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Recent departmental news items will be posted here. For more news see our news archive or the news from the University of Rochester Newscenter.


Gonzalo Mateos co-author of a paper selected for the 2020 IEEE SPS Young Author Best Paper Award

May 5, 2021

Gonzalo Mateos

Congratulations to Gonzalo Mateos, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and Asaro Biggar Family Fellow in data science, who is co-author of a paper selected for the 2020 IEEE SPS Young Author Best Paper Award. The paper, by lead author Santiago Segarra, is entitled “Network Topology Inference from Spectral Templates,” originally published in IEEE Transactions on Signal and Information Processing over Networks, September 2017. The award will be presented during ICASSP'21 in Toronto, Canada.


Ethan Fahnestock ’21 receives Goldwater Scholarship

May 4, 2021

Ethan Fahnstock

Ethan Fahnestock ’21 has received the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious national award for undergraduate science majors. The Madbury, New Hampshire, resident is a major in physics and astronomy as well as robotics engineering, an interdepartmental, self-designed major, at the University of Rochester.


Professor Michael Heilemann receives National Science Foundation Award

April 7, 2021


Congratulations to Michael Heilemann for receiving this NSF award for research in Smart Acoustic Surfaces as Multimodal Interfaces which is detailed below.


Gonzalo Mateos ‘connects the dots’ of complex networks

February 9, 2021

Gonzalo Mateos

How do you make sense of the millions, even billions of data points that represent the interactions of neurons across the human brain? Or the interconnections of our country’s vast, network of power grids? Or the rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations as they surge in some parts of the country, but not others?


Engineering Diversity: A Series Celebrating Equity and Inclusion in the Hajim School of Engineering

February 8, 2021


We are proud to recognize the contributions of Marvin Doyley (at left), Melodie Lawton, and Gonzalo Mateos as part of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative, which includes profiles of Hajim School underrepresented minority faculty members, staff members, and alumni who serve as outstanding role models.


Marvin Doyley puts priority on addressing underrepresentation

February 8, 2021

Marvin Doyley is accustomed to attending major conferences of electrical engineers where he is one of only a handful of black delegates.
“It doesn’t bother me now as much as it did before,” Doyley says. “Now, I am a senior member, I have worked my way up, people know me, we have common experiences to talk about. But I’ll be looking at someone else who is a minority just starting to come up, who will be standing at the back, hesitant to speak or ask questions.”
The professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Hajim School is now in a position to help address the underrepresentation of minorities and women in STEM fields.


Kevin Parker Collaborating on a NIH Grant for Optical Coherence Tomography (OTC)

January 4, 2021

Kevin Parker

Kevin Parker, the William F. May Professor of Engineering and dean emeritus of engineering and applied sciences; Maiken Nedergaard, professor of neurology and neuroscience; and Jannick Rolland, the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering and director of the Center for Freeform Optics (also affiliated with the Materials Science Program), are collaborating on a $421,880 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. They will use optical coherence tomography (OCT) elastography, a high-resolution imaging modality, to perform bio-mechanical measurements in mice, showing the variations in the softness and stiffness of brain tissue over time that are associated with aging and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease.


Raiyan Baten, ECE PhD student and his research highlighted in UR News: Can social networks help us be more creative?

December 10, 2020

Raiyan Baten

Congratulations to ECE PhD student, Raiyan Baten, who works with Prof Ehsan Hogue in the computer science human-computer interaction lab, for having his reserach highlighted in the UR News and Journal of Royal Society Interface!


Juvenal Ormachea ’16 MS ’19PhD, top “35 innovators under 35” for Latin America

December 7, 2020


Juvenal Ormachea ’16 MS ’19PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in Kevin Parker’s lab in electrical and computer engineering, who has been selected by MIT Technology Review for its list of top “35 innovators under 35” for Latin America. Juvenal has created a non-invasive method to detect cancer and liver diseases such as cirrhosis, based on medical ultrasound images generated using ultrasound scanners.


ECE student, Yujin Nakamoto, awarded Robert L. Wells Prize

November 9, 2020

Yujin Nakamoto

ECE's Yujin Nakamoto is one of three outstanding students announced as this year’s recipients of the Robert L. Wells Prize, awarded to Hajim School students who also excel in the humanities.


Adapting to COVID-19

November 2, 2020

Stitched Video Compilation

Here’s another great example of how our Hajim School faculty have been pitching in to help us confront the challenges of COVID-19. Our River Campus Music Department wanted to continue its traditional performance of the rousing finale of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture on the final day of classes last spring. But because of the pandemic, student musicians could not safely gather for a live performance in front of Rush Rhees Library. So, musical director Rachel Waddell worked with Steve Roessner, our Grammy Award-winning senior lecturer in audio and music engineering, who stitched together images of Rachel conducting and of students individually pre-recording their performances. The resulting video released on the University’s YouTube channel was big hit.