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Parthib Samadder (bottom left) displays his solar-powered robotic device with his mentors (clockwise, from left to right) professor Kathleen Melde and and graduate students Arghya Sain and Ian Armstrong.

BASIS seniors pursue their interests doing research in ECE labs.

High school seniors Parthib Samadder and Helena Hurbon stopped attending class months before graduation at BASIS Tucson North High School in May 2015. Still, not only did they graduate -- they’re bound for Ivy League universities.

What’s their secret? Samadder and Hurbon swapped out their traditional senior-year classroom instruction for a hands-on experiential learning project in the UA department of electrical and computer engineering, or ECE. Samadder used origami to design a solar-powered robot, working with professor Kathleen Melde; Hurbon studied bionics and bacteria with associate professor Wolfgang Fink... Read Complete Article

UA researchers are developing software that lets doctors more quickly and effectively analyze digitized biomedical images like this one of breast tissue. (Photo courtesy of Ali Bilgin)

By Jill Goetz, UA College of Engineering

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $1.3 million grant to researchers at the University of Arizona to develop open-source software that will enable health care professionals and scientists to manage biomedical big data in digital form.

The advanced data compression software for the first time puts digitized biomedical data in a format and size that doctors, pathologists and other health care workers with limited resources and in remote locations will be able to access, analyze and store. Usable digitized data means quicker second opinions and diagnoses for patients.

"Advances in image compression technology for biomedical big data are essential to advance... Read Complete Article

Students honor faculty and staff at ECE's pre-commencement ceremony. Some of the best professors use humor in the classroom.

That was the consensus at ECE’s 2015 pre-commencement ceremony, which not only celebrated the achievements of graduating students, but also honored those who helped them along the way. 

Seniors recognized four University of Arizona ECE faculty and staff members with the department’s 2015 Student Interface Awards. 

Regents’ Professor Michael Marcellin -- who students say uses jokes to keep them interested and ease the pressure -- was voted most supportive senior faculty member. 

“He is well prepared and organized, very approachable, treats every student with respect, and is dedicated to helping students understand the concepts,” said junior Murey “Alex” Luna Torres, who presented the awards on May 15. 

Marcellin earned a PhD in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1987 and joined ECE in 1988. His teaching and research interests include signal processing and... Read Complete Article

Ahmed Louri

Professor Ahmed Louri is leaving behind an impressive legacy as he prepares to take the helm at George Washington University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in Washington, D.C.

In his 27 years at the University of Arizona, Louri, who begins his new job in August 2015, has acquired more than $10 million in research and industry funding and published more than 140 journal articles. He holds several U.S. patents and spent three years as a program director at the National Science Foundation Computer & Information Science & Engineerring Directorate -- and those are just the highlights.  

“Always know, you have a friend in D.C.,” Louri said to ECE faculty and staff at a farewell lunch on May 12. “I have an open door policy, and I will always be happy to see any of you at my door.”

Louri joined ECE in 1988 after receiving his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in 1984 and 1988, respectively. He received the NSF Career Award in 1989 and is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and... Read Complete Article

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