Spring 2013 Newsletter

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Greetings from West Lafayette

The spring semester is underway - we're nearly to the halfway mark of classes and just days away from spring break on campus. The first two months of 2013, the year of the 125th anniversary of ECE at Purdue, have been busy and enjoyable!

Faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the department met on Feb. 19 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California for the first ECE Silicon Valley Symposia event since 2011.
ECE head Ragu BalakrishnanThe evening included a tech talk from ECE faculty member, Sasha Boltasseva, who is involved in cutting-edge research in the emerging field of metamaterials. The ECE-hosted symposia event was the first of 2013, in coordination with our anniversary celebrations.

Also in February, we were proud to welcome two ECE alumni back to campus as they accepted
the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering.  Dr. Theodore S. Rappaport (BSEE '82, MSEE '84, PhD EE '87) and Dr. William A. Payne (BSEE '80) were recognized for their professional accomplishments and potential for future growth. Congratulations to Ted and Bill!

In the coming months, we look forward to our scholarship and fellowship brunch and graduation ceremonies. We're also pleased to share that construction of our third building - the Wang Hall of Electrical and Computer Engineering - has officially begun. Please visit the ECE homepage https://engineering.purdue.edu/ECE for video updates on the progress of Wang Hall.

This is the second, quarterly ECE electronic newsletter, following the inaugural edition in late December 2012. We welcome your feedback and appreciate your continued interest in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue.

V. Ragu Balakrishnan
Michael and Katherine Birck Head
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

2013 Distinguished Engineering Alumni Awards include two from ECE

Rapport Payne The Distinguished Engineering Alumni/Alumnae Award is presented to men and women who have distinguished themselves in any field in ways that reflect favorably on Purdue University, the engineering profession, or society in general.

For those who have been engaged in engineering work, their record of accomplishments should indicate a high potential for future growth into positions of increasing responsibility. The College of Engineering has over 84,000 living alumni. The distinction of DEA has been bestowed upon 489 of these outstanding individuals.

ECE homecoming tailgate: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013

Mark your calendars for the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering Homecoming Tailgate on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Please join faculty, students, and staff before kick-off (TBA) as the Purdue football team takes on Northern Illinois. More details to come!

ECE initiative, nanoHUB, awarded a five-year $14.5 million NSF grant

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University researchers have received a five-year $14.5 million National Science Foundation grant to expand its widely used nanoHUB.org online science and engineering gateway.

The Purdue-led Cyber Platform, a part of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology NanoHub(NCN), will assist researchers across the globe by developing a virtual society that shares simulation software, data and other innovative content to provide engineers and scientists with the fundamental knowledge required to advance nanoscience into nanotechnology.

"Our long-term vision for the Cyber Platform is to use the nanoHUB as an online nano society that researchers, practitioners, educators and students depend on daily," said Purdue electrical and computer engineering professor Gerhard Klimeck, principal investigator of the Purdue-led Cyber Platform. "At the same time, we are excited about how this tool has extended into professional practice as a computational resource for a multidisciplinary culture of innovation grounded in cloud services-enabled workflows."

Experts: New football helmet technology can cut G-force to brain by 50 percent

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The football head injury experts featured in recent Sports Illustrated coverage of Junior Seau's brain injuries say new brain-saving helmet technology is available that would massively decrease energy delivered to the brain during impacts.

Eric Nauman, Purdue University Neurotrauma Group biomechanical engineering professor, has patented a new helmet liner that reduces G-force to a player's brain by 50 percent. Nauman says reducing energy to the brain would be a huge leap forward for helmets that have remained largely unchanged for more than 30 years.

Nauman worked on the new liner with fellow inventors at Purdue's Human Injury Research and Regenerative Technologies after he spent years documenting what football impacts were doing to the brains of high school players. Tom Talavage, a co-researcher and Purdue electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering professor, says preventing concussions is laudable, but it is a red herring because it is subconcussive blows that create long-term damage.

ECE faculty designing devices to use 'electron spin' in computing platforms

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue researchers are part of a new center focusing on the development of future computing platforms based on new device technologies that use "electron spin" to represent information.

The Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces and Novel Architecture (C-SPIN) is one of six new centers funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. C-SPIN, supported with a $29 million grant over five years, is led by the University of Minnesota.

The Purdue portion of the research is led by Kaushik Roy, the Roscoe H. George Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Supriyo Datta, the Thomas Duncan Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Anand Raghunathan, professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Did you know?

The first radio station in Indiana, WBAA, was constructed by students and faculty of the School of Electrical Engineering and started regular broadcasting on April 21, 1922.
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