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The Electrical & Computer Engineering Department proudly presents its weekly seminar series, featuring specialists from industry, community, and campus. Our seminar is free and open to the public.  The new season of ECE Seminar begins Wednesday, September 5.  Join us Wednesdays at 10:30 AM in the RUCH building, room 103.

Seminar Calendar


Fall 2017 Seminar Lineup

August 23, 2017

No seminar is planned during the first week of classes.

August 30, 2017

Professor Yantian Hou of Boise State University’s Department of Computer Science will launch a new season of ECE seminar with a presentation on Coexistence and Security Issues in Wireless Networks.

September 6, 2017

This week, Professor Ray T. Chen joins us from the University of Texas at Austin for a special presentation on Integrated Photonics for Optical Sensing, Interconnects, and Computing.

September 13, 2017

Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering doctoral candidate, Tony Valayil Verghese will present on Additive Manufacturing of Low Cost Flexible Thermoelectric Generators for Wearable Applications.

September 20, 2017

Join us to hear Steven Howell from ON Semiconductor discuss Image Sensors.

September 27, 2017

Don’t miss Purdue University Professor Allen Garner presentation on Microplasmas and Plasma Medicine.

October 4, 2017

Join us to hear our own ECE Ph.D. Candidate Sepideh Rastegar talk about Design, Fabrication, and Testing of Neuronal Microelectrode Arrays for Recording Human Neuron Activity.

October 11, 2017

Meyya Meyyappan from NASA’s Ames Research Center will present on Ames research of Printable Electronics and Nanoelectronics.

October 18, 2017

Don’t miss a special seminar presentation from Professor Mahmood Mamivand of the Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering department to learn more about Materials Design at Mesoscale.

October 25, 2017

Join us to hear ECE PhD Candidate Ahmed Kausar present on Smart Beam-forming Antenna.

November 1, 2017

No seminar is planned this week. Take the time to finish up projects instead!

November 8, 2017

Dr. Matthew Johnston from Oregon State University will present on Silicon Integrated Circuit, Sensor, and System Approaches for Lab-on-CMOS Applications.

November 15, 2017

Join us to hear ECE PhD Candidate Mojtaba Ahmadi Almasi present on Reconfigurable Antennas in mmWave MIMO Systems.

November 22, 2017

No seminar is scheduled during Thanksgiving break.  Enjoy the holiday!

November 29, 2017

This week, learn about nuclear power from Dario Bollacasa.  Also, join us to see Chis Calderwood, Robert Martin, and Nathan King recognized as IEEE Power and Engineering Society scholars. 

December 6, 2017

Join us to hear a presentation by Patrick Highsmith from Pure Energy Minerals Ltd on Lithium Batteries.

December 13, 2017

No seminar is planned during final exams.  Good luck all!  Join us again in January for a new season of ECE seminar.

Spring 2017 Seminar Lineup

January 11, 2017

No seminar is planned during the first week of classes.

January 18, 2017

Professor Terry Gilton of Boise State University’s Department of Chemistry will launch a new season of ECE seminar with his talk on Spoof-Proof Fingerprint Sensors.

January 25, 2017

This week, Professor Todd Hastings joins us from the University of Kentucky for a special presentation, An Optical Intraocular Pressure Monitoring System for Improved Glaucoma Management.

February 1, 2017

Don’t miss our own Dr. Elisa Barney Smith when she presents on the Intersection between Document Image Processing and Digital Humanities Projects.

February 8, 2017

Join us to hear Dr. Matthew King from Boise State’s Department of Chemistry discuss Terahertz and Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy for Materials Analysis and Imaging.

February 15, 2017

This week’s seminar will be held in a different location.  ECE doctoral candidate Marcus Pearlman will be presenting his dissertation Simulation of a Crossed-Field Amplifier Using a Modulated Distributed Cathode at 11:00 AM in MEC 301.

February 22, 2017

Join us for a special presentation from Dr. Benjamin Johnson, Visiting Researcher at UC Berkeley and Engineering Director at Cortera Neurotechnologies. Johnson will discuss Advances in Bioelectronic Medicine at 10:30 AM in MEC 114.

February 24, 2017

Bonus Seminar Friday!  Muhammad Kamran Latif will defend his thesis  on the Hardware Realization of a Residential Static VAR Compensator at 10:30 AM in MEC 114.

March 1, 2017

This week’s seminar features Dr. Yiyan Li from UC Irvine.  Join us at 10:30 Wednesday to learn more about Intelligent Microfluidic Sensors and Actuators for the Detection of Single Antimicrobial Resistant Bacterium.

March 6, 2017

Catch this special edition of ECE Seminar Monday, March 6 at 9:15 AM in ENGR 103.  Dr. Xueqing Li, ECE researcher from Penn State, will discuss Energy Efficient Computing Enabled by Emerging Devices, Circuits, and Architectures.

March 13, 2017

Special Bonus Seminar Monday! ECE PhD Candidate Fady Hussein will defend his dissertation HexArray: A Novel Self-Reconfigurable Hardware System at 1:30 PM in MEC 201.

March 15, 2017

Seth Bank, Temple Foundation Endowed Faculty Fellow and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin will discuss New Materials for Photonics in the Mid-Infrared: From Lasers and Detectors to Plasmonics and Metamaterials in this week’s seminar.

March 22, 2017

No seminar is scheduled during Spring break.  Join us again next week.

March 29, 2017

Join us to hear Dr. L. Jay Guo from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in this week’s seminar when he presents Photonics for Energy Applications and Associated Roll-to-Roll Nanomanufacturing Technologies.

April 5, 2017

Notre Dame professor Alan Seabaugh explains Why Ferroelectrics and 2D Semiconductors are on the Electron Device Horizon in today’s seminar.

April 7, 2017

Special bonus seminar today!  Join us to hear ECE PhD Candidate Jun Guo present his dissertation on Secrecy Constrained Distributed Inference in Wireless Sensor Networks Friday at 2:30 PM in the Micron Engineering Center, room 114.

April 12, 2017

Boise State Alum and professor of electrical engineering at Eastern Washington University, Dr. Uri Rogers will present an invited talk on molecular communication.

April 19, 2017

No seminar is planned this week.  Take the time to finish up projects instead!

April 26, 2017

No seminar is planned during dead week.  Study hard for your finals instead!

May 3, 2017

No seminar is planned during final exams.  Good luck all!  Join us again in August for a new season of ECE seminar.

Fall 2016 Seminar Lineup

August 24:  No seminar is planned during the first week of classes.  Instead, students and faculty are encouraged to participate in orientation and other welcome activities.

  • ECE Graduate Student Meeting:  9:30 AM in ERB 1127

August 31:  Rich Chaney of American Semiconductor will present an invited talk on flexible electronics at 10:30 AM in MEC 106.

September 7: No seminar is planned during the week of Labor Day.  Rest up!

September 14: Oregon State University professor Alan Wang will discuss nanophotonics, silicon photonics, and plasmonics in the September 14 seminar, scheduled for 10:30 AM in MEC 106.

September 21: Devinder Saini of Fiberguide Industries to present on fiber optic sensors at 10:30 AM in MEC 106.

September 28: Micron Technology  researcher Aaron Wilson will discuss microfabrication and plasma in his talk, scheduled for 10:30 AM in MEC 106.

October 5: Mengwei Campbell, Senior Manager of Motor Control and Software at Faraday Future, Inc. will present an invited talk on electrical vehicles and controls systems at 10:30 AM in MEC 106.

October 12: Dr. Pramod Varshney, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Syracuse University, will discuss signal processing at 10:30 AM in MEC 106.

October 19: No seminar is scheduled for this midterm week.  Take the time to study for your exams and join us again next week!

October 26: Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis Dr. Jong Ryu is scheduled to present an invited talk on flexible electronics at 10:30 AM in MEC 106.

November 2: Tom Anderson,  manager for Idaho National Laboratory’s Cyber Security Research and Development Department, presents on cyber security and embedded systems at 10:30 AM in MEC 106.

November 9: Assistant Professor Department of Electrical Engineering at Arizona State, Dr. Hugh Barnaby to discuss nonvolatile nanoionic memory and IC solutions in this week’s seminar, scheduled for 10:30 AM in MEC 106.

November 16: This week’s seminar has been cancelled.  Don’t worry though…you can still feed your brain interesting engineering tech news by visiting the IEEE Spectrum news board

November 23: No seminar is scheduled during Thanksgiving break.  Enjoy the holiday!

November 30:  In this last seminar of the semester, Director of Infinera’s Advanced Development Optical Integrated Components Group Gloria Hoefler is scheduled to present on integrated optics, semiconductor optical devices, and optical networking.  Join us at 10:30 AM in MEC 106.

Spring 2016 Seminar Lineup

January 22, 2016:  Special guests from the Electron Devices Division of L3 Communications, Dr. Carter Armstrong (VP of Engineering) and Dr. Michael Worthington (Senior Scientist and Engineering Manager of Crossed Field Devices) to present on vacuum electron devices at noon in ENGR 103.

January 29, 2016:  This week, we team up with the Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering Department to present Boise State Psychology Professor Eric Landrum.  His talk, The Science of Learning will feature key principles from science of learning literature and a wide range of evidence-based instructional practices.

February 5, 2016:  Laurian Dinca, Distinguished Technologist at Hewlett-Packard, reflects on the complicated ecosystems of hardware and software in his talk Quality and Reliability in a Complex World.  Join us at noon in ENGR 103.

February 12, 2016:  Ryan Gray, founder of Boise-based product engineering firm SGW Designworks, and Embedded Systems Lead Tom Jenson to present on the evolution of product development methodologies at noon in ENGR 103.

February 19, 2016: Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Oregon State University Dr. John Conley to discuss Enhancing Metal/Insulator/Metal (MIM) Tunnel Diodes and Capacitors with Atomic Layer Deposited (ALD) Nanolaminate Insulators in his invited talk at noon in ENGR 103.

February 26, 2016:  Dr. Uwe Reischl, Professor of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University will be presenting The Science of Clothing: Sweat Evaporation from Fabrics in an invited talk at noon in ENGR 103.

March 4, 2016: Dr. Berardi Sensale Rodriguez, a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Utah, will be presenting an invited talk, Enabling High Speed and Terahertz Electronics with Atom-Thick Materials at noon in ENGR 103.

March 11, 2016:  University of Wisconsin Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Dr. Nader Behdad will be presenting an invited talk, Affordable Phased-Array Antenna Technology Exploiting Reconfigurable Metamaterials, at noon in ENGR 103.

March 18, 2016:  Braham Himed, technical advisor for the Air Force Research Laboratory, will discuss recent developments in active/passive MIMO radar at noon in ENGR 103.

April 8, 2016: Dr. Nirmala Kandadai, a laser scientist at National Energetics, will be presenting an invited talk, Towards Rep-Rated High Power Lasers and Table-Top Soft X-Rays at noon in ENGR 103.

April 15, 2016:  No seminar today.  Instead, plan to attend WMED, which runs all day in the Jordan and Simplot Ballrooms at the Boise State Student Union Building.

April 22, 2016:  Boise State professors Elisa Barney Smith (ECE) and Megan Frary (MSE) to discuss the Nuts and Bolts of Flipping the Engineering Classroom at noon in ENGR 103.

April 29, 2016: Boise State University professor of Computer Science Gaby Dagher will be presenting an invited talk, Cybersecurity and Privacy-Preserving Data Integration, at noon in ENGR 103.

Fall 2015 Seminar Lineup

September 4, 2015:  Dan Isla, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Boise State Student to NASA Engineer

September 11, 2015:  Ron Oberleitner, Behavior Imaging Solutions

Health Technology to Transform the Diagnosis and Treatment of Autism and Other Health Conditions: How Idaho Can Lead the World in an Exciting New Industry

September 18, 2015:  Dianxiang Xu, Boise State Computer Science Department

Statistical Fault Diagnosis of Access Control Policies

September 25, 2015: S. Downs, Aerospace Engineer — NOTE SPECIAL TIME: 12:30 PM

The Future of Aerospace Engineering

October 2, 2015:  Pat Sewall, Entrepreneur

Big Corp or Start Up: What do you want to do when you grow-up?

October 9, 2015:  Bernard Yurke, Boise State Materials Science Department

What’s exciting about Frenkel excitons?

October 16, 2015:  Beth Brin, Albertson’s Library

Library Services & Resources, Author Metrics and MORE!

October 23, 2015:  Mark Shaw, Hewlett-Packard

Color and Imaging Science in Embedded Systems

October 30, 2015: Dr. Yanliang Zhang, Boise State Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering Department

Thermoelectric Energy Conversion- Materials, Devices and Applications

November 6, 2015:  Dr. Arvin Farid, Boise State Civil Engineering Department

Electromagnetic Waves for Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Applications

November 13, 2015:  Punit Boolchand, University of Cincinnati

Super-Strong Melts, Reversibility Windows, Topological Phases and Physics of Network Glasses

November 20, 2015:  Vikram Patel, ECE Graduate Student

Kickstarting EQLEDS

December 4, 2015:  Kip Sikes, IEEE Sight Program

Advancing Technology for Humanity – “Engineering is not Enough”