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Lecturer Ivan Sekyonda received the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Instructor award (by student vote) and professor Matthias Kirchner received the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award.

Assistant professor Tara Dhakal received NSF CAREER grant

Assistant professor Tara Dhakal was recently awarded a $500,000 NSF CAREER grant for his research project titled "Toward Twenty Year Lifetime: Hermetic Sealing for Perovskite Solar Cells." Dhakal's previous experience includes research funded by the Office of Naval Research for earth abundant thin-film solar cells.

Mehdi Boroumand received the Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research

Mehdi Boroumand is a PhD student studying electrical engineering who recently won a Binghamton University Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research. The award is in recognition of his research on detecting covert communications in digital images that Boroumand has worked on with distinguished professor Jessica Fridrich, who nominated him for the award.

Scientists create stretchable battery made entirely out of fabric

The team, led by Binghamton University Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi, created an entirely textile-based biobattery that can produce maximum power similar to that produced by his previous paper-based microbial fuel cells. Additionally, these textile-based biobatteries exhibit stable electricity-generating capability when tested under repeated stretching and twisting cycles.

Mobile data, privacy protection and spectrum access

Assistant professor Linke Guo from the Electrical and Computer Engineer Department recently received three separate grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) totaling over $600,000. All three research studies look at different problems relating to mobile phones, including data collection and signal improvement.

Student chapter of IEEE Power & Energy Society starts of strong

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has a new Binghamton student chapter for the Power & Energy Society that is already winning awards.

David Klotzkin received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

This award recognizes superior teaching by full-time instructors at the graduate, undergraduate or professional level.

Binghamton scientists create most powerful micro-scale bio-solar cell yet

Researchers at Binghamton University have created a micro-scale biological solar cell that generates a higher power density for longer than any existing cell of its kind.

A microfluidic lab-on-a-chip system that generates its own power is essential for stand-alone, independent, self-sustainable point-of-care diagnostic devices to work in limited-resource and remote regions, said Electrical and Computer Science Assistant Professor Seokheun Choi. Miniaturized biological solar cells (or micro-BSCs) can be the most suitable power source for those applications because the technique resembles the earth's natural ecosystem.

Special Effects

In the 1987 movie Innerspace, a cocky Navy test pilot (Dennis Quaid) undergoes a top-secret miniaturization experiment and is accidentally injected into the body of a hypochondriac store clerk (Martin Short). And since it was the '80s, hilarity ensued.

The film has an 81 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, and it inspired Binghamton University Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Seokheun Choi to become a scientist.

Scholarships and Nanofabrication Experience: Successful Transitions from Community College to Graduate School

This program presents an opportunity to community college transfer students interested in the field of nanotechnology to continue their education at Binghamton with the assistance of a tuition scholarship. With an emphasis on "learning by doing", the program will begin with a cohort building pre-Junior year nanofabrication boot camp. Throughout Junior and Senior year, research projects with a chosen advisor in various departments of the university will lead to original research and culminate in a paper and presentation. During the summer, students will have the opportunity to work at Camp Nano, a nanotechnology outreach program geared towards secondary school students. The end goal of the program is to provide students with the foundation in nanotechnology to enable a successful transition to industry or postgraduate studies at Binghamton or elsewhere. 

Watson seniors present capstone projects (VIDEO)

Binghamton University student-engineers had the mightiest mouse at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 1 Student Conference at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

The team of five electrical and computer engineering majors - Ian Sheers, Duc Ngo, Siaki Tetteh-Nartey, Victor Tung, Bryan D O'Connor - won the MicroMouse competition with their autonomous maze-solving robot in early April.

2017 Department Newsletter


Dr. Jin's NSF Grant:

Brain Password: Exploring A Psychophysiological Approach for Secure User Authentication. See articles and media coverage of what Dr. Jin and his fellow researchers are calling "brainprints" here.

Update, August 2016: The team recently received official confirmation of roughly $1.2 million more total funding over four years (about $900,000 total will come to Binghamton and around $300,000 total will go to the State University of New York at Buffalo) through the National Science Foundation for the project titled: "TWC SBE: Medium: Collaborative: Brain Hacking: Assessing Psychological and Computational Vulnerabilities in Brain-based Biometrics." Read more here about the first year of the Binghamton awardThe first year of the Buffalo award

Getting More Energy From the Sun: How to Make Better Solar Cells - Dr. Tara Dhakal - The Conversation - May 2016 

ECE Faculty Awards

Dr. David Klotzkin received the Outstanding Faculty Instructor award (by student vote) and Dr. Stephen Zahorian received the Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award! For a full list of the 9th Annual ECE Awards Ceremony Click Here

Team of  graduate students come in second in national smartphone app competition

A quartet of graduate students from the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science came in second place in the nation-wide 2016 Institute of Industrial and System Engineers CIS Division Mobile App Competition. | Read More

ECE Senior Delivers Commencement Speech

Tremayne Stewart, who received his bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at commencement last weekend, praised his Watson classmates, calling them “the brightest and most dedicated people I’ve ever met.”

He urged the graduates not to lose momentum at the first sign of resistance.

“It doesn’t matter what path you take to get where you need to go – and odds are it won’t be the one you dreamed up when you were younger,” he said. “But it will be the one you are prepared for and it will be the one you carve.” | Watch Video

Binghamton University Engineering Students Unveil Award Winning Formula-Style Electric Racecar

A team of 13 students from the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University and Broome Community College known as SUNY Bearcat Motorsports won the Electric Division of the national Formula Hybrid 2016 Competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. on May 5. | Read More, Watch Video

Watson seniors present design projects

What do you get when you combine PVC piping, batteries, pool noodles, a camera and some rebar?

A team of seniors from the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science answered that with their capstone project presented at the Innovative Technologies Complex at Binghamton University. The findings were part of the mechanical and electrical and computer engineering presentations on May 6, but all Watson seniors were part of a capstone project team. | Read More

Breakthrough at Binghamton furthers development of bacteria-powered energy

“Once a functional bio-solar panel becomes available, it could become a permanent power source for supplying long-term power for small, wireless telemetry systems as well as wireless sensors used at remote sites where frequent battery replacement is impractical,” said Seokheun “Sean” Choi, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in Binghamton University’s Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science. | Read More



Dhakal named interim director of CASP

Tara P. Dhakal has been appointed interim director of the Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP), part of Binghamton University’s Center of Excellence. Dhakal’s research focuses on thin film inorganic and organic solar devices (video). | Read More

Portrait of a Watson student - Dylan Domenico

We sat down with an ECE sophomore to find out more about his Binghamton experience: "I'm really happy here. I think it's because you can always try something new, like even start your own club. The main thing I like is that sense limitless opportunity to do more." | Read More

Professor Jessica Fridrich elevated to IEEE Fellow | Nov. 2015

Professor Jessica Fridrich has been elevated to IEEE Fellow for "contributions to digital media forensics, steganography, and steganalysis."

Professor Seokheun Choi on Binghamton Research Discover-e. | Nov. 2015

Professor Seokheun Choi has the top two stories for 2015 on Binghamton Research Discover-e. Congratulations Professor Choi

Professor Choi received an NSF grant "An Origami Paper-Based Bacteria-Powered Battery for On-Chip Biosensors"  |  June 2015

Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, can be used to create beautiful birds, frogs and other small sculptures. Now a Binghamton University engineer says the technique can be applied to building batteries, too.| Read More

Brain's reaction to certain words could replace passwords 
-Dr. Zhanpeng Jin  | Inside, JUNE 2015

You might not need to remember those complicated e-mail and bank account passwords for much longer. According to a new study by Binghamton University researchers, the way your brain responds to certain words could be used to replace passwords.
In “Brainprint,” a newly published study in academic journal Neurocomputing, researchers from the University observed the brain signals of 45 volunteers as they read a list of 75 acronyms, such as FBI and DVD.| Read More

Learn more about Dr. Zhanpeng Jin

More on 'Brain-prints' could replace fingerprints

Smart, Connected Health | Watson Review, 2015

Zhanpeng Jin, having earned a master’s in computer engineering in 2006, was poised to leave China and begin the next chapter of his education as a PhD student in electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Though he had a strong interest in computer science, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his doctorate. | Read More

Learn more about Dr. Zhanpeng Jin

Congratulations to Professors Mark Fowler and Jessica Fridrich for becoming "Distinguished Professors" | May 2015

Jessica Fridrich was promoted to distinguished professor and Mark Fowler was promoted to distinguished teaching professor at the May 6 meeting of the SUNY Board of Trustees. Both members of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, they join more than 75 Binghamton University faculty who have achieved distinguished rank.

Promotion to distinguished professor is reserved for those who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within his or her discipline. Promotion to the distinguished teaching rank recognizes the mastery of teaching at the graduate, undergraduate or professional levels. | Read More

Learn more about Prof. Mark Fowler

Learn more about Prof. Jessica Fridrich

Outstanding faculty instructor award to Prof. Klotzkin | Feb. 2015

Dr. David Klotzkin received the Outstanding Faculty Instructor award (by student vote)

Outstanding faculty researcher to Prof. Jin | Feb. 2015

Dr. Zhanpeng Jin received the 2-14-2015 award for Outstanding Faculty Researcher

Last Updated: 4/2/18