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William Putnam: engineering electron-photon interactions at extreme scales

By Rachel Steere

Assistant Professor William “Billy” Putnam joined the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in November 2018. His area of research is in optics and photonics. Specifically, he works on understanding and controlling electron and photon interactions at ultrafast timescales and ultrasmall spatial dimensions.

In Memoriam: Earl McCune

By Rachel Steere

UC Davis College of Engineering alumnus Earl McCune, Ph.D., ’98, electrical and computer engineering (ECE), unexpectedly passed away on May 27, 2020 at the age of 63.

McCune received his B.S. degree from UC Berkeley, M.S. degree from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from UC Davis. In his nearly 40 years of experience in wireless communications, he worked in areas including technology development, circuit design, systems architecture and integration. He was also a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who founded two groundbreaking technology companies.

Enabling Student Success in ECE Courses During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Jocelyn Park

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and in response to California’s social distancing guidelines, the UC Davis Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) had less than two weeks to make an abrupt transition from in-person instruction to remote instruction. This shift to virtual instruction came with numerous challenges, especially in laboratory-based courses.

Silvaco Donates $2.2 Million Semiconductor Simulation and Analysis CAD Tools to UC Davis


Silvaco, a leader in electronic design automation and computer-aided design, has made a substantial software donation to the ECE department; equivalent to $2.2 Million. The design software that Silvaco provides span from atoms to systems, from molecular behavior impacting semiconductor devices, to design and analysis of transistor circuits, and finally to complex intellectual property blocks for systems-on-chips designs. 

Generous Support from Texas Instruments for Undergraduate Labs during the Pandemic

Texas Instruments (TI) has continued to provide generous support of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department’s undergraduate teaching labs during the pandemic. This has been especially helpful during the ramp-up of high-quality, hands-on, remote lab instruction. “Texas Instruments supports the engaging learning experience created at UC Davis, especially in this time where remote learning is so critical,” said ChengNing Wang, director of university marketing at Texas Instruments.

Professor Marina Radulaski's R-Lab Cools Kemper Close to the Absolute Zero

There is some exciting new hardware in one of the ECE labs. This week, Professor Marina Radulaski’s research group, R-Lab, received a state-of-the-art optical cryostat by Montana Instruments. The tool uses a closed-cycle helium process to cool samples in its cryogenic chamber to temperatures suitable for explorations of quantum information phenomena. The cryo-chamber can be accessed by lasers through several windows for optical experiments.

College of Engineering Recognizes Prof. William Putnam with the 2019-2020 Best Teaching Award

College of Engineering has recognized one outstanding teacher from each department with the Best Teaching awards. ECE Prof. William Putnam received this award in 2020. This award recognizes faculty who show a strong commitment to the college's mission and vision and consistently perform above and beyond to train and create the next generation of engineers and leaders. These award recipients were nominated and selected by their respective departments.

UC Davis ASEEC laboratory and NSF CHEST Center Received 2020 NSF Computing Innovation Fellow Award

UC Davis ASEEC laboratory and NSF CHEST Center received the 2020 NSF Computing Innovation Fellow award. As part of the award ASEEC lab is glad to host Dr. Soheil Salehi research on the topic of "SHIELD: Secure Hardware for IoT using Emerging-devices against side-channeL Deep-learning attacks”. This proposal aims to devise novel and effective approaches for securing Internet of Things (IoT) hardware against cutting edge Deep learning-based Power Side-channel Attacks (DeePSAs) using emerging devices. Congratulations to Dr. Soheil Salehi and welcome to UC Davis.

Prof. Houman Homayoun Awarded the Association for Computing Machinery's GLSVLSI Service Recognition Award

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Houman Homayoun for being awarded the GLSVLSI Service Award by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). On the 30th anniversary of Great Lake Symposium on VLSI, ECE Associate Professor Homayoun received the service recognition award from the conference. This award is for his leadership role in 2018 and 2019 editions of the conference for several new initiatives he took that resulted in significant increase in attendance of the conference. 

Prof. Hihath and Team Awarded NSF Future Manufacturing Grant


Please join us in congratulating Prof. Josh Hihath and his team members M.P. Anantram (U of Washington), Meghdad Hajimorad (California State University—Chico), and Shawn Douglas (UCSF) on receiving an NSF Future Manufacturing Seed Grant. This project aims to establish a framework for scalable manufacturing of DNA-based electronics and to foster the development of a diverse workforce appropriately trained to advance the field.