National Aerospace & Electronics Conference(NAECON)

Dayton, OH | USA * June 27 - 30, 2017


Thank you to our Sponsors!







Air Force Institute of Technology

Wright State University

University of Cincinnati

The Ohio State University

Oakland University

IEEE Circuit and Systems Society (CAS)

Ohio Aerospace Institute

Chairman: Dr. Robert Ewing
Phone: 937-713-8122


2017 Larrell Walters Grand Challenge:

Trust in Semiconductor Design

(Chairs: Dr. Charles Cerny, Dr. Matt Casto, Kenneth Simone)

Approach: Applications, Design or fabrication approaches, and/or possible innovative concepts for either hardware or embedded algorithms 

This design challenge can be  based either (a) simulation, (b) hardware, or (c) software design and validation. Note that the entry includes a paper, and presentation. 

Paper  & Presentation (30 minutes)  will be judged on the following:

1) Summarize the state of the art (100pts).

2) Describe the gaps that exist in terms of previously unsolved fundamental scientific /mathematical/ computational challenges (100pts).

3) Highlight related advances which makes your approach feasible (100pts).

4) Outline the performance metrics for your approach (200pts).

5) Presentation (500pts).

Larrell B. Walters, Distinguished Research Engineer (July 1956 – April 2016)
Larrell Walters joined the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) in 2003 as director of technology partnerships before turning his attention to sensors. He created the Institute for the Development and Commercialization of Advanced Sensors Technology (IDCAST) in 2006 with a $28-million competitive award from the state of Ohio to develop and commercialize advanced sensor technologies. He grew the IDCAST partnership to include eight Ohio universities and more than 30 companies, resulting in the creation of more than 345 jobs and an economic impact of more than $400 million in Ohio. In 2007 Larrell initiated the Sensor Systems Office with a few staff members. By 2015 and under his direction, that small office had become the Sensor Systems division with 97 employees, and sensors research had grown to the point that the division spun off a new Sensor APEX office to facilitate growth in specialized sensors research and development. Larrell was a driving force within the Research Institute, responsible for significant growth in staff and research sponsorship. He cared deeply for his employees and their success and, as a Marianist Educational Associate, exemplified servant leadership and practicing Marianist tenets in the workplace.
In March of 2016, Larrell joined Universal Technology Corporation of Beavercreek to start a new Technology Commercialization Division as the Senior Director of Commercial Products.

Larrell enjoyed many community and philanthropic pursuits, including Daybreak Dayton teen shelter and services, and the Downtown Dayton Partnership. He coached ice hockey, including Troy youth Sabres and Bruins, Troy High School Trojans, and the University of Dayton Flyers. Larrell pursued many hobbies, including photography, beekeeping, golf, and woodworking. Larrell recently took part in a mission trip through Tipp City United Methodist Church to Guatemala City, where he planned to boost an existing outreach of micro-loans for entrepreneurs.

The Larrell B. Walters Grand Challenge Award is a highly competitive award presented to an individual that demonstrates Larrell's commitment to innovative research, product commercialization, and entrepreneurial spirit to foster industrial growth.

The following awards are also presented at NAECON:

Dan Repperger Best Paper Award (Best paper at NAECON for prior year's final submissions)

Joe Sciabica Innovation Award


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