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Congratulations! Three ECE Ph.D. students were recognized for their work at this year's Engineer's Ball


Nick Jewell 1st Place E-Expo Research Competition

Nick Jewell won first place in the graduate research competition for his work entitled "Analysis of Electric Vehicle Charging Control and Effects on Electricity Demand Costs"


Ali Mahmoud and Ahmed El Barkouky win 2nd E-Expo Award

Ali Mahmoud and Ahmed El Barkouky won second place in the E-expo poster competition for their work titled: "An Interactive Educational System Using a Humanoid Robot for Teaching Children with Autism."


  Astronaut Commander Scott D.Tingle to speak at J.B. Speed School of Engineering

Astronaut Scott Tingle

Thursday, February 21, 2014  - J. B. Speed Auditorium at 12PM (Noon) - Pizza and drink will be provided by Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers.


   Team Kentuckiana enters its Phoenix House in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013

Phoenix House

The University of Louisville - Ball State University Phoenix House pictured on display at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine California.  Team Kentuckiana competed with nineteen other universities for overall best solar house in this biennial Dept. of Energy sponsored event.  Over twenty ECE students were involved in different aspects of this project.  For Updated info on Solar Decathlon final results click here:    The Phoenix house is now back on the UofL campus.  It will be reconstructed and will provide a useful platform for future student research projects and will serve as symbol of the University’s commitment to sustainability and renewable energy research. 

Interview with Dr. Jacek Zurada, IEEE VP - Technical Activities 2014


Dr. Zurada wins award

Click the following link to watch Dr. Zurada's interview with IEEE Student Branch Chair, Kasey Shirley, regarding the IEEE and his appointment as IEEE Chair of Technical Activities.  Dr.  Zurada has also been awarded the 2013 Joe Desch Innovation Award by the Engineers Club of Dayton. 


 Good Luck, Chris!

On Monday, July 15th, Dr. James Graham hosted a reception for Dr. Chris Foreman who will be leaving the ECE Department.  Dr. Foreman has accepted a faculty position at Purdue University.  We wish him the best of luck.

Dr. Graham & Chris Foreman

Dr. James Graham, Dr. Chris Foreman and his wife Melinda


GSP Comes to ECE

GSP Comes to ECE

On Friday, July 12th, Kentucky high school students who are participating in this summer's  Governor's Scholar Program stopped by to check out the department's electric car.  ECE Chairman, Dr. Bruce Alphenaar, and ECE faculty member, Dr. Michael McIntyre, spoke with students and answered questions they had about the car. 


ECE Participates in Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition’s Plug In Kentucky Program

Plug In Program

 ECE faculty and students posing by the electric car charging station. Pictured (from L to R in back row) are students Carmine Giglio, Joe Latham, Nick Jewell, and Mike Schoen and in front row faculty Andy Dozier, Mike McIntyre, and John Naber. See  for more info.


ECE Welcomes New Chairman - Dr. Bruce Alphenaar

Dr. Bruce Alphenaar

Dr. Bruce Alphenaar became the new chair of the ECE Department on July 1st,, 2013. Dr. Alphenaar received his PhD in Applied Physics from Yale University in 1991. He joined the ECE Department in October 2000 after seven years working for Hitachi Europe in partnership with the Cambridge University Microelectronics Centre. Since joining UofL, Dr. Alphenaar has taught ECE 473 Fields and Waves, ECE 542 Physical Electronics, as well as graduate-level special topics courses on Solar Cell Fundamentals and Applications, Nanoelectronic Devices and Microelectronic Fabrication. He also leads the Alphenaar Research Group, whose website can be found here:


Thank you, Dr. Graham

On June 12th, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department held a luncheon to honor Dr. James Graham who served as ECE Chair for eight years.  Dr. Graham has stepped down as Chairman, but he will continue to teach for the department and pursue a very active research program.  The ECE faculty and staff thank Dr. Graham for his leadership and dedication to the department.  Dr. Bruce Alphenaar became the new ECE Chair on July 1st

.Drs. Graham & McIntyre

Dr. Graham (left) and Dr. McIntyre (right) with a power electric converter board


Congratulations, Dr. Horowitz

Dr. Barry Horowitz

The ECE Department congratulates Dr. Barry Horowitz  on being the recipient of the 2013 University of Louisville  - Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching. This award recognizes Dr. Horowitz’s 37 years of outstanding service to UofL.  In  the classroom, his innovative teaching style, dedication to excellence, and ability to motivate students to greater levels of success has been a model for all engineering faculty. Dr. Horowitz has excelled in  introducing new teaching techniques and technologies to the university, such as video-based lectures, on-line materials, hands-on laboratory exercises, and distance education.  He has also provided countless hours of service to maintaining the rigorous ABET accreditation of the BS/MEng programs in Electrical and Computer Engineering.  This serves as testament of his devotion to Speed School and  its students.


On Saturday, May 11th, Yinan Cui and Vahid Tavakoli  received their EE Ph.D. degrees

  While at UofL, Yinan worked with Dr. Tamer Inanc and Vahid worked with Dr. Amir Amini.  We congratulate Dr. Cui and  Dr. Tavakoli on their accomplishments and we wish them the   best of luck in their new careers.


Dr. Yinan Cui & Dr. Tamer Inanc

Dr. Yinan Cui & Dr. Tamer Inanc - Spring Commencement 2013


Dr. Vahid Tavakoli

Vahid Tavakoli (advised by Dr. Amir Amini) at his dissertation defense.

  Dr. Tavakoli has accepted a position as a research scientist at Yale University.


ECE MENG graduate is UofL commencement speaker!


Ryan Speaking Ryan Speaking

Ryan Frazier

Ryan Frazier, a graduate of Male High School, excelled inside and outside of the classroom, and attained a perfect 4.0 grade point average for his academic career at UofL. He completed a Master of Engineering thesis under the direction of Dr. Tamer Inanc.  Ryan was a co-op at Marathon Oil Corp., and had classroom experience as a grading assistant and supplemental calculus instructor. He also graduates with a minor in mathematics .  An active member of Baptist Campus Ministries, he recently went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic to help rebuild a community. Ryan has accepted a job at C&I Engineering.  The ECE Department congratulates Ryan and wishes him the best in his new career as an engineer. 



EE Ph.D. graduate, Mehdi Yazdanpanah has been named Kentucky Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration (SBA). 

 Mehdi Y.

 Dr. Yazdanpanah,CEO and founder of NaugaNeedles, discovered the nanoneedle technology while working on his doctorate in electrical engineering at Speed School.. Nanoneedles are now used in biomedical applications, sensors and tools for semiconductor manufacturers, among other applications.  Medhi worked with Dr. Robert Cohn  while he was at UofL and he graduated in 2006.   For more information:


Congratulations, ECE Students on E-Expo Awards

David Wohner and Michael Schoen

(Michael Schoen and David Wohner)

Welch Students

(Anand Kulkarni and Alan Jimenez)

 The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department would like to congratulate ECE students David Wohner, Michael Schoen, Anand Kulkarni and Alan Jimenez  for awards they received on posters they presented during E-Expo. David and Michael are working with ECE Assistant Professor, Dr. Michael McIntyre.  David, a MENG student, received 1st Place over all on a poster titled "Smart Appliances Energy Study."  Michael, a Ph.D. student, came in 5th Place with his poster "Vehicle to Grid as a Household Backup Generator Utilizing a Novel Backstepping Controller with Uncertain Load for Full Bridge Converter.”  Anand, a Ph.D. student, and Alan, a MENG student, are working with ECE Assistant Professor, Dr. Karla Welch.  They were awarded the 2nd Place overall graduate award for their poster "Photoplethysmograph Sensor."  The winners were announced on March 23, 2013 at the Engineers Ball held at The Kentucky Derby Museum.


The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department congratulates our latest group of EE Ph.D. Graduates.  The Doctoral Hooding and Graduation Ceremony was held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

EE Ph.D. 12F Graduates

L to R: Dr. Jan Chorowski (Dr. Zurada's student), Dr. Amir Amini, Dr. Hui Wang (Dr. Amini's student), Dr. Bruce Alphenaar, Dr. Mohammadreza Negahdar (Dr. Amini's student), Dr. Aly Farag, Dr. Shireen Elhabian (Dr. Farag's student), Dr. Krishna Medepalli (Dr. Alphenaar's student), Dr. Evgenia Moiseeva (Dr. Harnett's student), Dr. Travis Gault (Dr. Farag's student), Dr. Silpa Kona (Dr. Harnett's student), and Dr. Jacek Zurada 


The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department
congratulates MENG student Adrian Fletcher

Adrian Fletcher

Adrian was named Speed School Outstanding Graduate Student for December Commencement. That honor allowed him to carry the J. B. Speed School of Engineering banner in the procession for the Commencement ceremony held on December 13th. Adrian graduates from UofL with three degrees: BS EE, BS CECS, and his Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. Along the way he has achieved many other honors. He was the recipient of a SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Scholarship awarded by the Air Force and he participated in the EPSCoR Research Scholars Program, to name a few. Adrian plans to continue his work with the Air Force. He has accepted a position at Robins AFB in Georgia. We wish him all the best.


 The annual ECE Faculty-Student Picnic

2012 ECE IEEE Picnic


The annual ECE Faculty-Student Picnic was held September 17th and was attended by 35+ students, 10 faculty, Dean Pinto and Dr. Ken Hopkins (visiting professor). The faculty continued their dominance in the annual faculty-student volleyball game with scores of 25-17 and 25-14. The faculty extended their win streak to 6 consecutive years thanks to the superb play of Drs. Alphenaar, Li, McIntyre, Naber, Pinto, Walsh, Charlie Jenkins Mike Miller and Aaron Welch.




Congratulations to the UofL 2012 IEEE SoutheastCon Robot Team

Robot Team


In March, three ECE students competed in the IEEE SoutheastCon Hardware competition in Orlando, FL.  Out of 48 teams in the University division, UofL's team finished 18th.  Other schools from Kentucky that competed were WKU (19th) and UK (30th).  The team members were (left to right) Brad Gasior, Joshua Howard and Sam Ryan.

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