ECE PhD Student Tuyen (Harry) Tran receives the 2018 School of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Award

ECE PhD student Tuyen (Harry) Tran has been selected to receive the 2018 School of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Harry joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) as a PhD student in September 2014 and completed his PhD degree in April 2018 under the supervision of ECE Professor Dario Pompili, director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory (CPS Lab). He received the B.Eng. (Honors Program) degree in electronics and telecommunications from the Hanoi University of Science and Technology, Vietnam, in 2011 and the M.Sc. degree in ECE from the University of Akron, Ohio, in 2013. In the summers of 2015-2017, he held research internships in the Huawei Technologies R&D Center, Bridgewater, NJ. After graduation, he will start his professional career as a Research Scientist with the Next Generation and Standards Group, Intel Corporation, in Hillsboro, OR in June 2018.

Harry’s research interests lie in the areas of wireless communications, mobile cloud computing, and network optimization. During the course of his PhD program, he has made significant research contributions to the emerging Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) and Mobile-Edge Computing (MEC) paradigms. He designed disruptive innovations for 5G wireless access networks to satisfy service requests from mobile users under resource constraints; and proposed novel collaborative frameworks to make optimized control decisions by taking communications, caching, and computing aspects into account. His series of innovative solutions have resulted in a solid track record of 14 referred scholar publications, including 6 articles in high-impact journals and 8 papers in highly-competitive conferences. Additionally, he currently has 6 submissions under review, including 4 journal articles and 2 conference papers. His publications have received more than 234 citations, with an h-index of 9 and an i10-index of 7 (Google Scholar, April’18).

Harry is also the leading author of a conference paper that won the Best Paper Award at the IEEE/IFIP Wireless On-demand Network Systems and Services Conference (WONS) in February 2017. For two consecutive years, in 2015 and 2016, he received the NSF Travel Grant Awards to present his papers at the IEEE Conference on Mobile Ad hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS) in Dallas, TX and Brasilia, Brazil, respectively. Harry has also been a regular recipient of the Graduate Assistant Professional Development Fund Award from Rutgers University in 2015-2018. In addition, his outstanding performance in teaching and research was recognized by a number of awards from the Rutgers ECE Department, including the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award in 2015, the Best Poster Award in ECE Research Day in Fall’16, and the PhD Research Excellence Award in Fall’16.

Congratulations Harry! Continue to make us proud!

Announcing the 2018 Recipient of the Paul Panayotatos Endowed Scholarship in Sustainable Energy

The 2018 Paul Panayotatos Endowed Scholarship in Sustainable Energy will be awarded to ECE graduate student Fangzhou Yu.

Fangzhou Yu is a PhD student working with Professor Yicheng Lu in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received $5,000 in support of his project “Low-power MgZnO Piezoelectric Transistors for Energy Efficient Applications”. His research focuses on reducing the power consumption of electronic devices, which is one of the most important challenges facing the global electronic industry. A new piezoelectric material MgZnO in the field effect transistors will introduce steep subthreshold slope for low-power consumption and high energy-efficient performance. This research has a significant impact on device physics and technology and leads to broad applications in the energy-efficient electronic systems such as piezoelectric voltage transformer, flexible non-volatile memory, advanced touch sensing device, and low power transistor switches. He received his MS degree at Rutgers in 2016, and BS degree at Peking University in 2013. 

Paul Panayotatos Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of Professor Paul Panayotatos who served for 30 years as a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The Scholarship is awarded to graduate students demonstrating academic excellence and pursuing an advanced degree in the sustainable energy areas including renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy conversion or a related area. 

Congratulations Fangzhou!

ECE Senior Greg Mueller Graduates After Initially Pursuing Music Career

The interplay of the left brain and right brain is epitomized by Gregory Mueller, whose greatest passions are music and math. He says the two disciplines kept him grounded throughout childhood and gave context to his adolescent life.

But when the time came to choose a focus for college, he faced a strong internal debate: Music or engineering? Engineering or music? Ultimately, Mueller just couldn’t see himself sitting behind a desk all day. And so music prevailed – at least for the time being. 

On May 13, Mueller will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Rutgers-New Brunswick’s School of Engineering. In July, he will join the digital design team at Harris Corporation in Clifton, New Jersey, working as an electrical engineer.

Mueller might seem like any other engineering graduate on the cusp of his career, but his graduation serves as a major shift in a life devoted to music. The California native made the initial decision to pursue music in his junior year of high school. From that point onward, he spent all of his time pursuing an array of musical endeavors – orchestra, drum line, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble and musicals.

Mueller began his formal music education at Indiana University, determined to capture a position in a national orchestra. After graduating, he traveled to the Northeast to continue his orchestral studies at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and to learn from the New York and Philadelphia musicians on faculty. When he graduated from the Mason Gross School with a master’s degree in music in 2010 without an orchestra position lined up, Mueller took a job working the front desk in the school’s music department to supplement his income as a freelance musician.

“I played for musicals, local orchestras, Afro-Cuban jazz groups, shekere ensembles, brass bands, churches, avant-garde operas, new music experiences and more,” he said.

At the same time, Mueller also started working heavily in the field of audio and video production. As his tech skills improved, he found himself fascinated by the way the equipment worked. 

“In particular, I spent most of my time trying to understand how the signal processing algorithms I used at work actually functioned,” Mueller said. “After some research, I discovered that electrical engineers were almost entirely responsible for the majority of the design and implementation of the tools I used day to day.”

In 2015, he decided to take the leap and formally pursue engineering.

“I asked to change my day job at Rutgers to include running the newly minted recording studio at Mortensen Hall on Douglass campus in addition to attending school full time at Rutgers. Fortunately, my supervisors were extremely supportive and gave the go-ahead to start my engineering odyssey,” he said.

Despite his switch in professions, Mueller has no intention to neglect his musical side.

He believes his musical expertise helps him succeed in the right-brain dominated world of engineering.

“The verbal and nonverbal communication skills used in the music world help me with the soft skills needed to convey engineering ideas to tech and nontech-minded individuals,” he said. “I look forward to pursuing music for my own personal fulfillment for a change.”


By Manya Goldstein
May 7, 2018

Janne Lindqvist Wins NSF CAREER Award

ECE Assistant Professor Janne Lindqvist has won an NSF CAREER award for the project titled "CAREER: Science of Security for Mobile User Authentication." This is a five-year $507,568.00 award. These prestigious awards are in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. This most recent CAREER award makes it the sixth active CAREER Award in the ECE department, reflecting the phenomenal success of our young faculty members!

Janne will solve transformative questions in the security and usability of user authentication. The project blends a multifaceted research agenda, which will integrate statistical theory with empirical studies to advance the science of authentication. This is an interdisciplinary project that requires computational knowledge from signal processing and machine learning, information about threats from security engineering, and the understanding of usability from human factors and human-computer interaction. The project is motivated by the following observations: 1) people are switching from desktops to smartphones as their main computing and Internet platform, 2) mobile platforms provide opportunities for ingenious authentication methods, and 3) although the scientific and engineering community is producing many solutions to mobile authentication, the underlying trade-offs and science behind mobile authentication are not well understood. As part of this project, Janne will be developing a unified approach towards evaluation user authentication systems. It is expected that the findings from this project will also illuminate new methods to improve lightweight mobile-friendly authentication.  You can find more details on the award at the NSF page here

Congratulations on this outstanding achievement Janne!

ECE Researchers win First Prize at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo Grand Challenge

Assistant Professor Vishal Patel and ECE PhD student He Zhang have won the 1st prize at the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) Grand Challengefor their work on heterogeneous face recognition.  Their algorithm for polarimetric thermal-to-visible face recognition achieved the best performance on the Heterogeneous Face Recognition Grand Challenge organized by the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) as part of the 2018 IEEE ICME.  Professor Patel and Zhang's approach is based on a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) which uses a multi-stream feature-level fusion technique to synthesize high-quality visible images from polarimetric thermal images.  They will receive a $1000 cash prize for winning this challenge.  More information about the ICME Grand Challenge can be found at

Congratulations to Vishal and He on this accomplishment!

Salim El Rouayheb receives 2018 DURIP Award

Assistant Professor Salim El Rouayheb has won a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Award for his project titled "Secure Coded Cooperative Computations for Internet of Battlefield of Things (IoBTs)."  The DURIP instrumentation awards provide the unique means through which the Depart of Defense supports universities in the acquisition of essential laboratory equipment, usually out of reach for most research grants. As part of this project, Dr. El Rouayheb in collaboration with Dr. Seferoglu from the University of Illinois, Chicago has received a $138,738 award for equipment to study cooperative computations for Internet of Battlefield of Things (IoBT), which is emerging as a new paradigm for networks supporting mission critical army operations.

Congratulations Salim!


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