ECE Department News
Big data, data science and analytics were among the main topics discussed at the third annual Michigan Institute for Data Science daylong research symposium Wednesday, Oct 11, at Rackham Auditorium and the Michigan League. Alfred Hero, co-director of MIDAS and professor of electrical engineering and computer science, spoke about how this diverse set of speakers aligns with the theme of the symposium, "A Data-Driven World: Potentials and Pitfalls." [Full Story]
CE junior Keenan Rebera wants to make the Michigan Union's famous Cube sculpture even more interesting with the power of technology. Rebera has designed a small sensor array and display device that attaches magnetically to the Cube. When active, it can detect the velocity of the Cube when a person spins it and generate any number of fun factoids to show off [Full Story]
Scar tissue left over from heart attacks creates dead zones that don't beat. Bioengineered patches could fix that. The University of Michigan is partnering with center leader Boston University and Florida Int. University on an ambitious $20 million project to grow new heart tissue for cardiac patients. Lead U-M researcher is Prof. Stephen Forrest. [Full Story]
Zetian Mi Recognized a Most Highly Prolific Author in Nano Letters
Zetian Mi has been recognized as one of the most highly prolific authors for Nano Letters in the past five years, and is listed on the ACS Journal Stars website. Prof. Mi's research includes semiconductor nanostructures, optoelectronic devices, LEDs and lasers, solar cells, and III-nitride electronic devices.
Dr. Valdis V. Liepa, research scientist in ECE, retired from active faculty status on January 31, 2017. Dr. Liepa has been a member of the U-M family for his entire career, earning his BS , MS, and PhD in EE (1958, 1959, and 1966, respectively), and joining the Radiation Laboratory in 1968. [Full Story]
Professionals and researchers from across Michigan's optics industry gathered for the Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot on March 27, celebrating both the Optical Society of America's 100th anniversary and the Ann Arbor chapter's 50th. The event was sponsored in part by the Optical Society at the University of Michigan (OSUM), advised by research scientist John Nees. Prof. Aghapi Mordovanakis (BME) was also part of the planning of the event. [Full Story]
Prof. Andy Yagle will retire in May after 32 years at the University of Michigan distinguished by his dedication to teaching as well as contributions to research in the area of signal and image processing. A nearly lifelong Ann Arbor resident, Andy is as Maize and Blue as they come. [Full Story]
This article features work done by Prof. Kevin Fu and his collaborators in which they demonstrate a way to take control of or influence devices such as smartphones through the use of sound waves. The Department of Homeland Security is expected to issue a security advisory alert for affected chips. [Full Story]
Students, alumni, and faculty alike have something to thank Ann Stals for. As ECEs event planner, she has her hands in nearly everything the division does. Hired in August of 2014, her three years has been spent expanding ECEs outreach to students of different cultures, planning alumni meetups around the country, developing camps for high school students, and, most recently, sending current students to local and Silicon Valley companies for an insider look at an engineering workday. [Full Story]
Tomas Mauricio spends a lot of time behind the scenes, but when he steps out front this intern makes a big impression. Helping coordinate events like ECE's Electrify tech camps and the recent ECE Expeditions, participants always remember their cheerful guide. Now he has a year with the division behind him, and Tomas looks forward to working on at least one more round of Electrify this summer. Learn more about Tomas and the varied work he does to help ECE. [Full Story]
ECE brought 18 students to San Jose on Sunday, February 26 for the second ECE Expedition. The students, ranging from freshman to doctoral level, spent three days of their spring break learning from professionals in their field and getting a firsthand look at where their degree could take them after graduation. [Full Story]
Dr. Edith Beign presented the talk Auto-adaptive digital circuits Application to low-power Multicores and ultra-low-power Wireless Sensor Nodes to members of the Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory. Dr. Beign came to Michigan as a 2016-17 Distinguished Lecturer under the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society (SSCS) Distinguished Lecturer Program. This program features researchers who are known for the quality and quantity of their research, and are considered to be excellent speakers. [Full Story]
In a new interview, Prof. Herb Winful discusses the many facets of his career as an educator and researcher. Prof. Winful has made fundamental contributions to nonlinear fiber optics and nonlinear optics in periodic structures. He also discussed the interdisciplinary course he helped create, UARTS 250: Creative Process, and the creative challenges of teaching engineering principles to students of the arts. [Full Story]
The 2016 Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF) User Symposium highlighted the cutting-edge research enabled by Michigan's world-class facility. The Symposium included technical talks, a poster session, and the opportunity for discussion and networking. Four ECE grad students won prizes for their posters, and Prof. Mark Kushner delivered the event's keynote address. [Full Story]
As technology changes and advances, so does the range of courses offered by our faculty. The following courses being offered to students for the Winter 2017 term include completely new courses as well as nearly-new courses that may soon become a regular part of the curriculum. They are all being offered by faculty uniquely qualified to teach the courses. The faculty bring extensive experience based on their own research in these areas. [Full Story]
A seven member team from Electrical and Computer Engineering has received the Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award, established to shine a light on those staff members who have shown extraordinary commitment and dedication to diversity at U-M. [Full Story]
Six women engineering students from Liberia traveled to the U.S. to attend the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Women in Engineering 2016 conference, under the sponsorship of the Excellence in Higher Education for Liberian Development (EHELD) program and U-M-SWE. They spoke of their passion to improve their country through engineering, as well as the difficulties of being female engineers in their country. [Full Story]
Prof. Wei Lu has been named the new director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF), effective September 1, 2016. The LNF is a world class cleanroom facility, open to the public, with over 13,500 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art cleanroom space that provides researchers the ability to fabricate a sweeping array of solid-state materials, devices, circuits, and microsystems using silicon, compound semiconductors, organic, and other emerging materials. [Full Story]
Prof. Parag Deotare received a Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to support basic scientific research in Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS). In this project, Prof. Deotare will investigate the interactions between exciton and mechanics, which will lead to a better understanding of exciton dynamics. This work will deepen our understanding of the underlying physics of exciton-mechanics interactions and help engineer novel devices for energy harvesting and up-conversion. [Full Story]
Researchers from around the nation gathered at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to celebrate the 100th birthday of alumnus Claude E. Shannon (BSE EE/Eng Math , ScD hon. ) at the Shannon Centennial Symposium on September 16, 2016, co-organized by Al Hero, Hye Won Chung, Dave Neuhoff, and Sandeep Pradhan. All four plenary talks are available online. [Full Story]
A newly approved robotics center promises to consolidate and expand existing robotics research at U-M. With Jessy Grizzle as Director, everyone is excited at the promise the new space offers for increased collaboration and synergy of effort. [Full Story]
ECE is delighted to welcome these outstanding new faculty members to Michigan. These faculty broaden and deepen ECE's areas of expertise in robotics, ultra low power circuits, nanophotonics, information theory, and many other areas. [Full Story]
Prof. Jasprit Singh has retired after 30 years at the University of Michigan to embark on his second career as president and co-founder of Gurmentor, Inc., a software application company. During his time at Michigan, he experienced the thrill of scientific discovery, enlightening students into the physics and mysteries of electrical engineering, and sharing his belief that technology can enhance healthy and peaceful living. [Full Story]
Check out this new video about the course Hands on Robotics. It not only provides an introduction to the broadly interdisciplinary field of robotics, it encourages students to solve an open-ended problem. Students build different types of robots throughout the semester using the CKBot modular robot system. The course covers concepts from kinematics, to control, to programming. [Full Story]
The University of Michigan was host to the 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, which took place June 18-22. The conference, which was co-chaired by Prof. Edwin Olson and Prof. Ryan Eustice, brought together researchers working on algorithmic or mathematical foundations of robotics, robotics applications, and analysis of robotic systems. The event gave attendees the opportunity to see the best research in all areas of robotics, as well as, attend invited talks, oral and interactive presentations of refereed papers, workshops, tutorials, and lab presentations. [Full Story]
Engineers and neuroscientists from around the globe gathered at Michigan to explore the future of neurotechnology and research at the International Conference for Advanced Neurotechnology (ICAN). Understanding the complexity and mysteries of the brain is one of the biggest scientific challenges of this century. ICAN is an inaugural conference to bring engineers and neuroscientists together to review the recent advancement in neurotechnology and neuroscience, define the need for next-generation tools to move neuroscience forward, and enhance the translation of technology to the scientific community. The event included guest lectures and panel discussions, as well as a student poster session. [Full Story]
Professors Fawwaz Ulaby and Andrew Yagle publish the 2nd edition of the textbook, Engineering Signals and Systems in Continuous and Discrete Time
Fawwaz Ulaby, Emmett Leith Distinguished University Professor and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, and Prof. Andrew Yagle authored the 2nd edition of the book, Engineering Signals and Systems in Continuous and Discrete Time, published by National Technology & Science Press. This edition includes two additional chapters, new concepts throughout the book, and additional problem sets. This textbook is designed for a sophomore-level or early junior-level introductory course on signals and systems. Engineering applications of signals and systems are integrated into the presentation as equal partners with concepts and mathematical models. At least seventeen schools in the U.S. are using the first edition textbook in their courses. [Full Story]
Alfred O. Hero, III, John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of EECS and R. Jamison and Betty Williams Professor of Engineering, is co-editor of the book, Big Data over Networks, published by Cambridge University Press, along with Prof. Shuguang Cui (Texas A&M), Prof. Zhi-Quan Luo (U. Minnesota), and Prof. Jos Moura (CMU). The book explores the principles underpinning large-scale information processing over networks and examines the crucial interaction between big data and its associated communication, social and biological networks. [Full Story]
Prof. Stephen Rand recently visited India to learn about the countrys ongoing expansion in higher education as an Optical Society of America (OSA) Fellow Lecturer. He focused on "how India is enhancing its role as a leader in optical engineering and physics discovery in the 21st century," in an article written for the June issue of Optics and Photonics News.
Michigan ranks #2 in robotics by 2 different groups!
Announced June 14, 2016, FICO (NYSE: FICO) has acquired QuadMetrics to accelerate development of the product, which will provide greater transparency into cybersecurity for underwriting, vendor management and self-assessment. Co-founded in 2014 by Prof. Mingyan Liu, who served as Chief Science Officer, QuadMetrics was a firm that used predictive analytics to rate the security of an organization. [Read the story: Fighting Cyber Crime with Data Analytics] [Full Story]
Professor Jessy Grizzle took part in a full day of events celebrating the fifth anniversary of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) on June 9, 2016. "It was very exciting to meet fellow robotics researchers and to share our work with members of Congress," said Prof. Grizzle, who appreciates all that the NRI has done for the field. However, he agrees that robotics research needs to increase to match that of our global competitors. [Full Story]
The National Academy of Engineering held a regional meeting at Michigan focusing on driverless cars and connected transportation. Read more about Big Data for Transportation, led by Prof. Al Hero; Cybersecurity for Transportation, led by Prof. Kang G. Shin; and the overall program. [Full Story]
Professor Shuji Nakamura delivered the 17th Wiliam Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture, "Road Toward the New Light: The Invention of High Efficient Blue LEDs and Future Lighting," on April 5, 2016. Prof. Nakamura is the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources. [Full Story]
April 30 will be the 100th birthday for Claude Shannon, the Father of Information Theory. "Claude Shannon is the founder of the theory of information and communication. These contributions were singularly important in that they led directly to the digital revolution that powers our electronic world," said Prof. Alfred Hero. Prof. Hero and Prof. Dave Neuhoff are helping to plan a workshop this fall to celebrate the centennial of his birth. [Full Story]
Looking ahead to millimeter scale computing and the future of ubiquitous computing, EECS faculty members David Blaauw, Prabal Dutta, graduate students Patrick Pannuto and Benjamin Kempke, research scientist Ye-Sheng Kuo, and a number of other Michigan researchers have created MBus, a chip-to-chip interconnect that facilitates an ultra-low power system operation. [Full Story]
To honor the legacy of her late brother Mathias Alten Gilleo (BSE EE ), Anita Gilleo (BS Lit 44) has made a gift to endow the M. Alten Gilleo Distinguished Lecture Series in Optical Sciences and Optoelectronics. Her gift will give students the chance to engage with the worlds top researchers in the field of optics and optoelectronics. [Full Story]
In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the Black History Month, ECE would like to draw attention to the many contributions made by its African American faculty and alumni. The impact of these gifted individuals spans many fields and industries. Included in the list is the first African American woman to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and the first African American faculty member in the College of Engineering. [Full Story]
Are you hyped up for The Force Awakens? So is U-M Engineering to celebrate, faculty have been bringing in some familiar faces to talk Star Wars tech and get down with a holiday rap from Dean Munson. [Full Story]
A special celebration took place on November 20 that brought over 100 attendees together to commemorate the anniversary of James Clerk Maxwell's foundational treatise on light and electromagnetism. Titled Celebrating Maxwell's Equations: 150 Years," the event brought together students, researchers, and industry experts from around the nation to enjoy keynote talks, project demonstrations, and open discussion with a panel of experts. [Full Story]
Students, alumni, faculty, and friends came together to see ECE's fun side on September 25. In the division's first-ever Family Fun Night, 500 attendees of all ages brought the EECS atrium to life in an evening of lasers, science, games, and more. [Full Story]
Popular Science magazine gives a glimpse of U-M's 3D Lab, which focuses on research into virtual reality, 3D modeling/printing, motion capture, and other emerging technologies. The Michigan Immersive Digital Experience Nexus has been recently upgraded with an 'unreal graphics engine,' and improved tracking system. PS calls the results "nothing short of breathtaking." [Full Story]
High schoolers took over the EECS building this July, filling the hallways and labs as they designed circuits, built holograms, and whirred around on segways. In ECE's first-ever Electrify Summer Tech Camps, students from near and far gathered for three five-day sessions to learn the basics of electrical and computer engineering. [Full Story]
In recognition of International Women's Day and Women's History Month, the department is thrilled to highlight the many contributions made by its excellent women faculty, alumni, and students. [Full Story]
On Wednesday, July 15, ECE hosted an Iftar reception. Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramadan fast at sunset. The reception, which featured traditional foods and live music, had over 40 in attendance. Students attending the reception indicated their appreciation for the program, offering their help for the evening and on future efforts. [Full Story]
Four EECS faculty and alumni companies specializing in the life sciences and computer security made the list of the top 25 most innovative companies in SE Michigan, according to Crains. Topping the list is Omni MedSci, Inc., a medical device company founded by Prof. Mohammed Islam. At #3 is NeuroNexus Technologies, Inc., specializing in neural probes; at #11 is Integrated Sensing Systems, Inc., a company working on microelectronic implants for monitoring heart functions; and at #14, Duo Security, a computer security company. [Full Story]
As Corporate Outreach Directors for the WIMS2 Center, entrepreneurs and U-M alums Sassan Teymouri and Shahin Hedayat are helping to introduce its wireless integrated microsensing and systems technology to Silicon Valley and strengthen the Center's ties to industry. [Full Story]
ECE's two grad programs, Electrical Engineering (EE) and Electrical Engineering:Systems (EE:S) have merged to become one program in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Students will benefit from the increased flexibility built into the new program. [Full Story]
In an afternoon of food and fun, the annual department St. George's Day Feast provided a welcome break for students in their last week of class. As part of the event, two professors were chosen as 2014-2015 HKN Professors of the year by U-M Eta Kappa Nu, the local chapter of the national honor society for electrical and computer engineers. Prof. David Wentzloff, Associate Professor in ECE, and David Paoletti, lecturer in CSE, were chosen based on student input. [Full Story]
A $54M robotics center is coming to North Campus. It will offer state-of-the-art facilities in a brand-new, 3-story, 100,000 square foot building. ECE faculty are excited at the promise the new space offers for increased collaboration and synergy of effort. [Full Story]
The EECS atrium got festive on February 19 with a celebration of the Lunar New Year. A large crowd turned out for the show, including many Chinese students. Many said that the recognition of their country's most widely celebrated calendar holiday made them feel more at home. Check out photos and a video from the event. [Full Story]
In an effort to drive systemic reform of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education, Michigan Engineering is co-leading a national program that will give more undergraduates and masters students deep experience in faculty research. A $5 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has established the Vertically Integrated Projects, or VIP, consortium a group of 15 universities. Among them are institutions that primarily serve underrepresented, minority, or nontraditional students, as well as members of the Association of American Universities. [Full Story]
Electrify Tech Camp consists of three non-residential summer camps (Power Up; Light It Up; and Sense It) for high school students. Camp participants will be introduced to college-level topics at an introductory level suitable for high school students. Each camp will range between 24-30 students. Campers will work together in groups of 3 or 4 at the same state-of-the-art equipment used by Michigan undergraduate students. They will build devices, learn some coding, and test their work, all under the careful supervision of faculty and current Michigan students. It is an amazing opportunity for any high school student who has an interest in modern technology, and a love for science and math. [Full Story]
Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and his team constructed the most powerful radar calibration device in the world to interface with NASAs newest orbiting satellite, called Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP). The goal is to measure the amount of water in moisture, which should ultimately to improve our ability to forecast the weather, monitor droughts, predict floods, enhance crop productivity, and understand the Earths water, energy, and carbon cycles. [Full Story]
In Science Fiction, robots walk, run, and jump better than you. In reality, can you count on them to walk over rubble and pull you from a burning building? Not so much. Jessy Grizzle will give the lecture, Taking Bipedal Walking Robots from Science Fiction to Science Fact , in honor of being named the Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor of Engineering. He will describe how the science of feedback systems is enhancing the ability to achieve highly dynamic locomotion in bipedal machines. The theory used in the talk will be amply illustrated with graphics and videos of his experiments to make the material accessible to a general audience. [Full Story]
The 2014 LNF (Lurie Nanofabrication Facility) User Symposium highlighted the cutting-edge research enabled by Michigan's world-class facility. The Symposium included technical talks, a poster session, and the opportunity for discussion and networking. Attendees represented many departments throughout the University, as well as industrial users of the LNF. Stephen Forrest, Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering, presented the events keynote address, Making small things big in the world of organic electronics. [Full Story]
New ideas abounded at 2014s Graduate Symposium, the College of Engineerings annual event to highlight research and engage prospective graduate students. ECE researchers had a strong presence at this year's event, comprising nearly 80 of the day's more than 240 presentations. Several of these placed first or second in their field in the poster presentation contest. [Full Story]
Prof. Norris was recognized for his consistently outstanding achievements in scholarly research, sustained high quality teaching and mentoring of students and junior colleagues, and for his distinguished service to the University and professional community. He will receive the award at a special ceremony October 6, 2014. [Full Story]
EE Times announced their Silicon 60, the top 60 startup companies it is worth watching, and three of those companies were co-founded by ECE faculty. Ambiq Micro, Inc. (David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester); Crossbar Inc. (Wei Lu); and PsiKick Inc. (David Wentzloff) are leading the way in ultra-low-power chip design, pioneering computer memory, and ultra-low power wireless sensor platforms for the Internet of Things. [Full Story]
Dr. Dipak L. Sengupta, former research scientist and treasured friend of the department, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014 at the age of 83. Dr. Sengupta came to the office nearly every day, including Saturday mornings. Faculty and staff alike will miss his cheerful and gentle presence in the building. [Full Story]
CROSSBAR Closes Series C Funding of $25M; Oversubscribed Round Validates Companys Readiness to Scale
Crossbar, Inc., a start-up company pioneering Resistive RAM (RRAM) technology, today announced it has completed a $25 million Series C funding in an oversubscribed round. The company was co-founded by Prof. Wei Lu, who also acts as Chief Scientist. [Full Story]
Prof. Jasprit Singh arranged for U-M students to visit the Golden Temple in India to learn the concept of "langar," or community kitchen. They are learning how volunteers work together to prepare meals for 60,000 people everyday, the power that draws participants who serve and were served, the role played by merchants and farmers in the 'langar' and 'daswandh' (donating 10% of earnings). [Full Story]
Students in Dr. David Chesney's course this fall will use IBM's Jeopardy-winning Watson system to develop apps that help children with special needs. This opportunity arose following a conversation between Eric Michielssen, Assoc. VP for Advanced Research Computing and EECS Professor, and IBM Watson group VP and computer science alum Mike Rhodin. [Full Story]
Students were hungry for this years St. Georges Day Feast. It happens every year the day before the last day of classes a day when the faculty serve the students, and battle the dragons! [Full Story]
Prof. Shai Revzen presents his Hands-On Robotics course (EECS 498). Watch the students in action as he describes: teaching philosophy, what makes for a great team, how to enhance collaboration across teams, even unexpected ways to get a great grade (wackiness allowed). [Full Story]
Prof. Tony England, ECE faculty member, former astronaut, and most recently Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, has been named Dean of UM-Dearborn's College of Engineering and Computer Science. He has served as Interim Dean since May 2011. [Full Story]
A recent article in Electronic Design addresses the synergistic relationship between sensor networks and the Internet of Things, and references some of our extensive contributions in the area (WIMS Center research, Michigan Micro Mote, Infrastructure Monitoring). ECE faculty (and alumni) are still leading the charge in this area, as well as related research in compact radios, neuromorphic computing, energy harvesting, sensor networks, etc. [Full Story]
No, the little mouse inside it does not start scrambling around. Prof. David Blaauw describes the circuit that plays a role in turning on your computer, and then keeps it from getting confused, in a brief article in Popular Science. [Full Story]
Prof. Brian Gilchrist, an expert in space tethering, spoke to The Michigan Daily about asteroid mining. This activity is the focus of the startup company Planetary Resources, where his former student Hannah Goldberg is helping to plan their first space mission. [more about Hannah Goldberg from the lastest issue of EECS News] [Full Story]
State Farm has donated $50,000 to support and enhance the activities of the Student Projects Lab in the Beyster Building, which is home to both the Embedded Systems Hub, a shared resource for the development of projects with embedded systems, and MSuite, the student mobile applications development group. [Full Story]
Prof. Ulaby mapped the carbon trapped in our nation's forest from space-based radar, and he makes a point to meet with every one of the nearly 200 students in his courses each semester. He will discuss both pillars of his career research and teaching in his upcoming Henry Russel Lecture at 4 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Rackham Amphitheater. This lectureship is one of the universitys highest honors for a senior member of its active faculty. [Full Story]
Agilent featured the course, EECS 314, on their Educator's Corner. The course, designed by Dr. Ganago, teaches EE to non-EECS majors, with a little help from music. [Full Story]
After powering through equipment failures, false starts, discovering surprising breakthroughs, writing papers, giving presentations, mentoring students, receiving awards, but most importantly, accomplishing groundbreaking research , these students received their doctoral degrees in 2013. [Full Story]
Have you ever worked in a lab or wanted to work in a lab? Have you ever worked near a lab or wondered what goes on in one? The ECE Safety Committee is committed to keeping students safe in the labs and in their work environments. To emphasize the importance of safety in the lab, ECE created a series of 4 brief videos to emphasize the importance of specific aspects of lab safety. We hope you laugh, learn, and share the message. [Full Story]
Our staff has been very busy welcoming our new students to ECE. 215 new graduate students are getting to know each other and the program. New undergraduate students will declare next year, but they are part of one of the largest, most diverse, and best prepared classes ever to enter the College of Engineering. [Full Story]
A recent workshop on Nano and Micro Manufacturing brought together more than 140 nano/microscale device and material manufacturers, researchers, and end users of these technologies to discuss how to rapidly and effectively translate university research into practical products. [Full Story]
Solid-State Circuits Magazine Publishes Special Issue with Lynn Conway Memoir of the VLSI Revolution
Professor Emerita Lynn Conway, who revolutionized Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) design, has been featured in a special edition of IEEE Solid-State Circuits Magazine. The issue includes her 24-page memoir and related articles by colleagues who offer their perspectives on the VLSI revolution. [Full Story]
Arbor Photonics, co-founded in 2007 by Prof. Almantas Galvanauskas, was recently acquired by nLIGHT, a semiconductor laser maker. Prof. Galvanauskas, who will be on their technical board, "pioneered the development of a proprietary technology it calls Chirally-Coupled Core (3C)." The technology "is said to enable state-of-the-art high-power fiber lasers with peak powers of up to 100 kW." [Optics.org article] [Full Story]
Production Systems Engineering, Chinese Edition
Prof. Semyon Meerkovs book, Production Systems Engineering, co-authored by former student Dr. Jingshan Li (PhD EE:Systems 2000), was translated into Chinese and published by Beijing Institute of Technology in 2012.
Kensall D. Wise, William G. Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, officially retired in June, 2011, though he continues to participate in ongoing research projects - giving his colleagues hope that he will never truly retire. (PDF story) [Full Story]
Professor Kensall Wise from the University of Michigan will give a seminar and webinar based on a plenary presentation made at the Solid State Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems Workshop. The title of his talk is "Wireless Implantable Microsystems: Creating a Revolution in Health Care" The event will be held in room 1005 of the EECS Bldg starting promptly at 3pm. If you wish to attend online, the registration is at
The annual EECS picnic was June 22, 2012. It was a perfect day for faculty, staff, students and family members to gather at a local park, cook out, eat, and play games. There was wading in the Huron River, a balloon toss, tug of war, volleyball games, 3 legged races, bouncing gym, and slide. Enjoy the photos! [Full Story]
A recent outreach event held in Sunnyvale, CA raised the visibility of the WIMS2 research program in Silicon Valley. In total, the attendees represented more than 45 different companies ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms. Initial indications are that several new projects will be initiated because of this meeting. [Full Story]
Christopher Boyd is graduating with his UG degree in electrical engineering. He has spent much of his college career here giving back trying to instill in his fellow students an excitement for the field and the skills to succeed in it.
Thanks and Congratulations to Chris - and to all of our graduating students!!! [Full Story]
Ambiq Micro, specializing in intelligent energy-efficient ICs, was founded in 2010 by Profs. Blaauw, Sylvester, and EE alumnus Dr. Hanson. Cyclos Semiconductor, specializing in resonant clock-mesh technology for IC design, was co-founded in 2004 by Prof. Papaefthymiou. [more about Ambiq Micro] [more about Cyclos Semiconductor] [Full Story]
In a tradition that dates back to 1987, faculty served lunch to students, the Chairs slew a dragon, awards were presented, and a good time was had by all. [Full Story]
An open and free online course on Computer Vision co-taught by Prof. Silvio Savarese and Prof. Fei Fei Li of Stanford will be offered as early as July 2012. The course is offered through the education company called Coursera, founded in 2011 and dedicated to providing free online courses taught by world-class faculty from the top universities. [Full Story]
After nearly 15 years pursuing an idea that others thought a dead-end, Dr. Michael McCorquodale (MSE PhD EE '00 '04) is earning awards for his vision and leadership in bringing a new technology to market. He was named Innovator of the Year at the 2012 UBM ACE Awards event, and the company for which he is General Manager, IDT, received an Ultimate Products award in the category of analog ICs. [Full Story]
Michigan Engineering's newest video captures the pace of activity of our students and faculty! In this video, catch the Solar Car, Formula SAE racing, Jessy Grizzle and the robot MABEL, Fred Terry, the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, and much more! Watch the video and find out who said, "It would be a disaster if it broke." [Full Story]
On October 26, 2011, close to 500 participants packed the Michigan League Ballroom for a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of Nonlinear Optics. Applications of nonlinear optics range from fiber-optic communications to biological imaging and homeland security. [Full Story]
Free e-Waste Events May 2011: Recycle ResponsiblyPublic e-Waste Event Saturday, May 7, 9am2pm at Pioneer High School, 601 W. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48103 [Full Story]
In a tradition that dates back to 1987, faculty served lunch to students, the Chairs slew a dragon, awards were presented, and a good time was had by all. [Full Story]
The University of Michigan Alumni and Friends mixer at the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) reunited faculty, students, colleagues and friends at this annual event. See photos and other information by following the link. [Full Story]
Intel Corporation has donated funds to EECS for computers to support research and teaching in the areas of Computing Systems and Logic Design. [Full Story]
This video story features Ambiq Micro and Scott Hanson (PhD EE 2009), CEO and co-founder of the company along with Prof. David Blaauw and Prof. Dennis Sylvester. Ambiq Micro is called one of the most promising companies that mentor-in-resident Dave Hartmann has worked with recently. [Full Story]
Prof. James Meindl Delivers Lecture on Nanotechnology
Prof. James Meindl, pioneer and leader in microelectronics and microsystems research and education, was on campus recently to deliver the William Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture. You may watch his lecture, entitled, Nanoelectronics in Retrospect, Prospect and Principle, and hear his predictions for the future of nanoelectronics. Video
Three EECS Students Receive Predoctoral Fellowships
Mojtaba Mehrara conducts research in compiler technology.Ashutosh Nayyar conducts research in communication and sensor networks.Scott Rudolph conducts research in negative-refractive-index media.
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Michigan Engineering Homecoming Weekend is Sept 25-26. On the 25th, EECS will host three alumni lecturers, an alumni lunch, and other events. Be sure to join us! [Full Story]
CSE welcomes Marissa Mayer, VP of Search Products & User Experience at Google, as she visits the U-M to deliver the 2009 James R. Mellor Lecture on September 21. [Full Story]
The EECS Department held its annual picnic at Hudson Mills metropark. Department members and their families enjoyed food, camaraderie, and activities, including a baloon toss, a three-legged race, volleyball, and of course, the annual tugs of war between the labs! Click on the link for photos! [Full Story]
At the annual EECS St. George's Day Feast, faculty served lunch to students, the Chairs slew a dragon, awards were presented, and a good time was had by all. [Full Story]
Please join the celebration in honor of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya being elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Friday, October 10, 3:30-5:30pm in the Johnson Rooms, LEC. [Full Story]
Homecoming: Friday, October 3
Welcome EECS alumni, students, and faculty! Please sign up for one or more of the events! Click here for more information
New Chairs for EECS
EECS Picnic 2008 photos are available at the following link. [Full Story]
ECE Futures and Energy Seminar
Optimizing Plasma Surface Interactions for Materials Processing: Microelectronics to Polymer Processing
Halloween Party - 2007
EECS! Happy Halloween!
Making Your First Million: and other tips for aspiring entrepreneurs
What spawned Silicon Valley and how can you capitalize on your own entrepreneurial spirit? Listen to Lee Boysel entrepreneur, investor, and inventor of the first single-chip CPU microprocessor talk about the lost early years of the microprocessor, and Making Your First Million [Video Link] [Slides Only] [Read more...]
Click on the photo to the left or the link below for more photos from the 2007 EECS Summer picnic. [Full Story]
CSE Faculty Member Andrew Ladd Mourned
The Department was saddened to hear that Andrew Ladd, who was recently hired as an EECS faculty member in the CSE Division, passed away in his sleep the morning of March 4, 2007. Andrew was 28 years old. His research expertise spanned a broad area including robotics, graphics, vision, theory, and systems. We in EECS looked forward to having Andrew's energy and enthusiasm as part of our department and it is with great sadness that we note his passing.[Obituary and Guest Book; search for Andrew Ladd]
Sir John Pendry Lecture Available
If you missed Sir John Pendry's lecture, "The Perfect Lens: Resolution Beyond the Limits of Wavelength," you may listen to his talk and view his slides - click here.
Sir John Pendry Brings us the Perfect Lens
U-M Scores in iGEM: The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition
Students representing various disciplines across the University, including the College of Engineering, Business Administration, LS&A, and Bioinformatics, participated in the 4th annual iGEM (The International Genetically Engineered Machine) Jamboree. U-M's team took third place in the category, Best Real World Application. Read more...
Faculty Recently in the News
Jessy Grizzle talks to representatives from the Coalition for National Science Funding
Martha Pollack Supports Women's Role in Science and Engineering. Read more...
EECS Leads U-M in Tech Transfer Activities
Two new startup companies within the past year having roots in EECS are tangible evidence of the leading role the department plays in U-M's tech transfer activities. This past year, the EECS Department led U-M in invention disclosures, any of which may lead to patents, and/or technology found in the marketplace. A recent Ann Arbor News article about Tech Transfer at U-M mentions Sugih Jamin's company, Zattoo.
Prof. Conway to Present Distinguished Lecture on VLSI Design
Lynn Conway, Emerita Professor in EECS, will give a Distinguished Lecture at Columbia University in March, 2007, entitled "Reflections on the VLSI Design Revolution."
Emeritus Faculty Bernard A. Galler (1928-2006)
Emeritus faculty member Bernard A. Galler passed away September 4, 2006, at the age of 77. Galler was a great friend to all, and a true pioneer in the field of Computer Science. He was a founding member of the Computer Science department in the early 70's, a past president of the Association for Computing Machinery, and founding editor of the journal, The Annals of the History of Computing. We will miss him.
EECS Picnic Photos
Here are a few photos from this summer's EECS picnic.
Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Previous Donors, This is a final request this year for donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society through the MS-150 bike ride. If you are away and see this after the event, I can accept your funds and send them into M.S. until August 25, 2006.
Brian Gilchrist Named Interim Chair of EECS
Professor Brian Gilchrist has been named Interim Chair of the EECS Department, effective July 1, 2006. Gilchrist, a member of the Radiation Laboratory, and the Space Physics Research Laboratory in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences Department, has been Associate Chair for the ECE Division since 2004, shortly after Prof. Munson came to the University as Chair of the EECS Department. Munson has been named Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1.
AMD Supports VLSI at Michigan
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has partnered with U-M to sponsor a student design contest among the students of EECS 427: VLSI Design I and EECS 627: VLSI Design II. In addition, AMD donated cash and equipment to create a VLSI server pool that is accommodating 60 new Opteron 285 dual core processors.
David C. Munson, Jr. Named Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering
EECS chair, Dr. Munson, has recently been appointed the Dean of the College of Engineering, effective July 1, 2006. He will be missed.
Emmett Leith passed away December 23, 2005, at the age of 78. This came just five weeks after a retirement reception held in his honor, attended by former and current students, colleagues, and friends. We now celebrate the life and career of a remarkable individual a brilliant innovator, visionary researcher, remarkable teacher, and very unassuming gentle friend. [Full Story]
Photos from the party to celebrate Betty Cummings recent retirement from EECS after 40 years of service can be seen at the link below. We wish you all the very best, Betty. [Full Story]
Startups Doing Well!
Arbor Networks, a company founded by Prof. Farnam Jahanian, is number 9 in the 2005 Inc. 500 List. It has grown 4,651% in the past 5 years, making it the 9th fastest growing company in the country. [Additional Information]
Mobius Microsystems, co-founded by Chief Technical Officer and EECS alumnus Michael McCorquodale (MS and PhD, EE, '00 and '04), was presented with an award for Innovation of the Year, and was counted among 1 of the 50 companies to watch in Michigan at the second annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event. [Press Release - Additional Information - Photo]
David C. Munson, Jr. Named Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering
Dave Munson, Chair of EECS since 2003, will become the next U-M College of Engineering, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, effective July 1, 2006, pending Regents' approval.
Dr. Munson has increased the department's commitment to undergraduate and graduate programs, planned extensive renovation and expansion of research laboratories, improved its relationships with alumni and industry, and completed a comprehensive strategic-planning exercise. The department thanks him for his excellent leadership these past three years, and wishes him much success in his new position. [U-M Press Release]
Distinguished Professorship Lecture by Pallab K. Bhattacharya
Prof. Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will present the invited lecture, From Pigeons to Spin-Polarized Lasers: Transmission of Information Through the Ages, April 4, 2006, from 4-5pm in the Rackham Amphitheater, followed by a reception in the Assembly Hall.
SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
The EECS Department is pleased to offer the 2006 Spring/Summer Undergraduate Research Program. This program provides support to undergraduate students for three months during the spring/summer term to work with a faculty member on a research project of mutual interest. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 24, 2006. See the description of projects available.
U-M Amateur Radio Club Will Attempt Contact with Expedition Group on Peter I Island
Join the U-M Amateur Radio Club (UMARC), based in 4436 EECS, as they attempt to establish contact with a DXpedition group on Peter I Island between February 8th - 24th. UMARC invites all students, faculty, and staff with any interest in radio communication to join them.
Louis F. Kazda, 1916-2006
Louis F. Kazda was a faculty member of the department 1947-1984, when he retired from U-M. During his tenure at U-M, he received many awards for excellence and teaching, and served as Director of the Power Systems and Energy Conversion Laboratory (no longer an EECS lab). He enjoyed returning to the department for the William Gould Dow Distinguished Lectures. The photo was taken at one of these visits. Kazda was a Fellow of the IEEE, and very active in the society.
Emmett Leith, 1927-2005
Emmett Leith, the Schlumberger Professor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away December 23 at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Leith, a revered CoE faculty member for 52 years, was one of the early innovators of holography in the 1960s. See also the Ann Arbor News article, and the New York Times article. This may require registration with the NY Times, at no charge.
EECS 498-002:ORGANIC AND MOLECULAR ELECTRONICS
Ever wonder just how many talented people work and go to school here in EECS? You can see a sample by checking out video clips of those who recently participated in the 2nd annual EECS Fall Bash. You may need Internet2 bandwidth and a couple of terabytes of storage space to download but I guarantee you will not be disappointed. The cake was good too. -djh [Full Story]
Florence Robinson to Retire
Long-time University of Michigan employee Florence Robinson will
retire at the end of this year.
George I. Haddad became an emeritus professor this past May, 2005 - leaving a remarkable legacy of achievement and leadership in research, teaching, service and administration that spans nearly half a century. Originally from Lebanon, Haddad came to the University of Michigan in 1952, and has been here ever since. With numerous opportunities to go elsewhere, he has remained true blue, stating, I love Ann Arbor, I love Michigan. The University of Michigan is in my blood. [Full Story]
Solar Car Momentum Wins the Race
U-M’s solar car race team, and their car Momentum, took first place in the 2005 North American Solar Car Challenge July 27, 2005. Michigan has competed eight times, and earned four National Championships since the inception of the race in 1990, more than any other competing University.
The solar cars began the race July 17 in Austin, TX and ended July 25 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a new route for the American Solar Car Challenge, and at 2,500 miles, the longest in its history. With the lead time at 53 hours, 59 minutes, and 43 seconds, only 11 minutes and 52 seconds separated Michigan and the second place team, U. of Minnesota.
The Solar Car Challenge is a race of engineering mastery, strategy and some luck, as racers and their teams adjust to clouds, wind, and rain, equipment malfunctions, border checks, and even stop lights. Michigan started strong this year, in first place after 2 days, only to be socked by cloudy weather the third day – depleting their battery and their lead. They made a dramatic comeback on day 8 of the race. Facing intense head winds, Momentum’s aerodynamic design and race strategy helped it gain 19 minutes on Minnesota’s car. The next day would give the lighter cars an advantage as they faced mountain climbs – however, despite having one of the heavier cars, U-M’s overall design and engineering kept it in first place. Momentum set a record for average speed during the race, 46.2 miles per hour.
Every two years the North American Solar Challenge brings together cars built by student teams all over the country to compete in a cross country race, using nothing but the sun’s rays as power.
To quote Richard King, U.S. Department of Energy, who provided commentary for the race, “What these teams are proving out here is that solar electricity really works and energy efficiency pays off. Considering the consequences of billions of people around the world burning fossil fuels at an ever-growing rate, demonstrating technologies that can make a difference is significant.”
Of the 21 members of the race crew, seven are EECS students: Mirai Aki, Jonathan Brown, Jeff Ferman, David Masselink, David Mazur, Brent Schwartz, and Robert Vogt. Vogt, Head Strategist and the only EECS graduate student on the team, is a four year veteran of the team who also runs a web hosting/consulting company, ArborHost, and has a patent in Signal/Image Processing. Learn more about all the team members on the Solar Car webpage at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/solarcar/aboutus/racecrew.html
EECS Prof. Brian Gilchrist, faculty co-advisor to the Solar Car team, and his son were on hand to witness the race. Prof. Gilchrist said, “I am very proud of what the team accomplished, but even more so of what they learned! Over two years some 100+ students have been able to experience what it takes to develop a complete system from beginning to end! This is experience that would take years to obtain in industry.”
The Solar Car team has earned the opportunity to participate in the 8th World Solar Challenge, Sept. 25 – Oct. 2, 2005 in Australia.
Photos from last Friday's picnic are on the web link below.
Professor Jessy Grizzle’s work on RABBIT, an experimental biped robot, conceived to advance the scientific understanding of feedback-controlled bipedal locomotion, was recently featured in a Canadian broadcast on the Discovery Channel. To see a clip from the broadcast, use the weblink below (note that Windows Media Player Version 9, downloadable from Microsoft's site, is needed to view the clip). RABBIT has also been recently featured on CNN Headline News (June 5) and Fox News (June 6).
Professor Peter Chen and Students Receive Best Paper Award at USENIX Conference
Professor Peter Chen and his students Sam King and George Dunlap received the Best Paper Award at the 2005 USENIX Annual Technical Conference in Anaheim, California for their paper "Debugging Operating Systems with Time-Traveling Virtual Machines." Their work enables a programmer to debug an OS in reverse, implementing commands such as reverse breakpoint, reverse watchpoint, and reverse single step.
The EECS Department revived St. George's Day April 18, 2005, when EECS faculty served lunch to approx. 800 EECS students.
St. George's Day was started in 1987, when the department first moved to North Campus from downtown. It’s our way of saying thanks to all of our students, and is held on the last Monday of classes in the Winter term.
St. George was a real person, born in Turkey 270 AD, who was put to death April 23, 303 for his efforts on behalf of religious freedom. Over the next 1000 years, many miracles and legends became ascribed to him, including the famous slaying of the dragon, hence the dragons on the aprons. He was made Patron Saint of England around the year 1400, and after the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, St. George’s Day became a day of feasting.
The Faculty wish our graduating students the best - stay in touch! For those students still in the program, hang in there, your efforts will be rewarded!
Computer Games Showcase
Saturday, Dec. 18, the students in this semester's EECS 494class, Computer Game Design and Development, displayed their term projectsto the public in the Duderstadt Center.
1. Puck Off: A frantic multiplayer party game where the winner is the firstto clear their area of pucks.
David Blaauw wins 2005 Henry Russell Award
Congratulations to Professor David Blaauw, who has been named a winner of the 2005 Henry Russell Award. This esteemed University of Michigan award is a "special honor conferred on junior faculty members in recognition of distinguished scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher."
The link below leads to the application forms for the College of Engineering Awards and Prizes. Many carry a monetary award. Juniors, especially, are eligible for the Henry Ford II Prize, worth $15,000. [Full Story]
EECS Fall Bash Party
EECS Students, Faculty, Staff, and Friends, Please come to the first annual EECS Fall Bash: a mixer, party, and variety show featuring performances by EECS students, faculty, staff, and friends. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the entire department to relax in an informal and entertaining setting with music, poetry, skits, food, and conversation.
Time and Venue: 7 p.m., Friday, November 5th, Pierpont Commons Dining Room
EECS Halloween Party - 2004
Want to see something scary?
First Annual EECS Fall Bash!
Attention EECS Students, Faculty, and Staff:
Dedication Ceremony: September 24, 2004
See photos from the dedication by clicking on the Web Link below
The foundation of any great school is determined not by the buildings it contains but by the people that work inside. One of the people who made EECS what it is today died on Thursday, August 14th, 2003 at the age of 71. Ken served with the department for 40 years, starting first at the Electron Physics Lab in the late 1950s and retiring as a Technical Supervisor in 1997. Ken was also a skilled machinist, a role model and mentor to hundreds of students, and the person everyone in EECS sought after to just get things done right. He had a laugh that could be heard blocks away and was a true friend to all that knew him.
Professor Emeritus Charles Bruce Sharpe
Professor Emeritus Charles Bruce Sharpe passed away on Friday, September 10, 2004. Professor Sharpe earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a professor in the department for 32 years. He and his wife, Martha, moved to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1996. He is survived by his wife, four children, and eight grandchildren. A memorial service will be held: September 18, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. Christ United Methodist Church 800 Market Street, Southern Village Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27156
Ken's wife, Jan, has asked that we have a small dedication when the bench was in and ready. After a year, the bench is now here and in place outside the main doors west to the diag. Please join us for the dedication on Friday, September 24 at 3pm. Jan would love to see and chat with us. She has some of Ken's close friends and family members planning to attend. Refreshments will be served. We are also still collecting donations, if anyone is interested. We were short $400. Please stop by and say hello to Jan, if at all possible. For more info about Ken McCrath, see the web link below. [Full Story]
Ham Club is active again!
With the enthusiastic work of a team of graduate and undergraduate EECS students, the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club is once again up and running. Located on the fourth floor of the EECS building, the club is using its previous call sign, W8UM.
The station presently is running a TS-450S/AT HF transceiver on loan to the club by one of the local Ann Arbor amateurs. The antenna is an 80/40m fan dipole up 65 ft. atop the EECS building. It is working well and is also resonant and useable on 15m and 10m with a matching network. VHF access is through the club’s old TS-700A all-mode rig and a roof-top Discone courtesy of one of the university retired staff.
Future plans include installation of a short tower and a rotatable antenna for 20m through 10m, the search for a more modern VHF rig that permits access to the local repeaters including the club’s own 2-meter station, a membership drive and an FCC license course for new hams.
“We've been making some early evening 40m contacts lately and the station is getting good signal and audio reports,” says graduate student Chris Galbraith, club president, “But there’s much more to do, including antenna work and the acquisition of some good modern equipment.” Near-future plans include installation of a short tower and a rotatable antenna for 20m through 10m, the search for a more modern VHF rig, a membership drive, and an FCC license course for new hams.
Note: Anyone wishing to donate equipment to the club should contact Catharine June at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (734) 936-2965.
EECS 584 will cover a number of advanced topics in development of database management systems (DBMS) and the application of DBMSs in modern applications.
Topics to be discussed include advanced concurrency control and recovery techniques, query processing and optimization strategies for relational database systems, advanced access methods, database resource management, parallel and distributed database systems, extensible database systems, data analysis on large databases, and application of DBMS techniques in XML-based applications, mobile applications and bioinformatics.
The course material will be drawn from a number of papers in the database literature. We will cover 2-3 papers per week, and all students attending the class are expected to read the papers before coming to the lecture. Before each class you will be required to hand in a brief summary (~10 sentences total) of the paper that will be discussed in the class. The summary should not a facsimile of the abstract of the paper, but should be your assessment of the key contributions and limitations of the paper. The reviews will be graded on a scale of 0-4, with 4 being the highest grade.
Professor Chen-To Tai
Memorial Tribute to Chen-To Tai
See the link below for picnic photos! [Full Story]
Professor Elliot Soloway Receives Eta Kappa Nu Faculty Award for 2004
Professor Elliot Soloway received the EECS Department Eta Kappa Nu Faculty Award for 2004, in recognition of his "outstanding teaching efforts." The recipient of this annual award is chosen by all EECS students, not just those who are members of Eta Kappa Nu. The award is given to a professor who "has made a lasting impact on his students, one that carries beyond a certain class or semester."
Betty Cummings to Receive OVPR's Distinguished Research Administrator Award
Betty Cummings – Administrative Manager of the Solid State Electronics Lab in EECS -- has been selected to the receive the Distinguished Research Administrator Award from the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR). This award is given to individuals who “have demonstrated superlative service to the research community over a number of years exemplifying the highest standards of professional research adminstration.” Betty will be recognized at a reception on Tuesday, May 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Michigan League Ballroom.
Linda Cox to Receive CoE Excellence in Staff Service Award
Linda Cox -- the Graduate Program Assistant for the EE:Systems Program in EECS -- has been selected to the receive the College of Engineering's Excellence in Staff Service Award and will be recognized at a ceremony and reception on Friday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chesebrough Auditorium, Chrysler Center, North Campus.
UM Programming Team Advances to World Finals
A CSE undergrad student team will compete in the World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest to be held in Prague, Czech Republic from March 28 to April 1, 2004. The contest, organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and sponsored by IBM, will bring together 72 teams selected from regional competitions among 1300 colleges and universities in 68 countries. The UM team, consisting of undergraduate computer science students Nuttapong Chentanez, Galen Elias and James McCann, won its berth by placing fourth in a field of 127 teams at the East Central North America (ECNA) Regional Programming Contest on November 8. A second UM team, consisting of undergraduate students William Cheng, Yuan-Min Tang, and Arthur Tomlin, placed fifth. College of Engineering professor Kevin Compton and graduate students Andrew Nierman and Jarrod Roy, all of the EECS Department, coached both teams. A UM team has not qualified for the international competition since 1997. Recent ACM competition rankings for UM were 9th and 10th for 2000, 6th and 11th for 2001, and 9th and 10th for 2002. The ECNA region includes Pennsylvania, Ohio, the Michigan lower peninsula, eastern Ontario, and most of Indiana. Universities in this region may enter at most two teams of three students in the regional contest. The only teams scoring better than the two UM teams were the University of Waterloo teams (placing first and third) and a University of Toronto team (placing second). Teams competed to solve the most programming problems in a five hour period, with total time as a tie breaker. The Chentanez-Elias-McCann team solved six of the eight problems posed and the Cheng-Tang-Tomlin team solved five. Some of the UM team members began training for the regional contest in January. In addition to the team members listed above, Gabriel Black, Marina Polishchuk, Matthew Stockton, and Robert Schroeder served as team reserves and took part in weekly practices. Team training benefited from the expertise of Nierman and Roy, who are contest veterans, and from funding of ACM student activities by Proctor & Gamble and Goodyear Tire Corporation.
We enjoyed fun costumes and comaraderie at the 2nd Annual EECS Halloween Party on Friday. Beth Lawson and Becky Turanski have put together a few scenes of the party into a quicktime movie which you can view at the web link below (if you dare) ... [Full Story]
Dedication Ceremony: September 24, 2004
See photos from the dedication by clicking on the Web Link below
The foundation of any great school is determined not by the buildings it contains but by the people that work inside. One of the people who made EECS what it is today died on Thursday, August 14th, at the age of 71. Ken served with the department for 40 years, starting first at the Electron Physics Lab in the late 1950s and retiring as a Technical Supervisor at EECS in 1997. Ken was also a skilled machinist, a role model to other staff, a mentor to hundreds of students, and the person everyone in EECS sought after to just get things done. He had a laugh that could be heard blocks away and was a true friend to all that knew him. Donations for a memorial in his honor may be given to Jean Ringe. (734-647-1753) Email: email@example.com Our goal is to raise enough funds for a bench with a dedication plaque near the EECS building.
EECS welcomes the following new faculty beginning September 1, 2003:
Valeria Bertacco, Ranjit Gharpurey, Michel Maharbiz, Lee Markosian, Mahta Moghaddam
Additional new faculty will join EECS in January 2004:
Chandrasekhar Boyapati, Zhuoquing Morley Mao, Serap Savari
Click the link below to view photos taken at last Friday's Department Picnic. [Full Story]
Our Second Annual EECS Alumni Reception was held at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in California in conjunction with the Design Automation Conference (DAC). We had some new alumni's visit us this year. Feel free to click on the link below to view some of the pictures. [Full Story]
Our First Annual EECS Alumni Reception was a success! It was held at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, LA in conjunction with the Design Automation Conference. Feel free to click on the link below to view some of the pictures we took and see how much fun it was! [Full Story]
2001 Grand Prix 373
The 2001 Grand Prix 373 took place on the afternoon of December 20, 2001, at the 2nd floor of the EECS Building. This race was the culmination of a 3-week long final project for 17 of the students who took EECS 373 in the Fall semester, 2001. For more information, please click here.
Golden Apple Award to Elliot Soloway
Congratulations to Professor Elliot Soloway who is this year's recipient of the Golden Apple Award sponsored by Students Honoring Outstanding University Teaching (SHOUT).
The Golden Apple Award honors those teachers who consistently teach each lecture as if it were their last, and strive not only to disseminate knowledge but to inspire and engage students in its pursuit.
Approximately 520 students nominated various professors for the Golden Apple Award this year. Students of Professor Soloway who sent in nominations agreed with his philosophy on teaching and said they were inspired by him.
The concept of the Golden Apple Award was inspired by one of the greatest teachers of the Jewish tradition, Rabbi Eliezer ben Hurkanos, who taught 1900 years ago, "Get your life in order one day before you die." The Award is an annual reminder to the entire University that all of us should always be giving our "last lectures."
In honor of winning the Golden Apple Award, Professor Soloway will give his "ideal last lecture" January 22 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater and be awarded $1,000 cash.
John J. Carey, Emeritus Professor
John Joseph Carey, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has passed away November 10, 2001, at the age of 89. Professor Carey was born in Boston, and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1934 and 1953. From 1934-41, he worked on the Panama Canal, serving with the Panama Canal Department as Associate Electrical-Mechanical Engineer. He then joined an engineering firm in Boston. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1942-45, serving in the Corps of Engineers 1943-45, and he was awarded the Campaign Star in 1944. During 1945-46, Prof. Carey taught at the Universities of New Mexico and Kansas. In 1946 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan; he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1948 and to Professor in 1957. Prof. Carey retired in 1972. While at the University of Michigan, Prof. Carey was co-director of the Power Systems Laboratory, and taught courses in power systems analysis, electro-mechanical energy conversion, engineering economics, and circuits. He also taught courses in power systems for employees of the Consumers Power Company, the Commonwealth Associates, and the Detroit Edison Company. Throughout his career at Michigan, Professor Carey demonstrated unique capabilities as a teacher, researcher, and consultant in electric power systems and energy conversion. Prof. Carey also gave generously of his time and talents to administrative and University-wide committees. He was very active in the Michigan Society for Professional Engineers, for which he was a past president, and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers; he was also a member of Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and IEEE. Prof. Carey spent 10 weeks in India, where he had been stationed in the Army, in 1965 working on curriculum issues under the sponsorship of the Government of India and U.S. Aid. Upon his retirement, Prof. Carey was a frequent consultant in product liability and personal injury lawsuits. Prof. Carey is survived by his wife, Grace; their children, John Jr., Sharon, and Karen; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister Louise; and 16 nieces and nephews. The Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science offers its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of John Joseph Carey, and expresses its gratitude for his 26 years of distinguished service to the University of Michigan.
National Research Council - News Release
Please find the attached news release (pdf format) announcing the National Research Council - 2002 Postdoctoral and Senior Research Associateship Programs.
William G. Dow Distinguished Lecture
SPEAKER: Dr. Robert W. Lucky
RECEPTION FOLLOWING THE LECTURE