ECE Department Highlights
- ECE alumnus Methode Maniraguha, owner of Current Renewables Engineering, Inc. in
Riverside, was selected for the 2020 Emerging Entrepreneur Award by the Greater Riverside
Chambers of Commerce. He was recognized for this award due to his company's impressive
growth in the solar and battery energy storage systems (BESS) industry and recent
expansion to offer cloud-based design and engineering services for solar, BESS, and
electric vehicle charging stations. Originally from Rwanda, Maniraguha received his
BS-ECE degree from CBU in 2013.
- Dr. Rod Foist, professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented a paper
titled An Electronics Lab Project - Tutorial and Design of Printed Circuit Board "big blinky", at the 2020 American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) virtual conference,
June 22-26, 2020. This paper is co-authored by Dr. Foist with Dr. John Butler, assistant
professor of ECE, and Gibson Fleming, ECE graduate of May 2020.
- ECE students graduated in December 2019 and May 2020 found employment with engineering
companies and organizations including Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Southern
California Edison, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC)-Corona, Design West Engineering,
- ECE students Cassidy Aranda, Mollyana Wood, and Bethany Lopez attended the WE19 -
annual international conference for the Society of Women Engineers on November 6,
2019. Together with other women engineering students from CBU, they also competed
at the conference as one of the eleven chosen teams.
- ECE senior student Benjamin Vincent presented a paper titled "Low-cost remote monitoring
system for small-scale UPS installations in developing countries" at the IEEE Global
Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC 2019), Oct. 17-20, 2019, Seattle, WA. This
paper is co-authored by all three members of his capstone design team and their advisor,
Dr. Seunghyun Chun, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.
- The IEEE student branch at CBU hosted four teams (2 from CBU and 2 from California
State University - San Bernardino) for their participation in the IEEEXtreme 24-hour
programming competition, in the Dennis and Carol Troesh Engineering Building, from
5pm Oct. 18 to 5pm Oct. 29, 2019. The IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams
of IEEE student members compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve
a set of programming problems.
- ECE senior student Cassidy Aranda attended the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) of Women
in Computing, Oct. 1-4, 2019, in Orlando, Florida. The GHC is the world's largest
gathering of women technologists. Cassidy received a Women of Color in Tech Scholarship
which fully funded her $1000 general attendee admission.
- Since summer 2019, ECE junior students found internship at engineering companies and
organizations including Northrop Grumman, Google, Bourns, Southern California Edison,
Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) – Corona, etc.
- Dr. Matthew Rickard, professor of bioengineering, presented a paper titled "Development
of a Nanofabricated Sensor for Monitoring Intraocular Pressure via Ocular Tissue Strain"
at the 41st International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology
Society (IEEE EMBC2019), July 23-27, 2019, Berlin, Germany. Dr. John Butler, assistant
professor of electrical and computer engineering, and ECE student Seth Truitt are
among the multiple co-authors of this paper.
- ECE students graduated in May 2019 found employment with engineering companies and
organizations including Raytheon, Southern California Edison, Naval Surface Warfare
Center (NSWC) - Corona, TechnipFMC, etc.
- The ECE advisory council had the third annual meeting in March 2019. Council members
representing industry and the US Navy had productive discussions and provided valuable
inputs for the improvement of ECE program.
- Two IEEE student officers, Seth Truitt and Timothy Gage, attended the IEEE Rising
Stars Conference, Jan. 4-6, 2019, in Las Vegas. The conference brought together the
most promising students and young professionals around the world to network and be
inspired by each other.
- Dr. Grace Ni, professor of electrical and computer engineering, gave a presentation
titled “A ROS-based Autonomous Tour Guide Robot with a NAO T14 Humanoid on a Mobile
Platform” at the Artificial Intelligence International Conference (A2IC 2018) in Barcelona,
Spain, November 21-23, 2018.
- The IEEE student branch at CBU hosted three teams (2 from CBU and 1 from La Sierra
University) for their participation in the IEEEXtreme 24-hour programming competition,
in the new Dennis and Carol Troesh Engineering Building, from 5pm Oct. 19 to 5pm Oct.
20, 2018. The IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE student members
compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems.
- The ECE program was accredited again by ABET EAC in 2018.
- A new Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering degree program is offered
starting Fall 2018.
- Dr. Rod Foist, professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented two papers, titled "A First-Year Electronics Lab Project: Design of Basic Voltmeter plus Soldering Tutorial" and "A First-Year Computer Engineering Lab Project: Driving an LCD with an FPGA Embedded Processor", at the 2018 FYEE (First Year Engineering Experience) conference July 24-26, 2018, at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. These two papers are co-authored by Dr. Foist with Dr. Xuping Xu, professor of ECE, and three ECE students: Timothy Gage, Seth Truitt, and Matthias Schmidt.