UK Electrical and Computer Engineering
Summer Newsletter 2020
ECE goes Virtual amid Worldwide Pandemic
Message from the Chair
Senior Design Team
Final Presentations
May 2020
The Spring 2020 semester has been unlike any we have ever seen in higher education. Forced into virtual operations mid-semester by the COVID-19 pandemic, our UK ECE students, staff, and faculty have demonstrated the spirit of innovation and excellence that represents the very best of engineering. We came together to work, teach, and learn from home, and found that while it wasn't easy, we could rise above and succeed even in these trying times.

Electrical and Computer Engineers don't just use virtual technology, we create it. We may not know what challenges will yet come, but we know that our students will be right there armed and ready to face them through technology and innovation. Whatever happens, the best is yet to come.

Mike Johnson, UK ECE Chair
Proud of our students, staff, and faculty
Computer Engineering MS and PhD Programs Approved
New graduate MS and PhD programs in Computer Engineering have been approved starting Fall 2020. The programs represent a joint effort between the ECE and CS Departments, and will complement our already successful undergraduate program in Computer Engineering. The discipline of Computer Engineering combines expertise from both EE and CS, emphasizing computer architecture, hardware/software interface, and integration of computers into products and systems. Computer Engineers are in high demand in Aerospace, Biomedical, Automotive, Robotics, and many other key industry sectors.
Alumni News
Alum Edward Lassiter, one of the inventors of GPS, featured in Amazon documentary
Edward Lassiter , BSEE 1957, has been featured as one of the inventors of the modern GPS system in a recent Amazon documentary. Mr. Lassiter has also won the National Space Club and Foundation Dr. Robert H. Goddard Award for leadership in ground breaking space and aeronautics capability to the USA.

The GPS documentary can be seen at . Mr. Lassiter appears at about the 44:30 minute mark.
Alum Rob Cook retires after 45 years, but still mentoring
Rob Cook ( EE' 74) has finally retired after 45 years as an engineer, but he doesn't plan to let that stop him from continuing to mentor ECE students. Rob has worked with Marathon Petroleum Co. and multiple other industries, and is active with the UK Alumni Association, Alumni Ambassadors, and the ECE Alumni Engagement Committee. He participates with Engineering Career Connections, Root Beer with an Engineer, and Alumni Mentoring programs. and plans to continue to engage with students.

ECE thanks Rob for all his years of work serving our students!
Alum Bob Heil receives Service Award
Bob Heil, EE '85, CEO and Chairman of the Board of KLH Engineers, has received the northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Walter R. Dunlevy Frontiersman Award. This award recognizes Bob for his lifelong history of outstanding service to the Northern Kentucky community and to his profession.
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Student News
ECE Student Spotlights
Isabel Moore
"I cannot count the number of times that the Recruitment team, Career Services, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering or the Dean’s Suite have made me feel heard and valued."
Edward Ojini
"When I feel like I'm standing on my own two feet and can call myself a good electrical engineer, then I will go home and use my skills to help my country."

Zach Kahleifeh wins Best Paper Award at conference and is named CoE Outstanding MS Student
ECE student Zach Kahleifeh and his advisor Dr. Himanshu Thapliyal recently won an award for Best Student Paper at the I EEE 6th World Forum on Internet of Things.

Zach was also recently awarded the College of Engineering Outstanding Masters Student for 2019-2020.
ECE Outstanding Student and Teacher Award Recipients
We are very proud of all of our students and how hard they work. The below students were selected for the following awards:
  • EE Outstanding Junior: Savannah Lewis
  • EE Outstanding Senior: Joshua Hayes
  • CompE Outstanding Junior: Jed Mijares
  • CompE Outstanding Senior: Samuel Keys
  • Robert L. Cosgriff Award: Ben Luckett
  • Alex Romanowitz Memorial award: Rosemary Alden

In addition, Dr. Janet Lumpp was named ECE Outstanding Teacher.
EE Student Wins Miss Black & Gold Award
Electrical engineering junior Savannah Lewis was named Miss Gold (first runner-up) in the Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant. Chemical engineering junior K’Lynn King was named Miss Black & Gold.

Savannah is the Telecommunications Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), as well as a UK101 peer instructor.
Alex Nguyen receives Tau Beta Pi Fellowship
Computer Engineering graduating senior Alex Nguyen has been selected to win a prestigious $10,000 Tau Beta Pi Graduate Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Tau Beta Pi Fellowship Program is one of the oldest and most prestigious graduate fellowships in existence dating back to 1928.
Alex is the outgoing Vice President of the UK Alpha Chapter of Tau Beta Pi. Alex was also Vice President for Alpha Phi Omega, the national co-ed service fraternity, and was recently voted as the Most Outstanding Senior by the members of our Tau Beta Pi Chapter.
ECE Research Symposium and Senior Design Winners
ECE Senior Design Day was held on Friday May 1 2020 via Zoom, and attracted more than 30 visitors and judges.The winning team this year was Team 08-COSMOS sponsored by SpaceTango.

The Third Annual ECE Research Symposium moved to an asynchronous virtual format, with students submitting 4 minute research presentations via video for faculty and alumni judging. The caliber of the student research work and presentations was outstanding. Winners at the Undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D levels were as follows:
  • Trevor Arvin, Outstanding Undergraduate Presentation
  • Chadwick Parrish, Outstanding Master's Presentation
  • Damien Lawhorn, Outstanding PhD Presentation
Faculty and Research News
Dr. Aaron Cramer Elected Chair of UK University Senate Council
ECE faculty member Dr. Aaron Cramer has been elected as the new Chair of the UK University Senate Council for the 2020-2021 Academic year. The Senate Council is the executive body of the University Senate, governing academic policies of the university. Dr. Cramer has been a Senator for three years and has chaired the Senate Academic Programs Committee for the last two years.
Dr. Dan Lau and Seikowave produce custom-fit 3-D printed face shields for healthcare workers.
UKNow and WTVQ featured electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. Daniel Lau for his work with Seikowave that produced 3-D printed face shields for healthcare workers. Workers faces were scanned to produce custom-fit masks that maximize worker safety.

Dr. Janet Lumpp and Dr. Aaron Cramer receive College of Engineering Excellence in Service Award
ECE Department faculty swept this year's College of Engineering Service Awards, with Dr. Janet Lumpp winning the award in the Full Professor category and Dr. Aaron Cramer winning the award in the Associate Professor category.
SPARK Lab Expands Research on Electric Machines and Drives with QM Power Company
ECE faculty member Dr. Dan Ionel 's SPARK Laboratory has recently expanded its collaboration with QM Power, Inc through the award of a multi-year sponsored project. QM Power, a start-up company based in Kansas City, MO, had its initial research and development supported, among others, by the Department of Energy (DOE), NASA, and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and more recently successfully raised substantial private investment capital.
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