Good News!

Congratulations to the following EECS faculty members and students:

2016 2015
CS StudentsScholarships awarded

27 CS students are the 2015-16 C-MAPP scholarships. Each of them will receive a $1,000 scholarship, funded by the C-MAPP Fellow companies. shows the distribution of students by partner company.

The students are: Colten Gruchow, Jack Rosenthal, Joseph Stockwell, Alexey Yaremenko, Madalyn Gort, Reece Hughes, Adithya Uligere Narasimhamurthy, Minh Vu, Alex Anderson, Clayton Howeth, Robinson Merillat, Kyle Thistlewood, Tiffany Kalin, Daichi Jameson, Caleb Jhones, Nicholas Lantz, Amos Gwa, Sergio Rodriguez, Alan Champion, Leah (Colin) Marshall, Emily Garnier, Sam Schilling, Christopher (Travis) Johnson, Austin Schussler, Brandon Her, Nhan Tran, and Daniel Zarrini



CS Students
2015 2016 2014
Tracy Camp, ProfessorIEEE Fellow

The IEEE Board of Directors, at its November 2015 meeting, elevated professor Tracy Camp to IEEE Fellow, for contributions to wireless networking. Tracy is also an ACM Fellow. There are only six other women in all of networking/communication research field that are both ACM and IEEE Fellows. They are from UCLA (2), GATech, Princeton, MIT, and UMass. Congratulations, Tracy!

Tracy Camp, Professor
Marcelo Simoes, Associate ProfessorIEEE Fellow

Marcelo Simoes was elevated to the grade of IEEE Fellow with the citation "for applications of artificial intelligence in control of power electronics systems."

Marcelo Simoes, Associate Professor
DJ Yang, Ben L. Fryrear Assistant Prof.Best Paper Award

Prof. DJ Yang received the Best Paper Award during the GLOBECOM'15 conference for his coautored paper "Enabling Green Mobile Crowd Sensing via Optimized Task Scheduling on Smartphone". Jing Wang, Jian Tang and Xiang Sheng (Syracuse University, USA); Guoliang Xue (Arizona State University, USA); Dejun Yang (Colorado School of Mines, USA) (12 out of 2614 submissions, one for each of 12 technical symposia).


DJ Yang, Ben L. Fryrear Assistant Prof.
EECS StudentsLGS Field Trip

22 EECS students visited LGS Innovations in November 2015. CSM students are wearing or ACMx shirts. Others in the picture are LGS hosts and some Mines alumni.

EECS Students
CSM Students2015 AIAA

Mines studends attended the 2015 AIAA Rocky Mountain Section Annual Technical Symposium held in November 2015 on CSM campus. They are members of the CubeSat team. From right to left: Steve Mohan (Project manager, ME senior), Kyle Patel (EE technical lead, EE senior), Nick Smith (Eng. Physics junior).

CSM Students
CSM StudentsHackPrinceton

Three of our undergraduate students traveled to Princeton, NJ to participate in HackPrinceton, a hardware/software hackathon. Over 600 university students (both undergrad and grad) attended the hackathon. Their all-female team ended up winning 2nd place in the Hardware category for their project “PowerGrab,” and won the KPCB Build for Good Award!! And that is not all: DevPost has informed them that their project was one of the staff picks, which has put them in the DevPost homepage!! Congratullations!

Furthermore, they did this 100% independently- not as a part of any course/senior design/club/etc. Prof. Marcelo Simoes advised them on the design and assembly of their hand held induction charger.

(From left to right: Jessica Gillan, the KPCB rep, Jade Irizarry-Swordy, and Krista Horn)

CSM Students
CS StudentsACM Programming Competition

CSM has hosted the 2015 ACM Programming Competition with 16 teams competing (7 teams from Mines). Mines team "um", composed of Martin Kuchta, Nate Lane, and Michael Harvey took 1st in the site competition (out of 16 teams) and 2nd overall in the Rocky Mountain region (out of 52 teams competing).  Not only did they take 2nd, they were a razor thin margin from 1st overall. Congratulations!

CS Students
Bo Wu, Assistant ProfessorBest Paper Award

Xu Liu (College of William and Mary) and EECS Assistant Professor Bo Wu, won Best Paper Award with "ScaAnalyzer: A Tool to Identify Memory Scalability Bottlenecks in Parallel Programs" during the  International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis (SC ’15), Austin, TX, Nov, 2015. (1 out of 358 submission). Congratulations!!

Bo Wu, Assistant Professor
Dr. Bimal Bose, Distinguished LecturerLecture

IEEE IES Denver Chapter, Distinguished Lecture Program, Jointly Coordinated with: IEEE PELS Denver Chapter has sponsored Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Bimal K. Bose, D. Sc. (Honoris Causa), IEEE Life Fellow with his conference on ENERGY, ENVIRONMENT AND POWER ELECTRONICS.

Dr. Bimal Bose, Distinguished Lecturer
Mike Wakin, Ben L. Fryrear Associate ProfessorBest Paper Award

Mike Wakin has been selected by the IEEE Signal Processing Society Awards Board for the 2015 SPS Best Paper Award for his co-authored paper "Signal Processing With Compressive Measurements". The award will be presented at the ICASSP 2016 conference in Shanghai. Congratulations!!

Mike Wakin, Ben L. Fryrear Associate Professor
Dr. Tina Kouri (graduated 2012)LDRD project

Dr. Tina Kouri (graduated 2012) joined Sandia National Laboratories in December 2014 and was recently selected to pursue an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project. Her project "Exploiting Social Media Sensor Networks through Novel Data Fusion Techniques" will receive two years of funding through the LDRD program. Sandia’s Early Career R&D Program provides a portion of LDRD resources to pursue creative and innovative science and technology research from the newest staff members at the laboratory. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration under contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

Dr. Tina Kouri (graduated 2012)
Wendy Belcher, Grad StudentTechnical Paper

Wendy Belcher presented her 1st technical paper at the 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. Her paper title was "Unsupervised Learning: Detecting Events in Earth Dam and Levee Data"

Wendy Belcher, Grad Student
Mike Wakin, Ben L. Fryerar Asociate ProfessorDistinguished Speaker

On September 16, prof. Michael Wakin gave an invited talk at the Distinguished Speaker Series in Data Science at Washington State University. The title of his talk was "Stable embeddings of manifold models: Dimensionality reduction for signal and systems".

Details are here:


Mike Wakin, Ben L. Fryerar Asociate Professor
Stephanie Claussen, Teaching Professor and StudentsGlobal Grand Challenges Summit

Prof. Stephanie Claussen and two undergraduate leaders from the Grand Challenges Learning Community, Corey Brugh and Mallory Britz, attended the Global Grand Challenges Summit on September 15-16 in Beijing, China.

The summit was an invitation-only event, sponsored by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and the Royal Academy of Engineering, focused on themes from the NAE Grand Challenges, such as sustainability, energy, and infrastructure.

Stephanie Claussen, Teaching Professor and Students
Qi Han, Associate ProfessorSeminar

Dr. Qi Han, Computer Science Associate Professor, will give a seminar on Pervasive Computing Systems Research: An Application-Driven Approach, for the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) Denver Chapter on Thursday September 10th, 2015, 6:00 p.m. at the University of Denver.

Qi Han, Associate Professor
T. Camp, C. Rader & C. MoroyeNew Grant

T. Camp, C. Rader, and C. Moroye were granted $998,507 from C-START: Colorado - STrategic Approach to Rally Teachers

C-START aims to change the current landscape of high school computer science in Colorado. C-START will improve the skills of existing CS teachers in Colorado, share best practices in CS pedagogy, and positively change the diversity of students in existing and new CS courses.

In the picture from left to right: Tracy Camp, Kyle Gillette (Lakewood HS), Chuck Powell (Green Mountain HS ), and Cyndi Rader

T. Camp, C. Rader & C. Moroye
Nhan Tran and Daniel Zarrini, CS StudentsForum

Two computer science undergraduate students (Nhan Tran and Daniel Zarrini) were invited to attend the 2015 ConocoPhillips IT Student Leader Forum, where they had the opportunity to collaborate with students from others schools and participate in a business case competition.

Nhan Tran and Daniel Zarrini, CS Students
Dejun Yang and Salman Mohagheghi, Assistant ProfessorsAward

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science has established a new Faculty Awards Program as an incentive for teaching and reasearch.

Prof. Dejun Yang has received the EECS Jr. Faculty Award

Prof . Salman Mohagheghi has received the EECS Teaching Award


Dejun Yang and Salman Mohagheghi, Assistant Professors
Danie Mawhirter, CS StudentConocoPhillips Innovation Challenge

Daniel Mawhirter participated on a team that won the ConocoPhillips Innovation Challenge this Spring semester. The team's challenge was to use the Oculus Rift and KINECT to build an application that combines 3D environment data with real time drilling information. Daniel won $1,250 for his participation on the team. Details on his team are below.

Daniel was also on a 2-person team that won the programming challenge (and he received a Chromebook for his excellent performance)

Team Members:

  • Miriam Cox - Kansas State University
  • Raj Prateek, Kosaraju - Georgia Tech
  • Ashley Coleman - Kansas State University
  • Daniel Mawhirter - Colorado School of Mines
Danie Mawhirter, CS Student
EECS studentsC-MAPP Awards Event

The C-MAPP Awards event held at Table Mountain Inn in April 2015 was a great sucess. Following are the poster winners:

Best Poster: Dheivya Thiagarajan (left in picture), Advisor: Dinesh Mehta; Runner Ups: Dehui Yang (center), Advisor: Michael Wakin, and James Maher (right), Advisor: Tracy Camp; Best Poster Pitch: Wendy Belcher, Advisor: Tracy Camp; Runner Up: Dheivya Thiagarajan; Winners of random draw: Christian Wert, Zhihui Zhu, and Brandon Rodriguez.


EECS students
Martha Sanchez-Hayre, EECS Program AdministratorArtwork published

High Grade, the Colorado School of Mines Journal of Arts, has published two of Martha's paintings in their 2015 edition. Visit to see the complete publication.

Martha Sanchez-Hayre, EECS Program Administrator
Stephanie Claussen, Teaching Associate ProfessorAward

Prof. Stephanie Claussen has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by the Student Body during the April 2015 Faculty Forum. This is the second year in a row that Prof. Claussen gets this award. Congratulations!

Stephanie Claussen, Teaching Associate Professor
Tracy Camp, ProfessorDistinguished Lecturer

Prof. Tracy Camp has been selected as the next CSM Faculty Senate Distinguished Lecturer. This is the first time an EE or CS faculty member receives this honor. Congratulations Tracy!

Tracy Camp, Professor
Tracy Camp, ProfessorResearch Award

Prof. Tracy Camp has received the Senior Research Excellence Award during the April 2015 Faculty Forum. Congratulations!!

Tracy Camp, Professor
Gongguo Tang, Assistant ProfessorFellowship Program

Gongguo Tang has been appointed as a fellow of the 2015 Air Force Office of Sponsored Research (AFOSR) Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (AF SFFP). The AF SFFP offers hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through 8- to 12-week research residencies at participating Air Force research facilities for full-time science, mathematics, and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities.

Gongguo Tang, Assistant Professor
Gongguo Tang, Assistant ProfessorNSF Grant

Gongguo Tang, who joined our department in Spring 2014, has received his first NSF grant ($175,000 for two years): "CRII: CIF: Measure Estimation from Moments: Theory, Algorithms, and Applications". The project focuses on developing a mathematical and algorithmic framework for measure estimation from moment observations, a model that encompasses fundamental data analysis tasks such as tensor decomposition and completion, non-negative matrix factorization, and polynomial inverse problems. The developed methods will be applied to phase imaging in microscopy.

Gongguo Tang, Assistant Professor
Bo Wu, Assistant ProfessorNSF Grant

Bo Wu, who earned his Ph.D. in 2014 and started at Mines in August, is sole PI on his first NSF grant. The project (A Compiler and Runtime Infrastructure for Flexible Scheduling and Scheduling-Enabled Optimizations on GPUs) will support Bo and graduate CS students to develop a compiler and run-time system for both temporal and spatial scheduling on GPUs. Welcome to Mines Bo!

Bo Wu, Assistant Professor
Farnaz Harirchi, EE PhD StudentTop Overall Presentation Award

Farnaz Harirchi, EE PhD student won the best poster and presentation among all the student presentations in the CEER 2015 Conference on Earth and Energy Research.

The title is "Designing Smart Inverter with Unified Controller and Smooth Transition Between Grid Connected and Islanding Modes for Microgrid Application" --- her doctoral research under professor Marcelo Simoes' supervision, funded by PI - Petroleum Institute.

Farnaz Harirchi, EE PhD Student
Wendy Belcher, CS PhD studentTop Poster Presentation Award

Wendy Belcher, Ph.D. student in Computer Science, won the Top Poster Presentation at the 2015 Conference on Earth and Energy Research (CEER). Her poster was titled Unsupervised Learning to Detect Erosion Events in Earth Dam and Levee Data.

Wendy Belcher, CS PhD student
CS studentsC-MAPP Scholarships

C-MAPP Partners have awarded $1000 scholarships to the following students:

Cognilytics C-MAPP Fellow: Brandon Rodriguez, Niles Hacking, Jennifer Jacobs, and Joseph Wilson.

ConocoPhillips C-MAPP Fellow: Colin Marshall.

Fast Enterprises C-MAPP Fellow: Nhan Tran, Brandon Her, Austin Kauffman, and Zheng Li.

Google C-MAPP Fellow: Tiffany Kalin and Ryan Langwisch.

LGS Innovations C-MAPP Fellow: Samuel Schilling, Kyle Thistlewood, Madalyn Gort, and Christopher Johnson.

Ricoh C-MAPP Fellow: Brandon Parrish.


For more information about C-MAPP, visit:

 CS students
Ravel Ammerman, Teaching ProfessorDocumentary

The Telluride Historical Museum partnered with Rocky Mountain PBS to produce a documentary film about the national and world significance of the Ames Hydro-Electric Plant which, in 1891, became the world's first successful commercial application of AC transmitted power. Ravel Ammerman was interviewed along with four other individuals as part of the 30-minute documentary. The episode aired on Rocky Mountain PBS January 15, 2015.

Watch video

Ravel Ammerman, Teaching Professor
2014 2015 2013
Mike Wakin, Associate ProfessorSelected Ben L. Fryrear Professor

Mike Wakin has been selected as one of the two Ben L. Fryrear Professors in CECS. He will hold the title "Ben L. Fryrear Professor" for a period of three years, from January 2015 to December 2017.

Mike Wakin, Associate Professor
Michael Wakin, Associate ProfessorAward

Michael Wakin received two new NSF grants. The first is an award for $255,872 over 3 years for the project "Collaborative Research: Subspace Matching and Approximation on the Continuum". The second is an award for $349,662 over 4 years for the project "Collaborative Research: Tracking low?dimensional information in data streams and dynamical systems". Both projects are in collaboration with partners at Georgia Tech.

Michael Wakin, Associate Professor
Kathryn Johnson, Associate ProfessorAward

The National Science Foundation awarded a grant of $150,000 to a project, entitled "Research Initiation Grant: Social Justice in Engineering with a Focus on Control Systems". This project is under the direction of Kathryn Johnson (EECS), Jon A. Leydens, and Barbara M. Moskal (AMS).

Kathryn Johnson, Associate Professor
Dinesh Mehta, ProfessorGuest Editor

Dinesh Mehta was a guest editor for a special issue of the journal "VLSI Design" on "New Algorithmic Techniques for Complex EDA problems".

Dinesh Mehta, Professor
Dejun Yang, Ben L. Fryrear Assistant Professor NSF Grant

DJ Yang, who joined Mines in Fall 2013, has received a second grant from the National Science Foundation in the past month. This 3-year project ($500K) is a collaboration with Ming Li (and two others) at Utah State University. The project aims to develop a crowdsourcing-based framework for etiquette and rule enforcing in dynamic spectrum sharing environments.

Dejun Yang, Ben L. Fryrear Assistant Professor
Stephanie Claussen, Teaching Associate ProfessorSelected for Symposium

Stephanie Claussen has been selected for the National Academy of Engineering’s Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium. Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the October event, where they can share ideas, learn from research and best practice in education, and leave with a charter to bring about improvement in their home institution. The attendees were nominated by NAE members or deans and chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants.

Stephanie Claussen, Teaching Associate Professor
Bo Wu, Assistant ProfessorAward

Dr. Bo Wu, an Assistant Professor in EECS starting this fall, has received approximately $20K in equipment from NVIDIA to create the CUDA Teaching Center. Dr. Wu plans to use the CUDA Teaching Center in graduate-level computer science courses in order to familiarize students with cutting-edge technologies of many-core and GPU computing.

Bo Wu, Assistant Professor
DJ Yang, Assistant ProfessorAward

Ben L. Fryrear Assistant Professor DJ Yang in EECS, who joined Mines in Fall 2013, has received his first grant from the National Science Foundation. This 3-year project ($500K) is a collaboration with Guoliang Xue at Arizona State University, and is focused on unleashing the wireless spectrum effectively and willingly. The project aims to 1) design effective spectrum allocation algorithms to allow as many secondary users to coexist with the primary user and 2) develop incentive mechanisms for enticing spectrum licensees to share their under-utilized spectrum for better ut

DJ Yang, Assistant Professor
Professors Atef Elsherbeni and Randy HauptSymposium

Professor Atef Elsherbeni  was the general chair of the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting, held in Memphis TN on July 6-11, 2014. The conference was well attended by more than 1450 participants from 56 countries and there were 191 technical sessions and 13 short courses offered.   The conference was well attended and publicized, thanks to the efforts of the publicity chair, Professor Randy Haupt.

Professors Atef Elsherbeni and Randy HauptProfessors Atef Elsherbeni and Randy Haupt
Professors Randy Haupt, Atef Elsherbeni, and PostDoc Payam NayeriSymposium

Professors Randy Haupt, Atef Elsherbeni, and Dr. Payam Nayeri from the Antennas and Wireless Communication Group, contributed one short course and 11 papers/presentations to the 2014 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting, held in Memphis, TN on July 6-11.

Professors Randy Haupt, Atef Elsherbeni, and PostDoc Payam Nayeri
Professors Randy Haupt, Atef Elsherbeni, and PostDoc Payam NayeriPapers

Professors Randy Haupt, Atef Elsherbeni, and Dr. Payam Nayeri from the Antennas and Wireless Communications Group, contributed three papers to the joint 2014 International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications and the 2014 IEEE Antennas and Propagation in Wireless Communication conference held in Aruba on August 3-8, 2014. Professors Haupt and Elsherbeni made the presentations.

Professors Randy Haupt, Atef Elsherbeni, and PostDoc Payam Nayeri
Professor Atef Elsherbeni and Dr. Payam NayeriPublished Book

Prof. Atef Elsherbeni and Dr. Payam Nayeri of the EECS department published a book entitled “Antenna Analysis and Design Using FEKO Electromagnetic Simulation Software”

The book is to introduce students and interested researchers to antenna design and analysis using the popular commercial electromagnetic software FEKO. This book is primarily intended for students working in the field of antenna analysis and design; however the wealth of hands-on design examples presented in this book—along with simulation details—also makes it a valuable reference for practicing engineers.

Professor Atef Elsherbeni and Dr. Payam Nayeri
DJ Yang, Assistant Professor2013-2014 Outstanding PhD Award for Computer Science

Arizona State University presents these awards to one MS student and one PhD student who have shown outstanding performance in their academic and research activities and embody the ideals of a scholar/researcher that we aim to instill in our students.

DJ Yang, Assistant Professor
Marcelo Simoes, Associate ProfessorNamed Fulbright Scholar

Marcelo Simões, associate professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, has been awarded the Green Energy and Technology Award and will conduct research at Aalborg University in Denmark as a Fulbright Fellow. 

This flyer contains more information about this prestigious award.

Marcelo Simoes, Associate Professor
Mike Wakin, Associate ProfessorAward

Associate Professor Mike Wakin received the 2014 Junior Research Exellence Award, during the Faculty Forum on April 30, 2014.

Mike Wakin, Associate Professor
Stephanie Claussen, Teaching Associate ProfessorAward

Teaching Associate Professor Stephanie Claussen received the Student "Outstanding Faculty" Award during the 2014 Faculty Forum.

Stephanie Claussen, Teaching Associate Professor
Salman Mohagheghi, Assistant ProfessorIEEE Senior Member

Dr. Salman Mohagheghi was promoted to the grade of IEEE Senior Member. IEEE senior membership is granted to individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession.

Salman Mohagheghi, Assistant Professor
Jeff Schowalter, Teaching ProfessorPromotion

Dr. Jeff Schowalter has been promoted from Teaching Associted Professor to Teaching Professor at the Board of Trustees meeting on March 28, 2014.

Congratulations to Jeff on this significant accomplishment in his academic career. Best wishes for continued success at CSM.

Jeff Schowalter, Teaching Professor
CS StudentsStudent Competition

Students Espen Roth, Daniel Mawhirter, and Han Tran, team name "Over Developed", placed second overall in the Windward Code Wars 2014 programming competition. In the Windward Code Wars, teams from various universities have eight hours to create an artificial intelligence which will compete head to head to achieve the highest score on a task. Team Over Developed first won the local Mines competition in a field of five teams, then went on to compete in the Grand Finals against 34 other teams.

Dr. Christopher Painter-Wakefield was the faculty advisor for the competition, and local company Ricoh sponsored the competition by providing food for the teams.

CS Students
Atef Elsherbeni, ProfessorJournal Articles

Dr. Atef Elsherbeni recently co-published two Journal articles: one in the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagations, vol. 62, no. 2, pp. 690-697, February 2014, entitled “Transmission phase limit of multilayer frequency selective surfaces for transmitarray designs” and the other in IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, vol. 13, pp. 177-180, 2014, entitled  “Transmitarray antenna design using cross slot elements with no dielectric substrate”.  Both articles are co-authored with his PhD student Ahmed H. Abdelrahman, at the University of Mississippi, and Dr. Fan Yang of Tsinghua University, China.

Atef Elsherbeni, Professor
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Atef Elsherbeni, ProfessorPaper presentation

Dr. Atef Elsherbeni is the co-author of the paper entitled “Analysis of Nanoparticles Shape for Efficient Absorption in Nanoplasmonic Solar Cells”. This paper is scheduled for presentation on November 8 at the 2013 Space Solar Power Workshop to be held in Baltimore, Maryland.

Atef Elsherbeni, Professor
Qi Han, Associate ProfessorWorkshop

Dr. Qi Han has been invited to attend the NSF Workshop on Future Directions in Wireless Networking to be held on November 4-5, 2013 in Arlington, VA. The focus of this workshop is to have wireless networking researchers get together and discuss future research and education agenda in this field and provide input to the National Science Foundation.

Qi Han, Associate Professor
Tracy Camp, ProfessorSpeaker

Dr. Tracy Camp was invited to speak in the ECE Distinguished Speaker Series at Northeastern University, which will occur on November 6th, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. Her talk title is Implementing a Wireless Geophysical Sensor Network, and her presentation includes results from several of her awesome students involved in SmartGeo.

Tracy Camp,  Professor
Tracy Camp, Professor Keynote speaker

Dr. Camp was a keynote speaker at the 2013 Southeast Women in Computing Conference on Friday, November 15th, 2013 in Guntersville, Alabama. She gave a talk on 'What I know now … that I wish I knew then' to the 225 attendees.

Tracy Camp, Professor
Dr. Qi Han is the co-author of the paper entitled “Context-aware Handoff onSmartphones”Paper Published

Dr. Qi Han is the co-author of the paper entitled “Context-aware Handoff onSmartphones”. This paper is scheduled for presentation on October 16 at the 10thIEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems held inHangzhou, China. The acceptance rate of the conference is 29.6%.

Dr. Qi Han is the co-author of the paper entitled “Context-aware Handoff onSmartphones”
Dr. Marcelo Simoes was recognized with a IEEE Service Award.Award

Dr Simões has been a member of the IEEE for 26 years, and currently holds the Senior Member rank. During the past 10 years he served as an Officer for the IAS Industrial Automation and Control Committee, in the roles of Secretary, Vice-Chair, Chair and Past-Chair. He has been just awarded the IAS 2013 Service Award for his distinguished service and outstanding contributions for the IEEE.

Dr. Marcelo Simoes was recognized with a IEEE Service Award.
Kathryn Johnson, Associate ProfessorEducation symposium

Dr. Kathryn Johnson has been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s fifth Frontiers of Engineering Education symposium in October. The symposium will bring together some of the nation’s most engaged and innovative engineering educators in order to recognize, reward, and promote effective, substantive, and inspirational engineering education through a sustained dialogue within the emerging generation of innovative faculty.

Kathryn Johnson, Associate Professor
Michael Wakin, Associate ProfessorRecognition

Dr. Michael Wakin has been elevated to the grade of Senior Member of the IEEE. For this recognition to happen, it is required to have extensive experience, and reflects professional maturity and documented achievements of significance.

Michael Wakin, Associate Professor
Atef Elsherbeni, ProfessorTalk

Dr. Atef Elsherbeni has been invited to give a talk at the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Toledo on October 16, 2013. Dr. Elsherbeni talk is entitled “Recent Advances in Reflectarray and Transmitarray Antennas for Space Applications”.

Atef Elsherbeni, Professor
Qi Han, Associate ProfessorPaper Presentation

Dr. Qi Han is the co-author of the paper entitled “Context-aware Handoff on Smartphones”. This paper is scheduled for presentation on October 16 at the 10th IEEE International Conference on Mobile Ad-hoc and Sensor Systems held in Hangzhou, China. The acceptance rate of the conference is 29.6%.

Qi Han, Associate Professor
Vanessa Gonzalez, PA ICSM Classified Employee of the Year

Vanessa was selected as the Colorado School of Mines Classified Employee of the Year for 2013. The award was announced at the Classified Staff Recognition Breakfast on October 10th. Congratulations, Vanessa, this is a well-deserved honor!

Vanessa Gonzalez, PA I
Tracy Camp, ProfessorInvited Speaker

The first computer science degree program in Sweden celebrated their 30th anniversary (Linkoumlping University) this past week. Dr. Tracy Camp was invited to be one of their speakers at a Grand Seminar event. Her talk's tittle was: "Making the world a better place".

Tracy Camp, Professor
Atef Elsherbeni, ProfessorTwo Papers

Dr. Atel Elsherbeni has two publications in the September 2013 issue of the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, both with co-authors Payam Nayeri and and Fan Yang.  The papers were titled "Bifocal Design and Aperture Phase Optimizations of Reflectarray Antennas for Wide-Angle Beam Scanning Performance" and "Design of Single-Feed Reflect array Antennas with Asymmetric Multiple Beam Using the Particle Swarm Optimization Method." 

Atef Elsherbeni, Professor
Dr. Bill Hoff and CS Ph.D. Student Jim HowardBest Paper Runner up award at the Big Mine 13 Workshop.

Graduate student Jim Howard (right) and Professor Bill Hoff (not pictured) won the Best Paper Runner up award at the BigMine 13 workshop in Chicago, Illinois. The title of their paper was "Forecasting Building Occupancy Using Sensor Network Data". The BigMine workshop focuses on data mining for very large datasets.

Dr. Bill Hoff and CS Ph.D. Student Jim Howard
CS Field Session StudentsField session project

For their field session project, three CS majors (Derek Schissler, Matthew Jordan, and  John Aspinwall, who is double majoring in EE) created an iPad app for the Golden Fire Department.  The app replaces a massive binder containing detailed maps of the city, and enables firefighters to quickly locate the address of an emergency as well as its proximity to fire hydrants. The project was provided to Mines by Double Encore, a local software company.

CS Field Session Students
Marcelo Simoes, Associate ProfessorAward

Dr. Marcelo Simoes has been awarded by IEEE with the IAS IACC ( Industrial Automation and Control Committee) 2013 Service Award. Dr. Marcelo Simoes has served IACC for over eight years.  Congratulations!!

Marcelo Simoes, Associate Professor
Mike Wakin, Associate ProfessorBest Student Paper Award

Dr. Mike Wakin was a co-author of "Sketched SVD", which was selected as a winner of the Best Student Paper Award at the SPARS 2013 workshop in Lausanne, Switzerland. The student author of the paper, Dr. Jae Young Park, is a recent Ph.D. graduate from the University of Michigan, and was co-advised by Dr. Wakin and Dr. Anna Gilbert, who was also a co-author.

Mike Wakin, Associate Professor
EECS studentsParticipate in Google Games

Google Games, a local competition hosted by Google Boulder, invited teams from universities in Golden, Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, and even Laramie, WY to compete against each other in a battle of Superheroes vs. Super Villains. The competition consisted of Trivia, Puzzles, Word Association, Coding, and Legos. After a rigorous 6-hour day of fun activities, Team SuperMiners placed third out of 11 teams. The following members came together to form Team SuperMiners: Caitlin Hurley, Nikki Hetrick, Megan Salinas, John Kelly, and Sarah Falkenstein.

EECS students
Lauren Aberle and Eric DePintoWinners of CEC Award

Lauren Aberle and Eric DePinto were selected as winners of the Colorado Engineering Council Award, which is awarded based on the integrity, scholarship, citizenship, personality, school activities, and athletics of the applicant. Recipients share a prestigious life-time distinction among the Engineering disciplines. Congratulations to Lauren and Eric!

Lauren Aberle and Eric DePintoLauren Aberle and Eric DePinto
Ravel Ammerman, Teaching Professor and Yong Bakos, Teaching Assistant ProfessorWin Outstanding Faculty award

Dr. Ravel Ammerman was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award for EE faculty, and Yong Bakos was selected as Outstanding Faculty for CS. Ravel teaches Digital Circuits and Analysis and Design of AdvancedEnergy Systems. Yong teaches Database Management, Web Applications, and Elementsof Computing Systems, and he coordinates and teaches Introduction to Programming.

Ravel Ammerman, Teaching Professor and Yong Bakos, Teaching Assistant ProfessorRavel Ammerman, Teaching Professor and Yong Bakos, Teaching Assistant Professor
Mike WakinPromoted to Associate Professor

Dr. Mike Wakin was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Mike has been a faculty member at CSM since 2008. In 2007, Dr. Wakin shared the Hershel M. Rich Invention Award from Rice University for the design of a single-pixel camera based on compressive sensing, and in 2008, Dr. Wakin received the DARPA Young Faculty Award for his research in compressive multi-signal processing for environments such as sensor and camera networks. In 2012 Dr. Wakin received an NSF CAREER award. His research interests include sparse, geometric, and manifold-based models for signal and image processing, approximation, compression,compressive sensing, and dimensionality reduction.

Mike Wakin
Peter ChoiTakes 3rd place in Competition

Peter Choi took third place in the Tyler Technologies programming competition. Submissions were judged base on quality, creativity, readability, depth of the solution, usability, and effective use of available libraries. Peter expanded on a solution suggestion by fellow student Gurpreet Nanda. Congratulations to Peter and Gurpreet!

Peter Choi
Vibhuti Dave, Teaching Professor and Jeff Schowalter, Teaching Associate ProfessorChair IEEE Competition

Dr. Jeff Schowalter and Dr. Vibhuti Dave chaired the IEEE R5 Circuit Design Competition for the year of 2013. CSM hosted 18 teams from IEEE's region 5 (CO, TX, KS, MO, OK, AR, LA, WY) on Saturday, April 6th 2013. Teams were given a design problem on the spot and had from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM to implement this design using a predetermined set of digital and analog components. Dr. Schowalter, Dr. Dave and Dr. Tyrone Vincent acted as judges for this contest.

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Dinesh Mehta, ProfessorAttends Institute

Dr. Dinesh Mehta will be attending the CCC Leadership in Science Policy Institute (LiSPI) in Washington D.C. in April. LiSPI is intended to educate computing researchers on how science policy in the U.S. is formulated and how our government works. LiSPI will feature presentations and discussions with science policy experts, current and former Hill staff, and relevant agency and Administration personnel about mechanics of the legislative process, interacting with agencies, advisory committees, and the federal case for computing.

Dinesh Mehta, Professor
Marcelo Simoes, Associate ProfessorPublished Book

Dr. Marcelo Simoes is editor of the book "Power Electronics for Renewable and Distributed Energy Systems," along with Sudipta Chakraborty and William Kramer. Estimated publication date is April 30, 2013. More info is available from the publisher's website.

Marcelo Simoes, Associate ProfessorMarcelo Simoes, Associate Professor
Kathryn Johnson, Associate ProfessorInvited Speaker

Dr. Kathryn Johnson visited the University of Washington to give an invited talk titled "Wind turbine and wind farm control for energy capture and load reduction" in the Mechanical Engineering department's seminar series on February 5. She has also been invited to speak at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the University of Minnesota in April.

Kathryn Johnson, Associate Professor
Tracy Camp, ProfessorSIGCSE Conference Program Chair

Dr. Tracy Camp is chair of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) symposium, held March 6-9 in Denver, CO. The conference theme this year is "The Changing Face of Computing." This international symposium provides a forum for sharing new ideas for syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy, at all levels of instruction.

Tracy Camp, Professor
Cyndi Rader, Teaching ProfessorNSF Showcase at SIGCSE
Dr. Cyndi Rader was invited to discuss the NSF research grant "CS Unplugged: Encourage Computing without Computers" at the NSF Showcase at SIGCSE 2013. The NSF showcase selects 16 projects (out of approximately 60) to highlight each year. Dr. Tracy Camp is Co-PI on this grant. Cyndi Rader, Teaching Professor
ACM-W StudentsStudent Competition

EECS hosted two teams for the recent Microsoft Women's Hack-A-Thon. The teams chose human trafficking as the focus of their projects. One project was a facebook app that was developed as an MVC ASP.NET project in Visual Studio, and deployed on Azure. The second was an informational website . The following women participated: Lauren Aberle, Nikki Hetrick, Rachel Reinke, Ashley Einspahr, Vy Huynh Ta and Krista Horn.

The teams received an honorable mention for their work, and all 6 will be receiving Xbox 360s. Congratulations!

ACM-W Students
Yong Bakos, Teaching Assistant ProfessorStudent Competition

9 teams participated in the Windward Code Wars competition on January 26. Team Mines;Pro and First World Linux Problems placed first and second in the competition. Both teams reached the worldwide semi-finals, and Mines;Pro placed seventh overall in the finals. Teaching Assistant Professor Yong Bakos organized the event for EECS. Congratulations to all who participated!

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Stephanie Claussen, Teaching Associate ProfessorJoins EECS faculty
Dr. Stephanie Claussen joined the EECS Department in January, 2013 as a Teaching Associate Professor after completing her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in June, 2012. Her research interests include optoelectronic device design and fabrication, optical material characterization, and engineering pedagogy. Stephanie Claussen, Teaching Associate Professor
2012 2013
Tracy Camp, ProfessorACM Fellow

Dr. Tracy Camp was selected as an ACM Fellow. The ACM Fellows designation is bestowed only upon those ACM members who have distinguished themselves by outstanding technical and professional achievements in the field of information technology. Only about 1% of the membership achieve this rank. Congratulations to Tracy on this well-deserved recognition!

Tracy Camp, Professor
Hua Wang, Assistant ProfessorPaper presentation
Dr. Hua Wang presented the paper "High-Order Multi-Task Feature Learning to Identify Longitudinal Phenotypic Markers for Alzheimer Disease Progression Prediction" at the NIPS 2012 conference in December. NIPS is recognized for high quality and is highly competitive for paper acceptance. Only 20 papers were accepted for oral presentation this year among 1467 submissions. Hua Wang, Assistant Professor
Tracy Camp, ProfessorNSF Grant
Dr. Tracy Camp (Co-Chair of the Committee on the status of Women in Computing Research, CRA-W) was recently awarded $5 million from the National Science Foundation to work on increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in graduate programs and research careers. This project is a collaboration with the Executive Director of the Computing Research Association (Andy Bernat) and a previous chair of the Coalition to Diversity Computing (Manuel A Perez-Quinones). The funding will (1) partially support women and underrepresented minority participants in established and enhanced CRA-W/CDC programs and (2) establish the CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP). CERP will provide the first ever, longitudinal and national study of the factors that lead to research careers for all undergraduate and graduate students in computing. Tracy Camp, Professor
Cyndi Rader, Teaching Professor and Tracy Camp, ProfessorNSF Grant

Dr. Cyndi Rader (PI) and Dr. Tracy Camp (Co-PI) have received funding for a grant titled "CS Unplugged: Encourage Computing without Computers." The project will deploy the CS Unplugged curriculum in five schools in the Jefferson County area, with potential expanstion to middle schools statewide. This grant seeks to determine whether the kinesthetic nature of the CS Unplugged activities can help to increase students' confidence and interest in computing, as well as their understanding of fundamental computing concepts.

Cyndi Rader, Teaching Professor and Tracy Camp, Professor
Tracy Camp, ProfessorNSF Grant
Dr. Tracy Camp received a grant from NSF for the project "Advancing Earth Dam and Levee Sustainability through Monitoring Science and Condition Assessment." The project is an inter-disciplinary collaboration with Drs. Mike Mooney (PI, ECE), Jason Delborne (LAIS), Andre Revil (Geophysics), and Wendy Zhou (GEOL). While earth dams and levees (EDLs) are critical infrastructure that provides flood protection, fresh water storage, and renewable energy to our world, relatively little is known about: (1) the internal condition of EDLs, (2) their interaction with the natural environment, and (3) how they will perform with climate change. This PIRE grant aims to improve our understanding in these 3 areas through an integrated social-environmental-economic-technical approach to EDL sustainability research and education. Tracy Camp, Professor
Cyndi Rader, Teaching Professor & Tracy Camp, ProfessorGoogle CS4HS Award
Drs. Rader and Camp received a CS4HS award from Google to present a 2-day workshop for middle-school teachers. The workshop was focused on the potential to use the CS Unplugged activities to foster computational thinking skills in middle-school students. The teachers will be incorporating some of the CS Unplugged activities in their classrooms during the upcoming school year. Cyndi Rader, Teaching Professor & Tracy Camp, Professor
Kathryn Johnson, Associate ProfessorPatent Awarded
Dr. Kathryn Johnson received a patent titled "Adaptive pitch control for variable speed wind turbines." The patent was awarded for an adaptive control method for use with wind turbines to better capture available wind power. The method adjusts the pitch angle of blades in the turbine and includes a controller configured to perform the adaptive pitch angle adjustment method. Kathryn Johnson, Associate Professor
Phil Bradford, Adjunct ProfessorAlumni of the year
Phil Bradford was elected as Johns Hopkins "alumni of the year" to be honored at his 50th reunion Phil Bradford, Adjunct Professor
Marcelo Simoes, Associate ProfessorBest Paper Award
Dr. Simoes has been chosen as recipient of 2012 Best Paper Award for the IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine for the paper "The New Frontier of Smart Grids," IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine, vol.5, no.3, pp.49-63, 2011. The paper gives an authorative perspective in how smart energy must be embraced in order to ensure a balanced economical growth and environmental sustainability, introducing main concepts and technological challenges smart-grids present in this new and exciting frontier. Marcelo Simoes, Associate Professor
Jeffrey Chen, Assistant ProfessorNSF CAREER award
Dr. Chen won for his project "Dependable High Performance Scientific Computing at Extreme Scale via Algorithmic Fault Tolerance," which seeks to create dependable high performance computing. Due to the large number of components in these platforms, the probability that errors occur during the execution of an extreme scale application is expected to be much higher than observed today. The goal of this CAREER research project is to develop highly efficient techniques to detect, locate, and correct both soft and hard errors according to the specific characteristics of an algorithm. Jeffrey Chen, Assistant Professor
Mike Wakin, Assistant ProfessorNSF CAREER award
Dr. Wakin and his students will develop effective new frameworks for data acquisition, processing, and understanding to help meet the technological challenges posed by te ever growing demand for information. This research will focus on developing powerful new models and algorithms for dealing with high-dimensional matrix-structured data sets. Some of the many potential application areas of this work include topographic mapping, remote sensor networks, hyperspectral earth imaging, and seismic data processing. Mike Wakin, Assistant Professor
Qi Han, Associate ProfessorPetroleum Institute Grant
Dr. Han received a grant from the Petroleum Institute at Abu Dhabi for her project "Enabling Automated Oil and Gas Processes Using Unmanned Mobile Robots." She will be collaborating with Dr. John Steele from Mechanical Engineering. The presence of toxic gasses (such as H2S) and very high outdoor temperatures in the Middle East region poses great risks to staff on the site of oil and gas facilities. In order to improve safety and increase reliability of oil and gas processes such as inspection, operations and maintenance of oil and gas facilities, this project seeks to automate these tasks using unmanned mobile robots. Qi Han, Associate Professor
Andrew Meyers, EE graduate studentAFCEA Cyber Scholarship

Andrew Meyer was selected receive the $5,000 AFCEA Cyber Scholarship this year. Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students pursuing academic degrees in cyber security, cyber attack, computer science, information technology,digital forensics, or electronic engineering.

Andrew Meyers, EE graduate student

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