News: ECE

depiction of energy band gap

Ultrawide bandgap gives material high-power potential

By: David Nutt

A Cornell collaboration has found a way to grow a single crystalline layer of alpha-aluminum gallium oxide that has the widest energy bandgap to date – a discovery that clears the way for new semiconductors that will handle higher voltages, higher power densities and higher frequencies than previously seen. The collaboration was led by co-senior authors Debdeep Jena and Huili Grace Xing, both professors in electrical and computer engineering and in materials science and engineering. The team also included David Muller, the Samuel B. Eckert Professor in Applied and Engineering Physics, who... Read more

Thomas Tapen receives 2021 ECE Outstanding Thesis Research Award

Congratulations to ECE Ph.D. candidate Thomas Tapen, winner of this year's ECE Outstanding Thesis Research Award. The annual award is given to a graduating Ph.D. student from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering based on the significance of their doctoral research. The working title of Tapen's thesis is: "Design and Analysis of Multi-Octave Tunable RF/MMW Front-Ends for High Out-of-Band Linearity Software Defined Radio." His research is focused on multi-octave passive mixer-based duplexing transceivers, and more recently similarly widely tunable LC equivalent resonators, both for... Read more

Ziv Goldfeld

Goldfeld receives NSF CAREER Award

Ziv Goldfeld, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, recently received a U.S. National Science Foundation Early Career Development (NSF CAREER) Award from the Division of Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF). The award supports his research proposal “Smooth statistical distances for a scalable learning theory” for a five-year period from 2021 through 2026 with a total amount of $641,761. “The smooth statistical distances framework, around which the proposal was written, is something I have been developing for the past year and a half since joining Cornell,”... Read more

Thomas Parks

Remembering Thomas Parks, Emeritus Professor

Thomas Parks, emeritus professor of electrical and computer engineering, passed away on December 24, 2020 at the age of 81. He was a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a recipient of the prestigious IEEE Jack S. Kilby Gold Medal for his work on interpolation and the 'Parks-McClellan algorithm.' In 2010, Parks was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, honored for "contributions to digital filter design, fast computation of Fourier transforms and education." “In addition to his impressive accomplishments, he was an excellent colleague,” said... Read more

Christina Delimitrou

Delimitrou receives Intel Rising Star Faculty Award

Christina Delimitrou, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a recipient of Intel’s 2020 Rising Star Faculty Award. She is one of only ten researchers recognized by Intel for work building disruptive computing technology. The program is designed to foster long-term collaborative relationships with senior technical leaders at Intel. Delimitrou has developed cluster management systems that introduced a new data-driven approach in cloud management which have been adopted by companies like Twitter and AT&T. Leaders at Intel say she has identified the next big challenge for... Read more

Yingjie Bi Ph.D. '20 wins student paper prize

Yingjie Bi Ph.D. '20 is the winner of the 2020 INFORMS Optimization Society Student Paper Prize. The paper, titled "Duality gap estimation via a refined Shapley-Folkman lemma," addresses an important question in optimization: estimating the duality gap for optimization problems with a nonconvex, separable objective. The paper was co-authored by Bi’s Cornell advisor, A. Kevin Tang, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and formed the first part of Bi's Ph.D. dissertation. It introduces new concepts, such as the k-th convex hull, which considerably refine the Shapley-Folkman lemma.... Read more

ECE Faculty Receive College of Engineering Teaching Awards

Professor Aaron Wagner and Assistant Professor Francesco Monticone were honored for their exceptional teaching at last month’s New Faculty Reception, held virtually for the first time. The teaching awards recognize outstanding individual efforts as well as work done to advance and modernize curricula within ECE. We are proud to share details of their awards, including comments from some of their students. Aaron Wagner received the Ralph S. Watts '72 Award. He led the charge to fundamentally change the ECE sophomore and junior level curricula, and developed a brand new course, Data Science for... Read more