Advanced Electronic Technology Center


  • In February 2012 Scott Wilson, AETC undergraduate student was accepted to EE Dept. Of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.
  • In March 2012 Paula Bustos, AETC graduate student (now an engineer with Leadership Program at BAE) was nominated for achievement award by AMES.
  • Prof. Sam Mil’shtein attended conferences and chaired a session “Critical Structures and Materials” ICPS, 2012, held at ETH, Zurich.
  • Prof. Sam Mil’shtein edited and compiled the textbook “Fundamentals of Material Science for Electrical Engineers” ISBN-13; 978-1-119-93992-4, Willey & Sons Inc. 2012.

Prof. S. Mil’shtein Celebrates 2011-2012 NASA Events

russian monumentIn 2011 the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first man in space, the flight performed by Russian cosmonaut Uri Gagarin. To celebrate this remarkable date, four members of NASA delegation (Profs. A. Ignatiev, A. Freundlich - both from University of Houston - Mrs. S. Tabarovsky, member of the Organizing Committee in Houston and S. Mil’shtein from UMass Lowell) traveled to the first Eco-center established in the Kaluga district to see the newly opened monument of U. Gagarin. They also set a corner stone for the monument of first man on the moon, American cosmonaut Neil Armstrong. 

Prof. S. Mil’shtein was invited to talk about principles of design of high efficient solar cells at the “Second International NASA Symposium on Nanotechnology and Energy in Space." The Symposium was held at the Chernogolovka Research Center of Russian Academy of Science, near Moscow on August 1 – 6, 2011.

The first high efficient solar cell, described at the Symposium, was designed by UMass Lowell students in the ECE Dept., Advanced Electronic Technology Center and is already produced by students of Houston University. The cooperation between two groups will continue in fabrication of the second solar cell designed at UMass Lowell. 

Attendees of the Symposium were invited to visit the Star city, the Space Research Center of Russian Academy of Science. We were watching the live preparation of Russian cosmonaut for space flight. We also had the pleasure to meet Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev. 

There are 523 cosmonauts around the globe, however only Sergei Krikalev participated in six different space flights. Sergei Krikalev answered questions about his personal experienceand his training. Russian engineers and space scientists openly expressed regrets about ending of the American shuttle program, which was the platform for very successful cooperation of the two countries.

rosesOn Oct. 12 2012, Prof. S. Mil’shtein attended the opening of the Uri Gagarin and Neil Armstrong monuments at the first NASA headquarters in Houston and with  Profs. A. Friendlich and A. Ignatiev (both of University of Houston) placed red roses on the monument. The celebration evening took place in Russian consulate in Houston with many Houston dignitaries, representatives of Russian government and NASA officials. Uri Gagarin’ daughter Ludmila and his grandson Sergei were among guests invited by NASA.

More NASA Events

It was then planned to open the monument for Uri Gagarin and for first American austronaut, who orbited the Earth, John Glen in Houston.  John Glenn was selected  to operate the experimental Mercury spacecraft in the Friendship 7 mission on February 20, 1962. On October 29, 1998, he became the oldest person to fly in space, and the only one to fly in both the Mercury and Space Shuttle programs, when at age 77, he flew on Discovery. 

In 2012 the world celebrated 40th anniversary of the first man reaching the moon. 

The first man on the moon was American cosmonaut Neil Armstrong. He made his first space flight as command pilot of Gemini 8, in 1966, becoming NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. On this mission, he performed the first docking of two spacecraft, with pilot David Scott. 

Armstrong's second and last spaceflight was as mission commander of the Apollo 11 moon landing, in July 1969. On this mission, Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descended to the lunar surface and spent two and a half hours exploring, while Michael Collins remained in lunar orbit in the Command Module. On August 5th 2012 Neil Armstrong, passed away.

Important Events at AETC in November 2012

AnupOn Nov. 9, doctoral student Anup Pillai defended his Ph.D. thesis. The dissertation committee of professors C. Armiento, M. Mufeed, and S. Mil’shtein agreed that the research presented novel development in fingerprinting technology and image processing. The members of the committee said that 60 plus pages describing Anup’ research were not long enough and additional wording was needed. Anup did have additional material which he included into his thesis. 

Homeland Security Conference

On November 13th – Our 16th doctoral student Anup Pillai and Prof. S. Mil’shtein attended IEEE International Conference on homeland security in Waltham, Massachusetts. Anup Pillai made an oral presentation entitled “Can contactless fingerprinting be compared to an existing database” at morning session of biometrics. The twenty five-minute presentation was extended to about another hour thanks to presence of you people in the room, who were interested in the critical subject of comparison and compatibility between fingerprint libraries, namely, vet ink, digitized fingerprinting, and contactless (touch less) fingerprinting.

Invention Is a Sustainable, Greener Way to Commute

bikeRiding electric bicycles is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of cycling in the country. Not only can it give you the freedom and fun of being a kid again, but it is also a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to commute and run errands.

Christopher Leger, an electrical engineering and math sophomore, and Josiah Hackendorf, a mechanical engineering senior, have created a prototype electric-powered tricycle that would help commuters cut down on air pollution and gas consumption.

“You can use the trike daily for commuting to school,” says Leger, who lives in Tyngsboro. “Its three-wheel design makes it safer and more stable on the road.”

A Low-Cost Alternative Commercial electric bikes can cost anywhere from $400 to more than $1,000. “Do-it-yourselfers can follow our design and build one for only $250,” says Leger.

The trike uses a 500-watt DC motor for the front wheel’s hub, which directly drives the trike at speeds of up to nearly 20 miles per hour. The motor is powered by rechargeable lead-acid batteries that produce a total of 36 volts. A computerized controller adjusts the voltage output and the motor’s speed.

“Our trike has a range of about 40 to 50 miles on a single charge,” notes Leger. “It weighs about 40 pounds, including the batteries.”

The trike still has pedals in case the rider wants to exercise, or when there is an electrical/mechanical breakdown, or the batteries simply run out of juice, he adds.

Next Step: Solar Power

The students are planning to make improvements to the trike’s design, including replacing the rear basket with another seat so two people can ride at the same time. They also plan to add a solar panel, which will be mounted above the riders to power the motor and act as a sun shade.

“With the solar panel, you won’t need a storage battery to operate the trike,” explains Prof. Samson Mil’shtein, director of UMass Lowell’s Advanced Electronic Technology Center and the students’ faculty adviser. “It will run directly off the solar panel. But you can certainly add a battery if you want to ride on a cloudy day. On a sunny day, the panel can run the trike and recharge the battery at the same time.”