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2015 Global City Teams Challenge

A bike-mounted air quality sensor developed by a team of ECE seniors has been featured at the Global City Expo in Washington, DC.  The Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) selected the project as a key element of Portland's entry in the Global City Teams Challenge held on June 1st, 2015. (
The 2015 ECE Capstone project was developed by ECE seniors Ali Alavi, Robert Flory, Meng Lei, and Pedro Munoz, and advised by ECE faculty Dr. Malgorzata Chrzanowska-Jeske. The team designed and built a hardware module with a suite of sensors to be mounted on bicycles to collect environmental data, temperature, carbon monoxide, and small and big particle dust. The collected data is reported to a main module which is being developed by the Open Bike Initiative (OBI). The project is sponsored by Intel and the OBI (led by Brad Biddle). (

The King and Queen of The Netherlands were honored guests at the Global City event and Portland's entry was one of two projects (out of 40+ entries) that were showcased for the royal delegation. Photos show his Highness  learning about the technology and meeting representatives of the Portland team. At the Global City Teams Challenge Expo the ECE Capstone team was part of a larger team that consisted of groups from Portland State University, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Technology Association of Oregon, Intel, and the IBI Group.


2015 Rhode & Schwarz Case Study Competition

For the second year in a row, a team of ECE students will be representing PSU and the USA in the Finals of the Rhode & Schwarz Case Study Competition. In April, Matt Downey, Benjamin Huntsman, Michael Walton, Greg Stromire and Andrei Kniazev beat a team from OSU at the Beaverton Rhode & Schwarz campus. In June, they will travel to the Rhode & Schwarz headquarters in Munich Germany to participate in the finals. This year, the competition’s theme is "Next Generations Networks." Teams are scored on their technical solutions, communication and organization skills. Join us in wishing Matt, Benjamin, Michael, Greg and Andrei all the best.


2014 PSU Veloce Emulation Competition – “Need for Speed”

“This was an outstanding inaugural event for our students and industry. The companies present, including Mentor Graphics, Qualcomm, and Xpliant, and Intel were impressed with the quality of the projects by our students. There is clearly a large need for more engineers with these skills, and we’re proud to be building a strong program in design verification to meet this need.” - Dr. James McNames, ECE Department Chair

1st Place - Sameer Ghewari, Sanket Borhade “Design & verification of 8x8 Time-Space Crossbar switch with 8b10b SerDes”
2nd Place - Steven Bellock “Computation of Jacobsthal’s Function Hardware Accelerator”
3rd Place - Kai Cong, Li Lei, Zhekun Yang “OpenRISC System-On-Chip Emulation"


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