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NSF Engineering: Transforming our world for a better tomorrow

About the talk

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments, and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. In this talk by the leader of the NSF Directorate for Engineering, learn about NSF’s priorities, new funding opportunities, and vision for engineering.

About the speaker

Susan Margulies, Ph.D., is an assistant director of the National Science Foundation, leading the Directorate for Engineering, and a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, jointly housed in the College of Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and the School of Medicine at Emory University. She is Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Injury Biomechanics and previously served as chair of the department.

Using an integrated biomechanics approach consisting of relevant animal models, cell and tissue experiments, and complementary computational models and human studies, Dr. Margulies’s research has generated new knowledge about the structural and functional responses of the brain and lung to their mechanical environment. Her lab has pioneered new methods for measuring functional effects of large or repeated tissue distortions; identified injury tolerances, response cascades, and causal signaling pathways; and translated these discoveries to preclinical therapeutic trials to mitigate and prevent brain and lung injuries in children and adults. Results are published in 185 peer-reviewed papers, including over 50 trainees.

Dr. Margulies is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Biomedical Engineering Society, and American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine.

Presented by the College of Science and Engineering Dean's Office and the Department of Biomedical Engineering

IEEE Game Night

IEEE UMN is hosting a game night on Monday, Jan 31st at 6 pm in the IEEE room (2-110 Keller Hall). Come join us for games, snacks, and the chance to hang out with your fellow ECE peers! 

CSE Career Fair Prep with Marvell Technology

IEEE and Marvell Technologies will be hosting a career fair prep event in preparation for the CSE Career Fair! Join us on Thursday, February 3,   in 3-125 Keller Hall from 5pm - 6pm for an info session on the semiconductor industry and the ECE and CS positions Marvell is seeking to fill. Then, join us from 6pm - 7pm in the ECE Learning Center located in 2-276 Keller Hall for one-on-one meetings with industry professionals who can help with resume reviewing, interview questions, and elevator pitch practice. There will also be free pizza and soda so make sure to join!

CSE Career Fair

This is an opportunity to put a face to your resume and emphasize your strengths. Some students say their formal interviews are easier because they've already met the employer representative at the Career Fair and have established a rapport with the potential interviewer. Learn more at the Career Fair Home Page.

List of Past Events

Prof. Baris Taskin at the Wilson Lecture Series

Inter-Chiplet Synchronization of Multi-Die VLSI Systems

In VLSI systems, computing is projected to contain hundreds of components from heterogeneous processors, memories, and interconnect, in order to achieve performance gains and energy-efficiency in the face of increasing power-density. However, both hardware and software designers are faced with limitations in the improvement of instructions-per-cycle and clock frequency. As a result, designers have sought out heterogeneous computing devices, in system architecture and VLSI packaging, to accelerate current and future workloads.  At the VLSI packaging level, silicon interposer based heterogeneous integration of multi-die systems (MDS) has provided a new avenue for scaling of in-package computation, memory, and interconnects.

In this talk, I will focus on the synchronization subset of our efforts for silicon interposer based integration of VLSI multi-die systems (MDS).  In particular, I will present the solution our team has developed for inter-die synchronization in MDS that has a resonant clocking technology backbone. Resonant clocking technologies, which work on adiabatic, charge-recycling switching principles, generate very high frequency clock signals at a low power dissipation rate. In MDS, the presented implementation has a minimum footprint on the active interposer, which is important for yield and cost.  The proposed solution provides a centralized, synchronized and lightweight clock generation and delivery system that eliminates the need for PLLs and various clock/phase correction/synchronization overhead, which could especially be prohibitive for large scale MDS systems.  In addition to a superior synchronization profile, the proposed resonant clocking delivery leads to an average of ~40% total chiplet power savings (~72% on the clock network) in comparison to PLL-synchronized ARM Cortex M0-based 10mm by 12mm multi-core MDS simulation model.  At the end of this talk, I will also highlight two specific solutions our team developed for increased heterogeneity in architectures (and their efficiency) using resonant-clocking based inter-chipset synchronization,  where these architectures 1) demand frequency/voltage points distributed both spatially and temporally to achieve optimal performance, 2) require efficient I/O interface between chiplets.

About the speaker

Baris Taskin received the B.S. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey, in 2000, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He joined the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA in 2005, where currently he is a Professor. Between 2003-2004, he was a PhD intern engineer at MultiGiG Inc., Scotts Valley, CA, working on electronic design automation of integrated circuit timing and clocking. He is an "A. Richard Newton Award" winner from the ACM SIGDA in 2007 (for junior faculty starting new programs in EDA), a recipient of the Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2009, the Distinguished Service Award from ACM SIGDA in 2012, the Young Electrical Engineer of the Year Award from IEEE Philadelphia in 2013 and the Drexel ECE Department's Outstanding Research Award in 2015. He is an associate editor for JCSC and Elsevier's Microelectronics. He served as the General Chair for SLIP 2016 and GLVLSI 2019, as the Chair for IEEE CEDA Pennsylvania Chapter (2018-current), and the Chair of the IEEE Circuits and Systems Society's VLSI and Systems Applications Technical Committee (IEEE CASS VSA-TC) (2018-2020). Learn more about Drexel University's VLSI and Architecture Laboratory (VANDAL).

Minnesota Night Skies in February

Join the Bell Museum as we jump around the sky visiting our favorite sights in the sky: Caroline’s Rose Cluster, Lepus, Bode’s Galaxy, The Intergalactic Wander, and more! There’s something for everyone to love. For those interested in objects closer to home, stay tuned for updates on the Artemis 1 mission to the Moon!

Don’t forget to bring your questions, as we’ll save time for Q & A.

CPT/OPT Information Session

If you are an international students, and want to know more about CPT/OPT options, or ask questions about them, please attend the virtual information session. 

Please note: These sessions are for informational purposes only. Applicants must still complete the CPT/OPT Virtual Workshops linked from the ISSS website prior to submitting their application to ISSS.

Spring 2022 Global Gopher events

International Students: Start your UMN experience off in the best way possible by attending Global Gopher Events on January 12!

During Global Gopher Events, you will learn how to succeed academically at the University of Minnesota and how to prepare for a career after graduation! Most of all, we hope to welcome you to the University of Minnesota and the international community. Get more details about the event.

ECE Senior Design Show

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering hosts a Senior Design Show twice per year.  The pandemic changed the look of the show over the last few semesters, but we are excited to announce that the fall 2021 show will be in person and will feature the work of electrical and computer engineering students. We invite you to come see the exciting projects created by ECE seniors who have worked together in teams for one semester to design, develop, and deliver projects that utilize novel engineering solutions.
WHO: All ECE Faculty and Staff are invited
WHAT:  ECE Senior Design Show featuring ECE senior students
WHEN:  Tuesday, December 14, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm
WHERE:  Armory Building, Room 116

IoT Project Showcase

Professor John Sartori will be hosting the Internet of Things (IoT) Project Showcase for the EE1301 class in the third floor atrium of Keller Hall tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday 12/14) from 1:45 - 3:45pm. Students will be showing off the IoT devices that they have created over the course of the semester. Stop by, check out the projects, and talk to the students about their work. 


Personal statement consultation for undergraduate students

Personal Statement Consultations for International Undergraduates

Are you preparing an application for a graduate or professional school program? The Personal Statement is an important part of the application process, so we have arranged opportunities for undergraduates to get advice from experienced graduate students! Interested students can meet with a Personal Statement Consultant to have your statement reviewed in a consultation appointment. Appointments are 30 minutes, and they are available virtually. You can also request video recorded feedback and comments to review on your own time. The consultants are either current graduate students or staff who work in UMN Career Services.

Personal Statement Consultations are available December 13-January 14. You can visit a Personal Statement Consultant more than once. 

Visit to learn more about the program, the Personal Statement Consultants, and to register for an appointment.

Email Jane at if you have any questions about Personal Statement Consultations.

December destress with SASE

Finals week can be rough, so let SASE help you destress! Join the student group for this casual event where you can participate in making snow globes, playing board games, or simply doing your own thing with your friends! There will be pot stickers and bao to help you gain energy to battle finals week!

Study Night with HKN

IEEE UMN is cohosting a study night with HKN on Thursday, December 9 from 6-8 pm at the ECE Learning Center (Keller Hall 2-276). ECE students of all years are welcome to come hang out, study, or receive tutoring for related coursework. Insomnia cookies will be provided! You can also join via the HKN Discord. 

Professor Chris Myers at the Wilson Lecture Series

Design of Asynchronous Genetic Circuits

Researchers are now able to engineer synthetic genetic circuits for a range of applications in the environmental, medical, and energy domains. Crucial to the success of these efforts is the development of methods and tools for genetic design automation (GDA). While inspiration can be drawn from experiences with electronic design automation (EDA), design with a genetic material poses several challenges. In particular, genetic circuits are composed of very noisy components making their behavior more asynchronous, analog, and stochastic in nature. This talk presents our research in the development of GDA tools that leverage our past experiences in asynchronous circuit synthesis and formal verification. These tools enables synthetic biologists to construct models, efficiently analyze and visualize them, and synthesize a genetic circuit from a library of parts. Each step of this design process utilizes standard data representation formats enabling the ready exchange of results. 

Biography of professor Chris Myers

Chris J. Myers received a BS in EE and Chinese history from Caltech, and MSEE and PhD degrees from Stanford. Before becoming Chair of ECEE at CU Boulder in 2020, he was a professor and associate chair in ECE at the University of Utah. Myers is the author of over 200 technical papers and the textbooks Asynchronous Circuit Design and Engineering Genetic Circuits. He is also a co-inventor on four patents. His research interests include asynchronous design, formal verification, and genetic circuit design. Myers received an NSF Fellowship in 1991, an NSF CAREER award in 1996, best paper awards at the 1999 and 2007 Symposiums on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems, and is a fellow of the IEEE. He is a leader in the development of standards for systems and synthetic biology. In particular, he has served as an editor for the SBML standard, is the chair of the steering committee for the SBOL standard and is the chair of the COMBINE coordination board.