Innovation, Design, & Research, August 2014

A team of researchers from Penn State University, lead by Vijaykrishnan Narayanan, Ph.D. (FL G ’97), have received a $10 million Expeditions in Computing award from the National Science Foundation “to enhance the ability of computers to not only record imagery, but to actually understand what they are seeing – a concept that Narayanan calls deep learning.”

Dr. Narayanan is a professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State and is working with his team on “developing computerized vision systems that can match – and even surpass – the capabilities of human vision.” Read the article from for more information


According to the Houston Chronicle, the University of Texas system board of regents has voted unanimously to launch an engineering institute in Houston. Current professor of engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas Charles R. Helms, Ph.D. (CA A ’68), supports the proposal. “We need to develop a stronger presence in Houston, especially since it is the energy capital of not only the nation and in many ways the world,” said Dr. Helms.

“The institute is the first step in a long-range plan by UT to expand its engineering options, hoping to fill a gap in the growing need for engineers in the U.S. workforce. According to the system’s task force report, presented to regents Thursday, Texas alone needs 9,000 more engineers every year.”


BriefView is a software product from VectorVantage that engineering professionals and students can benefit from. It is an on-line service and it allows you to store 100 articles for anytime access. It also gives users the ability to reduce large articles to simplified notes as a quick reference.

Bert A. Silich, M.D. (IL E ’79), is the managing member of VectorVantage, a physician, an engineer, and a retired United States Air Force pilot with 30 years of military experience. Read more about the company’s divisions (aeronautical, medical, & software) and patented designs.


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