Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

ECE Newsletter Summer 2023

Welcome to the first issue of our bi-annual e-newsletter. We’re excited to share the latest department news and highlights. 

Message from ECE Department Head Edwin Chong

Inspiring the Next Generation

Introducing the new ECE CreatorSpace

The ECE CreatorSpace opened in March to serve as a welcoming space for all students to collaborate, experiment, and create.

ECE sponsors youth robotics competition

The FIRST Tech Challenge statewide championship featured 32 top middle and high school teams across the state, their competitive robots and their adoring fans.

Research Highlights

NSF CAREER recipient using artificial intelligence to advance weather forecasting

ECE Assistant Professor Haonan Chen is harnessing the strength of AI to transform radar remote sensing and weather forecasting. “AI is a powerful tool for untangling meteorological phenomena,” said Chen.

CSU lasers likely to be key to fusion power future

The quest for abundant, carbon-free energy will likely get a big boost by the ECE department, home to advanced laser technology and a key partner in a national research consortium to advance nuclear fusion energy. CSU has one of the most intense lasers in the world.

ECE researchers combine classical and quantum optics for super-resolution imaging

Researchers at CSU and Colorado School of Mines are on a mission to invent some of the world’s most powerful light microscopes – ones that can resolve large swaths of biological material in unimaginable detail.

Student Spotlight

Cheng Guo

"My research focuses on monitoring and identifying individual wild African leopards. The approach is similar to facial recognition technology but applied to leopards in the wild."

Vishwa Venkat Kapa

The ECE graduate student always wanted to develop technologies to improve agricultural operations – and one day produce dragon fruit wine.

Shavauntay Dukes

When Shavauntay Dukes’ high school physics teacher told him he could be an engineer, it planted a seed.

Faculty News

Maciejewski tapped by National Science Foundation

Maciejewski was selected to lead the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems. He retains his faculty appointment with CSU.

Nikdast receives Rockwell-Anderson Professorship

Nikdast joined ECE in 2017. He plans to use the funding to improve his research laboratory and offer additional support for graduate students.

Notaros named president of global engineering society

Notaros has been elected 2024 president of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society. He started his term as president-elect in January.

Chandra honored by American Meteorological Society

He received the Suomi Technology Medal for his pioneering technological contributions.

Establishing the Aram and Helga Budak ECE Professorship

Professor Budak transformed the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and shaped three generations of successful engineers. His impact would not have been possible without the support of his wife, Helga, who helped him behind the scenes, from typing and proofreading his textbooks to entertaining students at their home. 

To recognize the contributions of both Aram and Helga, we have established the Aram and Helga Budak ECE Professorship. Once fully funded, the endowed college professorship will foster excellence in teaching in the department, while honoring the Budaks’ legacy for years to come. 


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