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Electrical engineering at the University dates back to 1906, when the field of electrical engineering was just emerging. In our early years, we helped bring new technology such as light bulbs and telegraphs to the people of Nevada. Throughout the department's long history, we've worked hard to keep doing just that.

Electrical engineering has gone from a field focused on electricity to a diverse profession that deals with electronics, communications, control, instrumentation design, image and signal processing, and power systems in a wide range of applications, from homes to hospitals. In 2006, as part of a developing interest in biomedical applications, the department added biomedical engineering to our name and our areas of focus. Since then, our innovative researchers have worked on developing engineering solutions to medical challenges.

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    On-Chip Sensing of Thermoelectric Thin Film's Merit 

    Xiao, Zhigang; Zhu, Xiaoshan (Sensors, 2015)
    Thermoelectric thin films have been widely explored for thermal-to-electrical energy conversion or solid-state cooling, because they can remove heat from integrated circuit (IC) chips or micro-electromechanical systems ...
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    Functionalized Buckyballs for Visualizing Microbial Species in Different States and Environments 

    Cheng, Qingsu; Aravind, Ashwin; Buckley, Matthew; Gifford, Andrew; Parvin, Bahram (Scientific Reports, 2015)
    To date, in situ visualization of microbial density has remained an open problem. Here, functionalized buckyballs (e.g., C60-pyrrolidine tris acid) are shown to be a versatile platform that allows internalization within a ...
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    Nanosecond electric pulses differentially affect inward and outward currents in patch clamped adrenal chromaffin cells 

    Yang, Lisha; Craviso, Gale L.; Vernier, P. Thomas; Chatterjee, Indira; Leblanc, Normand (2017)
    This study examined the effect of 5 ns electric pulses on macroscopic ionic currents in whole-cell voltage-clamped adrenal chromaffin cells. Current-voltage (I-V) relationships first established that the early peak inward ...
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    Test bed for applications of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles 

    Munoz Palacios, Filiberto; Espinoza Quesada, Eduardo Steed; Sanahuja, Guillaume; Salazar, Sergio; Garcia Salazar, Octavio; Garcia Carrillo, Luis Rodolfo (2017)
    This article addresses the development and implementation of a test bed for applications of heterogeneous unmanned vehicle systems. The test bed consists of unmanned aerial vehicles (Parrot AR. Drones versions 1 or 2, ...
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    Buckyballs conjugated with nucleic acid sequences identifies microorganisms in live cell assays 

    Cheng, Qingsu; Parvin, Bahram (2017)
    Rapid identification of bacteria can play an important role at the point of care, evaluating the health of the ecosystem, and discovering spatiotemporal distributions of a bacterial community. We introduce a method for ...
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    Estimation of water content in a power transformer using moisture dynamic measurement of its oil 

    Sarfi, Vahid; Mohajeryami, Saeed; Majzoobi, Alireza (2017)
    Careful monitoring of high voltage equipments and diagnosing the critical conditions before they lead to a disaster are prerequisites of condition-based maintenance. Moisture content in a transformer is regarded as one of ...
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    Power Spectra of Ionospheric Scintillations 

    Jandieri, George; Ishimaru, Akira; Rawat, Banmali; Kharshiladze, Oleg; Diasamidze, Zhuzhuna (2017)
    Second order statistical moments of the phase fluctuations are obtained taking into account the boundary condition, diffraction effects and polarization coefficients of the ordinary and extraordinary waves. The variance ...
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    High-Dimensional Phenotyping Identifies Age-Emergent Cells in Human Mammary Epithelia 

    Vatter, Fanny A. Pelissier; Schapiro, Denis; Chang, Hang; Borowsky, Alexander D.; Lee, Jonathan K.; Parvin, Bahram; Stampfer, Martha R.; LaBarge, Mark A.; Bodenmiller, Bernd; Lorens, James B. (2018)
    Aging is associated with tissue-level changes in cellular composition that are correlated with increased susceptibility to disease. Aging human mammary tissue shows skewed progenitor cell potency, resulting in diminished ...
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    Fusion of encoder-decoder deep networks improves delineation of multiple nuclear phenotypes 

    Khoshdeli, Mina; Winkelmaier, Garrett; Parvin, Bahram (2018)
    Nuclear segmentation is an important step for profiling aberrant regions of histology sections. If nuclear segmentation can be resolved, then new biomarkers of nuclear phenotypes and their organization can be predicted for ...
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    Statistical Moments and Scintillation Level of Scattered Electromagnetic Waves in the Magnetized plasma 

    Jandieri, George; Ishimaru, Akira; Rawat, Banmali; Gavrilenko, Vladimir; Kharshiladze, Oleg (2018)
    Statistical characteristics of scattered ordinary and extraordinary electromagnetic waves in the magnetized plasma are considered using the smooth perturbation method. Diffraction effects and polarization coefficients are ...
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    An Overview of Direct Current Distribution System Architectures & Benefits 

    Prabhala, Venkata Anand; Baddipadiga, Bhanu Prashant; Fajri, Poria; Ferdowsi, Mehdi (2018)
    This paper examines existing and future direct current (DC) distribution systems with a wide range of applications in data centers, telecommunication systems, commercial buildings, residential homes, electric vehicles, ...
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    Using a hybrid neuron in physiologically inspired models of the basal ganglia 

    Thibeault, Corey Michael; Srinivasa, Narayan (2013)
    Our current understanding of the basal ganglia has facilitated the creation of computational models that have contributed novel theories, explored new functional anatomy and demonstrated results complementing physiological ...
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    Efficiently Passing Messages in Distributed Spiking Neural Network Simulation 

    Thibeault, Corey Michael; Minkovich, Kirill; O'Brien, Michael John; Harris, Frederick C. Jr; Srinivasa, Narayan (2013)
    Efficiently passing spiking messages in a neural model is an important aspect of high-performance simulation. As the scale of networks has increased so has the size of the computing systems required to simulate them. In ...
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    Developing an Efficient Calibration System for Joint Offset of Industrial Robots 

    Gao, Bingtuan; Liu, Yong; Xi, Ning; Shen, Yantao (8/3/2014)
    Joint offset calibration is one of the most important methods to improve the positioning accuracy for industrial robots. This paper presents an efficient method to calibrate industrial robot joint offset. The proposed ...
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    Detection of Mechanical Abnormalities in Induction Motors by Electric Measurements 

    Trzynadlowski, Andrzej M. (1999)
    The paper gives an overview of the issues and means of detection of mechanical abnormalities in induction motors by electric measurements. If undetected and untreated, the worn or damaged bearings, rotor imbalance and ...
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    On-Chip Sensing of Thermoelectric Thin Film’s Merit 

    Xiao, Zhigang; Zhu, Xiaoshan (7/16/2015)
    Thermoelectric thin films have been widely explored for thermal-to-electrical energy conversion or solid-state cooling, because they can remove heat from integrated circuit (IC) chips or micro-electromechanical systems ...