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Five WNCG Alums Accept Faculty Positions

This year, five WNCG alumni and postdoctoral fellows accepted faculty positions throughout the country. Their acceptance continues the recent wave over the last few years of WNCG students and postdoctoral fellows finding permanent homes at some of the world’s leading institutions.

Here’s a quick look at where a few of these alumni are headed, what they look forward to most about being a faculty member and how WNCG helped prepare them for their new ventures.

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Student Wins Marconi Society Young Scholar Award

WNCG student Ken Pesyna was selected as a 2015 Marconi Society Paul Baran Young Scholar. The award recognizes Pesyna’s academic achievements and leadership in the field of communications and information science. Pesyna was selected because his outstanding work in centimeter-accurate and power-efficient smartphone positioning, his excellent academic record and his demonstrated entrepreneurial capabilities.

Student Spotlights 2015

It's no secret that WNCG produces stellar industry and academic professionals. Here's where WNCG students and alumni are headed this summer for internships and employment:

Ahmed Alkhateeb - Samsung, Richardson, TX

Andrew Kerns - Radiosense, Austin, TX

Deepjyoti Deka - Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM

Deepti Ghadiyaram - Microsoft Research, Seattle, WA

Derya Malak - Huawei, Plano, TX

WNCG Faculty and Students Showcase Innovation During SXSW 2015

An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, SXSW Interactive 2015 featured five days of presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology. Special programs showcased new websites, video games and startup ideas from the community.

Student Ahmed Alkhateeb Presents Invited Talk at ITA 2015 Graduation Day

WNCG PhD Student, Ahmed Alkhateeb, recently presented an invited talk during the Graduation Day at the Information Theory and Applications (ITA) Workshop 2015.

Graduation Day features outstanding graduate students and postdoctoral researchers seeking academic positions and provides them with an opportunity to present their work to a broad audience of researchers and faculty. They are the only ITA talks presented by students, and several past Graduation Day presenters have subsequently joined academic institutions.

Open House 2015 Creates Recruitment Opportunities for Students and Industry

WNCG Industrial Affiliates, faculty and students come together for an annual event focused on WNCG's greatest resource; a collection of some of the world's brightest students. Open House provides recruitment opportunities to Industrial Affiliate Members through close access to WNCG student research and resumes, as well as creates opportunities for one-on-one meetings with WNCG students. 

Student Debarati Kundu Awarded Qualcomm's Roberto Padovani Fellowship

In recognition of her outstanding performance as a summer intern, Qualcomm awarded WNCG Ph.D. student Debarati Kundu the Roberto Padovani Fellowship. 

The fellowship was created in 2008 to recognize Qualcomm’s corporate research and development interns who demonstrate superior technical performance during their summer internship. Roberto Padovani was Qualcomm’s chief technology officer for nearly 10 years and was a leading innovator for the company.

Alumna Suju Rajan wins RecSys Best Paper Award

Alumna Suju Rajan won Best Paper Award at RecSys 2014 for her paper entitled “Beyond Clicks: Dwell Time for Personalization.”

The ACM Recommender System conference (RecSys) is the premier international forum for the presentation of new research results, systems and techniques in the broad field of recommender systems. 

Improving Infrared Image Quality

While much work has been done to further image quality for cameras and smart phones in the visible light spectrum, WNCG student Todd Goodall and his advisor Prof. Bovik have expanded their research to include the quality of infrared images.

“As far as Prof. Bovik and I know, no one has thoroughly studied the natural scene statistics of infrared images,” Goodall states. “Other general image statistics have been studied, but no one has considered the perceptually-relevant natural statistics..”

Student Nicholas Estep receives Honorable Mention in IEEE Student Paper Competition

WNCG student Nicholas Estep received an Honorable Mention in the Student Paper Competition at the IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting held in Memphis, TN in July 2014. 

The IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) and the U.S. Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (USNC-URSI) cosponsor the symposium. The joint meeting provides an international forum for the exchange of information on state-of-the-art research in antennas, propagation, electromagnetics and radio science.


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