Undergraduate Announcements

BU ECE Honor Society

group photo of 2017 ECE Honor Society
ECE students honored at the 2017 IEEE HKN Induction Award Ceremony on April 13, 2017.

By Amy Pollard (GRS ’19)

The Boston University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) announces the reinstatement of the Kappa Sigma chapter of international honor society IEEE-HKN. Kappa Sigma demonstrates ECE students’ high level of achievement and affirms ECE’s commitment to student success.

ECE gains access to a large network of industry leaders and potential employers for students through this chapter, which is advised by Professor Min-Chang Lee. IEEE-HKN has 250 chapters with approximately 100,000 members worldwide and offers educational resources and opportunities that can enhance the ECE department’s visibility, including an annual Student Leadership Conference. This year’s conference was held at Purdue University and was sponsored by General Motors, Northrop Grumman, Orbital ATK and EPICS in IEEE.

Kappa Sigma offers student members a wide range of professional opportunities. In addition to the Student Leadership Conference, student members gain access to seminars by established engineers and scientists, networking socials and prestigious scholarships and awards. They are awarded certificates of membership and a free two-year subscription to IEEE-HKN’s The Bridge digital magazine.

The BU ECE honor society was launched in 2001 by Professor Lee as BU HKN. The reinstatement of the society in 2016 was again initiated by Professor Lee and entitled Kappa Sigma. This year, 24 ECE students were inducted. The students were selected based on academic achievement.

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Congratulations to the 2017 IEEE-HKN inductees!

David Barton (EE), Artem Bidnichenko (EE), Alex Bleda (EE), Nicholas Boukis (CE), Zachary Chapasko (CE), Jacob Dansey (CE), Michael Ethier (EE), Tess Gauthier (EE), Makenna Hart (EE), Cole Johnson (CE), Caroline Jones (CE), Kevin Kasper (EE), Joshua Klein (CE), Zachary Lasiuk (EE), Katie Lewis, Cryil Saade (CE), Panagis Samolis (EE), Gregory Starr (EE), Anna Stuhlmacher (EE), Athanasios Tsiligkaridis (EE), Inna Turshudzhyan (CE), Ami Vyas (EE), Ethan Wayda (CE), & Zhechen Xu (EE).

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Nobel Laureate Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn- Seminar at Northeastern May 12

May 1st, 2017in Ugrad Announcements

Nobel Laureate Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn will speak at 11:00am on May 12th at Northeastern in 240 Egan (Raytheon) – “Perspectives in Chemistry: From Supramolecular Towards Adaptive Chemistry – Pure and Applied”.

A reception will begin at 12:15pm. RSVP required.


ARROWS Annual Lecture

May 1st, 2017in Ugrad Announcements

Please join us for our annual ARROWS lecture by Julie Chen, PhD (U Mass Lowell). She will discuss her personal experiences in academia and leadership and current challenges that women in STEM face, focusing on solutions she has been implementing at U Mass Lowell.

Thursday, May 4 from 4-5pm
LSEB B01 (24 Cummington Mall)

More information and RSVP.

BU Spark! Newsletter

May 1st, 2017in Ugrad Announcements

BU Spark! is an initiative to support student-driven innovation and entrepreneurship in computer science, computer engineering, and related disciplines. All experience levels are welcome and our door is always open to anyone who is interested in working with us. Feel free to drop by our collaborative innovation space at the BU Hariri Institute for Computing to work on your project or to come say hello and see what we’re all about!

Read the full newsletter online.

Spark! In Residence Applications

April 24th, 2017in Ugrad Announcements

The Spark! In Residence program is a summer internship that will be held between May 23rd to September 1st. Residents will have access to the following:

  • Co-working space in the Spark! Space
  • An assigned mentor
  • Advisors
  • Entrepreneurial workshops
  • Office hours with lawyers, accountants, entrepreneurs in residence, etc
  • Access to the Spark! Resources (includes use of: Photoshop, Illustrator, Monitors, [add more here])
  • Weekly check in meetings with BU Spark!
  • Present startup/venture at Spark! Showcase in the Fall

The program begins Tuesday, May 23rd and ends Friday, September 1st. Every startup has unlimited access to our Spark Space!, which is located at 111 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA, 02215, Room 150.

Full details and application online.

BarMUN X Conference – Staffing Invitation to ENG Students

April 18th, 2017in Ugrad Announcements

The 10th Boston Area Model United Nations Conference (BarMUN X) to be held from October 5th to 8th 2017 is currently accepting applications for the BarMUN X staff! If you are interested in global political, economic and social issues, and want to network with students from around the world in a professional setting, we would love to work with you.

No Model United Nations experience is necessary, just a passion for world issues.  Apply today. For more information, please check out the BarMUN X website or email us at committees@barmun.org. We look forward to having you as part of our staff!

MIT Internet of Things Hackathon

April 10th, 2017in Ugrad Announcements

Are you passionate about solving problems with tiny computers? Then come to MIT Internet of Things Hackathon, where we’ll task participants with building innovative IoT devices!

At the MIT Internet of Things Hackathon, you will build IoT devices that can “sense, connect, infer, and act.” Participants will be free to envision and build any device they see representing that mission, and that combine hardware, software, and data science. Participants will be able to join teams or participate independently.

The hackathon will take place on Saturday June 3, 2017, and will include students from the MIT Internet of Things Bootcamp taking place May 29 – June 3, 2017.

Tickets and full information available online.

2016 Merrill Ebner Portfolio Design Winner

March 22nd, 2017in Ugrad Announcements

The annual Undergraduate Design Portfolio Contest is open to all undergraduates in the College of Engineering. The goal of the contest is to promote design and to showcase the importance of design skills in engineering. Additionally and perhaps even most importantly, the goal of the contest is to encourage students to create a design portfolio, as it can be a powerful tool in obtaining an internship or job in industry. Material in portfolios should be anything that displays creative engineering work and skills. This could be from classwork, personal projects, internships, etc.

Winners are selected in the following categories and are awarded prizes in the amount of: Best Overall ($500), Best Senior ($500), Best Junior ($500), Best Sophomore ($400), Best Freshman ($100).


Best Overall Winner 2016: David Miller

Best LEAP Phase 1 – Alex Chang
Best Senior – David Miller
Best Junior – Zachary Lasiuk
Best Sophomore – Ashlyn Aiello – Portfolio
Best Freshman – Nikunj Khetan – Portfolio

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Boston Hacks

March 20th, 2017in Ugrad Announcements

Our website is now live and registration is open! BostonHacks is set for April 29-30, to be held in the Metcalf Ballroom! There will be free food and swag for all registered hackers and prizes for the winning teams.

We expect to have 300+ students from around the country. Students can check out and apply through our website: https://bostonhacks.io/ and can reach the organizers by email at contact@bostonhacks.io.