EE Department News and Events

Academic Year 2017 - 2018

Mines Electrical Engineering students Joseph Diener (MSc) and Robert Jones (BSc), mentored by Atef Elsherbeni, win third place at the 2017 Student Design Contest hosted by the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium for their novel CubeSat antenna design. 30 teams from universities across the world competed for six spots in the semi-finals, after which the top three teams were given awards. The goal of the competition was to design a compact and robust antenna for CubeSats, a class of nanosatellites, that would enable high performance communications with a ground station.


The Hyperloop Competition II took place from August 25th-27th, 2017. The pod from Mines generated lots of interest from other teams and industry guests. Electrical Engineering students Austin Genger, Project Manager, (seated in the pod) and Timothy Walker (directly above the M) are pictured above. The team is looking forward to Mines making an even bigger impression at Hyperloop Competition III!

Academic Year 2016 - 2017

Marcelo G. Simoes (EE) is coauthor of a newly published book, Electronic Instrumentation for Distributed Generation and Power Processes, published by CRC Press. The goal of the book is to provide basic and advanced knowledge of design, analysis, and circuit implementation for electronic instrumentation and clarify how to get the best out of the analog, digital, and computer circuitry design steps.


Atef Elsherbeni (EE) is coauthor of a newly published book, Adjoint Sensitivity Analysis of High Frequency Structures with MATLAB (Alt), published by IET. This book presents the theory of adjoint sensitivity analysis for high frequency applications through time-domain electromagnetic simulations in MATLAB®.


Atef Elsherbeni and Payam Nayeri (EE) are coauthors of a newly published book, Analysis and Design of Transmitarray Antennas, published by Morgan & Claypool Publishers. In this book, comprehensive analysis, new methodologies, and novel designs of transmitarray antennas are presented.


Electrical Engineering Department presents the Spring 2017 Colloquium Series. Dr. Ben Kroposki, Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at NREL will give his talk "Integrating High Levels of Variable Renewable Energy in Electric Power Systems"PDF versionText only version, Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in Alderson Hall 134, 2 - 3 pm. A "Meet the Speaker" session will be held before his presentation in Brown Hall room 340 at 1:30 pm.



Lt. Col. Paul Kaster received the Ralph H. Lee Prize Paper Award from the Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Department of the Industry Applications Society for the paper, "Cyber Security and Rural Electric Power Systems," which he presented at the 2015 IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference in Asheville, North Carolina. The paper was co-authored by his advisor, Professor P.K. Sen (EE), who received the award on his behalf at the IEEE I&CPS Annual Meeting in Detroit, Michigan. Kaster completed his PhD in Electrical Engineering  at Mines in 2016, and is now a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy.


Steve Borenstein , electrical engineering graduate student, coauthored a journal paper, "Freezing Time," which was featured on the cover of The Journal of the CMSC, Autumn 2016 edition.



Jonathan Melton, an electrical engineering graduate student, presented "Asteroid Detection Using a Single Multi-Wave Length CCD Scan," at the SPIE Optical Engineering & Applications Symposium September 1, in San Diego, California. The paper was based on his final project in Professor William Hoff's Image Processing CSCI/EENG 510 course.


Ravel Ammerman (EE) delivered the keynote address, "The AC/DC War and the Electrification of Ames, CO," at the 2016 IEEE Rural Electric Power Conference, May 15-18, in Westminster, Colorado. It was attended by more than 300 professionals from all over the United States.



EE Associate Professor Marcelo Simões is the coauthor of a new book, Modeling Power Electronics and Interfacing Energy Conversion Systems, published by IEEE Press and Wiley. The book addresses the application of mathematical and engineering tools for the modeling, simulation and control of energy systems, power electronics and renewable energy.


Electrical Engineering Emerita Associate Professor Cathy Skokan was named a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education at the society's annual conference June 25 in New Orleans. Skokan was the first woman to receive a graduate degree from Mines, and spent almost 40 years teaching geophysics and electrical engineering at Mines. She continues to impact the lives of students at Mines directly through the music program, and indirectly through her work as the ASEE vice president for external relations.

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Department Head and Dobleman Chair Professor Atef Elsherbeni (EE) gave the plenary lecture at the IEEE MTT-S International Conference on Numerical Electromagnetic and Multiphysics Modeling and Optimization for RF, Microwave and Terahertz Applications (NEMO) July 28 in Beijing, China. The title of his lecture was, "Recent Developments in Computational Electromagnetics using Finite Difference Methods."


Stephanie Claussen (EE) received second place for her paper, "Formative Peer Assessment of Teaching," in the New Engineering Educators division at the ASEE Annual Conference June 26-29 in New Orleans.


Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Professor Mahadevan Ganesh has received a $116,807 research award from NREL in support of his project, titled "High Performance Computing and Power-aware Application Performance." Ganesh has also accepted a Visiting Professional Fellow appointment for three years at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. In 2016, he has also received visiting appointments at Macquarie University in Sidney, Australia; University of Padova in Padova, Italy; and Pontificia Universidad Catolica, in Santiago, Chile.


Teaching Professor Vibhuti Dave received the EECS 2016 Faculty Service award. Assistant Professors Gongguo Tang and Hua Wang received the EECS 2016 Junior Faculty Research Awards. Associate Professor Kathryn Johnson received the EECS 2016 Senior Research Award. The awards were presented at the EECS Alumni Event on May 11, 2016 at the Starzer Welcome Center. More photos from the event can be found here.


Michael Wakin (EECS) was Lead Guest Editor for a special issue of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, published in June 2016. The theme of the issue was "Structured Matrices in Signal and Data Processing," which received 92 submissions for the 16 papers included.
Kevin Moore (CECS Dean) served as a panelist at the US News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference panel on diversity in Engineering on May 25, 2016, in San Diego, California.


Ali Mortezaei, Electrical Engineering PhD candidate and advisee of  Marcelo Simões, Wendy Belcher, Computer Science PhD candidate and advisee of Tracy Camp, and Moein Choobineh, Electrical Engineering PhD candidate and advisee of Salman Mohagheghi, were awarded the EECS 2016 Outstanding Research Awards for graduate students.


CECS Dean Kevin Moore was quoted in the US News story, "Building Diversity in Engineering."


Thirty-nine interdisciplinary teams presented their yearlong capstone projects at CECS' annual Trade Fair. The first place winning team was MINESat, a team of six electrical engineering, six mechanical engineering, and two engineering physics students who worked under the direction of the Antennas and Wireless Communications (AWC) Group in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Department. Team members included: David Hodge, Emma Watson, Evan Stoelzel, Garrett Dietz, John Hong, Kelton Lightfoot, Logan Knowles, Richard Uhrie, Sean Garneau, Shannon Bradley, Steven Mohan, and Tyler Croteau. Their faculty advisor was Dr. Payam Nayeri, with Dr. Atef Elsherbeni and Dr. Ozkan Celik as consultants and Dr. Randy Haupt as their client.

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Left to right: Ryan Patton, Josh Nelson, Kevin Lannan, Emma Watson, Ben Holland, and Briana Farris

The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) celebrated the grand opening of “The Outlet,” a student-run lab where students can work on personal projects, finish lab experiments outside of class, or meet to work on group assignments.

Alan Barsophy, chief technical officer for ArcelorMittal USA, did the official ribbon cutting on April 27, 2016, to welcome students to their new lab space in Brown 146. ArcelorMittal was a significant donor in the creation of the lab, with Rohde & Schwarz and Ricoh also donating equipment. Dr. Stephanie Claussen, Dr. Marcelo Simoes, and other EECS faculty worked with students from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Mines student chapter for more than a year to make the lab a reality.

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The Rocky Mountain Chapter of IEEE hosted a retirement celebration for EECS Teaching Professor Ravel Ammerman. Former students, colleagues and peers shared stories of Professor Ammerman's impact on their lives, the field of power systems, and the teaching of electrical engineering.


Associate Professor Marcelo Godoy Simoes (EECS) was profiled in the March 2016 issue of the IEEE Industrial Electronics MagazinePDF versionText only version for his elevation to IEEE fellow.


EECS Associate Professor Kathryn Johnson, who also holds a joint appointment as a scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), was one of six researchers who received a $3.56 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) to develop a low-cost-of-energy 50-MW turbine. The small-scale design will produce more than six times the power output of the largest current turbines, be longer than two football fields and have blades that resemble a palm tree.

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Professor Atef Elsherbeni, Dobelman Chair and interim head of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, has co-edited an anthology, Advanced Computational Electromagnetic Methods and Applications, as well as co-authored the chapter, “High-Order FDTD Methods.” A second edition of Elsherbeni's previous book, The Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method for Electromagnetics with MATLAB® Simulations, has just been published by SciTech Publishing.  

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Jeffrey Stephens and Adam Schrek (not pictured), EECS undergraduates, were selected as 2015-2016 PES Scholarship Plus Scholars by the IEEE Power & Energy Society. A total of seven Mines students have received the scholarship since its inception four years ago.


Michael Wakin (EECS) co-authored "Signal Processing with Compressive Measurements," which was selected for the 2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society (SPS) Best Paper Award. The award will be presented at the ICASSP 2016 conference in Shanghai.
At the Fall Commencement, Ravel Ammermann (EECS) was named Emeritus Teaching Professor, while John Steele (ME) and Ron Cohen (CEE) were named Emeritus Associate Professors.



Two EECS faculty members were recently named 2015 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Fellows.

Tracy Camp, Professor of Computer Science, was named with the citation "for contributions to wireless networking." Dr. Camp is now one of only seven women in the networking/communication field that are both ACM and IEEE Fellows.

Marcelo Simoes, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, was named with the citation "for applications of artificial intelligence in control power electronics systems."

The IEEE is the largest professional association for the advancement of technology. Its core purpose, according to the association’s website, is to “foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.” The IEEE Fellow is a distinction reserved for those with extraordinary accomplishments in technological fields, and is confirmed by the IEEE Board of Directors. 

Only 0.1 percent of the world-wide IEEE membership is elevated to Fellow annually. The EECS Department at Mines now has five IEEE Fellows: Camp, Simoes, as well as Professors Atef Elsherbeni, Randy Haupt, and P.K. Sen.


EECS students Jessica Gillan, Jade Irizarry-Swordy, and Krista Horn (pictured with HackPrinceton organizers above) won second place in the Hardware category and the KPCB Build For Good Award as Team PowerGrab at HackPrinceton.

The competition brought together over 600 of the nation's most promising developers and designers to create software and hardware projects. The three EECS seniors built a DC power supply to harvest the free vibration energy give off by a Pebble watch in an attempt to feed it back into the device to charge itself. Even more impressive, Gillan, Irizarry-Swordy, and Horn competed on their own initiative and not as part of a team or class. Prof. Marcelo Simoes advised them on the design and assembly of their hand held induction charger. Bravo from all of us at CECS!


Members of the Mines CubeSat Senior Design Team presented a poster at the 2015 AIAA Rocky Mountain Section Annual Technical Symposium. From right to left: Steve Mohan (Project manager, ME senior), Nick Smith (Eng. Physics junior). Their faculty advisor is EECS Assistant Professor Payam Nayeri.


Marcelo Godoy Simoes (EECS), Michael Wakin (EECS), and several students attended the IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting on October 18 - 22, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. They presented their research in the following four sessions:
  1. A.S.Bu-Bshait, M.Godoy Simões, A.Mortezaei,T.D.C. Busarello: "Power quality achievement using grid-connected converter of wind turbine system."
  2. M. Babakmehr, M.Godoy Simões, M.Wakin, A.Al-Durra, F.Harirchi: "Smart grid topology identification using sparse recovery."
  3. F. Harirchi, M. Godoy Simões, M. Babakmehr, A.Al-Durra, S. M. Muyeen: "Designing smart inverter with unified controller and smooth transition between grid-connected and islanding modes for microgrid application."
  4. A. Mortezaei, M. Godoy Simões, A.S. Bu-Bshait , T.D.C. Busarello, F.P. Marafão, A. Al- Durra: "Multifunctional control strategy for asymmetrical cascaded H-bridge inverter in microgrid applications."

Marcelo Godoy Simoes (EECS) will be presenting "Selective Operation of 3-level NPC Inverter Based on Synchronous Reference Frame Method Supplying Nonlinear Loads in Microgrid System," co-written with Ali Mortezaei, Ahmed Al-Durra and S.M. Muyeen, at the 41st Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society on Nov. 10, 2015 in Yokohama, Japan.


Stephanie Claussen (EECS), and two undergraduate leaders from the Grand Challenges Learning Community, Corey Brugh and Mallory Britz, attended the Global Grand Challenges Summit on September 15-16 in Beijing, China.

The summit was an invitation-only event, sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and the Royal Academy of Engineering, focused on themes from the NAE Grand Challenges, such as sustainability, energy, and infrastructure.


Michael Wakin (EECS) gave an invited talk, titled "Stable Embeddings of Manifold Models: Dimensionality Reduction for Signals and Systems," at the Distinguished Speaker Series in Data Science on September 16, 2015, at Washington State University.


Undergraduate Briana Farris (ME and EE) was awarded the American Gas Associations Scholarship, which acknowledges students with excellent leadership and communication skills.


Mahadevan Ganesh (EECS & AMS) is one of three invited speakers at the Italian Dolomite Research Week on Approximation (DRWA15) on September 7, 2015. His presentation is titled "Constructive Non-polynomial Approximations of Spherical Functions: Algorithm, Analysis, Fast Evaluation and Application." Ganesh is also giving a talk at the 2015 High Dimensional Approximation (HDA2015) on September 17, 2015 at the University of Bonn, Germany.

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