August 2020

August 5, 2020
The NSF has awarded a $300K/1yr Spectrum Innovation Initiative (SII) Planning Grant to a multi-university team led by Distinguished Professor Raychaudhuri (PI) and Ivan Seskar (co-PI) of Rutgers ECE/WINLAB. SII is a recently announced program at NSF which includes funding for a planned $25M/5yrs research center with full proposals due in March 2021. An abstract of the project is given below:

July 2020

July 31, 2020
A Rutgers / Columbia / Arizona / CCNY team has been awarded a $3M/3yr grant (Rutgers amount $840K) from NSF entitled "IRNC: Testbed: COSMOS Interconnecting Continents (COSM-IC)". The Rutgers PI is WINLAB Chief Technology Officer Ivan Seskar, with Distinguished Professor Dipankar Raychaudhuri as co-PI. The project is aimed at development of an international networking and wireless testbed by federating US research testbeds including COSMOS, ORBIT, FABRIC and PEERING with experimental facilities in Ireland, Greece, Brazil and Japan.
July 24, 2020
ECE Associate Professor Mehdi Javanmard has received the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA)for the project titled "Lab-on-a-Microparticle: Injectable Wirelessly Powered Label-free Nanowell Sensors for In Vivo Quantification of Protein and Small Molecules." The objective of the DARPA YFA program is to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions, and expose them to DoD needs and DARPA’s program development process.The YFA program provides funding, mentoring and industry and DoD contacts to awardees early in their careers so they may develop their research ideas in the context
July 24, 2020
A team of ECE faculty members led by Assistant Professor Chung-Tse Michael Wu (PI) have received an Early Concept Grant for Exploratory Research (EAGER) award from the NSF for the project titled "Directional Modulation Non-Contiguous OFDM Retrodirective Communication for Secure IoT." This project includes Associate Professor Waheed Bajwa and Distinguished Professor Narayan Mandayam as co-PIs. The total award amount for this two-year project is $300,000.
July 10, 2020
ECE Graduate students Mohammad Yousefvand and Wuyang Zhang were selected as the recipients of IEEE Communications Society Phoenix ISS Award for 2019-2020 academic year. The IEEE Communications Society Phoenix ISS Award was established to encourage engineering student to participate in professional activities. Awards are to be given to full-time or part-time students to cover expenses for students to attend the International Switching Symposium, or other IEEE Communications Society Conferences.
July 10, 2020
The 2020 Paul Panayotatos Endowed Scholarship in Sustainable Energy was awarded to ECE graduate student Tong Wu. Tong Wu is a PhD student working with Professor Jorge Ortiz in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Tong is a member of Prof. Jorge Ortiz' lab – the Cyber-Physical Intelligence lab – where researchers focus on designing new machine learning techniques on sensors in smart environments. One of the main application domains is in smart buildings.
July 10, 2020
The 2020 Professor Narendra Puri Scholarship was awarded to Intessar Al-Iedani and Lingyi Xu. Dr. Narendra Nath Puri was a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers for 38 years. He was dedicated to excellence in Electrical Engineering and countless students, faculty and alumni have benefited from his efforts. Dr. Puri passed away on December 4, 2015 at the age of 82. Dr. Kamal Puri, the wife of Dr. Puri, has generously donated this scholarship in honor of her husband and his work.
July 1, 2020
Dear ECE Graduate Students,  
July 1, 2020
Dear ECE Colleagues and Students:  Yingying Chen will serve as the ECE Graduate Director beginning today for a period of 3 years. Yingying has been an outstanding contributor to the department's mission as Associate Undergraduate Director while leading an extremely successful and highly visible research program and also playing an important leadership role at WINLAB. I am grateful that she has stepped up to take on this increasingly challenging role in our department as we navigate these uncertain times. Please join me in welcoming Yingying.

June 2020

June 18, 2020
The James J. Slade Scholars Program offers self-motivated engineering seniors who are passionate about experimentation the opportunity to perform an independent research project. Over the course of the program, scholars will write a thesis in preparation for graduate education and will receive guidance from professors, alumni mentors, and peers. The program will culminate in a research symposium where the scholars will have the opportunity to present their findings.