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That's a wrap! Design Day 2016 saw 24 student teams take home awards ranging from innovation to best design documentation. 

ECE senior, Ian Carmichael, explains his team's project at Design Day 2016

The department of electrical and computer engineering was well represented by students in nearly all of the winning categories.

We tip our hats to the following ECE seniors for a job well done:

Kristy Pearson Fish Out of Water
Steven Wirth (Team 15065)

Thorlabs Photonics Is the Future
Steven J. Murrell and Jinghao Zhou (Team 15053)

Honeywell Excellence in Aerospace Electronic System Design
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Professor Jerzy Rozenblit will travel to Poland as a Fulbright Scholar to research and develop new methods and systems for training surgeons on minimally invasive robotic systems.

Guidance systems, similar to those used by rearview cameras, could make learning to perform robotic surgery as simple as backing up a car. At least, that's the basic idea behind research by University Distinguished Professor Jerzy Rozenblit in the University of Arizona department of electrical and computer engineering.

Jerzy Rozenblit discusses his research in computer-aided surgery during a TEDx Talk at the Student Union in 2013.

The Raymond J. Oglethorpe Endowed Chair will travel to Poland for six months in 2017 as a Fulbright Scholar to collaborate on development of simulation models and devices to train physicians in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. He has previously traveled to Poland... Read Complete Article

Go-to-gal; source of all knowledge; ambassador for the unit: These are just a few of the descriptions given to Rozanne Canizales, administrative manager for the department of electrical and computer engineering, or ECE, at the University of Arizona. She's earned them all; and she's just been formally recognized for her commitment.

Rozanne Canizales (center) celebrates her award with members of the ECE team.

Canizales is among 11 staff members chosen to receive 2016 University of Arizona Awards for Excellence from the Office of the President. The honor recognizes staff whose outstanding achievements benefit all or much of the university.

"It is humbling to know how much I am valued and appreciated by [ECE department head] Dr. Tamal Bose and the others who supported this nomination," she said. "It is truly an honor; joining the UA was one of the best decisions I've ever made."

Canizales started her UA career in 1980 as a secretary at the Main Library, followed by six years at what was then the College of Mines.... Read Complete Article

In or out of the classroom, Hal Tharp, associate professor and associate department head of electrical engineering, seeks new ways to engage and encourage both students and faculty.

By La Monica Everett-Haynes, University Relations – Communications

Dr. Hal Tharp leads a classroom discussion

ECE Associate Department Head Hal S. Tharp maintains a three-point teaching philosophy: be student-centered; continuously expand your skills; and share teaching ideas with others.

This trifecta approach has built Tharp's reputation as a highly distinguished University of Arizona faculty member and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering known for his masterful and creative ways of reaching students. All of which helped earn him this year's University of Arizona Foundation Leicester and Kathryn Sherrill Creative Teaching Award.

"Dr. Tharp deserves this award. He has helped not only me, but also many others by showing the value of education and... Read Complete Article

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