Kraus Memorial ECE Graduate Student Poster Competition - 2021

Kraus 2021

John D. and Alice Nelson Kraus Memorial ECE Graduate Student Poster Competition - 2021


Once again, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering is organizing The Annual John D. and Alice Nelson Kraus Memorial ECE Graduate Student Poster Competition. This year the event remains a virtual competition. Abstract submissions are solicited from graduate students in ECE at The Ohio State University. Accepted abstracts are invited for poster/oral presentation competition. Presentations are evaluated by experts, and awards are presented to the top three (3) posters.

Competition Guidelines

Who may apply to compete: Any current ECE graduate student. Each student may enter only one abstract for consideration. Faculty or any researcher may serve as advisor on more than one submitted abstract; however, only one submitted abstract per faculty or researcher is chosen to compete.

Abstract submission is NOW OPEN.  Please send your abstracts to Beth Bucher ( and copy Qudsia Tahmina ( The maximum length of a submission is two pages (including figures).  Abstracts are reviewed by a committee, and accepted submissions are invited to compete.

Judging:  Best posters are identified by assigned reviewers during the event based on poster organization, oral presentation, research achievement, and overall recommendation. 

Prizes:  Top winners will receive place medals and prizes of $500 (1st), $300 (2nd), and $100 (3rd).

Agenda: The poster competition is virtual this year. Posters are submitted in a video format and judges are reviewing the recorded video presentations. More information on poster and video presentation submission will be sent with the acceptance notifications when the abstracts are selected to compete.

Important dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, June 21st, 2021
Abstract Review Begins: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021
Acceptance Notification:  Thursday, July 8th, 2021
Poster/video submission deadline:  Monday, July 26th, 2021
Competition (Virtual Judging):  Monday, August 2nd – Friday, August 13th, 2021
Awards notification: Tuesday, August 17th, 2021
Orientation: Thursday, August 19th, 2021

Professor Emeritus John D. Kraus received his Bachelor of Science degree (1930), Master of Science degree (1931) and Ph.D. (1934) from the University of Michigan. While in college, Kraus became fascinated with the then-recent discoveries of radio noise from space and the potential to use radio waves to “see” the universe. While in school, he also developed innovative antennas like the “W8JK flat topbeam” and the “corner reflector.”
       After serving in World War II as a civilian scientist with the navy and working on radar countermeasures at Harvard’s Radio Research Laboratory, Kraus spent his entire career at Ohio State. One of Kraus’s many successes was the development of the “Big Ear Radio Observatory” and its involvement in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). He designed and directed the construction of the Big Ear radio telescope, which discovered some of the most distant known objects at the edge of the universe and conducted sky surveys mapping the radio stars. He also is well-known for inventing the helical antenna, a corkscrew-shaped antenna used in global positioning satellites.