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New faculty joins ECE

Electrical and computer engineering students will see some new faces in the classroom this semester as five new faculty join the ECE team.  

“We are proud to introduce five new professors to our outstanding group of existing faculty,” said Tamal Bose, ECE department head. “These new faculty, who bring expertise in such areas as data mining, cybersecurity and wireless networks, will aid the ECE department in continuing to push the boundaries of technology.” 

Ming LiMing Li joins the ECE department as an associate professor after serving as an assistant professor in the computer science department at Utah State University where he directed the Wireless Network and Cyber Security Research, or WiSeR, Lab. 

Li’s research interests include cybersecurity and privacy, especially in communications, network and information... Read Complete Article

3-D printing is revolutionizing the ways engineers think about and make highly complicated devices, with applications ranging from wireless communication to air traffic control to earthquake-proof buildings.

Students in Hao Xin's lab perform measurements on a 3-D printed prototype of a Lüneburg lens.

By Daniel Stolte, University Relations - Communications

Hao Xin opens the door to his lab and points to an object that looks like some kind of strange, synthetic sponge made by an alien race much more advanced than ours.

"This is a prototype of a Lüneburg lens that we made," Xin says.

A lens?

Never mind the fact that it's neither transparent nor made of glass, but of a porous yet weirdly symmetric-looking, plasticky substance of oddly unappealing, pale gray color. Move your eyes closer, and your mind gets lost in a dazzling array of a myriad of tiny branchlets... Read Complete Article

Visiting college students show off their summer research projects with a driverless vehicle on the University of Arizona campus.

Students in the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program adjust the sensor on top of the Cognitive and Autonomous Test, or CAT, vehicle during a public demonstration.

Spectators got a glimpse of the future on Aug. 11 as they watched an SUV steer itself around a University of Arizona parking lot -- and got a chance to take a spin in it themselves.

Beneath stormy skies that temporarily disrupted but did not halt the high-tech proceedings, members of the UA and Tucson communities, along with several news reporters, were there to see visiting college students demonstrate their summer research projects with the UA’s Cognitive and Autonomous Test, or CAT, vehicle as part of the National Science Foundation... Read Complete Article

Visiting undergraduate students, including some who are the first in their families to attend college, experienced hands-on research -- and hands-off driving -- in a National Science Foundation program at the University of Arizona this summer and will demonstrate their driverless tech research projects on the UA campus August 11.

UA CAT Vehicle

They initially thought academic research might be boring or beyond their ken. But this summer, 12 visiting undergraduate students from New York Institute of Technology, University of Illinois, Georgia Southern University and other schools astounded themselves with their talent for research and the ways in which research empowered them -- by being able to remotely operate a driverless car, for example.

These students are participating in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates, or REU, program, designed to give students from diverse backgrounds research opportunities at major U.S. universities.

“We’re showing these students what research is really like,” said UA’s... Read Complete Article

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