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Audrey LeGrande
Assistant Director of Alumni
and Student Relations
1072 ECE Building
306 N. Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 300-1783


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Alumni Awards

Young Alumni Achievement Award (2008)

For contributions to the fields of medical imaging, signal processing, and homeland security.

Samit Basu

Samit Basu

BSEE ’98, PhD ‘00
Chief Engineer
General Electric Security
Newark, California

Samit Basu has technical contributions that span 12 years of research and development work in the field of Computed Tomography (CT) imaging and reconstruction. He has led multimillion dollar projects at GE’s Global Research Center, focusing on the next generation CT scanners for a variety of applications. In his current position, he is responsible for technical oversight and technical leadership of the engineering team that makes CT scanners for luggage inspection.

In addition to his contributions at GE, Samit played an integral role in the formation of InstaRecon, a company that works to market technology to industry, and he has written an open source software package called FreeMat. FreeMat allows people from a variety of fields free access to data analysis and reduction tools, and is used by students and professionals alike.

Samit has received several awards from GE, including the 2006 Edelheit Award for work on the Position Emission Tomography scanners sold by GE, and GE’s Technologist of the Week. He was also awarded the 2001 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award, has published nearly a dozen peer reviewed journal papers, and has been awarded 23 patents.