ES News & Accomplishments

Fall 2014

  • SSU Students Win the 2015 CSU I-Corps Student Challenge!
    A cross-disciplinary team of SSU students, Campbell Smith, (undergraduate, Electrical Engineering), Mitchell Hickey (undergraduate, Business Administration/Financial Management), Janene Grippi (undergraduate, Kinesiology) and Luis Reyes (undergraduate, Electrical Engineering) won the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) 2015 Challenge at the 27th CSU Annual Biotechnology Symposium. The team presented its product prototype PD Analytics, a low-cost device to quantify tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease. Eleven student teams participated in the final round of the I-Corps Challenge. Each participating team was evaluated based on the amount of learning it accomplished over the course of the Challenge, clarity of its product concepts, and justification of its problem-solution through customer discovery findings. In October 2014, the PD Analytics team received a CSU I-Corps micro-grant from CSUPERB to build a working prototype and conduct its first phase of customer discovery. Over the past several months the team participated in various training sessions to learn from commercialization experts and industry professionals. During this period, the team also conducted countless interviews with potential customers and Parkinson’s patients. Each of the winning team members will receive a scholarship that can be used towards any educational expenses. In addition, the PD Analytics team is eligible to apply for the 2015 national grand challenge to receive $50,000 startup money to fully develop its product. Dr. Farid Farahmand (professor of Engineering) and Dr. Kirsten Ely (professor of Entrepreneurship and Accounting) continue to act as the team's technical and entrepreneurial advisors, respectively. See Pictures from the event.

  • CAS Lab launches the Circuit Academy Project!
    As a way to expand access of educational materials to all new transfer and continuing students, Circuits and Systems (CAS) Laboratory has launched the Circuit Academy project on January 1st, 2015. The Circuit Academy currently offers two courses: Electronics I (ES230) and Electronics II (ES 330). Both courses are freely available to all new transfer students as well as continuing students. The materials are available in the form of multimedia videos, scanned lecture notes, homework assignments, and animation. A third course, Digital Circuits and Logic Design, is scheduled to start by February. Please Contact Dr. Jack Ou for more inofmration (jack DOT ou AT sonoma DOT edu).
  • Engineers at Broadcom Will be Sponsoring Student Senior Design Project!
    Broadcom Corporation's design center at Petaluma invited Paul Ringlein, an EE undergraduate student and a member of the Circuit and Systems (CAS) Lab, to visit their laboratory facility. "The primary purpose of the visit was to explore senior design project ideas that are of interest to both Broadcom and SSU," explained Dr. Ou. In this visit Broadcom’s technical director, Ryan Hirth, in Petaluma office, has kindly agreed to support and supervise Paul's senior design project. Broadcom is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications.
  • ES Department Receives Funding to Continue it Junior College Mentoring Program!
    As part of its effort to create a bridge between SSU and local Junior Colleges, in Spring of 2014 the Engineering Science Department initiated the Junior College Mentoring Program. Through this program qualified Junior College students with potential interests in Engineering or Computer Science fields are paired with SSU Senior EE students and assist them with their last year senior design projects. In return, the participating JC students will receive stipend or course credit towards their efforts. "The overriding goal of the program is to provide Santa Rosa Junior College students first-hand expertise about the quality of our EE curriculum," explains Dr. Su, the Chair of the ES Department. "Thanks to the new GMC Academic Integration Grant we will be able to continue the mentoring program in 2015 to reach out to more students at SRJC, and engage them in real engineering projects. Last year all four participating SRJC students ended up joining the EE program," Dr. Su emphasizes. For more information about the program please contact Dr. Farahmand.
  • SWE Invites the Dean!
    The Society of Women Engineering Club invited Dr. Lynn Stauffer, the Dean of School of Science and Technology, to talk about challenges and rewards encountered within her professional journey. Over 25 students participated in this event. If you are interested to learn more about the club please email Alyssa Afa'ese. In this picture, from left to right: Swathi Matsa, Faiza Qadri, Gouri Thankam, Miah Crocket, Dean Lynn Stauffer, Alyssa Afa'ese, Angelica Mendez, Jennifer Nunn, Kanti Bhat, Hanan Sedaghatpishe, Maram Salameh:
    SWE Members and the Dean
  • TEDxSSU: The First High-Tech Conference by Students for Students at SSU!
    The Department of Engineering Science received a major GMC grant to organize the first student-run TEDx on the SSU campus. The purpose of this conference will be to (1) promote engineering education and student research, (2) raise awareness and understanding of IT to students in all disciplines, and (3) bolster the role of SSU and its commitment in educating future high-tech leaders. The planning committee, consisting of faculty, SSU Preserves, students from various club, including Engineering Club and the Society of Women Engineers, and local industry representative will be meeting in February 2015. The TEDxSSU conference is scheduled for November of 2015. If you are interested to participate please contact Dr. Jack Ou, the PI, or one of the Co-PIs, Dr. Claudia Luke or Dr. Farid Farahmand.
  • Engineering Students Visit Keysight Technologies' Facility!
    SSU Engineering students were invited to visit Keysight's EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) facility. The tour was a part of Wireless Communications courses and bout 15 students participated in this event. Keysight Technologies, Inc. is a global electronic measurement technology and continues to be the key collaborator in building the engineering program at SSU.
  • SSU Students Present at CSU I-Corps Student Challenge!
    Students at the AITIS Laboratory in the Department of Engineering Science completed its first working prototype to monitor hand tremor in patients with Parkinson's disease and presented their results at CSU 27th Biotechnology Symposium. The cross-disciplinary team of researchers, Campbell Smith, Luis Reyes Arango, both Electrical Engineering majors, and Janene Gripppi, a Kinesiology major, have been working closely with their Medical advisor, Dr. Allan Bernstein to complete the project. This project was funded by NSF I-CORP and the students will be presenting their work at the BioInterface 2014 Conference in California. Article in Press Democrat:
  • SSU Students present at BioInterface 2014!
    Three SSU students, Campbell Smith, Luis Reyes Arango, both Electrical Engineering majors, and Janene Gripppi, a Kinesiology major, presented their work, titled "Applications of Accelerometers in Clinical and Home Monitoring: A Survey", at Biointerface Conference  in Redwood City during October 6-8, 2014.
    From left to right: Luis Reyes Arango, Janene Gripppi and Campbell Smith
  • Keeping the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Alive!
    SSU Student, Janene Grippi (pictured below on the left) was invited to attended the Angel Capital Expo on November 20th 2014. Angel Capital Expo is the premier gathering of the angel capital community and was created to foster collaboration among angel groups, as well as reach out to the larger investment community. Over 400 angel investors attended the event. Janene represented the AITIS Laboratory in the Department of Engineering Science.
    Angel Capital Expo

Spring 2014

  • Welcoming the Society of Women Engineering Club (SWE)!
    This September at their first Society of Women Engineering Club meeting the undergraduate and graduate electrical engineering majors discussed ways to promote the participation of more campus women in STEM majors. "Our mission is to encourage gender equality and promote its importance in the future of innovations," says Alyssa Afa'ese, the Club President."We are currently in planning phase and expect to have several exciting events on campus this semester, including inviting engineering professionals and faculty to inspire the future female leaders in engineering while promoting this idea through community outreach" she adds. If you are interested to learn more about the club please email Alyssa Afa'ese. In this picture, from left to right: Hanan Sedaghatpishe, Swathi Matsa, Kanti Bhat, Faiza Qadri, Gouri Thankam, Jennifer Nunn, Angelica Mendez, Miah Crocket, Maram Salameh, Alyssa Afa'ese:
    SWE Members
  • Student Researchers Start the Semester with a Bang!
    This summer a team of interdisciplinary students at the AITIS Laboratory in the Department of Engineering Science completed its first working prototype to monitor hand tremor in patients with Parkinson's disease. The researchers, Campbell Smith, Luis Reyes Arango, both Electrical Engineering majors, and Janene Gripppi, a Kinesiology major, started the project in March of 2014 and have been working closely with their Medical advisor, Dr. Allan Bernstein. "This device can offer detailed reports about status of a Parkinson’s disease patient’s hand tremor and thus, allowing the neurologists and physicians to optimize their drug therapy,” says Dr. Farahmand, the team’s advisor. "The next phase of the project will be focusing on improving the software and finding more patients to use the device,” he adds. This project was funded by CSUPERB (CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology) and the students will be presenting their work at the BioInterface 2014 Conference in California.
    From left to right: Luis Reyes Arango, Janene Gripppi and Campbell Smith
  • The Department of Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering Program) sponsored its second summer academy this year.
    This year's summer academy was funded by the SHIP, and Agilent-BEST Scholarship Program. Through this program over ten engineering and high school students teamed up and participated in various research and scholarly activities. From left to right, standing:
    Michaela Rowe, Scott Ireton, Dr. Don Estreich, Dr. Ali Kujoory, Dr. Bala Ravikumar, Paul Ringlein, Alberto Martos, David Luo, Dylan Gorenberg and Dr. Haider Khaleel; sitting:
    Cameron Gardner, Maria Casciani, Laura Buer, Jorge Solorio, Dr. Farid Farahmand and Joe Goren.

  • Summer Research at AITIS Laboratory
    In summer of 2014 over 10 students, ranging from high school to graduate students, participated in various funded research projects sponsored by the AITIS Laboratory under direction of Dr. Farid Farahmand. From left to right:
    Jorge Solorio (SHIP student), Erik Zaro (Engineering), Janene Grippi (Kinesiology), Campbell Smith (Engineering), Scott Ireton (summer volunteer student from UC Santa Barbara), Alberto Martos (Engineering), Laura Buer (Chemistry), Cameron Gardner (Santa Rosa Junior College), Luis Reyes (Engineering), Allan Mejia Berzunza (visiting student from Mexico), and Dr. Farid Farahmand.

  • SSU Student is invited to NIWeek!
    The National Instruments based in Santa Rosa has sponsered Luis Reyes, a senior engineering major at SSU, to attend the 20th annual NIWeek conference presented by National Instruments in Austin, Texas. More than 3,200 innovators representing a spectrum of industries are expected to participate in this event. Luis and his team, Janene Gripppi, a kinesiology major, and Campbell Smith, an engineering major, have been developing a wearable device to quantify hand tremors in patients with Parkinson's disease. This project has been sponsored by the AITIS laboratory at SSU and fully funded by CSUPERB.

  • Second Industry Advisory Board Meeting
    The Department of Engineering Science conducted its second meeting with its Industry Advisory Board (IAB). Over 20 representatives from the leading local industries and higher education institutions participated in the meeting.
  • Graduation May 2014
    Following the Commencement ceremony, all the graduating Engineering students and their family members were invited to the reception hosted by the Department of Engineering Science. In this gathering, Scott Parmley received the honor of giving the final remarks and opening the "graduate send-off" bottle of champagne.
  • Engineering Students participate in the 2nd Annual Sonoma State Science Symposium
    Three teams of engineering students presented the results of their scientific research during the 2013-14 academic year at SSU Science Symposium. The SSU Science Symposium was made possible with funding by the Sonoma County Water Agency WATERS contract and the School of Science & Technology.
  • E310, Introduction to Microcontroller System
    Engineering students enrolled in Introduction to Microcontroller System course (ES 310) presented their final design projects on May 15, 2014. The projects included several Simple Musical Instruments and innovative games.


  • ES Department Hosts High School MESA students
    The Engineering Department hosted MESA students from Piner High and Roseland Prep to learn about what engineers do. During their visit all participants built their own working flashing LED. Following the workshop, students visited the lab facilities around the Engineering Complex and talked to EE students to learn about what Engineering students are doing.
  • Exploring International Student Exchange Opportunities
    Professor M. P. Singh, the Executive Director of Ansal University in India visited Sonoma State University in March 2014. In this visit, the Director of MS-CES program, Dr. Farahmand, Dean of School of Science and Technology, Dr. Stauffer, Director of International Education and the Sonoma State American Language Institute, Berta Hodges, and Professor Singh discussed ways to establish an exchange program between the two institutions.
  • Engineering Students participate in the first North Bay "Entreprenoma"
    Engineering student participated at the first Market Day event, also known as Entreprenoma! Over 250 students came by and checked out the 30+ student entrepreneurs, artists, and musicians showcasing their products. Three engineering student teams participated and demonstrated their working prototypes.
  • The Engineering Club hosted Switch Vehicles
    The Engineering Club students hosted the representatives of Switch Vehicles, a pioneer in designing and building electric vehicles in Sebastopol, CA. Over ten students from the local high schools also joined this event to learn more about electric vehicles.
  • AITIS Laboratory was awarded IRA funding
    AITIS Laboratory was awarded $12,000 to continue its innovative work in Fairfield Osborn Preserve. The purpose of this project is to design and deploy the first locally designed environmental sensor network by students for students.
  • Engaging SRJC students in Engineering Projects
    The Department of Engineering Science funded five students from Santa Rosa Junior College to collaborate with Engineering students in various research projects. This project became possible by funding from CAMPUS as a LIVING LAB. The Department of Engineering at SSU continues to seek ways to engage more students from local colleges to collaborate with engineering students at SSU.
  • Senior Design Project Showcase
    For the second year, three teams of engineering students were invited to Soco Nexus to showcase their working design prototypes as part of their one-year senior design project.



  • Agilent-BEST Scholarship
    In summer of 2014 three Engineering students received Agilent-BEST Scholarship. Selected students receive $2000 to conduct various research activities over 8 weeks during summer.

Fall 2013

  • Present Around The World Competition
    Dr. Haider Khaleel of the Department of Engineering Science organized a competition of Present Around The World (PATW) Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Sonoma State University campus. The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) sponsors the PATW competition worldwide to encourage valuable contributions to the engineering discipline and recognize young and talented engineering students and professionals. This competition provides a supportive and informal environment in which students and young professionals develop and improve their presentation skills which are essential in their current and future careers. It also enables students and young professionals to network and learn about the latest advancements in engineering and technology and to gain access to new ideas.

    Judges from left to right: Dr. Haider Khaleel, Dr. Salam Marougi and Dr. Meng-Chih Su

    The competition was judged by Dr. Meng-Chih Su, Dr. Haider Khaleel, and Dr. Salam Marougi; two of our Engineering students have won the competition. Scott Parmley, won the first place with his presentation entitled "Raspberry Pi Garden". He will receive a fully paid trip to Toronto this coming August to participate in the regional finals and a chance to participate in the global finals in London. He also received a cash award of $250. Michael Chastain won the second place. He received a cash award of $150. His topic of presentation was "The Wattcher". Furthermore, both participants are awarded a full year membership in the IET.
  • Institution of Engineering and Technology Present Around The World Competition 2013
    Dr. Haider Khaleel of Engineering Science Department is organizing the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Present Around The World (PATW) competition to be held in Rohnert Park at SSU campus this coming April. IET sponsors the PATW competition worldwide to encourage valuable contributions to the engineering discipline and recognize young and talented engineering students and professionals. This competition provides a supportive and informal environment in which students and young professionals network and develop their presentation skills. They also enable students and young professionals to learn about the latest advances within engineering and technology and to gain access to new ideas.
    Individual competitors give a presentation for 10 minutes on a subject related to engineering and technology and to answer questions for a further five minutes. Applicants must be between 18 and 26 years old but may come from all walks of engineering life: students, recent graduates, apprentices and young professionals. Students are encouraged to apply for a chance to win cash prizes, IET membership plus a chance to qualify for the global final in London, UK (all expenses paid!).
  • Piner High School Visit
    A group of 25 students from Piner High School Makers and Science classes including two of their teachers visited the department of engineering science on February 1. 2013. Their visit included a tour of the laboratories and a showcase of students' projects by the Engineering Club. Here is a testimonial from one of the teachers: "Thank you so much for an excellent presentation and warm welcome for the teachers and students at Piner High. It was obvious the excitement the students show for your program and that the instructors feel the same way about teaching and getting to know the students.  We were all very impressed with the projects and the family feel of the department. We look forward to continued collaboration with you and the other members as we lead our science department and hopefully school to become a model STEM program."
  • Agilent Technologies Gift Helps Engineering Science Department Create Top Measurement Lab
    Agilent Technologies has made a sizable donation of test and measurement equipment to the Engineering Science department at Sonoma State University last semester that will lead to the development of one of the most advanced measurement laboratories in the California State University system.

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