ECE Doctoral Program Nationally Ranked
The U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Graduate Schools" 2008 edition was recently published. In the category of engineering, U.S. News surveyed 199 engineering doctoral programs. Five Engineering programs in LSU's College of Engineering were ranked. These included the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department which placed 96th out of 167 electrical and computer engineering programs. This is particularly exciting for ECE since this is the first time our program has been ranked by the U.S. News & World Report. Note that ECE did not “creep” into the rankings but “jumped” in 71 ranks above the lowest rating.
"This is a tremendous boost for our Department because we have been nationally well-known for many years but unaccountably were never before featured in the US News & World Report rankings and assessments,” said Dr. Clive Woods, Chairman of the ECE Department. “The fact that we have been placed so highly at our first listing demonstrates the sustained quality of our program and that we are not merely a marginally successful Department. We also salute the other LSU Departments that have substantially improved their positions in these internationally-recognized listings. We echo Associate Dean Constant's comments that Engineering at LSU is now clearly gaining significant momentum as it moves forward."
Please use the link below to read the press release which includes comments by Chancellor O’Keefe regarding LSU in general and David Constant, associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Engineering and others. For more information please click here.
New Computer Manager
The Department would like to announce that Mr. Richard Capone has joined the ECE staff at the rank of Computer Manager. He primarily supports Windows & Linux environments for research & instructional labs as well as faculty, staff, and student activities.
He received his B.S. in Computer Engineering at LSU in May 2005. After graduation, he worked as a Research Associate in the LSU Center for GeoInformatics managing a state-wide network of GPS reference stations in support of subsidence research and geodetic measurements. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he supported aerial photographic and LIDAR assessments of affected areas by setting up geodetic-quality GPS reference stations in Grand Isle & Cameron, LA.
While a student, he was active in IEEE activities including the Robotics team, serving as team leader, LSU ECE won back-to-back first place honors at IEEE Region 5 robotics contests. He also served as a Student Computer Analyst under Rhett Smith.
Professor Czarnecki’s Award
Professor Leszek S. Czarnecki, IEEE Fellow was granted a Titled Professor degree in Technological Sciences by the President of the Republic of Poland in November 2006. This title is an honorary recognition of Dr. Czarnecki’s contribution to Technological Sciences. Dr. Czarnecki’s nomination to this degree was based on contributions to electrical engineering by the Scientific Council of the Electrical Engineering Department of Warsaw University of Technology. This nomination was then confirmed and supported by the National Council for Scientific Grades in Poland.
ABET Selects Professor Rai
The IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB) has completed its selection process for IEEE endorsed ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Program Evaluators for 2007-2008. Professor Suresh Rai has been selected as an IEEE Program Evaluator for Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs.
Visit http://www.abet.org/forms.shtml to view accreditation
criteria for engineering programs.
2006 TAF Teaching Award
ECE Instructor John Scalzo was awarded the Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award at a ceremony on May 9, 2006.
This award, which consist of a one-time cash award, are presented annually to faculty in recognition of outstanding undergraduate classroom teaching.
John has been an ECE faculty member since August, 1999 and is currently the Undergraduate Coordinator in addition to teaching courses in Electronics, Linear Systems and RF Design. The faculty and staff congratulate John and feel the award is very appropriate.
Additional note: Dr. Martin Feldman, Professor of Computer & Electrical Engineering received this award in 2003.
Dr. Ashok Srivastava, has been promoted to the rank of Professor. Ashok's areas of specialization include: Low power VLSI circuit design, VLSI design for wireless communications, RF MEMS and integrated circuits, smart sensors, CMOS-MEMS microsystems, semiconductor device modeling and radiation-hardened integrated circuits.
Six ECE undergraduates were recently awarded scholarships
Cheveron Texaco Scholarship
William H. and Tanya B. Ditto Scholarship
George Reymond Scholarship
Robert G. Flory Scholarship
Honors Convocation Awards two ECE Students
At the Spring 2006 Chancellors Honors Convocation, two ECE students were awarded top sophomore (Anshul Tandon) and top junior (Chinyere Nwabugwu) in the college of engineering.
ECE Robotics Wins 2nd place
The LSU 2006 ECE Robotics Team placed second in the robotics competition at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 5 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Under the direction of faculty advisor Bryan Audiffred, team members Philp Ducote, Greg Domingue, Drew Barbier, Jason Goleman, Scott Padgett, Ryan Arbour, Brandon Nason, Justin Price and Mariel Losso, competed against 32 registered teams that encompassed the south central United States...Read More