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Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar Receives the 2021 Diversity Excellence Award
The Diversity Excellence Awards recognize faculty, staff and alumni / community members
who have shown an exemplary commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice.
Nominees were evaluated for their quality and their contribution to diversity and
Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar is a Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She received her doctorate degree from University of California, San Diego. After a brief stint as a senior scientist in SPAWAR Lab, Point Loma, Dr. Sarkar joined SDSU as a tenure-track faculty member in August 2006. Dr. Sarkar's research interest lies in the area of wireless data networks. She has published over 95 research articles in technical journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. She is the Director of the NSF funded Wireless Networks Research Group at SDSU where she leads a team of Ph.D. and Masters students along with post-doctoral scholars, visiting faculty and PhD students from various countries. Dr. Sarkar is the recipient of the President’s Leadership award at SDSU in 2010 for her excellence in research and the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2014 for her excellence in teaching. In her role as the Co-Director of Education in the NSF funded Engineering Research Center (Center for Neurotechnology), she conducts extensive outreach programs in building the next generation of women scientists and those from underrepresented communities. She is currently the Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee in the College of Engineering at SDSU and serves as the College’s liaison to the University’s DDI Council.
Congratulations Dr. Sarkar on your award!!
Dr. Junfei Xie Receives the NSF CAREER Award
Dr. Junfei Xie, assistant professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, which is the NSF’s most prestigious award for early-career faculty. The title of the project supported by this award is "Towards Networked Airborne Computing in Uncertain Airspace: A Control and Networking Facilitated Distributed Computing Framework". This 5-year project aims to develop an innovative theoretical framework to enable networked airborne computing, which relies on the airborne network formed by aerial vehicles with direct flight-to-flight communication links to achieve computing in the air. Findings from this project will have broad applications to next-generation air traffic control, Internet of Things, mobile edge computing, etc.
Click here for the SDSU NewsCenter article.
Congratulations Dr. Xie on your award!!
Paul Stuverud Makes $50,000 Gift for Scholarship
The College of Engineering, is pleased to announce that alumnus Paul Stuverud, ’71
BSEE and ’76 MSEE, has made an additional $50,000 gift to the endowed scholarship
fund “Paul Stuverud MESA Endowed Scholarship” he created in 2019. Grateful for his
SDSU education that launched a successful career working in integrated circuit design,
Paul hopes that his generosity can ease the financial burden of students today. Paul
first started giving to the College shortly after he completed his Master’s degree
in 1976, supporting the College with annual gifts. Some 50 years later, Paul used
his IRA Rollover to establish the fund and provide additional support.
The following link is to a “Where Are They Now” donor story that the College did when Paul established the fund in 2019: https://www.engineering.sdsu.edu/_resources/images/stuverud_Paul_WhereAreTheyNow.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1qRXKN2BIjyT061ApZAm6b_hXdDFyebMsNYz45e9a8CfgW2K8zmJtsXPs .
The College is grateful to all those who provide much needed philanthropic support.
If you know of anyone who might have an interest in supporting the College, please
contact Kate Carinder, Senior Director of Development, College of Engineering at: [email protected].
Dr. Amir Alimohammad Receives the Sydney R. Parker Best Paper Award
Dr. Amir Alimohammad and his former graduate student, Uday Korat, received the Sydney R. Parker Best Paper Award in the area of Signal Processing for their journal article entitled "A Reconfigurable Hardware Architecture for Principal Component Analysis", published in Springer Circuits, Systems, and Signal Processing.
Congratulations Dr. Alimohammad on your award!!
Dr. Reza Sabzehgar Awarded the Best Paper Award at IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference (ITEC) 2020
Dr. Reza Sabzehgar along with co-authors S. Heydari, P. Fajri, and M. Shadmand received
the Best Paper Award at IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference (ITEC2020) for their paper on "Maximizing Harvested Energy through Regenerative Braking Process
in Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive Electric Vehicles". This paper introduces a braking
strategy for a dual-motor all-wheel drive electric vehicle that maximizes energy extraction
during braking. The braking strategy is based on real-time sensing of each motor controller’s
DC link current to achieve optimum brake allocation between friction and regenerative
braking in both axles.
Congratulations Dr. Sabzehgar on your award!!
Johnsons Make Gift to Endow fred harris Chair in DSP
We are pleased to announce that Peggy (BSEE 1985) and Eric Johnson (MSEE 1986) have made a $3,100,000 gift to name and endow the fred harris Chair in Digital Signal Processing (DSP).
Professor Emeritus fred harris started his more than 50 year career at SDSU in 1967 teaching DSP and Communication Systems courses. He is internationally renowned in Electrical Engineering and holds over 35 patents on digital receiver and DSP technology. He is the co-inventor of the Blackman-Harris Window.
Peggy is CEO of Magic Leap, a spatial computing company. Eric is an angel investor. They met at SDSU. Grateful for their SDSU education, fred’s inspiration and life-long friendship, they made the naming gift in his honor.
If you happen to see Peggy, Eric or fred at a community event, an industry meeting or online, please feel free to express appreciation on behalf of the College.
The College of Engineering is grateful for all those who provide much needed philanthropic support. If you or someone you know is interested in making a gift to the College, please reach out to Kate Carinder, SDSU Senior Director of Development at: [email protected].
Thank you Peggy and Eric Johnson and Dr. fred harris!!
Dr. Mahasweta Sarkar Awarded the Fulbright Fellowship
Dr. Sarkar has been awarded a fellowship under the Fulbright Specialist program, established
by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).
This program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions
abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills,
gain international experience, and learn about other cultures while building capacity
at their overseas host institutions. Fulbright Specialists, who represent a wide range
of professional and academic disciplines, are competitively selected to join the Fulbright
Specialist Roster based on their knowledge, skill sets, and ability to make a significant
contribution to projects in foreign host institutions in over 150 countries. Once
abroad, Specialists partner with their host institution to conduct project activities
in support of the host institution’s priorities and goals. Dr. Sarkar’s Fulbright
fellowship will commence in Fall 2021 and will span three academic years.
Congratulations Dr. Sarkar on your fellowship!!
Dr. Junfei Xie and Team Receives the Special Track on Networked Computer on the Edge Award
Congratulations to Dr. Junfei Xie (assistant professor, SDSU), Baoqian Wang (co-advisor,
PhD student, SDSU), Ramiz Hanan, David Pierce Walker-Howell, and Leo Peralta (undergraduate
students, SDSU) for winning the award in the student design competition at the 2020 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM
2020). The competition is targeted for undergraduate students.
The title of their project is "Vision-based Autonomous Driving Robot Capable of Navigating in Unknown and Dynamic Rural Environments". In this
project, the students developed a modular, intelligent, and autonomous driving robot that is not only capable of navigating in a known urban environment, but
also in an unknown and dynamic rural environment with unpaved roads.
Congratulations Dr. Xie and team on your award!!
Dr. Amir Alimohammad Receives the 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Award
Dr. Duy H. N. Nguyen Receives Best Paper Award at IEEE ICC 2020
Dr. Duy H. N. Nguyen along with co-authors Dr. Lee Swindlehurst (UC Irvine) and Ly
Van Nguyen (a UC Irvine/SDSU joint doctoral student) received the Best Paper Award at IEEE ICC 2020 for their paper on "SVM-based Channel Estimation and Data Detection for Massive MIMO
Systems with One-Bit ADCs".
The UC Irvine article states, "The paper describes using a classical method of machine learning, called support vector machines, to target new 5G-and-beyond systems, which employ large arrays of antennas. These arrangements, called massive MIMO – multi-input, multi-output wireless systems – can be costly and use a lot of power, so researchers seek ways to reduce price and power usage without sacrificing performance."
Congratulations Dr. D. Nguyen on your award!!
Dr. Andrew Y.J. Szeto Makes Gift to the College of Engineering
The College of Engineering announced that Dr. Andrew Y.J. Szeto has made a $50,000 gift to the Rehabilitative Engineering and Assistive Technology Program at SDSU to support travel, senior design projects, stipends, and etc. in the program. Click here for the full article.
Dr. Andrew Y.J. Szeto is an Emeritus Professor for the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department.
Thank you Dr. Szeto for your gift!!
- Apply to the $50K Zahn Challenge for SDSU students, faculty and staff with an idea for a commercial enterprise, social enterprise or project resulting in a social impact.
- The Zahn Innovation Center is a commercial and social incubator that supports San Diego State University innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs—students, faculty and staff from any major or department on campus—as they transform their ideas into companies.
- Zahn Innovation center at San Diego State University College of Engineering is an incubator that support students, faculty and staff as they transform their ideas into products and companies.
For an in depth look at the senior design projects, please visit our Design Day 2020 site.
- The San Diego State University senior engineering Design Day presents a collection of projects from graduating seniors.
- The San Diego State University College of Engineering hosted its first time ever, annual Design Day virtually on May 5, 2021. To view the 2020 Design Day projects click here.
- The event featured project demonstrations from graduating seniors in the engineering program, as part of a capstone design class.
- Design Day exhibits a collection of projects from graduating seniors from Electrical and Computer engineering majors. This event is well attended by representatives from local industry, parents and faculty from other departments.
- Please continue to check our Engineering Design Day website for further information and this site also lists all of our past Design Day events.