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The IEEE, the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology, has singled out UBC Electrical and Computer Engineering professor emeritus Hermann Dommel for its 2013 Medal in Power Engineering in recognition of his pioneering contributions to the methods of analyzing electromagnetic transients and optimal power flow in electric power systems.
Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Kenichi Takahata was recently renewed as Canada Research Chair in Advanced Micro/Nanofabrication and MEMS. Prof. Takahata will study medical micro-devices for intelligent implants and microsurgical applications to enable minimally invasive diagnosis and therapy. Targeted devices include adaptive stents and stent grafts, brain aneurysm wireless sensors, and devices for MRI guided surgery.
IEEE Canada has recognized Vijay Bhargava's sustained and distinguished service to Region 7 by awarding him the 2012 IEEE Canada W.S. Read Outstanding Service Gold Medal. Vijay's many years of service for IEEE Region 7 (Canada) began in Montreal. He served as Student Branch counsellor at Concordia, then in various capacities including Section Chair, and later similarly in Victoria Section. In 1987 he founded the IEEE Pacific Rim Conference in Communications, Computers and Signal Processing, the now well-established, biennial conference in Victoria.
The 'heat-trap' effect of carbon nanotubes can be used to efficiently heat a conductor to one thousand degrees. Read about it in the UBC Reports story about Dr. Nojeh's research titled, A New Generation of Solar Power, Part 2, This story is linked to the discussion of Dr.Burke's work on organic solar cells in Part 1 of this article. Read More:
Dr. Mehdi Moradi is working to develop a method to allow more targeted prostate cancer treatment. Hired by ECE in May 2012 using a donation made to the Department of Urologic Sciences, Dr. Moradi is teaming up with researchers in both departments as well as the Vancouver Prostate Centre. He has already published a journal article on creating cancer “probability maps” for better detection and grading of prostate tumours.
UBC researchers have received a $17 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This funding aids a program to treat women in the developing world for preeclampsia, the onset of high blood pressure during pregnancy. While preeclampsia is easily treatable, it is fatal for many women who are not properly diagnosed or transported to appropriate facilities. Through this program, a health worker can visit a woman in her home, test her blood and urine, and input the information into a smartphone platform.
A paper written by Dr. Bobak Gholamkhass, Nima Mohseni Kiasari and Prof. Peyman Servati of the Flexible Electronics and Energy Lab (FEEL) has been the most downloaded paper in Organic Electronics for the past three months. This paper demonstrates the significant role of contact layers and device engineering in increasing the efficiency and stability of organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices.
Using standard medical sensors connected directly through the universal audio port of virtually any mobile device, the proprietary interface, called the Vital Signs DSP (Digital Signal Processor), provides precise monitoring of blood oxygen levels, blood pressure and body temperature which are displayed on the mobile device’s monitor.