE, Brigham Young University

Jalil Kamali,

Lecturer

Ph.D., Stanford University

John Kim,

Lecturer

Ph.D., New Mexico State

University

Ray Kwok,

Lecturer

Ph.D., University of

California, Los Angeles

Sang-So Lee,

Lecturer

Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon

University

Bhaskar Mantha,

Lecturer

Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Nhat Nguyen,

Lecturer

Ph.D., University of

California, Berkeley

Tan V. Nguyen,

Lecturer

Dr. Eng., Santa Clara University

Christopher Pham,

Lecturer

MSEE, San Jose State

University

Abbas Rahimi,

Lecturer

Ph.D., University of

California, San Diego

Ahmad Shahsiah,

Lecturer

Ph.D., Rensselaer

Polytechnic Institute

Chao-Li Tarng,

Lecturer

Ph.D., University of 
Washington

Simon Tian,

Lecturer

Ph.D., Virginia Tech

Igor Tyukhov,

Lecturer

Ph.D., Moscow Power

Engineering Institute

Tom Wrappe,

Lecturer

MBA, University of Chicago

Manizeh Zand,

Lecturer

MSEE, San Jose State University

David Bruck,

Graduate Consultant &

Advisor

Ph.D., Cornell University

Lucinda Lawson,

Department Analyst

Roopa Gadham,

Department Coordinator

Audrey Leong,

Systems Analyst