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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Phase IV – Tour

Progress on the Phase IV addition to the engineering complex continues, and the ECE department is making plans to move its entire Rathbone second floor offices and labs to the new building early in the fall semester.  It will be exciting to move into the new space with an abundance of natural lighting and space for the department to grow. The department will still maintain its offices and labs in the basement of Rathbone Hall.

A few faculty/staff recently enjoyed a tour.  Currently, completion is scheduled for September 30.  Visit the Phase IV website to watch developments in real time via webcam, and contact the engineering development office to learn how you can make a difference in this transformative facility.

Research News

College of Engineering researchers awarded NSF RAPID grant for Ebola project

By Mary Rankin

With the current outbreak of the Ebola virus continuing to spread around the globe, a proposal from two College of Engineering researchers to provide quantitative measures for effectiveness of contact tracing using mathematics and computer simulations has been awarded a National Science Foundation RAPID grant.

The research is expected to produce computational tools applicable to other emergent infectious diseases as well. Term of the grant is one year with more than $100,000 in funding.

The contact tracing approach, a mitigation strategy used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, finds all individuals who have had close contact with an Ebola case and monitors their health status for 21 days.

scoglio_caterinaCaterina Scoglio, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the principal investigator for “Effectiveness of contact tracing for detection of Ebola risk during early introduction of the virus within the USA.” The co-principal investigator is Faryad Sahneh, research assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. Both are core faculty members of the department’s network science and engineering group.


FaryadSahnehThe goal of the project is to evaluate risk detection capabilities of contact tracing efforts for Ebola before the epidemic phase and estimate the associated cost in potential scenarios. The K-State team will adapt their network-based modeling framework to the Ebola transmission for the local contact network of infected individuals — household, workplace, hospital, airplane, etc. This simulation will allow the investigators to synthesize scenarios and activities compatible with daily news about Ebola. Continue reading “Research News”

ECE News and Updates:

ECE Welcomes Visiting Scholar Oben Dag


 Oben Dag was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1978. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2010 from Istanbul Technical University. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Istanbul AREL University. He has been granted a Postdoctoral Scholar Award from The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). He is a postdoc associate at the department of Electrical & computer engineering in KSU. His research areas are Computer Methods in Power Systems, Power System Modeling and Analysis, Microgrid Applications in smart grids, Distribution Systems, Distribution Automation and Control, Artificial Neural Networks, Wavelet Analysis.

Upcoming Events:

E-Week Team Competition Series – Febraury 23 – 27

Advisory Council meeting March 26 & 27

All University Open House – April 11, 9:00am – 300pm



Winners of the ECE Selfie Contest

Rachael Kolb & Jacob Sobering



Other entries:




Amy                              Taylor


Student News:


Kan Chen

Kan Chen received the Robert I-Jen and Sophia Shui-Kan Jung Graduate Scholarship in Engineering for Ph.D. students, awarded by the College of Engineering Office of Research and Graduate Programs.



Valerie Binns, ECE, and Dillon Fairchild, BAE, both mentored by ECE asst. professor Punit Prakash, received Undergraduate Cancer Research Awards from the Johnson Cancer Research Center.

Neelou Hadavandifard received the Outstanding Academic Achievement award for fall graduates.

Alumni News:

Alumni support helps K-State engineering stay relevant with industry trends

By Hayli Morrison

Workplaces over the next decade will become more collaborative, flexible and team-driven, according to a recent report in Fortune magazine.

The findings match what Kansas State University leaders have heard from engineering students and faculty while planning the Phase IV expansion currently underway. That feedback is reflected in the building’s technology upgrades and spacious design to facilitate team-driven, project-based learning.

“Our students have always had very comprehensive laboratory experiences in their undergraduate program, presenting incredible value for industry stakeholders who hire our graduates. The new laboratories and learning spaces will further strengthen those experiences,” said Don Gruenbacher, head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Continue reading “Alumni News:”

Annual Banquet

Our annual banquet was held Saturday, September 26 at the Alumni Center Ballroom.

The Evening Program included:    

Social Hour & Welcome

Remarks by Gary Clark, Senior Associate Dean

Student Organization recognition and awards

Scholarship recipients and their scholarship sponsor(s)

Alumni donor recognition and awards

Student recognition and awards

Faculty recognitions


(Click on the links for a listing of the awards)



Faculty Highlight – Dr. Stephen A. Dyer

Signals, Systems and Music

Stephen and Ruth Dyer returned to K-State in 1983 to be faculty members in what is today  its Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.   Over his career, Steve has held various faculty appointments in physics, mathematics, and electrical and computer engineering.  He has taught about 70 different courses, some of them in many significant variations, and some of them for more than ten times.  One of his major emphases, no matter which course, is on making connections―relating what we’re trying to learn or do to other knowledge or experience we already have.  Another major emphasis is on rediscovering our innate creativity.

Disciplinary boundaries are somewhat artificial, established as a result of organization and out of the convenience of compartmentalization.  But creativity has no disciplinary boundaries.

Signals, Systems and Music is an experimental, multi-campus, cross-disciplinary course designed to attract STEM students as well as students of the arts; to expose them to concepts important to both their own and someone else’s discipline of interest;
to give them the challenge of working with someone from a different discipline; Continue reading “Faculty Highlight – Dr. Stephen A. Dyer”

ECE News and Updates

ECE Welcomes new staff member Jeni McDonald and new faculty member Timothy Burg: 

Jeni is originally from Topeka. Graduated Dec 2014 from KSU with a bachelors degree in Anthropology.  She is obtaining her master’s in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology at KSU as well.  Hobbies include spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new recipes and learning new things.


Dr. Tim Burg

Dr.Timothy Burg has extensive experience in industrial applications of robotics and nonlinear control design techniques and the academic investigation of the basis and future directions of these techniques.  He moved to Kansas State University in August 2014 from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Clemson University, Clemson, SC where he taught classes and led research on intelligent systems.

Continue reading “ECE News and Updates”


Kim Fowler, published his fourth textbook, “Developing and Managing Embedded Systems and Products,” through Elsevier Newnes. He also addressed a teleconference audience of the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan, attended by both students and IEEE chapter members.

Timothy Burg, was an invited speaker at the DARPA/ISAT Computational Tissue Fabrication (COTIF) Workshop 2014 held at the MIT Endicott House near Boston, MA

Dr. Bala Natarajan presented an invited Webinar series on “Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods for Bayesian Data Analysis” for faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, India, Aug – Sep 2014.

Steve Warren, and Punit Prakash, organized and co-chaired a special session on Technologies for around-the-clock health assessment of special needs children at the 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society in Chicago, IL. They presented an invited paper within this session and are both Associate Editors for the conference proceedings.

Dr. Behrooz Mirafzal serves as a member of the advisory committee of the IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference (IEMDC 2015), May 2015.


Greg Moats won the Halloween costume contest as Nichola Tessela

Students win national IEEE PES scholarships


William Duren and Joshua Lloyd, K-State seniors in electrical engineering, have been awarded Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, Power and Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative awards for the 2014-15 academic school year. They are two of 184 undergraduate students at 95 universities across the U.S. and Canada to receive the awards.

The institute’s society recognizes highly qualified electrical engineering undergraduate students with multiyear scholarships, and assists in connecting them with relevant and meaningful career experiences.

“This is an outstanding honor to have two recipients of this prestigious award from our department,” said Don Gruenbacher, professor and head of electrical and computer engineering. “I could not be more pleased that William and Joshua’s talents are being recognized in this way.”

All scholarship funds are privately raised through the institute’s foundation with gifts of cash, endowments and pledges from corporations, individuals and foundations. The institute, the world’s largest technical professional association, is dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity.

By Mary Rankin