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Department e-Newsletter - Spring 2012

Message From the Chair
Mike Green
EECS Department Chair Michael M. Green
, Ph.D.  


Dear Friends of EECS,


I am proud to present the latest news about the students and faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. In this newsletter you will learn about the diverse interests of our excellent faculty, including the very prestigious W.M. Keck Foundation grant that has been awarded to the Henry Samueli Endowed Chair H. Kumar Wickramasinghe. You will also learn about the achievements of our outstanding students and alumni, including Paramesh Gopi, Ph.D., who is now President and CEO of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) in Sunnyvale, Calif.


If you are interested in learning more about our programs, or in participating in the EECS Industry Advisory Board, feel free to contact me at

Michael M. Green, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 

Faculty Notes 

H. Kumar Wickramasinghe Awarded $1 Million Keck Foundation Grant

The Henry Samueli Endowed Chair H. Kumar Wickramasinghe, Ph.D., has been awarded a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation to develop new equipment for analysis of messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) levels in space and time within a living cell. 
Payam Heydari
EECS Professor Makes Presentation at 2011 TowerJazz Global Symposium

Professor Payam Heydari, Ph.D., Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), presented an "Invited Speech" at the 2011 TowerJazz Global Symposium, the sixth annual technology conference held by TowerJazz in Newport Beach, Calif., in early November.  

William Tang Collaboration Receives Over $2.7 Million from DARPA  

William C. Tang, Ph.D., associate dean for research, and professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was awarded a grant of over $2.7 million by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under the Microscale Rate-Integrating Gyroscope (MRIG) program. Dr. Alexander Trusov, project scientist in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Dr. Karl Y. Yee, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, are collaborating with Tang. 


An App a Day 
New Calit2 division uses mobile technology to put patients in control of their health

Open wide and say "Aah." Not your mouth - your smart phone or laptop.

Mobile health applications are multiplying like cells in a petri dish. Consumers will soon have 600 million to choose from, analysts say. By 2015, more than a third of the nation's 1.4 billion smart phone users will run some type of medical app.


Chancellor's Professor Named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow

Chancellor's Professor  Hamid Jafarkhani, Ph.D., is one of four UC Irvine professors recently elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Jafarkhani will be honored, along with over 500 members of the organization, in recognition of distinguished contributions to his field.
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Zoran Nenadic Receives CAREER Award for Neuron Research

Assistant Professor Zoran Nenadic, D.Sc., assistant professor of biomedical engineering and electrical engineering and computer science, has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation for his proposal, "CAREER: Estimation of Neuron's Position, Size and Dendritic Tree Morphology via Multi-sensor Extracellular Recording Technology." 

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Frank Shi Named IEEE Fellow  

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) recently named Professor Frank G. Shi, Ph.D. and biomedical engineering professor Fan-Gang Zeng, Ph.D., as Fellow of the society.  Shi was honored for his contributions to optoelectronic packaging technologies


Shi was awarded the prestigious IEEE Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology (CPMT) Society Award for Outstanding Sustained Technical Contribution in 2010. His work spans more than 15 years, and includes more than 130 refereed publications in key industry journals, numerous presentations and conferences.



Rui DFEECS Professor Receives "Giants of Science and Engineering" Medal of Honor

Professor Emeritus Rui J.P. de Figueiredo, Ph.D., electrical engineering and computer science and mathematics research professor, has been awarded the Golomb/Chilingar "Giants of Science and Engineering" Medal of Honor by the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences.  


The prestigious international honor recognizes de Figueiredo's sustained fundamental contributions and extraordinary international leadership in science and engineering. 

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Student Honors              

Two Students Named Second Year ARCS Scholars
James Jenista

James C. Jenista received a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Notre Dame, and then worked as a software engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation for four years. He earned his master's degree in computer science at UC Irvine and is now in his fifth year of research on campus. Jenista is researching techniques to parallelize single-threaded code under the advisement of Associate Professor Brian C. Demsky, Ph.D., in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This research is a potential solution to a growing problem, future computer hardware is made with more and more processors, but current software does not utilize multiple processors very efficiently. Jenista participated in an internship with Google Inc. this summer and has an offer to return full time when he graduates from UC Irvine.     


Sara SaediniaSara Saedinia earned a B.S. degree in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) at UC Berkeley. After graduation she worked at Analog Devices, Inc., a semiconductor company, and subsequently entered the Ph.D. program in EECS at UC Irvine under the guidance of Assistant Professor Mark Bachman, Ph.D. Her research is pioneering the design of a microchip device which integrates microelectronics and microfluidics. This micro-device is designed to use the western blot technique to process very small volumes of protein to identify cancer cells (existing techniques are inefficient as they use very large protein volumes). The chip is completely automated and may be used by non-specialists in the field or the point of patient care. 

Undergraduate Student Participates in Hispanic College Fund's Annual Gala
Lucia DiazLucía Díaz, a senior in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was one of 24 students from across the U.S. who traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 18th Annual Hispanic College Fund (HCF) Gala in October 2011.

Díaz competed in a nationwide essay contest around the theme, "What are your impressions of Latino and non-Latino American unity?"  Her essay spoke on her belief that we should inspire our communities to appreciate the nation's diversity through dialogue and education in order to create solutions to today's issues and to confront future challenges.
Alumni News          

TsengTechPortal startup offers technology breakthrough with vast market potential

It was November 2008, and doctoral student Fred Tzeng was brainstorming research projects with his adviser Payam Heydari, UC Irvine professor of electrical engineering and computer science. After much discussion, they conceived of a concept - a way to more intelligently convert analog signals (sound, light, heat, motion) to the digital format required by modern electronics, using 10 times less power than the current conversion process.  
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Paramesh Gopi

EECS Alumnus Named 2011 Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumnus for Engineering

Paramesh Gopi, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer of Applied Micro Circuits Corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with sales and engineering offices located throughout the world, is the recipient of the 2011 Lauds & Laurels Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Henry Samueli School of Engineering. Gopi earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) in the Samueli School in 1991, 1993 and 2003, respectively.  

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Phone: (949) 824-4821 

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