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Richard Ziolkowski, UA professor of electrical and computer engineering, is no stranger to traveling the world as a representative for the College of Engineering. And starting in January 2015, he will once again represent the College as he flies across the globe to begin work in Australia as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair.

Ziolkowski will serve a five-month term as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Advanced Science and Technology working with the country’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation to help connect government work and educational research. Based in Melbourne, he will work on DSTO priority research projects as well as give guest lectures and attend seminars at universities throughout Australia.

A key benefit of the program is the opportunity to explore longer-term collaboration and create new links with institutions in Australia. Thus, his time in Australia, Ziolkowski said, will align well with the College of Engineering’s global initiatives and help strengthen already developing international ties there.

“Not only will I be focusing on bringing my expertise to DSTO and universities in Australia, but I’ll... Read Complete Article

ECE alum Robbie Laity was named "rising design star" in Design News Magazine.Design News Magazine has named Robbie Laity, a 2013 electrical engineering graduate, "one of our nation’s rising design stars."

The magazine published its annual list of stars in January. Nominees were chosen based on their ability to stay ahead of the trends, significantly perform in their industry and outperform their peers. 

Patrick Marcus, president of Marcus Engineering, a Tucson electronics firm that supports product development for a variety of industries focusing on medical devices and medical instrumentation, nominated Laity for the award.

Laity interned at Marcus Engineering while he was a student at the University of Arizona and is now an electrical engineer with the company. 

"We are so proud to have Robbie as part of the team. He’s a brilliant and generous engineer," said Marcus, a UA alum who earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering in 1999 and his doctorate in biomedical engineering in 2006. "... Read Complete Article

Students use Agilent tools, such as the N9923A FieldFox vector network analyzer, to measure a prototype PIFA antenna.

Thanks to a $20 million design software donation from Agilent Technologies, UA engineering students have a new tool to help get them certifiably ready for the work world.

As part of its RF and Microwave Industry-Ready Student Certification Program, Agilent has donated Agilent EEsof Electronic Design Automation, or EDA, software for UA students to download onto their personal computers.

“Experience with the software will give students an edge in the job market,” said Kathleen Melde, professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering, who regularly uses Agilent products in her labs and classes.

“Our goal is to prepare our students to be industry ready, and this certification program helps students gain the recognition they need to stand out to employers,” she said. “This program makes our students more competitive, and eventually helps... Read Complete Article

diagram of retinal implant technologyWolfgang Fink, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering, and his research team are working on new implant design and methods of electrical stimulation of the retina that will enable implants to produce much clearer images and help people who have lost their sight see more than just light and vague shapes.

“Current technologies and methods are far behind what can be done,” said Fink, who is working with Tech Launch Arizona to patent the new technology and license it to retinal implant developers.

Fink also leads a team of engineers who designed an imaging device that could be key in the search for life forms on other planets. The system, which was made from a point-and-shoot camera, was featured on UANews this month. Read about the tool here

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