2010-2011

ECE Hosts its 16th Annual Senior Banquet

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department hosted its senior class at the 16th Annual Senior Banquet at Maxwell Silverman’s Toolhouse on April 28. Faculty, staff and students celebrated with a lively evening of food, fun and awards.

2011 ECE Senior Banquet

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department hosted its senior class at the 16th Annual Senior Banquet at Maxwell Silverman’s Toolhouse on April 28. Faculty, staff and students celebrated with a lively evening of food, fun and awards. Hosted by Professors John McNeill and Hossein Hakim, the evening started with mingling and celebrating CDR (Completion of Degree Requirements) Day – all students were greatly relieved to have classes and project almost completed. Professor Hakim surprised the group with a quiz of all things! Questions ranged from ECE specific items to current topics. Professor Hakim asked all students to keep their eyes on their own papers and not to talk – hard to accomplish at a party! After a few laughs, the winners were announced and received I-Tunes gift cards. View more photos here.

After dinner, Professor McNeill was the Master of Ceremonies for the many awards to be presented. The first group of awards was presented by Christopher Kevorkian ’11, Co-President of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN). Chris announce the 2011 HKN ECE Department Contributor Awards:
Outstanding Senior Tutor – Omar Kiyani '11
Outstanding Teaching Assistant – Tom MacDonald
Outstanding Contributor – Stacie Murray
Outstanding Professor – Professor Sergey Makarov

Oliver Rich ’12, incoming President of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), presented the 2011 IEEE awards:
Outstanding Senior Tutor – Karen Anundson ‘11
Outstanding Teaching Assistant – Umair Khan
Outstanding Contributor – Bob Brown
Outstanding Professor – Sergey Makarov

The Harold S. Black ’21 Award was given to Travis Collins ’11. Travis was nominated by Professor Alexander Wyglinski, his MQP advisor, for his ability to employ his solid background in electrical and computer engineering and apply this to real world problems. This award was established in 2001 to honor the memory of inventor Harold S. Black '21. The award is given by the faculty of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department to one or more ECE seniors who have demonstrated outstanding creativity and enthusiasm in engineering problem solving, practical implementation of problem solutions, and exemplary character in their contributions to the welfare of the WPI community.

The final awards of the evening were the 2011 ECE Provost’s MQP Awards:
First Place
Design of an Autonomous Quadrotor UAV for Urban Search and Rescue
Robert D'Angelo, Robinson Levin
Advisors: David Cyganski, James Duckworth

Second Place
"BioCard" Autonomous Biomedical Sensor
Daniel Moyer, Tuan Vu
Advisor: John McNeill
Sponsor: NECAMSID

Third Place
Holographic Optical Beam-Steering (HOBS)
Gabriel Ayers, Michael Ciampa, Nicholas Vranos
Advisor: Edward Clancy
Sponsor: MIT Lincoln Laboratories

Honorable Mention
Building a High-Performance Cluster through Computer Reuse
Christopher Clark
Advisor: Xinming Huang

Novel EOD Robot Design with a Dexterous Gripper and Intuitive Teleoperation
Matthew Carey, Eric Kurz, Joshua Matte, Timothy Perrault
Advisor: Taskin Padir

A Green Approach to a Multi-Protocol Wireless Communications Network
Travis Collins, Patrick DeSantis, David Vecchiarelli
Advisor: Alexander Wyglinski 
Sponsor: University of Limerick

 

May 9, 2011

 
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