2017 Medal of Excellence Event Recognizes Alumni Achievement

School of Engineering honored five distinguished graduates of the school at a gala event on Thursday, October 5, recognizing alumni achievement in technology and asset management, automotive safety research, telecommunications advancements, and aerospace innovation. More than 250 alumni, industry partners, faculty, and students attended the 2017 Medal of Excellence and Distinguished Alumni event which celebrated the accomplishments of John P. Cipolletti, Reates K. Curry, Andrew L. Intrater, Emeka O. Oguh (ECE), and Roman P. Pacewicz (ECE). This year’s event, which supports engineering scholarships, generated more than $200,000 through sponsorships and ticket sales. 

“Our school continues to be steeped in academic excellence, creativity, integrity, and service,” said Thomas N. Farris, dean of the School of Engineering, during the evening’s proceedings. “We’re here tonight to honor the best of Rutgers Engineering’s alumni: the honorees who demonstrate the impact that our graduates have on every aspect of our lives – growing our cities, improving our health and quality of life, educating our children, and advancing our nation’s innovation leadership.

 

Distinguished Achievement in Industry 

Roman P. Pacewicz (BS'87 Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Chief Product Officer
AT&T Business

As chief product officer for AT&T Business, Roman Pacewicz is leading product development that supports nearly 3.5 million business customers and an annual revenue stream of nearly $70 billion. His team is responsible for every element of product management from defining the strategy and developing the product portfolio to delivering the revenue performance and profitability. Since joining AT&T in 1988, he has held an array of leadership positions in product management, systems development, marketing, engineering, and operations. He most recently served as senior vice president of offer management and service integration, advancing the development of industry-leading Software Defined Networking (SDN) based offers. Pacewicz holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

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Distinguished Young Alumnus

Emeka O. Oguh (BS'05 Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
PeopleJoy

Emeka Oguh is the founder and CEO of PeopleJoy, a benefits platform company that provides employee retention solutions focused on financial wellness. He previously founded a mobile app publishing company that was acquired in 2015. Prior to that, he worked as director of product at a venture-backed financial technology startup and as a Wall Street analyst at Merrill Lynch. He is a Huffington Postcontributor, providing articles related to financial wellness and managing student debt. He also volunteers with MLT Ascend, a mentoring program for first-generation, low-income college students. In addition to his Rutgers electrical engineering degree, Oguh earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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How To Get Involved in Undergraduate Research in ECE and Beyond



Have you heard about research… but don’t know why you'd do it?
Have you thought about doing research... but don’t know what’s involved?
Do you want to do some research... but don’t know how?

Undergraduate research projects are a great opportunity to get exposed to more cutting-edge engineering than you see in your classes. If you are thinking about going to grad school it’s also a good chance to see what is involved in graduate research. Finally, working on a research project can build skills and experience that will be useful on the job market.

Team from School of Engineering receives NSF Grant

Dr. Dario Pompili, Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), is the PI on a new NSF grant from the Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Program. The title of the project is "Enabling Real-time Dynamic Control and Adaptation of Networked Robots in Resource-constrained and Uncertain Environments" and the award amount is $999,904. This project is in collaboration with Co-PIs Javier Diez and Jingang Yi, faculty members in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE).
 
The motivation of this project is that near-real-time water-quality monitoring in rivers, lakes, and water reservoirs of different physical variables is critical to prevent contaminated water from reaching the civilian population and to deploy timely remedial solutions. To make optimal decisions and “close the loop” promptly, it is essential to collect, aggregate, and process water data in real time. The Rutgers team will design a CPS where drones such as the Rutgers multi-medium Naviator, a Hybrid Unmanned Air/Underwater Vehicle (HUA/UV), and autonomous underwater robots (e.g., modified BlueROVs) can first identify regions of interest and take measurements as well as, if needed, collect biosamples from them; and then perform in-situ transformation of these measurements into valuable information and, finally, into knowledge. 
 
Integrated field testing on the Raritan River will be performed so as to validate the algorithms as well as to analyze their scalability (from an economical and feasibility perspective) and confidence/accuracy performance. The Raritan River is a major river of central New Jersey that has experienced pollution from industrial facilities toxic dumping for over 100 years, and is a unique laboratory available to Rutgers; it is also the State’s largest contiguous wildlife corridor offering refuge to numerous threatened and endangered species. As part of the University-wide strategic plan, in September 2016 Rutgers University has equipped a new research vessel with an on-boat mobile lab to do river water sampling and monitoring. This Rutgers ECE-MAE project will enable streamlined and improved monitoring of such an important area. You can find more details on the project at the NSF page here: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1739315&HistoricalAwards=false
 
 
Congratulations Dario, Javier, and Jingang, on this excellent collaboration!

Vishwanath Sindagi and Vishal Patel win best paper award at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-based Surveillance

 ECE graduate student Vishwanath Sindagi and Assistant Professor Vishal Patel paper have won the best paper award at the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Advanced Video and Signal-based Surveillance (AVSS) held in Lecce, Italy for their paper titled "CNN-based cascaded multi-task learning of high-level prior and density estimation for crowd counting."  In this paper, the authors have developed a cascaded convolutional neural network (CNN) that can accurately estimate the crowd count from a single image with arbitrary crowd density.  

 
 AVSS is the premier annual international conference in the field of video and signal-based surveillance that brings together experts from academia, industry, and government to advance theories, methods, systems, and applications related to surveillance.  AVSS is sponsored by the IEEE and, in particular, by its two societies, the Signal Processing Society and the IEEE Computer Society and the best paper award includes a prize of 1000 Euros.
 
Congratulations on this achievement  Vishwanath and Vishal!

Yingying Chen receives 2017 IEEE Region 1 Technological Innovation Award

 Professor Yingying Chen has been selected by the IEEE Region 1 Board of Governors to receive the 2017 IEEE Region 1 Technological Innovation Award. This award has been conferred on Yingying for research accomplishments and leadership in localization, mobile security and privacy, pervasive computing and mobile healthcare. Yingying will be recognized with the award at the upcoming Awards Meeting of the IEEE NJ Coast Section.

 
Congratulations on this recognition of professional achievement!

SIP Seminar 2017

SIP Seminar Series

The SIP Seminar Series at Rutgers University–New Brunswick brings together a diverse group of researchers, both from within and outside Rutgers, on (approximately) a biweekly basis to discuss recent advances in signal and information processing. The term of “Signal and Information Processing” used within the SIP Seminars is rather broad in nature and subsumes signal processing, image processing, statistical inference, machine learning, computer vision, control theory, harmonic analysis, information theory, etc.

SIP Seminar 2017

SIP Seminar Series

The SIP Seminar Series at Rutgers University–New Brunswick brings together a diverse group of researchers, both from within and outside Rutgers, on (approximately) a biweekly basis to discuss recent advances in signal and information processing. The term of “Signal and Information Processing” used within the SIP Seminars is rather broad in nature and subsumes signal processing, image processing, statistical inference, machine learning, computer vision, control theory, harmonic analysis, information theory, etc.

SIP Seminar 2017

SIP Seminar Series

The SIP Seminar Series at Rutgers University–New Brunswick brings together a diverse group of researchers, both from within and outside Rutgers, on (approximately) a biweekly basis to discuss recent advances in signal and information processing. The term of “Signal and Information Processing” used within the SIP Seminars is rather broad in nature and subsumes signal processing, image processing, statistical inference, machine learning, computer vision, control theory, harmonic analysis, information theory, etc.

Capstone Kickoff Event

All ECE Capstone Seniors are invited to attend networking event with industry representatives and ECE faculty. Raffle of Arduino kit and Robotics kit. Liner will be served. The event is organized by Dr. Hana Godrich, ECE Undergradute Director.

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