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Henry Birge-Lee's project protects against internet threat

Princeton Undergraduate Henry Birge-Lee is part of a research team that has pioneered a protection against potential cyberattacks that a major internet security firm has already begun rolling out.  The project focuses on “digital certificates.” In their project, Birge-Lee and colleagues demonstrated a new and harder-to-detect form of this subterfuge; and then they demonstrated new countermeasures to protect against it. 

Mittal and Chiang win funding from IP Accelerator Fund

EE Prof. Prateek Mittal and Prof. Mung Chiang (Dean of the College of Engineering, Perdue University) have won funding from the Intellectual Property Accelerator Fund for their proposal entitled, " ProCMotive: Bringing Programmability and Connectivity into Isolated Vehicles ".

M.A. Mueed awarded the 2018 Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award in Experimental Condensed Matter or Materials Physics

M.A. Mueed, a former PhD student of Prof. Mansour Shayegan, has been awarded the 2018 Richard L. Greene Dissertation Award in Experimental Condensed Matter or Materials Physics, recognizing doctoral thesis research of exceptional quality and importance in experimental condensed matter or experimental materials physics.

Mittal awarded 2017 IBM Faculty Award

Prof. Prateek Mittal has been awarded the 2017 IBM Faculty Award for his research on privacy-enhancing technologies.

Chandrakanth Reddy Chappidi receives the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Pre-doctoral Achievement Award

EE Graduate Student Chandrakanth Reddy Chappidi was awarded the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Pre-doctoral Achievement award for 2017-18 for his work on network synthesis approach to reconfigurable wireless front-ends.

Biosensor Chip developed by Sengupta Featured in Celebrate Princeton Invention

Low-cost silicon-based biosensor chip for medical diagnostics has been developed by Prof. Kaushik Sengupta and his team.  It has been featured among eight inventions for this year’s Celebrate Princeton Invention.

Three Graduate Students received Yan Huo *94 Fellowship

Three graduate students have been awarded the Yan Huo *94 Graduate Fellowship in Electrical Engineering: Yushan Liu, advised by Prateek Mittal, Prashanth Venkataram, advised by Alejandro Rodriguez, and Ross Kerner, advised by Barry Rand.  The fellowship is for the 2017 - 2018 academic year and is used to support post-general exam PhD students.

Hanley ‘18 was named Sachs Scholar at Oxford’s Worcester College

EE Senior Hans Hanley ’18 was named Sachs Scholar at Oxford’s Worcester College.

Prucnal named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Prof. Paul Prucnal has been named a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Poor elected as Foreign Member of CAS

Prof. Vincent Poor has been elected as Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for his scientific achievements and contributions to the promotion of the development of science and technology in China.

Sengupta awarded 2017 Bell Labs Prize

Prof. Kaushik Sengupta was awarded the 2017 Bell Labs Prize for his invention of a radical new transceiver chip technology that could power a truly universal software-defined reconfigurable radio.  More details can be found here.

Thompson receives Young Investigator Program award

Prof. Jeff Thompson has received a Young Investigator Program (YIP) award from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for his proposal "Scalable Quantum Networks and Devices using Erbium Ions Integrated with Silicon Nanophotonics". 

Ross Kerner selected as 2018 Siebel Scholar in Energy Science

EE Graduate Student Ross Kerner has been selected as a 2018 Siebel Scholar in energy science.

Phones vulnerable to location tracking even when GPS services off

Princeton researchers (Prof. Prateek Mittal, Prof. Niraj Jha, EE Grad Students Arsalan Mosenia and Xiaoliang Dai) have found that smartphone data can be used to track users even when the phone’s GPS is off. 

Liu receives 2018 IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal

Prof. Bede Liu is the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Jack S. Kilby Signal Processing Medal “for sustained contributions to the analysis and the development of low-complexity realizations of digital signal processing algorithms".

Breakthrough could launch organic electronics beyond cellphone screens

An international team of researchers including Princeton (Prof. Antoine Kahn, graduate students Xin Lin, Kyung Min Lee, Michael A. Fusella, and Fengyu Zhang) have used ultraviolet light to split molecules that had been added to a semiconductor. The reaction involves transferring an electron from the added molecule to the semiconductor. This process, called doping, results in a surprisingly stable structure and improves the conductivity of the semiconductor dramatically. The discovery points the way to more widespread use of an advanced technology generally known as organic electronics.

Martonosi and Lyon awarded 2017 ACM SenSys Test of Time award

Prof. Margaret Martonosi (CS) and Prof. Steve Lyon (EE) along with EE PhD alums Pei Zhang and Chris Sadler were awarded the 2017 ACM SenSys Test of Time award for their 2004 paper entitled “Hardware Design Experiences in ZebraNet”. 

Wagner receives David Turnbull Lectureship Award

Emeritus Prof. Sigurd Wagner is the recipient the David Turnbull Lectureship Award.  He is honored “for groundbreaking contributions to the science and technology of thin film photovoltaics, amorphous silicon and flexible large-area electronics.”

Old phones get new life in high-powered computer servers

Prof. David Wentzlaff and graduate student Mohammad Shahrad demonstrated that it is possible to build servers out of ranks of old smartphones.