Mustafijur Rahman Receives Best in Session at Techcon 2015

Mustafijur Rahman received the Best in Session Award at Techcon 2015 for his paper “An Ultra-Low Power 2.3-2.5 GHz WBAN Receiver Frontend Employing Frequency Translated Mutual Noise Cancellation”. The paper was authored by Mustafijur and his advisor Prof. Ramesh Harjani. Techcon 2015 is conducted by Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC).

Prof. Mehmet Akcakaya Receives NIH R00 Award

Prof. Mehmet Akcakaya received the NIH R00 award in September. This is part two of the two-part Pathway to Independence award (K99/R00), with the second part being awarded at the start of a tenure-track or equivalent faculty position. It is one of the most competitive NIH early career awards, and is designed to support outstanding researchers transition from mentored research positions to tenure-track positions.

Prof. T. Georgiou in Scientific Reports

Prof. Tryphon Georgiou in a paper led and co-authored by Prof. Allen Tannenbaum and other researchers and faculty from Stony Brook University and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, demonstrates that a certain geometric feature of protein networks can be used to identify cancer cells.

The paper published in the Nature research journal Scientific Reports, addresses a key challenge in cancer therapy, to explain and quantify the apparent robustness of cancer cells. Advances on this front may significantly impact targeted treatment of cancer cell networks.

The paper titled “Graph Curvature for Differentiating Cancer Networks” reveals the role of curvature as a cancer network characteristic, and its relationship to robustness as a functionality of the network. While the paper is focused on cancer cells, it points to the use of the analytical approach to the study of complex cellular networks to understand phenomena in molecular biology.

Prof. Beth Stadler on Tour as Distinguished Lecturer

Prof. Beth Stadler is currently on her lecture tour as an IEEE Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer. As a Distinguished Lecturer, she has been traveling around the world delivering her talk titled “Magnetic Nanowires: Revolutionizing Hard Drives, Random Access Memory (RAM), and Cancer Treatment.” By the end of her lecture tour, Prof. Stadler will have talked at 40 venues to include institutions in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

The 26th TMRC

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in conjunction with MINT (Center for Micromagnetics and Information Technologies) hosted the 26th TMRC (The Magnetic Recording Conference) over August 17-19. Sponsored by the IEEE Magnetics Society, the conference was focused on “Enhanced Future Recording Technologies for Hard Disk Drives Beyond 10 Tbyte Capacity”. William Cain, Vice President of Technology at Western Digital Corporation delivered the keynote address “Navigating Market and Technology Transitions”.

Some of the topics covered included perpendicular magnetic recording at more than 1Tbit/in2, shingled and two-dimensional magnetic recording, and alternate recording technologies. There were 38 papers presented and poster sessions at the end of the first two days of the conference.

IEEE Magnetics Society Summer School

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering hosted the 8th IEEE Magnetics Society summer school from June 14 to June 19. The summer school was led by Prof. Beth Stadler (chair), and Prof. Randall Victora (co-chair). The summer school is designed for graduate students who are members of the IEEE Magnetics Society and studying magnetism and related areas. Student attendees must go through a selection process that includes recommendations by their advisors and IEEE Magnetics members.

The 2015 school saw students from the US, Europe,Asia, Latin America and Australia. Opening on Sunday evening with a reception and dinner, it had a packed schedule of lectures punctuated by a Seagate sponsored excursion to the Wabasha Street Caves and a cruise on the Mississippi river. There were two poster sessions and four distinguished lectures over the six days, with prizes being awarded for the best posters.