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The College of Engineering’s Micro/Nano Fabrication Center is one of three high-level labs that can be found on the UA campus. 

The high-tech clean room is located on the first floor of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Building, and boasts a variety of equipment and stations that are used to make different kinds of mechanical and engineering technology, such as computer chips and wafers.

“Our goal is to teach students and give them access to everything we have to offer,” said Gregg Cure, maintenance supervisor for the lab. “Which includes the lab equipment and the knowledge of faculty and lab workers.”

HuntenIn just seven months, a team of five undergraduate students, including recent electrical and computer engineering graduate Evelyn Hunten, helped build two 24-inch telescopes from the ground up to track satellites and space junk. "This project was the one I wanted to work on," she said. "It was my first choice. I love the instrumentation behind scientific discoveries."

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Janet Roveda, the College of Engineering's 2017 da Vinci FellowProfessor Janet Roveda has been named the 2017 da Vinci Fellow for the UA College of Engineering for her far-reaching research contributions.

This year’s nominations focused on faculty whose roles in campuswide research have generated major funding for the entire University of Arizona.

Roveda has brought millions to the UA in funding – $2.3 million in the last six years alone – and forged collaborations within the College of Engineering and among the UA colleges of science, optical sciences, education and medicine.

One frequent collaborator is Linda Powers, Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Chair for Bioengineering, with whom Roveda is developing mobile devices for detecting pathogens in blood and designing technologies for higher-resolution mammography image processing.

“She is amazing to work with,” said Powers.

Roveda's fellowship includes a one-time grant of $10,000 to support either research or teaching projects.

Honored alongside Roveda in a special reception for da Vinci Circle members were 10 da Vinci Scholars – two of whom are ECE students. Congratulations go to David Malbouef and Seth Werly.

ECE grad student Sree Ramya S.P. Malladi with her award-wining poster. In what the department plans to make an annual tradition, ECE held its first graduate student poster symposium on April 21.

The symposium gave students an opportunity showcase their research and share ideas in an open, interactive forum with faculty, students and staff.

The event featured 44 master's and doctoral students, and fifth floor filled quickly with interested attendees.

  • Best Poster: "Superpixels" by Sree Ramya S.P. Malladi (pictured), Sundaresh Ram and Jeffrey J. Rodriguez (adviser)
  • Best Poster Design, for creative expression of a topic: "Proof of Reliability in Cloud Storage," by Li Li and Loukas Lazos (adviser)

"I really enjoyed learning from the students about their research," said Kelly Potter, UA professor of electrical and computer engineering and optical sciences. "Two of my students presented posters at the symposium, and they both reported that they really enjoyed the event both for the opportunity to interact with their peers and learn about research being conducted across the department, and because of the one-to-one interactions with faculty."

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