Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering – John D. and Alice Nelson Kraus Memorial Student Poster Competition and MeetUp Event @ ElectroScience Laboratory
Apr 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

John D. and Alice Nelson Kraus Memorial Student Poster Competition and MeetUp Event

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 6:00 pm

The Ohio State University Alumni Association has asked Alumni to volunteer in April in association with the “Buckeyes Give: Month of Service” initiative. Given how much members of this group have benefited from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering through our educational experience and career opportunities, and more recently by opening their doors to us through Meetup events, I think it is appropriate to assist the Department as part of this call to action.

While there are ways to contribute overall to the Department goals through donations (, another way to pay forward is to assist in Department activities by volunteering and offering our experience and expertise. This next Meetup provides the opportunity to do this related to assisting Graduate students within the Department.

The John D. and Alice Nelson Kraus Memorial Student Poster Competition is an annual event where a select number of ECE Graduate Students present their research activities and findings.  Faculty and Alumni will interact with the students to learn about their research, provide feedback and judge the entries and presentation skills of the students.  This is a great opportunity to get a close-up look at the research ECE Graduate Students are performing and providing feedback regarding how they present their work.  On top of that, our input will directly determine the results of the competition.

You can read about last year’s event here:

There will not be a traditional “Meetup” agenda for this event.  Just show up during the time noted, register as a judge, and start to mingle with the students, faculty and Alumni.  Based on last year’s event, the Graduate students really appreciated and benefited from the Alumni participation!

Business casual dress is requested, and there will be refreshments provided.  Parking is free at the ESL.

– Mark Morscher, ECE alumnus and MeetUp organizer


2016 OSU Materials Week @ Blackwell Hotel and Conference Center
May 10 @ 3:00 pm – May 13 @ 1:00 pm

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OSU Materials Week is the annual showcase of materials-allied research at The Ohio State University and beyond. For full schedule:

2016 OSU Materials Week will be held May 10-13, 2016 at the Blackwell Inn and Conference Center on Ohio State’s Columbus campus.


Technical and cross cutting sessions will focus on the latest advances in the full spectrum of materials innovation that continues a special focus on sustainability from last year’s highly successful conference. Session topics will include:


  • Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Materials
  • Nanotechnology in Medicine
  • Topological Materials
  • Sustainable Materials
  • Advanced Structures and Light weighting
  • Energy Harvesting and Storage
  • Simulation and Data Analytics
  • Materials Education for the 21st Century
ECE Seminar- Prof. Betty Lise Anderson @ 113 Dreese Lab
Sep 7 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Secrets to a Terrific Technical Talk

Brought to you by Prof. Betty Lise Anderson of the Ohio State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 5:15 pm

If there were ever a more able educator to help explain how to make the technical both empowering and exciting, that person would be tour-de-force professor Betty Lise Anderson of The Ohio State University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

For more than 25 years, Anderson has made learning and speaking about engineering lively, entertaining and memorable across campus and Ohio.

Current Ohio State ECE students, and anyone else curious to learn how to advance their presentation skills, can now take advantage of her advice. In past years the presentation has earned large crowds, so get there early.

“It doesn’t take acting skills or stage presence to give a good technical talk, but it does take some planning. It’s not the same as writing a paper! We offer some strategies for organizing your talk so that people can grasp your awesome technical content without being scared away or put to sleep,” Anderson explains. “We’ll also go over how to make effective technical slides, and share some great stories from…unusual… presentations we have witnessed.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 7

Time: 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Location: Rm. 113 Dreese Lab


ECE Seminar- Jin Wang @ E100 Scott Lab
Feb 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

When: 2 pm Thursday, Feb 9, 2017

Where: E100 Scott Laboratory

Title: How to Change the Landscape of Power Electronics with Wide Bandgap Power Devices

Speaker: Prof. Jin Wang, ECE Department, Ohio State University

Biography: Jin Wang received a B.S. degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University, in 1998, an M.S. degree from Wuhan University, in 2001, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, East Lansing, in 2005, all in electrical engineering.

From Sept., 2005 to Aug. 2007, he worked at the Ford Motor Company as a Core Power Electronics Engineer and contributed to the traction drive design of the Ford Fusion Hybrid.  He joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The Ohio State University as an assistant professor in September 2007 and was promoted to associate professor in September 2013.  His research interests include wide bandgap power devices and their applications, high-voltage and high-power converter/inverters, integration of renewable energy sources, and electrification of transportation.

Dr. Wang received multiple teaching and research awards including the IEEE Power Electronics Society Richard M. Bass Young Engineer Award and the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award, both in 2011; Ralph L. Boyer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Innovation from the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University in 2012, and the Lumley Research Award of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University in 2013.  Dr. Wang has over 100 peer-reviewed journal and conference publications and three patents.  Dr. Wang had been an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications from 2008 to 2014.  He initiated and served as the General Chair for the 1st IEEE Workshop on Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications in 2013.  Currently, Dr. Wang serves as an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics and IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics (J-ESTPE).

Transatlantic Cluster Conference on Lightweighting Technologies & Materials @ 140 Pfahl Hall, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
Feb 15 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Transatlantic Cluster Conference on Lightweighting Technologies & Materials

February 15, 2017
140 Pfahl Hall, Blackwell Inn and Conference Center
2110 Tuttle Park Pl, Columbus, OH 43210

The German American Chambers of Commerce will bring their Transatlantic Cluster Roadshow to Columbus, Ohio, focusing on advances in lightweight materials. German and American cluster organizations will discuss best practices and share insights on: technology & materials; research & innovation; and international collaboration opportunities. The half-day conference will include brief presentations and panel discussions by US and German lightweighting experts:

  • David Williams, PhD, Dean of the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University
  • Ned Hill, PhD, Professor of Public Affairs and City and Regional Planning, Faculty Associate, Ohio Manufacturing Institute, The Ohio State University
  • Brian Rice, Head, Multi-Scale Composites & Polymers Division, University of Dayton Research Institute
  • Paula Watt, PhD, Director of Outreach, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Alan Luo, PhD, Professor, Materials Science Engineering and Director, Light Metals and Manufacturing Research Laboratory, The Ohio State University
  • Wolfgang Schwarz, Project Manager “TraCLight”, Leichtbau-BW
  • Dr. Tjark von Reden, Active Director of the Leading-Edge Cluster, MAI Carbon
  • Tino Wollmann, Research Associate at the Institute of Lightweight Engineering and Polymer Technology, Technical University Dresden

Attend the event and learn where the lightweighting industry is going in Germany and the US, and how cluster organizations can support your business. Register here.

Following the conference, attendees can participate in tour of the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, the Center for Electron Microscopy and AnalysisEdison Welding Institute, and the Center for Automotive Research.

Please join us for a reception on February 14, 5-7 pm at the Blackwell Inn, Pfahl Hall 2nd Floor. RSVPs for the reception only to Jessica Verklass at “> .

For more information:

ECE Seminar- Joe C. Campbell, University of Virginia @ 260 Dreese Laboratory
Apr 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Title: High-Sensitivity Avalanche Photodiodes
Speaker: Joe C. Campbell, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22904
When: 1 pm, Thursday, April 20
Where: 260 Dreese Laboratory
Abstract: This talk will describe recent work on avalanche photodiodes including novel low-noise structures for telecommunications wavelengths and InAs APDs for mid-wave infrared. In the linear mode of operation, the internal gain of avalanche photodiodes (APDs) can provide higher sensitivity than p-i-n photodiodes, which is beneficial for many sensing applications. However, the origin of the APD gain is impact ionization, a stochastic process that results in excess noise and limits the gain-bandwidth. For the past four decades, reducing the excess noise factor, F(M), has been a focus of APD research and development. One structure that was proposed to achieve very low noise is the staircase APD in which avalanche events occur proximate to a sharp bandgap discontinuity, which function similarly to dynodes in a photomultiplier tube. We have recently demonstrated a staircase structure based on the AlxIn1-xAsySb1-y material system. In addition, we have used AlxIn1-xAsySb1-y to achieve low-noise avalanche gain using separate absorption and multiplication structures. These APDs have the potential to replace existing telecommunications detectors, which would have a transformative effect optical communications and data transmission. When biased above breakdown, APDs function as optical switches and can achieve single photon detection. This is referred to Geiger-mode operation. This talk will describe the performance and limitations of single photon avalanche diodes. 
Biography: Joe C. Campbell is the Lucian Carr Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Professor Campbell’s technical area is photodetectors. At present he is actively involved in single-photon-counting APDs, Si-based optoelectronics, high-speed low-noise avalanche photodiodes, high-power high-linearity photodiodes, and ultraviolet avalanche photodiodes. He has coauthored ten book chapters, 430 articles for refereed technical journals, and more than 400 conference presentations. Professor Campbell teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on lasers and optoelectronic components. In 2002 he was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.
Host: Sanjay Krishna
ECE Distinguished Seminar Series – Jesus del Alamo, MIT @ Webinar
Jun 27 @ 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

Webinar: Nanometer Scale III-V CMOS, sponsored by the IEEE EDS/Photonics Chapter Distinguished Lecturer Program


In the last few years, as Si electronics faces mounting difficulties to maintain its historical scaling path, transistors based on III-V compound semiconductors have emerged as a credible alternative. To get to this point, fundamental technical problems had to be solved though there are still many chal-lenges that need to be addressed before the first non-Si CMOS technology becomes a reality.  Among them, harnessing the out-standing electron transport properties of InGaAs, the leading n-channel material candidate, towards a high-performance na-noscale MOSFET has proven difficult; contact resistance, offstate characteristics, reliability and Si integration remain serious problems. Introducing a new material system is not the only challenge. Scalability to sub-10 nm gate dimensions also demands a new 3D transistor geometry. InGaAs FinFETs, Trigate MOSFETs and Nanowire MOSFETs have all been demonstrated but their performance is still disappointing.  To compound the challenge, a high-performance nanoscale p-type transistor is also re-quired.  Among III-Vs, InGaSb is the most promising candidate. Planar MOSFETs have been demonstrated but more advanced geometries remain elusive.  This talk will review recent progress as well as challenges confronting III-V electronics for future CMOS logic applications.


Jesús del Alamo is Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, Donner Professor, and Professor of Electrical Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. He holds degrees from Polytechnic University of Madrid (Telecommunications Engineer, 1980), and Stanford University (MS EE, 1983 and PhD EE, 1985). From 1977 to 1981 he was with the Institute of Solar Energy of the Polytechnic University of Madrid, investigating silicon photovoltaics. From 1981 to 1985, he carried out his PhD dissertation at Stanford University on minority car-rier transport in heavily doped silicon. From 1985 to 1988 he was research engineer with NTT LSI Laboratories in Atsugi (Japan) where he conducted research on III-V heterostructure field-effect transistors. He joined MIT in 1988.  From 1991 to 1996, Prof. del Alamo was an National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator. In 1999 he was elected a corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Engineering. In 2005, he was elected a Fellow of the IEEE and in 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Among other activities, Prof. del Alamo was Editor of IEEE Electron Device Letters from 2005 to 2014 and since 2013 he is the Director of the Microsystems Technology Laboratories at MIT.

Event hosted by: ECE Professor, Paul Berger

PyOhio @ Ohio Union
Jul 29 – Jul 30 all-day

A FREE annual conference at the Ohio Union in Columbus, Ohio for Python programmers in and around Ohio, the entire Midwest, maybe even the whole world! There will be many Talks and Tutorials! Please be sure to bring your notebook and laptops and prepare to learn!

What a glimpse of last year’s conference?

Women Inspire @ Ohio Farm Bureau 4H Center
Sep 21 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

Presented by the Construction Systems Management Industry Advisory Council

Women Inspire Construction presented by The Ohio State University Construction Systems Management Industry Advisory Council is an event to gather the construction industry to focus on retention and community. Come to be empowered and join a conversation that leaves you inspired. The construction industry fosters long lasting relationships that lead to professional success. Both men and women are welcome to JOIN THE CONVERSATION!

Register Here


Meet the panelists:

Nissa Beasley currently works as a Project Manager at TriVersity Construction with 24 years of experience in the construction industry. Nissa specializes in major renovation projects, lab construction and multi-story buildings and schools. She is also TriVersity’s subject matter expert with Phoenix Scheduling Program software and helps train project engineers on the program. Before joining TriVersity, Nissa worked for other high profile construction companies in the region.

Nissa received her B.S. in construction management from the University of Cincinnati. She serves as secretary on the board of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) as well as a participating in its membership committee. Nissa was named NAWIC’s Cincinnati Chapter New Leader in 2017. Through NAWIC, she also volunteers for community events for children including Block Kids and the YWCA’s Rosie’s Girls

Heather Cassady currently work as a Project Manager on the $32M Canopy by Hilton hotel project located in Columbus, Ohio. She has been in the construction industry and with Turner Construction for 16 years. Throughout her years at Turner, Heather’s career has evolved in various management roles, including superintendent, sustainability manager, recruiting leader, and estimating engineer. Heather’s projects in Central Ohio have been in the healthcare, hotel, civic, and educational sectors.

Heather received her B.S. in Construction Engineering from the University of Akron. She is a LEED AP and serves as a community leader by dedicating her time and talent to support the National Association for Women in Construction (NAWIC), Women for Economic Leadership and Development (WELD) and the OSU CSM Industry Advisory Council.

Audra Smith currently works as a Project Executive for Pepper Construction and has extensive experience in construction management on large scale projects throughout central and northeastern Ohio. She has worked in the healthcare, higher education, mixed-use, and corporate office markets and has been involved in $578M worth of construction during her 15 year career. Her expertise is in client relationships and developing the appropriate processes, communication, and expectations to allow her project teams to be successful and meet the needs of the clients and owners. Prior to joining Pepper, she worked for Whiting-Turner Contracting and was responsible for all project interface, shutdown, and management of impactful construction to clients.

Audra earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and holds LEED AP BD+C credentials. She resides in Galena, Ohio with her sons Max and Vin. They share a passion for sports and her sons’ involvement in the Olentangy Local School District athletic programs afford her the opportunity to mentor, coach, and support their programs through fundraising and classroom academic activities.

ECE MeetUp: Neural Implant Technology @ 260 Dreese Lab
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

ECE MeetUp Social/Tech Series



Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Room 260, Dreese Lab, 2015 Neil Ave, Columbus, OH (edit map)

Parking is available at the Tuttle Park Place Visitors Garage: 2050 Tuttle Park Place.



The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is fortunate to have two professors at the forefront of implantable technology in solving today’s biomedical needs. Assistant Professor Liang Guo recently was awarded the prestigious DARPA Young Faculty Award for his proposal, “Implantable, Programmable Integrated Cellular Circuits.” Assistant Professor Asimina Kiourti was recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant for her research on “Fully-Passive and Wireless Multichannel Neuro-Recording.”

What this means to us is we get to spend some time with these two rising stars within the ECE Department and learn about their groundbreaking work in fueling biomedical advancements! Please join us for an overview of research in the areas of:

– Deep Brain Neuropotential Recording – fully-passive (e.g. no battery), wireless brain implants for continuous and unobtrusive monitoring

– Application-specific integrated biocircuits – think ASICs using living cells

– Implantable and Ingestible Antennas

– Bioelectromagnetics


6:00-6:45: Social hour and refreshments in Dreese Lab 260

6:45-7:30: Implant Technology Overview by Profs Kiourti and Guo

7:30-8:00: Tour Prof. Guo’s Lab

Parking is in the Visitors Parking Garage (Tuttle) near Dreese Lab on Neil Ave. Complimentary parking passes provided.


** Bring your aspiring Engineers with you!  **

As a reminder, guests are welcome, and we would especially like to see future Engineers who are interested in learning more attending our events!

** Do Meetup events count toward Continuing Education Credits? **

While the ECE Alumni Society or ECE Department do not offer a guarantee that a Meetup event qualifies based on the Ohio Continuing Education guidelines, if an attendee believes it qualifies and documents the justification, we will be able to vouch for attendance and participation in the event.