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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.

WSU professor measures success on grid and in students

Saturday, July 26, 2014
By Shanon Quinn, Moscow Pullman Daily News

Inky darkness spreads across the sky in early evening, sheets of rain beat staccato against the roof, thunder shakes the house's very foundation and then the lights go out, the heater shuts down and the half-cooked evening meal cools in the oven.

When power returns as quickly as it was extinguished, you may want to thank Chen-Ching Liu.

A simulation in Chen-Ching Liu’s laboratory shows a map of the power grid in Florida.

Photograph by Geoff Crimmins/Daily News

WSU Undergraduate Research Heats Up while Students Cool Down Computers

7-11-14

By Jared Brickman, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

PULLMAN, Wash. — Behind the quiet whir of our computers and beneath the flashing screens of our cell phones lies hardware soaking up power and giving off heat.  That can be a major problem – one to the tune of 100 billion kilowatt hours of energy used each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Ten undergraduates from around the country, including four from Washington State University, are working on projects this summer with WSU faculty and graduate students in Pullman to tackle the issue of power efficiency in computing through a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

Grad student’s team wins Google hackathon award

July 2, 2014

By Kate Nelson, College of Engineering & Architecture intern

PULLMAN, Wash. – Computer science doctoral student Gabriel V. de la Cruz recently attended the 2014 Google Scholars Retreat, where his team won the Engineer’s Choice award in the Google Scholars Hackathon.

A hackathon is a computer programming competition in which teams have a limited amount of time to produce functional software. At the Google contest, teams could create any type of product, as long as it was related to one of two themes within computer science and education: “Develop and Teach” or “Engage and Support.”

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