Photograph of Professor Maria Tamargo
Prof. Maria Tamargo

Professor Maria C. Tamargo elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

Professor Maria C. Tamargo, is elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Class of 2020.  She is recognized for forging the way toward an inclusive science and engineering research community and for contributions to molecular-beam epitaxy of semiconductor materials. The induction ceremony took place virtually on October 4, 2020.…





Electrical Engineering Professor M. Umit Uyar receives U.S. Army funding for drone research

Photograph of Professor M. Umit Uyar
    Prof. M. Umit Uyar


M. Ümit Uyar, Professor of Electrical Engineering, has recently received a $1.2 million in funding from the U.S. ARMY to further his research aimed at designing autonomous drone flight and task control by artificial intelligence and game theory based algorithms that would not require preplanned mission directives and allow for real-time response to unpredictable changes in theatre.

A team led by computer engineering professor Umit Uyar of The City College of the City University of New York is working to design such drones, referred to as autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, which work as a swarm to collectively accomplish complex tasks that cannot be done by any individual one.

Prof. Uyar and the drone team
    Drone Team

With a previous grant from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, organized by the MSI STEM Research Development Consortium, Uyar and colleagues have taken the first steps towards programming artificial intelligence into UAVs that allows the UAVs to react quickly, usually within milliseconds. Uyar and Janusz Kusyk, a professor and artificial intelligence and game theory specialist at the New York City College of Technology, are working together to use game theory to program the UAVs. Game theory, popularized by the 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind” about the economist John Nash, calls for each interacting party to act in its own best interests by taking into account what others will do.




Electrical Engineering Professor Alexander Gilerson receives three year NASA research award  

Photograph of Professor Alexander Gilerson
    Prof. Alexander Gilerson


Professor Alexander Gilerson is a leading researcher in remote sensing of coastal and ocean waters from satellites, aircraft, ships, and ocean platforms using multi/hyperspectral and polarization imaging techniques, and design and deployment of sensor systems. His work is funded by NASA, NOAA, DOD, etc.  He is a recent recipient of a three year NASA research award titled: Retrieval of water parameters from hyperspectral and polarimetric imaging. This project aims to retrieve optical properties of coastal/ocean waters from above water measurements and from satellite observations based on the established bio-optical model and pre-calculated with vector radiative transfer simulations of the polarization state of above water radiance in a broad range of conditions. Results will be supported and validated by measurements using a state-of-the-art imaging system, which includes a hyperspectral imager in a range of wavelengths 365-1000 nm with polarimetric capabilities and a multi-spectral polarimetric imaging camera.

Photograph of the imaging system used for research
State-of-the-art Imaging System

Measurements will be carried out from the ocean platforms, ships in ocean cruises and from helicopters. The results will better characterize the microphysical properties of hydrosols, such as the bulk refractive indices and the slope s of particle size distribution. While the work will be primarily focused on retrieval of water parameters in coastal waters with various concentrations of mineral particles with more pronounced polarization signatures, simulations and field work for open ocean waters will be also included, as small changes in concentrations of chlorophyllous particles in clear waters lead to a strong change of the degree of polarization from water. Applications of proposed approaches for the detection and characterization of plastics debris in various waters will be considered.

The project is directly relevant to NASA PACE mission currently planned for 2023.







Electrical Engineering Professor receives National Science Foundation grant for his research

Photograph of Professor Sang-Woo Seo
         Prof. Sang-Woo Seo


Professor Sang-Woo Seo’s research is on theoretical analysis of photonic devices and systems; nano/micro fabrication and processing; three-dimensional photonic integration/packaging; optical MEMs for biological applications; integrated microsystems using RF, bioMEMs, and photonics; integrated microfluidics, and flexible photonics devices for sensors and display.

He is a recent recipient of an NSF grant ($349,000) on light-induced liquid flow control for biomimetic retinal implants and therapies.

Neurotransmitter-based chemical stimulation is a relatively new concept and has demonstrated its potential to mimic neural information processes and bypass damaged neural synaptic interfaces.

Macroporous Silicon Structure
Macroporous silicon structure to be used as
a three-dimensional microfluidic platform.

However, most of the current efforts rely on limited cell numbers and their responses because of the lack of appropriate methods to investigate larger arrayed cell populations. Based on light-induced liquid flow control, the project will explore a novel three-dimensional microfluidic platform to address the fundamental limitations of the current chemical stimulation approach when it is applied to highly interconnected, large-arrayed neural stimulation.






CCNY Alumnus Dr. Peter Delfyett elected to National Academy of Engineering

Photograph of Dr. Peter Delfyett
       Dr. Peter Delfyett


Dr. Peter Delfyett, a 1981 alumnus of The City College of New York, and University Board of Trustee Chair Professor of Optics, ECE, and Physics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to development and commercialization of low-noise, high-power ultrafast semiconductor lasers.  He will be formally inducted during the NAE's annual meeting in Oct. 2021.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature" and to "the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."  Election of new NAE members is the culmination of a yearlong process. The ballot is set in December and the final vote for membership occurs during January. 

Dr. Delfyett is also the winner of the 2021 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science from the American Physical Society (APS). Regarded as the highest accolade in the field, the prize recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance the knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light.

Peter J. Delfyett received the B.E.(E.E.) degree from The City College of New York in 1981, the M.S. degree in EE from The University of Rochester  in 1983,  the M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from The Graduate School & University Center of the City University of New York in 1987 and 1988, respectively.  His Ph.D. thesis was focused on developing a real time ultrafast spectroscopic probe to study molecular and phonon dynamics in condensed matter using optical phase conjugation techniques.



Electrical Engineering Professor Alexander Khanikaev recipient of a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation

Alexander Khanikaev
         Professor Alexander Khanikaev


Professor Alexander Khanikaev is the recipient of a Special Creativity Award from the National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research.  The award extends Dr. Khanikaev’s current grant “Novel Aspects of Topological Photonics in Open Optical Systems: Non-Hermiticity and Fano-Resonances” by two additional years ($300,000).  This award is in recognition of excellence in research, productivity, and impact on topologically nontrivial photonic systems and nonlinear photonic nanostructures and plasmonic metamaterials, as well as the broader impacts emanating from his NSF project.

The NSF Special Creativity award from the Division of Materials Research (DMR) is designed to recognize its most creative investigators who are attacking research problems at the forefront of their fields. Recipients of the award receive an automatic two-year extension on their NSF grant in which the award-winning research was performed and freedom to work on research topics of their choosing during the period of the extension.

Dr. Khanikaev is also the recent recipient of an Office of Naval Research $1,017,000 four year research grant in Topological Polaritonics.

Depiction of a torus

Professor Alexander Khanikaev, was elected as a 2021 Fellow Member of The Optical Society in recognition of his pioneering contributions to topological photonics and novel photonic materials.

In a recent article in Advanced Materials, titled “ Near‐Field Characterization of Higher‐Order Topological Photonic States at Optical Frequencies” Dr. Khanikaev and his team applied a near-field technique to investigate a higher-order topological photonic metasurface. They show that the near-field profiles reveal the topological nature of optical modes (depicted as a torus in the picture). Topology manifests in the displacement of the Wannier center, giving rise to the topological dipole polarization and emergence of the topological boundary states observed in the optical near-field.





Grove School joins $100m NSF-funded wireless revolution

The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering is a partner in a $100 million National Science Foundation-funded wireless revolution designed to push mobile technology to the limits. In addition to faster downloads, it could pave the way for surgeons operating remotely on patients, cars that rarely crash, and events that can be vividly experienced from thousands of miles away.

Over the next five years, NSF will fund a set of wireless networks for researchers to test new ways of boosting Internet speeds to support data-intensive applications in robotics, immersive virtual reality and traffic safety. New York and Salt Lake City are the first cities set to each receive $22.5 million from NSF to build testbeds under its Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) initiative.

Led by researchers at Rutgers, Columbia and New York University, and in partnership with City College, New York City, Silicon Harlem and IBM, the “COSMOS” platform will be a proving ground for a new generation of wireless technologies and applications.

COSMOS is the acronym for Cloud Enhanced Open Software Defined Mobile Wireless Testbed for City-Scale Deployment. It will cover one square mile in West Harlem, with City College to the north, Columbia University’s Morningside Heights campus to the south, the Hudson River to the west, and Apollo Theater to the east. Home to about 30,000 residents and the busy Broadway-125th Street shopping corridor, this vibrant neighborhood is seen as an ideal place to push the bandwidth and latency limits of 4G, and even fifth-generation wireless technology (5G), which carriers are starting to roll out in some cities now.

Five testbed nodes will be deployed at CCNY, said Myung Jong Lee, professor in both the Grove School’s electrical and computer engineering departments.

A component of the project is to provide hands-on STEM training for students and West Harlem residents who will be among the first to see and touch technologies that are still years away from appearing on the market. Silicon Harlem will involve K-12 students from the community in the experiments and City College will partner with researchers to involve its engineering students and support the testbed installation.

NSF estimates that the number of Internet-connected devices is expected to grow to 20 billion by 2020, creating an urgent need in the U.S. and abroad for infrastructure that can rapidly process all that data.



Last Updated: 09/30/2021 15:36