2017 ECE Senior Reception

The 2017 ECE Senior Reception was held on Saturday May 13th.   Prof. Narayan Mandayam, ECE Department Chair, spoke to the graduating seniors and their families.   Prof. Hana Godrich, ECE Undergraduate Director, presented awards to this year's Capstone Winners.   Prof. Zoran Gajic, the ECE Graduate Director, presented awards to the TA of the Semester, and the Graduate Academic Excellence Awards.

Photos from the Senior Reception are on the ECE Facebook page located at   https://www.facebook.com/Department-of-Electrical-and-Computer-Engineering-Rutgers-University-102445529877324/

Doreen Sparrow Graduates After 18-Year Hiatus

Twenty-nine years ago, Doreen Sparrow began her journey to become an engineer and enrolled as a freshman at Rutgers. Her experience in college, however, turned out to be anything but typical. She left school three times – to get married and have children. "It's been a long road," says Doreen, who has six children ranging in age from 14 to 26. When she finally receives her degree from the School of Engineering on Sunday (Mother's Day), Doreen will not only reach a goal that took her nearly three decades to achieve, but she will also see her youngest son, Khalif Hall, earn his bachelor's degree from Rutgers’ School of Arts and Sciences in criminal justice.

Read Doreen's inspiring story at   Rutgers Today


Rutgers Day was held on Saturday, April 29th in the Engineering Quad. ECE had a large tent just behind the SoE Building and many people showed up…fortunately the weather after the early-morning storm cooperated throughout the joyful event.

Professor Dario Pompili was in charge of the ECE Department's Rutgers Day planning. Dr. Pompili said "A special thank goes to our faculty, Hana Godrich, Waheed Bajwa, Janne Lindqvist, Yanyong Zhang, Anand Sarwate, Vishal M. Patel, and Maryam Mehri Dehnavi , and their students — Wanshu (Wayne) Sun and his capstone group, Xing Di, Mahdi Abavisani, Subu, Xiaoyi Tang, Feng Rong, Zhe Chang, Jingxuan Chen, Rong Zhang, Zhenhua Jia, Chris Mitropoulosand his team mates, Hafiz Imtiaz, Nicholas Frost and his group, and Poornima Suresh and her capstone group — to present their ongoing research and capstone projects, which showed a very good diversity in the topics and areas ECE encompasses. Let me also thank my capstoneers — Allen Tung, Calvin Li, and Anthony Wong — to volunteer and present their underwater adaptive sampling project.

All the poster presentations and demos were excellent and very helpful for potential students as well as for their families to learn about the academic programs and culture at the ECE Department.

The IEEE student organization led by Niral Shah as well as the Electronics Club engaged effectively with our young visitors and their families.

Last, but not least, the ECE activities carried out during this Rutgers Day would have not been possible without our staff often working behind the scenes; specifically, this year my appreciation goes to John Scafidi and Arletta Hoscilowicz for helping out and doing everything needed to support our event, and to Ora Titus for interfacing with SoE in the past two months."

Photos from Rutgers Day 2017 and a short video are available on the Rutgers ECE Department Facebook page located at https://www.facebook.com/Department-of-Electrical-and-Computer-Engineering-Rutgers-University-102445529877324/.

ECE Capstone Expo Day and Top Ten Award Winners

We would like to congratulate this year’s senior students who participated in the ECE capstone program and their advisers for a job well done!

Over 200 students participated in this year capstone program, forming 55 teams. Our students’ capabilities, creativity, and engineering skills were reflected in this year projects.

Capstone Expo, held April 26th at the EE building hallways, was the culmination of the hard work our students put towards their capstone projects. A panel of 21 judges joint us today to identify the top ten projects. Our judges were very impressed with the quality of the projects and commended our students’ capabilities and enthusiasm. The capstone teams did a fantastic job and made us all proud!

Before we announce the top ten projects I would like to thank everyone involved with this year’s capstone program:

Many advisers undertook students’ guidance this year. We would like to thank the ECE faculty who supported the program and advisers inside and outside of Rutgers who contributed their time and effort to help our students. Their efforts and support is key to the success of our capstone program and the students’ learning experience.

We would like to thank the following industry advisors who worked with our students: Chris Marty (Two Sigma), Hubertus Franke (IBM), Don Bachman (ASCO Power Technology & 7x24 Exchange Metro New York Chapter), Jon Pucila(BlackRock), Daniel Arkins (BlackRock), Phillip Southard (Harris), Nagi Naganathan (Broadcom), and Samuel Ramrajkar. Thanks you to the ECE faculty who advised students. Special thanks to Rutgers advisers: Michael KornitasPavel ReyesJames HarringtonRichard HowardIvan Seskar and Mubasir Kapadia.

We could like to acknowledge the support of the following industry sponsors through funding and equipment donations: 7x24 Exchange Metro New York ChapterSiemensVerizon WirelessJP Morgan ChaseASCO Power Technology, and Qualcomm.

Many thanks to our panel of judges for their effort and time taken to support and celebrate our students’ achievements. The panel included: Kishore Ramachandran (Zipreel), Michael D. Kornitas (Rutgers), Chris Marty (Two Sigma), Hubertus Franke (IBM), Don Bachman (ASCO Power Technology), David Katz (Credit Suisse), Justine McLean (JP Morgan), Saravanan Kunju (JP Morgan), Jasmine Feng (JP Morgan), Phillip Southard (Harris), Nina Krikorian-Ezik (Harris), Rachel Hartmen (Harris), Jon Pucila (Blackrock), Daniel Arkins (Blackrock), Srinivas Bangalore (Interactions LLC), Ludwig Randazzo (Juniper), Craig Metcho (Bloom Energy), Parishad Karimi (Rutgers), Eric Wəngrowski (Rutgers), University, Nagi Naganathan (Broadcom), and Nazmul Islam (Qualcomm). Their expertise, care, and insights were priceless in making the hard decisions as for the top projects.

A very warm thank you to our wonderful ECE staff! Arletta HoscilowiczJohn ScafidiSteve OrbineOra TitusTea AkinsEvelyn Gora-Evans, and Abha Gandhi . As always, their commitment and hard work made this event and others happen. Many thanks to Samyuktha Nagesh and Alphy Jose who worked tirelessly to support the capstone program and to all the undergraduate students who helps with capstone events.

After hours of diligent work our panel of judges selected these top ten projects:

#1 place (awarded $700, sponsored by 7x24 Exchange Metro New York Chapter)
Project S17-34: English Leaps to Sign Language
Team members: Nicholas Frost, William Grant, Kien Nguyen, Parth Parikh
Advisor: Anand Sarwate

#2 place (awarded $500, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase)
Project S17-26: Real-Time Candlestick Pattern Recognition and Financial Analysis for Intraday & Short-Term Trading (C.P.R & F.I.S.T)
Team members: Subramhanya Shankara Prasad, Mehul Vora, Christopher Steinert, Andrew Chan, Brandon Dunlap
Advisors: Maryam DehnaviDaniel Arkins (BlackRock Inc.), and Jon Pucila (BlackRock Inc.)

#3 place (awarded $300, sponsored by Qualcomm)
Project S17-15: P2D: Physical to Digital Scanner App

Team members: Danica Sapit, Annie Antony, Nishtha Sharma, Gloria Leung
Advisor: Kristin Dana

#4 place ($100)
Project S17-35: Augmented Reality Assisted Cooking using Microsoft HoloLens
Team members: Alessandro Orsini, Glen Huang, Grisam Shah, Glen Huang, Niral Shah, Gautam Venkatesan
Advisor: Kristin Dana

#5 place ($100)
Project S17-55: Car Occupancy Reporter
Team members: Peri Akiva, Subu Shankar
Advisors: Ivan Seskar (WINLAB) and Hubertus Franke (IBM)

#6 place ($100)
Project S17-11: Parking Management
Team members: Daniel Maas, Jacob Voorhees, Nil Patel, Jasel Patel
Advisor: Vishal M. Patel

#7 place ($100)
Project S17-23: User Authenticated Smart Gun System
Team members: Cedric Blake, Vineet Sepaha, Brian Chu, Harshil Patel
Advisor: Phillip Southard (Harris)

#8 place ($100)
Project S17-49: ARM (Automated Retail Monitor)
Team members: Kevin Horlavadi, Govindaraj Muthukrisnan
Advisor: Hana Godrich

#9 place ($100)
Project S17-48: Design and Analysis of RF-Frequency Tuning Devices
Team members: Jinjing Han, Yifan Wu
Advisors: Yicheng Lu and Pavel Reyes

#10 place ($100)
Project S17-20: Solar-Powered Car Jumpstarter
Team members: Lee J. Matalon, Zachary Montone, Adam Plotzker
Advisors: Samuel Ramrajkar and Hana Godrich

Students Favorite Award (awarded $200, sponsored by Siemens)
Project S17-43: Smart Pet Food Box
Team members: Xiaoyi Tang, Feng Rong, Zhe Chang, Jingxuan Chen, Rong Zhang
Advisor: Hana Godrich

Community Awards will be published after Rutgers Day and will be awarded at Seniors reception on May 13. We would like to kindly invite everyone who participate in the capstone program to join us on Rutgers Day to represent the ECE department.

Congratulations to the students and advisors!!!

Prof. Hana Godrich
ECE Undergraduate Director


Professor Emina Soljanin has received the 2017 Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University. The citation for the award reads: 

"In recognition of her preeminent research in coding theory, information theory and network coding; for her contributions to major breakthroughs in the design and analysis of efficient, reliable and secure networking and storage systems; for designing the first distance enhancing codes for commercial magnetic storage devices, forward error correction for optical transmission schemes, algorithms for quantum computation, and link error prediction methods for cellular network standards."

Please see a link to the announcement here.

Congratulations on this wonderful recognition, Emina!


The WINLAB team – Jiachen Chen, Sugang Li and Yanyong Zhang– received the Best Demo Award at the 2nd ACM/IEEE International Conference on Internet of Things - Design and Implementation (IoTDI), held this week in Pittsburgh. The demo is entitled “Motion Triggered Surveillance Camera using MF-IoT.”

The advent of new Internet of Things (IoT) devices has posed challenges to the underlying network design. IoT network requires global reachability, mobility support, richer communication patterns and resource efficiency. MobilityFirst (MF [1]) is a clean-slate network architecture that has the potential to satisfy the requirements of the new IoT network.

Congratulations to Yanyong and the team!


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