Category: Electrical and Computer Engineering

“Jeopardy!” champion and ECpE alum Alan Johnson reflects on TV show experience and Iowa State’s impact

When Alan Johnson, 2006 graduate of Iowa State University‘s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE), appeared on the popular trivia television show “Jeopardy!” in mid-February 2021, he had been trying for years to become a contestant. His hard work paid off, literally, when he became a one-day champion of the show, taking first place … Continue reading “Jeopardy!” champion and ECpE alum Alan Johnson reflects on TV show experience and Iowa State’s impact

ECpE’s Ajjarapu, Dickerson, Kamal recognized with professorship appointments

Venkataramana Ajjarapu has been awarded the title of Thomas Whitney Professorship. Ajjarapu previously held the title of David C. Nicholas Professor of Electrical Engineering before receiving the title of Thomas Whitney Professorship. The Thomas Whitney Professorship supports retention and recruitment of a faculty member who provides leadership in developing Iowa State University Department of Electrical … Continue reading ECpE’s Ajjarapu, Dickerson, Kamal recognized with professorship appointments

In memory of David Nicholas: Inventor of digital encoding process used in fax machines

David C. Nicholas, Iowa State University electrical engineering graduate, passed away on Jan. 14, 2021, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Nicholas earned all three of his degrees (bachelor’s in 1967, master’s in 1968 and Ph.D. in 1971) in electrical engineering from what is now ISU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE). As a graduate student, … Continue reading In memory of David Nicholas: Inventor of digital encoding process used in fax machines

In memory of John “Jack” Cosgrove: ECpE Hall of Fame member, former CEO of Rockwell Collins

*Updated on Feb. 5, 2021. John “Jack” D. Cosgrove, Iowa State University 1956 electrical engineering graduate, passed away on Jan. 23, 2021. Cosgrove made a memorable impact on the electronics industry and on the lives of many students at Iowa State. During his time as a student, Cosgrove was in the Army ROTC and was … Continue reading In memory of John “Jack” Cosgrove: ECpE Hall of Fame member, former CEO of Rockwell Collins

ECpE at Iowa State: 2020 Impact Report out now

The 2020 Impact Report from the Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is out now! Take a look back at all that we’ve accomplished in the past year, and join us as we look ahead. Here in ECpE, The Future Is What We Do! Digital version: https://mailchi.mp/iastate/ece-at-iowa-state-2020-impact-report Interactive PDF: https://en.calameo.com/read/00495448586263ec5dc49 Printable PDF: … Continue reading ECpE at Iowa State: 2020 Impact Report out now

Visiting Mars with a virtual CyBot: Innovation in hands-on learning during COVID-19

In a normal semester, Iowa State University’s Introduction to Embedded Systems course in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) features a popular project simulating exploration of the surface of the planet Mars, using iRobot Roomba-based mobile robots fitted with microcontrollers, nicknamed CyBots, after Iowa State’s mascot Cy. The CyBot platform is an embedded … Continue reading Visiting Mars with a virtual CyBot: Innovation in hands-on learning during COVID-19

12 in ECpE receive #CyThx submissions

To celebrate effective teaching, advising and mentoring, the Iowa State University Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) partners with Learning Communities, Multicultural Student Affairs, Student Government, and Graduate and Professional Student Senate for the annual recognition project #CyThx at Iowa State University. In its third year, #CyThx once again promoted ISU’s Strategic Goal … Continue reading 12 in ECpE receive #CyThx submissions

EPRC Student Scoop: Nick David

Graduate student Nick David collaborated with many others to develop a solar crate. The Electric Power Research Center (EPRC) at Iowa State University has received a grant from the Iowa Economic Development Authority to develop a solar power crate to be installed at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. David recently received his Ph.D. in electrical … Continue reading EPRC Student Scoop: Nick David

ECpE engineers publish tribocharge stability research findings in journal

Iowa State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECpE) and Microelectronics Research Center (MRC) researchers Myung Gi Ji, Qiang Li, Rana Biswas and Jay Kim recently published the outcomes of their research in Nano Energy, a prestigious journal in the field of nanoscale harvesting, storage and utilization of energy, with its impact factor at … Continue reading ECpE engineers publish tribocharge stability research findings in journal

ECpE’s Zheng and Trajcevski recognized with Harpole-Pentair Professorship

Assistant Professor Zhaoyu Wang received the Harpole-Pentair title in 2017. This year, Wang had the award renewed for an additional year. The Harpole-Pentair Professorship at Iowa State University is awarded to outstanding junior faculty members with less than six years of experience and provides supplemental support and enrichment opportunities to its recipients. The award was … Continue reading ECpE’s Zheng and Trajcevski recognized with Harpole-Pentair Professorship