Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science News

What’s Your Big Idea?—Mark Dean

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Mark Dean, a 1979 graduate in electrical engineering, has the big idea of building a device that will replace everything that you carry in your wallet. Dean is one of the lead inventors of the personal computer and is chief technology officer for IBM Middle East and Africa.

WSJ: Supercomputer Ranking Offers Clues About Chips, China

Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor in the electrical engineering and computer science department, was written about in the Wall Street Journal. Dongarra’s Top500 list which ranks the world’s fastest supercomputers was released this week listing Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Titan at the top.

Professor Releases Supercomputer TOP500 Rankings

It’s official. UT researchers have access to the world’s fastest supercomputer enabling them to tackle the world’s toughest challenges. The “TOP500″ list ranking the world’s fastest supercomputers was released today, listing Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s massive new system, named Titan, as the fastest computer. The list is published twice yearly by a collaboration between Jack Dongarra, distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and colleagues at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of Mannheim.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Michael Pickelsimer

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Michael Pickelsimer, graduate student in electrical engineering, has the big idea of charging electrical vehicles without ever having to plug them in.

Big Idea: Professor Finds New Way of Teaching Computer Programming

Brad Vander Zanden

Brad Vander Zanden, a professor in electrical engineering and computer science, developed a big idea to help beginning computer science students. Vander Zanden created a program to use in Computer Science 102 that gives students an easy way to enter computer programs and test them in class. It is a simplified introduction to the type of programming that professionals do.

Engineering Team Develops Chip for Mars Rover

Ben Blalock

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Rover Curiosity would have a hard time completing its mission if it were not for a successful partnership between the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and a professor-student team at UT. Ben Blalock, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, and two graduate students, designed a tiny microchip that weighs close to a paper clip and helps control the motors on the rover.

Friends to Honor Jesse Poore Friday

A gathering of friends will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the UT Gardens Shade Garden to honor Jesse Poore, professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, who died on April 25. Poore came to UT in 1986 as chair of the Department of Computer Science and served as director of the UT-ORNL Science Alliance from 2000 to 2011.

In Memoriam: Jesse Poore

Jesse H. Poore, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, former co-director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and director of the UT-ORNL Science Alliance, died on April 25 at his home. Poore came to UT in 1986. He served as co-director of JICS from 2000 to 2005; director of the Science Alliance from 2000 to 2011; and UT System vice president for information technology and chief information officer from 2008 to 2009.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Min Kao

When UT alum Min Kao, founder and chairman of Garmin, heard that the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science had outgrown its current home in Ferris Hall, he donated $12.5 million toward a new building to house the department. Kao visited the campus last month to dedicate the Min H. Kao Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building.