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Westar Energy pledges $125,000 to Wichita State Univeristy College of Engineering.

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EECS student Devanshi Thakkar shares her Co-op experience in the article below along with a short video! Click HERE to see the full story and video.

New ATAI partner will strengthen data center and IT capabilities. ISG Technology and Wichita State University's Applied Technology Acceleration Institute (ATAI), announce a new partnership to provide daily end-user support, from desktop application and operating system support, to network administration and dispatch services.Click HERE to see the full story.

Abhishek Mummidi, an EECS student, presented the CAPPLab Computing System for Sustainable Energy Management at the Oklahoma Supercomputing Symposium 2014 at the University of Oklahoma in Norman on September 23-24. In this project, useful electric energy is generated from freely available solar and thermal energy in the environment. Also, microcontroller and CAN bus based energy management system is introduced for automotive applications. According to the preliminary experimental results, about 21% of the required energy for a full-size car is generated. It is estimated that the one-time system cost is less than $1000; yearly gas saving is 126 gallons; and yearly CO2 elimination is 90 lb. The CAPPLab Sustainable Energy Management System has potential to be used in many household and industrial applications. You can see a photo by clicking HERE and visitng our Facebook page.

Jacob Klitzke, a sophomore majoring in computer engineering, was a featured speaker at the grand opening of the Applied Technology Acceleration Institute (ATAI). Jacob works for NetApp through ATAI and says the work experience plus regular contact with his professional NetApp mentor is an invaluable learning experience. President John Bardo, who also spoke, said that college used to be regarded as "a hiatus between childhood and the real world." Today WSU is putting college students like Jacob "in the center of the real world."

WSU applied technology institute gets new partner, creates new lab. The Applied Technology Acceleration Institute (ATAI) has a new partner that could reinvent how social knowledge is created, discovered and shared at Wichita State and across the globe. The ATAI has partnered with ANSWR, an invitation-based knowledge discovery, curation and collaboration platform. Click HERE to see the full story.

WSU plans grand opening of Applied Technology Acceleration Institute. Wichita State University is celebrating the grand opening of its new Applied Technology Acceleration Institute, which is focused on building strong industry partnerships and providing experiential learning opportunities for students.Click HERE to see the full story.

A 2-minute video clip on “CAPPLab Sustainable and Renewable Energy Management System” project for the VentureWell (formerly NCIIA) grant proposal. (We have not done a great job in making this video clip.) Click HERE to view the video.

Dr. Song received a Kansas NSF First Award for his project "Towards Energy Efficient Learning and Adaptation in Cognitive Radio Wireless Networks." Click HERE to see the full story.

Electrical Engingeering Senior Nick Cox realized his passion for EE while holding an internship with Westar Energy.
Click HERE to read the full story.

Three graduate students from EECS department, Mojtaba Sepehry, Mohammad Heidari and Avinash Banajiger won first place in best paper competition at 47th North American Power Symposium (NAPS) 2014 in Pullman, Washington. Click HERE for more information.

Dr. Jadliwala talks about internet security in a recent article in the Wichita Eagle. Click HERE to read the full article.

Please congratulate Dr. Sinha as he has had his paper, "LSH vs Randomized Partition Trees : Which One to Use for Nearest Neighbor Search?" accepted for the IEEE International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications to be held in Detroit, MI, on Dec 3-6, 2014.

William Klausmeyer, a sophomore in Electrical Engineering at WSU designed the software for NIAR's new ballistics testing lab. Click HERE to read the full article. 

Sushantn Paun, a WSU graduate student studying electrical engineering dicusses opportunities with international tech company coming to WSU. Click HERE to read the full article. 

NetApp finds source of IT talent in Wichita. Click HERE to read the full article.

EECS students working for Ulterius Technologies, which is about ready to launch their new Flat Data NetworkTM (FDNTM)  architecture.Click HERE for details. 

US News Ranks Top Ten Engineering Graduate Schools For International Students.
US News & World Report (6/17, Smith-Barrow) reports that the top ten engineering schools for international students included: University of Missouri – Kansas City; Indiana University-Purdue University – Indianapolis; University of Bridgeport (CT); University of Michigan – Dearborn; Lamar University (TX); Texas A&M University – Kingsville (Dotterweich); Illinois Institute of Technology (Armour); Wichita State University (KS); University of Texas – Dallas (Jonsson); University at Buffalo – SUNY.
Click HERE to read the full story.

Huzefa Kagdi and members of SERL presented 6 papers at the ACM/IEEE ICSE/ICPC/MSR 2014 conferences in Hyderabad, India.

Congratulations to Zoya Khan on receiving the Donald D. Sbarra Endowed Fellowship for the Fall 2014 semester! 

Please congratulate Dr. Asaduzzaman on receiving an URCA award for his project, “Discovering CUDA-Accelerated New Programming Paradigm to Address the Growing Low-Power High Performance Computing Requirements”!

Please congratulate Dr. Zheng Chen.  His project, “Auto-Tuning PID Control for Blender Automation System,” with Baker Hughes was recently approved!

Dr. Namboodiri, last year’s WSU Excellence in Teaching Award Winner, is this year’s winner of the Academy for Effective Teaching Award.  He joins a long list of faculty members in the department who have won this award including Dr. Kumar (last year), Dr. Sawan, Dr. Skinner and Dr. Ramanan. The award will be presented Friday, May 3rd, at 3:00 pm in the CAC Theater. Click HERE for more details.

The Wichita State University Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting the Shocker New Venture Competition. This is a business competition in which teams create business plans and products and compete against each other for various prizes. Half of the teams competing include Individuals from the EECS department. Those teams being “InCompass,” “The Right Step,” “Smart Water Irrigation,” and “WEPSY” please click HERE to see full details about the teams and there products.

Undergraduate student Corbin Taylor, has presented his published paper “Flexible Emulation of Photovoltaic Configurations with Grid Connection” at the 46th Annual Frontiers of Power Conference, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Wichita State networking research center has a new director. Wichita State University has hired Ken Russell, director of intellectual capital and organization strategist for Cisco Systems, as executive director of a new networking, data storage and software center. Click HERE for full details.

Wichita State announces NetApp as first partner in new tech cluster. On the heels of the Kansas Legislature's approval of $2 million to help fund a new Innovation Campus, Wichita State University announces that NetApp is the first partner for the Innovation Campus and new tech cluster. Click HERE for full details.

Dr. Jadliwala and Dr. Chen both received WSU Awards for Research/Creative Projects in Summer (ARCS).  Dr. Jadliwala will be working on “Social Puzzles: Context-Based Access Control in Online Social Networks.”  Dr. Chen will be working on “A Novel Solar Energy Storage System Using Ionic Polymer-Metal Composite Enhanced Water Electrolysis for Hydrogen Production.”

Next academic year, we will have two new Associate Professors, Dr. Namboodiri and Dr. Ding! Also, Dr. Kwon who successfully completed a Professor Incentive Review!

Dr. Animesh Chakravarthy has been selected as and Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow for summer 2014! He will be working at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Please click HERE to find out more about this program.

Dr. Hyuck Kwon has been selected as and Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow for summer 2014! He will be working at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM. Please click HERE to find out more about this program.

Dr. Kiyun Han has agreed to serve as the new IEEE WSU Student Branch Faculty Adviser.

Congratulations to Dr. Animesh Chakravarthy on his recent NSF Career Award. Click here for more details.

2014 Wallace Award Winners
Dr. Animesh Chakravarthy: 2014 Duane and Velma Wallace Excellence in Teaching Award
Dr. Steven Skinner: 2014 Duane and Velma Wallace Experience-Based Learning Award
Rudrayya Garigipati: 2014 Duane and Velma Wallace Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Dr. Namboodiri wins the Academy for Effective Teaching Award!!
Established in 1996, these awards are given by WSU's Academy for Effective Teaching, a group of outstanding emeriti faculty nominated for membership by current faculty and staff at WSU. Recipients of the AET Teaching Award are chosen through a multi-stage process. After collecting nominations from current upper-division and graduate students, the 10-person AET Steering Committee creates a short list of excellent teachers, each of whom is invited to submit a teaching portfolio. On the basis of the portfolios, the AET Steering Committee recommends winners to the Provost, who makes the final award. Awardees who are full-time faculty receive a $2,000 addition to their base salary beginning the following academic year; adjunct awardees receive a one-time $2,000 award.

Graduate students Sai Saraswathy Menon and Karthik Krishnam Raju Kallepalli, along with Dr. Namboodiri, presented their research at the state capitol! Click HERE to see their presentation poster! 

Westar Energy pledges $125,000 to Wichita State University to help its College of Engineering to expand and update its laboratory for teaching power systems. Click here to read the full story!

The January meeting for the Linux User Group, WuLUG, will be on January 15, 2014, 5:00 to 7:00 P.M, in 260 JB. Sign up by clicking here!

A recent study highlighted the top metro areas for engineering jobs in demand and Wichita State University was featured! Click to read the full story!

Congratulations Dr. Vinod Namboodiri, an EECS Assistant Professor, on being a finalist for the AET Award for the 2nd year in a row!

One Experience To Change It All: Ifrah Naeem is one of many WSU students to develop this concept. Link to learn more...

Tejaswi Ketharaju, one of our MSEE students, juggles learning and teaching. Link for the full story ...

EE grad, Monica Aguirre, has started her own business. Link to learn more...

Brandon Martin, Matthew Janasek, and MdKamal Hossen presented their summer project in NetApp’s 2013 Intern Showcase in NetApp’s Wichita office on Tuesday, 8/6/2013.

ENGINEERING HOT SPOTS: San Jose, Houston, and – ready? Wichita, Kansas is the third-higest. Link to learn more...

Congratulations to EECS Students Rudrayya and Saman on winning the E.L. Cord Foundation Endowed Fellowship and the Donald D. Sbarra Endowed Fellowship, respectively. Click HERE to see a photo.

Grad student wins WSU's $6,400 Sawan Fellowship: Vijay Venkitachalam, a graduate student in electrical engineering, is the fourth recipient of the Maha "Maggie" Sawan Fellowship for Graduate Students at Wichita State University. Link for more information...

Current EECS Industrial Advisory Board consists of representatives from Data Direct Networks, Hawker Beechcraft Company, the Boeing Company, NetApp, PetroPower, etc. Follow the link to learn more...

Many congratulate to Geetha Lakshmikanth, an EECS PhD student.  She is the winner of the 2013 Dora Wallace Hodgson Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Click HERE to see a photo.

Vijay Venkitachalam, a graduate student in electrical engineering, is the fourth recipient of the Maha “Maggie” Sawan Fellowship for Graduate Students at Wichita State University.  The award is to be made in an award ceremony at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Ablah Library, first floor, Reserve Section, Leisure Reading Room. Contact Armin Gerhard, executive director, International Education, at (316) 978-3232(316) 978-3232.

One of WSU EECS grads will be recognized by the White House. Alex Cavgalar, who has a doctorate in electrical engineering from WSU and is founder and chief technology officer of Ulterius Technologies, was an Obama administration Champions of Change nominee. Follow the link for more ...

Congratulation to Dr. Preethika Kumar on receiving a University Research/Creative Projects Award (URCA) for her project, “Investigate Qubit Hopping as a Technique for Generative Low-Cost Quantum Circuits in Nearest-Neighbor Architectural Layouts.”

Huzefa Kagdi from EECS honored with IEEE ICPC 2013 Most Influential Paper Award

The IEEE International Conference on Program Comprehension (ICPC) recently notified that a paper coauthored by Dr. Huzefa Kagdi was voted as the Most Influential Paper from 2003.  Program and Steering Committee members selected this paper from all those published at IWPC 2003 through an anonymous ballot.  The award was formally presented on May 20-21, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.  ICPC is the premier conference in the area of program comprehension.

 

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NetApp Colloquium Series: Fundamentals of Flash Technology. NetApp University Relations, in partnership with Wichita State University, are hosting the Colloquium Series to provide knowledge sharing between the two entities. This will be our 2nd event of the year and Bernard Chan, Quality Assurance Engineer at NetApp, will be discussing the Fundamentals of Flash Technology.  Networking and Catering will begin at 5:30pm and the presentation will begin at 6:00pm. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (CDT)
WSU’s National Center for Aviation Training (NCAT)
4004 N Webb Rd
Wichita, KS 67226
Click HERE to register. (You MUST register if you want to attend the event.)

New Courses for Spring 2014!
EE 577E – Computation Methods for Power Systems

Prerequisite: EE598
Course Description:
This course will introduce the analysis techniques for power system, especially for large scale electrical systems. It will bring the students the technologies to modern power system analysis and computer methods used in planning and operating electric power systems. The main topics of this course will cover: 1) Overview of analysis of nonlinear electrical systems, including structural characteristics, large-scale nature and computational requirements; 2) Introduction of various linear and nonlinear program based optimization algorithms that are suited for the design, analysis and operation of electric power systems, power processing devices, machines and transformers; 3) Data issues related with large power system, including data sparsity, storage, data management and visualization; 4) Static system analysis, including solution of large-scale algebraic systems, power system decompositions, and power flow applications; 5) dynamic system analysis, including least-squares minimization techniques and their applications, hybrid system representation, time-scale decoupling, modal analysis of large sparse systems, model order reduction, and dominant eigenvalues and eigenvectors computations.

EE 877F – Power System Dynamics and Stability
Prerequisite: EE598
Course Description:
The course will introduce angle and voltage stability concepts and consider control strategies for improving dynamic performance. The main topics of this course will cover: 1) overview of nonlinear dynamical systems, including geometrical properties of solutions, Lyapunov methods for approximating the region of attraction, and bifurcation analysis; 2) Dynamic models of dominant dynamical devices, including synchronous machines, wind-turbine generators and tap-changing transformers, etc; 3) small disturbance stability analysis; 4) large disturbance analysis, including numerical integration, trajectory sensitivities, shooting methods, parameter estimation, etc.; 5) future grid responsiveness and model predictive control, including coordinating the response of large numbers of loads to fluctuations in renewable generation, and the use of model predictive control for alleviating cascading outages.

CS 898AG Software Visualization
Software products are constantly growing in terms of size, complexity, and application domains, among other things. To match the enormity of the problem of evolving software, a likewise support is needed for software developers and maintainers. Software Visualization encompasses the study of graphical metaphors, techniques, and tools to represent several aspects of software products, processes, and projects. The visual representations include 2D and 3D. The represented aspects include structural, behavioral, and evolutionary.
The course will be organized in the form of a research seminar. Students will be required to read, present, and review papers from the reading list prepared for the course. The instructor will provide the paper review format. Additionally, students will need to do a term project (e.g., software prototype development and in-depth literature survey) and submit a ten-page project report in the form of an IEEE two-column proceedings format. Active participation in the class discussion on papers will be also an integral part of the class.

CS 898AI – Alternative Computing Paradigms
Course Description/Objective: Computing has been changing its paradigms to fulfill various computation needs. This course is to understand the present computing systems and then explore some alternative computing paradigms. Topics should include: Modern computer systems, optimization techniques for serial code, parallelism & concurrency, parallel computers, parallel computing, quantum computing, chaotic computing, and research projects.

EE 777C - Network Programming
Course Outline: Introduces techniques for developing TCP and UDP network clients, servers, and applications. Topics covered include sockets, concurrent processes and threads, client/server design alternatives, audio/video streaming, and encryption. Programming-intensive course that assumes familiarity with C programming on Linux systems.
Prerequisite: CS 300 (or an equivalent course).

CS 898AJ : Algorithmic techniques for Big Data analysis
Course description:For decades researchers across different disciplines of computer science have envisioned the need of techniques to handle data-intensive computing.  With the boom of internet and the explosion of data in every socio-economical aspect, once what was a futuristic research, has now transformed itself into a dire requirement. Big Data comes with immense opportunity, but turning high volume, high velocity, structured or unstructured, heterogeneous, often noisy and high-dimensional data into something one can use is a huge challenge. This course aims to discuss algorithmic developments for big data analysis and exposing students to cutting edge research in this area. The course will involve some theoretical analysis with the goal of developing practical algorithms with variety of applications. The course will explore trade-offs among space, time and accuracy for algorithm design and will cover different sampling methodologies, streaming and sketching algorithms where only a small fraction of data can be stored. A primary focus of this course will be on designing scalable, sub-quadratic, often near-linear or even sub-linear algorithms. We will go through the recent progress in developing fast search algorithms including hashing methodologies involving min-hash and locality sensitive hashing. The other topics will include dimensionality reduction techniques to handle high-dimensional data comprising of random projection method, Johnson Lindenstrauss Lemma, metric embedding etc.
Prerequisites:  (1) CS 560 and (2) STAT 460 or IME 254.  Students should have basic knowledge of algorithms: running time analysis, graphs algorithms, and must be familiar with discrete probability.

The EECS department has one open position: Systems Administrator starting September 2014. Job responsibilities include managing and periodically upgrading department Linux-based network of servers and the software that runs on them. To ensure full consideration, the complete application package should be submitted online at http://wichita.edu/wsujobs by August 15, 2014. Questions only (not applications) can be directed to the search chair, John Watkins.

New Course for Fall 2014!
CS 697AD - Enterprise Storage Essentials
CRN - 17646
After completing this course, students will be able to understand a broad range of storage technologies, better communicate and understand common storage terminology, and understand the topology of a storage environment. The readings are taken from the current research literature, articles of historical significance and technical support documentation. Content will also supplement their learning in preparation for the NetApp Certified Storage Associate (NCSA) certification exam (NCSA NSO-145). The topics include, but are not limited to: Storage Technologies, File Systems, Distributed File Systems, High-Performance Storage Systems, Next Generation Storage Systems, and others. This course is suitable for those who have little to no storage knowledge.

There will be a presentation by Gen Narui of Tokyo Japan - new Business Models Which Came from the Open Source Movement. Click HERE for details.

Mahmoud Sawan will offer a new course this Fall!  EE 832, the class will meet from 4:10 – 5:25 TR in 214 Clinton Hall.

Hello, all current EECS Grad Students!  Our department has changed the degree requirements of all our MS programs (MSCN, MSCS & MSEE) for all new MS students who will start their program in the Fall 2014 semester, or later. You can look at the new MS degree requirements by clicking HERE. This change does not affect current MS students who will complete their degree in either Spring 2014 or Summer 2014.  This change also does not affect any PhD student. All current MS students, who will continue beyond Summer 2014, will have a choice of completing their degree according to either the old degree requirements of their program or the new degree requirements:
• Students who wish to complete their degree according to the old requirements must submit their Plan-of-Study to our department no later than August 11, 2014.
• Students who do not submit their original Plan-of-Study by August 11, 2014 will need to complete their degree according to the new requirements, because all original plans received after that date will be processed for approval only according to the new degree requirements.

'IEEE Tips and Tricks for Searching and Authorship'
The University Libraries and College of Engineering are hosting "IEEE Tips and Tricks for Searching and Authorship" for students and faculty from 12:30-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in 123 Wallace Hall. Jalyn Kelly of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) will provide tips on publishing papers in IEEE periodicals and conference proceedings and on searching IEEE Xplore, the premier database for research in electrical engineering, computer science and related disciplines. Pizza will be served. To access the database, go to IEEE Xplore. If you have questions, contact JJ Pionke, engineering liaison librarian, at jj.pionke@wichita.edu or 978-5210.

Dr. Kiyun Han will be teaching a new experimental course in the Summer 2014 semester. 
EE577D Antennas for Wireless Communications - This course introduces the fundamental principles of antenna theory and applies them to the design and analysis of antennas for wireless communications systems. Students will learn how to characterize and use antennas. Different types of antennas and their applications will be introduced, with focus on linear wire antennas, loop antennas, microstrip patch antennas, GPS antennas, antenna arrays, and the design considerations of using antennas in wireless communication systems. Several different frequency bands of commercial antennas are used to be tested and analyzed. Click HERE for a tentive syllabus.

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Dr. Huzefa Kagdi will be teaching two new experimental courses in the Fall 2014 semester. Mobile Application Programming: Mobile devices are ubiquitous nowadays. The demand for developing applications for these devices continues to grow.  This course introduces the basics of mobile application development.  The main focus will be on the Android platform.  Students are expected to work on programming projects throughout the duration of the course.  Prerequisite: CS 411 or equivalent.
Software Analysis Methodologies: This course will cover methodologies involved in analyzing large-scale software systems.  It includes classical topics such as static and dynamic analyses, and contemporary topics such as mining software archives and information retrieval.  The course will be organized in the form of a research seminar.  Students will be required to read, present, and review technical papers published in the literature.  Additionally, students will need to do a term project and submit a written report.  Prerequisite: CS 680 or equivalent.

Dr. Yanwu Ding is teaching EE877D: Signal Processing Techniques and Applications in the Fall 2014 semester. Please follow this link for the course information.

Dr. Vinod Namboodiri is teaching CS 797G: Mathematical Foundations of Computer Networking in the Fall 2014 semester. Please follow this link for the course information. 

Dr. Prakash Ramanan is teaching CS 898D: Data Mining in the Fall 2014 semester. Please follow this link for the course information.