August 1, 2007
Seven ECE student projects won Small Undergraduate Research Fellowships/Grants (SURF/SURG) from Carnegie Mellon's Undergraduate Research Office (URO). The grants will be for the fall semester, while the fellowships are for this summer.
Hemant Sikaria and Winston Wan were awarded a grant for "Design of a Controller to Synchronize Multiple High Powered Motors," advised by Susan Finger, Professor of CEE. Yush Gupta will receive grants for two projects, "3-D Body Position" and "Stereoscopic 3-D LCD Display," both advised by Tsuhan Chen, ECE Professor and Associate Department Head.
ECE students Aaron Johnson, Kevin Woo, and James Kong along with SCS student Suresh Nidhiry were awarded a grant for "Investigating Power Management in a Robot Colony," advised by George Kantor, Systems Scientist, Robotics Institute. Another grant was given to ECE student Peter Pong, CS student Yen-Wen Liu, and IS student Ryan Wong for their project "A Novel Input Device for Modeling 3-D Computer Graphics," advised by Anind Dey, Assistant Professor of HCII.
Gemma Easterling was chosen for a fellowship for "Developing an Autonomous Antennaa to Improve Wireless Signal Reception," advised by Pillai Padmani. Support for the fellowship will be provided by Intel's First Year Research Experience (IFYRE), which is for first or second year students in technical fields who are United States citizens. Akshay Jayaram was also awarded a fellowship for an "Alternative Approach to Design and Fabrication of Larger Scale Water Strider Robots," advised by Metin Sitti, Assistant Professor of MechE, RI, and ECE.
The SURG program awards grants and fellowships to undergraduates at Carnegie Mellon for research in all fields of study. Thirty projects were funded this year across many majors. The winners will participate in a seminar series, including discussions of ethics in research, and will present their projects at the campus-wide "Meeting of the Minds" undergraduate research symposium on May 7 at Carnegie Mellon's University Center.