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Spring 2017
A message from the director

Welcome to the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at Penn State. With more than 85 faculty members, 2,500 undergraduate students, and 400 graduate students, we are one of the largest and most prominent units at Penn State and in the country.

Our school has undertaken many exciting initiatives in the past year in its two vibrant, renowned departments: computer science and engineering, and electrical engineering.
We now offer B.S. degrees in computer science, computer engineering, data science, and electrical engineering, and graduate degrees (M.S., M.Eng., Ph.D.) in computer science and engineering, and electrical engineering, respectively. >>  
Penn State students join international rocket research team

When Alyssa Grube, a sophomore studying engineering science and mechanics, got an email inviting her to enroll in an electrical engineering special topics course focused on The Grand Challenge Student Rocket - G-Chaser, she was intrigued. The course engages engineering and science students of any academic year in a multi-year international sounding-rocket research project that will study the upper atmosphere in the cusp of the earth's magnetic field.

Taught by Tim Wheeler, assistant professor of electrical engineering; Sven Bilén, professor of engineering design, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering and department head of the School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs; and Tim Kane, professor of electrical engineering, the class is giving students the opportunity to develop research collaborations with renowned atmospheric scientists from around the globe. >>

Researchers continue to improve consumer privacy protection

As a graduate student researching cryptography, Adam Smith wanted to study problems that required new theoretical insights, but whose solutions would actually affect people's lives in a positive way. The issue of privacy and data collecting particularly piqued his interest.

"The phrase 'big data' wasn't around yet, but it was a thing and it was becoming clear that if technology didn't think carefully about this, we would get to a stage where data would be shared widely without regards to privacy," said Smith, a computer science and engineering professor in the School of EECS. "I wanted to help find a way to get the benefits of this data without the cost to privacy." >> 
Electrical Engineers create tiny but powerful medical devices

Battery-operated medical devices implanted in human bodies have saved countless lives. A common implant, the cardioverter defibrillator, sends a jolt of electricity to the heart when needed, preventing a heart attack or heart failure. While patients' lives are improved by this technology, if the device causes an infection or the battery needs to be replaced, more invasive procedures are necessary.
Department of Computer Science and engineering offers summer camp for girls

Computer science is a fundamental gateway to influence our software-driven society, yet according to the National Center for Education Statistics, only 18 percent of undergraduate computer science degrees in the U.S. are awarded to women.

The Penn State Department of Computer Science and Engineering, in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, wants to see this percentage increase. This summer, the department is hosting its first-ever computer science camp for girls.
Consortium brings together researchers and local industry

Penn State researchers are collaborating with local radio-frequency and wireless-technology companies to help enhance each others' work and find more internship and employment opportunities for Penn State students.

The State College Area Radio Frequency Consortium, led by Ram Narayanan, professor of electrical engineering, and comprised of researchers from Penn State and local businesses, met in March to discuss their active research and development initiative. >> 

  • EECS names student marshals for 2017 spring commencement >>
  • Anand Sivasubramaniam named Distinguished Professor >>
  • EE's Zhenyuan Yuan wins award at College of Engineering Research Symposium >>
  • Computer scientist Adam Smith wins 2017 Gödel Prize >>
  • Ram M. Narayanan honored for contributions to radar engineering >>
  • DoD awards Stuart (Shizhuo) Yin $3M for laser research >>
  • Schreyer Scholar Alexander Smith awarded Goldwater Scholarship >>
  • Eric Stahre named 2017 computer science and engineering Outstanding Engineering Alumnus >>
  • Girish Gaitonde named 2017 electrical engineering Outstanding Engineering Alumnus >>
  • Chris Giebink to explore new optical materials using NSF CAREER Award >>
  • Computer science and engineering doctoral student receives best paper award >>

  • Electrical engineering and computer engineering programs fare well in U.S. News graduate rankings >>
  • Penn State's Unmanned Aerial Systems team promotes interdisciplinary collaboration to build drones >>
  • Three EECS students selected to serve as new 2017-18 engineering ambassadors >> 
  • Electrical engineering junior Andrew Ren pushes boundaries of his comfort zone  >>
  • Gilman Scholarship recipient Abdoulaye Diallo attends reception with President Barron >>
  • Penn State develops first-of-a-kind model to research post-malaria epilepsy with help from electrical engineering researchers >>
  • Photo of the Day: Peng Deng in EECS >> 
  • EECS faculty receive seed grants to support multidisciplinary research efforts >>
May 5
Undergraduate Commencement  >> 

May 7
Graduate School Commencement  >>
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