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]
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]
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."
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]
Andrew Farah (BSE CE 1982; MSE Electrical Science 1984), Chief Technology Architect for Autonomous Vehicles at General Motors, talks about the automotive electronics landscape in the last 40 years, from stand-alone micro-controllers to highly distributed networked ecosystems. Nowhere are these changes more evident than as companies move quickly to capitalize on the disruptive opportunities of autonomous vehicles. [Full Story]
U-M and Cavium, a provider of semiconductor products founded by Syed Ali (MSE EE 1981), will create a powerful new big data computing cluster available to all U-M researchers. This will enable processing of massive amounts of data generated by remote sensors in distributed manufacturing environments, or by test fleets of automated and connected vehicles. [Full Story]
There is a bit of magic inside all the devices that Navid Yazdi (PhD EE 1999) creates. This magic is what first interested him in electrical engineering, is what he explored during his PhD, and is what drives his work as Founder and CEO of Evigia Systems. [Full Story]
Jing Xiao (MS PHD CICE 1984 1990) will join Worcester Polytechnic Institute in January as Director of the Robotics Engineering Program, which was the first such program when it began in 2007. Xiao is currently Professor of Computer Science at University of North Carolina. [Full Story]
Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE), founder and CTO of Ambiq Micro, developed the Apollo2 platform to efficiently run application code and process sensor data with minimal power, allowing for more uses between battery charges. Because of its performance, Huawei uses the Apollo2 in its latest fitness wearables, including the Huawei Band 2 Pro. [Full Story]
CS alumnus Chris Salem (BS CS 2017) has a passion for live music and has been on a quest to create a space for non-music-major student musicians on campus. Formerly the president of student group Stamp Nation, he continues to work with the group's new leaders in attempt to establish a UM Music House. [Full Story]
Microsensors and flexible electronics in smart lenses offer a closer look at diabetes and glaucoma. ECE alum Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE 1997, 2001) is a pioneer in the area of smart lenses. He worked director at Google and launched the Verily-Alcon smart-lens project, which worked to measure the glucose in tears. [Full Story]
ECE alum Rick Bergman (BSE EE 1986), CEO of Synaptics, is working to make tomorrows technology user friendly, safe, and reliable. The company hopes to lead what they call the human interface revolution, and has over 1900 granted and pending patents for common human interface technologies like touch sensors, display drivers, and biometric sensors. Their track record includes the first touchpad to replace a computer mouse, adopted by Apple in 1994. [Full Story]
Peter S. Fuss (BSE EE 1956; MS EE 1960, NYU) was a student at Michigan when drafting classes were mandatory, and computers were made with vacuum tubes. But his solid foundation and curious nature led him to make lasting contributions first at Bell Labs, and then as a founder and president of Tellabs, International, a subsidiary of Tellabs, Inc. [Full Story]
Peter and Evelyn Fuss created a Michigan ECE legacy when they endowed the Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Believing in the power of creativity and quick action, the Fusses wanted to give the department maximum flexibility to respond to new initiatives and special needs wherever and whenever they arose. They are especially interested in expanding student diversity. [Full Story]
Alumnus and former U-M faculty Elmer G. Gilbert (BSE MSE EE ཱ, PhD Instrumentation Engineering ཱུ) returned to campus in March to deliver a talk about his long career in control systems theory. The talk, called "Reminiscences on My Career in Control," is available to view and has also been transcribed. [Full Story]
Martin Lau (BSE EE) is the president of Tencent, the most valuable company in all of Asia. Tencent is the creator of three of the top apps in China (Honor of Kings, WeChat, and QQ), with downloads from 2/3 of the population. As president, Lau is the company's public face and a key business strategist. He joined in 2003 after working as a banker at Goldman Sachs, and earning an MS in EE from Stanford and an MBA from Northwestern. [Full Story]
ECE alumnus Kukjin Chun (MSE PhD EE ) was honored by the President of South Korea with the Order of Science and Technology Merit, the highest national honor for a Korean scientist and engineer. This Order of Merit is awarded to those who have rendered outstanding meritorious services in the interest of improving science and technology. [Full Story]
From electrical engineering to youngest director of operations, Apple, and now founder and CEO of Vaya Life, ECE alum Vashist Vasanthakumar (BSE MSE EE 05 07) has had quite a journey. He came back to Chennai in 2016 with a goal to reinvent traditional and widely used personal products, starting with one of the most versatile products the lunchbox. [Full Story]
Since graduating from U-M, Eric N. Vander Weele (BSE CS 08, MS CSE 10), has helped grow Bloombergs technology division and increased efficiency and production for employees and clients. He focuses on how to reuse and integrate existing C/C++ libraries within Python, how to improve productivity for other developers, and how to manage and monitor the deployment of Python applications. [Full Story]
Dennis Grimard (MSE PhD EE 1984 1990), a Barre, Vt., native, contributed greatly to the construction of U-M's Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, and now works as the associate director of MIT's nanofabrication lab, MIT.nano. During his address, Dennis choked up as he described his background. He came from a line of farmers, quarry workers and small-business owners who were "always willing to give more than they take," he said. [Full Story]
Dr. Won Pyo Hong (MSE PhD EE ), President of Samsung SDS, was presented the first annual ECE Alumni Impact Award. This honor, established in 2017, recognizes Dr. Hong for his pioneering work in the personal electronics industry, playing a key role in shaping our world. It is the highest recognition granted by ECE to its alumni. [Full Story]
The University of Michigan presented alumnus Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE 97 01; also MS Physics 97) with a Bicentennial Alumni Award for his pioneering technological innovations that augment human potential and improve peoples lives. Babak is one of 20 alumni to earn this exclusive award, and one of 10 to accept it at the spring commencement ceremony. [Full Story]
ECE alum Vishal Giare (MS EE:S 97), formerly a program area manager at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, has been appointed as APLs mission area executive for air and missile defense. He now leads the laboratorys efforts to develop ballistic missile defense and anti-air warfare systems for U.S. forces and allies, APL said Thursday. [Full Story]
ECE Alumnus Kevin Johnson Receives IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Public Service that is Expected to Help Tech Employees
Kevin Johnson (BSE EE) received the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Public Service "For sustained leadership in furthering reform of noncompete agreements in employment contracts." Kevin is working along with the New England Venture Capital Association on legislation to help employees and the Massachusetts economy by banning noncompete agreements. He says that these agreements reduce Massachusetts employee job mobility and income. [Full Story]
Electrical engineer and Google Glass creator Babak Parviz is widely recognized for revolutionizing communication technology through advances in optics, self-assembly, and miniaturized electronics. Now the Vice President of Amazon, U-M gave the award for his pioneering technological innovations that augment human potential, and thus improve peoples lives. [Full Story]
Mariesa Crow (BSE EE 85),is working to power the future through her research on energy storage and microgrids and her commitment to training the next generation of power engineers. The Fred Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and VP for Research at Missouri S&T, Crow came to Michigan to discuss her work as part of the Michigan Power and Energy Lab Seminar Series [Full Story]
Angela Blanton (BSE EE 1993) was recently named vice president for Finance and chief financial officer for Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating from U-M, she worked at Delphi and Chrysler Motors Corp. as an electrical engineer. She then returned to academia to earn her MBA from the Tepper School of Busines at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). We asked her a few questions about her career. [Full Story]
ECE alumni startup Avegant may have just beat the billion-dollar startup Magic Leap to the first public demonstration of technology that integrates graphics with the real world with depth, so your eyes can focus on virtual objects at different distances. Co-founded by Ed Tang (CTO) and Allan Evans, Avegant first gained fame with their Glyph technology, an all-in-one personal theater. [Full Story]
CSE alumnus Jim Boerkoel (CSE MS 08, PhD 12), Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Harvey Mudd College, has been awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant for his project "Robust and Reliable Multiagent Scheduling Under Uncertainty." [Full Story]
Azadeh Ansari Receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for Research in GaN-based Electro-acoustic Devices
Dr. Azadeh Ansari received a 2017 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation, GaN Integrated Microsystems for RF Applications. This award recognizes exceptional dissertations of outstanding scholarly quality in any field of study. The focus of her dissertation was the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel and advanced electro-acoustic devices and integrated micro/nano systems based on Gallium Nitride (GaN). GaN is the material that led to the development of new high-efficiency lighting and was the focus of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014. [Full Story]
Ann Arbor-based startup Cribspot has evolved from simply listing rentals to now managing more than 100 spaces for property owners across the Midwest. The founders, Tim Jones and Evan Dancer, former Computer Science students, and Jason Okrasinski, a former Ross Business student, all graduated in May 2013 with the same goal in mind, to make the off-campus housing search as easy as possible. [Full Story]
David Carter (BSE EE ) serves as a reference services librarian and archivist for the U-M Computer and Video Game Archive. The CVGA features over 7,000 titles everything from time-honored favorites such as Pac-Man and Frogger to newer fare, including Call of Duty and Halo on dozens of gaming systems. Carter was previously was a lecturer at Michigans School of Information and is trained as an electrical engineer, specializing in optics and radio waves. [Full Story]
ECE alumnus Rhonda Franklin uses her influence as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota to attract a diverse student population to the STEM field, and her own field of applied electromagnetics. She believes the best research results are achieved from a diversity of backgrounds, something she learned as a graduate student at Michigan and fosters in her own research group at Minnesota. [Full Story]
Prof. Todd Coleman (BSE CE, EE ) thinks theres a way on the horizon for patients in need of regular monitoring to get out of their hospital beds. His group at the University of California San Diego is tackling the challenging problem of getting high-fidelity monitoring to work affordably at home. To answer this need, he and his group have created sensors as thin as skin that can gather data from nearly anywhere. [Full Story]
Cogitai, the artificial intelligence start-up focused on next generation machine learning technologies, has announced that Peter Wurman (MSE ME 88, MS CSE 96, PhD CSE 99) has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering. Wurman is also a member of the CSE National Advisory Board. Cogitai was cofounded by Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja. [Full Story]
Brian Mount (BSE CE 01, MSE CSE 03), Melissa Wu (BSE Civ 03), and Michelle Wu (BSE ChE 01), have recently endowed the Mount and Wu Families Scholarship. This fund will provide need-based support for in-state, undergraduate students with a preference for those engaged in College of Engineering extracurricular activities. [Full Story]
Nader Behdad Receives the Inaugural ECE Rising Star Alumni Award for his Transformative Research in Antennas
Nader Behdad knew from a young age that he wanted to make antennas for a living. The son of an electrical engineer working for a national TV broadcasting company, he often had the chance to accompany his father to work. Now the inaugural recipient of the ECE Rising Star Alumni Award, which recognizes younger ECE alums who have achieved early success within their careers, Prof. Behdad (MS PhD EE 03 06) has tackled some of the toughest problems in antenna research. But unlike his father's work, for his applications, they need to be very small - small enough, even, to be used to treat cancer. [Full Story]
Movellus Circuits, co-founded by alumnus Muhammad Faisal (MSE PHD EE 2011 2014), won $25,000 awards at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in Detroit, in the University Research Highlight and People's Choice categories, respectively. Movellus' prize money will go toward more protection for the intellectual property behind its semiconductor chip optimization software, which has already netted three major customers and significant interest from Silicon Valley. [Full Story]
Michigan alumnus Tim Howes (BSE Aero 85, MSE PhD CSE 87 96) has been selected by the College of Engineering for the Arbor Networks PhD Research Impact Award. Dr. Howes' doctoral research focused on Internet directory services, and he co-invented LDAP, the Internet directory protocol, while a graduate student at U-M. [Full Story]
Sampath (PhD EE:S 95) earned the 2016 CoE Alumni Society Merit Award for ECE. She is Vice President for Innovation and Business Transformation for Xerox, Corp. In 2009, she became the first director of the Xerox Research Innovation Hub in India where she was responsible for overseeing its creation as well as guiding its research agenda and establishing Open Innovation partnerships. Check out Meera's talk. [Full Story]
Michael Stonebraker (MSE EE 66, PhD CICE 71) received the 2016 CoE Alumni Medal Award. Stonebraker invented many of the concepts that are used in almost all modern database management systems and founded multiple successful database companies based on his pioneering work. He received the Turing Award "for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems." Check out the talk he delivered on campus [Full Story]
What if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they'd get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator and alum Todd Coleman (BSE EE ) shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive. [Full Story]
Michigan Engineering speaks with the founders of Twilio, CS alumni Jeff Lawson, Evan Cooke, and John Wolthuis. The startup, a $1 billion cloud communications company, went public in late June, bringing in $150 million. Quartz called the move the most interesting tech IPO of the year. [Full Story]
Rodger Howell (BSE EE 1990) says data analytics and machine learning can be key to boosting revenues and streamlining financial reporting in this guest column. While many CFOs recognize the value of big data and its insights, some are overwhelmed by the volume of information available and have yet to fully leverage it. Rodger helps companies align costs to their business strategy as an Advisory principal for PwCs Strategy, [Full Story]
Franklin Dollar (MSE EE 2010, PhD Applied Physics 2012), Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy at UC-Irvine, was named a Sloan Research Fellow and Most Promising Scientist in 2016 by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Prof. Dollar directs the Dollar Lab of Ultrafast High Intensity Plasma Physics. [Full Story]
Alumnae Adriane Chapman (CSE MS PhD 06 08) has been recognized with the prestigious ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award for her influential paper on techniques for recording provenance for data that is copied among databases. Now a research scientist at MITRE, Dr. Chapman published the paper while a PhD student at Michigan. She shares the award with co-authors Drs. Peter Buneman and James Cheney, both of the University of Edinburgh, UK. [Full Story]
Raja Sengupta (MSE PhD EE:S 91, 95), a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley and co-founder of the startup company Responsible Robotics, heads a team spun out of the Cal Unmanned Aviation Lab that is creating new technologies that enable drone operators to easily comply with emerging regulations. To foster the safe development of a new industry, drone manufacturers, enthusiasts and regulators are trying to strike the right balance between access and accountability. Responsible Robotics has launched several products to meet that need. [Full Story]
Rick (BSE EE 1982) and Mara (BA 1988) Wallace have established the Richard P. and Mara F. Wallace Scholarship Fund. This gift qualifies for the University's Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support, and proceeds from the fund will provide need-based scholarship support to electrical and computer engineering undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. [Full Story]
CSE alumnus Hsin-Hao Su (PhD CSE 2015) has been selected to receive a Principles of Distributed Computing Dissertation Award for "Algorithms for Fundamental Problems in Computer Networks." Hsin-Hao's thesis provides efficient algorithms for fundamental graph problems that arise in networks, in both sequential and distributed settings. [Full Story]
ECE alum Michael McCorquodale has been named CEO of Arborlight. Co-founded by Prof. P.C. Ku, Arborlight develops lighting systems that most emulate natural daylight. Dr. McCorquodale returns to Michigan from Californias Silicon Valley where he founded and led several successful firms since 2004. In 2012, Electronic Engineering Times named him Innovator of the Year. [Full Story]
Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera), the electronics industry organization focused on the creation and adoption of electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) standards, announced that Shrenik Mehta (MSE CICE 1984) is the recipient of the fifth annual Accellera Leadership Award. The award recognizes Shreniks vision, leadership and contribution to standards development, governance and promotional activities on behalf of the organization. Shrenik is Strategic Programs Director at Synopsys. [Full Story]
Diabetes in Control: An Interview with Eran Bashan of Hygieia
In an interview with Diabetes in Control, Eran Bashan gave an overview of the d-Nav, an automated solution for insulin management that tailors the insulin regimen to the individual needs of the patient. Eran is CEO and co-founder of Hygieia, and has demonstrated his ability to bring products from ideation to commercialization.
Babak Ziaie (MSE PhD EE 91 94) will headline next week's Science on Tap at Purdue University with a discussion on the untapped potential of everyday materials. Ziaie has done multiple kitchen-top experiments with Magic Tape, and has discovered intriguing properties that can be used to make inexpensive sensors and tiny robots. [Full Story]
Tony Fadell (BSE CE 91), the designer behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat, delivered a TED Talk on why design is in the details and why designers often get those details wrong. Tony Fadell is a co-founder of Nest. He led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. [Full Story]
Alumnus Saeed Mohammadi (PhD EE 00) is working on a new highly efficient power amplifier for electronics that could help make possible next-generation cell phones, low-cost collision-avoidance radar for cars and lightweight microsatellites for communications. Saeed is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. [Full Story]
Johnny Mendez (BSE EE 95) is influenced by several cultures. Although raised in Venezuela where his father is from, Mendezs mother is Armenian. He moved to Canada while his father did post-doc studies, and eventually made his way to South Carolina for high school and Michigan for his degree in EE. Johnny Mendez was bitten by Alaska while selling posters one summer in Michigan, and made the move to Fairbanks with his wife after graduation. He now works as an engineer in the drinking water program at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. [Full Story]
Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma, ECE alumnus and Lynn H. Matthias Professor in Engineering and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in ECE at the University of Wisconsin, reportedly fabricated the worlds fastest silicon-based flexible transistor. He collaborated on this research with Prof. Jay Guo and Tao Ling (PhD EE 2011), now at TE Connectivity. Michigan's role was to use the nanoimprint technique to pattern the transistor channel region. The research was published in Nature Scientific Reports. See also the University of Washington press release. [Full Story]
Alumnus Sean Stetson (PhD EE 98) has been appointed director of product development at Seegrid. Seegrid is a developer of 3D vision navigation and automation technology, focused on turning pallet trucks and tow tractors into driverless vision guided vehicles. Sean previously worked at Google, where he served as the director for mobile imaging in the advanced technology and projects division. [Full Story]
Alumna Jennifer Rexford (CSE MSE 93 PHD 96), the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Princeton University, has been named the 2016-2017 Athena Lecturer by CRA-W for her work in improving Internet transmissions and making data networks easier to manage. [Full Story]
Pressure Profile Systems, Inc. (PPS) Announces Appointment of Howard Goldberg as Executive Vice President of Operations
Pressure Profile Systems, Inc., the world-leader in distributed pressure sensing technologies for OEM products and instrumentation, announced that it had appointed Dr. Howard Goldberg (MSE PhD EE 89 93) as its Executive Vice President of Operations. Dr. Goldberg is the former President and COO of Interlink Electronics (OTC: LINK), where he achieved a 36% increase in 2014 revenue. [Full Story]
Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 08) decided to tackle the way diabetes was treated. So he co-founded Hygieia with friend and colleague, Dr. Israel Hodish, in 2008. Hygieia does two key things for its patients; it develops medical devices that automatically evaluate and optimize insulin dosage, and it provides patient consulting and training that is carried out by on-staff nurses, reducing the need for frequent trips to the doctor. [Full Story]
Alumnus Jian-Ming Jin Honored for his Pioneering Research in Computational Electromagnetics
Prof. Jian-Ming Jin (PHD EE 1989) received the 2016 ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award from the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society for "pioneering work in the development of finite elements in electromagnetics." Prof. Jin is the Y. T. Lo Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Electromagnetics Laboratory and Center for Computational Electromagnetics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Alumnus Randy Haupt Honored for his Pioneering Research in Antennas
Randy L. Haupt (PhD EE 1987) received the 2016 ACES Technical Achievement Award from the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society for "pioneering application of numerical and signal processing techniques to the analysis and design of antenna arrays. Prof. Haupt is a faculty member at the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department at the Colorado School of Mines. He has authored books on antennas and genetic algorithms.
Dr. Angelique Johnson (MSE PhD EE 2007 2011), founder and CEO of MEMStim, LLC, has fully automated the manufacturing process of next-generation neural devices. Her technology could dramatically reduce the cost, while improving the quality, of cochlear implants. Read the full story and watch the video by NBC Learn. [Full Story]
Steven J. Battel (BSE EE 1979) has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, class of 2016,"For engineering design and implementation of space flight systems." Mr. Battel is an expert on low-noise instrumentation power systems and is internationally recognized for his expertise in the design and development of space high voltage systems, especially for operation in planetary environments. He is working on a device right now that will one day land on Mars. [Full Story]
Dr. Mehdi Hatamin (MSE PHD EE 1978 1982) has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, class of 2016, "For contributions to development of integrated circuits for video, communications, and digital signal processing." Dr. Hatamian is Fellow and Chief Scientist - Central Engineering at Broadcom Ltd. He received the College of Engineering Alumni Merit Award for Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2008. [Full Story]
USA Today was wowed by the Glyph, a new virtual reality headset by ECE alum-founded Avegant. Allan Evans (MS PhD EE ) and Ed Tang (BSE EE ) lead the company that says it can provide the world's first personal theater. With this technology, theres no screen, no LCDs, no OLEDs, no emissive panels at all. Instead, the images are generated from reflected light, which mimics how we see the world around us. [Full Story]
Robert J. Armantrout (BSE EE 1976) of Santa Clara, CA, has established the Robert J. Armantrout Endowed Fellowship Fund. The Fund will provide merit-based support to graduate students studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. Mr. Armantrout spent much of his career on RF test and measurement for the wireless community. He is currently a consultant at RedwoodRF, specializing in the wireless and RF domains. [Full Story]
Douglas Densmore (BSE CE 01), Associate Prof. of ECE at Boston University, will lead the Living Computing Project, an effort to create a toolbox of catalogued biological parts that can be used to engineer organisms with predictable results. These parts will allow the entire field to understand better what computing principles can be applied repeatedly and reliably to synthetic biology. The project is funded under a $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) "Expeditions in Computing" grant. [Full Story]
Shirish Nadkarni (BSE EE 82) and his wife Manisha Nadkarni, of Medina, Washington, have made an expendable gift to be used at the discretion of the chair of the CSE Division. Its purpose is to support student teams in junior/senior-level project-oriented courses in CSE in which students develop software and hardware prototypes, many of which have commercial potential. [Full Story]
Inventive thinkers at NREL reach record number, including a shutoff idea designed to keep firefighters safer from an ECE alum
Chris Deline (BSE MSE PhD EE 03 05 08), a research engineer in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's photovoltaic performance and reliability group, has designed a concept for a "PV Module-Level Remote Safety Disconnect." The idea is to keep firefighters out of harm's way when they're called to a home with rooftop solar panels, which are normally much more difficult to cut power to in emergency situations. [Full Story]
ECE alumnus Andy Farah did great things as lead designer of the Chevrolet Volt, GM's successful plug-in hybrid vehicle. Now he's unveiling the Chevy Bolt, a concept all-electric car that will be capable of traveling 200 miles between charges and that will sell in the low $30,000 range. This could transform the prospects for widespread adoption of electric cars. [Full Story]
David Wentzloff wants to get rid of batteries and build the Internet of Things - a "Google of the physical world." This undertaking will use trillions of tiny sensors embedded in everything you can think of, communicating wirelessly. With his company PsiKick, David hopes to provide the technology that makes it happen. [Full Story]
Alumnus Nam Sung Kim Elected IEEE Fellow for Contributions to Circuits and Architectures for Power-Efficient Microprocessors
Nam Sung Kim (PhD CSE 04), an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has been named an IEEE Fellow, Class of 2016, for contributions to circuits and architectures for power-efficient microprocessors," which is a high honor for an associate professor. While at the University of Michigan, Kim was advised by Prof. Trevor Mudge. [Full Story]
Irma Wyman (BSE EngMath 49) passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Irma was a pioneer in the field of computers, beginning with her work on some of the earliest programmable machines ever made. As the first female vice president at Honeywell, she knew success - but she also knew firsthand how rare she was to succeed in a field where women were scarce. She became a strong advocate for equal opportunity for women, and established the Irma M. Wyman Scholarship at the University of Michigan's Center for the Education of Women. The scholarship supports women in engineering, computer science, and related fields. Irma passed away on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. [Read more about Irma Wyman's work and experiences.] [Full Story]
Prof. Benson Yeh (PhD EE:S 05) of the National Taiwan University competed in the 2014 Wharton-QS Stars: Reimagine Education Awards, earning a 1st Place Overall Award and E-Learning Award. Yeh's group created a multi-student social gaming platform called PaGamO, the first ever MOOC made in Chinese. This platform allows thousands of students to compete on the same map by occupying territory through problem solving. [Full Story]
Four Tips to Making the Most of Your Data
Too often, retailers hear, You should use big data in your retail operation, and immediately start analyzing data to figure out what lessons can be learned. Unfortunately, without a game plan in advance, this practice is more like searching for needles in haystacks. Brandon Levey (BSE MSE EE 04 06) offers tips for retailers' overall strategy to help them dive into the pool.
Bioengineer Todd Coleman (BSE EE CE 00), now at the University of California - San Diego, has been named one of 100 outstanding individuals for 2015 by The Root, a premier news, opinion, and culture site for African-American influencers. Coleman's research brings together electronics for medical use, machine learning and public health. His research group develops multi-functional, flexible bio-electronics and new analytics methods to help patients and medical decision makers. [Full Story]
A technology developed at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), led by ECE alumnus Christ Deline (BSE MSE PhD EE 03 05 08), has been honored by R&D Magazine as a winner of a coveted R&D 100 award as well as an Editor's Choice award. The team's research into using a strain of cyanobacteria to produce bioethylene won both awards in the category of Mechanical Devices/Materials. [Full Story]
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced that Dr. Won-Pyo Hong (MSE PhD EE 84 88), President and CMO of Samsung Electronics, will deliver a keynote address at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The keynote is scheduled for Thursday, January 7. CES is the worlds gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and will run January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. [Full Story]
ECE@Michigan hosted an alumni reception for graduates living in the San Diego area on Wednesday, October 28. There were 40 alumni in attendance, with graduation years ranging from 1965 to 2014. Khalil Najafi, ECE Chair, and Yogesh Gianchandani, Director of the Center for Wireless Integrated Microsensing and Systems (WIMS2), shared updates about the division. [Full Story]
Dick Daniels (BSE EE 1948) was honored with the newly created Dick Daniel Distinguished Citizen Award by the city of Rogers, AK. Recipients are those who contributed to the community over a long period of time. Mr. Daniels helped bring Daisy Manufacturing, and 500 new jobs, to Rogers, AK. Though he meant to establish the business and return to Michigan, he stayed after seeing the dedication of the residents to their community. [Full Story]
Ashraf Dahod (BSE EE ), co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Altiostar Networks, Inc., was awarded this year's College of Engineering Alumni Medal, the highest alumni award offered by the college. Dahod has combined an understanding of technology with a knack for recognizing market opportunities on the horizon and built a string of successful technology companies. Based on his latest venture, Altiostar Networks, look for interesting days ahead for LTE communication. [Full Story]
Rick Wallace (BSE EE ) serves as the CEO and president of KLA-Tencor Corporation as well as a member of the companys board of directors. He came to campus as this year's ECE Merit Award winner. He also offered a talk on campus about his life as a controls engineer. Watch his talk here. [Full Story]
Garlin Gilchrist II (BSE CE/CS 05) is on a lifelong mission to bring engineering solutions to communities in need. As Detroit's Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement, he's vital to restoring trust in Michigan's biggest city. [Full Story]
Jimmy Hsiao (BSE EE 85; MSE CSE 87) has made Ann Arbor his lifelong home. He finished college, worked two jobs, met his wife, and started a family all in A2. But settling down so close to his alma mater hasnt slowed the ambitions of this multinational entrepreneur. 20 years ago, Jimmy founded Logic Solutions, Inc., a consulting company offering website development, web and mobile applications, and other tech solutions to companies around the world. In his time as CEO, he has led Logic from a local startup to a global company boasting four international offices in China and Taiwan, a presence in California and Chicago, and over 200 employees. [Full Story]
A team at University of California San Diego, led by ECE alum Dr. Todd Coleman, are designing thin, flexible sensors that integrate directly onto the human body. These sensors can have clinical applications from monitoring infants or brain injuries to measuring the electrical rhythms of the brain. With these and other bioscience projects, Coleman is helping his class to pursue cutting-edge ideas through experiential learning. [Full Story]
Sand Hill looked at 50 companies that will form the basic foundation of technologies that address several Internet of Things problems. PsiKick made the list for its ultra-low-power wireless sensing devices that address the power barrier problem. Low power requirements allow energy to be harvested from vibration, thermal gradients, solar, RF or piezo actuation. PsiKick is was co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. [Full Story]
Alumnus Dr. Tzeno Galchev (BSE CE EE , MSE PhD EE ) is the 13th laureate of the presidential award John Atanasoff, awarded for outstanding achievements in the field of information technologies. Dr. Galchev's research interests are in the area of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). He has worked on developing microsystem technologies for harvesting kinetic energy and transforming it to electricity for supplying different wireless and mobile electronic systems using renewable energy. [Full Story]
Call ECE alum Claude Gauthier a global personality. A Canadian with two Michigan degrees, a Silicon Valley career, founder of international company OmniPhy, and customers across six continents, he has navigated his connections to destinations he never expected. [Full Story]
ISS, founded by ECE Alumni and Faculty, to Exhibit Wireless Left-Heart Implantable Monitoring Device
Integrated Sensing Systems (ISS), co-founded by alumnus Nader Najafi and Profs. Khalil Najafi and Ken Wise, will exhibit its wireless left-heart implantable hemodynamic monitoring system for long-term management of congestive heart patients at the Heart Failure Society of America's 19th Annual Scientific Meeting (9/26-29/15). The device, called the Titan Wireless Implantable Hemodynamic Monitoring System, has passed a study demonstrating a high safety protocol and effectiveness as a pressure monitoring system for the management of patients with congestive heart failure, arrhythmia, and structural hearts diseases. [Read more about ISS and Nader Najafi.] [Full Story]
While social networks keep us connected to old friends, theyre not so great for meeting new friends in new places. Now, an alumni startup is looking to address this gap in the Web with a new site devoted to getting people together, no strings attached. Called Jetivity, it is a free platform for posting or finding open recreational activities. [Full Story]
ECE alumni startup Avegant closed $24M in Series B funding, bringing them closer to a planned product launch by the end of 2015. Founded by Allan Evans (MS PhD EE གྷ ཅ) and Ed Tang (BSE EE ཇ), the company is pioneering the world's first vivid reality near-eye display. Their Glyph headset combines vivid video display with premium audio in a unique, flip-down wearable form factor. [Full Story]
Miniature wireless sensing and computing devices have the potential to improve peoples health, even save lives. Twenty years ago, working on microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) as a student at Michigan, Nader Najafi had a dream to be part of this future reality. He turned that dream to action when he left a promising career at a large firm to return to Michigan and start his own company. As founder, CEO, and President of Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc. (ISS), Dr. Nader Najafi is now leading the development of some of the most advanced micro-scale medical technology in the world. [Full Story]
David Lee, Founder, President and CEO of BioSolar, talks about his company's development of a high capacity Super Cathode for use by battery manufacturers to create the ultimate high capacity, low cost lithium-ion battery. They believe their super battery can double the capacity, cost four times less, and potentially break the $100/kWh cost barrier needed for mass market adoption of energy storage. Achieving the $100/kWh cost barrier would effectively reach what is referred to as the "holy grail" for energy storage. [Full Story]
Oz Pearlman (BSE EE 03) is a professional magician and mentalist. His performances have made him one of the most well-known in this field, with shows on six continents and clients that would leave an A-list celebrity starstruck. And now, in his latest endeavor, the engineer-turned-wizard has taken on Americas Got Talent. So far his shot at the mainstream is still going strong on August 25, Oz will perform for his biggest audience yet in the competitions quarterfinals. [Full Story]
A stunning Alaskan landscape was the backdrop for this year's ECE reception and dinner on June 23 at the 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems (Transducers 2015). About 65 alumni, students, faculty, friends and family gathered for dinner and an opportunity to catch up with the department and their colleagues. [Full Story]
Ernest S. Kuh (BSE EE 1949), pioneer in electronic circuit theory and electronic design automation, passed away peacefully at his home on June 27, 2015 at the age of 86. Prof. Kuh was a former department chair, dean, and professor emeritus at UC Berkeley. As a devoted Michigan alumnus, he established the Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]
Dr. Ruba Borno (MS PHD EE 03 08) has been selected as Cisco's new Vice President of Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff to the CEO-designate, Chuck Robbins. The young executive has an extensive history in both the business and tech worlds, and promises to be a powerful asset to the company's new executive leadership team. [Full Story]
The IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) set the stage for ECE's most recent alumni networking event, held in Phoenix on May 19, 2015. It's been more than ten years since ECE brought the Michigan flag to IMS, and it was great to be back! [Full Story]
Quantum Signal, co-founded by Prof. Bill Williams and alumnus Mitch Rohde, is a signal processing consulting company specializing in intelligent sensing, data analysis, and visualization. From robotics to gaming and everything in between, Quantum Signal applies signal processing to today's hottest areas. Some of its products include autonomous vehicles, video games, facial recognition devices, and even a system to detect counterfeit bills. [Full Story]
The Gift of an Education: Paul and Ruth Bauhahn Fund the Next Generation of Life-changing Technology
Alumni Paul and Ruth Bauhahn have made a planned gift of $450,000 to establish the Ruth E. and Paul E. Bauhahn Fellowship Fund. The fund will support full-time grad students in ECE. Pauls work covered the frequencies from DC to daylight. It included developing microwave, millimeter wave and micromechanical devices, and working with lasers for diverse applications. He retired from Honeywell with thirteen patents. Ruth retired from Medtronic as a human factor scientist in product development with five patents related to the design of medical devices for spinal cord stimulation. [Full Story]
Dhruv Gupta (BSE CS ༿) co-founded FitHo, a web and mobile based weight management program that provides customized diet plans and exercises, in 2011. FitHo has recently been acquired by Practo, an Indian health care startup that helps patients find doctors and book appointments online. [Full Story]
Google Glass is being adopted in anatomy labs at U-M as an avenue for hands-free and immediate access to information. The inventor of Glass, ECE alumnus Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE; MSE Physics), anticipated these types of applications and has described how the Glass technology is changing what it means to know something when answers can be nearly instantaneous. Also mentioned in the article about Glass and medical education are alumni Larry Page (BSE CE), Founder of Google, and Tony Fadell (BSE CE), who is currently leading the team exploring the future of Google Glass. [Read more about Dr. Parviz and the development of Google Glass] [Full Story]
Jon Fraleigh (BSE CE ྎ) has been named senior VP of worldwide sales at BrightPoint Security (formerly Vorstack), a leading Threat Intelligence Platform provider for automation, curation, and sharing of threat intelligence to fight cyber threats. He was most recently senior VP of worldwide sales at Q1 Labs/IBM Security Systems Division, where he grew revenue from $10 million to $200 million over six years, and expanded sales into more than 90 countries. [Full Story]
With the recent announcement of Michigan alumnus Michael Stonebraker as the 2014 Turing recipient, we'd like to recognize Stonebraker and three other Michigan alumni Frances Allen, Edgar Codd, and Stephen Cook who are recipients of this honor, extending a legacy of impact by Michigan alumni on the field of computing. [Full Story]
Ann Arbor-based Duo Security, the two-factor authentication startup founded by CS alums Dug Song and Jon Oberheide, wants to do more to help protect companies from hackers trying to gain access to their networks. With that goal in mind, its launching a new product to secure their networks and announcing $30 million in new funding led by Redpoint Ventures. More in this article on Techcrunch. [Full Story]
ECE Alumni of the greater Seattle area gathered for a networking dinner at the World Trade Center on March 19, 2015. The event, sponsored by ECE Alumni Babak Parviz (Amazon) and Dawson Yee (Microsoft), was the first time many alumni in the area had a chance to meet. The evening was such a success, plans are already underway for a follow-up event, in Seattle and around the country. [Full Story]
Many students say they went into electrical engineering because the things that engineers do is like magic. One of our alumni, Oz Pearlman, actually became a magician. He followed his passion after spending a few years at Merrill Lynch, honing his craft on the side. He is now a a renowned mentalist who has performed across 6 continents and over 30 countries. [Full Story]
Michael Stonebraker (MS EE '66, PhD CICE '71) has been named the recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems. The ACM Turing Award, widely considered the Nobel Prize of Computing, carries a $1 million prize with financial support provided by Google, Inc. It is named for Alan M. Turing, the British mathematician who articulated the mathematical foundation and limits of computing. [Full Story]
Two ECE alumni were recognized in an Electronics Weekly list of 2014's topsemiconductor CEOs. Syed B. Ali (MSE Electrical Engineering), founder, president, and CEO of Cavium, Inc. and Steve Mollenkopf (MSE Electrical Engineering), CEO of Qualcomm, Inc. took two of the list's top ten spots. [Full Story]
Yi-Chin Wu (MSE PhD EE:Sys 11 14) received the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for 2014 for her dissertation, Verification enforcement for opacity security property. Her research brings Discrete Event Control Theory to the analysis and design of secure systems. Dr. Wu says that we can no longer solve security and privacy threats by only examining the implementation of each specific system. To proactively design general secure systems, we need to address security in a theoretical approach. [Full Story]
Irma Wyman (BSE EngMath 49) was a pioneer in the field of computers, beginning with her work on some of the earliest programmable machines ever made. As the first female vice president at Honeywell, she knew success - but she also knew firsthand how rare she was to succeed in a field where women were scarce. Now, at 86 years of age, she remains a strong advocate for equal opportunity for women. [Full Story]
Erin Teague (BSE CE '04) was listed in Rolling Out Magazine as one of the top 25 woman we should know in 2015. Erin is the director of product management at Yahoo! The article, part of a celebration of International Women's History Month, describes the barriers she's broken in the industry. Previously, she was named among the 100 Coolest People in Tech by Business Insider. (Check out a previous Q&A with Erin for more in-depth info here.) [Full Story]
Steve Dail, who received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, was named Teacher of the Year by Farmington Public Schools. Mr. Dail teaches Physics at Harrison High School, provides extracurricular activities in STEM, and developed the RoboHawks robotics club. His classroom style has been likened to episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Babak Parviz Goes Through the Glass
EE alum Babak Parviz received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards for his work with Google Glass and Smart Contact Lenses. He is currently VP at Amazon. Read the Design News article, and listen to Babak talk about these devices and more during his last visit to Michigan, when he received the Alumni Merit Award for 2014.
Demetrios Serakos published a new book entitled State Space Consistency and Differentiability. Dr. Serakos received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan, and currently works at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Virginia. The book was published by Springer. [Full Story]
Nick Yang has always been ahead of his time. As an undergraduate student at Michigan, Yang and several classmates developed a working prototype of a product similar to Microsofts XBOX Kinect 15 years before that product was launched with great success and critical acclaim. While their product failed to find any buyers when pitched to video game manufacturers, the experience gave Yang the bug of entrepreneurship. But he didn't catch it from anyone around him. [Full Story]
When Ed Tang, '11, and Allan Evans, MS'07, PhD'09, of Avegant turned to Kickstarter earlier this year to raise money for their company's new prototype of their premium headphones, they were hoping for $250,000. They surpassed their goal in less than four hours and ended up raising $1.5 million in a mere 30 days. [Full Story]
Intel announced $62M in new investments in 16 tech companies. One of those companies is Avegant, founded by ECE alumni Ed Tang and Allan Evans. Avegant is a virtual-reality company that is developing Glyph, a set of consumer goggles that double as headphones. The company expects to begin shipping devices in 2015. [Full Story]
EE alumnus David G. Mazur, vice president and B-2 program manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, was selected by the National Defense Industrial Association to receive its 2014 Rear Adm. Robert H Gormley Combat Survivability Leadership award. Mazur accepted the award on Nov. 13 during NDIA's annual Aircraft Survivability Technical Forum held at Johns Hopkins University Advanced Physics Laboratory. [Full Story]
SkySpecs, the startup that develops and produces autonomous aerial vehicles for commercial and industrial use, continues to grow within the drone industry. The founders recently won the first place prize of $500,000 in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition and joined a four-month accelerator program in New York City. [Full Story]
Stephen Plaza (CSE PhD 2008) co-authored a paper published in Nature entitled, "A visual motion detection circuit suggested by Drosophila connectomics". The paper identified cellular targets for future functional investigations, and demonstrated that connectomes can provide key insights into neuronal computations. [Full Story]
A research paper by Dr. Smita Krishnaswamy (CSE PhD 2008) was recently published in Science Magazine entitled, "Conditional density-based analysis of T cell signaling in single-cell data". The article focuses on single cell data to obtain a better understanding of how cells process signals. [Full Story]
Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE '04 '06 '09) has been selected to receive the 2014 Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award. Dr. Hanson is the co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Engineering of Ambiq Micro, a startup semiconductor company that has big plans to lead the low-power revolution in electronics by powering the Internet of Things. [Full Story]
Peter Tchoryk (MSE EE 1994) is CEO of Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), and co-founder of Springmatter and OptoAtmospherics. Peter wants to invest in entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities dedicated to improving the world. His work at MAC and especially his activities in Springmatter help him do that. [Full Story]
Babak Parviz (MSE, PhD EE), the man who led Google's development of wearable technology project Glass, is moving to rival Amazon.com. Babak posted a photo of the Amazon logo on his social account with the short comment, status: super excited. (photo by Doug Plummer) [Full Story]
Dr. Kathryn Clay believes, The only way to make real progress for the country is to find the common ground upon which we can move forward to advance everyones interests. A natural coalition builder, Kathryn implements this philosophy in her current job as Vice President of Policy Strategy at the American Gas Association (AGA), and its as helpful now as it was during her career on Capitol Hill where she influenced key energy policy. [Full Story]
Steve Mollenkopf (MSE EE '93) was recently named CEO of Qualcomm. During his 20 years at Qualcomm, he helped Qualcomm became the worlds largest mobile chipset supplier and the global leader in LTE technolog. Qualcomm powers the majority of 3G and 4G devices commercially available today. [Full Story]
Dawson Yee (MSE EE 87) was the Hardware System Engineer and Architect for Xbox 360 Kinect and Xbox One Kinect. Xbox 360 Kinect became the best-selling product in consumer electronics history - selling more than eight million units its first holiday season and extending the capabilities of Xbox well beyond a pure gaming machine. [Full Story]
CSE PhD alumnus Dongyoon Lee has been selected as the recipient of the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation award from the Rackham Graduate School for his dissertation, "Holistic System Design for Deterministic Replay." The award recognizes exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work. [Full Story]
Alumni Spotlight: Allan Evans and Avegant: Creating a brilliant multimedia experience from anywhere with Glyph
Dr. Allan Evans (MSE PhD EE 07 10) is on the verge of changing the way we experience media. Allan is CTO and co-founder of Avegant, an Ann Arbor startup in the middle of a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the next stage of production on their breakout entry into consumer electronics. Glyph is a wearable mobile personal theater with built-in premium audio, and it is the first head-mounted display coming to market that will have a virtual retinal display (VRD). [Full Story]
Dr. Babak Parviz ((MSE PhD EE 97 01) lives at the intersection of human limitations and technologically augmented human potential. He led development of Google Glass, the wearable computing system that is nearing wide public release, and is now developing potentially life-changing glucose monitoring contact lenses. [Full Story]
Recent alumnus Dr. Hector J. Garcia (CSE PhD 2013) has been selected for induction into the Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The Society is a network of preeminent scholars who serve as examples of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and advocacy for students traditionally underrepresented in the academy. [Full Story]
Sheila Hemami Named Chair of ECE at Northeastern University
Dr. Sheila Hemami (BSE EE '90) has been named Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. She received her master's and PhD degrees from Stanford, and most recently was a professor at Cornell University. Her research interests include multimedia signal processing, image & video compression & transmission, and visual psychophysics.
Zachary Lemnios Elected IEEE Fellow
Zacharay Lemnios (BSE EE '76) was named Fellow of IEEE "for leadership in advanced technologies for defense and security systems." Mr. Lemnios is Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering for the US Department of Defense.
Ivan LaHaie elected IEEE Fellow
Ivan LaHaie (MSE PhD EE '77 '81) has been elected Fellow of IEEE, "for contributions to near-to-far field radar signature transformations and radar measurement error mitigation." Dr. LaHaie is principal scientist at Integrity Applications, Inc., at the Ann Arbor office.
Alumnus Maysam Ghovanloo (MSE PhD EE '03 '04), professor at Georgia Tech, was in the news recently for inventing a wheelchair control that uses a headset and a barbell tongue piercing. The work appeared in Science Translational Medicine, and was covered by NBC, BBC, and other news sources. [Full Story]
Nancy Benovich Gilby, now an associate professor at U-M's School of Information, is a serial entrepreneur. Over the course of two decades, Nancy headed efforts to design and develop a stream of innovative products that opened or addressed new markets. Many plowed the ground for the more recognizable names that would follow, sometimes years later. [Full Story]
Hannah Goldberg went from working at one of the premiere labs associated with NASA, to being one of the earliest team members of a young company that wants to further human space exploration by mining asteroids. Hannah is a Senior Systems Engineer at Planetary Resources, one of the leading companies in the field, which hopes to make asteroids viable gas stations for space crafts and sources of rare earth metals. [Full Story]
Andrew Farah is one of the lead designers of the Chevy Volt, one of the most successful hybrid electric vehicles on the market. A fix for limited range, it is an extended range electric vehicle that offers inexpensive all-electric mileage for daily commuting trips, but also a regular combustion engine for uninterrupted longer trips. [Full Story]
Steve Mollenkopf (MSE EE '93), President and COO of Qualcomm, Inc., presented a standing-room only talk to faculty and students when he returned to campus as the 2013 ECE Alumni Merit Award winner. Watch his talk, What it takes to lead in technology, and the brief Q&A session that we recorded. [Full Story]
New Alumni Startup Promising Better Wearable Display Technology
Allan Evans (MSE PhD EE 07 10), CTO, Ed Tang (BSE EE 11), CEO, and their new company, Avegant, are making headlines with their prototype device that demonstrates a revolutionary display technology called Virtual Retinal Display. It promises an entirely new way to view video that differs from similar-looking devices by projecting light directly into your eye in a way that mimics natural vision. Read more: New York Times, CNET (with video interview), or just google Avegant.
Ninety Michigan Engineering alumni brought their children or grandchildren to a day-long summer camp this past August 9, called Xplore Engineering. The event offered a day of experiential learning through a selection of nine different workshops hosted by the different engineering departments. Here in EECS, they were introduced to the world of Nanotechnology and Robotics. [Full Story]
Dr. Hasso Niemann (BSE MSE PhD EE '61 '63 '69), a notable NASA scientist "whose instruments probed the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn's largest moon, Titan," passed away at the age of 80. His life and career are fondly remembered by his colleagues. [Full Story]
Anthony Fadell graduated from U-M with a degree in computer engineering, and moved to Silicon Valley to pursue his fortune. He eventually landed at Apple, where he led development of the iPod, and later became strategic advisor to Steve Jobs. After leaving Apple to spend more time with family, he founded Nest Labs and created the self-programming Nest Learning Thermostat. [Full Story]
Marius Eriksen, 2004 BSE in Computer Engineering and Principal Engineer at Twitter, is profiled in Wired as a leader in the tech industry. His recent project Finagle is being used to rewrite Twitter. [Full Story]
Leo Kempel, associate dean for research and professor in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University, was named acting dean of the College of Engineering. Dr. Kempel received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan. [Full Story]
Dr. Kevin Xu (MS PhD EE:Systems '09 '12) took first prize at the Challenge Problem competition sponsored by the 2013 Int. Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling, and Prediction Conference. The challenge problem required the participants to discover ways to interpret given data sets in a way that could be used to predict future social behavior. [Full Story]
The 5th Annual University of Michigan Alumni and Friends Mixer at ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) was a great success as old and new friends gathered to discuss the day, catch up with friends, and simply relax together. Alumni in the area are always invited, and several came to reconnect with their Maize and Blue colleagues. [Full Story]
DeepField, the cloud analytics company founded by computer science alums Joe Eggleston and Craig Labovitz, is establishing a new office in the Liberty Street Technology Corridor and will hire additional engineers. [Full Story]
Kyla McMullen, CSE MSE 2007, PhD 2012, has become the first African American woman at the University of Michigan to graduate with a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. She is now an Assistant Professor at Clemson University's School of Computing. [Full Story]
W. David Tarver (MSE EE) gives a TEDxDetroit talk about his experiences starting a telecommunications instrumentation firm in the basement of his New Jersey home, which he sold 12 years later for $30 million. He did so without angel investors, venture capital, or government contracts. His talk will reveal what powered his success, and what is needed in Michigan today in order for that success to be replicated. [Full Story]
CSE alums Joe Eggleston and Craig Labovitz have launched DeepField, an Ann Arbor-based startup that analyzes big data from the cloud to help content providers and carriers make smarter business decisions. The two were previously at EECS tech transfer spinout Arbor Networks. [Full Story]
Recent CSE Ph.D. Azarias Reda and CE undergrad Jack Schultz are in the early stages of launching a new social media website for high school students called Meritful. [Full Story]
Computer science alums Dug Song and Jon Oberheide founded Duo Security, which provides hosted two-factor authentication service, two years ago. Today, the Ann Arbor-based company serves over 500 customers in 40+ countries around the world. [Full Story]
Sid Meier, the man behind one of the most successful real-time strategy (RTS) games of all time, spent two weeks at the University of Michigan teaching students how to make games. [Full Story]
Steven McLaughlin (PhD EE 1992) was named chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. Most recently he served as vice provost for International Initiatives and as Steven A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement at Georgia Tech. He is a co-founder of Whisper Communications. [Full Story]
The Department pays tribute to the life of EE alumnus Charles Kennedy (Ned) Birdsall, Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and a pioneering inventor and educator in microwave tubes and plasma physics. He died Tuesday, March 6, 2012, at the age of 86. Prof. Birdsall was the brother of EECS emeritus faculty member Ted Birdsall. [Full Story]
Syed Ali is founder, president, and CEO of one of the fastest growing technology companies in the United States, Cavium. He returned to campus in October 2011 as the College of Engineering Alumni Society Merit Award winner for ECE. Read more about Syed Ali, and watch a short video as well as a recording of his talk, From Michigan to NASDAQ. [Full Story]
Michael McCorquodale (MSE PhD EE '00 '04) invented crystal free solid-state oscillators with his advisor while a student here at U-M. He then started the company Mobius which was bought by IDT, where he is now a General Manager, Silicon Frequency Control. The technology was named Product of the Year by Electronic Products Magazine. [Full Story]
Prof. Anna Stefanopoulou (MSE EE '94 and PhD EE:Systems '96) spoke to NPR about getting cars to 55 MPG, and the work that goes on in the U-M Automotive Research Center. [Full Story]
Curtis Ling (MSE EE ྖ, PhD EE ྙ) is CTO and Co-Founder of MaxLinear, which builds highly integrated RF mixed-signal broadband communication systems on a single chip. The combination of high performance with small silicon die size and low power consumption makes their products very competitive. Curtis spent his career before the startup building a company that was acquired by Qualcomm and helping shape the new Hong Kong University of Science and Technology as a faculty member. [Full Story]
Visualization Graphics Selected
CSE grad David Adams is now a PhD candidate in Physics at U-M, and has been using graphics for visualization of his research since taking Prof. Sugih Jamin's EECS 487 Interactive Computer Graphics course. The American Physical Society recently highlighted this image from David in their image gallery.
Pictured is a Micro Coriolis mass flow sensors with submillimeter to millimeter diameter tubes. These sensors, developed by the company Integrated Sensing Systems (ISSYS), are being positioned for use in a variety of industrial applications. ISSYS was founded by Prof. Khalil Najafi and EECS alumnus Nader Najafi in 1995. [Full Story]
In addition to our own faculty member, Prof. Tony Grbic, we also congratulate EECS alumni Prof. Adrienne Stiff-Roberts of Duke University, and Prof. Jack Ma of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) award this year, and last year, respectively. Both Prof. Stiff-Roberts and Prof. Ma are former students of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya. [Full Story]
Joe Runs Across America for MS
Alumnus Avi Rubin responds to recent news about weaknesses in the e-voting machines
Avi Rubin (BS CCS; MSE CSE; PHD CSE) was not surprised to hear that the electronic voting machines used in California (and elsewhere) are vulnerable to being hacked and having the voting results changed. In fact, he brought to light many vulnerabilities in the Diebold machines back in 2003, before the election that employed more of these machines than ever before. Prof. Rubin is a professor computer science at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in computer security and privacy, especially electronic voting. He is the director of NSF ACCURATE Center, a multi-institution voting research center, and recently published the book, Brave New Ballot: The Battle to Safeguard Democracy in the Age of Electronic Voting. Read more about his responses to security problems in electronic voting machines on his blog.
Prof. Rubin is a professor computer science at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in computer security and privacy, especially electronic voting. He is the director of NSF ACCURATE Center, a multi-institution voting research center, and recently published the book, Brave New Ballot: The Battle to Safeguard Democracy in the Age of Electronic Voting. Read more about his responses to security problems in electronic voting machines on his blog.
Eric Chown leads team to RoboCup victory
Eric Chown was a member of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory when he graduated with his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. He is now on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Bowdoin College in Maine, and recently led his robotics team to an international victory in the RoboCup 2007 competition. My goal is to make science fun and exciting and attract young people, said Chown in an interview with CNN.[Read the CNN Article]
Wan-Thai Hsu Receives EE Times ACE Award
Wan-Thai Hsu (PhD EE '01), CTO for U-M start-up Discera Inc., received the EE Times 3rd Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) award for Innovator of the Year. This award is given to an individual who brings leadership, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking to a technology, a product or a business. [Read more...]
Juan-Antonio Carballo Makes Top 40 Under 40
Juan-Antonio Carballo (PhD, EE), Strategy Executive, and Inventor, IBM Venture Capital Group Partner, heads the list for the Top 40 Under 40 list of Leaders in the Emerging Growth Technology Industry.
Usama Fayyad Named 2006 ACM Fellow
Usama M. Fayyad (PhD, CSE), Chief Data Office and Senior Vice President, Yahoo!, was named a 2006 ACM Fellow, "For contributions to machine learning, data mining and knowledge discovery."
Kunle Olukotun Named 2006 ACM Fellow
Kunle Olukotun (PhD CSE), associate professor at Stanford University, was named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), "For contributions to multiprocessors on a chip and multi threaded processor design."
Rick Wallace (BSE, EE 82) Named CEO of KLA-Tencor
Richard P. (Rick) Wallace has been named the chief executive officer (CEO) of KLA-Tencor Corporation. Wallace joined KLA-Tencor in 1988 as an applications engineer, and most recently was the president and COO of the company. He has been responsible for the Wafer Inspection Group, Reticle and Photomask Inspection Division, Films and Surface Technology Division, Software and Customer Groups, and the Lithography Control Group.
Wallace graduated from the department in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and went on to earn a master's degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University. See also the press release.
Wallace graduated from the department in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and went on to earn a master's degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University. See also the press release.
David Pennock Named Top Technology Innovator
David Pennock (PhD, CSE 99), Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research, was recently named to Technology Review's list of 35 top technology innovators under age 35. Pennock states that his goal is to develop creative technologies that help position Yahoo! at the forefront of innovations in Internet e-commerce and related scientific endeavors. For additional information, please see his personal web site, and the citation. David did his thesis with Michael Wellman of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
Mobius Microsystems, Inc., a firm founded by Michael McCorquodale (MSE EE 2000, PhD EE 2002), was honored May 17, 2005, at the eighth annual Business Success Celebration. Gov. Granholm honored Mobius with an award for, "Largest Job Creation by a High-Technology Company."
EECS Alumni at MTT04
EECS faculty and alumni had a great time gathering at the International Microwave Symposium in Fort Worth, TX this past June 8, 2004. This years conference was called, Microwave Frontiers, and many of those at the meeting have been at the frontier of microwave research for years. The EECS Department has had a great influence on the MTT society for many years, said Prof. George Haddad, who enjoyed seeing many of his colleagues and past students at the event. From administrative positions in MTT, to being the recipients of MTT awards, EECS is very well represented both from the perspective of faculty and students. Some of those who attended the event include UM faculty: George Haddad, Gabriel Rebeiz, Linda Katehi (now Dean at Purdue), Jack East, and UM alumni who are now faculty at other institutions, including Bob Trew, Mahhu Gupta, and Rhonda Flemming. Others came for the reunion alone just to visit with everyone. Paul Bauhahn traveled with his wife from Minnesota, and Bill Schroeder came from the east coast. Chuck Krumm, who will have his hand in organizing the next reunion, said it was a great pleasure to be reunited with so many former friends, students and colleagues. While the success of the individuals in this group was truly impressive, their collective success is clearly attributable to the outstanding education they received during their years at Michigan. It was exciting as well to meet the more recent EECS graduates and to learn that they are fully prepared to carry on the tradition of Michigan engineering accomplishments. Bob Trew, current MTT president, enjoyed seeing not only his past graduate students, including Mike Golio and Alfy Riddle, but the new UM grads. UM must have, by far, the single largest contingent of people attend the IMS, which is really saying something about the quality of the EECS program, said Trew. One of these newer grads is Rhonda Franklion Drayton, assistant professor at the U. of Minnesota. I had a great time seeing old classmates and catching up with them and their lives, said Rhonda. I feel that Michigan did a good job preparing me for a faculty job, especially in the areas of research and supervision of others. Including spouses, friends, and special guests, there were approx. 80 individuals at the reunion. Trew, one of the on-site organizers, gives special thanks to Dr. Jack East, and others, who had their hand in organizing the event. The event was so successful, it has been made into an annual event. If you are in Long Beach, CA next June, be sure to stop by! For a selection of photographs taken at the event, please go to: https://www.eecs.umich.edu/eecs/alumnisociety/MTT-EECS-Alumni-OnTheWeb/index.htm
The EECS Department has had a great influence on the MTT society for many years, said Prof. George Haddad, who enjoyed seeing many of his colleagues and past students at the event. From administrative positions in MTT, to being the recipients of MTT awards, EECS is very well represented both from the perspective of faculty and students. Some of those who attended the event include UM faculty: George Haddad, Gabriel Rebeiz, Linda Katehi (now Dean at Purdue), Jack East, and UM alumni who are now faculty at other institutions, including Bob Trew, Mahhu Gupta, and Rhonda Flemming. Others came for the reunion alone just to visit with everyone. Paul Bauhahn traveled with his wife from Minnesota, and Bill Schroeder came from the east coast.
Chuck Krumm, who will have his hand in organizing the next reunion, said it was a great pleasure to be reunited with so many former friends, students and colleagues. While the success of the individuals in this group was truly impressive, their collective success is clearly attributable to the outstanding education they received during their years at Michigan. It was exciting as well to meet the more recent EECS graduates and to learn that they are fully prepared to carry on the tradition of Michigan engineering accomplishments.
Bob Trew, current MTT president, enjoyed seeing not only his past graduate students, including Mike Golio and Alfy Riddle, but the new UM grads. UM must have, by far, the single largest contingent of people attend the IMS, which is really saying something about the quality of the EECS program, said Trew.
One of these newer grads is Rhonda Franklion Drayton, assistant professor at the U. of Minnesota. I had a great time seeing old classmates and catching up with them and their lives, said Rhonda. I feel that Michigan did a good job preparing me for a faculty job, especially in the areas of research and supervision of others.
Including spouses, friends, and special guests, there were approx. 80 individuals at the reunion. Trew, one of the on-site organizers, gives special thanks to Dr. Jack East, and others, who had their hand in organizing the event.
The event was so successful, it has been made into an annual event. If you are in Long Beach, CA next June, be sure to stop by!
For a selection of photographs taken at the event, please go to: https://www.eecs.umich.edu/eecs/alumnisociety/MTT-EECS-Alumni-OnTheWeb/index.htm
Homecoming 2003, A Success
Not only did the football team solidly trounce the Illini 56 to 14 at Homecoming Weekend this year but the EECS Alumni Society made some great strides as well.
Eric Aupperle Named Alumni Medal Recipient for 2003
Homecoming Weekend - Oct. 16-18, 2003
Homecoming promises to be a great weekend! It will be a chance for many of us to get together, renew old friendships, update ourselves on what has been going on in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and at the University, watch our beloved Wolverines trounce the Illini, and so much more!
EECS Alumni Stonebraker and Trew Named 2003 Honorees!
As part of Alumni Weekend, two EECS alumni will be honored as recipients of the College of Engineering's Alumni Society Merit Awards. This year's recipients are Dr. Michael Stonebraker and Dr. Robert Trew. They will receive their awards at the College of Engineering's Awards Dinner on Friday, October 17th.
Society Executive Committee Changes
The EECS Alumni Society welcomes Dr. David C. Munson, Jr., the new chair of the EECS Department effective June 1. Dr. Munson, who also will serve on the Society executive committee, comes to us from the the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. His research interests span a variety of topics throughout the field of signal and image processing. His research has concentrated on computational imaging, i.e. on systems that use computers to calculate images from data acquired by sensors. Examples of such systems include computer tomography, synthetic aperture radar, radio astronomy, and hybrid optical/digital systems. Munson has been especially involved in research on synthetic aperture radar, where recent projects focused on radar imaging of the moon, radar imaging of a runway from a landing aircraft, and on a new form of 3-D radar for imaging objects having complicated geometries.
Internet Protocols Book Published
Title: INTERNET PROTOCOLS -Advances, Technologies and Applications
Rob A. Rutenbar receives 2002 ECE Alumni Society Merit Award
Rob A. Rutenbar (PhD 1984) received the 2002 Alumni Society Merit Award for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division. After graduating from the UM, Rob joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests focus on circuit and lay-out synthesis algorithms for mixed-signal ASICs for high-speed digitial systems and for FPGAs. In 1987, he received a National Science Foundation Presidental Young Investigator Award. From 1992 to 1995, he was a member of IEEE Spectrum's Editorial Board. Rob Is a cofounder of NeoLinear, Inc., a startup company delievering CAD solutions for custom analog integrated circuit design, and an IEEE Fellow.
Kevin O'Conner Receives 2002 CSE Alumni Society Merit Award
Kevin O'Connor, Chairman and co-founder of DoubleClick Inc., received the 2002 Alumni Society Merit Award. As co-founder, Kevin has grown DoubleClick from two people working in a basement to a global corporation that employs almost 1200 people. He oversees new market development, long-term strategic direction, and the overall vision of the digital marketing solutions company. Before founding DoubleClick in 1996, he co-founded the Internet Advertising Network (IAN). The software technology pioneered by IAN paved the way for the creation of Doubleclick and the first full-service Web advertising network.
Larry Page Honored with 2002 Alumni Society Award
Larry Page (BSE CE 95), co-founder and president of Google, Inc. has been awarded the 2002 Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award by the College of Engineering.
Recent Interview With the Society President
Reporter: I've scanned around the various pages of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Societys website and it seems to answer many of the questions about the Society. When did it go on-line?
Note from the Society President
Welcome to the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Societys home page. The Society already has many exciting projects and activities in the works and is planning many more for the future. Re-visit this page often to see what is in store.Although Ill be describing some of these events in future notes, for now Ill simply say how excited I am to be able to lead the Society in its early stages of organization, development and planning. The Society promises to be a vibrant organization producing many benefits for the Alumni, the Students, the Department, the College and the University. It is an organization where friends can meet, where helpful ideas and assistance can be exchanged, and where everyone has an opportunity to express their gratitude to this great university.But for these plans to develop successfully we need your help; we need you to become an active member in the Society! To do this, go to the Membership page and sign up. Do it while you are thinking about it. Its FREE so no need to put it off. And then volunteer to serve on a committee or become an officer. As our membership grows larger, the better and more effective the Society will become with your help. And while youre thinking about it, go to the College of Engineering Alumni page and Update Your Contact Information there, too.You can also help us by telling other Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduates and friends about this website. Encourage them to sign up too. The Society is open to all of our graduates, students and friends.I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at our next get-together. Until then - Go Blue!