Two Electrical Engineering graduate students place in Top 10 @ UNT Sherman Barsanti Inspiration Awards

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Awards are intended to encourage students of outstanding talent to pursue their creative, intellectual and professional inclinations. Award recipients may be aspiring writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers or entrepreneurs. Students studying in any discipline may be considered. Any original project, application, invention, musical or literary composition or artwork (any media) may be nominated for consideration. The Inspiration Awards are intended to help students advance their expertise and engage in bold new work. (http://innovation.unt.edu/inspiration)Our Graduate Students Jeff Smith and Junfei Xie where among the Top10. We are honored for thier work in the areas of: 

Junfei Xie: The National Airspace System (NAS) is currently operating near its limit, as reflected by repeated large delays. With the continuously increasing air transportation demands and the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles into the NAS, the current traffic management schemes that rely on human controller experiences will not meet the needs. Ms. Xue works on novel solutions to enable automatic and decentralized traffic control solutions which are envisioned to significantly improve the efficiency of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). 

Jeff Smith: During Fall 2013 Jeff led the efforts of the design and development of the "E-VEST" (Electronic Vest) that is capable of detecting the onset of sudden cardiac events. The team includes Ryan Johnson, Miguel Ysuhuaylas and Rizan Shrestha from the Electrical Engineering Department of UNT. The team developed the initial prototype for the "E-VEST". During spring 2014 this original project expanded significantly and has grown to a full team of nine undergraduate students. Jeff Smith has played an inspirational role in this research project.

We would like to congratulate them both on behalf of the Department of Electrical Engineering.