Purdue Engineering Impact Magazine Fall 2009

Electrical & Computer Engineering Proven excellence - funding expected to open new field

As the global community strains to rebound from the economic crisis, I am pleased and cautious to report that electrical and computer engineers, many of them Purdue alumni, faculty and students, are responding in meaningful ways to address the problem.

An engineering school focused on both national and international initiatives and engagement, ECE holds a large stake in the economic health of the globe. As the following pages will demonstrate, academics and industry partners alike are finding innovative ways of coping with the loss of resources and funds, while also thinking strategically and planning for future growth.

This issue of ECE Impact tells a story of resilience and hope. Electrical and computer engineers at Purdue and around the world are taking up the reigns to do their part to restore the global economic market to a healthy and vigorous state.

V. “Ragu” Balakrishnan
Interim Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Associate Dean of Engineering for Research

ECE celebrates new tech center, alumnus' generosity
September 15, 2009
In May, Purdue Research Park officials dedicated a 105,000-square-foot technology center in honor of Heddy Kurz and her late husband, Herman Kurz, a Purdue University electrical engineering alumnus.
Funding expected to open new field
September 15, 2009
Radar, high-power electronic-warfare pulse generators, radio-frequency spectrum monitoring, covert wireless and remote-device signature recognition all stand to benefit from new research in optics underway by Andrew Weiner, Purdue University Scifres Family Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Business manager and staff help ECE stay plugged in
September 15, 2009
A university needs many things to run smoothly. Faculty and students are easy examples but what most people don’t think about is the people who handle the funds that keep everything in motion.
Faculty member leads new homeland security research center
September 15, 2009
For Purdue professor of electrical and computer engineering David Ebert, managing the flow and direction of information—vast amounts of information—is crucial to managing a crisis.
Ambassador program helps students put their best feet forward
September 15, 2009
After completing her PhD this December, Cathy Strickland will join her husband in Los Angeles, where she hopes to launch a biomedical company and teach at a nearby university. Yet while electrical and computer engineering courses have provided her with a solid educational background for succeeding in these fields, it’s the ECE Ambassador program that is helping her with soft skills like making job contacts.
Scholarships reward and attract students to ECE
September 15, 2009
Establishment of Purdue University’s Presidential and Trustees Scholarship program — a relatively new component of the university’s multi-million-dollar Access and Success fundraising campaign — addresses an ambitious but straightforward goal: to attract and retain the best and brightest students the world has to offer.
ECE alumnus, faculty member recognized with Eaton Award
September 15, 2009
Caleb Fulton, alumnus and graduate student in ECE, has been awarded the 2009 Eaton Award in Design Excellence.
ECE alumnus named a 2009 Distinguished Engineering Alumni
September 15, 2009
Jeffrey Fisher (BSEE ‘80), Senior Vice President, Graphics Processing Unit Business, at NVIDIA Corporation, was honored with a 2009 Distinguished Engineering Alumni award.
Pioneering alumnus honored with honorary doctorate
September 15, 2009
Arthur J. Bond (BSEE ’68, MSEE ’69, PhD ’74), dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at Alabama A&M University, has been awarded an honorary doctor of engineering degree at Purdue.