UK ECE Winter 2017 Newsletter
Happy Holidays from UK ECE!

We hope to enable you to connect with the many exciting happenings here on campus, including news and upcoming events. For more information see the ECE web page or follow us on social media! 
ECE Opens EPIC Makerspace
ECE recently opened our new Engineering Prototype and Invention Center (EPIC) lab on the fifth floor of F. Paul Anderson Tower. The space’s centerpiece is the LPKF rapid PCB prototyping system for rapid PCB prototyping, accompanied by a variety of test equipment, fabrication tools, and 3D printer capabilities.
Faculty Searches Underway in Computer Engineering and Power
The ECE Department currently has two open faculty searches, in the areas of Computer Engineering and Power. Outstanding candidates in all focus areas will be considered, including, for computer engineering, VLSI, embedded systems, cybersecurity, biomedical, and neuromorphic computing; and for power engineering, alternative and renewable energy systems, smart grid and buildings, power systems, electric machines, drives, power electronics, and energy storage.
Student News
Three ECE Students Win IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarships
Three UK ECE student, Stewart Jones, Robert Richardson and Abigail Shelton, have been awarded 2017-18 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarship Plus Initiative scholarships. The IEEE Foundation awarded scholarships to 210 undergraduate students at 116 universities across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
UK Solar Car Team Places 7th in National Race
At its final race, Gato del Sol V finished in 7th place, marking its best finish at the Formula Sun Grand Prix and its last run.. The Gato del Sol VI build is now underway, with plans to complete in time for next summer's race.
ECE Faculty and Students Help Make GEMS Event the Biggest Ever
The 13 th annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) outreach event took place at UK on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  GEMS is a collaboration between UK and the Girl Scouts that introduces girls to multiple STEM fields through fun hands-on workshops. ECE faculty and students helped make this years event the best ever, nearly doubling participation. President Eli Capilouto and Dean Larry Holloway both spoke at the opening ceremony.  
Upcoming Alumni Events
JAN
Lexington Prospective Student and Alumni Reception 1/29/2018

FEB
UKEAA Board Meeting 2/3/2018
Northern KY Prospective Student and Alumni Reception 2/5/2018
Atlanta Prospective Student and Alumni Reception 2/13/2018
Louisville Prospective Student and Alumni Reception 2/22/2018
E-Day, UK Lexington Campus 2/24/2018
Paducah Prospective Student and Alumni Reception TBD

MAR
UK Alumni Reception before Florida Game 3/3/2018
UK Alumni Reception at Texas A&M Brunch/Texas 3/10/2018

APRIL
Hall of Distinction 4/13/2018
ECE Senior Design Day 4/27/2018

MAY
UKEAA Board Meeting 5/12/2018
Want more ECE alumni news? Send your news to ukece@uky.edu
Faculty News
Dr. Greg Heileman joins ECE Faculty
Dr. Greg Heileman joined the ECE department this fall. Dr. Heileman is the new UK Associate Provost for Student and Academic Life, and serves as the chief advisor to the Provost in recommending new university-wide initiatives and special programs providing support and services across UK's four pillars of student success.Dr. Heileman's academic credentials include research expertise in web applications development and curricular analytics.
Thapliyal Awarded $200,000 from NSF to Research Cybersecurity Hardware for Vehicular Security
Dr. Himanshu Thapliyal, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky, has been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation to explore hardware security measures for vehicle security. His project, “Photovoltaic Based Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs) for Vehicular Security,” will receive approximately $200,000 over the next two years.  
Multiple Best Paper Awards for ECE Faculty
Dr. Dan M. Ionel, ECE Professor and L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power, along with colleagues, has received the IEEE Industry Application Society, Electric Machines Committee, Annual Paper Award, Third Prize, for a paper on the calculation of strand eddy current losses in electric machines.


Dr. Aaron Cramer, ECE Associate Professor, and doctoral student Yuqi Zhang have received a best paper award from IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion for their paper titled “Unified model formulations for synchronous machine model with saturation and arbitrary rotor network representation.”


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