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U of M Electrical and Computer Engineering Students Win National Competition.

Five students from the University of Memphis’ Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering outcompeted universities from across the nation and won a $10,000 competition sponsored by DRS Technologies. The final judging of the Student Infrared Imaging Competition took place on June 30, 2012 in Melbourne, Florida.

The contest focused on developing non-military, commercially viable applications for DRS’ new miniature infrared camera.

The students, Micah Lies, David Blix, David Campisi, Tyler Canup and Cody Fernandez devised a methodology to detect the differences between genuine United States currency and counterfeit bills. With the assistance of the Memphis Field Office of the United States Secret Service, the students heated various denominations of bills under controlled conditions and recorded the response using the infrared camera supplied by DRS Technologies. The method developed successfully detected even the best specimen of counterfeit money out of approximately 30 counterfeit pieces.

Potential commercial applications proposed by the students included a compact and portable unit that can be used by merchants and banks. One law enforcement agency expressed interest in using the methodology to track characteristics of various sources of counterfeiting.

Faculty Sponsors of the team were Dr. Aaron Robinson and Mr. Tom Wyatt.

The winners of the 2012 DRS Technologies Student Infrared Imaging Competition
The winners of the 2012 DRS Technologies Student Infrared Imaging Competition from the left: Cody Fernandez, Dr. George Skidmore (DRS Technologies), Micah Lies, Tyler Canup, David Blix and David Campisi.
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John A. Pafford (B.S.E.T. 1987) is the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus from the Herff College of Engineering. A co-founder of Spine Wave, Pafford has more than 30 years of experience in the orthopedic industry with 20 years in senior management.

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