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EE Doctoral Student Wins Best Student Paper Award at SAS2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Md Sohel Mahmood, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, recently won the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium. 

Md Sohel MahmoodThe IEEE Sensors Applications Symposium is the world's largest conference on various applications of sensing technologies. Its prestigious Best Student Paper Award is the only prize awarded at the conference.

“My focus of research is to introduce flexibility in MEMS accelerometers, and SAS 2017 was a great platform to showcase my research findings. The Best Paper Award was certainly a cherished goal and after competing with papers from top universities all over the world, it is a testament to my work and to the education I received at UTA,” said Mahmood. “This award is an inspiration for me to carry on my research and a great honor to me as well. I need to thank my supervisor Dr. Zeynep Çelik-Butler for her guidance, and I have dedicated the award to my mother and my wife.”

According to Çelik-Butler, Mahmood’s research addresses the growing need for flexible, self-packaged sensors that are able to conform to the underlying surface is driven by smart wearables, prosthetics, and robotics. All of these applications require the sensors to be ubiquitous and unobtrusive. 

“We have designed, built and successfully demonstrated low profile, MEMS-based acceleration sensors capable of monitoring the motion of the platform they are placed on, even if the surface is curved,” Çelik-Butler said. “Instead of utilizing conventional chip packaging to achieve flexibility, our sensors are packaged in a form resembling an adhesive bandage, with a top and a bottom surface, sandwiching the sensor. The developed flexible accelerometers are part of the larger effort to demonstrate smart skin for robotics and prosthetics.”

Mahmood is a student in the College of Engineering’s B.S. to Ph.D. program, which allows students to earn their bachelor’s degree, then immediately begin their doctoral studies seamlessly. He expects to graduate in 2018.

IEEE’s Sensors Applications Symposium is a unique opportunity for researchers and developers working in the field of sensors and their applications to share experience and knowledge in the field of sensor technologies, sensing methodologies, and applications for sensors, as well as the role and the use of sensors in strategic fields ranging from environment monitoring to ambient assisted living. Conference topics include, but are not limited to: biomedical sensors, energy harvesting for sensors, Internet of Things, robotics and automation, MEMS and nanosensors, big data, and flexible and wearable sensors.