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Go-to-gal; source of all knowledge; ambassador for the unit: These are just a few of the descriptions given to Rozanne Canizales, administrative manager for the department of electrical and computer engineering, or ECE, at the University of Arizona. She's earned them all; and she's just been formally recognized for her commitment.

Rozanne Canizales (center) celebrates her award with members of the ECE team.

Canizales is among 11 staff members chosen to receive 2016 University of Arizona Awards for Excellence from the Office of the President. The honor recognizes staff whose outstanding achievements benefit all or much of the university.

"It is humbling to know how much I am valued and appreciated by [ECE department head] Dr. Tamal Bose and the others who supported this nomination," she said. "It is truly an honor; joining the UA was one of the best decisions I've ever made."

Canizales started her UA career in 1980 as a secretary at the Main Library, followed by six years at what was then the College of Mines.... Read Complete Article

In or out of the classroom, Hal Tharp, associate professor and associate department head of electrical engineering, seeks new ways to engage and encourage both students and faculty.

By La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Relations – Communications

Dr. Hal Tharp leads a classroom discussion

ECE Associate Department Head Hal S. Tharp maintains a three-point teaching philosophy: be student-centered; continuously expand your skills; and share teaching ideas with others.

This trifecta approach has built Tharp's reputation as a highly distinguished University of Arizona faculty member and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering known for his masterful and creative ways of reaching students. All of which helped earn him this year's University of Arizona Foundation Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award.

"Dr. Tharp deserves this award. He has helped not only me, but also many others by showing the value of education and... Read Complete Article

Book cover - Kostuk's "Holographic Applications..."

ECE Professor Ray Kostuk has completed publication of a new book, Holographic Applications in Solar-Energy-Conversion Processes.

The book examines how holograms and holographic elements, such as spectrum-splitting filters, can be used to support solar energy technology. Also included is an overview of relevant design, materials and fabrication methods.

The book was co-authored by researcher Jose Castro, Juan M. Russo, Deming Zhang and Shelby Vorndran.

Russo and Zhang are former UA graduate students in electrical and computer engineering, and Vorndran is a current graduate student who recently defended her dissertation.

The UA College of Engineering recently announced the 2016 da Vinci Scholars. Among them is Alejandro Thompson, an undergraduate in electrical and computer engineering.

da Vinci Circle

Recipients of this award will receive a scholarship funded by generous donations from members of the da Vinci Circle, which includes about 300 individuals and corporations whose financial gifts support faculty and students working on groundbreaking research to build a better, more sustainable future.

Alejandro will be recognized alongside the College's other scholars during a special reception in May.

University of Arizona College of Engineering