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Year in Review 2010-2011

Featured Articles

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ECE grads receive college Distinguished Achievement Awards

Regular Features



STUDENT NEWS 1: Competition winners

Awards and fellowships

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STUDENT NEWS: Awards and fellowships

ECE student receives DOE graduate fellowship
Carson Cook

Carson Cook

Decorative initial cap PhD student Carson Cook is among 150 graduate students given a prestigious U.S. Department of Energy Graduate Fellowship in Science, Mathematics and Engineering. The fellowship provides $50,500 per year for up to three years to cover tuition, living expenses, research materials and travel. Cook was selected from more than 3,000 applicants.

Originally from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Cook is studying computational plasma physics with Professor David Anderson at the Helically Symmetric eXperiment (HSX). Cook also collaborates with a pair of researchers at the Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory on software called SIESTA that analyzes powerful magnetic fields.

Computational plasma physics was a natural next step for Cook after earning his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, physics and math from UW-Madison. He met Anderson in an introductory electromagnetics course as an undergraduate, and Cook realized working at HSX would allow him to combine skills and knowledge from all of his majors.

“The SIESTA code I am working on is currently being used to analyze current experimental machines that are studying plasma confinement, and it will also be used to help model and design new configurations for larger scale devices into the future,” Cook says. “The fellowship has been an invaluable help with my graduate research.”

Cook works with scientists from Tennessee-based Oak Ridge almost daily, and the fellowship’s travel support has helped him deepen these research relationships. Additionally, Cook attends a conference every summer with the other fellowship recipients. “It’s a very nice opportunity to network with other young researchers in plasma physics and other areas of science and engineering,” he says.

The fellowships are funded in part by $12.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.


The recpients of the 2011 Grainger Power Engineering Awards (with Dean Paul Peercy and members of the Grainger Foundation)

Twelve win prestigious Grainger POWER ENGINEERING awards

At an April 5, 2011, event, a group of accomplished ECE students received Grainger Power Engineering Awards and Fellowships. The awards, sponsored by The Grainger Foundation, recognize students for their academic success in the field of power engineering.

From left (back row): Dean Paul Peercy, Andrew Rockhill, Daniel Molzahn, Mark Andrie, James Thomas, Benjamin Weight, Dalin Kim; (front row) Jonathan Jaeger, Brian Bradley, Patrick Schneider, Justin Reed, Steven Hanson, Jennifer Vining.



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