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EECS Ph.D. student Wins 2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad

Photo of EE Ph.D. student Can HuangElectrical Engineering Ph.D. student Can Huang has received the 2015 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad ($6000).  This award was established to encourage research excellence and to recognize the achievement among Chinese students abroad. It is granted across all fields of study and was presented to only 500 out of 460,000 Chinese oversea students all over the world in 2015. The final winners were selected by a review committee organized by China’s Ministry of Education.

Two CS Students Awarded Fellowships

Congratulations to two of our EECS students who have recently been awarded fellowships!

Austin McEver has been awarded a URS Engineering Study Abroad Fellowship in the amount of $1,500. This award will go toward his Fall, 2016 studies in Computer Science at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Rachel Offutt has also been awarded a URS Engineering Study Abroad Fellowship in the amount of $1,500. This award will go toward her Fall, 2016 studies in Computer Science at University College, Dublin, Ireland.

Best of luck in Australia and Ireland this fall!

Sun Receives NSF Award

Dr. Kai Sun, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award for his proposal, “Integrated Research and Education in Nonlinear Modal Decoupling and Control for Resilient Interconnected Power Systems.”

Photo of Dr. Kai Sun

The award will provide $500,000 over a five-year period for Dr. Sun to establish a new methodology for power system stability analysis and control based on understanding, decoupling and control of nonlinear modal dynamics. The outcomes of the project are expected to create broad impacts on both the power industry and the research community in interconnected power systems and other networked dynamic systems.

Liu Elected Member of National Academy of Engineering

Yilu Liu, the joint UT–Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for Electric Power Grids, has been named a newly elected member of the National Academy of Engineering.

YiluLiuBeing elected to the academy is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Lui was elected “for her innovations in electric power grid monitoring, situational awareness, and dynamic modeling,” according to the NAE. She is one of thirty-four American university professors from the group of eighty engineers chosen from across the United States.

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Birdwell Third at UT Named to National Academy of Inventors

A lifetime of innovation in areas related to computing and processing has led to UT’s Doug Birdwell being named as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Photo of Dr. J. Douglas Birdwell

Birdwell, a professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is the third person from UT to be so honored. Previously named fellows include Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Taylor Eighmy and John Fisher Distinguished Professor Mark Dean.

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