Electrical and Computer Engineering

News from Academic Year 2018-2019

Eta Kappu Nu, IEEE Honor Society, Induction Ceremony

Chico State HKN chapter

On Saturday, April 27, 2019 our Chico State HKN chapter (Iota Zeta) welcomed new members. We congratulate them and make note of their achievements!

Congratulations to our students! 

Student Awardees 2019

2018-2019 Student Awards:
Matthew Hardenburgh, Andres Marquez, John Schad and Michael Doris

Dr. Kredo wins the 2019 Outstanding New Project Investigator Award.

Dr. Kredo (middle) receiving award.

Dr. Kredo is the principal investigator on a project entitled “High Speed, Cost Effective Simulation and Design Techniques for PEPDS”, which is funded by the Office of Naval Research. This project began in December 2018 and will run through December 2022.   The goal of the research project is to explore simulation and design techniques for Power Electronic Power Distribution Systems (PEPDS). The results from this project will enable system designers to simulate, design, and implement a system using a single representation of the model or algorithm underdevelopment. His collaborators on this project include Drs. Roy Crosbie, John Zenor, Hadil Mustafa, and Zahrasadat Alavi. Dr. Kredo also serves as the director of the McLeod Institute of Simulation Sciences at CSU Chico.

Rawlins Merit Award - Yoana Guzman Hernandez

Rawlins Merit Award - Yoana Guzman Hernandez from Chico State College of ECC on Vimeo.

CSU Chico Society of Women Engineers(SWE)

Department Chair of EECE and SWE accepting Sierra Pacific Donation

Sierra Pacific Foundation made a donation of $3,000 to the CSU Chico Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in support of Imagineer Day.  Imagineer Day is Chico State SWE's annual K-8 STEM outreach event.  Over 270 students participated in a series of activities during the day-long event in March 2018.  Ms. Kristy Lanham from Sierra Pacific (second from the right) said that Sierra Pacific was pleased to support efforts to increase student interest in STEM in Northern California.  She presented the check to Dean Melody Stapleton (far right); Shelby Freese, CSU Chico SWE president (third from the right); Dr. Hadil Mustafa, SWE faculty advisor (center); and SWE members Monica Fisher and Sydney Holderbein (third and second from the left, respectively).  Through the generosity of Sierra Pacific and others benefactors, SWE will be able to continue to host Imagineer Day, exciting the interest of elementary and middle schoolers in science and engineering.

The Results are in for the IEEE Xtreme Competition

Teams who performed in the IEEE Xtreme competition.

Three teams from CSU Chico IEEE Student Branch competed in the IEEE Xtreme 12.0, a problem solving/programming competition that was held October 19-20, 2018.  Teams worldwide competed during the same 24-hour time period. Our top scoring team, CSUChico, was ranked 1,185 out of 5,155 teams (top 23 %) with a score of 114.64.  The CSUChico team members were Daniel Kirkland, Amritpal Sidhu, and Grace Gonzalez. The Wildcoders, Andres Marquez and Robert Goldansky, ended the competition with a score of 85 and were ranked at 1,332th place (25.8 %).  Our third team, ChicoStateRedTeam (Matthew Hardenburgh, Sabas Martinez, and James Johnson) placed 1,553th out of 5,155 (30.1 %). The results are impressive as the competition was more intense this year – the number of teams in the IEEE Xtreme more than doubled.   This is our second year participating in the IEEE Xtreme competition and most of our students had not participated last year. Congratulations!

CSU Chico I-Corp Team Learns Entrepreneurial Skills

Senior students Andres Marquez (Electrical and Computer Engineering double major) and Dalton Dodge (Mechatronic Engineering major), in addition to EECE faculty member Meghdad Hajimorad are part of the CSU I-Corps program this Fall 2018 semester.  I-Corps gives researchers the opportunity to learn "Lean Startup" concepts and biotechnology commercialization by applying evidence-based entrepreneurship concepts through customer discovery.  The aim of I-Corps is to create entrepreneurial experiences with all the pressures and demands of the real world.  As part of the I-Corps program, the aforementioned CSU Chico team is working to find a problem-solution fit to help stroke patients recover from post-stroke symptoms (speech/communication therapy).

CSU, Chico McLeod Institute

Chico State celebrates 20 years with the US Office of Naval Research from Chico State College of ECC on Vimeo.

SWE Stocking Drive

Stockings hanging over a fire place

SWE Stocking Drive for Paradise Kids affected by the #CampFire is off to a great start with 400 stockings!! Our goal is to fill these stockings (and hopefully more) with candy + school supplies to personally hand out to the kids at Evacuation Shelters this Holiday Season! If you’re interested in helping out, donations can be made to our GoFundMe for this cause ❤️

National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation Grant

Dr. Alavi, and the co-PIs, Dr. Meehan from EECE Department, Dr. Yasar from MMEM Department, and Dr. Zhang from Chemistry and Biochemistry Department have been awarded an NSF Major Research Instrumentation grant for the purchase of a Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopic imaging system. The FTIR spectroscopic imaging system will enable faculty and students at California State University, Chico (CSUC) to contribute to the knowledge base that will help improve the health of humans, animals, and plants, contribute to the development of clean green energy generation, increase the lifespan and efficiency of materials in harsh environments, and develop more efficient processing techniques to fabricate various chemicals and materials.  This system will be used to support several active research projects, to develop an undergraduate and graduate teaching laboratory, and to initiate interdisciplinary research collaborations within the CSUC Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, with other departments in the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management, and other colleges across the university including the College of Agriculture and College of Natural Sciences.  The FTIR system with its ability to perform fast FTIR hyperspectral imaging makes it a powerful tool for the identification of key compounds in highly variable heterogeneous biomaterials as well as identification of unknown materials in a homogeneous matrix. An added benefit of FTIR spectroscopic imaging systems is that it is a non-invasive characterization tool, which makes it an emerging technology used in the structural analysis of biological samples.