Using math to combat malicious attacks on complex communication and power networks
Oliver Kosut, assistant professor of electrical engineering, investigates new techniques to bolster the resilience of communication networks in the presence of potentially damaging attacks, with an eye toward the fundamental trade-offs between security and performance. He also will develop an education and outreach program for students of all ages about security vulnerability and protection for networked systems.

Unlocking the mystery of the human brain with modern geometry-based imaging computation
Working with world-class neurologists, physicians and psychologists, Yalin Wang, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is developing modern geometry-based software to analyze brain imaging to find the specific brain morphometry change patterns which may discriminate between Alzheimer’s disease development and normal aging. This work may help provide computational software to monitor and understand the structural changes related to Alzheimer’s disease.

QESST Scholar wins NSF Perfect Pitch Competition
Pablo Guimerá Coll, a doctoral student in materials science and engineering, brought home a first place win — and $5,000 cash prize — in the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers’ Perfect Pitch Competition. Coll, a scholar in the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) NSF-DOE Engineering Research Center, presented on “Sound Assisted Low Temperature Wafering for Silicon Modules.” Contestants were judged on such things as a compelling statement of the problem and the broader impact of the technology.

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