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The mixed-major group of five women and three men beat two teams from the University of California, Merced, in the first such contest hosted by the Pacific Gas & Electric Co./NSBE Network.

College students often have several months to prepare for national competitions. Team members from the UA chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, for which electrical engineering student Maryam Abdul-Wahid serves as president, had only two, and they went on to win the 2014 NSBE Undergraduate Technical Research Competition in March. 

With an ingenious application of the bicycle dynamo light principle to improve gas pipeline inspection robots,

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Electrical and computer engineering associate professor Ivan Djordjevic was recently named an 1885 Distinguished Scholar.

Electrical and computer engineering associate professor Ivan Djordjevic was recently named an 1885 Distinguished Scholar. 

The 1885 Society recognized Djordjevic, who has a joint appointment in the College of Optical Sciences, for transformative advancements in how large data sets are transmitted via the Internet and wireless optical networks and for his contributions to undergraduate and graduate instruction.

“I am honored to be selected by the 1885 awards committee,” said Djordjevic, who, along with two other University of Arizona faculty members, was notified of the award in May 2014. “This will increase my visibility at the university level as well as nationally and internationally.”

The 1885 Society Distinguished Scholars Award, created in 2012, acknowledges outstanding mid-career faculty whose leadership, research,... Read Complete Article




By Karina Barrentine, UA College of Engineering

An interface for the cost-limiting temperature-control device advises users of electricity costs for thermostat settings.

Researchers at the University of Arizona, with the support of Tech Launch Arizona, are one step closer to giving consumers something they’ve never had before: a way to easily and instantly make informed decisions about the tradeoff between comfort and the cost of electricity for heating and cooling, which typically accounts for half of a home’s electricity bill.

Associate professor Jonathan Sprinkle and a team of researchers in the electrical and computer engineering department have developed a monitor that works with a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat to... Read Complete Article



Mark Neifeld leads a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative team in examining how optical technology can be used to advance computing speed and power.

Overcoming limitations in digital electronic computing will likely involve creative solutions, especially when it comes to big-data tasks in science, health care, business and defense. 

With a recent $7.5 million U.S. Department of Defense award, electrical and computer engineering professor Mark Neifeld, who has a joint appointment in Optical Sciences, is leading a Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, or MURI, project to help find those solutions. The team is examining how optical technology can be used to advance computing speed and power. 

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