ECE Students Win Honors at Meeting of the Minds

 

May 25, 2010

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ECE students came out big winners at the university's Meeting of the Minds, which took place earlier this month in the University Center. Held each year during "reading day" in finals week, the research symposium is a university-wide celebration of the undergraduate research programs that distinguish Carnegie Mellon's education style. Throughout the day, students present posters, talks and performances highlighting the projects they've investigated during the academic year.

In addition to showcasing student research for the university community, the Meeting of the Minds also features competitions sponsored by various academic departments, organizations and even outside corporations. This year, ECE students figured prominently in the group of winners. Here's a run-down of the ones who took home honors at the event.


IBM Undergraduate "Smarter Planet" Award

  • "JEULES (Smart Outlet)," Joshua Debner, Ilya Kelner and Siddharth Nangia (juniors)

  • "Using Multiple Wearable Sensors," Cem Onyuksel (senior)

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • "Robot Colony V," Rohan Aletty (junior) with mechanical engineering students Douglas Bernstein, Jonathan Boerner, Andrew Burks, Gerald Carlson, Katherine Coste, Daniel Curham, Jaywoo Kim, Michael Ornstein and Daniel Shope; and computer science student Michael Sandboth.


Lockheed Martin ECE Undergraduate Project Awards

First Place

  • "Effective Tracking and Visualization of Household Energy-Usage," Maxim Buevich (junior)



Runners Up

  • "Find My Face," Peter Hsieh, Max Jordan and Saurabh Sanghvi (seniors)

  • "JEULES (Smart Outlet)," Joshua Debner, Ilya Kelner and Siddharth Nangia (juniors)



Judge's Choice

  • "Prismatic Cube Robotics," Emily Hart (senior)

  • "WiMax as SDR," Matthew Wagner (senior)

  • "Monitoring and Recognizing Medical Context Through Analysis of Sounds," Tian Seng Leong (senior)




Sigma Xi Competition

Third Place

  • "OrthoAssist: Towards an Actuated Upper Extremity Orthosis for Strength Augmentation and Rehabilitation," Seniors Vani Rajan and Andrew Strat with mechanical engineering students Alexandra Cirillo, Marina Musicus, Daniel Shope and Heather Tomko




STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Award

  • "Robo Orchestra V," Rohan Aletty (junior) with mechanical engineering students Douglas Bernstein, Jonathan Boerner, Andrew Burks, Gerald Carlson, Katherine Coste, Daniel Curhan, Jaywoo Kim, Micahel Ornstein and Daniel Shope; and computer science student Michael Sandbothe.


**Yahoo! Competition** *Second Place*
  • "Education e-Village," Saurabh Sanghvi (senior)

Juniors Joshua Debner, Ilya Kelner and Siddharth Nangia won the IBM Undergraduate "Smarter Planet" Award for their project "JEULES (Smart Outlet)."