Four student teams at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) won research awards during a Senior Design Poster Presentation Workshop sponsored by the university’s department of electrical and computer engineering (ECE). The workshop, the sixth that ECE has hosted, was held at the NJIT campus.
Atam Dhawan, PhD, chairman of the ECE department, hosted the Dec. 9 workshop, during which student teams showcased their senior research projects and made presentations to faculty, fellow students and sponsors such as IBM Corporation, Microelectronics Division, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Agilent Technologies, Mount Olive, and the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM), Fort Monmouth.
“I’m impressed by the breadth and scope of the student research projects,” Dhawan said, “and by the students’ ability to translate theory into practice. Some of the projects are so good that they could very well lead to product developments.”
Alex Nieves, of Long Branch, and Wilson A. Rodriquez, of Newark, won first place for their poster presentation, “A Background to Genetic Tissue Transfer and Applications to Detecting Malignant Cells.” Working with Timothy Chang, PhD, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, the students researched a robotic scanning technique for analyzing the characteristics of tiny liquid droplets. Chang received a National Science Foundation grant for micro-array fabrication, in which each liquid droplet represents a linear probe for detecting gene expression. The two students helped Chang develop a so-called Smart pin that can detect precisely metered amounts of genetic samples. It’s the third year in a row that a student team advised by Chang took first prize in the poster contest - a streak of excellence that makes Chang feel “very proud of my students,” he said.
“Alex and Wilson made useful contributions to this important research project,” Chang added.
Waqas Mahmood, of Paterson, a one-man team, won second place for his poster session titled, “Charge Trapping and Time Dependent Dielectric Breakdown (TDDB) of HfSixOy Gate Stack under Constant Current and Voltage Stress.” Mahmood’s research focused on increasing the operating efficiency of metal oxide semiconductor transistors.
Third place went to a team composed of Sanmi Koyjo, of Newark, Don O. Gourdine, Jersey City, and Henry Tsai of Bridgewater, for their project to develop a “Miniature Electrocardiogram (ECG).” The miniature ECG unit, which is the size of a credit card, records and transmits a patient’s cardiac information using a wireless unit.
Darren Williams, of Maplewood, won fourth place for his poster project, “Feasibility of Wireless Vehicular Ad-Hoc Emergency System.” Williams developed a sensor-based wireless network system that, in the wake of a car crash, automatically communicates vital information such as the car’s location to emergency response teams.