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- Engineering Students participated in the CSU Annual Biotechnology Symposium
The 29th CSU Annual Biotechnology Symposium, sponsored by CSUPERB, on January 5-7, 2017 at the Santa Clara, CA brought together hundred of faculty and student researchers from all over California. Abraham Palmerin, a senior EE student, presented his research work titled A Comparative Study of RF Wave Attenuation in Soil and Sand (Poster #: 2) at the conference. Abraham's work was very well received and he talked to many participants inquiring about his research. "This event helps bring student's research to life by giving us opportunities to present in front of our peers while receiving their feedback. We should encourage more engineering students to take advantage of these events," noted Abraham. Abraham's research work was a collaboration between the AITIS Laboratory at SSU and Dr. Erin Fong from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Engineering Division.
- Professional Engineering Day
The Department of Engineering Science hosted its first ever Engineering Professional Day on Saturday, November 19, 2016. The event was designed to have students interact with a panel of professional engineers from industry where they spoke about their experiences in the workforce and students had a chance to ask questions and receive feedback. Read more...
- Create-An-App Workshop
Electrical Engineering students Cristin Faria and Shelby Liddecoet participated in leading the Create-An-App Workshop on Friday, November 18, 2016, along with Computer Science students Brooke Borges, Dana Conard, and Hanani Ikeh. This outreach event is a part of the Women In Tech Program, an initiative to bring together and support current female students as well as to recruit more female students in the technology disciplines. Read More...
- Engineering department participates in North Bay Science Discovery Day!
The Engineering students at Sonoma State University participated in the 2016 North Bay Science Discovery Day on October 29th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The North Bay Science Discovery Day is designed to stimulate the excitement of learning Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in North Bay youth during their most formative years. Several thousands of young students, along with their parents, participated in this event. Electrical Engineering students Abe Palmerin, David Story, Leeana Vargas and Cristin Faria, representing the Engineering Club and and Society of Women Engineerings (SWE) at SSU, had presented several exciting hands-on activities for participating students. These activities included building simple electrical circuits, demonstrations on how to make Apps for smart phones using App Inventor, and how to use cell phones to control robots. "We are excited to be a part of this exhibition. This is a great opportunity for our students to reach out and interact with young kids interested in STEM", points out Dr. Sara Kassis, SWE club faculty advisor. "It was great seeing the kids being so interested and engaged in building simple circuits and connecting lights, batteries, and motors together; they just did not want to leave!," noted Shahram Marivani, an SSU lecturer who maned the circuit-building table non-stop for six hours! "The need for engineering education in the North Bay area is growing and many local high-tech companies are recognizing a shortage of engineers and other high-technology employees in the area", says the Engineering department chair Dr. Farid Farahmand, "At Sonoma State University we are trying to highlight the importance of Technology and Engineering education in STEM and attract more students to the engineering fields." Click for slide show. (Special thanks to Mr. Shahram Marivani for taking pictures and creating the slide show.)
- Engineering Demo Day, October 4, 2016
The Department of Engineering Science at Sonoma State University held its first ever Engineering Demo Day on Tuesday, October 4th in the Darwin Hall lobby. Demo Days are intended to provide outreach to the campus and bring awareness to the engineering program, which offers both a bachelors degree and a masters degree. The small class sizes offer students a more personalized approach to learning.
Students, faculty, and staff were able to interact with our demos. The engineering students presented a robotic arm controlled by a cell phone application, both created by a student. Students demonstrated using the robotic arm to create drawings on paper. The other demo was to listen to the sounds of frequencies generated by an oscilloscope and look at the waves being created. Students often create small projects for their classes, based on real scenarios, which is an added bonus as compared with other universities.
More Engineering Demo Days will be coming up in the Fall 2016 semester. Look for our table in the Darwin Hall lobby from 11 AM - 1:00 PM on Thursday October 20, Tuesday November 8, and Thursday December 8. For more information, please contact the engineering office at 707-664-2030. Hope to see you then!
- Electrical Engineering Student Helps Design and Build Chimpanzee Enrichment Devices
Undergraduate Taylor Jones spent the summer working on a project he probably never anticipated when he became an Electrical Engineering student: designing the building the motors and switches for enrichment devices for the chimpanzees at Oakland Zoo (Figure 1). The project’s primary investigator, Nicole Cornelius (MS candidate in Biology), aims to understand how enrichment complexity affects the behavior of highly intelligent animals living in captivity. For the first phase of the project, Taylor programmed an Arduino board to run a former vending machine motor to drop rewards into a puzzle feeder at pre-determined times. Chimps then move the reward through the device to obtain it (Figure 2). For the second phase, Taylor designed and built an LED switch that allows the chimpanzees to run the enrichment device themselves. When a chimp drops a block into the device, it passes by and disrupts the LED light, which triggers the motor to release a reward. Taylor’s contribution to this project was funded by a 2016-2017 RSCAP Mini-Grant, awarded to Dr. Karin E. Jaffe.
- Omar Alvarez and Aaron Marquez Presenting at Stanford University (Slideshow), 10/6/2016
- Engineering Students Design the First Remote Power Monitoring System for Micorbial Fuel Cells
A team of undergraduate Electrical Engineering students, Omar Alvarez Tinajero and Aaron Marquez, have developed the first remote power monitoring system for Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs). The MFCs can extract electrical energy from winery wastewater while bringing the effluent water to a quality sufficient for use in irrigation. To enable more widespread application of MFCs it will be necessary to develop means to continuously monitor and view MFC system operations. The MFCs were designed and constructed by SSU collaborators at the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology. Maintenance and monitoring of the biological activities of the MFCs is being conducted by the research group of Prof. Michael Cohen in the Department of Biology while the engineering students in Prof. Farahmand's research group have been developing means to remotely control the MFC circuitry and monitor power production. The remote power monitoring system, is expected to be delivered to Okinawa, Japan, in January to be used on larger MFC structures. Omar, a recent engineering graduate, has been offered an internship position at Okinawa to lead the new design. Omar and Aaron will also be presenting their remote power monitoring system at the 3rd Meeting of the North American Branch of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry Technology at Stanford on Oct. 5-7.
- Resin-Based 3D printer
Guided by Visiting Professor Derek Decker, Engineering Science students Nader Srouji and Michael Vargas were able to activate a resin-based 3D printer provided by Professor Jeremy Qualls. In addition to learning many new skills (3D design in Fusion360, photochemistry, writing GCode, accurately measuring gaps less than a tenth of a millimeter, and making polydimethyl siloxane-filled resin trays) they produced a microfluidic device with millimeter-sized channels from a liquid resin that UV cures to a stretchy elastomer using a scanned laser. The students said this "was a great experience" and they "would definitely recommend this experience to anyone who would like to learn about 3D printing".
- On August 12, two engineering students, Hanan Sedaghat Pisheh and Aaron Marquez, participated in Philips & Plug and Play Student Hackathon in Sunnyvale CA. Participating teams were competing to create the best software/hardware solution for a common problem using Philips Hue paersonal wireless lighting system. In this 48-hour event, Hanan and Aaron developed a super cool phone app that assist seniors with their daily activities. "Our SENTECH can remind seniors to keep track of their medicine, exercise and many other daily activities," explains Hanan, MSCES student at SSU. "It was a very educational event for us and we won a HUE Starter Kit!" added Aaron.
- On August 6th, eight SSU students majoring in electrical engineering, kinesiology, and marketing participated in the kickoff workshop in San Diego for the Fall 2016 CSU Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Challenge.
The challenge is for these multi-disciplinary SSU student teams is to present a biotechnology research-based idea. During the challenge, funded teams will participate in a series of webinars designed to teach them about the evidence based customer discovery process, business model canvas concepts, business communications, legal and biotechnology regulatory issues. This year Chris Stewart, President & COO of Pocket Radar, Inc. is the industry advisor for the two SSU I-Corps teams. "I am very excited to be a part of the process this year. I felt students got a lot out of this workshop. This is a very valuable way to gain an understanding of the entrepreneurial process. Both teams were great representatives for Sonoma State University.", said Chris. The teams are scheduled to make their final presentation in January at the 29th CSU Annual Biotechnology Symposium.
- SSU Students Participate in Shape Hackathon
On July 15, a group of engineering students from Sonoma State University competed in the AT&T Shape Hackathon in San Francisco. During this 24 hour event, Jose Antonio Avila, Omar Alvarez, Hanan Sedaghat Pisheh and Aaron Marquez prototyped a cloud-based system that can be used to determine the traffic conditions of city streets. Hackathon Projects were judged based on the best use of technologies provided by sponsors including Qualcomm, Philips, DirectTV, IBM Watson and others. "We had a great time at the hackathon", said Omar. "We learned a lot and had a chance to see and experience some of the latest technologies on display at the expo", added Hanan. The hackathon took place in AT&T Park alongside the yearly Tech Expo.
- The Department of Engineering Sponsored its Forth Summer Research Program
Over the last four years the Engineering department has been hosting a number of high school, undergraduate and graduate students from SSU and other institutions to engage in real-world and exciting funded research activities during summer. Summer research scholars are selected by faculty and receive a highly engaging mentoring experience. Participants in the program are expected to spend 10 weeks and present their results in poster, talks and presentation sessions at various conferences and even possibly peer-reviewed journals. This year's summer research program included over twelve engineering and high school students. To learn more about the summer research program at the engineering department at SSU, please contact Dr. Farid Farahmand (farid.farahmand at sonoma dot edu).
- Sensors 1st & 2nd Place Wins with Anaren-based Wearables, Uploaded on Jun 27, 2016
At last week's Sensors Expo in San Jose, two Design Challenge teams form Sonoma State University took home both first and second place wins with their unique designs of wearables for infants! Both designs were based on Anaren's AIR for WICED (Broadcom-based) and Atmosphere platforms. Go teams!!
- Jason Mcguire, a MS-CES graduate student, presented his research paper at the 123rd ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans.
Jason’s paper is titled "Data Visualization: The Missing Piece in the Internet-of-Things Projects" and it summarizes his research over the past year and half. This year over 2000 leaders in various engineering-related fields from more than 500 university and college engineering schools, including professors, deans, instructors, and students, presented their works, exchange ideas, and interact with their colleagues and industry counterparts.
- Engineering Students participated in the Bioengineering Symposium
The 17th Annual University of California (UC) Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium on June 13-15 brought together faculty and student researchers from all over California. This year’s symposium features exciting speakers from industry and academia, including invited faculty speakers and chairs from all 10 UC campuses and events with industry representatives and student poster and oral presentations. At the symposium shark tank, invited participants with bioengineering start-up ideas will pitch their concepts to a panel of faculty and corporate volunteers who challenge those concepts and award prizes to the best ones. Two engineering students, David House and Arturo Arcos Ramos, attended the conference. "The event demonstrated how innovative ideas could solve complicated problems that can have a real impact on patients and the development of further technology", explains David. I loved the talk on "Sentinel Bandage, Monitoring Skin Health" presented by David Young.He discussed how passing current through the skin can determine its health and how it can possibly at some point be used to heal the skin. Another really interesting talk was the one give by Aydogan Ozcan, "Mobile Imaging, Sensing and Diagnostics." He talked about how cameras in phones can be transformed into precise microscopes on the go. There were many more interesting and innovative ideas presented at this conference.” Added Arturo. "We should encourage more engineering students from SSU attending these kind of events," David and Arturo emphasized.
- EE Students Receive the Grand Prize at Sensor Expo in San Jose
Engineering students, Hanan Sedaghatpisheh, Aaron Marquez, and Feng Wang received the grand prize in the Sensors Design Challenge onsite at Sensors Expo & Conference in San Jose, CA. Two other SSU engineering students, Omar Alvarez and Jose Avila, received an award in the Home Automation category of the challenge. All participants in the Sensors Design Challenge had to construct and complete a fully functional Internet-of-Things (IoT) solution from scratch in 48 hours! Design solutions were pitched to a panel of judges from different universities and high-tech industries. In addition to receiving prizes, SSU Engineering teams will be featured in next Sensors Magazine. More than fifty individuals registered for the challenge.
- SSU Students Receive CSU I-Corps micro-grants
Two interdisciplinary student teams from Sonoma State University receive CSU I-Corps micro-grants from CSUPERB to conduct the first phase of customer discovery and build working prototypes of their projects. I-Corps is funded by the National Science Foundation to help scientists and engineers to learn how to identify useful or valuable product concepts based on ideas derived from academic research. CSU I-Corps is an intense program with a relatively high workload during the fall and winter break. SSU student-led I-Corps teams will be representing their product concept at the 29th CSU Annual Biotechnology Symposium in January 2017 at the Santa Clara Marriott.
- Engineering students present at GCTC Expo
Engineering students from Sonoma State University participated in Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) to present their project at the 2016 GCTC Expo held at the Austin Convention Center, June 13- 14, 2016. The GCTC Expo, convened by NIST and US Ignite, showcased over 80 projects related to promoting Smart Cities. Feng Wang Wang, a MS-CES graduate student, represented SSU Action Cluster and presented the Advanced Flood Warning System and displayed the project at SSU’s Exposition space. "I am amazed how many developers and city officials form state of Texas were interested in our project, following recent floods in Texas…we received lots of good feedback to improve the system. I am very excited to be able to attend this event. It is an excellent way to learn about the latest technologies related to Smart City and Internet-of-things." explained Feng.
- Graduation 2016 Slideshow
After the graduation ceremony, the graduates got together one last time.
- Engineering students attended Nature!Tech Conference!
About 10 graduate and undergraduate Engineering students displayed their scholarly research and projects at the first Nature!Tech Conference organized by SSU's Center for Environmental Inquiry. The mission of this conference is to highlight the nexus of technology and the environment and to emphasize on the importance of training the workforce of tomorrow by addressing the environmental challenges of today. The Conference was held on Saturday May 7, 2016 at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA. Approximately 100 business, nonprofit, and educational leaders attended this year’s conference.
- Professor Decker concluded his second workshop on 3D Design.
In this workshop, participants gained an understanding of CAD software and 3D printing hardware technologies through examples and demonstrations. Several EE students and faculty participated in the workshop. Please contact Professor Decker (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more about upcoming 3D Design workshops.
- Dr. Sara Kassis receives a CSU Course Redesign with Technology (CRT) grant for 2016 - 2017.
Dr. Kassis' proposal focuses on creating a hybrid virtual lab model for ES 110, Introduction to Engineering Laboratory. This will enable freshmen and incoming transfer Electrical Engineering students to conduct introductory electronic experiments individually at home using their own measurement and test equipment, which is purchased by the Department through this grant. The goals are to enhance student performance in ES 110 which, in turn, reflects performance in the upper level courses; and ensures that the gap in knowledge between the incoming first year freshman students, with no EE background, and the incoming transfer students, with some EE background, is minimized so that all students receive a quality education.Please join us to congratulate Dr. Kassis.
- Abraham Palmerin selected as a 2016 McNair Scholar!
Please join us to congratulate EE undergraduate student, Abraham Palmerin for being selected as the 2016 McNair Scholar! The McNair Scholars Program at SSU is one of the premier undergraduate research programs on campus and it combines faculty mentoring, undergraduate research, and academic support services. Over the summer, Abraham will be working with Dr. Farid Farahmand to study and characterize the communication between sensors buried underground. Abraham's research includes conducting field experiments to compare and validate existing underground communication models.
- Representing SSU Cluster Action at the Global City Teams Challenge GCTC Tech Jam 2016
For the first time, a team of faculty and students participated in the The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Tech Jam and presented their project proposal within the Internet-of-Things (IoT) Enabled Smart City Framework. The event was sponsored by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), USIgnite, IBM and additional organizations and took place on the NIST campus in Gaithersburg, MD on March 22-23, 2016. Read More
- SWE Meets with Professional Women Engineers!
On Thursday, March 10, 2016, a group of female engineering students from the Department of Engineering Science at Sonoma State University met with two professional female engineers from the community for guidance, mentoring, and to hold discussions about the positive aspects and drawbacks that females experience in the engineering world. Read more
- Make-A-Thon Report, March 5th & 6th, 2016
Our engineering students had a strong presence in the Make-A-Thon event. Read more
- Engineering Student Teams Are Getting Ready to Participate in the First North Bay Make-A-Thon!
Four undergraduate engineering teams from Sonoma State University are getting ready for a 27-hour non-stop Make-A-Thon at Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park. The event will take place on March 5th & 6th, 2016. Make-A-Thon is a design competition that aims to pull the most passionate artists, designers and creators for a weekend full of creativity and innovative breakthrough. This year’s North Bay Make-A-Thon enables participating engineering students from SSU to transform their ideas into functioning prototypes for the chance to bring their product to market.
- Living-with-Lab: A New & Innovative Initiative
On February 12, 2016, the Electrical Engineering program initiated the concept of Living-with-Lab in the first electronics course taken by a group of 12 electrical engineering freshmen. Each student received a Digilent Discovery Scope which can be connected to students’ laptop computers through USB ports. The small and lightweight Discovery Scope will function as a power supply, function generator and oscilloscope. Students were also provided with some electronic components including resistors, capacitors, LEDs, diodes and transistors. Living-with-Lab project is intended to encourage students to prepare for their laboratory assignments and work on their electronic projects at home. Students of ES 110 class are seen in the picture holding their Discovery Scopes. The project was funded by Dr. Rahimi’s academic funds.
- Reaching Out to Santa Rosa JC Students to Engaging them in Real EngineeringProjects!
For the second year, the Department of Engineering Science at Sonoma State University funds and implements its innovative Pathway to Engineering Internship for Transfer Students (PEITS) initiative! Through this program five selected students from Santa Rosa Junior College will be offered practical product development experience. The JC students will be mentored by Electrical Engineering students at SSU, while the JC students assist the senior students with their final projects. The PEITS initiative also provide opportunity for the selected JC students to apply for the Engineering Summer Research at SSU and engage in ongoing funded research projects.
- Tomorrow’s Engineers Build Tomorrow’s Network!
Environmental monitoring is at the heart of the Osborn Preserve research and educational activities. A major challenge in implementing such monitoring system is constructing an off-grid solar power source. Senior Electrical Engineering students, Joe Nolan, Arturo Arcos Ramos, and Jarrett Baglietto, have taken on this challenge! Together, they are building a 75-Watt solar power system, providing electricity for the telecommunication tower and allowing environmental sensors to collect and transmit data from remote locations on the data center at Sonoma State University.
- Collaborating with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Scientists to Build an Underground Wireless Sensor Network!
Master's Student Jason Mcguire is working with Berkeley National Laboratory Scientists to test the impact of soil composition on RF wave attenuation. This study is crucial in order to define the appropriate RF band and design of the RF antenna, as well as development of communication protocols used in underground wireless sensor networks. Jason’s abstract was recently accepted to 2016 ASEE National Conference.
- Engineering Students Enhance the Modular Biotreatment for Winery and Brewery Wastewater
An interdisciplinary team of undergraduate Biology and Engineering students are developing an efficient Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) treatment system to extract electrical energy from winery wastewater while bringing the effluent water to a quality sufficient for use in irrigation. The MFCs were designed and constructed by our collaborators at the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology. Maintenance and monitoring of the biological activities of the MFCs is being conducted by the research group of Prof. Michael Cohen in the Department of Biology while in Engineering Prof. Farahmand's research group are developing means to remotely control the MFC circuitry and monitor power production. Lessons learned from a laboratory-scale system currently in operation at SSU are being applied to the development of a larger pilot MFC system to be deployed at D'Argenzio Winery in Fall 2015. Over this summer, Frank Monforte, an engineering student, designed and implemented a working monitoring system to remotely access the MFC system.
- Engineering Students Kick off their First Remotely Controlled Golf Cart at SSU this Summer!
In collaboration with Switch Vehicle, in Sebastopol, SSU Engineering Students kick off their work on designing an Autonomous Vehicle; they call it SSU Autonomous Golf Cart! "Our goal in the next several months is to modify the golf cart so it can be fully controlled via an Android smart-phone", explains senior EE student, Tyler Spot, who is acting as the project lead. "This is a great way to promote an industry-supported interdisciplinary project and we hope we can get participation from students in other departments, such as the Art Department", added Dr. Farid Farahmand. For more information please contact Tyler Spot.
- AITIS Laboratory was awarded IRA funding!
For the second consecutive year, AITIS Laboratory was awarded $12,000 to continue its innovative work in Fairfield Osborn Preserve. The purpose of this project is to design and deploy the first locally designed environmental sensor network by students for students.
- Engineering Student is Funded to Work with Radiation Oncologists in Indiana!
Erik Zaro, a senior EE student received external funding to develop a low-cost wireless monitoring device to detect Intra-Fraction Motion in Patients Undergoing Radiation Treatment. This work is based on previous published research developed by ES Faculty, entitled "Developing a High-precision Movement Monitoring System for Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy Treatments" funded by CSUPERB. Erik's prototype will be an innovative approach to monitor patient movements while undergoing radiation therapy.
- The Department of Engineering sponsored its third summer academy this year.
In summer of 2015 over 10 students, ranging from high school to graduate students, participated in various funded research projects sponsored by the AITIS Laboratory under direction of Dr. Saied Rahimi, Dr. Donald Estreich, Dr. Chris Halle and Dr. Farid Farahmand. This summer over 8 different research and projects were conducted by the Engineering students. Visit the Engineering department to see their posters!
- Engineering Students Offer Summer Workshop on Introduction to Electronic Circuits!
This summer engineering students offered an innovative workshop to introduce basic electronics to young students. The workshop was led by Jarrett Baglietto and Richard Duong, two senior EE students at SSU. Over 14 students, ranging from 6-9 graders participated in this workshop. This workshop was fully designed by SSU students and funded by North Bay IEEE.
- Summer Wearable Electronic Workshop by Engineering Students!
14 grade school students participated in the Introduction to Wearable Electronics summer workshop led by Paul Ringlein and Hanan Sedaghatpisheh. The goal of the workshop was to inspire student to incorporate electronics into their own wearable clothes. The wearable electronics workshop was designed to be a fun, artistic and creative exercise to combine electronics and craft. The workshop was funded by North Bay IEEE.
- Engineering Student Success Story!
This Summer, Engineering Student Jennifer Emily Nunn was selected and funded on a competitive basis to spend 10 weeks of research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Jennifer will be working in Computational Research Division, Scientific Visualization Group developing software for a medical device developed at Sonoma State University.
Congratulations to Jennifer!
- 2015 Graduation Slideshow
- SSU Students present at BioInterface 2015!
Three SSU students, Campbell Smith, Luis Reyes Arango, both Electrical Engineering majors and Janene Gripppi, a Kinesiology major, were invited to participate in the 16th Annual UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium at UC Santa Cruz to present their latest progress on prototyping PD Analytics, a low-cost device to quantify tremors associated with Parkinson's disease. The UC Systemwide Bioengineering Symposium offers a well-established forum for faculty, researchers, and students from the 10 UC campuses to network, collaborate and present the latest bioengineering research. In this year's symposium SSU was one of the two CSU campuses that participated in this event.
We congratulate Campbell, Luis and Janene for their great poster presentation!
- E310, Introduction to Microcontroller System
Engineering students enrolled in Introduction to Microcontroller System course (ES 310) presented their final design projects on May 5, 2015. The projects included several Simple Musical Instruments and innovative games.
- For the Second Year, Engineering Students Keep the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Alive!
For the second straight year three teams of engineering students participated in SSU Market Day event, also known as Entreprenoma! Over 300 students came by and checked out the 30+ student entrepreneurs, artists, and musicians showcasing their products. Three engineering student teams participated and demonstrated their working prototypes.
- SWE Offer Technical Tutorials to Students!
In Spring 2015 the Society of Women Engineering Club offered several workshops in Matlab, Python, Android App Development. Many Engineering and Non-Engineering majors attended these tutorials. If you are interested to learn more about the club, please visit their website.
- SSU Students Win the 2015 CSU I-Corps Student Challenge!
A cross-disciplinary team of SSU students, Campbell Smith, (undergraduate, Electrical Engineering), Mitchell Hickey (undergraduate, Business Administration/Financial Management), Janene Grippi (undergraduate, Kinesiology) and Luis Reyes (undergraduate, Electrical Engineering) won the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) 2015 Challenge at the 27th CSU Annual Biotechnology Symposium. The team presented its product prototype PD Analytics, a low-cost device to quantify tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease. Eleven student teams participated in the final round of the I-Corps Challenge. Each participating team was evaluated based on the amount of learning it accomplished over the course of the Challenge, clarity of its product concepts, and justification of its problem-solution through customer discovery findings. In October 2014, the PD Analytics team received a CSU I-Corps micro-grant from CSUPERB to build a working prototype and conduct its first phase of customer discovery. Over the past several months the team participated in various training sessions to learn from commercialization experts and industry professionals. During this period, the team also conducted countless interviews with potential customers and Parkinson’s patients. Each of the winning team members will receive a scholarship that can be used towards any educational expenses. In addition, the PD Analytics team is eligible to apply for the 2015 national grand challenge to receive $50,000 startup money to fully develop its product. Dr. Farid Farahmand (professor of Engineering) and Dr. Kirsten Ely (professor of Entrepreneurship and Accounting) continue to act as the team's technical and entrepreneurial advisors, respectively. See Pictures from the event.
- CAS Lab launches the Circuit Academy Project!
As a way to expand access of educational materials to all new transfer and continuing students, Circuits and Systems (CAS) Laboratory has launched the Circuit Academy project on January 1st, 2015. The Circuit Academy currently offers two courses: Electronics I (ES230) and Electronics II (ES 330). Both courses are freely available to all new transfer students as well as continuing students. The materials are available in the form of multimedia videos, scanned lecture notes, homework assignments, and animation. A third course, Digital Circuits and Logic Design, is scheduled to start by February. Please Contact Dr. Jack Ou for more inofmration (jack DOT ou AT sonoma DOT edu).
- Engineers at Broadcom Will be Sponsoring Student Senior Design Project!
Broadcom Corporation's design center at Petaluma invited Paul Ringlein, an EE undergraduate student and a member of the Circuit and Systems (CAS) Lab, to visit their laboratory facility. "The primary purpose of the visit was to explore senior design project ideas that are of interest to both Broadcom and SSU," explained Dr. Ou. In this visit Broadcom’s technical director, Ryan Hirth, in Petaluma office, has kindly agreed to support and supervise Paul's senior design project. Broadcom is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications.
- ES Department Receives Funding to Continue it Junior College Mentoring Program!
As part of its effort to create a bridge between SSU and local Junior Colleges, in Spring of 2014 the Engineering Science Department initiated the Junior College Mentoring Program. Through this program qualified Junior College students with potential interests in Engineering or Computer Science fields are paired with SSU Senior EE students and assist them with their last year senior design projects. In return, the participating JC students will receive stipend or course credit towards their efforts. "The overriding goal of the program is to provide Santa Rosa Junior College students first-hand expertise about the quality of our EE curriculum," explains Dr. Su, the Chair of the ES Department. "Thanks to the new GMC Academic Integration Grant we will be able to continue the mentoring program in 2015 to reach out to more students at SRJC, and engage them in real engineering projects. Last year all four participating SRJC students ended up joining the EE program," Dr. Su emphasizes. For more information about the program please contact Dr. Farahmand.
- SWE Invites the Dean!
The Society of Women Engineering Club invited Dr. Lynn Stauffer, the Dean of School of Science and Technology, to talk about challenges and rewards encountered within her professional journey. Over 25 students participated in this event. If you are interested to learn more about the club please email Alyssa Afa'ese. In this picture, from left to right: Swathi Matsa, Faiza Qadri, Gouri Thankam, Miah Crocket, Dean Lynn Stauffer, Alyssa Afa'ese, Angelica Mendez, Jennifer Nunn, Kanti Bhat, Hanan Sedaghatpishe, Maram Salameh:
- TEDxSSU: The First High-Tech Conference by Students for Students at SSU!
The Department of Engineering Science received a major GMC grant to organize the first student-run TEDx on the SSU campus. The purpose of this conference will be to (1) promote engineering education and student research, (2) raise awareness and understanding of IT to students in all disciplines, and (3) bolster the role of SSU and its commitment in educating future high-tech leaders. The planning committee, consisting of faculty, SSU Preserves, students from various club, including Engineering Club and the Society of Women Engineers, and local industry representative will be meeting in February 2015. The TEDxSSU conference is scheduled for November of 2015. If you are interested to participate please contact Dr. Jack Ou, the PI, or one of the Co-PIs, Dr. Claudia Luke or Dr. Farid Farahmand.
- Engineering Students Visit Keysight Technologies' Facility!
SSU Engineering students were invited to visit Keysight's EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) facility. The tour was a part of Wireless Communications courses and bout 15 students participated in this event. Keysight Technologies, Inc. is a global electronic measurement technology and continues to be the key collaborator in building the engineering program at SSU.
- SSU Students Present at CSU I-Corps Student Challenge!
Students at the AITIS Laboratory in the Department of Engineering Science completed its first working prototype to monitor hand tremor in patients with Parkinson's disease and presented their results at CSU 27th Biotechnology Symposium. The cross-disciplinary team of researchers, Campbell Smith, Luis Reyes Arango, both Electrical Engineering majors, and Janene Gripppi, a Kinesiology major, have been working closely with their Medical advisor, Dr. Allan Bernstein to complete the project. This project was funded by NSF I-CORP and the students will be presenting their work at the BioInterface 2014 Conference in California. Article in Press Democrat:
- SSU Students present at BioInterface 2014!
Three SSU students, Campbell Smith, Luis Reyes Arango, both Electrical Engineering majors, and Janene Gripppi, a Kinesiology major, presented their work, titled "Applications of Accelerometers in Clinical and Home Monitoring: A Survey", at Biointerface Conference in Redwood City during October 6-8, 2014.
- Keeping the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Alive!
SSU Student, Janene Grippi (pictured below on the left) was invited to attended the Angel Capital Expo on November 20th 2014. Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community. Over 400 angel investors attended the event. Janene represented the AITIS Laboratory in the Department of Engineering Science.
- Welcoming the Society of Women Engineering Club (SWE)!
This September at their first Society of Women Engineering Club meeting the undergraduate and graduate electrical engineering majors discussed ways to promote the participation of more campus women in STEM majors. "Our mission is to encourage gender equality and promote its importance in the future of innovations," says Alyssa Afa'ese, the Club President."We are currently in planning phase and expect to have several exciting events on campus this semester, including inviting engineering professionals and faculty to inspire the future female leaders in engineering while promoting this idea through community outreach" she adds. If you are interested to learn more about the club please email Alyssa Afa'ese. In this picture, from left to right: Hanan Sedaghatpishe, Swathi Matsa, Kanti Bhat, Faiza Qadri, Gouri Thankam, Jennifer Nunn, Angelica Mendez, Miah Crocket, Maram Salameh, Alyssa Afa'ese:
- Student Researchers Start the Semester with a Bang!
This summer a team of interdisciplinary students at the AITIS Laboratory in the Department of Engineering Science completed its first working prototype to monitor hand tremor in patients with Parkinson's disease. The researchers, Campbell Smith, Luis Reyes Arango, both Electrical Engineering majors, and Janene Gripppi, a Kinesiology major, started the project in March of 2014 and have been working closely with their Medical advisor, Dr. Allan Bernstein. "This device can offer detailed reports about status of a Parkinson’s disease patient’s hand tremor and thus, allowing the neurologists and physicians to optimize their drug therapy,” says Dr. Farahmand, the team’s advisor. "The next phase of the project will be focusing on improving the software and finding more patients to use the device,” he adds. This project was funded by CSUPERB (CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology) and the students will be presenting their work at the BioInterface 2014 Conference in California.
- The Department of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering Program) sponsored its second summer academy this year.
This year's summer academy was funded by the SHIP, and Agilent-BEST Scholarship Program. Through this program over ten engineering and high school students teamed up and participated in various research and scholarly activities. From left to right, standing:
Michaela Rowe, Scott Ireton, Dr. Don Estreich, Dr. Ali Kujoory, Dr. Bala Ravikumar, Paul Ringlein, Alberto Martos, David Luo, Dylan Gorenberg and Dr. Haider Khaleel; sitting:
Cameron Gardner, Maria Casciani, Laura Buer, Jorge Solorio, Dr. Farid Farahmand and Joe Goren.
- Summer Research at AITIS Laboratory
In summer of 2014 over 10 students, ranging from high school to graduate students, participated in various funded research projects sponsored by the AITIS Laboratory under direction of Dr. Farid Farahmand. From left to right:
Jorge Solorio (SHIP student), Erik Zaro (Engineering), Janene Grippi (Kinesiology), Campbell Smith (Engineering), Scott Ireton (summer volunteer student from UC Santa Barbara), Alberto Martos (Engineering), Laura Buer (Chemistry), Cameron Gardner (Santa Rosa Junior College), Luis Reyes (Engineering), Allan Mejia Berzunza (visiting student from Mexico), and Dr. Farid Farahmand.
- SSU Student is invited to NIWeek!
The National Instruments based in Santa Rosa has sponsered Luis Reyes, a senior engineering major at SSU, to attend the 20th annual NIWeek conference presented by National Instruments in Austin, Texas. More than 3,200 innovators representing a spectrum of industries are expected to participate in this event. Luis and his team, Janene Gripppi, a kinesiology major, and Campbell Smith, an engineering major, have been developing a wearable device to quantify hand tremors in patients with Parkinson's disease. This project has been sponsored by the AITIS laboratory at SSU and fully funded by CSUPERB.
- Second Industry Advisory Board Meeting
The Department of Engineering Science conducted its second meeting with its Industry Advisory Board (IAB). Over 20 representatives from the leading local industries and higher education institutions participated in the meeting.
- Graduation May 2014
Following the Commencement ceremony, all the graduating Engineering students and their family members were invited to the reception hosted by the Department of Engineering Science. In this gathering, Scott Parmley received the honor of giving the final remarks and opening the "graduate send-off" bottle of champagne.
- Engineering Students participate in the 2nd Annual Sonoma State Science Symposium
Three teams of engineering students presented the results of their scientific research during the 2013-14 academic year at SSU Science Symposium. The SSU Science Symposium was made possible with funding by the Sonoma County Water Agency WATERS contract and the School of Science & Technology.
- E310, Introduction to Microcontroller System
Engineering students enrolled in Introduction to Microcontroller System course (ES 310) presented their final design projects on May 15, 2014. The projects included several Simple Musical Instruments and innovative games.
- ES Department Hosts High School MESA students
The Engineering Department hosted MESA students from Piner High and Roseland Prep to learn about what engineers do. During their visit all participants built their own working flashing LED. Following the workshop, students visited the lab facilities around the Engineering Complex and talked to EE students to learn about what Engineering students are doing.
- Exploring International Student Exchange Opportunities
Professor M. P. Singh, the Executive Director of Ansal University in India visited Sonoma State University in March 2014. In this visit, the Director of MS-CES program, Dr. Farahmand, Dean of School of Science and Technology, Dr. Stauffer, Director of International Education and the Sonoma State American Language Institute, Berta Hodges, and Professor Singh discussed ways to establish an exchange program between the two institutions.
- Engineering Students participate in the first North Bay "Entreprenoma"
Engineering student participated at the first Market Day event, also known as Entreprenoma! Over 250 students came by and checked out the 30+ student entrepreneurs, artists, and musicians showcasing their products. Three engineering student teams participated and demonstrated their working prototypes.
- The Engineering Club hosted Switch Vehicles
The Engineering Club students hosted the representatives of Switch Vehicles, a pioneer in designing and building electric vehicles in Sebastopol, CA. Over ten students from the local high schools also joined this event to learn more about electric vehicles.
- AITIS Laboratory was awarded IRA funding
AITIS Laboratory was awarded $12,000 to continue its innovative work in Fairfield Osborn Preserve. The purpose of this project is to design and deploy the first locally designed environmental sensor network by students for students.
- Engaging SRJC students in Engineering Projects
The Department of Engineering Science funded five students from Santa Rosa Junior College to collaborate with Engineering students in various research projects. This project became possible by funding from CAMPUS as a LIVING LAB. The Department of Engineering at SSU continues to seek ways to engage more students from local colleges to collaborate with engineering students at SSU.
- Senior Design Project Showcase
For the second year, three teams of engineering students were invited to Soco Nexus to showcase their working design prototypes as part of their one-year senior design project.
- Agilent-BEST Scholarship
In summer of 2014 three Engineering students received Agilent-BEST Scholarship. Selected students receive $2000 to conduct various research activities over 8 weeks during summer.
- Present Around The World Competition
Dr. Haider Khaleel of the Department of Engineering Science organized a competition of Present Around The World (PATW) Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Sonoma State University campus. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) sponsors the PATW competition worldwide to encourage valuable contributions to the engineering discipline and recognize young and talented engineering students and professionals. This competition provides a supportive and informal environment in which students and young professionals develop and improve their presentation skills which are essential in their current and future careers. It also enables students and young professionals to network and learn about the latest advancements in engineering and technology and to gain access to new ideas.
The competition was judged by Dr. Meng-Chih Su, Dr. Haider Khaleel, and Dr. Salam Marougi; two of our Engineering students have won the competition. Scott Parmley, won the first place with his presentation entitled "Raspberry Pi Garden". He will receive a fully paid trip to Toronto this coming August to participate in the regional finals and a chance to participate in the global finals in London. He also received a cash award of $250. Michael Chastain won the second place. He received a cash award of $150. His topic of presentation was "The Wattcher". Furthermore, both participants are awarded a full year membership in the IET.
Institution of Engineering and Technology Present Around The World Competition 2013
Dr. Haider Khaleel of Engineering Science Department is organizing the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Present Around The World (PATW) competition to be held in Rohnert Park at SSU campus this coming April. IET sponsors the PATW competition worldwide to encourage valuable contributions to the engineering discipline and recognize young and talented engineering students and professionals. This competition provides a supportive and informal environment in which students and young professionals network and develop their presentation skills. They also enable students and young professionals to learn about the latest advances within engineering and technology and to gain access to new ideas.
Individual competitors give a presentation for 10 minutes on a subject related to engineering and technology and to answer questions for a further five minutes. Applicants must be between 18 and 26 years old but may come from all walks of engineering life: students, recent graduates, apprentices and young professionals. Students are encouraged to apply for a chance to win cash prizes, IET membership plus a chance to qualify for the global final in London, UK (all expenses paid!).
- Piner High School Visit
A group of 25 students from Piner High School Makers and Science classes including two of their teachers visited the department of engineering science on February 1. 2013. Their visit included a tour of the laboratories and a showcase of students' projects by the Engineering Club. Here is a testimonial from one of the teachers: "Thank you so much for an excellent presentation and warm welcome for the teachers and students at Piner High. It was obvious the excitement the students show for your program and that the instructors feel the same way about teaching and getting to know the students. We were all very impressed with the projects and the family feel of the department. We look forward to continued collaboration with you and the other members as we lead our science department and hopefully school to become a model STEM program."
- Agilent Technologies Gift Helps Engineering Science Department Create Top Measurement Lab
Agilent Technologies has made a sizable donation of test and measurement equipment to the Engineering Science department at Sonoma State University last semester that will lead to the development of one of the most advanced measurement laboratories in the California State University system.
- "Smart Diapers" and "Sleep Tight" Take First and Second Place at Sensors Show Hackathon, Anaren, Inc. June 30, 2016
- Engineering Student's Early Flood Warning System Could Save Lives, Property, SSU NewsCenter, July 6, 2016
- Petaluma leads Sonoma County in economic development, The Press Democrat, May 22, 2016
- Students' Engineering Creativity on Display at SSU, KRCB North Bay Public Media, May 4, 2016
- Engineering Students' Solar Projects on Display, SSU NewsCenter, May 2, 2016
- 'Smart' picnic table, ethics of bottled water and more, The Community Voice, April 21, 2016
- 'Smart' Picnic Table, Ethics of Bottled Water and More Presented at SSU Research Symposium, SSU NewsCenter, April 13, 2016
- SSU Scores Big at Make-a-Thon, SSU NewsCenter, April 4, 2016
- SSU and Davis grads take first place at the Make-a-Thon, The Community Voice, March 11, 2016
- Engineering Students Bring Numbers to Life with Data Visualization Tools, SSU NewsCenter, December 15, 2015
- Vintner tests water-wise waste-to-energy innovation, The Northbay Business Journal, November 9, 2015
- EE and Kinesiology students are featured in "insights THE MAGAZINE OF SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY" - "A 'Godsend Idea' Tracks the Tremors of Parkinson's Disease" - See page 6. Fall 2015
- SSU engineering program in growth mode, The Northbay Business Journal, June 8, 2015
- A Glove for Parkinson’s Sufferers Helps Monitor Tremors, Not Impossible, April 9, 2015
- Engineering students unveil new water monitoring system, The Community Voice, January 23, 2015
- Student Group Recognized at Biotech Conference for Parkinson's Glove, SSU NewsCenter, January 12, 2015
- Sonoma State University project aims to improve Parkinson's disease treatments, The Press Democrat, September 23, 2014
- College program gives young scientists lab time, The Press Democrat, August 8, 2014
- An Environmental Sensor Network Opens Up New Worlds of Data at Fairfield Osborn Preserve, SSU NewsCenter, April 25, 2014
- Farahmand Returns From a Life Changing Experience in Africa, SSU Work Place, October, 2013
- Sonoma: Engineering Students Make Playground Fun Accessible, CSU Center for Community Engagement, October 19, 2012
- Creative play for special children, Press Democrat, January 29, 2012
- A Kicking-and-Throwing Machine Gives New Life to a Teen with Cerebral Palsy, SSU NewsCenter, January 18, 2012
- Best of Sonoma County high school students tackle SSU research projects, The Press Democrat, July 23, 2011