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Five Students Selected as Ming Hsieh Institute Ph.D. Scholars

March 03, 2011 —

The Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering and Ming Hsieh Institute have established a new program called "Ming Hsieh Institute Ph.D. Scholars." The program will honor a select group of five to six top Ph.D. students each year. This set of students will be carefully chosen by a faculty committee on the basis of their research accomplishments, promise and desire for an academic career beyond the Ph.D. To help them in their career development, these MHI Scholars will receive mentorship from department faculty. They will be awarded an annual stipend of $2000.00, as well as funds for travel to other institutions, to help expand their horizons, and enable them to gain visibility and receive feedback on their work. They will also gain valuable experience by playing leadership roles in Ming Hsieh Institute-organized events such as an annual retreat and research festival.

This year’s recipients are:

Firooz Aflatouni
Research Interests: RF inspired photonics and low power integrated RF and millimeter-wave systems in silicon-based processes.
Advisor: Hossein Hashemi

Prasanta Kumar Ghosh
Research Interests: Understanding human speech communication with application to machine recognition of speech especially inspired by the speech production and perception link.
Advisor: Shrikanth Narayanan

Samir Sharma
Research Interests: Signal processing with a focus in inverse ill-posed imaging problem; currently exploring the application of compressed sensing and parallel imaging for accelerated water-fat magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Advisor: Krishna Nayak

Chuan Wang
Research Interests: Carbon nanotube nanoelectronics and macroelectronics.
Advisor: Chongwu Zhou

Omer Faruk Yilmaz
Research Interests: Advanced optical signal processing for reconfigurable fiber optical networks.
Advisor: Alan Willner

Alexander (Sandy) Sawchuk, Chair of the Ming Hsieh EE-Systems Department, said: "Our faculty joins me in congratulating and extending our best wishes to the five EE Ph.D. students chosen as initial Ming Hsieh Scholars. This award recognizes their research achievements and outstanding career potential."