UK ECE Winter 2018 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! 
Dr. Ahmad Salehi and Dr. Ishan Thakkar join ECE Faculty
Dr. Ahmad Salehi's research focuses on Energy-efficient high-throughput VLSI circuits for deep learning and IoT applications, DNA computing and molecular programmingm, hardware-enabled cybersecurity and cryptography, low-cost fault-tolerant approximate computing systems and embedded systems and computer architectures.
Dr. Ishan Thakkar's research broadly focuses on the design and optimization of advanced architectures and technologies for energy-efficient, reliable, and secure computing, for a wide scope of platforms including embedded systems, internet-of-things (IoT), and high-performance computing systems.
ECE Faculty Searches Underway
The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky is hiring four tenure-track faculty positions for the 2019-2020 academic year. Focus areas include Robotics, Autonomous Systems, Bio-electrical, and Sustainable Manufacturing. The new positions are part of the UK College of Engineering's initiative to hire 20 new faculty members in the coming year. 
Student News
First-Generation Grad Shoots for the Stars, Lands Job at NASA
Quite the ambitious freshman, Willis declared pre-med as his major. Fast forward three semesters — his grades were satisfactory, but his passion was lacking. What now? Willis spent countless hours weighing the pros and cons of switching majors.
PEIK Student, Evan Jones receives IEEE National Scholarship
Evan Jones , a UK engineering student was recently awarded the renewal of his annual IEEE scholarship from the Power & Energy Society Plus Initiative, a signature program of the IEEE Foundation. Evan’s IEEE scholarship was initially granted in 2017. This year, he is one of only 30 students in the entire Southeastern IEEE Region selected to receive such an award. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is headquartered in New York City and is the world’s largest association of technical professionals with more than 400,000 members.
ECE student Grant Cox spends summer at NASA Langley
Grant Cox, a native of Campbellsville, Kentucky, and senior computer engineering major spent his summer interning at the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, Virginia, which happens to be the oldest of NASA’s field centers. Read more below about Grant’s experience with NASA.
UK Student Team Wins Bird Audio Detection Challenge
A team of ECE students led by Dr. Mike Johnson received the award for “Highest-scoring open-source/reproducible method” for the Bird Audio
 Detection Challenge task in the Detection and Classification of Acoustic Scenes and Events (DCASE) 2018 Challenge. The student team included graduate students Sidrah Liaqat, Narjes Bozorg, and Neene Jose and undergraduate student Patrick Conrey .
Upcoming Alumni Events
All Alumni are welcome to attend!

E-Day , UK Lexington Campus 2/23/2019
For details please visit: E-Day Details

ECE Senior Design Day Friday morning 4/26/2019
ECE Research Symposium Friday afternoon 4/26/2019

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Faculty News
Lau receives NSF grant for Graph Signal Processing
Dr. Daniel Lau , Kentucky Utilities Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received a nearly $371,000 grant for a project titled “Blue-Noise Graph Sampling.”
Johnson receives NIH Grant for Dysarthria Therapy
Dr . Michael Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded $159,000 for research on speech impairment.
Dr. Dan M. Ionel, ECE Professor and L. Stanley Pigman Chair in Power, along with colleague Dr. Aaron Cramer, ECE Associate Professor, have been awarded NSF Grant for New Generation of Electrical Machines and Controls.
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