May 6, 2005
Think only faculty and graduate students do research at Carnegie Mellon? Think again. At this spring's 10th annual "Meeting of the Minds" undergraduate research symposium 400 Carnegie Mellon students exhibited their projects, including nearly 45 contributions from the ECE Department.
"These students are engaged in real research--asking questions to which no one knows the answers, creating new works of art, working with primary documents and data, researching alongside faculty, graduate students and post-docs," writes Undergraduate Research Office (URO) Director Janet Stocks in the symposium program. "Our undergraduate research program here has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report for several years as one of the best undergraduate research programs in the country."
Several ECE students won awards at the symposium competitions, which were sponsored by corporations, departments, honor societies, and individuals. Read on for the ECE winners (for a complete listing, visit the URO site).
Organized by Carnegie Mellon's chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, the ECE National Honor Society, this competition encourages undergraduates in ECE to present their projects and motivates them to learn from others' work.
This prize is awarded to an outstanding member of Carnegie Mellon's Phi Beta Kappa chapter.
A new award that encourages environmental and automotive research.
This competition is open to all students with research projects in audio - technology, signal processing or education.
This independently sponsored competition within the Undergraduate Research Symposium is open to students presenting posters in the quantitative sciences. Grants were provided by a number of industrial sponsors. Sigma Xi is a national honor society for those in scientific research.
All students conducting research through the Carnegie Institute of Technology Honors Program compete for three cash prizes, this year provided by Ford Motor Company. Judges included faculty from across CIT, including the following ECE faculty: James Hoe, Radu Marculescu, Asim Smailagic, and Tom Sullivan.
This contest recognizes significant and creative work supported by the IFYRE program and encourages students to develop and practice visual and oral presentation skills suitable for academic conferences and industrial research venues. Scientists from the Intel Labs judged.
View the photo gallery.
Carnegie Mellon President Jared Cohon kicks off the undergraduate research symposium.
Bill Messner (left), Professor of MechE and ECE, inspects MechE junior Caroline Conley's remote-controlled robot.
L to R: Research Professor Asim Smailagic and Associate Professor of ECE Radu Marculescu judge ECE senior Prateek Goenka's CIT poster.
ECE, EPP, & HCI senior Wenyao Ho (right), explains his CIT honors project on WiFi to Karen Stump, Director of Undergraduate Studies.