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Magazine focuses on speed of sensor developments

The College of Engineering’s latest edition of Research News in Engineering focuses on how College researches keep pace with the breakneck speed of sensor developments. Electrical and computer engineering faculty, researchers and labs are highly involved in sensor research and their work has been featured in several articles in this issue, including:

  • Sensor Savvy: Interim Associate Dean for Research Randy Moses discusses Ohio State’s activity in all aspects of sensor and sensor system engineering.
  • A Growing Sense of Accomplishment: Highlights how College of Engineering researchers keep pace with the breakneck speed of sensor developments.
  • Supercomputer Improves Calculation of Ocean Levels: Discusses how Prof. Joel Johnson and his collaborators use powerful supercomputers to further refine satellite measurements of the surface height of the world’s oceans.
  • Are We There Yet: Highlights Prof. Ümit Özgüner’s work to accelerate the progress and safety of autonomous driving.
  • Third Frontier Funding Expands Power Electronics Development: Prof. Longya Xu is working to establish a new research center at Ohio State’s College of Engineering that will focus on the commercialization of semiconductors for electrical power handling in the military and civil aircraft industry. The Ohio Third Frontier commission recently awarded the College of Engineering a $3 million grant to establish the Center for High Performance Power Electronics.
  • Control Systems Guide Hypersonic Jets: Andrea Serrani, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Lisa Fiorentini, ’10 PhD, ECE  are developing software to control unmanned, hypersonic jets by adapting to changing conditions during flight.
  • ESL, Industry, Government Partner on Expansion: The new Wireless Communication/Radio Frequency Research Building is slated to open in early 2011. The new 40,580 square foot building will will provide modern work and collaboration space for faculty, researchers, staff and students, as well as provide rentable laboratory space for established and start-up companies.
  • Professor’s Fascination with Electronics Leads to Pursuit of Smarter Sensors: Profiles John Volakis, director of the ElectroScience Laboratory and professor of electrical and computer engineering.

This issue also includes The Road to Excellence, Impact and Innovation which showcases how The Ohio State College of Engineering is aggressively repositioning itself as a major participant in the effort to educate tomorrow’s engineers, to help Ohio and the United States move into prosperity and growth, and to be a school of choice for the world’s best faculty and students.