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Students honor faculty and staff at ECE's pre-commencement ceremony. Some of the best professors use humor in the classroom.

That was the consensus at ECE’s 2015 pre-commencement ceremony, which not only celebrated the achievements of graduating students, but also honored those who helped them along the way. 

Seniors recognized four University of Arizona ECE faculty and staff members with the department’s 2015 Student Interface Awards. 

Regents’ Professor Michael Marcellin -- who students say uses jokes to keep them interested and ease the pressure -- was voted most supportive senior faculty member. 

“He is well prepared and organized, very approachable, treats every student with respect, and is dedicated to helping students understand the concepts,” said junior Murey “Alex” Luna Torres, who presented the awards on May 15. 

Marcellin earned a PhD in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1987 and joined ECE in 1988. His teaching and research interests include signal processing and... Read Complete Article

Ahmed Louri

Professor Ahmed Louri is leaving behind an impressive legacy as he prepares to take the helm at George Washington University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Washington, D.C.

In his 27 years at the University of Arizona, Louri, who begins his new job in August 2015, has acquired more than $10 million in research and industry funding and published more than 140 journal articles. He holds several U.S. patents and spent three years as a program director at the National Science Foundation Computer & Information Science & Engineerring Directorate -- and those are just the highlights.  

“Always know, you have a friend in D.C.,” Louri said to ECE faculty and staff at a farewell lunch on May 12. “I have an open door policy, and I will always be happy to see any of you at my door.”

Louri joined ECE in 1988 after receiving his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1984 and 1988, respectively. He received the NSF Career Award in 1989 and is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and... Read Complete Article

UA President Ann Weaver Hart (left) and College of Engineering dean Jeff Goldberg (right) present ECE professor Linda Powers with the i-Squared Award for Innovation and Impact at the second annual Tech Launch Arizona awards event.

Electrical and computer engineering professor Linda Powers received a 2015 Tech Launch Arizona award for her contributions to commercializing new technology.

“This is a great moment for us to recognize those who are applying knowledge to today’s major challenges and questions and giving voice to the importance of moving that knowledge out into the world,” said UA President Ann Weaver Hart, who presented eight awards to UA researchers and two to UA alumni on April 30 at Tech Launch Arizona’s second annual awards event, the I-Squared Awards for Innovation and Impact.

Powers, the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering, has... Read Complete Article

ECE students Jeremy Gin, Mark Roche and Jaime Lara Martinez accept the Raytheon Sensintel Best Overall Design Award with their teammates at the 13th annual Engineering Design Day.

About 400 seniors on 77 multidisciplinary teams showcased a wide range of projects at the 13th annual UA Engineering Design Day on May 6, 2015. 

Electrical and computer engineering students on 15 interdisciplinary teams took home awards, including the first and second place overall team design awards. Prize money for teams with ECE contributions totaled more than $13,000.

Winning projects ranged from a robot capable of detecting and detonating improvised explosive devices to a smartphone integrated gun lock.

UA News story: "The Future is Now at Engineering Design Day"

College of Engineering story:... Read Complete Article

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