Alumni Headlines

 
 
April 17, 2013
Welcome Back Alumni!
The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department welcomes alumni back to campus during Spring Carnival 2013!
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September 11, 2012
Alum Nikhil Balram Named Executive of the Year
ECE alumnus Nikhil Balram received the Gold Stevie® Award for Executive of the Year in the Electronics category at the 9th Annual International Business Awards (IBAs), the world's premier business awards program. The IBAs are open to all individuals and organizations from around the world, with the 2012 program receiving entries from more than 50 nations and territories. Balram was selected for the Executive of the Year by more than 300 executives worldwide who served as judges. Balram, who earned his bachelor's, master's and doctor's degrees in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon, is CEO of Ricoh Innovations Inc., a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd. Read more...
 
 
April 11, 2012
Alum Wins Young-Investigator-of-the-Month Award
The Center for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Immunology (CHAVI) selected Hsun-Hsien Chang, a bioinformatics scientist at the Children's Hospital at Harvard Medical School, as February's CHAVI Young-Investigator-of-the-Month. The award recognizes outstanding young investigators who have made significant contributions to the CHAVI mission — to solve major problems in HIV vaccine development and design — and who have been nominated by their mentors for their exceptional leadership and valuable research. Chang earned his Ph.D. in ECE with advisor José M. F. Moura in 2007. Read more...
 
 
July 12, 2011
ECE Alum, Advisor Earn Recognition From National Research Council of Thailand
ECE alumnus Sooksan Panichpapiboon, who earned his Ph.D. in 2006 under the supervision of ECE Professor Ozan Tonguz, received the 2011 Dissertation Award from the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) for his doctoral thesis, "Practical Design Issues in Ad Hoc Wireless Networks: Transmit Power, Topology and Routing." His Excellency Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva, prime minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, presented him with the award earlier this year. In addition to recognizing Panichpapiboon, the NRCT also honored Tonguz, "as the major advisor who contributed advice and support" to Panichpapiboon's thesis. Read more...
 
 
June 27, 2011
Parno Wins ACM 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award
ECE alumnus Bryan Parno (E'2010) has won the 2010 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for "resolving the tension between adequate security protections and the features and performance that users expect in a digitized world." Parno's thesis, "Trust Extension as a Mechanism for Secure Code Execution on Commodity Computers," leverages the trust users have in one device, such as a cellphone or custom USB device, to enable secure use of another computer or service without sacrificing performance or features. For example, this would allow a user to safely enter tax information into his or her computer, even if it were infected with malware, or to verify the security of a website before entrusting it with personal data. Read more...
 
 
February 4, 2011
Alum Named President of Intel in Brazil
Fernando Martins, who earned his Ph.D. in ECE with University Professor of ECE José M. F. Moura in 1997, has been named the new president and general manager of Intel in Brazil. In his more than 13 years at Intel, Martins has served as global director of Strategic Planning, and was responsible for the company's Initiative on Virtualization, which, according to a press release, caused a positive impact on company revenues. His success at the company earned him the Intel Achievement Award twice. Read more...
 
 
January 6, 2011
Al-Ajmi Wins Hubert Humphrey Fellowship
Khaled Al-Ajmi, who received his master's degree in ECE at Carnegie Mellon in 2001, has earned a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship for 2010-2011. A part of the Fulbright exchange activity, the Humphrey Fellowship Program provides 10 months of non-degree academic study and related experiences in the United States for seasoned professionals from designated countries around the world. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. Read more...
 
 
November 18, 2010
Alumna Wins TechCrunch Hackathon
ECE alumna J'aime Ohm (E'10) relived her college days this fall when she pulled an all-nighter to defeat 450 competitors in September's TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in San Francisco. The hack marathon took place in conjunction with TechCrunch's web innovation conference, and fellow alum Frank Denbow (CS'08) told Ohm she could get free admission to the event if she participated. She took a shot and it paid off in a big way — not only did she take first place, but her creation has also morphed into WiseDame, an iPhone app that can alert loved ones of your whereabouts when you can't. Read all about Ohm's experience and what she's doing with WiseDame at www.cmu.edu/homepage/health/2010/fall/wisedame.shtml. Read more...
 
 
March 2, 2010
Build18 Gets Students Gadgeting
A robotic head that can track your face and move in time when you clap, or a sweatshirt for bicyclists with buttons on the sleeves that activate LED "turn signals" on the back of the shirt. Sounds like products that might be coming to a store near you, right? Well they might. Someday. But for now they're ECE student projects under way as part of the department's student-led Build18 initiative.Launched as a pilot project at the end of the 2009 spring semester, Build18 is a week of "tinkering and gadgeting" that encourages groups of students to innovate and create solutions to problems of their own choosing, free from the threat of tests, formal exams and project reviews. With the help of corporate sponsors and additional resources of lab space, equipment and conference rooms supplied by the ECE Department, students at all levels can find a few friends and finally tackle the project that lack of time or resources once prevented. Read more...
 
 
December 9, 2009
Lakshmanan Receives Best Student Paper Award
ECE Ph.D. Student, Karthik Lakshmanan, is the principal author of a paper that received the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Real-Time Systems Symposium held in Washington DC from December 2-4, 2009. The paper, titled "Coordinated Allocation, Scheduling and Synchronization on Multiprocessors," is coauthored by Professor of ECE and CS, Raj Rajkumar, and Dr. Dionisio de Niz, ECE alum who is currently at the CMU Software Engineering Institute. This work addresses the emerging field of chip-multiprocessors which represent a dominant new shift in the field of processor design. Read more...