ECE News

Effective July 1, 2017, the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and the Bioengineering (BNG) Program merged to form a new Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE)! We now have eleven faculty: Tak Buma, Palma Catravas, Shane Cotter, Jennifer Currey, Luke Dosiek, Helen Hanson, James Hedrick, Sudhir Khetan, Chandra Pappu, John Spinelli, and Cherrice Traver. Steinmetz 211 is still the main department office, where Lisa Galeo is the administrative assistant. The ECBE faculty offices remain primarily in Steinmetz Hall.

Two Union students presented research posters at the 2017 IEEE Power and Energy Society General Meeting in Chicago, IL (July 16-20). Sirus Negahban ’19 presented a poster titled “Design of a power systems dynamics education module using a drum kit” and won second prize in the student poster contest. Pranav Shrestha ’19 presented a poster titled “Distribution-level frequency estimation and modal analysis using inexpensive and open-source Phasor Measurement Unit”.

Six BME seniors participated in the inaugural Union College Biomedical Engineering Summer Clinical Immersion Program. Through a partnership with Albany Medical College, the students spent six weeks rotating through clinical areas including cardiology, nephrology, pulmonary and critical care, gastroenterology, the OR and the emergency department. The goal of the program is for students to identify problems or needs in the hospital that can serve as projects during the senior capstone design courses. Shown in the photo (left to right) are Nicholas Williams, Matthew Drum, Lianna Gangi, Sonja Hansson, Luke McCaffrey, and Yesenia Castelan.

Congratulations to Riley Konsella ’17 for receiving a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship! Riley will travel the world next year for his project entitled “Stuck in Traffic: Steering Offbeat Transportation Solutions through Human Pushback“.



Doug Rosa ’17 was featured on NBC 13 for presenting his senior capstone project at the CREATE Symposium in Albany, NY. Doug developed a set of temperature regulated grow beds for the Schenectady ARC Greenhouse.



Congratulations to Htoo Wai Htet ’16 for receiving ahtoowai_watson prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship! He will travel the world next year for his project entitled “Unreachable Technologies: Making Technological Empowerment Affordable“.



Congratulations to the Union Robotics Crew for placing second in the Micromouse IEEE robotics Competition at Brown University!




Congratulations to Matthew Goff ’17 and Yucan Liu ’17 for receiving IBM-Union Global Summer Internships! Matthew will spend the 2016 summer in India while Yucan will work in China.






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