News: ECE

Huili Grace Xing

Huili Grace Xing elevated to IEEE Fellow

The IEEE Board of Directors has named Professor Huili Grace Xing an IEEE Fellow, recognized for contributions to GaN high-electron-mobility transistors. Xing is the William L. Quackenbush Professor of Engineering and Associate Dean on Research and Graduate Studies. Xing’s research is focused on fundamental work toward next generation electronic materials and devices. “We are currently engaged in doping science in polar semiconductors, ultrawide bandgap semiconductors for energy-efficient and agile power electronics, deep UV light emitters, quantum materials and technologies for secure... Read more

quantum superconductor junction

Collaboration gets quantum view of superconductor junction

By: David Nutt

A crystal structure that combines a semiconductor and superconductor is a tantalizing prospect to create energy-efficient computers, or quantum computers, which leverage the unique quantum mechanical properties of superconductors. Superconductors carry current with little to no energy loss, while semiconductors offer the control and versatility that has made them an essential feature of transistor technology. Read more

Francesco Monticone

Francesco Monticone honored among Italian researchers working in the US

Celebrating the bond between Italy and the United States, the Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation (ISSNAF), presented Cornell ECE’s Francesco Monticone with the Franco Strazzabosco Young Investigator Award at their annual event honoring the best young Italian Researchers in the US. ISSNAF is a foundation that brings together thousands of Italian scientists and academics working in laboratories, universities and research centers in North America. Founded in 2007 by prominent Italian scientists and scholars in North America, ISSNAF promotes cooperation between Italian... Read more

Hsiao-Dong Chiang

Chiang’s team excels in ARPA-E Grid Optimization challenge

Professor Hsiao-Dong Chiang is leading a research and development team through a series of energy grid optimization challenges set up by ARPA-E, the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy. So far, they are ranked #2. ARPA-E is the U.S. government agency tasked with funding research into advanced energy technologies, and its Grid Optimization (GO) Competition is aimed at developing software management solutions to address challenging power grid problems. The ultimate goal is to create a more reliable, resilient and secure American electricity grid. Optimizing the nation’s power grid could... Read more

The Panorama project team includes Cornell faculty members (L-R) Zhiru Zhang (ECE), Christopher Batten (ECE), Adrian Sampson (CS) and Ed Suh (ECE, not pictured).

$5M grant will tackle pangenomics computing challenge

By: Eric Laine

Sometimes to create a breakthrough, researchers need a problem complex enough to demand a fundamentally new approach. A team led by Christopher Batten, associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, found a truly big one: graph-based pangenomics. As scientists continue to catalogue genomic variations in everything from plants to people, today's computers are struggling to provide the power needed to find the secrets hidden within mass amounts of genomic data. Batten’s team is responding with the Panorama project, a five-year, $5 million NSF-funded effort to create... Read more

Whitman and Dove

Megan Whitman to join ECE as Admin Director, Jed Dove retires

[In a message to the Cornell ECE community, Professor and Director Alyssa Apsel delivered the following announcment.] I am thrilled to announce that Megan Whitman will join the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering as our Director of Administration on December 1, 2021. Megan began her career at Cornell as a science communicator and project manager for the Lab of Ornithology. While working there she earned an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management and transitioned to administration, first for the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, then for the College of Engineering... Read more

Teaching award recipients

Four ECE faculty receive teaching awards

Four ECE faculty members have been honored with Excellence in Advising and Teaching Awards by the College of Engineering. The annual awards recognize distinguished teaching and mentoring within the college, as well as leadership in path-breaking science and technical innovation. David Albonesi received the Fiona Ip Li ’78 and Donald Li ’75 Excellence in Teaching Award David Delchamps received the Kenneth A Goldman ’71 Excellence in Teaching Award Amal El-Ghazaly received the Michael Tien ’72 Excellence in Teaching Award Mert Sabuncu received the Michael Tien ’72 Excellence in Teaching Award "I... Read more

Brain image courtesy of Dr. Amy Kuceyeski.

Structural and Functional Alignment in the Brain Linked to Age, Sex and Cognition

The degree to which the brain’s wiring aligns with its patterns of activity can vary with sex and age, and may be genetic, suggests a study published by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators. The study finds that this alignment may also have implications on cognition. The results published in Nature Communications help shed light on one of the biggest mysteries in biology—how the brain works, according to senior author Dr. Amy Kuceyeski, associate professor of mathematics in the Department of Radiology and in neuroscience in the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell... Read more