SPAR 2017

SPAR 2017 will be held on 31 March 2017 in conjunction with the Rice ECE Department's Corporate Affiliates Day.  The venue is the venerable room 1049 of historic Duncan Hall.  With an acceptance rate of just 6%, competition for this year's conference was particularly fierce.


8am  Breakfast 

9am Welcome and Lightning Talks

  • 5 minutes for visitors, 1 minute for Rice folks
    Contents could include:  1) My/A cool new result, 2) What I want to get out of SPAR, 3) Something non-technical to share
    Please send a PDF file of any slides to Ali Mousavi <> by 5pm Thursday 30 March 2017

10am Coffee Break

1045am Organization of Afternoon Panel Sessions

1115am Lunch 

12pm Panel Sessions 1, 2, 3, 4 (30 minutes each)

2pm  Coffee Break

330pm Panel Sessions 5, 6, 7 (30 minutes each)

4:00 PM Fireside Chat: Rice Friends and Family (McMurtry Auditorium)

  • MC: Ramesh Neelamani ’03, Seismology Supervisor, ExxonMobil Upstream Research
    John Treichler ’70, CTO, Raytheon Applied Signal Technology
    John Burruss, CEO, Metrocare
    Fayé Briggs, President & CEO, Niminq, Inc., Intel Fellow, ECE Adjunct Faculty Member
    Stefanie Breyer ’95, Vice President of R&D for Data Acquisition, National Instruments

5pm  Wrap Up and Planning for SPAR 2018

530pm Valhalla

7pm  Dinner, Toasts, NonToasts, and Awards at El Tiempo Cantina, 3130 Richmond Avenue