Electrical and Computer Engineering



Winter 2017 Commencement Ceremony


One hundred three ECE students received university degrees at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony at the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein on December 17, 2017. They are 71 graduate (1 DRE, 21 MCIS, 44 MSEE, and 5 MSSE) and 32 undergraduate students (11 BSCIS, 1 BSCS, 13 BEE and 7 BCE). Congratulations! 


Profs. Gao and Zhao received the Distinguished Faculty Award


Profs. Zhiqiang Gao and Wenbing Zhao received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Teaching, respectively, at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony at the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein on December 17, 2017. Congratulations, Drs. Gao and Zhao! 


Mr. Dave Guinther recently received CSU’s Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service
Mr. Dave Guinther recently received CSU’s Alumni Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. He not only received an electrical engineering degree from CSU, he was also co-captain of the swim team in the 60s. His connection to Cleveland State Vikings Swimming & Diving is still strong to this day. Find out everything the Distinguished Alum has done for the program here and also video link.

Our MSEE student, Seyed Fakoorian received the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award
Mr. Seyed Fakoorian, a MSEE student (faculty advisor: Dr. Dan Simon), receives the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award. This award is granted to graduate students for research conducted for a master’s thesis which has the potential to make a substantial contribution to the field. Congratulations on being selected for this prestigious award! 

Our BSCS student, Michael M D'Arcy received the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award
Our BSCS student, Michael M D'Arcy, was selected for honorable mention for the Computing Research Association's (CRA) Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award, which is the most prestigious undergraduate for computer science students. The other winners are from UT Austin, CMU, Caltech, Harvard, Berkeley, Cornell, Stanford, UIUC, UBC, etc. Congratulations! Please check out this CRA webpage. Congratulations!

Our alumni Mr. Ray Strimaiti  has recently been appointed as Vice President, Corporate Development & Global Strategy for AST
Mr. Ray Strimaiti, an Electrical Engineering alumni and a former VP at Yahoo, has recently been appointed as the newly created role of Vice President, Corporate Development & Global Strategy for AST, the leading provider of proactive patent risk mitigation solutions. Please see here for details. 

Prof. Wenbing Zhao's research has received $100,000 in commercialization acceleration funding
Prof. Wenbing Zhao's research has been selected for the TeCK Fund in commercialization acceleration funding. Dr. Zhao will continue to develop his Privacy Aware Compliance Tracking System (PACTS) to ensure best practices are followed by nurses and patient handlers in elder care settings. Please see here for details.

CSU recently completed the first test of its transfemoral prosthesis with an amputee at the VA Medical Center

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The prosthesis provided motorized knee actuation to replicate able-bodied gait while consuming net-zero energy due to supercapacitor-based energy regeneration. The prosthesis project is funded by the NSF and is led by Dr. Dan Simon, Dr. Hanz Richter, and Dr. Antonie van den Bogert.


Congratulations to Seyed Fakoorian for receiving the CSU Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award

Seyed completed his master’s thesis, “Ground reaction force estimation in prosthetic legs with an extended Kalman filter,” in December 2016. He is currently a doctoral student in the ECE Department. Seyed’s thesis research could provide a key component to making prosthetic legs more practical, less expensive, and better performing than current technology.


Congratulations to Saman Khademi for receiving the CSU Excellent Achievement Award in Research

Saman is a doctoral student in the ECE Department. He has shown that it is possible to achieve prosthetic walking that is similar to that of able-bodied persons, while regenerating electrical energy in a manner similar to that used in electric and hybrid cars. Saman’s research could play a significant role in improving the lives of thousands of above-knee amputees. He has also provided theoretical advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning, which he has used in his prosthetics research.


Prof. Dan Simon and his students won 2nd place in the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at IMECE
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Alonte Garnett, a computer engineering student at CSU, and David Maher, a biomedical engineering student at Duquesne University, won second place in the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) in Tampa, Florida, in November 2017. Their poster was about their summer 2017 research on pediatric exoskeleton technology, and was supervised by CSU doctoral student Curt Laubscher, Mechanical Engineering Professor Jerzy Sawicki, and ECE Professor Dan Simon.

Prof. Zhiqiang Gao and his research is featured in the Research Office webpage

Prof. Zhiqiang Gao has been developing advanced control methods for industrial applications. His research is featured in the Research Office webpage. Please see here for details.


The first ECE Distinguished Speaker Series -- Smart Cities


ECE Department and IEEE Cleveland co-sponsored the Smart City presentation as the first ECE Distinguished Speaker Series at Main Classroom 201. The speaker is Dr. Mohammad Shahidehpour, who is the Bodine Chair Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology and a member of National Academy of Engineering. This presentation introduces the components and the structures embedded in smart cities and discuss the benefits and the predicaments of implementing smart cities for promoting the global sustainability. An overview of a campus microgrid established at the IIT campus is also presented. There were about 70 people attended from institutions and industry in the region as well as CSU community.


The Cleveland State University student section of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

Congratulations on the newly elected officials of ACM Student Chapter - Ziad El Ghoul (Chair), Yohannes Itanna (Vice President), Ben Brunson (Treasurer), and Dorothy Zhao (Secretary)! Prof. Pooyan Fazli  is the faculty advisor.


Prof. Dan Simon and his two doctoral students won the 1st place award at the Washkewicz College of Engineering's Annual Research Day

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Prof. Dan Simon and his two doctoral students, Hanieh Mohammadi and Gholamreza Khademi, received the 1st place award at the Washkewicz College of Engineering's Annual Research Day on October 27.  The title of the research poster is "Toward Minimal-Sensing Activity Mode Recognition for Transfemoral Amputees”, which was selected among a record number of almost 50 poster presentations. Congratulations!


Melanie is sharing her story with her Dear World picture on Facebook
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Melanie is sharing her story with her Dear World picture on Faceboo: "I saw it on her face.....I needed to hug her"@dearworld #DearCLEstate. Please see here for details.

Prof. Nigamanth Sridhar received $1M grant from National Science Foundation with Brian E Harper and Debbie Jackson to expand CSforAll Initiative

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Prof. Nigamanth Sridhar received a 3-year grant from National Science Foundation of about $1M in collaboration with Brian E Harper and Debbie Jackson. The award is entitled "CSforAll RPP: Learning from a District-Wide CSforAll Implementation." Congratulations! Please see here for details.


Profs. Zhiqiang Gao and Lili Dong held 2017 IEEE 1st Workshop on Active Disturbance Rejection Control (ADRC)

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Dr. Zhiqiang Gao and Dr. Lili Dong organized 2017 IEEE 1st Workshop on Active Disturbance Rejection Control (ADRC) on Aug. 10-11, 2017. The workshop was attended by about 30 people, from universities and companies in the U.S., Canada, and China. Opening remarks was given by Prof. Karlsson, the dean of engineering college at CSU. During the workshop, the historical review, theoretical development, and practical applications of ADRC were presented and discussed. At the end, the audiences came away with in-depth understanding of ADRC in terms of its design principles, the theoretical justification, and real-world applications.


Profs. Zhiqiang Gao and Wenbing Zhao received the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Award

Drs. Zhiqiang Gao and Wenbing Zhao received the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Award. Dr. Gao received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Dr. Zhao receives the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching! Congratulations!


ECE students participate in 2017 summer research

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A number of students participate in summer research with ECE faculty. Sujay Bajracharya and Alexander Rhodes will research with Dr. Zhang on voice control in robots. James Doherty, Mike M. D'arcy and Emre Hatay will research with Dr. Fazli on Robot Navigation in Dynamic Environments. Utkarsh Patel, Mayur Rumalwala, and Andrew Yu will research with Dr. Chung on Document similarity, Automatic Image Identification System and Basketball analytics, respectively. Congratulations! 

Gabriel Madison and Utkarsh Patel received an Undergraduate Research Award for the fall 2017

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Two of our students, Mr. Gabriel Madison and Mr. Utkarsh Patel, received an Undergraduate Research Award for the fall 2017 semester. They will research with Profs. Wenbing Zhao and Pooyan Fazli on Multi-Modal Sensing Platform and Robotics, respectively. Congratulations!

Prof. Hongxing Ye received a grant from NSF

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Prof. Hongxing Ye has been awarded a grant from NSF for his project "Transactive Uncertainty and Flexibility for High Penetration of Semi-dispatchable Renewables in Electricity Markets." Dr. Ye’s research focuses on improving the reliability and fairness of the electricity market as variable energy resources (VERs), such as solar and wind, become more prevalent in the power generation landscape. The robust model that he is developing will actively manage the uncertainties of demand by users and supply by VER generators. By managing uncertainties and including explicit energy pricing signals, Dr. Ye’s model has the potential to enable broader adoption of distributed renewable energy sources.

Alumni Mr. Richard Veres shares his story on youtube

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Mr. Richard Veres graduated from Fenn College in 1956, the predecessor of Cleveland State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. However, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and never had a chance to walk in the commencement with his classmates. 61 years later, the 84-year-old had that chance to walk across the stage at CSU. Please watch two videos of his story on youtube. Please click link1 and link2 for details. 

ECE has 179 student graduated in May 13, 2017


One hundred seventy nine ECE students received university degrees at the 2017 Commencement Ceremony at the Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein on May 13, 2017. They are 115 graduate (43 MCIS, 66 MSEE, and 6 MSSE) and 63 undergraduate degrees (20 BSCIS, 1 BSCS, 28 BEE and 14 BCE). In addition, Mr. Dragos Dinca recevied his Doctor of Engineering degree with the dissertation entitled "Development of an Integrated High Energy Density Capture and Storage System for Ultrafast Supply/Extended Energy Consumption Applications". Congratulations!

Dr. Nigamanth Sridhar has been appointed Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

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Dr. Nigamanth Sridhar, an ECE faculty, has been appointed Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Cleveland State University. His new position will be effective August 1, 2017. He is President of the CSU Faculty Senate and Associate Director of the CSU Transportation Center. His outstanding accomplishments in research and teaching were recognized by the prestigious NSF Early Career Award in 2008. Currently, he is playing a crucial role in CSU’s joint efforts with Case Western Reserve University on the Northeast Ohio Internet of Things Collaborative and the national CS for All effort to enhance computer science education in K-12 schools. Please see here for details. 

A BSCIS student Lakiel Wade was awarded a prestigious national study abroad scholarship

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Mr. Lakiel Wade, a BSCIS student, was recently awarded a prestigious national study abroad scholarship, the Benjamin A Gilman scholarship to assist with his expenses for the summer 2017 while pursuing an international internship at the University of Novi Sod in Serbia through IAESTE International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experiences. Congratulations!


A Special Event from EEC 693/793: Applied Computer Vision with Depth Cameras


Prof. Wenbing Zhao hosted a special event on 19 April, 2017 in his course, Applied Computer Vision with Depth Cameras (EEC 693/793).  Mr. Victor Pudelski, the Chief Technology Officer of Traq Global Ltd., gave students a guest talk on developing practical Microsoft Kinect-based applications for rehabilitation, concussion recovery evaluation, and balance assessment.


HKN Induction Ceremony


HKN Epsilon Alpha Chapter at CSU held induction ceremony in Compton Lounge between 5:30pm and 6:30pm on April 14, 2017. Fifteen outstanding undergraduate and graduate students were initiated. The faculty adviser Dr. Lili Dong and HKN student officers (Yang Zhao, Prasanth Kandula, Brian Squirek, Mallory Bartolovich, and Jamal Odeh) organized this event, which was followed by a reception in Fox Den. The initiates and their guests enjoyed the ceremony and reception. Congratulations on these new members!


Prof. Charles Receives 2017 Leadership Awards


Prof. Charles Alexander receives the Student Organization Advisor of the Year among the 2017 Leadership Awards. This award will be given away at the 44th Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony. Congratulations!

Prof. Wenbing Zhao Receives $15,000 though the 2017 I-Corps @ Ohio Program


Prof. Wenbing Zhao received $15,000 through 2017 I-Corps @ Ohio Program. His leading research team has been selected for Ohio’s focused entrepreneurial and commercialization training. His team focuses on A Privacy-Aware Compliance Tracking System with Real-time Feedback (PACTS). It is designed for both training of state tested nurse aids (STNAs) on using proper body mechanics while doing bedside care activities, and provide real-time monitoring and feedback while STNAs are taking care of residents at the bedside. Please see here for details.

Congrats to Prof. Ye Zhu's Patent 

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Prof. Ye Zhu received a U.S. provisional patent on April 3, 2017 for his invention Shoulder-Surfing Resistant Authentication Method. It is directed to protect a mobile phone user's login information from theft by a shoulder-surfing attacker. Please see here for details.

Prof. Hongxing Ye Receives the Faculty Research Development (FRD) Award

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Prof. Hongxing Ye receives the Faculty Research Development (FRD) award. The project is entitled “Active Uncertainty Management in Modern Power Systems.” The objective of the project is to explore the active uncertainty management via fair market mechanism in power systems. It is foreseeable that Trump administration will seek a fairer way to accommodate uncertainties caused by variable energy source, such as wind and solar. Instead of the current out-of-market measures, it becomes imperative to seek an effective and fair uncertainty management mechanism. They propose to address this fundamental challenge in applying robust optimization to real-word power system operation. Congratulations! Please see here for details.
04 /01 /2017 

Profs. Wenbing Zhao and Pong Chu Receives 2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Award
Profs. Wenbing Zhao and Pong Chu receives 2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Award. Dr. Zhao along with Dr. Xiongyi Liu (Curriculum and Foundations) will research with undergraduate students on “BUDDY: A Virtual Reality Based Computer System for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders”. Dr. Chu will study the project entitled “Connected FPGA Thermal Monitoring” this summer. Congratulations!
04 /01 /2017 

Spring Open House of Washkewicz College on 1st of April 2017


On Saturday the 1st of April the Washkewicz College of Engineering was not fooling anybody of its 110 visitors for the Spring Open House. The families gathered at 10:30 in the morning at the first floor of Fenn Hall and met with the various Engineering Student Organizations. Student leaders briefed the college guests about the activities and the benefits of the memberships of different organizations. Also, visitors met the students representing the Cooperative Education Program. The exciting part for the young engineers was the Engineering Lab Tour where the high school students and their families visited a several labs in the college. The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department’s labs were the stars of the show as the guests were so fascinated with the high end technology they’ve seen in the 3D Electronic Printing Lab. Expressions like “ So cool” and “pretty amazing” were heard so many times by the lab instructors especially in the Robotics Lab when they showed the different robots they’re developing. The precise systems showcased in the Control Lab were astonishing to the visitors as well leading to questions like “what do I have to study to work in such a lab?”
03 /20 /2017 

2017 CSU Joint Seminar


Profs. Lili Dong and Allen Morinec coordinated the joint seminar (among IEEE Power Systems Society, IEEE Control Systems Society, and HKN honor society) on March 20 with around 40 participants. The guest speaker was Mr. Will Knapek from OMICRON electronics Corp.

03 /16 /2017 

Congrats to Prof. Ye Zhu's invention

Prof. Ye Zhu and the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) are currently processing a patent application for a novel login process using a 3D authentication method. Dr. Zhu’s invention, Authentication Method Using Interactive Three-Dimensional Environments, discloses methods in which a user interacts with virtual three-dimensional environments to authenticate themselves on a mobile device or similar electronic device. Please see here for details.

03 /08 /2017 

Congrats to Prof. Charles Alexander for Award

Prof. Charles Alexander received the Robert S. Walleigh Distinguished Contributions to Engineering Professionalism Award. This award is to honor members of the engineering profession for long-term dedicated effort and outstanding accomplishments in advancing the aims of IEEE professional activities in the United States. Dr. Alexander has been selected as 2016 Recipient for the entire USA. This is the highest award that IEEE-USA awards to its members. Please see here for details. Congratulations!

03 /04 /2017 

2017 CSU High School Programming Competition


Prof. Zhao led Visual programming competition during the Engineering Scholars Day on March 4. Two batches of sixteen prospective high school students participated the code.org competition. Three of the students were able to solve 2 puzzles and moved on to the third puzzle. A total five students received the awards. Congratulations!

02 /24 /2017 

Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing (OCWIC) 2017


Prof. Lili Dong, Ms. Sandra English (Manager, co-op program) and five CS students attended OCWIC 2017 (Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing) conference held in THE LODGE at Sawmill Creek Resort on February 22-23, 2017. It was extremely informative, interactive, inspirational, and helpful with women CS students' future career. Please see here for details. 

02 /22 /2017 

Prof. Siu-Tung Yau joined the editorial board of Scientific Reports

Prof. Siu-Tung Yau has been invited to join the editorial board of Scientific Reports, which is an online journal of Nature Publishing group. It publishes high quality works in all areas of natural sciences. Congratulations! See here for details.

02 /11 /2017 

A Day Open House event

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Advanced Control Research Lab (Dr. Gao) and People and Robots Laboratory (Dr. Fazli) opened their labs for prospective students and their parents during an annual Engineer For A Day Open House event. More than a hundred high school students attended and appreciated our research activities. 

02 /03 /2017 

2017 CSU Big Data event
Dr. Sunnie Chung helped host the Big Data event on January 19, 2017 at CSU with a great success. There were 237 attendees from major Big Data, IoT, Analytics industry and academia in the Cleveland area. Some of those include IBM Watson, Progressive, NASA, Parker, and Case Western Reserve University. 
01 /27 /2017 
Profs. Sridhar and Loparo received $200,000 grant 
Prof Nigamanth Sridhar along with Prof Kenneth Loparo of CWRU received a a planning grant of $200,000 from the Cleveland Foundation as part of its Digital Excellence Initiative. The project is to provide innovative educational, research and economic/workforce development opportunities related to the “internet of things” (IoT), the vast and ever-expanding network of devices (encompassing smart cars, smart lighting, smart appliances, etc.) that are interconnected via the internet. See here for details.
01 /23 /2017 
Congratulations to doctoral student Vahid Azimi
Congratulations to doctoral student Vahid Azimi, whose paper "Robust Control of a Powered Transfemoral Prosthesis Device with Experimental Verification" has been selected as one of five finalists for the best student paper award at the 2017 American Control Conference. Vahid is the lead author on the paper, which is co-authored with Tony Shu, Huihua Zhao, Eric Ambrose, Aaron Ames (all from the Georgia Institute of Technology), and Dan Simon (Cleveland State University). The American Control Conference is one of the premier control conferences in the world, with over 1,000 paper presentations each year.
01 /17 /2017 

Contact Applied Technology Institute (ATI) for short courses teaching
Prof. Dan Simon has been teaching short courses at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) every year since 2009. Each year he teaches a three-day course to an audience of engineers and scientists on the topic of state estimation, which is the subject of a graduate-level text that he wrote in 2006. Prof. Simon has also taught his short course at a university in Austria and to an audience of South Korean defense contractors. Prof. Simon teaches his course through the Applied Technology Institute (ATI), which coordinates dozens of technical short courses each year. Interested science and engineering faculty can contact ATI to see if their field of expertise would be a good fit for future ATI courses. See here for details.

Dr. Mark David Kankam, has been named an IEEE Fellow

Our Industry Advisory Committee member, Dr. Mark David Kankam, has been named an IEEE Fellow, being recognized for contributions to space and terrestrial power systems control. The IEEE Grade of Fellow is conferred by the IEEE Board of Directors upon a person with an outstanding record of accomplishments in any of the IEEE fields of interest. The total number selected in any one year cannot exceed one-tenth of one- percent of the total voting membership. IEEE Fellow is the highest grade of membership and is recognized by the technical community as a prestigious honor and an important career achievement. Dr. Kankam has been with NASA Glenn Research Center since 1990 and currently serves as the GRC University Affairs Officer in the Business Development and Partnership Office within GRC’s Research and Technology Directorate. He has oversight responsibility for GRC research community collaboration with academia, in support of the Center research programs. Congratulations!