A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
September 7, 2006 Volume 37 / Number 1


Up Front

Engineering Students Win National Competition

Two electrical engineering students have won a national design competition hosted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) regarding electromagnetic interference and compatibility.

Parthasarathi Datta and Roopa Bharathan came up the winning design and received a $900 prize and $2,100 to travel to the 2006 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility in Portland, Ore., Aug. 14-18.

Adel Ghandakly, chair of CSU, Chico’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, said it is a high honor to win the competition, which has many entries from student teams at engineering schools across the country. He said all entrants were provided an electromagnetic interference problem and asked to come up with a solution to reduce noise in a circuit and improve output. The CSU, Chico team’s design was rated best by the competition judges.

Ghandakly said reducing interference in electrical devices without losing functionality is a tremendously important challenge in electrical engineering.

Datta and Bharathan are both graduate students planning to receive an MS in electrical and computer engineering this semester. They completed their competition design under the guidance of Professor Uma Balaji, who also attended the IEEE conference in Portland.

The IEEE is a nonprofit professional organization for the advancement of technology, with 365,000 members in more than 150 countries. CSU, Chico has one of 1,570 student IEEE chapters in 80 countries.