DEPARTMENT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING News Bytes (Fall 2012)
  1. Professor Allen Glisson has retired after 34 years of meritorious service to the Department. He has the distinction of being a three-degree holder from Ole miss. He is a fellow of IEEE and a fellow of ACES. The Department will dearly miss his many contributions as a teacher, mentor, scholar, faculty-colleague, and administrator.
  2. Professor Atef Elesherbeni is the fifth recipient of the UM’s Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award. The award was presented at commencement on May 12, 2012. Dr. Elsherbeni is a fellow of IEEE and a fellow of ACES. Congratulations Dr. Elsherbeni!
  3. Several faculty have participated and presented papers at the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium in Chicago, July 2012.
  4. In early fall 2012, two new grants have been received by faculty; one jointly by Goggans and Cao and the other by Hutchcraft.
  5. Professor Paul Goggans was one of the authors invited for the Society for Neuroscience, "Speech" press conference presentation: Title: The use of tactile feedback to reduce overt stuttering Authors: D. E. WADDELL, P. M. GOGGANS, G. J. SNYDER
  6. Dr. Alexander Yakovlev presented three papers at the Sixth International Congress on Advanced Electromagnetic Materials in Microwaves and Optics ‐ Metamaterials 2012, held in St.Petersburg, Russia, September 2012.
  7. Dr. Ramanarayanan "Vish" Viswanathan has joined as the Chair and Professor of EE on July 16, 2012. He joins Ole miss after 29 years of service at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is a fellow of IEEE and his research expertise is in statistical signal processing and communications.
  8. EE shop supervisor, Martye Hickman and senior secretary, Bobby Garrett, have retired. We will surely miss having them around. The department wishes them well in post-retirement.
  9. Electrical Engineering graduate student Mohammed Akhoirshida received a dissertation fellowship for the fall 2012 semester.
  10. Electrical Engineering student Scott Williams was selected for membership in the honor society Phi Kappa Phi.
EE Welcomes new EAB member

Our newest member is Vince Rodriguez, PhD, Product and Technical Manager, Antennas at ETS- Lindgren, L.P. Dr. Rodriguez attended the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), in Oxford, Mississippi, where he obtained his B.S.E.E. in 1994, M.S. and Ph.D. in 1996 and 1999, respectively. He joined EMC Test Systems (now ETS-Lindgren) as an RF and Electromagnetics engineer in June 2000. In September 2004 Dr. Rodriguez took over the position of Senior Principal Antenna Design Engineer, placing him in charge of the development of new antennas for different applications and on improving the existing antenna line. Since the fall of 2010 he has served and Antenna Product Manager. In this position Dr. Rodriguez oversees all technical and marketing aspects of the antenna products at ETS-Lindgren. Among the antennas developed by Dr. Rodriguez there are: broadband double and quad-ridged guide horns; high field generator horns; stacked LPDAs for automotive and military testing; and printed antennas for wireless testing. While mainly dedicated to antenna design Dr. Rodriguez has continued being involved in anechoic chamber design like the Conical Taper L-shaped range at the nationalUniversity of Singapore, a secondary chamber for INPE in Brazil, and Taper Anechoic chambers for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Dr. Rodriguez mentions what he considers as the core benefit of his education in the EE department: Stressing the importance of oral communications and presentations, providing a solid theoretical background rather than concentrating on current technology (current being the 1990s), that engineering science approach has been really important, and providing the opportunity to publish: when I finished my studies I had at the time 3 journal presentations and at least 3 conference papers.

Alumni Reflection
Excerpts from a Recent Email:

Venkatesh Ramaswamy, PhD., says, “I was a graduate student in the electrical engineering department from Fall 2000 to Fall 2006. During this period I earned a Masters degree in Telecommunications and a PhD degree in Electrical engineering, both under the supervision of Prof. John Daigle. The graduate program helped me to secure job opportunities at top-notch research organizations such as the IBM Research Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Airvana Network Solutions, where I am currently a Senior Research Engineer responsible for the research and development of several fourth generation (4G) wireless communication products. I received several achievement awards for my contributions and co-authored many peer-reviewed articles and patents.

My graduate education under Prof. Daigle helped me to excel in fast-paced, cutting-edge and very competitive work environments at these places. Prof. Daigle is one of the most respected experts in academia and industry. The inter-disciplinary aspect of our graduate program makes it a very special one, and one of the very few of this kind in the nation. The program teaches the philosophy of communications and networking, and this education made me a better engineer, and more importantly a better citizen and a better person.”

A Novel Student Engineering Design Project
A prototype of the patent-pending tactile speech feedback prosthetic for stutterers

Development of the prosthetic was an interdisciplinary effort involving, Greg Snyder, lifelong stutterer and Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, with Dwight Waddell, Associate Professor of Health, Exercise Science & Recreation Management and Research, and Paul Goggans, Professor of Electrical Engineering. Device development for the prototype was performed by several semesters of EL E 461 and EL E 462 (Senior Design I and II) students directed by Professor Goggans. The following EE students participated in the design and development of the UM prosthetic for stutterers: Chris Donovan, Tejuan Leland and Manish Sthapit (Spring 2008), Kyle Aven and Trey St John (Spring 2009), Dustan Berryhill, Hallee Childress, and Scott Williams (Fall 2011 and Spring 2012).