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Imaging center fosters ground-up collaborations for materials research
Feb. 28, 2021

If we want to understand the materials that make up our world, we have to look at them, according to Craig Arnold, Susan Dod Brown Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and director of the Princeton Institute for the Science…

Rethinking microchips' design pushes computing to the edge
Feb. 26, 2021

Responding to artificial intelligence’s exploding demands on computer networks, Princeton University researchers in recent years have radically increased the speed and slashed the energy use of specialized AI systems. Now, the researchers have moved their innovation closer to widespread use by creating co-designed hardware and software that will allow designers to blend these new types of systems into their applications.

Department name change signals broad impact on computer and information technologies
Feb. 1, 2021
In a change highlighting Princeton's broad investment in computer and information technologies, the former Department of Electrical Engineering has become the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The new name won overwhelming support in a Feb. 1 faculty vote.
Bell Lab Prize honors Princeton team for method to meld privacy and deep learning
Dec. 31, 2020
An interdisciplinary team of Princeton University researchers, including a graduate student in electrical and computer engineering, was a top finisher in the international 2020 Bell Labs Prize competition. The team was honored for developing a method that may allow computers to learn from data without compromising the privacy of people who furnished the data.
National Academy of Inventors selects graduate alumnus John Suarez for senior membership
Dec. 17, 2020
John Suarez, an associated professor of electrical engineering at Widener University and Princeton graduate alumnus, has been named a senior member of the National Academy of Inventors.
Super surfaces use terahertz waves to help bounce wireless communication into the next generation
Dec. 14, 2020

Assembling tiny chips into unique programmable surfaces, Princeton researchers have created a key component toward unlocking a communications band that promises to dramatically increase the amount data wireless systems can transmit.

The programmable surface, called a metasurface, allows engineers to control and focus transmissions in…

Course smooths a difficult academic year by providing smartphones for research
Nov. 13, 2020
In an effort to meet the challenges of an academic year defined substantially by COVID-19 restrictions, Princeton’s electrical engineering department has provided a smartphone as a hands-on lab tool to every student in a course focused on the security of computers and smartphones.
A new spin on atoms gives scientists a closer look at quantum weirdness
Oct. 30, 2020
When atoms get extremely close, they develop intriguing interactions that could be harnessed to create new generations of computing and other technologies. These interactions in the realm of quantum physics have proven difficult to study experimentally due the basic limitations of optical microscopes.
The Grace Hopper Conference goes virtual this year
Oct. 29, 2020
The Grace Hopper Conference, the largest gathering of women in tech, took place from September 29 to October 3 with over 30,000 people from 115 countries in attendance. It was held virtually this year and among its attendees were nine Princeton undergraduates who were able to attend after receiving financial support from Princeton's electrical engineering department.
Quantum laser pioneer and acclaimed teacher, Claire Gmachl, elected Optical Society Fellow
Oct. 27, 2020
Photonics expert Claire Gmachl has been elected a fellow of the Optical Society, the highest honor afforded researchers in the field that studies light and its myriad technologies.
Strange quasi-particles reveal new magnetic behavior, verify nearly century-old prediction
Oct. 19, 2020
Princeton researchers have confirmed a theory first put forward in 1929 by the Nobel laureate Felix Bloch, who theorized that certain kinds of materials, when drawn down to a very low electron density, would spontaneously magnetize.
In pandemic's wake, EE supports unprecedented number of research internships
Oct. 12, 2020
For undergraduates in the engineering school, summer often means a chance to apply their learning in new ways, whether conducting field research, working in industry or volunteering abroad. Last summer, with the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting many of these plans, some students’ research projects took them in unexpected directions. In response to increased need, the Department of Electrical Engineering boosted their support for faculty-advised summer research projects. Students explored topics including strategies for making public spaces safer, techniques for make smart phones safer, and approaches for improving the building blocks of quantum computing, among others.