’s-1-million-gift-pushes-Engineering-over-150-million-in-campaign.aspx793Garg family’s $1 million gift pushes Engineering over $150 million in campaign<p>​Venture capitalist and alumnus Gaurav Garg and his wife, Komal Shah, have made a $1 million gift to the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis. The gift allows the school to surpass $150 million in Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University.<br/></p><img alt="Garg Family" src="/news/PublishingImages/Garg%20Family%20WashU%20Engineering.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><div id="__publishingReusableFragmentIdSection"><a href="/ReusableContent/36_.000">a</a></div><p>​Garg is managing partner of Wing Venture Capital in Silicon Valley, which builds early-stage business technology companies. Wing focuses on companies with the potential to define new categories in cloud computing, mobile and big data and to provide entrepreneurs with the financial and strategic backing to build successful companies. The firm invests over the life of each of its portfolio companies, which include FireEye, Jasper, Nimble Storage and Cohesity. <br/></p><p>Garg and Shah’s $1 million gift will help fund annual undergraduate scholarships, long-range capital needs, an endowed lectureship, an annual lectureship and other school needs. The university will name the department chair’s suite in the future James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall in recognition of the gift.<br/></p><p>“Gaurav Garg is not only a gifted entrepreneur himself, but also a passionate adviser and investor who enables others to develop technology startup ventures,” said Aaron F. Bobick, dean and the James. M. McKelvey Professor. </p><blockquote>“We are enormously grateful to Gaurav and Komal for their generous gift that will benefit so many in our school — from undergraduate students through scholarship to the broader community through sponsorship of lectureships and additional future projects.”<br/></blockquote> <p>“The gift is part of my involvement and work with the university based on my San Francisco Bay-area and technology-focused perspective,” Garg said. “I am interested in helping to foster a culture of innovation, working on solutions to relevant and ambitious engineering problems, helping to generate funding for the school, finding employment for students, and contributing to building the school’s reputation. I wanted to do this in a way where I can be a good citizen.”<br/></p><p>Garg is a member of the school’s National Council and received an Alumni Achievement Award from the school in 2014. This year, he received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the university at Founder’s Day. He was the keynote speaker at Startup Connection 2015 held at the university and was the 2014 Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist of the Year. <br/></p><p>Prior to co-founding Wing in 2013, Garg was a partner at Sequoia Capital for 10 years investing in and working with startup companies. Prior to joining Sequoia, he founded Redback Networks in 1996, which went public in 1999. <br/></p><p>Garg earned bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science in 1988 and a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 1990 from the School of Engineering & Applied Science. <br/></p> <SPAN ID="__publishingReusableFragment"></SPAN> <p> <br/> </p>Gaurav Garg and Komal ShahBeth Miller2018-01-04T06:00:00ZThe university will name the department chair’s suite in the future James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall in recognition of the gift.$200000-NSF-grant.aspx788Agrawal receives $200,000 NSF grant<img alt="Kunal Agrawal" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Agrawal_Kunal.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="/Profiles/Pages/Kunal-Agrawal.aspx">​Kunal Agrawal</a>, associate professor of computer science & engineering, has received a four-year, $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop new techniques to speed up the process of compilation, the process of transforming source programs into executable programs. With collaborators Milind Kulkarni, associate professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University, and Ryan R. Newton, associate professor of computer science at Indiana University, the total award was $800,000.<br/></p>Kunal Agrawal2017-12-19T06:00:00ZKunal Agrawal will work to develop new techniques to speed up the process of compilation and the process of transforming source programs into executable programs. WashU Engineering stories of 2017<p>WashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2017, and implemented a new strategic plan — <a href="/our-school/strategicplan/Pages/default.aspx">Leadership Through Excellence. </a><br/></p><p>Here are 10 stories that had the most impact and reach in 2017:<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/top%2010%20stories%202017.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <br/> </h3><div class="newsauthor"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Eleven-new-faculty-to-join-School-of-Engineering-Applied-Science.aspx">1. Eleven new faculty to join School of Engineering & Applied Science </a></h3><div class="newsauthor">“Adding these faculty members at both the junior and senior ranks is a big step in the growth of the size and depth of our research and education programs that are enabled by the expansion of our facilities that is underway," said Aaron F. Bobick, dean.<br/></div></div><div class="newsauthor"><div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> <a href="/news/Pages/Beginning-the-east-end-transformation.aspx" style="background-color: #ffffff; font-family: 'libre baskerville', 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 1.25em;">2. Groundbreaking ceremony marks start of university’s east end transformation project</a><br/></div><div><div data-queryruleid="00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000"><div data-displaytemplate="WebPageItem"><div><div class="newsauthor">Washington University in St. Louis is embarking on a major transformation of the east end of its Danforth Campus. The project includes two new buildings dedicated to engineering.<br/></div></div><div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/A-probiotic-stress-fix.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">3. A probiotic stress fix</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">An engineer at Washington University in St. Louis is using a mouse model to develop a probiotic that, when mixed into yogurt or taken as a pill, could combat the negative health effects of adrenaline rush and excessive stress.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Pushing-the-imaging-envelope.aspx">4. Pushing the imaging envelope</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">An engineer at Washington University in St. Louis plans to push the envelope of microscopic imaging, to better visualize the molecules involved in Alzheimer’s disease. <br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> <h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"></h3><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Study-casts-doubt-on-the-warming-implications-of-brown-carbon-aerosol-from-wildfires.aspx">5. Study casts doubt on the warming implications of brown carbon aerosol from wildfires</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">As devastating wildfires rage in California wine country, a team of environmental engineers at Washington University in St. Louis have made a new discovery about wildfire smoke and its effect on the atmosphere.<br/><br/></div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/WashU-engineers-to-study-better-design-for-robotics-autonomous-technology.aspx">6. WashU engineers to study better design for robotics, autonomous technology</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">Xuan "Silvia" Zhang and Christopher Gill received a four-year, $936,504 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how to orchestrate modular power in a modular manner at the mesoscale, an area that has not yet been studied.<br/></div></div> <br/> </div></div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Better-than-a-pill.aspx" style="outline: 0px;">7. Better than a pill</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">With a new $1.7 million award from the National Institutes of Health, a team from Washington University in St. Louis plans to develop a silk-based system to better alleviate the pain and discomfort of osteoarthritis.<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Studying-the-brains-suspension-system-in-TBIs.aspx">8. Studying the brain’s suspension system in TBIs</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">New research from a team of engineers at Washington University in St. Louis takes a closer at this “suspension system” and the insight it could provide to prevent TBI.<br/></div> <br/> </div><div><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Test-uses-nanotechnology-to-quickly-diagnose-Zika-virus.aspx">9. Test uses nanotechnology to quickly diagnose Zika virus</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">​Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a test that quickly detects the presence of Zika virus in blood.<br/></div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"> <br/> </div><div class="newscaption" style="line-height: 1.5;"><h3 style="margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"> <a href="/news/Pages/Common-heart-ailment-target-of-new-WashU-Engineering-research.aspx">10. Common heart ailment target of new WashU Engineering research</a></h3><div class="newsauthor">Jon Silva and his team will study how small molecules and proteins interact with ion channels in the heart to cause and prevent arrhythmia, when the heart beats too fast, too slow, or is too unstable.<br/></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>​<br/><br/></p> <span> <div class="cstm-section"><h3>#washuengineers top social media posts of the year<br/></h3><div> <strong></strong></div><div><p style="color: #343434;"> <strong>facebook:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">Created by a WashU engineer, this gift will inspire.</a><br/></p><p style="color: #343434;"> <strong>twitter:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="">These are the stories behind our scholarships (Video)</a></p><p style="color: #343434;"> <strong>instagram: </strong><a href="">Fresh off the press! #washuengineers #WashU17</a><br/></p></div></div></span> <p> <br/> </p>2017-12-18T06:00:00ZWashU engineers continued their strong research tradition in 2017, and implemented a new strategic plan — Leadership Through Excellence. engineer wins IEEE Signal Processing Society Best Paper Award<img alt="Ulugbek Kamilov" src="/Profiles/PublishingImages/Kamilov,%20Ulugbek.JPG?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p><a href="/Profiles/Pages/Ulugbek-Kamilov.aspx">​Ulugbek Kamilov</a>, assistant professor of computer science & engineering, received the IEEE Signal Processing Society 2017 Best Paper Award for his paper titled “Message-Passing De-Quantization with Applications to Compressed Sensing.” </p><p>He will receive the award at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in April 2018 in Calgary, Canada.<br/></p>Ulugbek Kamilov2017-12-04T06:00:00ZUlugbek Kamilov will receive the award at the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in April 2018 in Calgary, Canada. goes to China<p>​Early this summer, five students from WashU’s School of Engineering & Applied Science set out to put their technical chops to the test in China. Led by Xuan “Silvia” Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering, the team of five students traveled to Xi’an Jiatong University in the city of Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, to compete in the annual Silk Road Robotics competition. The competition is a whirlwind event showcasing innovative builds from engineers all across the world. The WashU team, comprising Adith Jagadish, Matthew Kollada, Meizhi Wang, William Luer and Andrew O’Sullivan, represented both school and country as the only team from the United States.<br/></p><img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/Herby%20goes%20to%20China%20WashU%20engineering.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>With more than 200 teams participating in the first round, the WashU team faced stiff competition right out of the gate. They presented PiCar — a scaled-down model of a self-driving car that used a small, single-board computer, known as a Raspberry Pi computer, to automate its driving functions — to a packed auditorium.</p><p>To get their driverless car moving, the team had to effectively combine electrical, mechanical and systems engineering with 3D printing and software, which they wrote themselves. Building PiCar was exacting. The crew had to fit as much work as they could into the few weeks leading up to the competition, spending time in the lab all the way up to the day of their departure and even sneaking in a bug-fix or two on their 15-hour flight to China.</p><p>“It was definitely the most hands-on engineering that I had ever done,” says Matthew Kollada, BS ’17. “I learned about as much in the competition as I had learned in a number of other classes.”</p><p>Their hard work secured them a spot among the final 16 teams. Though they didn’t win, the students were ranked in the second tier in the final stage, awarded a trophy as “Outstanding Winners” and received a cash prize of 5,000 Yuan.</p><p>For the students, being recognized at the competition was, of course, ideal, but they also saw that their PiCar could make a wider contribution to science.</p><p>“Our overarching goal for this project was to help university students and professors create algorithms for self-driving cars in the lab,” says Adith Jagadish, a first-year mechanical engineering graduate student from India. So, despite the growing commercial demand for advanced robotics technology, the students posted their designs online for free and made their software code — the mind of their autonomous machine — open source.</p><p>The competition was also a platform for them to relish the experience of creating something with their own hands.</p><p>“It almost seems as if we gave life to an inanimate object,” Jagadish says.</p><p>But the trip to China was not all joules without joy. After the competition, the team toured some of China’s big cities. Meizhi Wang, a senior in electrical engineering from China, was the bridge between their cultures.</p><p>“I am very proud of my country, and it was great to show the team around and surprise them with things about China that they did not know,” Wang says.</p><p>Under Meizhi and Professor Zhang’s able stewardship, the WashU robotics team sampled some of the cuisine in Xi’an and saw some notable sites, such as the famous Terracotta Army statues, the Great Wall and the Forbidden Palace.</p><p>“It was an incredible opportunity, and I had the time of my life there,” says Andrew O’Sullivan, a junior in mechanical engineering.</p><p>The Silk Road Robotics competition welded novel engineering, healthy competition and cross-cultural fun into a fulfilling experience for the WashU students who took part. The implications of technology like the PiCar have inundated conversations in academic and industrial circles alike with speculation on what the future of robotics will be, but, as Wang put it, for the PiCar team, it was just “good to be part of developing technology for the future.”<br/></p>Team Advisor Xuan “Silvia” Zhang, Matthew Kollada, Meizhi Wang, William Luer, Andrew O’Sullivan, and Adith Jagadish competed in the Silk Road Robotics competition as a team. Engineering faculty member Guy Genin served as a contest judge. (Courtesy photo).George Gathiani students from WashU’s School of Engineering & Applied Science put their technical chops to the test in China this summer when they competed in the Silk Road Robotics competition.