Three from ECE earn 2021-2022 Presidential Fellowships
Several electrical and computer engineers earned the highest honor given by The Ohio State University Graduate School—a Presidential Fellowship.
The award recognizes outstanding scholarly accomplishments and potential of graduate students entering the final phase of their dissertation research or degree project.
Among 10 Presidential Fellowship winners within the college, three represent the ECE program.
Junao Cheng is a PhD candidate in the solid-state electronics area, advised by Professor Wu Lu. His dissertation research involves development of high-performance millimeter-wave field effect transistors to improve device performance including output current, breakdown voltage, and RF output power. The research performed is applied to next-generation wireless communications.
Gonzalo Constante Flores is a PhD candidate advised by Professor Antonio Conejo. His research focuses on the development and improvement of operation tools for electric energy systems. In particular, his dissertation addresses the central problems induced by uncertain renewable generation and the interdependence with other critical infrastructures, like natural-gas systems, in the daily operation of power systems.
Julio de Lima Nicolini is a doctoral candidate at the ElectroScience Laboratory. Advised by Professor Fernando Teixeira, his research focuses on the study and development of reduced-order models for electromagnetic computational simulations. Such simulations are of vital importance for the study of complicated electromagnetic phenomena and the design of new electronic components, but they suffer from long runtimes and very high computational costs. Reduced-order models are a means to cut runtime and costs while maintaining specific accuracy levels, which increase the applicability of computational simulations to a wider variety of situations.
Awarded competitively, Presidential Fellowships provide one year of full-time financial support so students can complete their dissertations or terminal degree projects unimpeded by other duties.
The three students are among 10 graduate students representing the College of Engineering named a 2021-2022 Presidential Fellow.
Story adapted from College of Engineering