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Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture EECS News@WSU - Spring 2011

Spring 2011

From the Director: The Rest of the Story on How Your Gifts Make a Difference

Behrooz ShiraziIn these challenging budgetary times, I am happy to report to you some good news for the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. The amount of external research support in the school has been continually and dramatically increasing during the past five years. I also want to tell you the bigger story behind these numbers. It’s this story of donor support that has been instrumental in bringing us real success and in building a stronger program for the state of Washington. [more]

Studying Cargo Data to Find Suspect Shipments

Sue knows a drug smuggler, and the drug smuggler visits Canada, New Jersey and Jamaica. John, who has visited Connecticut, New Jersey and Jamaica, knows Sue. Bob and Bill, who know Sue, also have been to Canada. Who is the drug smuggler? Trying to stop a smuggler from bringing drugs into the country – or other such illegal activity – might be thought of as a tricky logic puzzle, except that instead of trying to solve who is the drug smuggler among a few like Sue, Bob, Bill or John, there are a million cargo shipments that come into the U.S. every month from around the world. [more]

Improving the Efficiency of Airport Traffic

Charts from a weather impact simulator. The weather impact simulator aims to predict weather impacts at important times.There’s a 50 percent chance of a snowstorm in the Seattle area, expected late tonight, and a group of air traffic managers are wondering whether to cancel the Seattle to Pullman flight. After a long day of work, you’re just hoping to get home. A group of WSU researchers is working on a project that they hope will help air traffic controllers get a better idea of how storms might impact U.S. airports – with the hope that the airports will be run more efficiently and have fewer delays. [more]

Smart Grid Lab Gets Underway

Real-Time Digital Simulator (RTDS) diagramTo understand the power grid of the future, think about the difference between your old cell phone and a smart phone. Aiming to train students in understanding the electric power grid concepts that they will encounter in their careers, Anurag Srivastava,assistant professor in the School of EECS, is developing a smart grid demonstration and research investigation laboratory. [More]

Student Takes Second Place in Poster Contest

Nolan DayElectrical Engineering Senior Nolan Day took second place in the undergraduate student poster contest at the IEEE Power and Energy Society’s power engineering international conference. His poster showed his work with synchrophasors in both his senior design project and with his internship atSchweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. [More]