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BCOE Grad Students Earn Best Paper Awards


BCOE Grad Students Earn Best Paper Awards

December 07, 2012

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Zhong Yan

Two electrical engineering Ph.D. students from the Bourns College of Engineering were recently awarded first place for their outstanding research papers.

Zhong Yan won the Student Thermal Research Competition for his presentation "Graphene Heat Spreaders for High-Power GaN Transistors," at the Thermal Management conference held in Los Gatos, Calif., November 12-14. Zhong was awarded the 2012 Thermal Student Competition Winner certificate and a monetary prize.

Zhong conducted his dissertation research in BCOE's Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) where he focused on improving thermal management and reliability of high-power density gallium nitride (GaN) electronic and optoelectronic devices with graphene-based heat spreaders. Technical details of the his winning research were published in the Nature Communication paper entitled, "Graphene Quilts for Thermal Management of High-Power GaN Transistors." Zhong's advisor is Professor of Electrical Engineering Alexander Balandin.

The Thermal Management conference was organized by the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society and attracted a host of representatives from many high-tech Silicon Valley companies such as HP, Parker, Oracle, Intel, and Electronic Cooling Solutions.

Ben Guan

Benjamin Guan was awarded this year's Best Paper Award at the IEEE Healthcare Informatics Imaging and Systems Biology Conference held September 27 at UC San Diego. Guan's paper details his development of software tools to classify different types of stem cells in video data. This new method yields better detection results than other methods and has a high level of accuracy and a low average false discovery rate.

Guan is continuing his research at BCOE's Center of Research in Intelligent Systems. His continued work on the classification, tracking, and obtaining of lineage maps for stem cells is expected to help biologists study the effects of chemical agents in the environment. Guan's advisor is Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering Bir Bhanu.

Healthcare Informatics Imaging and Systems Biology is an IEEE international conference that focuses on computation and analysis on large collections of data for healthcare and biomedical sciences. The conference is designed to emphasize the sharing of cross-disciplinary knowledge and blends scientific research and social networking to inspire interdisciplinary research.

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