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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.”

Research could lead to dramatic data farm energy savings

July 1, 2014

By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has developed a wireless network on a computer chip that could reduce energy consumption at huge data farms by as much as 20 percent. Researchers led by Partha Pande, a computer engineering professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, have filed two patents on their wireless multicore chip design, which could also speed up data processing. The team, which includes associate professors Deukhyoun Heo and Benjamin Belzer, has a paper on their work in the May issue of ACM Journal on Emerging Technologies in Computing Systems and is building a prototype.
 

Students take top prizes at world power, energy conference

April 30,2014

By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering & Architecture

 Pullman, WA.-At the world’s largest power and energy exposition and conference recently, students from Washington State University won three of the top six poster awards.

Team Gleason takes 1st place in the EECS Senior Design Poster Contest

April 25,2014

By Victoria Sandmeyer

Fifteen competing senior design teams from EECS displayed their posters in the halls of the department on April 24th. The judging was administered by five industry representatives specializing in areas such as: microelectronics, power systems, electrical engineering and software development. The winning team, Team Gleason, was chosen based on their poster, their project as a whole, and their presentation.

Robots - the next generation's computers?

PULLMAN, Wash. – The idea of household robotics may seem far-fetched, but one researcher at Washington State University sees many parallels between the status of robotics today and computers in the early 1980s.

In 1982, a little over 8 percent of American households had access to computers. In 2012, that number had jumped to nearly 80 percent.

 

Knowledge transfer: Computers teach each other Pac-Man

March 27, 2014

PULLMAN,Wash.–Researchers in Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact.
 

Bangladesh electric board looks to WSU to expand expertise

By Alyssa Patrick, College of Engineering & Architecture

March 5, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. – A group from Bangladesh traveled halfway across the world to learn to better develop electrification in their country from Washington State University experts in power engineering.

“We are working for the villagers,” said Abdul Aziz, executive engineer with his country’s Rural Electrification Board (REB), whose members will spend several weeks in Pullman. “We are learning methods at WSU that will help us bring the villagers better service and an improved distribution system.”

Without the REB and other electricity boards, the agriculture-based rural communities would not have electricity, he said.

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