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ECE associate professor Roman Lysecky has put a modern spin on an old classic — the textbook — by using zyBooks in his electrical and computer engineering courses.

By Emily Litvack, University Relations – Communications 

An interactive animation shows zyBooks users, step by step, how to execute a basic C++ program.A new edtech startup, zyBooks, is taking a "less text, more action" approach to an old classroom staple: the textbook.

The company's online, interactive books, designed primarily for lower-division STEM courses, have been brought into University of Arizona classrooms by Roman Lysecky, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The UA is one of some 250 universities using zyBooks today.

Lysecky thinks adapting to different kinds of student learning should be the goal of an instructor.

"We're supposed to help more students be successful and gain knowledge," he says... Read Complete Article

Janet Meiling Roveda’s Web-based platform presents sleep data in a fun, interactive format for children in the UA-led "Z-Factor" study, funded by the National Science Foundation.

More and more information is at our fingertips, thanks to engineers and computer scientists who translate enormous amounts of complex data from portable and wearable devices into language that users can easily understand.

But what if the user is a fourth-grader?

Janet Meiling Roveda, a University of Arizona associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is addressing that question as co-principal investigator of the "Z-Factor," officially called the Sleep Education Program to Improve STEM Education in Elementary School.

More than 500 fourth- and fifth-grade students in the Catalina Foothills School District are expected to participate in Z-Factor over the next three years, the... Read Complete Article

ECE professor Linda Powers is part of a team of researchers who will advance flexible hybrid electronics under the Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics, a major new government initiative. Inventors of total artificial heart, disposable blood-testing kits and wearable health-monitoring tools will advance U.S. manufacturing of bendable and wearable technologies.

Three University of Arizona biomedical engineers renowned for developing medical monitoring and diagnostic devices that are portable, practical and precise are participating in the Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Flexible Hybrid Electronics, or FHE MII, a major new initiative announced at the White House on August 28, 2015.

College of Engineering researchers Linda Powers, Bijan Najafi and Marvin Slepian join... Read Complete Article

New faculty joins ECE

Electrical and computer engineering students will see some new faces in the classroom this semester as five new faculty join the ECE team.  

“We are proud to introduce five new professors to our outstanding group of existing faculty,” said Tamal Bose, ECE department head. “These new faculty, who bring expertise in such areas as data mining, cybersecurity and wireless networks, will aid the ECE department in continuing to push the boundaries of technology.” 

Ming LiMing Li joins the ECE department as an associate professor after serving as an assistant professor in the computer science department at Utah State University where he directed the Wireless Network and Cyber Security Research, or WiSeR, Lab. 

Li’s research interests include cybersecurity and privacy, especially in communications, network and information... Read Complete Article

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