Pitt | Swanson Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh emphasizes educational programs that combine theory with practice in the electrical engineering field. Whether students want a broad understanding of electrical engineering, or want to place specific emphasis on interests like computers, signal processing, power, or electronics, the department offers the education that sparks great careers.


Ten current and former Pitt engineering students awarded 2016 National Science Foundation Fellowships

Bioengineering, Chemical & Petroleum, Civil & Environmental, Electrical & Computer, MEMS, Student Profiles

PITTSBURGH—Four University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering students and six alumni were awarded the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Nine engineering students and three alumni received honorable mention. Overall, the recipients were among the ten Pitt students and eight alumni awarded fellowships, and 14 Pitt students and 10 alumni who received honorable mentions. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is designed to ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees. The fellowship program has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The support accorded NSF Graduate Research Fellows nurtures their ambition to become lifelong leaders who contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. Current Pitt students who were awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship include: seniors Emily June Crabb (physics and astronomy, computer engineering) and Trent Maxwell Dillon (civil engineering); and graduate students Donald Edward Kline (electrical engineering) and Michael Gilbert Taylor (chemical engineering). Alumni include Kenechi Aretha Agbim (mechanical engineering, Georgia Tech), Emmeline Blanchard (bioengineering, Georgia Tech), Jann Albert Grovogui (materials science engineering, Northwestern University), Lauren Ann Hapach (bioengineering, Cornell University), David William Palm (chemical engineering, Stanford University), and Christopher James Siviy (mechanical engineering). Current students who received an honorable mention are seniors Christian Gerald Bottenfield (electrical engineering), Stephanie Paolo Cortes (electrical engineering), Luke Drnach (computer engineering), Alexander Danels Josowitz (bioengineering) and Saundria Michelle Moed (bioengineering); and graduate students Patrick Andrew Cody (bioengineering), Daniel Ward Long (bioengineering), and Stephanie Anne Wiltman (bioengineering). Alumni include Olivia Annette Creasy (bioengineering, University of California-San Francisco), Kevin Andrew Day (bioengineering, Johns Hopkins University), and Andrew Head (computer engineering, University of California-Berkeley). Visit https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/Login.do for a full list of fellows and honorable mentions and to learn more about the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. ###
Joe Miksch, News Director, University Communications

ECE Electric Power Systems Post Doc

Electrical & Computer, Open Positions

The Electric Power Systems Laboratory (EPSL), Center for Energy in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and the Swanson School’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) invites applications for a post-doctoral position in the area of electric power conversion related to DC system design. We are seeking a candidate with expertise in one or more of the following key areas: high power, power electronics technologies (topology, controller design, hardware selection and implementation); system modeling and analysis (including proficiency in at least Matlab/Simulink, PSCAD/EMTDC, or related ANSYS products); DC system design and protection (Microgrids, DC interruption, battery performance as examples); or experience with hardware-in-the-loop as it pertains to power electronics / systems. Successful candidates must have the ability to support high impact research program activities, demonstrate performance in a collaborative teamwork environment, possess excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills, and must be committed to contributing to the goals and objectives of the program’s progressive growth. The approximate start date will be July 1, 2016. The EPSL at Pitt is supported through strong industry partnerships and collaborations on education and research activities, along with funding from state and federal agencies, local foundations, and other key constituents. The EPSL and the ECE Dept. offer a dynamic and progressive environment in the electric power area, with a growing research program involved in various aspects of power electronics and control technologies, renewable energy systems, DC system design, microgrid development, and other power related disciplines; along with vibrant graduate and undergraduate level activities. The department offers BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Computer Engineering – including undergraduate and graduate degree concentrations in Electric Power Engineering with approximately 33% of our students enrolled. A few highlights of the program can be found at the following website: www.engineering.pitt.edu/power. To ensure consideration, applications must be received by May 31, 2016. Please send a resume (or CV), contact information for at least two references, plus a letter summarizing your research interests, career aspirations, and qualifications to: Prof. Gregory Reed Director, Center for EnergyDirector, Electric Power Systems Laboratory815 Benedum Engineering HallUniversity of PittsburghPittsburgh, PA 15261     Prof. Brandon GraingerProgram Manager, DC-AMPSAffiliate, Electric Power Systems Laboratory802 Benedum Engineering HallUniversity of PittsburghPittsburgh, PA 15261 Alternatively, applications may be submitted electronically to: gfr3@pitt.edu / bmg10@pitt.edu Additionally, please have your references send their letters directly to the same address.We highly encourage candidates who are female or from underrepresented US minority groups to apply. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.


“Big Data” Talks Take Center Stage at 2016 IEEE SPS Summer School at Pitt

Electrical & Computer

PITTSBURGH (April 4, 2016) … The Swanson School of Engineering, in collaboration with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Signal Processing Society (SPS), will host the 2016 Summer School on Signal Processing and Machine Learning for Big Data from May 17–19. Enormous amounts of data generated on a daily basis by humans, machines and other sensors provide opportunities to collect highly useful information with unprecedented efficiency and outcomes. Big Data analysis, however, presents challenges ranging from weeding out useless information to human visualization and interpretation of the collected data. “The importance of understanding Big Data will only increase as machines become more clever and people become more efficient at interpreting the information they’ve collected,” said Ervin Sejdic, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Pitt and co-chair and finance chair of the Summer School organizing committee. “We are honored that the Signal Processing Society selected our proposal to organize the 2016 Summer School. Pitt’s outstanding facilities and expertise in the field certainly played a role in the selection committee’s decision.” The Summer School will address current efforts to explore Big Data from a signal processing perspective, including Big Data applications in social networks, behavior and language analysis, bioinformatics and environmental monitoring as well as foundations for Big Data analysis and processing such as robust statistical methods, sparse representations, numerical linear algebra, machine learning, convergence and complexity analysis. Over the course of three days, the event will feature lecturers from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of California in Los Angeles, Purdue University, the University of Maryland, the University of Toronto and the University of Pittsburgh. Lecturers from ANSYS, Rockwell Automation, Google and the IBM Watson project will also be in attendance and discuss the topic from an industry perspective. For more information and to register for the event, please visit http://www.engineering.pitt.edu/ieeesps/. Registration closes on April 30. The IEEE SPS Seasonal Schools in Signal Processing Program began in 2010 with the main objective of generating student interest in signal processing. There have been 17 Summer Schools in 14 countries since the program was established. The 2016 Summer School at Pitt will be the first time the program is held in the United States and the second time in North America. ###
Matt Cichowicz, University Communications

Manager of District Energy Initiatives

Electrical & Computer, Open Positions

The University of Pittsburgh Center for Energy invites applications for the Manager of District Energy Initiatives. The qualified candidate will serve as Pitt’s main contact for the Pittsburgh District Energy Initiative program and related projects, with responsibility for overall program management, including facilitation and coordination of activities relevant to the District Energy MOU Implementation Plan. As technical team lead, the Manager will be responsible for ensuring that team products and deliverables are completed on time and of high quality. The Manager will serve as Pitt’s liaison with multiple District Energy Initiative partners and project sites and will support and promote communications and awareness to inform consumers, businesses, and major stakeholders both in Pittsburgh and nationally of goals and benefits of this program, among other related projects and activities of the Center for Energy. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a detailed resume, and the names and contact information for at least three references, all in a single PDF file, to cfenergy@pitt.edu. Applications will be considered immediately and will continue until the position is filled. We encourage candidates from underrepresented groups and/or females to apply for this position.  The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Center for Energy Administrator

MCSI awards more than $190,000 in research seed grants to four Pitt faculty

Chemical & Petroleum, Electrical & Computer

PITTSBURGH (March 22, 2016) … The external advisory committee of the University of Pittsburgh’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation (MCSI) has awarded four faculty members with research seed grants totaling $190,630 for the 2016/2017 year. The annual program enables faculty to supplement sustainably-focused research with undergraduate, graduate and/or post-doctoral student support. This year’s recipients include: “Pollination in the city: Designing urban pollinator gardens that are resilient to air pollution.” Tia-Lynn Ashman, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences. “β- Ga2O3 Nanoelectronics: A Path to a Sustainable Semiconductor Technology for High Efficiency Electricity Conversion from Renewables.” William Stanchina, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering. “Desalination of sequestration and release of water in poly crystals.” Sachin Velankar, Associate Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering. “A novel process for efficient, decentralized ammonia synthesis: towards fertilizer production with drastically reduced environmental footprint.” Götz Veser, Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering. MCSI developed the research seed grant program to provide faculty with funding support to allow students to participate in high-quality research, teaching, outreach and creative endeavors. The goals of the grants are: (1) seed funding to develop ideas to the point where external funding can be obtained; (2) awards to support scholarship in areas where external funding is extremely limited; (3) resources to introduce curricular innovations into the classroom; or (4) tools or techniques to encourage community outreach and education. ###

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