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Tony Hsu explores the legacy of his grandfather, iconic Chinese poet Xu Zhimo

Tony Hsu (BSE EE 1968) looks back on how a single moment as a freshman at U-M inspired him to pursue a lifelong quest to understand the life and legacy of his famous grandfather. [Full Story]

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Upstarts Duo Security

Duo Security, a company founded by two CSE alumni and headquartered in Ann Arbor, recently sold for $2.35 billion. (Yes, billion.) What did they do right? [Full Story]

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Biopsy alternative: Wearable device captures cancer cells from blood

New device caught more than three times as many cancer cells as conventional blood draw samples. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Cancer  Electronic devices  Health and Safety  Wearable electronics  

Dr. Hadavi sets up new endowment to help ECE wolverines change the world

Dr. Cyrus Hadavi (PhD CE 83) shares his hopes for the future of the ECE program, his knowledge as CEO of a long-lasting company, and his memories of good ole Ann Arbor days. [Full Story]

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CSE alum Qi Alfred Chen selected for ProQuest Dissertation Award

CSE PhD alumnus Qi Alfred Chen has been selected as the recipient of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award from the Rackham Graduate School for his dissertation, "Securing Smart, Connected Systems Through Systematic Problem Analysis and Mitigation." The award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. [Full Story]

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U-M ECE alum is key player in first-ever image of a black hole

ECE alum Dr. Katie Bouman has helped expand our knowledge of the universe in a big way by shining light on one of the darkest mysteries in the cosmos. [Full Story]

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UMass Amherst Names Sanjay Raman Dean of the College of Engineering

Sanjay Raman (MSE PhD EE 1993 1998) will serve as the new dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. [Full Story]

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Wearable Device Acts as Biopsy Alternative

ECE PhD alum Tae Hyun Kim is part of a project that has made a prototype for a wearable device with a cancer-cell-capturing chip that could be used in place of a biopsy to more accurately test a patient for cancer. [Full Story]

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Purdue selects Peroulis to lead School of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Alum Dimitrios (Dimitri) Peroulis (MSE PhD 1999 2003) has been selected to head Purdue's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. [Full Story]

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Katie Bouman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

EE alum Dr. Katie Bouman is the researcher who led the creation of an algorithm that allowed scientists to capture images of a black hole for the very first time. [Full Story]

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Movellus Raises $6M in Venture Funding, Led by Stata Venture Partners

Movellus is a U-M startup founded by alumni Dr. Mo Faisal (now CEO) and Dr. Jeff Fredenburg (now VP of Engineering). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

The Hacker Code: Don't Listen to the Experts

Duo Security Cofounder Jon Oberheide is profiled in this piece about his experience in building what became Ann Arbor's first unicorn (a privately held startup valued at over $1 billion). Duo was ultimately acquired by Cisco for $2.35 billion. [Full Story]

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Alum recognized for her contributions in STEM

Dr. Katherine Herrick (EE: BS MS PhD), an ECE Council Member, was honored with the Technology Champion Award by Tucson Local Media. [Full Story]

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Hygieia gets FDA approval for mobile app for diabetes care services

Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 08) founded Hygieia to automate and streamline diabetes treatment. [Full Story]

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Thomas Knoll wins Academy Award

VIDEO: Thomas Knoll (BSE Physics 1982 MSE CICE 1984) wins the Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement for inventing Photoshop. Also honored are Knoll's brother, John Knoll, for the original architecture, design and development, and Mark Hamburg for his continued development and engineering of Adobe Photoshop. [Full Story]

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Zachary Lemnios: Helping to shape the new Frontier in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The Honorable Zachary Lemnios, recipient of the 2018 ECE Alumni Impact Award, believes we are entering the Golden Age of Engineering. [Full Story]

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Rick Bolander: Entrepreneurship is a team sport

Rick Bolander (BSE MSE EE 1983 1985; MBA 1994, Harvard) has devoted his career to fulfilling the entrepreneurial dreams of others as much as his own. [Full Story]

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Dowson Tong, VP of Tencent, talks to students

VP of the world's largest gaming and social company, Tong spoke to students about AI, pursuing a global maximum in your career, and what it's like to work in China when you don't speak Mandarin. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Artificial Intelligence  Events (Post Event Writeups)  Information Technology  

[Video] Art Meets Science: Tom Conrad's Journey from Apple to Pandora to Snapchat

Alumnus Tom Conrad (BSE CE 1992) recently visited campus as the 2018 CSE Alumni Merit Award recipient. Conrad, a software designer with a long career with major industry figures, delivered a lecture on finding his passion in the software world. [Full Story]

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Computing visionary honored by Michigan Engineering

The highest accolade from the Michigan Engineering Alumni Board goes to Sam Fuller, a thought leader with a track record of predicting the industry's future. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Rhonda Franklin honored for her accomplishments with the Willie Hobbs Moore Award

From blowing up microwaves to inspiring a new generation of microwave engineers, Professor Franklin shares her research, insights, and thoughts on the future of women in engineering. [Full Story]

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What does Duo Security's sale mean for the Ann Arbor area and its tech industry?

This article summarizes the viewpoints of a number of people in Ann Arbor's tech scene -- including Prof. Jason Mars -- on the ramifications of the recent purchase of Ann Arbor unicorn Duo Security by Cisco. Duo was founded by CSE alumni Dug Song and Jon Oberheide; Mars is the co-founder of Ann Arbor AI startup Clinc. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Rick Mario Riolo: In Memoriam

Rick Riolo, Research Professor Emeritus of the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Complex Systems, has been one of the most visible and influential researchers, mentors, and instructors in the interdisciplinary field of complex adaptive systems for four decades. The author of more than 80 papers, Riolo made substantial methodological and applied contributions. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Garlin Gilchrist named as running mate for Michigan Governor race

Garlin Gilchrist (BSE CE CS 2005) was named as running mate by Gretchen Whitmer in her bid for the Michigan Governorship. [Full Story]

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Darlene Phillips appointed to U.S. DOE Advisory Committee

Darlene Phillips (BSE EE 1993), Director of Strategic Policy and External Affairs for PJM Interconnection, was appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy's Electricity Advisory Committee. [Full Story]

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MoSys, Inc. Appoints Daniel Lewis as President and CEO

Daniel Lewis (BSE EE 1971) was appointed President and CEO of MoSys, a semiconductor company that develops solutions for data path connectivity, speed, and intelligence. [Full Story]

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Appier Strengthens AI Team with New Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist

Dr. Min Sun (PhD EE:S 2012) joined Appier, an artificial intelligence (AI) company, as its first Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist. Sun will focus on building AI systems for enterprise applications. [Full Story]

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Two-wheeled teacher

Levi Weintraub (BSE CS 06) has lived on two wheels for close to two years now, putting his incredibly accomplished tech career on hold for an epic trans-African journey thats stoking his passion for travel and educating a cohort of aspiring African tech professionals. [Full Story]

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Heartland Tech Weekly: How Duo Security built a $2.35 billion company in Ann Arbor

Venture Beat reports on Ann Arbor unicorn Duo Security's sale to Cisco. It quotes company cofounder Dug Son (CS BS 1997) on why he and cofounder Jon Oberheide (CSE PhD 2011) made the sale, the future for Duo, and the impact expected for the Ann Arbor tech scene. [Full Story]

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Cisco is buying Duo Security for $2.35B in cash

Cisco today announced its intention to buy Ann Arbor, MI-based security firm, Duo Security. Under the terms of the agreement, Cisco is paying $2.35 billion in cash and assumed equity awards for Duo. Duo Security was founded in 2010 by Dug Song (BS CS ) and Jonathan Oberheide (BS, MS, PhD CSE , , ) and went on to raise $121.M through several rounds of funding. The company has 700 employees with offices throughout the United States and in London, though the company has remained headquartered in Ann Arbor. [Full Story]

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Rick Flores leads a partnership of automakers into the autonomous future

When Rick Flores (MSE Electrical Engineering:Systems 1990) began his career at General Motors, it was still predominantly a mechanical engineering company. Now, he's taking the lead to develop standards for autonomous and connected vehicles with the largest automaker partnership in the world. [Full Story]

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Piston Group Leader Amit Singhi's Four-Point Play to Life

Amit Singhi shifted from engineering into business, but the technical chops from his engineering studies echo through his career. Today, Singhi is Chief Operating & Financial Officer of Piston Group, one of the largest minority-owned automotive suppliers in the country with annual revenues topping $2B. [Full Story]

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University of Michigan to launch new website to help people navigate social media

EECS alumnus Garlin Gilchrist, executive director of the UM Center for Social Media Responsibility, says "it's time to reclaim your space." This is the message behind the center's new Social Integrity website, which is intended to help people to better navigate social media platforms. The site launched June 30. [Full Story]

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Rick Bergman sees that Synaptics stays in touch

ECE alumnus Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics, talked to The Mercury News about Synaptics and its evolution into other areas beyond physical touchpads. "At the end of the day, what we like to do is make devices easier to use," said Bergman. Synaptics products are used by Apple, HP, Lenovo, and Samsung, among others. [Full Story]

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Chip designer Ambiq Micro raises $11M of planned $20M offering

Ambiq Micro, cofounded by Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE), CTO, has cumulatively raised nearly $100 million for its technology that lowers the power requirements for chips. [Full Story]

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The next medical markets of Collin Rich

An expert health sciences entrepreneur, Rich solves critical problems and earns rewards for years of technical risk. He has almost two decades of start-up experience, including co-founding Accuri Cytometers, which Becton Dickinson acquired for $205 million. Now, he's ready to repeat that success. [Full Story]

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Yongjoo Park is runner-up for Jim Gray dissertation award

CSE alumnus and postdoctoral researcher Yongjoo Park (CSE PhD 2017) has been selected as a runner-up for the ACM SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "Fast Data Analytics by Learning." [Full Story]

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A Role Model at Raytheon: Katherine Herrick

Alumna Katherine Herrick, Senior Fellow and Chief Engineer at Raytheon, learned both engineering principles and life skills from her mentors. Now, she looks forward to giving back in similar ways. [Full Story]

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Alum startup SambaNova collects $56m in funding for AI chip research

Startup SambaNova Systems, co-founded by alumnus Kunle Olukotun (BSE EE MSE PhD CSE ), earned $56M in its series A funding round to develop a computing platform that may reimagine how we power machine learning and data analytics. [Full Story]

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CSE alum earns IEEE award for pioneering work in CPU design

Alumnus Kunle Olukotun (PhD CSE ) received the IEEE Computer Society's 2018 Harry H. Goode Memorial Award for his innovative work in multi-core processor design. Olukotun is often called "the father of multi-core processors" for his early contributions to this now commonplace technology. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Garlin Gilchrist II serves as inaugural director of U-M Center for Social Media Responsibility

To address the growing concern of fake news, U-M has formed the School of Information Center for Social Media Responsibility, and hired one of President Barack Obama's former social media managers as its director, EECS alumnus Garlin Gilchrist II (BSE CE/CS 05). Gilchrist will ensure that people are connected, informed, empowered, and free to share their ideas on the internet. [Full Story]

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Inaugural ECE Willie Hobbs Moore Alumni Lecture: Dr. Isaac R. Porche III

Dr. Porche (PhD EE:S 1998) was the inaugural speaker for the ECE Willie Hobbs Moore Alumni Lecture. A senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, Porche talks on "Information-Age Conflict" as an expert in cybersecurity. [Full Story]

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Mythic snags $40 million to advance AI chips

Mythic, founded by EECS aIumnus David Fick (CTO) and Mike Henry (CEO), raised $40M in investment to produce custom chips created to power AI applications. The company had its start in the Michigan Integrated Circuits Lab (MICL), where Fick was advised by, and Henry worked with as a postdoctoral researcher for, Profs. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester. Among the first employees are alumni Laura Fick and Skylar Skrzyniarz, both also MICL students advised by Blaauw and Sylvester. [Full Story]

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Charles and Patricia Krumm Endow the George I. Haddad Graduate Fellowship Fund

Alumni Charles and Patricia Krumm have established the George I. Haddad Graduate Fellowship Fund to support graduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The endowment fund honors Charles Krumms former doctoral advisor and mentor, Prof. George Haddad, and his contributions to the field of electrical and computer engineering. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Rob Rutenbar receives Phil Kaufman Award for distinguished contributions to electronic system design

Dr. Rob A. Rutenbar (MSE, PhD CICE 1979, 1984), senior vice chancellor for Research at the University of Pittsburgh, has been honored with the Phil Kaufman Award for Distinguished Contributions to Electronic System Design. While at Michigan, we was co-advised by Profs. Daniel E. Atkins and Trevor Mudge. [Full Story]

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CS alum travels Africa by motorcycle, planting the seeds of programming

Levi Weintraub (BSE CS 2006) left his job at Google to travel the world. He has ended up in Tanzania, where he has set up an IT training program. [Full Story]

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The Art of Cyber War with Isaac Porche

Isaac Porche (PhD EE:S 1998) is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, where he leads research to help Homeland Security and the government adopt proper cyber security tactics. In this interview, he shares the global state of cyber warfare, the threats to government computer systems, and how his time at Michigan led him to being on the frontlines of technological attacks. [Full Story]

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This Researcher Is Using Brain-Mapping to Improve Anxiety and Depression Treatment for Teens

Anastasia Yendiki (PhD EE:S 2005) talks about her work mapping brain matter to help better treat anxiety and depression in teens in this profile series by InStyle magazine highlighting women "who not only have a voice but defy the irrelevant preconceptions of gender."
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Jordi Ribas: From Video Compression to Leading AI Products at Microsoft

Jordi Ribas (PhD EE:S 1996), Corporate Vice President of AI Products at Microsoft and an ECE Council member, describes utilizing what he learned in electrical engineering and video compression to eventually work and lead one of the largest tech companies' AI Products division. [Full Story]

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Zachary Lemnios: Current and Future Tech at IBM

Zachary Lemnios, VP for Physical Sciences and Government Programs, talks about current and future tech at IBM. Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Lemnios served in the Department of Defense as Chief Technology Officer. [Full Story]

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