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  • ECE Faculty Activity Highlights 

    Last Updated: February 8, 2013

    Paper presentation at the 2013 Symposium on Defense and Security (April 29, 2013 – May 3, 2013):  Dr. Ram Sundaram, associate professor, will present the paper entitled “Regularization in Radio Tomographic Imaging” at the 2013 Symposium on Defense and Security to be held in Baltimore, MD from April 29, 2013 through May 3, 2013. This paper is based on research work supported by the 2012 Air Force Summer Fellowship (awarded to Dr. Sundaram by the American Society for Engineering Education or ASEE) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WP-AFB), Dayton, OH. The co-authors of this paper are Dr. Richard Martin, ECE faculty, Air Force Institute of Technology, WP-AFB, Dayton, OH and Dr. Christopher Anderson, ECE faculty, The U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.

    November 2012 - PSGC/NASA grant awarded: Dr. Wookwon Lee, associate professor, received a NASA-funded Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) grant for his High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) project. In this project, a group of ECE undergraduate students will design a HASP payload (GU-HARD-PL03) to detect the arrival rates and distribution of cosmic rays, and travel to NASA's Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility (CSBF) located in Palestine, TX, in late July 2013 to integrate the payload for a HASP launch scheduled in early September 2013. In addition to Dr. Lee, this project is co-supervised by physics professor Dr. Nick Conklin and ECE professor Don MacKellar.

    November 2012 - Intelligent Control and Automation: Dr. Qing Zheng, assistant professor, published a paper entitled, “Intelligent Process Fault Diagnosis for Nonlinear Systems with Uncertain Plant Model via Extended State Observer and Soft Computing” in Intelligent Control and Automation, vol. 3, pp. 346-355. The paper is co-authored by Dr. Paul P. Lin and Dr. Zhiqiang Gao at Cleveland State University, and Dr. Dapeng Ye at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University.

    October 2012 - IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting: Dr. Qing Zheng, assistant professor, presented a paper entitled, “Reduced-Order Active Disturbance Rejection Control for Multivariable Chemical Processes” at the 2012 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas, NV, October 7-11, 2012. 

     Sept. 2012 - The 2012 ASEE Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship: Dr. Ramakrishnan Sundaram, associate professor,  was awarded a 2012 Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Sundaram conducted research on signal and image processing at one of the United States Air Force (USAF) facilities during the summer of 2012.

    August 2012 - The 2012 HASP Payload Integration at CSBF: Dr. Wookwon Lee, associate professor, recently visited NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility from July 29 to Aug. 4, 2012, along with Physics professor Dr. Nick Conklin and an ECE undergraduate student, Aaron Neiman, for integration of Gannon’s experimental payload onto the High Altitude Student Platform . Gannon’s payload was designed by an interdisciplinary team of two faculty members from ECE and the physics department, and ECE undergraduate students to detect arrivals of cosmic rays and collect data during the HASP flight at an altitude of 130,000 ft. in near space. 

    August 2012 - US DOE-Sponsored Nationwide Consortium of Universities: Dr. Lin Zhao, assistant professor, attended a U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE)-sponsored workshop held in Minneapolis, MN, August 6-7.  The ECE department  is an active member of the Nationwide Consortium of Universities for revitalization of electric power engineering education by state-of-the-art laboratories sponsored by DOE.

    August 2012 - Consortium of Universities for Sustainable Power (CUSP™): The ECE department shared its Opal-RT based Electrical Drives lab activities with all the consortium members in a recent workshop. These lab activities were re-developed at Gannon based on related initial work by Dr. Mohan from University of Minnesota. The ECE department  is an active member of CUSP™ funded by various organizations including NSF, Office of Naval Research (ONR), NASA and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).  

    July 2012 - The 2012 ECE Summer Camp: The ECE department recently organized and successfully completed a 3 and a half-day 2012 Summer Camp program with 13 participants from high schools in the Northwest PA region. The summer camp program was for college-bound high school juniors and seniors and  provided various lab-based, hands-on project experiences to the participants. One of the project activities, High-Altitude Balloon Assembly and Launch, appeared on two local TV stations during the 6 o’clock news broadcasts.

    July 2012 - World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation: Dr. Qing Zheng, assistant professor, organized an invited session entitled “Disturbance Rejection: Formulation, Methodology, and Applications,” and presented a paper entitled, “An Energy Saving, Factory-Validated Disturbance Decoupling Control Design for Extrusion Processes” at the 10th World Congress on Intelligent Control and Automation held in Beijing, July 6-8. The paper is co-authored by Dr. Zhiqiang Gao of Cleveland State University.

    July 2012 – The MSV’12 and ESA’12 Conferences: Dr. Yong-kyu Jung, assistant professor, presented a paper entitled “Design of a Real-Time Simulator for an Electric Vehicle” in the 2012 International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Methods (MSV'12). The paper was co-authored by ECE graduate student, Troy Silloway, Professor Donald MacKellar, and Dr. Fong Mak.  Dr. Jung also presented another paper, entitled “Motion Recognition-Based Emergency Alarm System” at the 2012 International Conference on Embedded Systems and Applications (ESA'12). This paper was co-authored by ECE graduate student Jishnu Sasi and Dr. Ramakrishnan Sundaram. Both conferences were held in Las Vegas, NV, July 16-19.

    June 2012 - The 2012 NAFSA Conference: Dr. Mehmet Cultu, Professor,  recently attended the 2012 National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) Conference held in Houston, TX, May 20-28, 2012.

    June 2012 – IU5 Upward Bound Summer Camp: Dr. Lin Zhao, Assistant Professor, delivered lab-based ECE classes for the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit's (IU5) Upward Bound Summer Camp. Twenty-one (21) high school students from the IU5 region attended this six-week camp. The campers participated in lab-based hands-on projects to learn about how to harvest and convert wind and solar energy into electricity. They also learned how to build an emergency battery from lemon juice. The IU5 Upward Bound Summer Camp program promotes student interest in STEM fields.

     June 2012 – Electrostatics Society of America Annual Conference Dr. Lin Zhao, assistant professor, presented a paper entitled “Automatic Remote Control and Data Acquisition for Experimental Study of EHD Lifters” at the 2012 Annual Conference of Electrostatics Society of America, June 12-14 held in Cambridge, ON, Canada. Dr. Zhao also chaired one technical session of the conference. This paper is co-authored by Tech-Meng Liaw, lab manager of the ECE department. Three senior design undergraduate students also worked on the project.

     May 2012 - International Society of Automation Transactions: Dr. Qing Zheng, assistant professor, published a paper entitled “A Novel Practical Control Approach for Rate Independent Hysteretic Systems” in International Society of Automation Transactions, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 477-484. The paper was co-authored by Dr. Frank Goforth of Georgia Southern University and Dr. Zhiqiang Gao of Cleveland State University.

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