Homecoming 2017


Welcome Back to EECS @ Michigan!

Join us for Homecoming in the Department on Friday, October 27, and a variety of events leading up to that day. Details below!

We also hope you also take full advantage of the campus activities that are planned as a part of Michigan Engineering Homecoming Weekend which sponsored by the College of Engineering.

This year, the University is also holding its UMich200 Fall Festival in conjunction with Homecoming. You can see the full schedule of of Fall Festival activities, which begin October 26, here.

For those of you who can't be on campus, join us on Facebook via the Michigan Engineering Virtual Fan Zone.

Go Blue!

EECS Homecoming Events

Thursday, October 26, 2017

ECE Career Panel

5:30 - 7:00pm
Johnson Rooms, 3rd floor of the Lurie Engineering Center

At this annual event, returning alumni will speak to students about their career paths, and answer any questions the students have for them.


Friday, October 27, 2017

Lunch in the department with alumni, students, faculty, staff

Friday, October 27, 12:00pm
Tishman Hall, Bob and Betty Beyster Building

Join us for lunch and to recognize our EECS alumni who've been selected as 2017 CoE Merit Award winners.


Distinguished Lectures

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Zachary Lemnios

ECE Distinguished Lecture

Honorable Zachary J. Lemnios (BSE EE '76)
Vice President, Physics Sciences & Government Programs

Technology for the Future
Lecture Time:
GM Room, 4th floor of the Lurie Engineering Center

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Mr. Lemnios leads Physical Sciences and Government Programs, globally across IBM Research, to extend fundamental scientific understanding and breakthroughs that enable the future of information technology. Strategic initiatives include quantum computing, neuromorphic devices and architectures, molecular imaging, silicon nanophotonics, and magnetic memory technology.  This team has been responsible for leading technical breakthroughs across the industry, earning major awards along the way, including Nobel Prizes, Kavli Prizes, and the Millennium Technology Prize.

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Lemnios served three terms in the Department of Defense, where he was confirmed as The Honorable Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering). As Chief Technology Officer for Department of Defense, he launched international initiatives in large data analytics, decision support, engineering education, electronic warfare, cyber, autonomy, advanced propulsion, hypersonics, and rail gun concepts.  Mr. Lemnios also served as the Chief Technology Officer of MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Mr. Lemnios received his BSEE from the University of Michigan and his MSEE from Washington
University in St. Louis and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Tiffin University. He has authored over 40 papers, holds 4 patents in advanced GaAs device and MMIC technology and is a Fellow of the IEEE. Mr. Lemnios was awarded the Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service and the Office of Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

CSE Merit Award Winner

Kunle Olukotun (BSE EE '85; MSE PHD CSE '87 '91)
Cadence Design Systems Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Stanford University

The Past, Present and Future of Parallel Computing
Lecture Time: 2:00–3:00pm
Location: 2505 GG Brown

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Kunle Olukotun is the Cadence Design Systems Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University and he has been on the faculty since 1991. He is well known as a pioneer in multicore processor design and for leading the Stanford Hydra chip multiprocessor (CMP) project which developed one of the first chip multiprocessors with support for thread-level speculation (TLS). Olukotun founded Afara Websystems to develop high-throughput, low-power multicore processors for server systems. The Afara multicore processor, called Niagara, was acquired by Sun Microsystems and Niagara-derived processors now power all Oracle SPARC-based servers.

Olukotun currently directs the Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Lab (PPL), which seeks to proliferate the use of heterogeneous parallelism in all application areas using Domain Specific Languages (DSLs). Olukotun is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow. Olukotun received his PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan.

Andrew Farah

ECE Merit Award Winner

Andrew Farah (BSE CE, '82; MSE Electrical Science '84)
Chief Technology Architect for Autonomous Vehicles
General Motors

Evolution of a Career, Computers, and Cars: 40 Years of Change
Lecture Time:
2:30– 3:30pm
Location: Chesebrough Auditorium, 220 Chrysler Center, North Campus

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Andrew Farah is currently Chief Technology Architect for Autonomous Vehicles at General Motors. He started his General Motors career in 1984 as a Product Engineer in the Electrical/Electronics Group with the Buick Motor Division in Flint, Michigan. He has also worked for Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as Manager Electrical/Electronic Vehicle Systems Engineering for their Battery Division.

Returning to GM, he subsequently held several leadership positions in the Product Development and Program Management organizations, including Engineering Group Manager of Vehicle Propulsion Engineering for the EV1 Electric Vehicle. In 2001, Farah was named GMNA Director Electrical Development & Validation, and later was responsible for all GM Europe Aftersales Engineering activities as GME Director Aftersales Engineering, located in Rüsselsheim, Germany. In 2007, he was named Vehicle Chief Engineer (VCE) for the Chevrolet Volt. 

Questions? Please contact:
ECE - Catharine June at (734-936-2965)
CSE - Steve Crang at (734-763-9996)