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  • WSU students attend pink elephant unicorn cybersecurity event

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    PNNL hosted a cybersecurity capture the flag (CTF) event in the Tri-Cities on September 16th and 17th, named Pink Elephant Unicorn (PEU) x3.0. The event introduced cybersecurity topics to both beginners and experienced students. After attending workshops on a variety of techniques and getting some hands on experience, students were split up into groups and given technical challenges to solve. “The competition was friendly and really helped reinforce some of the concepts the students had just learned,” said Adam Hahn, professor at EECS. “This ... » More ...

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  • Boeing gift provides high-tech equipment for Everett building

    boeing-logo-534pEVERETT, Wash. – A $250,000 gift from the Boeing Company means Washington State University’s new building in Everett will be equipped with state-of-the art technology when it opens its doors next fall.

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  • Program encourages computer science participation

    By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

    women-computingPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University is committing to bringing 150 high school girls to campus annually to specifically introduce them to computer science.

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  • Noel Schulz recognized as fellow of IEEE

    By Erik Gomez, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

    Noel-SchulzPULLMAN, Wash. – Noel Schulz, a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE). She was recognized for leadership in advancing women in engineering and electric ship technologies.

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  • WSU answers demand for engineers, and computer scientists

    By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

    se_slidePULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will offer new engineering degrees in the fall to meet the high demand for engineers and computer scientists in the state.

    New undergraduate degrees include the first construction engineering degree in the Pacific Northwest, a software engineering degree offered at WSU North Puget Sound at Everett and at Pullman, and an electrical engineering degree offered on the campus of Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash. A new online master’s degree in software engineering ... » More ...

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  • WSU answers demand for engineers, computer scientists

    By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

    engineering-studentsPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will offer new engineering degrees in the fall to meet the high demand for engineers and computer scientists in the state.

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  • WSU computer science and engineering programs get underway across the state

    A student team from WSU North Puget Sound at Everett participated in an engineering competition.

    A student team from WSU North Puget Sound at Everett participated in an engineering competition.

    Washington state and industry leaders are calling for more graduates in computer science and engineering as the industry looks for workers highly skilled in technology in the Puget Sound area.

    Answering the need, and with state support, WSU is increasing its computer science and electrical engineering programs at both WSU North Puget Sound ... » More ...

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  • Schweitzer gift in memory of Professor Al Flechsig

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    By Marissa Mararac, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

    In honor of a fondly remembered professor, Edmund O. Schweitzer III and SEL are making donations of $100,000 each to the Alfred and Nancy Flechsig Fund for Laboratory Improvement at Washington State University.

    Alfred (Al) Julius Flechsig Jr. passed away in August. He was a WSU alumnus (’57 BS EE) and a professor of electrical engineering at WSU for 42 years until his retirement in 2003. Flechsig did important research in the areas of power ... » More ...

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  • SEL and WSU build strong partnership

    Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory logoWhen Washington’s governor came to Pullman along with Senator Maria Cantwell and Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers last year, they made two stops: one at WSU’s Energy Systems Innovation Center and the other at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratory (SEL) to learn about smart electric power grid innovation.

    Aligned from SEL’s earliest days, WSU and SEL have collaborated closely over the years, and their success has brought attention from local, national, and international policy and industry leaders. They have supported each other as they have grown in stature, developing ... » More ...

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  • Providing the chance for everybody to code

    Participants in the “Learn to Code! Programming for Girls” workshops at WSU Pullman.More than a dozen middle school girls joined in this summer’s “Learn to Code! Programming for Girls” workshops at WSU Pullman. The weeklong series of workshops was led by computer science graduate students Gina Sprint and Jessamyn Dahmen and aimed to encourage the girls’ interest in the field. WSU’s Broadening Participation in Computing Club received a grant last year to conduct the workshops from the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Symantec to introduce girls ... » More ...

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  • Bringing more women to computer science

    It’s no secret that while computer science offers great job prospects and interesting careers, attracting women to the field has been problematic. In fact, fewer women are entering computer science than a generation ago. Many women who initially have an interest in the field often become discouraged and quit.

    With continuing industry demand, especially in the state of Washington, WSU’s School of EECS is focusing efforts on bringing and keeping more women in computer science. Last year the school, for the first time, became active in the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), a nonprofit group that is leading efforts to increase women’s ... » More ...

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  • WSU researchers plan for real-world test of microgrid systems

    Professor Ali Mehrizi-Sani is studying microgrids to help keep the power on during catastrophic events.

    Professor Ali Mehrizi-Sani is studying microgrids to help keep the power on during catastrophic events.

    When a natural disaster strikes, the failure of the electric power grid often makes the catastrophe even worse.

    WSU researchers were part of a team who received a $1.2 million Department of Energy grant to design a sophisticated circuit breaker for “microgrids,” or power grids that are on small, more localized scales. The ... » More ...

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  • Grant funds “smart city” power grid lab at WSU

    Addressing the critical national need for a reliable and secure electric power grid, WSU researchers are building the most comprehensive “smart city” laboratory in the United States 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.

    “Smart grid technology is at a critical stage with a need for successful demonstration,” said Chen-Ching Liu, director of WSU’s Energy Systems Innovation Center and leader of the project. “Large scale deployment will provide great opportunities to ... » More ...

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  • Software improves ability to catalog bacterial pathogens

    PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a new software tool that will improve scientists’ ability to identify and understand bacterial strains and accelerate vaccine development.

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  • WSU commits funds to major research, teaching initiatives

    From the Offices of Provost and Research

    PULLMAN, Wash. – Genomics, antimicrobial resistance, clean stormwater and health disparities are the subjects of several multidisciplinary proposals awarded funding as part of Washington State University’s Grand Challenges research initiative. University officials also funded a comprehensive program aimed at supporting student resilience and growth through graduation.

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  • Smart-Sock: Monitoring ankle edema at home

    By Michelle Fredrickson for WSU News

    Washington State University researchers have developed a “smart” sock to track ankle edema, a symptom of many serious medical conditions, at home. The researchers hope the innovation will lead to a more cost effective, accurate, and easier way to track edema, an accumulation of fluids in the lower parts of the body that is often a symptom of heart or kidney failure.

    Washington State University researchers have developed a “smart” sock to track ankle edema, a symptom of ... <a href=» More ...

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  • Animal training techniques teach robots new tricks

    By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

    PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University are using ideas from animal training to help non-expert users teach robots how to do desired tasks.

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  • WSUCon 2016-the biggest yet

    By Rachel Forbes, President of the Linux Users’ Group

    con5On February 5th the Linux Users Group hosted the 14th annual WSUCon. The event took place in the CUB Sr. Ballroom, beginning at 5:00 pm, and lasted for 24 hours. WSUCon is an annual social gaming event started by the Linux Users Group as a way to get students, faculty, alumni, and Pullman-Moscow community members together for gaming in a fun and lively environment. One of the unique things about the event is that it is not just ... » More ...

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  • Vic’s Picks

    A chat with Jeromy Johnson and Rae Marks
    By Victoria Sandmeyer, School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    When you talk with Rae Marks and Jeromy Johnson, you feel like you are in the presence of an unstoppable force. They are going somewhere, and they are going fast. Yet you don’t feel like you are going to get run over; there is an inclusiveness in the way they speak. At the time of the interview Jeromy is the president of the Association for Computing Machinery Student Chapter (ACM), Rae is the vice president. The duo took time to sit down with me in ... » More ...

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    Vasiliy Bunakov, Tech Super Hero
    By Victoria Sandmeyer, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    vasiliy_headshot_croppedIf you have been at EECS for any length of time you have probably asked Vasiliy Bunakov for help of some sort or another. Vasiliy (or “V” to those who work with him) oversees the IT help desk, where a constant stream of faculty, staff, and students come to solicit his advice and help. In between providing desktop support for several hundred individuals in the ... » More ...

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    50 Years of Computer Science culminates in an original book about operating systems
    By Victoria Sandmeyer, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

    kc_new_500(1)Dr. KC Wang received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University in 1965. It was at that point he decided to study Computer Science. KC explains, “I realized in the late 60’s that computers were the future and began to shift my study in that direction.”

    KC began teaching at WSU in 1970 in both EE and CS and continued after the ... » More ...

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  • Seely takes advantage of Pullman’s big city living

    By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

    warren_captionUnlike most students who come to WSU, Warren Seely came to Pullman to experience the big city.

    Seely, a senior in electrical engineering with an emphasis in power engineering, is originally from tiny Clatskanie, Oregon, where his family has a 500-acre mint farm. He is one of the few students who call Pullman “large.”

    “But,” he adds, “It still has a small-town feel to it and a friendly, open atmosphere.”

    Growing up on his family farm, Seely enjoyed ... » More ...

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  • Venkatasubramanian named an IEEE fellow

    By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

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    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. Venkatasubramanian conducts research in the area of power system dynamics with ... » More ...

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  • Student club night deemed a success

    By Victoria Sandmeyer, School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    bright_facesNearly 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.

    Clinical associate professor Andy O’Fallon laid out how vital it is for the success of engineering ... » More ...

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    Sarah Belter’s checklist
    By Victoria Sandmeyer, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
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    Sarah Belter graduates with a degree in Computer Science from The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science on May 10th. Two weeks later she starts her first job at Microsoft as a test developer. “Are you just a born winner; how does this happen?” I ask. As I spoke more with Sarah it became apparent that coupling a good education with social skills will take you far in ... » More ...

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

    By Victoria Sandmeyer, School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

    winning_gleason-1Fifteen 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.

    Team Gleason was inspired by former WSU football star, Steve Gleason who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ... » More ...

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