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Electrical &

Computer Engineering
Spring 2005

Message from Dr. Law
We have completed an academic year and have moved
into the slower summer season. In this newsletter,
we celebrate the last year and the accomplishments of
our alumni, faculty and students. We presented our
first department career achievement alumni award to
Dr. Dick Jaeger of Auburn University. We hope to
do this every year (as well as a young alumni award) -
please help us to identify great candidates. Two ECE
graduates, Dr. Sachio Semmoto and Dr. Hyung K.
Lim, were named University of Florida Distinguished
Alumni. Professor Jerry Fossum won the distinguished
J.J. Ebers award from IEEE Electron Device Society.
Professor Toshi Nishida was named the HKN teacher-

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S\\ i. I..! i !r tt.:.!. r-li 5I! s Foundation to fund awards for an essay contest. Bob
"Gat.el" Handlel's gift ,. ill be used to fund awards for a best senior design contest. With
your help, we can challenge and inspire our students to great things. The University is
developing a program to raise money for endowed chairs to help us retain our best faculty.
I hope we can count on you to help us become one of the best programs in the country.
We want to make you as proud as possible of our accomplishments in research, teaching
and service.

We have just graduated an excellent group of students. They have excelled in scholarship
and have contributed to the department in many ways. We'll miss them and their
leadership. Please note their accomplishments we had a record breaking 18 EE award
winners in the last year.

Gainesville is a quiet place in the summer a calm before the storm of new students
in the fall. As always, we look forward to the new faces that will help rejuvenate the
department, college and University. I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and
spirits, and like us, looking forward to being reenergized by the coming academic year!



Electrical & Computer Engineering
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P.O. Box 116200
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degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. It is a 30
semester-hour, non-thesis program. Campus residency is not

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Jerry Fossum
Received Prestigious
J.J. Ebers Award

Dr. Jerry Fossum was awarded
the IEEE Electron Devices
SocietyJ.J. Ebers Award for
"Outstanding Contributions
to the Advancement of SOI
CMOS Devices and Circuits
through Modeling" at the
December 2004 International
Electron Devices Meeting in
San Francisco.

The award was established
in 1971 to foster progress
in electron devices and
commemorate the life
activities ofJewell James
Ebers, whose distinguished
contributions, particularly in
the transistor art, shaped the
understanding and technology
of electron devices. It is
presented annually to honor
an individuals) who has made
either a single or a series of
contributions of recognized
scientific, economic or social
significance in the broad field
of electron devices.

Best Dissertation

Congratulations to Dr. Liuqing
Yang for winning the University o
Minnesota Graduate School's Bes
Dissertation Award in the Physic:
Sciences and Engineering in 2005
for her thesis, "Ultra-Wideband
Wireless Communications: From
Concept to Reality," which she
defended in June 2004. This is a
considerable honor for Dr. Yang,
her dissertation adviser, Professor
Georgios Giannakis, and for the
graduate program in electrical

Following her graduation, Yang
joined us as an assistant professor.
Congratulations, Dr. Yang!

Other Faculty Awards

Dr. Toshi Nishida was voted HKN Teacher of the
Year 2004-05 by the ECE student body.

The IEEE Board of Directors elected Dr. Fred
Taylor and Dr. Jian Li as Fellows. Dr. Li was also
elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical

Dr. Mark Law and Dr. Kevin Jones (MSE)
received the First Faculty Recognition Award
for Student Recruiting. The Faculty Recognition
Award for Student Recruiting recognizes
Semiconductor Research Corporation-funded
Principle Investigators that successfully recruit a
high percentage of students with citizenship or
naturalization status in the country where the
research is being performed.

A paper by Stanley Su, co-authored with G. Lee
and X. Zhang, entitled "Learning Object Models,
Languages, Authoring Tools and Registry Service
for Achieving Dynamic and Collaborative E-
learning", won best paper award at the International
Association of Science & Technology for
Development conference from August 16-18, 2004.

A paper co-authored by new faculty member,
Dr. Oscar Boykin, entitled, "Percolation Search
in Power Law Networks Making Unstructured
Peer-To-Peer Networks Scalable", won Best Paper
Award from the Fourth IEEE International
Conference on Peer-to-Peer Computing on August
25, 2004. (above)
Student Awards

Electric E Award Winners for fall 2004: Temitope
Animashaun, Paul Berman, Tyson Brown, Jason
)f Pukala
al Electric E Award Winners for spring 2005: Jae
Sammy, Paul Gregory Baumstarck, Shuguang Feng,
Michael David Fischer, Jeffery Ryan Gray, James Louis
Greco III, Adam Michael Jacobs, David Lawrence
Kallenborn, Matthew John Koenin, Mitchell L
Kopec, Jeffrey William Loshuertos, Ziwei Lu, Casey
Morrison, Matthew B Ordonez

Erin Taylor is awarded prestigious NSF Graduate
Fellowship. She has been accepted to the ACIS
graduate program.

Jeff Gray received the William L. Everitt Award
for 2004-05 from the International Engineering
Consortium. An engraved Cross pen set was presented
to Jeff at the 2005 HKN Spring Banquet.

Dr. Toshi Nishida

Hyung Khu Lim Honored as
College Distinguished Alumni
Dr. Hyung Khu Lim has traveled the world for Samsung
Electronics furthering its efforts to become a global leader in
the semiconductor, telecommunication and digital convergence
industry. His work has not only benefited Samsung, but has also
reaped rewards for the College of Engineering, which counts
Samsung as a major research supporter.

For his commitment to new technology at the University of
Florida and his public and private accomplishments, Lim was
honored as a University of Florida Distinguished Alumnus April
29, 2005, during the College of Engineering's commencement
ceremony at the O'Connell Center.

Lim received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from UF
in 1984 under the advisement of Dr. Jerry Fossum. He then
returned to Samsung, for which he had been employed since 1976
as a staff engineer, and worked on various memory semiconductor

He spearheaded the development of EEPROM, Flash Memory,
SRAM and DRAM products. As managing executive director
and executive vice president of the memory division from 1996-
1999, Samsung became the leading manufacturer of DRAM
chips, the major memory components of PC's and laptop
computers. He is particularly recognized for his work in the
creation of the NAND Flash business at Samsung.

In 2000, Lim was named president of the system LSI business
for Samsung, and worked to make Samsung the worldwide
leader in home and mobile system LSI solution. In 2005, he was
named president and CEO of the Samsung Advanced Institute
of Technology (SAIT), the corporate research and development
arm of the Samsung Corporation. Prior to being promoted to the
Institute in 2005, Dr. Lim served as the chief technology officer
(president) of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Lim holds 17 U.S. Patents and has published more than 25
papers on conferences and journals. He is president of the
Semiconductor Society of Electronic Engineers of Korea and
the Korea Embedded Software Industry Council. He is also a
member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea. In

Sachio Semmoto Honored as
a UF Distinguished Alumnu
Dr. Sachio Semmoto was honored as a UF Distinguished
Alumnus on December 17, 2004, during the College of
Engineering commencement ceremony at the Stephen O'Connell
Center. The award, the highest given to an alumnus by the
university, was presented to Semmoto by Mark Law, chair of
Electrical & Computer Engineering.

After earning his doctorate in electrical engineering from UF
in 1971, Dr. Semmoto began his career with Nippon Telegraph
&Telphone (NTT), where he was responsible for leading the
development ofJapan's first optical fiber system. After 17 years
at NTT, he left to help launch DDI Corp., Japan's first fully
private telephone company that revolutionized the Japanese
telecommunications industry. Dr. Semmoto is credited with
sharply reducing long-distance call costs, promoting free
competition in long-distance service, and introducing new
services, such as customer service centers, detailed bill reporting
and least-cost routing among long-distance carriers. Linking
telecommunications to home computers, Dr. Semmoto founded
eAccess Ltd. in 1999 to help bring Japan into the Internet Age
with an inexpensive, fast Internet connection using ADSL
(asymmetric digital subscriber line) technology. He serves as
chairman of the board and chief executive officer for eAccess,
which is Japan's first entrepreneurial and global IP/telecom start-
up company.

With a propensity to create new systems for future generations,
Dr. Semmoto is a founder of Eco-Power Co. Ltd., Japan's
first wind-power generating company, and has helped lead the
movement for eco-friendly technology in Japan. Dr. Semmoto's
entrepreneurial spirit inspired him to co-found the Japan
Academic Society of Ventures and Entrepreneurs so he could
help others commercialize their inventions. From 1996 to 2000,
he joined the Graduate School of Business Administration
at Keio University in Tokyo as a professor in entrepreneurial
management and information technology.

Dr. Semmoto also has served as a visiting professor at Carnegie
Mellon University and the University of California at Berkeley.
He has lectured at Harvard, Stanford, and Northwestern
universities in the United States and Cambridge University in

Richard C.Jaeger Received
Department's First Distinguished
Career Achievement Award

The department's first Distinguished Career
Achievement Award was awarded to Dr. Richard Jaeger
at the HKN Spring 2005 Banquet.

After receiving his B.S.E.E., M.E. (1966) and Ph.D.
(1969) degrees from UF, Jaeger went to work for the
IBM Corporation in Boca Raton, Fla., working on
technology for precision data acquisition systems and
small computer architecture. In 1974, he became a
Research Staff Member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson
Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y His
interests included analog integrated circuits, I2L, low
temperature MOS device behavior and microprocessor
design. In 1976 he returned to IBM, where he continued
work on understanding the behavior of MOS devices at
low temperatures and studying architectural alternatives
for small computer systems. He holds three patents and
received two Invention Achievement Awards from the
IBM Corporation.

In 1979 he joined Auburn University, where he is now
Distinguished University Professor in the Electrical
Engineering Department. In the late 1980s, Jaeger
created an outstanding teaching environment, where
undergraduate students at Auburn University could
design and fabricate their own silicon chips by
participating in every step of the fabrication process,
a unique opportunity often only accorded to graduate
students. With his program, he attracted students to
microelectronics professions and prepared them for
effective careers in high-tech industry.

From 1980 to 1982 he was founding editor-in-chief
of IEEE MICRO, and subsequently received an
Outstanding Contribution Award from the IEEE
Computer Society for development of that magazine. He
later became a member of the Governing Board of the
IEEE Computer Society, and was selected a member of
the IEEE Computer Society Golden Core in 1996.

From 1984 to 2001, he served as the first director of
the Alabama Microelectronics Science and Technology
Center. Closely aligned with this effort was his
publication of the popular textbook, Introduction to
Microelectronic Fabrication, which is widely accepted
as the main source for teaching students fundamentals
of chip fabrication and forms the basis for courses at a
number of universities.

Dr. Jaeger was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 1986
and was appointed to the Distinguished University
Professorship by Auburn University in 1990. He received
the Birdsong Merit Teaching Award from the College

of Engineering in 1991. In 1993 he was chosen as the
Outstanding EE Faculty Member by the undergraduate
students. In 1995 he was selected as the Distinguished
Graduate Faculty Lecturer. In his spare time, he is an
avid amateur radio operator (K4IQJ), enjoying dx and
contest operation. He holds three patents and received
two Invention Achievement Awards from IBM. In
addition to his textbooks, Jaeger also co-authored
Computerized Circuit Design Using SPICE Programs,
and has published more than 200 technical papers. He
is a member of Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi,
Sigma Tau, a licensed professional engineer and was first
listed in Who's Who in America in 1990.

Recently, he created the nation's first undergraduate
program in wireless technology at Auburn University.
Jaeger will begin serving a two-year term as vice
president of the SSCS in Jan. 2004.

The ECE Distinguished Career Achievement Award
and the ECE Young Alumni Achievement Award
recognize alumni who have made outstanding
professional contributions to their field since graduating
from the UF ECE department.

Nominations are solicited from the ECE Alumni, ECE
faculty and from the readers of the ECE News, our
alumni newsletter. Winners will be featured in an issue
of ECE News.

These awards will be presented at the annual HKN
Spring Banquet. The winners will receive a plaque and
will be given the opportunity to make a brief expression
of appreciation at the banquet.

For more information on the alumni awards, please visit

External Advisory

Board Meeting

The Department External
Advisory Board met on April
21 and 22 and showcased 10
faculty speakers who presented
cutting edge research, a
departmental overview and
two graduate student poster
sessions. Featured faculty
speakers were Rizwan
Bashirullah, Oscar Boykin,
Alan George, Jing Guo,
Jian Li, Toshi Nishida, Jose
Principe, Martin Uman, Tan
Wong and Liuqing Yang. Most
of their presentations can be
viewed online at (insert link

Industry attendees were Dan
Flynn, Honeywell; Robert
Handley; Jack Kavalieros,
Intel Corp.; Michael Lewis,
Progress Energy Florida, Inc.;
Larry Light, EnerLook; Jorge
Perdomo, Motorola; Daniel
Radack, Microsystems; Ron
Rasmussen; James Spoto,
Applied Wave Research;
Jeffrey Volz, Harris; Scott
Winters, IBM; and Peter
Zeitzoff, Sematech. The board
was pleased with the meeting
and particularly liked the
student poster sessions, which
will be expanded next year.

The board expressed some
concern with underrepresented
minority recruiting in the
graduate school, and the
department will focus on this
more in the future. Graduate
student recruiting in general is
a challenge for the department
as applications nationwide
to engineering colleges were
down 36% in 2003/04. This
trend seems to be continuing
and we will need to be more
active in our recruiting.

The four winning posters were:

Yao Xie, Bin Guo, Luzhou Xu
for "Adaptive Microwave
Imaging for Breast Cancer
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jian

Selvi Kadirvel, Fei Liu, Robert
Taylor, Stephen Horowitz
for "Self-Powered,
Wireless Impedance
Tuning of an Active
Acoustic Liner"
Faculty Advisors: Dr.
Toshi Nishida, Dr.
Mark Sheplak, Dr. Lou

CaseyJeffrey for
"Fault Tolerance in
Nanoscale Memory
Faculty Advisor: Dr.
Renato Figueiredo

Yu Su andJau-Jr Lin
for "A 20GHz RF
with an On-Chip
Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Ken O

Each winner poster
will receive $500 to
be split evenly among
the students involved.
Thanks to all the graduate
students that participated and
represented their work so well.
Over 60 posters were presented
in the two sessions.

The board was generally a
success and will be held again
April 27-28, 2006.

Hyung Khu Lim Honored as College Distinguished Alumni
2003, he delivered the keynote address at the prestigious Institute
of Electrical & Electronics Engineers International System on
Chip Conference.

He has received numerous awards, including the Gold Tower in
2000, the highest of the Pagoda Industrial Medals awarded by
the Korean government to those who distinguish themselves with
outstanding meritorious service in the development of industry.
He also received the Honorable Alumnus Award of the Year
from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
along with the Jeong Jinki Award from the National Academy of
Engineering of Korea &Mail Business Newspaper.

Sachio Semmoto Honored as a UF Distinguished Alumnu
the United Kingdom. He is a Fellow at the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers. In 2002, Dr. Semmoto presented a
presidential lecture at UF and has agreed to serve as a visiting
professor in the College of Engineering. The University of Florida
and the College of Engineering are exceptionally proud and
grateful for the personal and professional accomplishments of its
alumni. As the college grows in stature and its graduates focus
their knowledge on emerging fields, the University of Florida will
continue to take notice of the successes of its graduates in hopes
of inspiring future graduates in their endeavors.

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