Please join us in celebrating ECE PhD student, Connie Duong as the recipient of a Richard and Joy Dorf Engineering Fellowship Award.
The Richard and Joy Dorf Engineering Fellowship Award was established in 2015 to support graduate education in the UC Davis College of Engineering. Connie has been a PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Group under the mentorship of Prof. Raj Amirtharajah. Connie’s research focuses on enabling future miniaturized electronic systems to harvest energy from their environment instead of relying on batteries or electrical grid power. The outcome of this research should have an impact on devices such as wearable sensors, implantable biomedical devices, or objects connected to the Internet of Things, where a stable power supply for delivering milliwatts to nanowatts is critical for device operation yet extremely challenging to design. Connie has already done the theoretical and simulation-driven groundwork toward designing such power supplies and the Dorf Award will allow her to build the prototypes for verifying her theoretical calculations and simulation results. In addition to her excellent research accomplishments, Connie is a highly respected and sought-after teaching assistant in many project courses from senior design to our introductory courses, where the students find her "approachable, knowledgeable, and inspiring".