Two Students Awarded Northrop Grumman Scholarships
In April, two students were awarded Northrop-Grumman Scholarships of $1500 each based on their outstanding academic performance. They were Angelo Piazza, a computer engineering major and Taylor Schluter, an electrical engineering major. Congratulations! Pictured from left to right are: Dr. Sam Kozaitis, Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Taylor Schluter, Angelo Piazza and Eric Skowbo of Northrop-Grumman Aerospace Systems.
Dr. Kepuska Taught Course at Shanghai Dian Ji University, China
In May 2013, Dr. Kepuska was invited to Dian Ji University of Shanghai where he taught a Circuits Analysis course and gave a lecture to graduate students on Speech Analysis and Special Effects research (e.g., SASE_Lab). This lecture was part of the AEGIS NSF grant that he conducted with his graduate student Jacob Zurasky and Becky Dowell (high school teacher) during the summer of 2012. He gave 10 presentations during his time at the university. His visit was part of an ongoing cooperation between that university and Florida Tech.
ECE Student wins $1,000 in DRS Student Infrared Imaging Competition
Hemin Qadir, an M.S. student in computer engineering, won $1,000 for his entry in the 2013 DRS Student Infrared Imaging Competition and was a finalist for the grand prize of $10,000. Florida Institute of Technology is one of about a dozen universities nationwide chosen to compete in the competition, and the only one in Florida, which is sponsored by DRS Technologies RSTA Group. In the competition, students used thermal imaging cameras provided by DRS in design projects. Hemin's project, titled "Color Night Vision," has the goal of making nighttime driving appear as if it was daytime. The approach uses a thermal image of a night scene to gather more information than can be achieved with a visible camera. Then, the two images are combined and "colorized" to give a daytime-like view of a night scene.
Intel Inc. Supports Laboratory with Donation
Florida Institute of Technology's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering was chosen to receive substantial support in the way of laboratory equipment from Intel Corporation. Intel designs and manufactures integrated digital technology platforms used in a range of applications, such as personal computers, tablets, smartphones and medical devices.
The equipment is intended to help educate the next generation workforce on the use of Intel's Embedded Atom family of processors. One reason for the award is that Florida Tech will be using this sophisticated technology early in the student's education at the sophomore level. "This opportunity will enable Florida Tech students to gain hands-on experience with the latest technology, and this kind of experience will distinguish them in the workforce," said Sam Kozaitis, head of the Florida Tech Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Florida Tech is proud to join the ranks of the small number of U.S. universities that Intel has helped with using the Embedded Atom processor in their curriculum over the past few years. These include UC Berkley, Carnegie-Mellon, Cornell, Georgia Tech and MIT.
Above is a picture of one of the development boards provided by Intel, which showcases their Atom N2600 processor.
Dr. Tino Alavie is College of Engineering's Alumni Award Winner
Dr. Tino Alavie was presented with the College of Engineering's Alumni Award at the Homecoming Gala on October 26. Dr. Alavie has founded several companies related to fiber-optic sensing and the medical field and is now the executive chairman of NOVX Systems Inc. and CEO of Qvella Corp. Tino Alavie is a repeat entrepreneur who has been directly or indirectly responsible for creating, managing and growing seven technology startups in North America and Europe from start to financial exit. Dr. Alavie recently co-founded TimeWyse Corporation. TimeWyse is a new consumer-facing app development company. The company's first product kidQ helps parents with answers to their parenting questions from social to educational to health and time management. kidQ has already been launched on Apple's App Store and has a 10,000 strong following after only a short period of time. TimeWyse will be adding more features to kidQ and will leverage its intellectual property.
Dr. Alavie received the B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Florida Tech in electrical engineering with his Ph.D. awarded in 1992. He then became a postdoc at the University of Toronto continuing the work on fiber-optic sensors that he started at Florida Tech.