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Electrical Engineering Graduate Students Take Top Spots at DARPA-SRC Event at MIT

Electrical Engineering Graduate Students Take Top Spots at DARPA-SRC Event at....

Liu and HossainElectrical engineering PhD candidates Zahid Hossain and Guanxiong Liu, who conduct their dissertation research in Prof. Alexander Balandin’s Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL), received the best research presentation awards at the competition sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). The event took place on last week during the Functional Engineered Nano Architectonics (FENA) annual review workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The competition featured more than 50 research presentations from the top US engineering schools such as MIT, UCB, UCLA, UCSB, Stanford, Columbia University, Caltech, USC and NCSU. Only one poster was selected in each of the seven FENA research themes. Zahid Hossain won in the Topological Insulator theme while Guanxiong Liu took the award in the Carbon Electronics theme. The Balandin group from UCR was the only one that received two research awards while the groups from MIT, Caltech, UCLA, Stanford and University of Massachusetts received one award each, making the total of seven. The winning presentations have been selected with the help of representatives from Intel, Texas Instruments, IBM, Raytheon, other industry leaders and government organizations. The awards to Hossain and Liu included the Certificate of Achievement and a cash prize. Among co-authors of the winning research were other graduate students in the Balandin group – Jie Yu and Farhan Shahil.

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