STEM Scouts Lab at Parmalee Elementary School

Elementary students solder circuits.On Monday, Jan 13, Electrical Engineering students Paige and Ellie hosted a STEM Scouts Lab at Parmalee Elementary School. Paige and Ellie guided students in soldering LEDs and other parts to printed circuit boards. Everyone had a good time and learned some new skills in electronics fabrication.

Congradulations to Dr. Haupt on his new book!

Haupt - Wireless Communications SystemsDr. Haupt’s new book titled “Wireless Communications Systems” to be released in January 2020.

Thank you all who particpated in the Ice Cream Social!

Several people building LED flowers in foreground and others enjoying ice cream in background. The Ice Cream Club hosted a special event with the EE department last Firday, October 4. EE students, faulcty, and undecided freshmen enjoyed ice cream and a soldering activity in the CoorsTek Atrium.

Special thanks to Grant Rawls, president of Ice Cream Club, and Professor Coulston who provided the soldering activity.

The Inter House Team is the 1st place winners of the 2019 Solar Decathlon Africa!

Inter House Team Photo

Inter House is an American-Morrocan Team. Many students from Mines participated including EE graduate Michael Blonsky and undergraduates Christian Amundson, Christopher Burroughs, Ryan Reschak, Linlee Morrison, and Zoe Logan. The team went through 1.5 years in planning and designing, 3 weeks of construction, and 2 weeks of testing and presenting the Inter House to judges in 10 categories: Engineering & Construction, Innovation, Architecture, Market Appeal, Communications & Social Awareness, Home Life & Entertainment, Electrical Energy Balance, Appliances, Sustainability, and Comfort Conditions. Inter House was awarded the highest combined score in all 10 contests. Individual contest results can be viewed on the SDA website.

Thank you all who particpated in Dr. Coulston’s Celebrate Mines event!

Dr. Coulston, Dr. Aaen, and two seniors – Drew Hinkle and Connor Ventura – helped over 30 students solder together “LED flowers,” a Mines designed project that allows a user to make adjustments to the red, green, and blue light output from an LED. Many of the students were learning to solder for the first time.

Dr. Chris Coulston, Teaching Associate Professor, awarded Best Short Paper at the Rocky Mountain Section of the ASEE conference

Coulston Best Short PaperChris Coulston attended the Rocky Mountain Section of the ASEE conference from May 19 to May 21. While there he presented a short paper titled “Dimensions of a Problem That Elicit Requests for One-On-One Help from Students in a Laboratory Setting”. This paper was co-authored with Hisham Sager, David Werner, John Wiens and Thomas Henery Reagan. This paper was awarded the best short paper.

Sepideh Kianbakht awarded First place in SWE WE Local Collegiate Competition

Sepideh SWECongraduations to Sepideh Kianbakht – a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering – for first place in SWE WE Local Collegiate Competition.

Sepideh Kianbakht is a recipient of RUDD Mayer Fellowship by WRISE

Rudd Mayer FellowsWomen of the Renweable Industry and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) awarded Sepideh Kianbakht with the Rudd Mayer Fellowship.

Dr. Peter H. Aaen starts as Electrical Engineering Department head July 1st

Peter H. AaenDr. Peter Aaen received both the B.A.Sc. degree in Engineering Science and the M.A.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1995 and 1997 respectively. In 2005, he received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University.

Peter Aaen has held engineering management positions in industry before joining the University of Surrey. In 2013, he was awarded the position of Reader – equivalent to Full Professor – in Microwave Semiconductor Device Modelling. In 2016, Peter Aaen was appointed the Director of the South of England branch of the National Physical Laboratory.

Starting July 1st, Dr. Peter H. Aaen will start as the Department Head of the Electrical Engineering Department at the Colorado School of Mines.


Daniel GaydosDaniel Gaydos

Daniel Gaydos received the prestigious 2019 IEEE graduate fellowship award from the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) for his research proposal “Adaptive Wireless Communication Systems Using Software-Defined Radio Arrays.” Daniel is a first-year master’s degree student in the EE department and is advised by Prof. Payam Nayeri.

Professor Michael Wakin has been promoted to Full Professor

Michael WakinPreviously an Associate Professor, Michael Wakin was promoted to Full Professor during the 2019 Spring Semester.

Congratulations Professor Micheal Wakin!

Undergraduate Madison Le was awarded third place in the student paper competition at the ACES 2019 annual conference

ACES Madison LeMadison Le’s paper “Error Analysis of Subgridding when Modeling Multiscale Structures using the Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method” won third place in the 2019 ACES student paper competition.

A poster outlining the paper can be viewed in the hallway outside the EE department office BB310C.


Professor Atef Elsherbeni and Research Faculty Mohammed Hadi have contributed to book published by Springer

Atef ElsherbeniMohammed Hadi

EE Professors Atef Elsherbeni and Mohammed Hadi have contributed with Chapter 7 of the book “Computational Photonic Sensors”, by Mohamed Farhat O. Hameed, that Springer has published in 2018. Chapter 7 “FDTD in Cartesian and Spherical Grids” was written by Mohammed Hadi, Atef Elsherbeni, Ravi Bolimuntha, and Melinda Piket-May.  Congratulations on this publication!

Associate Professor Salman Mohagheghi received award from the Daniels Fund Fellowship

Salman MohagheghiEE Associate Professor Salman Mohagheghi has been awarded $5,000 from the Daniels Fund Fellowship to work on incorporating social and environmental ethics into the design of energy systems. The goal is to develop course projects and homework assignments for power systems courses, where the students are exposed to ethical dilemmas in which social and/or environmental concerns contradict efficient engineering designs. Congratulations!

Associate Professor Michael Wakin and Assistant Professor Gongguo Tang received NSF and DARPA awards during academic year 2018

Gongguo TangMichael Wakin

EE Professors Gongguo Tang and Mike Wakin received NSF and DARPA award for a 4-year project, which will total $753,000.

They also were awarded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency – DARPA Sponsor an 18-month project for $1,2 Million.

Congratulations to Mike and Gongguo!

January 17 – Olivia Cordova (Senior, EE) receives Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Award

Olivia Cordova Receiving MLK Award with President Johnson

Three Colorado School of Mines community members received Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Awards at a luncheon on January 17 for their appreciation for diversity and understanding its value on campus. Recipients are chosen based on nominations by peers that highlight their efforts to develop innovative programs or policies that enhance diversity on campus, demonstrate a commitment to a philosophy of inclusion by initiating interactions between people of different backgrounds and their efforts to contribute to fostering understanding and respect for diversity within the campus community.

Here’s Cordova’s nomination:

“Olivia is an inspiring individual in many ways beyond her work with the Society of Women Engineers. Through her role as an RA for the Nucleus Scholars group, Olivia often participates in presentations to share her experiences as a first-generation college student, educating the Mines community on the benefits diversifying our campus and reaching out to this underrepresented group as well as shedding light on the unique needs of first-generation college students.”

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