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Venkatasubramanian named an IEEE fellow

November 25, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Vaithianathan (Mani) Venkatasubramanian, professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

He was recognized for contributions to online detection of oscillatory behavior of electric power systems.

With WSU since 1992, he holds several patents for real-time stability monitoring in power systems using synchronized wide-area measurements.

Alum honored for tech career achievement, student support

November 14, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland  College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Gaymond and Cindy Schultz of Reno, Nev., were honored recently by the Washington State University Alumni Association for cutting-edge work in the telecommunications industry and for mentoring students in the WSU Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute.
 

Nov. 13: Schweitzer to receive top alumni award

October 30,2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Edmund O. Schweitzer III, founder and president of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories and a pioneer in digital protection for the electric power grid, will receive the 2014 Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award, Washington State University’s highest alumni honor.

A reception – followed by the award presentation and lecture, “Serving the Electrical World from the Home of WSU” – will begin at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the CUB junior ballroom at WSU Pullman.

Frank Hirahara: WSU Alum Documents Japanese Internment

October 24, 2014
Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture


Frank Hirahara (BS, EE, 1948) passed away in 2006, but his legacy lives on in thousands of photos that document the dark history of Japanese internment in the U.S. during WWII.

Originally from Yakima, Washington, Hirahara was 16 in 1942 when he and his family, along with over 110,000 Japanese and Japanese-Americans all along the West Coast, were wrongly imprisoned in concentration camps due to wartime hysteria and prejudice. Hirahara was sent to the bleak Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming for two and a half years. There, he and his father,  who were avid photographers, took more than 2000 photos and built a secret darkroom under their barrack apartment as they documented life inside an internment camp.

Grant funds 'smart city' power grid lab at WSU

October 17, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, Washington State University researchers are building the most comprehensive “smart city” laboratory in the U.S. to test smart grid technologies.

Scientists have received a $500,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to build a city of the future in WSU’s engineering buildings complete with simulated windmills, solar panels, fuel cells, power substations and smart meters.

In a sea of crimson, Voiland College celebrates new name

September 19, 2014
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – When Gene Voiland graduated from Washington State University in 1969, he wanted to get out of Pullman and leave a history of parking tickets behind.

He never dreamed that he would come back one day to join a joyous celebration that included about 800 students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends for the naming of the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

The education and mentoring that he received at WSU from professors like George Austin left an indelible mark on him and allowed him and his wife Linda to thrive, Voiland told the large crowd at Thursday’s celebration on the Pullman campus.

Student club night deemed a success

September 11, 2014

Victoria Sandmeyer

Nearly 200 students packed into a lecture hall in Sloan Hall on September 3rd for “Student Club Night” where faculty, staff and student club leaders provided both pizza and food for thought to new EECS students. The atmosphere was lively and all faces were engaged as the new students were called to get involved in a hands-on way with their future.

Sept. 7-9: Power symposium highlights stability, security

September 3, 2014

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

power-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – As a longstanding leader in power engineering research, Washington State University will host the North American Power Symposium Sept. 7-9 in the Compton Union Building on the WSU Pullman campus.

Late registration is open until Saturday, Sept. 6. Find more information at http://cm.wsu.edu/ehome/naps/144660/

State science academy adds two WSU researchers

August 18,2014

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS), established by the state legislature as an important technical resource for policymakers, recently added two Washington State University researchers to its ranks.

Chen-Ching Liu, Boeing distinguished professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, was elected to the general membership. Sue Clark, Regent’s professor in the Department of Chemistry, was elected to the WSAS Board of Directors.

Liu is an international leader in smart grid research and a pioneer in development of decision support systems for power system restoration following major outages.

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