Making Connections
An Electrical Engineering Symposium

January 30, 2016
Ramo Auditorium, Caltech

The Electrical Engineering Symposium, held on January 30 on campus, was a great opportunity to reconnect. Our current students and faculty welcomed alumni from many generations and shared their research via technical talks, demonstrations in the labs, poster sessions, panel discussions, and individual interactions. During a memorable dinner at the Athenaeum, we heard from keynote speaker Jakob van Zyl (MS’83EE, PhD’86EE), Associate Director of Project Formulation and Strategy at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, about JPL’s future plans.

Particularly poignant was the opportunity to remember Professor R. David Middlebrook. We hosted a distinguished panel that represented different generations of his former students. The Middlebrook panelists who spoke about their mentor and colleague included Carver Mead (BS ’56EE, MS’57EE, PhD’60EE), Richard Muller (MS'57EE/PhD'62EE), Slobodan Ćuk (PhD’77EE), Robert Ericson (BS'78ENG/MS'80EE/PhD'83EE), and F. Don Tan (PhD’94EE).

Professor Middlebrook was not only a distinguished engineer, scientist, teacher, and visionary, but also a kind and generous mentor who touched and transformed students’ lives and thinking. Appreciating the full measure of his contributions, we announced a new initiative to establish endowed electrical engineering graduate fellowships to honor him.

For those of you who would like to hear the technical talks or view the panel discussion celebrating Professor Middlebrook, please click here.

To find out more about the Middlebrook Graduate Fellowship initiative, please contact Laura Grinnell ( or 626-395-2385). Thanks to the generosity of the Gordon and Betty Moore Fellowship Match along with an anonymous donor, every gift to the Middlebrook Graduate Fellowship Fund will be matched 1:1.

Our next Electrical Engineering on-campus event will be on the afternoon of May 20 during Reunion Weekend 2016. Please join us for poster sessions and self-guided tours, and the opportunity to meet up with fellow alumni, current students, and faculty.

As always, we strive to push the boundaries of innovation, technology, and science in the Electrical Engineering department at Caltech. We look forward to your feedback, input, and contributions to our program.

[Video Presentations]

8:00 am  Registration and Breakfast Reception
9:00 am Welcome
9:20 am  Improving Microscopy through Computation
Changhuei Yang, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, and Medical Engineering
9:40 am  The Benefit of Making Connections: An Information Theoretic View
Michelle Effros, George Van Osdol Professor of Electrical Engineering
10:00 am Energy Efficient Design: From Computing to Biomedical Devices
Azita Emami, Professor of Electrical Engineering; EAS Division Deputy Chair
10:20 am  Break
10:40 am Some New Directions in Signal Processing
P.P. Vaidyanathan, Professor of Electrical Engineering
11:00 am Integrated Photonics and Electronics for Imaging, Projection, and Biomedical Application
Ali Hajimiri, Thomas G. Myers Professor of Electrical Engineering; Executive Officer for Electrical Engineering; Director, Information Science and Technology
11:20 am Computer Vision: The Current Revolution, and What's Next
Pietro Perona, Allen E. Puckett Professor of Electrical Engineering
11:40 am Lunch (Avery)
12:10 pm Remembering and Honoring David Middlebrook Panel Discussion (during lunch)
Panelists: Slobodan Cuk, Robert Erickson, Carver Mead, Richard Muller and F. Dong Tan
1:40 pm Challenges and Opportunities: From Wireless Networks to Big Data
Babak Hassibi, Gordon M. Binder/Amgen Professor of Electrical Engineering
2:00 pm Delay-distortion Tradeoffs in Communications
Victoria Kostina, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
2:20 pm The Evolution from Micro - to Nano-systems for Sensor Circuits
Axel Scherer, Bernard Neches Professor of Electrical Engineering, Applied Physics and Physics
2:40 pm Break
3:00 pm Poster Session - Graduate Students
Lab Tours & Demonstrations - Yu Chong Tai, Hyuck Choo, Ali Hajimiri
5:00 pm Reception (Athenaeum)
6:00 pm Dinner (Athenaeum)
Welcome and Intro of Keynote Speaker
6:05 pm Exploring our Solar System
Charles Elachi, Vice President; Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Professor of Electrical Engineering and Planetary Science
7:30 pm Closing remarks
Ali Hajimiri, Thomas G. Myers Professor of Electrical Engineering; Executive Officer for Electrical Engineering; Director, Information Science and Technology
8:00 pm Event concludes
Department of Electrical Engineering