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Meet Some ECE Solar Car Team Members

Meet some of the students who helped make history as Michigan's solar car team finishes 2nd in the World Solar Challenge, its best finish ever! [Full Story]

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University of Michigan Solar Car Team finishes 2nd in world challenge

In its best finish ever in the World Solar Challenge, America's top solar car team took second place in the 1,800 mile race across the Australian Outback, powered only by the sun. Michigan was one of only two top teams that raced a skinny, monohull car - a radical departure from the proven catamaran design that dominated the field. "This is indescribable," said team member and CE student, Patrick Irving. The University of Michigan interdisciplinary student-run team, winner of six American Solar Car Challenges, unveiled the car, Novum, meaning "new thing" in Latin, just this past summer. [Full Story]

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Historic Satellite Launch Brings U-M History to Space

An interdisciplinary team of Michigan students, including several from ECE, is working to design and launch the Michigan Bicentennial Archive (M-BARC), a space-based time capsule to celebrate the 200th anniversary of U-M. The capsule will be attached to a small satellite called a CubeSat and is planned to orbit Earth for 100 years in Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) the first CubeSat to enter orbit that high above the Earth. [Full Story]

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Fred Buhler Builds Better Chips for "Aweslome" Applications

ECE PhD student Fred Buhler is working on more efficient chips for a broad range of applications, including machine learning, neural networks, security, and circuits testing. A member of Prof. Michael Flynns lab since he was an undergrad, Buhler's work has resulted in high-profile published papers and a new company, Aweslome, LLC. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  Graduate Students  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  

The Aptitude Academy: Student's Instructional YouTube Channel Tops 6 Million Views

Daniel Dsouzas plan to share some knowledge ballooned into a huge following on YouTube. The ECE masters student produces short videos to help viewers succeed in career aptitude tests in India. He's been posting to his YouTube channel and website, called The Aptitude Academy, since 2013. In that time, Dsouzas lessons have gone viral and attracted 109,011 subscribers and over 6,300,000 views to date. [Full Story]

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Solar Car Team goes small to win big at World Solar Challenge

The University of Michigans top-ranked solar car team has unveiled the vehicle it will race in a global contest this fall, and its the smallest and most aerodynamic that any U-M team has ever built. Aptly named NovumLatin for new thingthe design, manufacturing process and solar technology behind the national champion teams fourteenth car is different than anything theyve ever done before. [Full Story]

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Student Hybrid Rocket Team Takes First Place at Inaugural Competition

The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) won the first ever Spaceport America Cup, an intercollegiate rocket engineering competition with over 110 teams from colleges and universities in eleven countries. The team was led in part by EE students Jacob Sigler (Chief Engineer), Nicholas Sterenberg (Avionics Lead), and Jonathan Zarger (Avionics Lead). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Space technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

New Student Exoskeleton Team Launches Prototype

Student team STARX (STrength Augmenting Robotic eXoskeletons) completed its second year, focused on making practical powered exoskeletons that increase the effective strength of the user. This year, they built a new load-bearing exoskeleton called the Lexo. [Full Story]

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New Student Team Builds Autonomous Vehicles

New student team University of Michigan Intelligent Ground Vehicle (UMIGV) has spent much of its first year organizing and fundraising, and is now building a prototype autonomous vehicle. The team is led by CE student and co-founder Adarash Mishra. [Full Story]

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Baja Racing Team First to Three-peat National Championship, Despite Four-Car Pileup

The U-M Baja Racing team earned first place in the national competition for the third year in a row, making them the first team to ever achieve the status of 3-time consecutive national champions. Baja designs and manufactures a new off-road race vehicle every season. [Full Story]

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UM::Autonomy Competes with Brand New Boat Design

The UM::Autonomy team brought their latest autonomous boat, called Thurman, to participate in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation Roboboat competition. This year, they managed to simplify the code running the boat, changed their design to a more stable model, and added a dedicated business team to run their promotional material. [Full Story]

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MHybrid Takes on Major Design Overhaul

The Michigan Hybrid Racing team took their latest creation to the Formula Hybrid Competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in May, led in part by ECE undergrads Madison Warsaw, Yeabsera Kebede, and Colin Wagner. MHybrids car featured many unique components, and was a major overhaul from their previous designs. They placed 5th in their class at the competition, and earned the FCA Innovation Award and General Motors Best Engineered Propulsion award. [Full Story]

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Anna Stuhlmacher: Power to change the world

Anna Stuhlmacher spends a lot of her time thinking about power, but not in a scheming, dictator sort of way. A recent graduate and NSF fellow of Boston University, Anna focuses mostly on the power to change the world. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  

Two Students Earn Scholarships to Pursue Work in Sustainable Energy

Paul Giessner (BSE EE ) and Noah Mitchell-Ward, an EE undergrad, have each been awarded a $2,000 scholarship from the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) to support their education in wind and solar power. Awardees were chosen by grade point average, commitment to renewable energy and power engineering, recommendations, relevant experience and achievements, and an essay submission. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Sustainability  Undergraduate Students  

Engineering Students Bring Education to Disadvantaged Children in Ecuador

CE undergrad Sam Tenka traveled to Ecuador with a team of four multidisciplinary engineers to work with youth who have not had the chance to attend school. As part of the Engineering Honors GO program, the team stayed in the city of Quito for two weeks to aid the Street Children Work project. [Full Story]

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A VR-Powered Crystal Structures App (Video)

EE senior Duncan Abbot and his VR software startup Gwydion want to redefine how humans interact with technology. The companys latest project, an app called Arthea, has been used by Prof. Joanna Millunchick (MSE) in classes to help students visualize crystal structures in 3D. This video by the College of Engineering explores how the team made it work, and how Prof. Millunchick has used it to help her students learn. [Full Story]

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Students in EECS 556 Win Prizes for Improving Image Processing Techniques for Camera Motion Blur and Facial Recognition

Two teams earned prizes in the graduate level course, EECS 556: Image Processing, thanks to the sponsorship of KLA-Tencor. The course, taught this past term by Prof. Boklye Kim (Radiology, EECS), covers topics in the theory of multidimensional signal analysis and processing with applications in optical, computerized tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance images. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Undergraduate Students  

Gopal Nataraj Earns Best Paper Award for Improving MRI

Gopal Nataraj, a doctoral student in ECE, earned a Best Student Paper award at the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging for his paper "Dictionary-Free MRI Parameter Estimation Via Kernel Ridge Regression." Gopal is working to improve the sensitivity of MRIs to specific disorders as well as improving doctors' ability to distinguish closely-related disorders. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Health  Lab-Systems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Student teams earn prizes for analog-digital converter circuit designs in EECS 511

Students in the graduate level course, Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits (EECS 511), taught by Prof. Michael Flynn, competed for cash prizes while presenting their final design projects thanks to the support of Analog Devices, Inc. Two winning projects and teams were determined by an expert panel at Analog Devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Flynn, Michael  Graduate Students  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Award-Winning Graduate Student Instructors & Instructional Aides

To celebrate the contributions of our graduate and undergraduate instructors, the department selects the best of the best, based on student evaluations, and celebrates them at a special awards ceremony. This event occurred Wednesday, April 26, 2017, when 14 students were recognized for their skill, passion, and care for the students they were charged to assist during the past academic year. [Full Story]

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Behzad Yektakhah Earns Paper Award for Research in Seeing Through Walls

ECE PhD student Behzad Yektakhah earned an honorable mention in the 2017 IEEE Antennas and Propagaation Society Student Paper Competition for his paper, "All Directions Through the Wall Imaging Using Omnidirectional Bi-static FMCW Transceivers." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

EE Sophomore Takes on W8UM Amateur Radio Club Leadership

The W8UM Amateur Radio Club welcomed new leadership for the 2017-2018 shool year. Kit Ng (N9KIT), a Chicago native, will serve as president. Kit is pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering, and obtained his first amateur ham radio license in 2014. [Full Story]

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2016-17 Undergraduate Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered on Friday, March 24, 2017 to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities. Khalil Najafi, Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Peter Chen, Interim Chair for Computer Science and Engineering, presented the awards. [Full Story]

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Nowruz Celebration 1396: Persian New Year Festival

Over 200 students and faculty celebrated Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on March 21 with traditional food, calligraphy, and musical performances. This is the first ECE Nowruz celebration, and it's part of ECE's growing tradition of recognizing the cultural events of its diverse student body. [Full Story]

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ECE Graduate Student Nathan Sawicki Recognized for Outstanding Teaching

Nathan Sawicki received a 2017 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors. Nate assisted with EECS 216 (Signals and Systems) and EECS 351 (Intro to Digital Signal Processing). He said he was inspired to be a great GSI because he himself had benefited from two award winning GSIs, and knew what a difference they could make in a student's understanding of the material. [Full Story]

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EE Student Noah Mitchell-Ward Earns PES Scholarship to Support Studies in Renewable Power

Noah Mitchell-Ward, undergraduate electrical engineering student, has been named a future power and energy leader by the IEEE Power & Energy Society, which recently awarded him a Power & Energy Society (PES) Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. This $2000 scholarship recognizes outstanding students committed to exploring the power and energy field. Noah is interested in renewable energy sources, and hopes to work with solar or wind generation and battery energy storage. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Undergraduate Students  

EE Student Leonard Kapiloff Earns PES Scholarship to Support Studies in Secure, Sustainable Grid

Leonard Kapiloff, undergraduate electrical engineering student, has been named a future power and energy leader by the IEEE Power & Energy Society, which recently awarded him a Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year. This $2000 scholarship recognizes outstanding students committed to exploring the power and energy field. Leonard is also earning a minor in Energy Science and Policy. Leonard wants to work in the energy industry towards a more sustainable and secure electric grid. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hiskens, Ian  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Mathieu, Johanna  Power and Energy  Undergraduate Students  

EE Student Arun Nagpal develops new ENG 100 section to spotlight space science

For incoming freshman, Engineering (ENGR) 100 provides an initial glimpse into the world of collegiate engineering design. Starting this upcoming winter semester, a new ENGR 100 section will be implemented that spotlights previously under-represented topics: atmospheric and space science. Arun Nagpal, electrical engineering junior and co-President of SEDS, saw an opportunity to increase freshman engagement in space research through hands-on course-work. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Space technology  Undergraduate Students  

Wide-ranging ECE Research Presented at 2016 Engineering Graduate Symposium

Systems to study cancer stem cells, new methods to remotely measure snow and ice thickness, radar for autonomous vehicles, navigation systems that don't rely on GPS, nanowire lasers, and methods to model lithium-ion batteries were just a few of the many winning projects presented by ECE students at the 2016 Engineering Graduate Symposium. Thirteen alumni returned to judge the posters and meet with students. [Full Story]

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Liz Dreyer Earns An Outstanding Collegiate Member Award for Years of SWE Leadership

ECE PhD student Liz Dreyer was awarded the Outstanding Collegiate Member award by the Society of Women Engineers, "for leadership and innovative efforts to grow SWE's presence on campus, particularly among graduate students, and for advancing the overall interests of women in STEM fields across the globe." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Rand, Stephen  Student Teams and Organizations  

MHacks Win Propels Student Virtual Reality Startup, Focused on Child Therapy and 3-D Gaming

Propelled by a win at MHacks, EE major Duncan Abbot and English major Paul Stefanski co-founded the startup company Gwydion, a virtual and augmented reality software development company. Early projects range from therapy in children's hospitals to helping materials scientists study 3-D crystals. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Virtual Reality  

A Silver-Medal Finish for ECE Olympic Rower

Electrical Engineering sophomore and Ann Arbor native Zach Burns brought home a silver medal from the Rio De Janeiro Summer Olympics in September as part of the US Paralympic Rowing Team. This was Zachs third year with the team, finally getting to take on the Olympic games after two years traveling to the World Championships. [Full Story]

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EECS Students Row Blue! to Victory

The Michigan Mens Rowing team won their 9th consecutive national championship in Gainesville, Georgia, with four EECS students rowing in their toughest category. Their succesful season qualified the team to compete abroad in the Henley Royal Regatta, the most prestigious boat race series in the world, which takes place annually on the River Thames in England. [Full Story]

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Students Seek the Secrets of the Brain in Study Abroad Program

Eight undergrad students got the chance to work on cutting edge brain research in Germany this summer through the International Program for the Advancement of Neurotechnology (IPAN). Directed by Prof. Euisik Yoon, the program sent students from around the country to two universities where they experienced a month of in-depth lab work on devices that could help us better understand the brain. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Health  International Prog. for the Adv. of Neurotechnology  Undergraduate Students  Yoon, Euisik  

Michigan Solar Car defends national title in sweeping victory

Despite nearly-sunless conditions in the final two days, the University of Michigan Solar Car team has successfully defended their decade-long reigning championship winning the 2016 American Solar Challenge for the sixth consecutive time. After two sunless final days of the race, U-M's car, Aurum, ended up the only entree to finish on 100% solar power. [Full Story]

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UM::Autonomy Makes a Strong Finish at RobotBoat Competition

The UM::Autonomy team took 6th place in the world at this years RoboNation RoboBoat Competition, where teams build autonomous, robotic boats to navigate and race through an aquatic obstacle course. The boat is completely designed and programmed by the students each year. [Full Story]

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Baja Wins Big

The U-M Baja Racing Team made huge waves this season. Along with their second consecutive overall 1st place finish, they also received the seasons highest honor, the Mike Schmidt Memorial Award. This award is given to the team with the highest cumulative points between three competitions. As if that wasnt enough, at the California race the team broke the record for the most points ever earned at a Baja SAE event, scoring 1007/1000. [Full Story]

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MHybrid Races On

The Michigan Hybrid Racing (MHybrid) team took their latest creation to the Formula Hybrid Competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in May, led in part by seniors Gwynn Cunningham (team captain), Vicky Cheung, Jake Moline, Jeffrey Lu, and Guanlun He. The MHybrid team members took away memorable experiences and have turned a positive eye toward the future - with graduates anticipating new careers. [Full Story]

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New Student Team Designs and Builds Unique New Instruments

ECE undergrads Sophia Mehdizadeh and Kiran Thawardas helped lead a brand new interdisciplinary student design team, Project Music, through its first year. This team designs and builds their own unique musical instruments, and gives its members the chance to make music together. This year the team built an electric bass out of LEGOs, and now they're planning an electric violin for next year. [Full Story]

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M-FLY Debuts Two Planes at SAE Competition, Finishes Top 10

M-FLY, an interdisciplinary student team dedicated to designing competitive aircraft, brought two of its planes to the 2016 SAE Aero Design Competition East in Fort Worth, Texas in March. Entering both the regular and advanced class competitions, Jacob Gersh, Sophia Mehdizadeh, and Vaibhav Parashar, electrical engineering students, helped the team finish top 10 in both categories, including a first-place oral competition finish. [Full Story]

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Student Team Works to Improve Care for Premature Infants

Meghna Menon, a sophomore in EE, and Mihir Sheth, Masters student in EE:Systems, designed a heated incubator to help keep low birth weight and premature infants warm and healthy as part of the student group, M-HEAL (Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives). Findings show that maintaining the heart rate and body temperature of low birth weight and premature infants saves lives. The pair recently traveled with four other team members to compete in Rice Universitys Rice 360 Design Competition. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Health  Student Teams and Organizations  Sustainability  Undergraduate Students  

Award-Winning EECS 2016 Graduate Student Instructors & Instructional Aides Recognized

The EECS Department held its annual Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) / Instructional Aide (IA) Awards Ceremony on April 28 to honor top student instructors and aides for their remarkable service and excellence in teaching. ECE and CSE Associate Chairs Dave Neuhoff and Scott Mahlke hosted the event and introduced the awardees. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Mahlke, Scott  Neuhoff, David L.  

Students Make Connections at NSBE National Convention

The 42nd Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) brought members together in Boston, MA for career fairs, competitions, professional workshops, networking events, and elections. Forty three U-M engineers, six from EECS, attended the convention, themed Engineering a Cultural Change. [Full Story]

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Students earn prizes for improving image processing techniques in EECS 556

Two teams earned prizes in the graduate level course, EECS 556: Image Processing, thanks to the sponsorship of KLA-Tencor. The course, taught this past term by Prof. Jeff Fessler, covers the theory and application of digital image processing, with applications in biomedical images, time-varying imagery, robotics, and optics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  

Students receive prizes for simulating the best landing of a rocket booster

Students in EECS 562, Nonlinear Systems and Control, received prizes for calculating how to land a rocket booster with minimal damage after being detached during a rocket launch. They competed with students who were taking a similar class at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Jessy Grizzle's former PhD student and CMU professor, Koushil Sreenath (PhD EE:S 2011), designed the project last year, inspired by a real-world problem. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Grizzle, Jessy  Lab-Software Systems  

Audrow Nash Earns NSF Fellowship for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Research

Audrow Nash, a Master's student in EE:Systems, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his work developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor biogas emissions in landfills. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Graduate Students  Olson, Edwin  Robotics  

ECE Volunteer Brings M-HEAL Solutions to Peru

Leila Syal, a sophomore in Electrical Engineering, organized an alternative spring break trip with M-HEAL (Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives) to Cusco, Peru. This trip was a part of the groups Service Abroad and Needs Assessment (SANA) program, and the 15 participating students had the opportunity to do medical volunteer work around the city. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Clark Zhang Earns NSF Fellowship for Data Processing in MEMS Networks

Clark Zhang, a senior in Computer Engineering, has earned an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research proposal on gathering useful data from MEMS sensor systems. This summer, he is working as an intern at NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There, hell be a part of a project called Resilient Spacecraft Architecture, which works to make the autonomous systems on spacecraft more robust and willing to take risks without an operator intervening. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  MEMS and Microsystems  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Undergraduate Students  

Joshua Adkins Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Joshua Adkins, a senior in Computer Engineering, has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. While at Michigan, Josh has worked with Prof. Prabal Dutta in Lab 11, the Embedded Systems Lab in CSE. His research interests lie in the areas of embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and energy harvesting. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Undergraduate Students  

Genevieve Flaspohler Selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Genevieve Flaspohler, a senior in Computer Engineering, has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. During the past four years, Genevieve has been involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects related to embedded systems at Michigan, working with faculty in Mechanical Engineering and with Prof. Prabal Dutta in CSE. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Undergraduate Students  

2015-16 EECS Undergraduate Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered on Friday, March 11, 2016 to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned special awards for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities. [Full Story]

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Xiang Yin Earns Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for Research in Cyber-Physical Systems

Xiang Yin, PhD student in ECE, has been awarded a Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for his research with Prof. Stphane Lafortune in the field of cyber-physical systems and discrete-event systems. Xiangs research focuses on developing new methods to synthesize different control and sensing strategies in a discrete-event system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Cyber-physical systems  Graduate Students  Lab-Software Systems  Lafortune, Stephane  

Amr Ibrahim Earns Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for Research in Sub-Millimeterwave Radar Systems

Amr Ibrahim, a PhD student in ECE, has been awarded a Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship for his research with Prof. Kamal Sarabandi on sub-millimeterwave radar systems for imaging and navigation applications. Amr is investigating both the unique advantages and the performance limitations of radar systems operating at 240 GHz in typical outdoor environments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Avish Kosari Selected as Barbour Scholar for Research in Low-Power Devices for the Internet of Things

Avish Kosari, PhD student in ECE, was selected to be a Barbour Scholar by the Rackham Graduate School. Avish conducts research on ultra-low power and battery-less integrated circuits. She is a member of the wireless integrated circuits and systems group, directed by Prof. David Wentzloff, designing devices that will help enable the Internet of Things and a connected world. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Remote Sensing  Wentzloff, David  

Students Rewarded for Optimizing Stop/Start Technology for Auto Applications

Students in EECS 418, Prof. Heath Hofmann's Power Electronics course, competed to build the most efficient DC to DC converter as part of the course's final project. The competition was sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; company representatives Ben Dicicco and Nazmi Sabi attended the class as guest judges. The winning teams all earned prizes sponsored by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Course Announcements  Hofmann, Heath  

Muzhi Wang Earns a Best Paper Award for a New Tunable Filter for Wireless Communication Devices

Muzhi Wang, third year PhD student in ECE, has earned a Best Paper Award at the 2016 Meeting on Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF Systems (SiRF) for his implementation of the first tunable filter for wireless communications to use a germanium-telluride phase change switch. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  MEMS and Microsystems  Rais-Zadeh, Mina  Wireless Communications  

Students and alumni celebrate research and progress at the 2015 Engineering Graduate Symposium

ECE students presented on a broad range of topics at 2015's Graduate Symposium. The College of Engineerings annual event to highlight research and engage prospective graduate students gave ECE presenters the chance to demonstrate their work to prospective and fellow students. Posters and presentations were judged by faculty and a visiting group of 14 returning ECE alumni, and winners were chosen in each area of study. Fifteen ECE students were recognized as 1st or 2nd Place in their division, and two of the three Towner PhD Research Awards went to ECE nominees. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Graduate Students  

First-Ever ECE Career Fair Builds Student Careers and Alumni Connections

The ECE division hosted its very first career fair on October 29, the day before the College-wide graduate symposium. Local companies of all sizes and from many industries set up stands in the EECS Atrium to recruit from over 200 registered graduate and undergraduate students. Over 15 companies were in attendance, many of them either founded or led by alumni. In addition to these were several large local companies representing the local automotive and energy sectors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Drones are coming soon to an apple orchard near you, farmers and students hope

Students were invited to a local orchard on Tuesday, Oct. 20 to explore how drones can help fruit growers maintain their harvest. From analyzing how sunlight hits the orchard, to giving temperature or pest readings, all agreed the technology could have a major impact on the business. EECS grad students Ivan Ma (CSE) and Haohuan Wang (ECE) offered drone demonstrations. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

A Real-World Approach to Digital Signal Processing

For two semesters, Prof. Laura Balzano's Digital Signal Processing course (EECS 351, formerly 451) has incorporated a data collection and analysis project that gives the students firsthand experience with sensors and many signal processing techniques. Students could use sensors or other data collection tools to pursue a goal of their choosing, ranging from smart handwriting replicators to recreating the reverb of famous recording environments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Balzano, Laura  Graduate Students  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  Undergraduate Students  

EECS Students Make Career Connections at NSBE Conference

The 41st National Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) brought together over 3,600 members to Anaheim, California for career fairs, competitions, professional workshops, networking events, and elections. 55 U-M engineers attended the convention, themed Reimagining Your Future, and developed vital connections in their field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Building Better RoboBoats: UM::Autonomy Takes Third at International Competition

Autonomous vehicles are in hot demand right now, and thats just as true at sea. UM::Autonomy designs, programs, and builds their own autonomous boat every year for the annual RobotBoat competition. This year the team took third prize. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Michigan Light Project: Shining a Light on Optics

By teaching children how to build a hologram and piezo-electric animals, members of the Michigan Light Project (MLP) are introducing the future generation to technology that is key to modern society. Capitalizing on UNESCOs designation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015), the MLP seeks to provide outreach and education about the the world of optics in general, and the optics industry in Michigan specifically. The academics, industrialists, and artists involved are using this forum to demonstrate the amazing aspects of light and energy in society as well as to promote awareness that the State of Michigan is a worldwide hub of light-related industry, culture, and art. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Nees, John A.  Optics and Photonics  

The Economics of Energy Hamidreza Tavafoghi Earns a Dow Sustainability Fellowship

Hamidreza Tavafoghi, a doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded a Dow Sustainability Fellowship to support his research in energy economics. Hamid is studying ways to increase the use of renewable energy sources on the grid. Adapting the nation's grid to include renewable power, energy storage, and other technologies essential for sustainable energy sources requires a shift in how this enormous market operates to ensure an efficient and stable transition. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  Power and Energy  Sustainability  Teneketzis, Demosthenis  

Stephanie Crocker Earns NSF Fellowship to Bring Sustainable Energy to the Grid

Stephanie Crocker, a PhD student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded an NSF Fellowship to support her work on integrating renewable energy sources into the power grid. Working with Prof. Johanna Mathieu, Stephanie seeks to provide continuous energy balancing on the grid by automatically controlling loads. This must be done without disrupting customers and without compromising the grid's physical integrity. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Energy Science and Engineering  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Lab-Systems  Mathieu, Johanna  Sustainability  

Steven Parkison Earns NSF Fellowship to Design Tools for the Future of Autonomous Cars

Steven Parkison, Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has received an NSF Fellowship to support his research on machine learning for autonomous vehicles. He is working with Prof. Ryan Eustice as part of the Next Generation Vehicle (NGV) project, a partnership between Ford Motor Company and researchers at the University of Michigan and State Farm Insurance to develop the autonomous vehicles of the future. Michigans principal investigators, Profs. Eustice and Edwin Olson, are taking a leading role on sensing and decision-making. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Autonomous Vehicles   Graduate Students  Olson, Edwin  

Alyssa Kody Earns NSF Fellowship for Research in Energy Harvesting and Wireless Sensing

Alyssa Kody, a Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue research in powering wireless embedded systems. The goal of Alyssa's project is to improve energy harvesting technology and decrease network power consumption by implementing whats called energy forecasting. This would enable sensor nodes to predict energy availability in the future and make decisions based on this knowledge. In other words, she would give energy-aware decision making capabilities to a system. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  Lab-Systems  

Iverson Bell - Researching the Future of Space Satellites

Iverson Bell is about to graduate with his PhD in electrical engineering. As a member of Prof. Brian Gilchrist's research group, Mr. Bell is investigating the potential of electrodynamic tether propulsion technology to enhance the capabilities of an emerging class of smartphone-sized satellites. Potential applications for these satellites include emergency preparedness, emergency relief, and space weather. In this video, he discusses grad life at Michigan and his ambitions in his field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Space technology  

EECS Graduate Student Instructors Earn Awards for Teaching Excellence

The EECS Department held its annual Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) / Instructional Aide (IA) Awards Ceremony on April 30 to honor top student instructors and aides for their remarkable service and excellence in teaching. ECE and CSE Associate Chairs Dave Neuhoff and Scott Mahlke hosted the event and introduced the awardees. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Mahlke, Scott  Neuhoff, David L.  

Prize Winning Class Team Project for Improved Image Processing

An interdisciplinary team of three graduate students earned prizes in the graduate level course, EECS 556: Image Processing, thanks to the sponsorship of Apple. The course, taught by Prof. Jeff Fessler, covers the theory and application of digital image processing, which has applications in biomedical images, time-varying imagery, robotics, and optics. [Full Story]

Thomas Chen Earns NSF Fellowship for Research in Artificial Neural Networks for Computer Vision

Thomas Chen has been awarded an NSF Fellowship to pursue his research in the design of efficient artificial neural networks for computer vision. Thomas and his group were able to design custom hardware architectures for efficient and high-performance implementations of a sparse coding algorithm called the sparse and independent local network (SAILnet). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer Vision  Graduate Students  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Zhang, Zhengya  

Elnaz Ansari Earns Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement

Elnaz Ansari, PhD candidate in EE, has received the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement. Elnaz implements large-scale analog circuits using automatic design techniques that are mostly used in digital system designs. Using these techniques, she has fabricated a high-speed, high-resolution digital to analog converter (DAC) in 65nm CMOS technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Wentzloff, David  

Students Getting Ready to Race with MHybrid

The Michigan Hybrid Racing Team (MHybrid) unveiled their new formula racecar, and students are hard at work to make the car a success at the Formula Hybrid Competition at Dartmouth on April 27. The car will be tested on its speed, design, and efficiency. The team will take a number of design improvements over previous models to the track, and the electrical group has been busy making them happen. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hofmann, Heath  Lab-Michigan-Power-and-Energy(MPEL)  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

ECE Students Earn CoE Distinguished Leadership Awards

Three ECE students have been awarded the CoE Distinguished Leadership Award. This award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University, and community. Cheng Zhang and Elizabeth Dreyer are both Ph.D. students in electrical engineering, and Lauren Bilbo is an undergraduate senior majoring in electrical engineering. All three are actively involved in student organizations and leadership positions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Guo, L. Jay  Rand, Stephen  Undergraduate Students  

Cheng Zhang Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for Research on Nanophotonic Materials and Devices

Cheng Zhang, a 5th year Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering, has been awarded a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his doctoral research in new optical materials and device concepts for future optoelectronic devices. Key to one facet of Cheng's research is his investigation of a new kind of silver film, aluminum-doped silver (Al-doped Ag), for device fabrication. In addition, Cheng is investigating nano-size metamaterials for use in optical spectrum filtering and polarization/direction control. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  Guo, L. Jay  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Optoelectronics  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

2015 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

Each year the College of Engineering awards the Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) to the top graduate student instructors throughout the College of Engineering. In 2015, three of the four awards went to students in EECS. The winners are Jonathan Beaumont, Michael Benson, and Mai Le. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Lab-Software Systems  

EECS Undergraduate Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered on Friday, March 13, 2015 to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned special awards for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities. [Full Story]

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Urging STEM Support in Washington, DC (Iverson Bell and Michigan Space Grant Consortium)

Iverson Bell (right), a doctoral student in electrical engineering, talks with Dan Jourdan, legislative director for Rep. Sander Levin, D-Royal Oak, about wire that could be used to power micro-satellite propulsion. Representatives of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium part of a national NASA-funded program aimed at increasing the number of students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math were in Washington, D.C., recently to urge support. U-M manages the Space Grant program in Michigan. (Photo by Mike Waring, Washington Office)
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

HKN Students Crowned Mr. and Ms. Engineer at the The Engineering Games

This years Engineering Games, hosted by SWE (Society of Women Engineers), pitted teams from six engineering student organizations in a clash of talent, skill, and problem solving. Representing HKN (Eta Kappa Nu), the international honor society for Electrical and Computer Engineers, ECE graduate student David Hiskens and CS senior Alyssa Kornylo took home the Mr. and Ms. Engineering crowns. [Full Story]

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Student Team Reaches Qualcomm Finals with their Proposal for a Wearable Haptic Device

Paul Myers, EE Senior, and Amin Sandoughsaz, EE PhD student, were selected as finalists for the 2015 Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship. They will present their project, A Wearable Haptic Device with Integrated Sensing and Actuation for Next Generation Communication Systems, at the Finals on March 23, 2015 in San Diego. The goal of the project is to augment the transmission of audio and video with the sense of touch [Full Story]

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Students Win Prizes for Circuit Designs in EECS 413

Two teams of students in Monolithic Amplifier Circuits (EECS 413) earned prizes for their final circuit design projects. First place went to Paul Myers, Tianyu Huang, Di Hu, and Rifat Sheikh for their project An Ultra-Low Power Energy Harvester with Integrated MPPT Circuit. Second place went to Seyed Amin Sandoughsaz Zardini, Chester Liu, Kanghwan Kim, and Shengshuo Lu for An Integrated Ultra-Low Power CMOS On-Chip Thermal Sensor. [Full Story]

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Miss Washtenaw County Finds Creativity in Every Opportunity

From operettas to oil refineries to pageants, Alexandria Strother has done it all. As Miss Washtenaw County and a double major in Electrical Engineering and Vocal Performance, Alexandria works to bridge her many different worlds with a lot of ambition and creative problem solving. [Full Story]

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Amr Ibrahim Receives Rackham Int. Student Fellowship to Develop Sub-MMW Radar System

Amr Ibrahim, graduate student in Electrical Engineering, received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to support his research in the area of sub-millimeterwave (Sub-MMW) radar systems. The main driving force to develop these systems originates from security applications and, in particular, stand-off imaging of persons and hidden objects, including illicit drugs and explosives [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

Cameron Polack and BLUElab India - Engineering Winners

Cameron Polack, senior in EE, is taking engineering to the real world. A founding member of the student team BLUElab India, organized in fall of 2013, Cameron is intent on using her major to benefit others as directly as possible. The team was recently awarded 3rd place in the Dow Distinguished Award for Interdisciplinary Sustainability, part of U-Ms Dow Sustainability Fellows Program. [Full Story]

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Shayna Simon - From Intern to Full-Time, Making Company Experience Matter

Shayna Simon has been busy. A Michigan native from West Bloomfield and a senior in Electrical Engineering, shes already taken huge steps to getting her career on track after graduation. Shayna recently accepted a job offer at General Motors, and will dive into a position in infotainment there after school. Shell be working on a team serving as a bridge between software and hardware development. [Full Story]

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Student Spotlight: Kyusang Lee: A Leader in Flexible Solar Cell Technology

Kyusang Lee is on the leading edge of flexible electronics. Conducting research under Prof. Stephen Forrest, Kyusang developed an innovative new fabrication technique using an inorganic III/V material (ie, GaAs) to build lightweight, flexible devices not possible with conventional silicon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Forrest, Stephen  Graduate Students  Solar Cell Technology  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  

Students host event inspired by study abroad experience

Amid the rushing of students, voter registration representatives and preachers, 13 students stood on the Diag Friday with baskets of food to bring a piece of their study abroad in India back to Ann Arbor. They learned the concept of "langar," which is a shared meal that emphasizes equality, on the trip organized by ECE Prof. Jasprit Singh. [Full Story]

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Student Spotlight: Tal Nagourney - Exploring navigation

ECE graduate student Tal Najourney is exploring new frontiers in navigation technology. He and others in the group are trying to build a navigation device that doesnt need any external frame of reference, meaning the gyroscope is meant to guide navigation devices without using GPS. He worked with a professional glass blower to hone his technique. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  GPS  Graduate Students  MEMS and Microsystems  Najafi, Khalil  

Cheng Zhang Receives Optical Sciences Scholarship

ECE graduate student Cheng Zhang received the 2014 Michael Pate Optical Sciences Memorial Scholarship. Cheng works with Professor L. Jay Guo on research projects in the field of micro/nano-scale optical device physics and fabrication. [Full Story]

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Small Satellite Wins Big

ECE graduate student Iverson Bell took home a check for $7,500 for his second place prize in the 28th Annual AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites. Bell built an electrodynamic tether for space applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Diversity and Outreach  Gilchrist, Brian E.  Graduate Students  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Space technology  

Student Spotlight: Patrick Sheridan - Memristors and the Brain

Patrick is at the frontier of developing memristor devices for neuromorphic computing as a member of Prof. Wei Lus nanoelectronics research group. Taking inspiration from the brain, we look at how neurons are interconnected and share signals, and then we try to replicate that with our memristive devices, said Patrick, Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lu, Wei  

ECE pays well!

You majored in engineering? Great decision! Electrical and/or Computer Engineering? Even better! According to a study by USA Today, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering are among the highest paying college majors. There are LOTS of jobs for ECE students, and you can work in virtually any field of interest. [Full Story]

Student Spotlight: Gyouho Kim - A big talent for creating tiny devices

Gyouho Kim is completing his thesis in electrical engineering in the area of ultra-low power VLSI design. He is designing a millimeter-scale visual system that is complete with optics, processing capability and battery. Solar cells are used to harvest the minuscule amount of energy needed to operate. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Graduate Students  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Sylvester, Dennis  

Student Spotlight: Saniya Deshpande - taking it one photon at a time

Saniya Desphande is a PhD candidate conducting research in nanowire and quantum-dot based quantum light sources, LEDs and laser. One specific area of research in which she's already made a big impact is in quantum communications and quantum cryptography. [Full Story]

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Student Spotlight: Brian Buss - Controlling MARLO

Brian Buss arrived as a graduate student at Michigan in 2009, wanting to do something in Systems. He first applied his skills to insulin dosing for glucose regulation, and then switched to robotics. He is now working on the bipedal robot known as MARLO. He believes we will one day see bipedal robots like MARLO deployed in situations such as wilderness search and rescue, fire fighting and disaster response. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Grizzle, Jessy  

Student Spotlight: Thomas Frost - First generation college grad goes all the way

Thomas Frost was the first person in his family to go to college, and he's far surpassing that goal as he works on his dissertation in the field of solid-state optoelectronics. He is part of the team working with Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya that recently developed the first room-temperature polariton laser fueled by electrical current as opposed to light. This work could advance efforts to put lasers on computer circuits, leading to smaller and more powerful electronics. [Full Story]

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Chia-Hsiang Chen Awarded Intel PhD Fellowship

Chia-Hsiang Chen, a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering, has been selected to receive a prestigious Intel Corporation Ph.D. Fellowship. His research focuses on designing low-power and error-resilient circuit techniques for communication and computing devices such as cell phones, tablets, and sensors [Full Story]

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Student Spotlight: Nick Asendorf - Matrix Musician

Nick conducts research in the area of machine learning and statistical signal processing under the guidance of Prof. Raj Nadakuditi. He has been employing random matrix theory to create new algorithms that aim to improve multi-modal correlation analysis. He has led the ECE Graduate Student Council and plays the carillon on North Campus. [Full Story]

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Parinaz Naghizadeh, Researcher in Economic Network Security, is Named a Barbour Scholar

Parinaz Naghizadeh, a graduate student in electrical engineering, has been named a 2014 Barbour Scholar. She is conducting research in the general area of computer and network security, and more specifically, combining communications with economics to assess the security level of a network and then apply that data to design cyber-insurance contracts. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Communications  Graduate Students  Liu, Mingyan  Networking, Operating Systems, and Distributed Systems  Security (Computing)  

Student teams earn prizes for their ADC circuit designs in EECS 511

Students in the graduate level course, Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits (EECS 511), taught by Prof. Michael Flynn, competed for cash prizes while presenting their final design projects thanks to the support of Analog Devices, Inc. Two winning projects and teams were determined by an expert panel at Analog Devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Flynn, Michael  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Award-Winning EECS Student Instructors

The EECS Department held its annual Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) / Instructional Aide (IA) Awards Ceremony on May 8 to honor top student instructors and aides for their remarkable service. According to the student comments, they are "awesome!" [Full Story]

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Student Spotlight: Luis Gomez - An Expert in Computational Electromagnetics and Teaching

Luis Gomez investigates transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and computational electromagnetics under Prof. Eric Michielssen. He has balanced his research with teaching and recently received an Outstanding GSI Award from the department. [Full Story]

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Why Join a Startup?

Abdur Chowdhury, co-founder and CEO of Pushd, founder of an elementary school focused on STEM education, and former Chief Scientist of Twitter, talks about why starting or joining a startup might be the best thing for a newly graduated student. Chowdhury has hired 100s of engineers. [Full Story]

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Students earn prizes for improving image processing in EECS 556

Two teams earned prizes in the graduate level course, EECS 556: Image Processing, thanks to the sponsorship of KLA-Tencor. The course, taught by Prof. Jeff Fessler, covers the theory and application of digital image processing, which has applications in biomedical images, time-varying imagery, robotics, and optics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Nicholas Clift Named 2014 Graduate Student of the Year

Nick Clift, a master's student in electrical engineering, was named Graduate Student of the Year, which is one of the Michigan Difference Student Leadership Awards sponsored by the Student Life Office. He co-founded Own It, and is a passionate force for social justice and ethical living. [Full Story]

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Jason Heebl Receives NDSEG Fellowship

Jason Heebl, a graduate student in the electrical engineering program, was awarded a three-year National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Fellowship to pursue his doctoral degree in the area of RF metamaterials and wireless power applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Grbic, Anthony  

EECS Students Attend National NSBE Convention - Come Back Psyched

Five students attended the 2014 Annual Convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and came back excited about their career and newly connected to many professionals in the field. [Full Story]

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gEECS Hosts High School Students at {Girls Code}

Girls in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (gEECS) hosted twenty 9th - 12th grade girls from across southeast Michigan for {Girls Code}, an Arduino Workshop at Michigan. Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping hardware and software platform that can be used to create interactive objects or environments. [Full Story]

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Isabel Martin Received CoE Dist. Leadership Award

Isabel Martin received a 2014 CoE Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Her leadership activities include serving as President of the Mars Rover team and founder of the Robotic Exploration of Space Team. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

SWE Hosts G.R.E.A.T. Day for Girls

The Society of Women Engineers Student Section at the University of Michigan held its second annual G.R.E.A.T Day (Girls Research Engineering And Technology) on April 12th for 240 students and parents from states across the Midwest. CS undergraduate Ariana Mirian was a co-chair for the event. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Undergraduate Students  

Christopher Boyd Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

ECE graduate student Christopher Boyd has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support his research in the area of MEMS inertial sensors. He is developing new control architectures for these sensors, including rate-integrating gyroscopes and resonant accelerometers. He also designs chips and the algorithms that control them. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Najafi, Khalil  

David Hong Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

ECE graduate student David Hong has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to support his research. He plans to develop new algorithms that are able to uncover hidden trends in massive real world datasets, ranging from healthcare records to personalized learning records. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  

Student Spotlight: Christopher Boyd - From Robotics to MEMS Inertial Sensors

EE graduate student Christopher Boyd develops, implements, and tests control systems for MEMS inertial sensors, which are used to detect acceleration, vibration, rotation, tilt, and other attributes related to motion sensing. His goal is to implement these control systems using integrated circuits. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Mai Le Receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

ECE graduate student Mai Le received a 2014 College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award for her outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Mai has served as Community Service Co-chair of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers since arriving at Michigan in 2011, and has created programs for 826michigan. [Full Story]

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Nicholas Clift receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

ECE student Nicholas Clift received a 2014 College of Engineering Distinguished Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership and service to the College and community. Nick received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering just last year, and has an impressive record of service to the community throughout his years at Michigan, most recently as co-founder of Own It. [Full Story]

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Student Spotlight: Mai Le - Finding a Better Way to Diagnose Breast Cancer with MRI

EE:S graduate student Mai Le is applying statistical signal processing techniques to improve breast MRI. Her goal is to be able to determine whether a tumor in breast tissue is malignant or benign through imaging alone. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  

Student Spotlight: Nathan Roberts - Enabling the Internet of Things

EE student Nathan Roberts gave up a comfortable life working in industry to return to graduate school, and is now conducting research in one of technology's hottest new fields, ultra-low-power circuits for the Internet of Things (IoT). [Full Story]

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Distinguished Academic Achievement Awards

Nick Asendorf, Armin Jam, and Elaine Wah received the 2014 Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement for their achievments in the graduate programs, Electrical Engineering:Systems, Electrical Engineering, and Computer Science and Engineering, respectively. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

Hamid-Reza Ossareh and Bryce Wiedenbeck received the 2014 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors for their instruction in the courses EECS 560 (Linear Systems Theory) and ENGR 151 (Acc. Intro. to Computers and Programming), respectively. [Full Story]

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2013-14 Undergraduate Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered on Friday, March 14, 2014 to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities. Khalil Najafi, Chair for Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Marios Papaefthymiou, Chair for Computer Science and Engineering, presented the awards. [Full Story]

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Investigating a new material to help you stay connected

Seungku Lee, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a U-M Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his dissertation research on BST FARS. These RF devices will permit significant reductions to the size, cost and complexity of current devices that are part of state-of-the-art communication devices such as smartphones and tablets. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Communications  Graduate Students  Mobile and Networked Computing  Mortazawi, Amir  RF, Microwave, MM-wave Circuits  

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Cloos - Ambassador for Optics

Elizabeth Cloos wants to understand how a new interaction between light and matter can generate electricity. But even when she's not in the lab, she finds plenty to keep herself busy, often promoting optics, science, and technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Paradigm Shifting Research Advances in Sensor Technology

Girish Kulkarni, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering Program, received a U-M Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support research that has resulted in a new paradigm in sensor technology. His carbon nanoelectronic heterodyne sensor promises both high-speed and highly-sensitive chemical and biological detection. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Graphene  Health  Security (national and personal safety)  Sensors  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Keravnos Energy wants to make fast electric vehicle charging economical

Keravnos Energy, LLC wants to give a jolt to the electric vehicle industry by making quick charging electric vehicle (EV) stations economical. The student founders of this startup company, Rupert Tull de Salis and Dimitris Assanis, got their own charge by winning the Erb Award for Environmental and Social Sustainability at the 2014 Michigan Business Competition. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Entrepreneurship  Graduate Students  

Muhammad Faisal Wins Business Competition with Technology Critical to the Internet of Things

Muhammad Faisal came to Michigan knowing he wanted to start a company. About to graduate with his PhD in electrical engineering, he has been making some great headway lately by winning the 2014 Michigan Business Challenge. His company is currently called Movellus Circuits, and its product is a patent-pending clock generator technology that is smaller, cheaper and faster than existing solutions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Internet of Things  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Technology Transfer  Wentzloff, David  

Jun-Chieh Wang Receives Best Oral Paper Award for Plasma Research

Jerry Wang, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering graduate program, received a Best Oral Paper Award at the 8th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on the Basics and Applications of Plasma Technology (APSPT-8) for his research in plasma microdischarges, such as those found in every day laser printers. He is advised by Prof. Mark Kushner. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Kushner, Mark J.  

Ali Al-Heji Receives Dow Sustainability Fellowship

Ali Al-Heji, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, was named a Dow Sustainability Fellow at Michigan. This interdisciplinary fellowship supports students and scholars who are committed to finding interdisciplinary, actionable, and meaningful sustainability solutions on local-to-global scales. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Gopal Nataraj Receives ISA Fellowship to Support Research that will Improve MRIs

Gopal Nataraj, a doctoral student in the EE:Systems program, received a fellowship from Innovative Signal Analysis, Inc. to support research that aims to generate higher-quality and faster MRI images than is currently available. The result will be improved diagnostics of neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases, shorter periods of time inside MRI machines by patients, and a reduction in healthcare costs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Fessler, Jeffrey  Graduate Students  Medical Imaging  Medical diagnosis  Signal & Image Processing and Machine Learning  

Students rewarded for their circuit designs in EECS 413

The course, Monolithic Amplifier Circuits, has a tradition of offering prizes for the top final projects designed by the students, thanks to the support of industry. This year Tektronix awarded cash prizes to 2 teams for the projects: Adaptive Bandwidth PLL and Inductorless Wideband Balun-LNA. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Undergraduate Students  

Avish Kosari Receives Rackham International Student Fellowship

Avish Kosari, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to continue her studies as a doctoral student in Prof. David Wentzloff's research group. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Pin-Yu Chen Receives Rackham Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship

Pin-Yu Chen, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to continue his studies in big data. Mr. Chen is a doctoral student in Prof. Al Hero's research group. [Full Story]

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Byeongseop Song Receives Rackham International Student Fellowship

Byeongseop Song, a second year master's student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham International Student Fellowship to continue his studies in the area of optoelectronics. [Full Story]

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Mridul Mishra Receives Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship

Mridul Mishra, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, received a Rackham Non-Traditional Fellowship to pursue his studies in wireless communications. [Full Story]

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Students take a Field Trip to a Wind Farm

Students in Prof. Ian Hiskens Electricity Networks and Markets (EECS 598) class and members of his research group recently took a field trip to DTE Energy Companys first company-owned wind farm, called Echo. Students left with a deeper understanding of the reality and challenges of alternative energy. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Sustainability  Wind Technology  

IEEE Recognized as Best Student Branch in SE Michigan

The University of Michigan student chapter of IEEE was named best IEEE student branch in Southeastern Michigan for 2012-2013. Matt Kneiser and Alex Hakkola, the current president and vice president of IEEE at Michigan, accepted the award on behalf of the student chapter at the IEEE Southeast Michigan Section (SEM) Fall Conference, November 6, 2013. [Full Story]

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EECS Students Travel Down Under for the 2013 World Solar Challenge

EECS students helped build, test, and drive Generation, the newest solar car built especially for the 2013 World Solar Challenge. Their roles included Head and Race Strategists for the team, Micro Electrical Engineer, and Power Electrical Engineer. One thing they could not anticipate was the gust of wind that blew the car off the road in the middle of the race. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

David Chen Awarded NASA Fellowship to Improve Extreme Weather Prediction

David Chen, graduate student in electrical engineering, received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for the 2013-14 academic year to pursue research that will help improve extreme weather prediction. His research will address a potential shortcoming inherent to the L-band remote sensing of ocean surface winds, which is essential for weather forecasting. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

ECE and Automotive Engineering (with video)

Prof. Jim Freudenberg has been named the new director of the U-M master's program in Automotive Engineering. One of his goals is to educate our electrical and engineering students about the ever-expanding opportunities that await them in this field. [Full Story]

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Cheng Zhang Awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Cheng Zheng, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, has been awarded an Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) to advance his research in the areas of nanophotonics and nanofabrication. His work could impact next-generation displays as well as biomedical imaging. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Guo, L. Jay  Optics and Photonics  

Top Robotic Helicopter Team Sets Sights on Impossible Mission

The Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicle student team is headed to the annual International Aerial Robotics Competition on August 7, in which they hope to be the first team to complete all mission objectives for the current challenge. [Full Story]

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Chris Berry Receives Paper Award at IEEE Int. Symposium on Antennas and Propagation

Chris Berry received Best Student Paper Award (2nd place) at the IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI National Radio Science Meeting for his paper Plasmonic Photoconductive Antennas for Significant Terahertz Radiation Enhancement. The paper was co-authored by Mohammed R. Hashemi, Mehmet Unlu, and his advisor, Prof. Mona Jarrahi.
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Bharan Giridhar awarded Intel PhD Fellowship

Bharan Giridhar, a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering, has been selected to receive an Intel Corporation Ph.D. Fellowship to pursue his research in VLSI chip design, with an emphasis on developing circuit techniques for adaptive and reliable, high-performance computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Graduate Students  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Diesel Done Right

EE:Systems graduate student Michael Hand (BSE EE 2011) is the recipient of the 2013-14 Bosch Sustainability Fellowship to explore ways to improve diesel efficiency through advanced control and diagnosis strategies. Popular Mechanics is calling 2013 The Year of the Diesel, due to the introduction of several new diesel models by major auto manufacturers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Daniel Molzhan will address sustainability challenges as a Dow Fellow

When Daniel Molzahn arrives at Michigan this fall to begin his work as a postdoctoral researcher, he will come as a Dow Sustainability Fellow. His research will be aimed at upgrading the current electric system for the 21st century. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Chris Berry Receives Paper Award at IMS 2013 for Research in Terahertz Technology

Chris Berry, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering program, received Best Student Paper Award (3rd place) at the 2013 International Microwave Symposium for his paper Nanoscale Contact Electrodes for Significant Radiation Power Enhancement in Photoconductive Terahertz Emitters. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Student teams earn prizes for improved image processing techniques in EECS 556

Sponsored and judged by KLA-Tencor, first place went to Gopal Nataraj, Brandon Oselio, and Yash Shah for their technique for speeding up the processing time of MRI scans. Second place went to Taining Liu, Xiaolin Song, and Jinze Yu for using a novel approach to improve weaknesses in the image processing technique known as frame rate up conversion. EECS 556 covers the theory and application of digital image processing, which has applications in biomedical images, time-varying imagery, robotics, and optics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

SHOUT, a censorship-resistant microblogging app for Android

Try out SHOUT and help test this new microblogging app for Android developed by Michigan students. SHOUT provides a way to communicate with others close by - without being dependent on the Internet. The students were advised by Professors Robert Dick, Z. Morley Mao, and Dan Wallach (Rice University). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dick, Robert  Lab-Software Systems  Mao, Zhuoqing Morley  Mobile and Networked Computing  

Award-Winning EECS GSIs & IAs Honored

Earlier this month, the Department held its annual Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) / Instructional Aide (IA) Awards Event to honor top student instructors and aides for their remarkable service. Congratulations! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Student teams earn prizes for their ADC circuit designs in EECS 511

Students in the graduate level course, Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits (EECS 511), competed for cash prizes while presenting their final design projects thanks to the support of Analog Devices, Inc. The winning projects were designed for battery-operated mobile applications as well as instrumentation and measurement applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Spark Races in 2013 Formula Hybrid Racing Competition

In their second year of competition, the Michigan Hybrid Racing team and their car, Spark, overcame several obstacles on their way to a 4th place finish in the 2013 Formula Hybrid Racing Competition, held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway April 29-May 1. They also took 2nd place in the Chrysler Innovation Award. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Hofmann, Heath  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Nick Clift is crowned Mr. Michigan for 2013

Congratulations Nick Clift for being crowned Mr. Michigan for 2013. The U-M Mr. Michigan pageant raises money for worthwhile causes, and raises awareness of the participating students' chosen team or group. Nick is a board member of The Detroit Partnership, a student-run non-profit that strives to connect the Detroit and U-M communities. [Full Story]

Ethan Stark Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Ethan Stark has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his studies at the University of Michigan. Ethan will receive his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering this term, and begin his first semester as an EE graduate student in the fall. He is currently investigating visible light emitters using GaN microstructures for quantum dot and nanowire-based LEDs and lasers. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

7th Annual AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest

Thanks to the sponsorship of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., students in the Fall 2012 EECS 427 (VLSI Design I) class competed against their classmates for cash prizes in the 7th Annual AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest. This year, more than 60 students took this team project-oriented, major design experience course. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

The Noisy Wolverines earn the right to compete for gold

The team called "Noisy Wolverines" made it through the first round of competition to be among the top 15 teams in the nation to compete in the DARPA Spectrum Challenge competition. They hope to take home the prize for best communication system design. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

Graduate Students Recognized with Towner Prize

Each year the College of Engineering awards the Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement to outstanding graduate students (Master's or Ph.D.). This year, EECS students Mads Almassalkhi, Andrew Hollowell, and Mehrzad Samadi claimed the prize. [Full Story]

Graduate Student Instructors Recognized with Towner Prize

Each year the College of Engineering awards the Towner Prize for Outstanding GSIs to the top graduate student instructors throughout the College. This year, three of the four awards granted went to EECS students Apoorva Bansal, Jay Patel, and Holly Tederington. [Full Story]

Students Form SkySpecs LLC, Win Clean Energy Challenge

A team of four U-M students, including Sam DeBruin (BSE CE '12 and current CSE graduate student) and Ryan Moore (BSE CE '11), has formed a venture that aims to produce autonomous flying robots for infrastructure inspection. [Full Story]

Bharan Giridhar awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research in circuit techniques for adaptive, reliable, high-performance computing

Bharan Giridhar, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research while he completes his dissertation entitled, Circuit Techniques for Adaptive and Reliable, High-Performance Computing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Gyouho Kim awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research in ultra-low power optical interfaces for mm-scale wireless sensor nodes

Gyouho Kim, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support his research while he completes his dissertation entitled, Ultra-Low Power Optical Interfaces for Nearly Invisible Cubic-Millimeter Wireless Sensor Nodes. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Wind-energy programs yield engineering jobs

This article talks about what is involved in a wind-energy academic program, which is a specialty of Prof. Ian Hiskens. "Electrical engineers work with and design power systems, power electronics and control systems and analyze delivery and flow into the grid." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Power Electronics at Michigan - Some research, teaching, and student teams

Engineering TV visited Michigan recently to talk with Prof. Heath Hofmann and hear what was going on in the area of power electronics. In three separate videos, Prof. Hofmann talks about his research, about power electronics at Michigan, and about the student team Michigan Hybrid Racing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hofmann, Heath  Lab-Systems  

Students in EECS 413 awarded prizes for their circuit designs

Students in the course Monolithic Amplifier Circuits earned cash prizes for their final projects, all implemented in a commercial 0.13m CMOS process. The winning projects were "A Rail to Rail Class AB Amplifier" and "Ultra Low Power Crystal Oscillator." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

James McCullagh Receives Best Student Paper Award for Research to Keep Bridges Safe

James McCullagh, a doctoral student in electrical engineering, is helping to develop energy harvesting devices and circuits to power wireless sensor nodes which can monitor bridge health. He recently received a best student paper award at PowerMEMS 2012. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Seunghyun Lee takes the gold for all-graphene flexible and transparent circuit

EE doctoral candidate Seunghyun Lee was honored with a Gold Graduate Student Award by the Material Research Society for his research on flexible transparent circuits made entirely from graphene. Graphene is expected to play a pivotal role in realizing high speed, mechanically compliant, and transparent electronic systems in the near future. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Electronic devices  Flexible electronics  Graphene  Solid-State Devices and Nanotechnology  Zhong, Zhaohui  

Recent EECS Alums Win ICCAD 2012 Competition

EECS doctoral students Myung-Chul Kim and Jin Hu have won first place at the ICCAD 2012 place-and-route competition. The competition was held in August and September, but the results were revealed, after thorough evaluation by IBM Researchers, on November 6, 2012 at the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Computer-Aided Design in San Jose, CA. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  

EE Student David Hiskens Awarded Two Energy Scholarships

The IEEE Power & Energy Society named David a future power and energy leader by awarding him a Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. He was also selected to receive one of the inaugural John W. Estey Outstanding Scholar Awards. David is interested in optimizing and controlling the way in which energy flows through the nation's grid system. [Full Story]

Chris Berry Awarded 2012 AP-S Doctoral Research Award

Chris Berry, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering program, received an IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Doctoral Research Award for the 2012-13 academic year. The award will support his doctoral research in the area of plasmonic photoconductive antennas for high power terahertz generation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Nils Stannik Named Power & Energy Society Scholar

Nils Stannik, undergraduate electrical engineering student, has been named a future power and energy leader by the IEEE Power & Energy Society, which recently awarded him a Power and Energy Society (PES) Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. Nils' focus is renewable energy, and he'd like to help in the transition away from reliance on fossil fuels. [Full Story]

Nathan Roberts Earns Best Paper Award for Research to Assist in Remote Patient Monitoring

Nathan Roberts designed an ultra-low power receiver for wireless sensor node applications that operates using nanowatts of power. The research will facilitate remote patient monitoring through wireless body area networks. His work earned him Best Student Paper Award at the 2012 IEEE Subthreshold Microelectronics Conference. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  

Hacker Teams from Michigan Win Recognitions at PennApps Hackathon

Two teams of students have won sponsored prizes this fall at PennApps, the largest student-run hackathon in the country in a trip organized by student group Michigan Hackers. [Full Story]

UG Research Spotlight: Fred Buhler spends his summer improving circuit testing

Fred Buhler spent his summer figuring out how to build specially designed testing boards for wireless transceivers, and found that his boards performed better than existing test equipment. He worked with Prof. Michael Flynn's research group, which specializes in analog and mixed signal circuits. [Full Story]

Solar Car Team Third in World Solar Challenge

The best solar car in the U.S., Quantum, finished third in the 1,800-mile World Solar Challenge across the Australian outback. U-M's solar car team has now reached third place five times in the World Solar Challenge, and was hoping for gold this year. Unfortunately a broken wheel cover on the fourth day leaves the dream alive for another year. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

MAAV Student Team Places First with Robotic Quadrotor

The Michigan Autonomous Aerial Vehicles student team has placed first in the annual International Aerial Robotics Competition. Seven of the 13 MAAV team members are EECS students. [Full Story]

Student Research: Amit Patel Earns Prize in IEEE AP-S Student Paper Competition for Antenna Research

Amit Patel, graduate student in electrical engineering, was awarded 2nd prize in the student paper competition at the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation for research that will help integrate antennas onto vehicle surfaces and other platforms. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Two UG students awarded scholarships to continue their work in sustainable energy

Nils Stannik and Rebecca Wolkoff, UG students studying electrical engineering, each received a scholarship given by the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group to further their studies in electric power engineering. [Full Story]

Team UM::Autonomy are champions again

Serenity, UM::Autonomy's robotic boat, calmly takes first place for the second time in its four years of competition at the RoboBoat competition. The interdisciplinary team went into the competition this year with a new electrical and vision system, and an advanced control system. [Full Story]

Research in nuclear material detection earns Randy Schiffer an Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award

Randy Schiffer (BSE EE '11), a master's student in electrical engineering, received an Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Award from the U.S. Department of Energy for his research developing a scalable and portable hardware/software platform for the detection and classification of nuclear material. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Shang-Hua Yang Receives SPIE Scholarship in Optics & Photonics

Shang Hua Yang, first year EE grad student, has been selected to receive a 2012 SPIE Scholarship in Optics & Photonics to advance his research in the area of high-performance terahertz photoconductors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Student teams earn prizes for their analog/digital interface circuit designs in EECS 511

Every year, Prof. Michael Flynn gives his students in the graduate level course, Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits the opportunity to compete for prizes for the best final project, thanks to the sponsorship of Analog Devices. This year, the winning projects were a Log SAR ADC and an Asynchronous SAR ADC. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Michael Hand Receives Tau Beta Pi Fellowship to Pursue his Graduate Studies in Control Systems

Michael Hand received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the EECS Department at the end of 2011, and was recently informed that he received a one-year fellowship to support his graduate studies in Electrical Engineering:Systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Award-Winning EECS GSIs & IAs Honored at Luncheon

On May 1, the Department held its annual Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) / Instructional Aide (IA) Awards Luncheon to honor top student instructors and aides for their remarkable service. Congratulations! [Full Story]

Thomas Frost Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Thomas Frost, a first semester PhD student in electrical engineering, received the good news that he has been awarded a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to continue his research in semiconductor lasers as part of the research group of Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya, Charles M. Vest Distinguished University Professor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Chris Berry Awarded Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship

Chris Berry, a doctoral student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a 2012 MSGC fellowship for research in the area of terahertz technology for Space applications. Chris's research focuses on creating a novel terahertz radiation emitter that can operate as a light-weight, local oscillator for a terahertz spectroscopy system suitable for use in Space. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

6th Annual AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest

Students in the Fall 2011 EECS 427 (VLSI Design I) class competed against their classmates for cash prizes in the 6th Annual AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest. The winning designs were a Lower Power 8T SRAM Design, and a Lower Power 3T Embedded DRAM Design. [Full Story]

Max Seiden Selected for KPCB Engineering Fellowship

CE undergrad Max Seiden has been selected as a 2012 KPCB Engineering Fellow by venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. [Full Story]

Students awarded prizes for their class designs of an energy harvesting circuit and a high efficiency audio amplifier

Two teams in the Fall 2011 EECS 413 (Monolithic Amplifier Circuits) Design Contest came up with winning designs for their final class project: an energy harvesting circuit for implantable devices and sensor networks, and a high-efficiency audio amplifier for mobile applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Chunyang Zhai Awarded Rackham International Student Fellowship

Chunyang Zhai, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, is designing a magnetic field sensor to detect bridge cracks and other signs of weakness. Her general area of study is analog and mixed-signal circuits. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

David D. Chen Awarded NSERC Fellowship for Earth Remote Sensing

David Chen's research involves analyzing and tuning the performance of the radio frequency interference (RFI) algorithm of the Aquarius radiometers, which were launched in June of this year. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Srinath Sridhar Awarded Rackham International Student Fellowship

Srinath Sridhar, a second year master's student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, was awarded a Rackham International Student Fellowship for 2011-12. He is currently a research intern at the Honda Research Institute USA, Inc. working on a computer vision based AR system for intelligent cars. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Student Spotlight - Aminur Rahman: From EE student to entrepreneur

Aminur Rahman is about to graduate with his UG degree in electrical engineering. In 2010, his decision to stand in line at an MPowered Career Fair led to his current activity as senior engineer and president of Invisi-Tag, a company he started with the support of Sargon Partners, a venture capital company. [Full Story]

Jihyun Cho Awarded Rackham International Student Fellowship

Jihyun Cho is a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, working with Prof. Euisik Yoon. His is currently working on a 3D image sensor, and has plans to work on a high-density low-cost fluorescence / luminescence detection platform for biological / chemical sensors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Jinyoung Hwang Receives Best Poster Award for Research Leading to Improved Solar Cells

Jinyoung Hwang, doctoral student in the electrical engineering program, received the award at the 2011 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting. Collaborators on the poster were her advisor, Prof. Jamie Phillips, and researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Andrew Martin and Prof. Joanna Millunchick. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Phillips, Jamie D.  

Sid Bao earns Best Student Paper Award for Computer Vision Research

Sid Ying-Ze Bao, an electrical engineering:systems PhD student, received the award at the 1st IEEE Workshop on Challenges and Opportunities in Robot Perception. The paper was co-authored by EE:Systems master's student Mohit Bagra and Bao's advisor, Prof. Silvio Savarese. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Michigan Hybrid Racing

For the first time, University of Michigan students will enter the Formula SAE Hybrid competition, held May 2012, with their team, Michigan Hybrid Racing. The team is advised by Prof. Heath Hofmann. Watch a video of the new team. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Hofmann, Heath  

2011 ECE Poster Display at the Engineering Graduate Symposium

Research ranging from electric vehicles, to a fast and smooth walking robot, cancer detection, miniaturized antennas, and circuits was presented in more than 90 research posters by ECE graduate students at the 2011 CoE Graduate Symposium. Congratulations to the student winners: Vikrant Gokhale, Vasudev Lal, Mads Almassalkhi, Young Jun Song, Matt Prelee, Anne Itsuno, and Yang Liu! [Full Story]

The Freescale Cup and EECS 461 (Embedded Control Systems)

Students in EECS 461 expanded on the skills developed in the course when they entered the Freescale Cup, a contest in intelligent car racing. It was a challenging and rewarding experience, and though they were up against more seasoned teams from China and Mexico they achieved first place among the U.S. teams. Go Blue! [with video] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Anne Itsuno Receives William E. Spicer Thomas N. Casselman Award

Anne Itsuno's research has been focused on HgCdTe-based semiconductor infrared photodetectors with applications in high performance thermal imaging and detection. The award is presented by the U.S. Workshop on the Physics and Chemistry of II-VI Materials. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Heather Ferguson Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Heather is a first year electrical engineering graduate student, and plans to conduct research in the area of optical science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Laura Freyman Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Laura is an electrical engineering student and member of the Michigan Integrated Circuits Laboratory (MICL). She will pursue her studies with Prof. Dennis Sylvester. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  

Lindsay Allen and John Broderick Receive Best Application Award

Lindsay Allen (PhD EE:S '10) and John Broderick (EE:S PhD Candidate) received the Best Application Paper Award at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE), for successfully applying Allen's Anomaly Detection method to data supplied by Ford Motor Company. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Fikadu Dagefu Receives 2011 Lincoln Lab Fellowship

Dagefu's research interests include devising efficient models for near-ground wave propagation and scattering in complex indoor and urban scenarios. The applications for such models include wireless channel characterization, radar through-wall imaging and distributed sensor networks for environmental sensing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Yoonmyung Lee Receives 2011 Intel Corporation PhD Fellowship

Yoonmyung Lee, PhD student in electrical engineering, was selected to receive a 2011 Intel Corporation PhD Fellowship to pursue his research in various design challenges in circuits for future mm-scale ultra-low power wireless sensor systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Russell Willmot Awarded IEEE Fellowship

Russell Willmot has been awarded the IEEE Life Member Graduate Study Fellowship in Electrical Engineering for his work in the area of RF Circuits and Applied Electromagnetics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Student teams earn prizes in EECS 425: Integrated Microsystems Laboratory

Students earned prizes for their final projects in EECS 425: Integrated Microsystems Lab. The two winning teams built a micro-robotic arm and a MEMS variable optical attenuator. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Sung Ho Park Receives 2011 IEEE MTT-S Scholarship

Sung Ho Park, undergraduate EE student, received a scholarship from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society to pursue terahertz research under the direction of Prof. Mona Jarrahi. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest

With projects exploring techniques in energy efficient computing, two student teams in the graduate course VLSI Design II earned prizes in the annual AMD/Michigan Design Contest. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Student teams earn prizes in EECS 556: Image Processing

Two teams earned prizes in the graduate level course, EECS 556: Image Processing, thanks to the sponsorship of KLA-Tencor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

EECS Department Recognizes Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors, Instructional Aides

On April 27, EECS recognized exemplary Graduate Student Instructors and Instructional Aides at the annual GSI awards luncheon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Iverson Bell Awarded NSF Fellowship for Research in Space Propulsion

Iverson Bell, EE PhD student, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in electrodynamic, propellantless propulsion for Space applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

MEMStim takes first prize in the Michigan Business Challenge

Angelique Johnson (MSE PhD EE གྷ, ཇ) and her new company, MEMStim, took top honors (including Best Business and Outstanding Presentation) in the 2011 Michigan Business Challenge and Eugene Applebaum Dare to Dream Grant program for U-M startups. Reveal Automation also earns prize. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Technology Transfer  

Connor Field is growing energy on a solar farm

Connor is busy completing two degrees, EE and Economics, as he prepares for the field of alternative energy. He has already built one solar energy farm. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Tanya Das earns poetry prize as she prepares for graduate school

Tanya Das, EE undergrad student, responded to the invitation to write poetry for the Roger M. Jones Poetry Contest, and came away with a prize. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Chris Berry Awarded MSGC Fellowship

Chris Berry, an electrical engineering graduate student, was awarded this fellowship for research in the area of terahertz technology for Space applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Three EECS Teams are Winners in 2011 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest

The projects focus on near-threshold 3D computing, a flexible wireless receiver for multiple communication standards, and a clock-harvesting receiver for wireless sensor nodes. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Graduate Students  Mudge, Trevor  Sylvester, Dennis  Wentzloff, David  

Hongwei Liao, EE:Systems Grad Student, Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Mr. Liao received this prestigious fellowship for his research in applying discrete control theory to computing problems, within the context of the Gadara project. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Jungsuek Oh, EE Grad Student, Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Mr. Oh received this prestigious fellowship for his research in miniaturized and structurally embedded antennas for small wireless platforms. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

The Future Looks Electric

As carmakers scramble to hire engineers, according to a recent article in the Detroit Free Press, students at Michigan will receive the training they need to enter the field. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Sonal Verma Receives Microsoft Scholarship

EE graduate student Sonal Verma was awarded the Microsoft Graduate Women's Scholarship to pursue her studies in wireless, embedded and networked systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

EECS Students Win 2010 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge with HiJack

EECS students took a number of awards, including first place, in the Fall 2010 U-M Mobile Apps Challenge. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship  Mobile and Networked Computing  Undergraduate Students  

EECS 413 students earn prizes for their final projects

Two teams in EECS 413, Monolithic Amplifier Circuits, were awarded cash prizes for their designs by Cirrus Logic Inc. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

2010 AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest

Three teams were awarded prizes for Best Overall, Most Innovative, and Best Engineering projects in the annual contest, held this past term for students in the VLSI Design I class. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Students Demonstrate Microprocessor-Based Systems Projects

On December 17, student teams from EECS 373, Design of Microprocessor-Based Systems, demonstrated their embedded design projects at a poster and demo session in the CSE Bulding's Tishman Hall. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Dutta, Prabal  Embedded Computing and Systems  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Undergraduate Students  

Students Give A Couple of the Best Among 3,000 Elevator Pitches

Keith Porter and Patrick Theisen won in their category Michigan Matters, and Best Mobile App. Their projects are called, Metro Detroit Computer Exchange and miParty. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship  Mobile and Networked Computing  Undergraduate Students  

ECE Grad Students Earn Rackham Fellowships

Sid Yingze Bao, Gyouho Kim, and Zhengzheng Wu have all been awarded Rackham International Student Fellowships to support their research.

Students Shine at 2010 Engineering Graduate Symposium

ECE students presented more than 80 posters, and received awards in every category, at the 2010 Eng. Graduate Symposium. Their research displayed a remarkably broad range of interests. [Full Story]

CAD Team Places Second at 2010 CADathlon

The team of electrical engineering PhD students Myung-Chul Kim and Dong-Jin Lee achieved a second place finish in the 2010 CADathlon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  Markov, Igor  

EECS CAD Team Places Second at ICCAD 2010 CADathlon

Graduate students Myung-Chul Kim and and Dong-Jin Lee tied for 2nd place in the 2010 SIGDA CADathlon at the 2010 International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

2010 MIPSE Graduate Symposium

The 1st Annual Graduate Symposium of the interdisciplinary Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering offered awards for best oral and poster presentations to students of 5 departments. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Managing a successful company with your EECS degree

Rick Wallace offers advice to students based on his experiences in a startup company, to running one of the best managed companies in the Silicon Valley, KLA-Tencor.
Video Link [Full Story]

MRacing Team Drives to 2nd Overall Finish in Formula Student Germany

With EECS students Jacob Oberlin and Nathan Lusk in charge of the electronics, the MRacing team finished an impressive second of 91 teams in the competition. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

Solar Car Team Wins American Solar Challenge - AGAIN!

With clock speeds reaching 100 mph in testing, Infinium races to its 3rd consecutive win in the American Solar Challenge. Special congratulations to all the EECS members of the team! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

UM:Autonomys Team Takes Home 1st Prize

Michigan's Autonomy team took first place at the student robotics Autonomous Surface Vehicle Competition. EECS students designed and assembled the electronics box for the water vehicle. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

Ruzbeh Akbar Receives NASA Fellowship For SMAP Mission Research

Ruzbeh Akbar, EE graduate student, received a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for research that is applicable to NASA's SMAP mission, which is planned for a 2014 launch. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Analog Devices Finds Winning A/D Circuit Designs in EECS 511

Graduate students in the course Integrated Analog/Digital Interface Circuits received prizes from Analog Devices for their final designs. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Eric Tkacyk Named Fulbright Fellow and Whitaker Scholar

Eric Tkaczyk has been awarded two prestigious fellowships to develop a portable and affordable cataract assessment technology in Estonia. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

EECS Department Recognizes Graduate Student Instructors

April 26, we recognized exemplary Graduate Student Instructors and Instructional Aides at the annual GSI awards luncheon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Amit Patel Awarded SMART Fellowship

Amit Patel was awarded a SMART Fellowship to support his research in the area of Applied Electromagnetics. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Kevin Xu Awarded NSERC Fellowship

Kevin Xu received a fellowship to pursue his research in the area of statistical signal processing, specifically, "Inference in Dynamic Networks for Prediction of Epidemics." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Patrick O'Keefe Receives NSF Fellowship for Research in HCI

Patrick O'Keefe, incoming graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in human computer interaction. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Awards and Dragon Slaying

Matt Lauer, 2010 HKN President, surprised Prof. David Wentzloff with the HKN Professor of the Year award at St. George's Day Feast. Also, HKN receives award, and EECS Alumni Society hands out awards. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

Students Receive NSF Graduate Fellowships

Read about the research of Brian Buss (Control of Glucose Monitoring), Anne Itsuno (Infrared Photodetectors), Matt Tomes (Optical MEMS), and Fan Wu (BioMEMS), and incoming student Patrick O'Keefe (HCI).

Fan Wu Receives NSF Fellowship for Research in BioMEMS

Fan Wu, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in BioMEMS. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Matt Tomes Receives NSF Fellowship for Research in Optics

Matthew Tomes, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in Brillouin MEMS. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

Anne Itsuno Receives NSF Fellowship for Research in Photodetectors

Anne Itsuno, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her research in infrared photodetector devices. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Brian Buss Receives NSF Fellowship for Control Research

Brian Buss, graduate student in the Electrical Engineering:Systems program, received a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for his research in controlling glucose levels in ICU patients, using control theory. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Job Prospects Best for EECS Majors!

Various news agencies (CNNMoney, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week) are reporting excellent jobs outlook for engineering majors compared to other areas, especially for EECS majors. [Full Story]

Students Win Clock Network Synthesis Contest at ISPD 2010

EECS students Dongjin Lee and Myungchul Kim have won first place in the Clock Network Synthesis Contest at the ACM International Symposium on Physical Design, producing circuit designs four times more energy efficient than those of their closest competitor. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Ed Tang creates a popular video for the US Census

Ed Tang, student majoring in electrical engineering and senior process engineer for the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility created a video to encourage students to complete the US Census. He took 3rd place in the popular vote. Watch the video. Nicholas Peters, student majoring in computer science, took 4th place in the popular vote. Watch the video [Full Story]

Yong Long Selected as Barbour Scholar

Yong Long, EE:Systems PhD student working to improve the quality and safety of CT scans, was selected as a 2010-11 Barbour Scholar. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

Amanda Funai Receives Margaret Ayers Host Award

Amanda Funai, EE:Systems graduate student working to improve the image quality of MRIs, received this award to pursue her research in Statistical Signal Processing. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

EECS Students Claim Top Two Clean Energy Prizes

The teams Enertia and Advanced Battery Control took first and second place in the 2009-10 Clean Energy Prize business plan competition. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Adel Elsherbini Wins Prize at URSI National Radio Science Meeting

Adel Elsherbini, graduate student in Electrical Engineering, received the second prize award in the Student Paper Competition at the 2010 IEEE USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting, held January 6-9, 2010 for his paper, Mapping of Sand Layer Thickness in Deserts Using SAR interferometry, co-authored by Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.

Two Electrical Engineers Set Up a Global Charity

Allan Evans (PhD, EE '10, exp) and Scott Wright (PhD, EE '09) co-founded the non-profit charity Globe Shares to facilitate global generosity. [Full Story]

Students Present Final Projects and Compete for Prizes in EECS 413

Two teams, one of UG students and the other of graduate students, shared prizes in their major design experience course, thanks to the sponsorship of Texas Instruments. [Full Story]

ATTN U-M and External UG Students: Summer UG Research Program

Conduct important research with EECS faculty and graduate students during the summer of 2010, while receiving financial support. Deadline to apply is 1/29/10. [Full Story]

Senior Design Course, Embedded Control Systems, Goes International

EECS 461, a course designed to bridge industrial and educational goals, as well as electrical engineering and computer engineering, is now being taught in Zurich. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Freudenberg, James S.  Lab-Systems  

Best Paper Award in Automation Research

Lindsay V. Allen, graduate student in electrical engineering:systems, received the Best Conference Paper Award at the 2009 IEEE Conference on Automation Science and Engineering with co-authors Kiah Mok Goh from Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Prof. Dawn Tilbury for the paper, Closed Loop Determinism for Non-Deterministic Environments: Verification for IEC 61499 Logic Controllers.
[Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Systems  

ECE Student Research on Display

More than 90 posters were on display at the recent 2009 Graduate Symposium, showing a wide range of research. Awards were given for oral and poster presentations. [Full Story]

EECS Draws Crowd at Tech Day 2009

This year, hundreds of prospective students packed the EECS atrium during Tech Day to see displays by student organizations, project groups, and faculty. [Full Story]

EECS Majors: you're in the right place for good jobs!

CE, CS, and EE majors are in the top 6 for most lucrative college degrees, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. [Full Story]

Jacob Oberlin's Electronics Savvy Helps Drive MRacing Team to a Strong Finish in Germany

Read about Jacob Oberlin's role as electronics group leader on Michigan's MRacing Formula SAE team, which finished fifth, the best of any US team competing in FS Germany. [Full Story]

EECS Students are Winners in DAC/ISSCC 2009 Student Design Contest

A team of graduate students were winners in the operational category of the 2009 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest for their work on the ultra-low power processor called Phoenix. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Students Working to Deliver Bus Location Info to Handheld Devices

Three U-M students, two of them associated with EECS, have spent the summer developing software that will deliver real-time bus location and projected arrival time info to handheld devices. The prospect of real-world testing in Ann Arbor is not far down the road. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Michael Thiel Earns First Place in SEMCAD X Student Research Award

Michael Thiel earned first place in an international competition for his research of Human Backscattering in Buildings for Through-wall Radar Applications. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Students create portable device to detect suicide bombers

EECS undergraduate students Kevin Huang and Michael Shin (pictured) were members of the team to design this portable, palm-sized metal detector. The team earned first place in a competition sponsored by the Air Force. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Weapons detection  

Michael Benson Receives NASA Fellowship

PhD student Michael Benson received a 3-year fellowship from the Earth System Science Fellowship Program to study the surface of the earth. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

U-M Solar Car Team Unveils Infinium

Get ready to follow the solar electric car Infinium when it races in the World Solar Challenge in Australia this October! EECS alum Steven Hechtman (BSE EE '09), team project manager, spoke at the June 5 unveiling at the Henry Ford Museum. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

Matthew Fojtik Awarded Intel Foundation/SRCEA Fellowship

Matt Fojtik (BSE, EE '08) was awarded a highly competitive Intel Foundation/SRCEA Fellowship for his work with Prof. Dennis Sylvester in ultra-low power integrated circuits. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

EECS Department Recognizes Graduate Student Instructors

On April 27, the EECS Department recognized top Graduate Student Instructors and Instructional Aides at an awards luncheon. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Luis Gomez Receives 2009 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to Investigate a New Treatment for Neurological Disorders

Mr. Gomez is currently investigating a new technique that is receiving widespread attention across the medical field for treating depression, Alzheimer's, and other brain conditions. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

EECS Students Help the Deaf Feel the Music

A group of five students, including electrical engineering student Rishi Daftuar, earned first place in the competition Feel the Music, which was dedicated to the deaf community. [Full Story]

Scott Rudolph Awarded Prestigious IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship

Scott Rudolph, graduate student in electrical engineering, was selected to receive an IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Graduate Fellowship Award to support his work in metamaterials with Prof. Tony Grbic. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

U-M Shares 1st Place Prize at ISPD

Graduate student Dongjin Lee and his advisor Prof. Igor Markov shared 1st prize in the 2009 Clock Network Synthesis Contest at this year's Int. Symposium on Physical Design. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Markov, Igor  

Sung Hyun Jo Receives 1st Place Raith Micrograph Award

Sung Hyun Jo, graduate student in electrical engineering, took first place in the 2008 Raith Micrograph Award for his nanostructure, 1kb crosspoint RRAM (Resistive Random Access Memory). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Sung-Hyun Jo Receives Silver Prize in SAMSUNG Human-Tech Thesis Prize

Sung-Hyun Jo, graduate student in electrical engineering, received this prize for his thesis, "Programmable Switching in Two-Terminal Resistive Switches and Crossbar Memory Arrays." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Carl Pfeiffer Receives 2009 IEEE MTTS Undergraduate/Pre-Graduate Scholarship

Carl Pfeiffer, an undergraduate student of electrical engineering, is one of only seven recipients of this award, which is designed to encourage future leaders and key technical contributors. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Undergraduate Students Medical Data Logger in a National Clinical Drug Trial

Students participating in a summer project in the Student Projects Lab find their work being tested for possible adoption by ambulance personnel. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Students Score in Class Design Contest Sponsored by Analog Devices

Students in EECS 413: Monolithic Amplifier Circuits, earned prize money for their projects designing better headphones and a low-power neural microsystem. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

Tzeno Galchev's Work Recognized by the President of Bulgaria

Graduate student Tzeno Galchev was awarded a special certificate by the president of Bulgaria for his achievements in the field of computer engineering and information technology. [Full Story]

EECS Students Are Winners in 1,000 Pitches Competition

Jason Bornhurst (undergraduate CSE student) and Anne Itsuno (graduate EE student) won in the categories of Local Business and Global Business for their entrepreneurial ideas in the U-M 1,000 Pitches Contest. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Entrepreneurship  Graduate Students  Undergraduate Students  

Industry Sponsored Scholarships Awarded

Congratulations to the following students who received industry-sponsored scholarships:

Katherine Bouman (EE): Boeing $7000
Lauren Bridge (CE): Lockheed Martin $5000
Nathaniel Christman (CSE): Caterpillar $2500
Nicholas Collins (EE): Caterpillar $2500
Tanya Das (EE): Boeing $7000
Nicole Dolan (CE): Qualcomm $5000
Harold Evans (EE): Qualcomm $5000
Jeff Hayden (CE): Boeing $7000
Akram Helou (CSE): Eli Lilly $5,000
Trevor Hunter (EE): John Deere $5000
Kunal Jham (CE): Caterpillar $2500
Janet John (EE): Boeing $7000
Kevin Matzen (CSE): Lockheed Martin $5000
Kelsey MacLennan (CE): Boeing $7000
Paul Moncznik (CSE): Union Pacific $2500
Marie Pelvay (EE): Union Pacific $2500

Awards were determined by the College of Engineering Industry Sponsored Scholarship Committee. Students interested in learning more about these scholarships should contact the Undergraduate Advising Office.
Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Yuriy Goykhman Receives MIT Lincoln Lab Fellowship

EE Graduate student Yuriy Goykhman is honored to be an MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellow for 2008-09. Goykhman's research interests include development of new radar remote sensing instruments, techniques, and processing algorithms. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

EECS Students Receive Google Scholarship

Undergraduates Pascal Carole (computer science) and Remy Carole (electrical engineering) have received 2008 Google Scholarships and invitations to the annual Google Scholars' Retreat in recognition of their outstanding academic accomplishments and leadership in the field of computer science. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Adel Elsherbini Wins Prize at 2008 USRI

Adel Elsherbini, PhD student studying ultra-wideband antennas and remote sensing, received Second Prize in the Student Paper Competition at the 2008 General Assembly of the International Union of Radio Science (Union Radio Scientifique Internationale-URSI) for his paper, Compact Coupled Sectorial Loops Antenna for Ultra-Wideband Applications. The paper was co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.

This conference is held every three years and the paper competition is among all 10 Commissions. There were more than 100 international student contenders in this competition.
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Continuum comes in first place at the North American Solar Car Race!

After a remarkable 2,400 mile ride from Dallas, TX to Calgary in Canada, Team Continuum wins the 2008 North American Solar Challenge for the 5th time! [Solar Car Team Blog] [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

2008 AMD/Michigan Student Design Contest

The third annual Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) / Michigan Student Design Contest was held this past term among the students of EECS 427: VLSI Design I and EECS 627: VLSI Design II. The winning projects tackled energy efficiency in handheld devices, and the design of a high performance DSP. [Read more...]

Joonki Noh and Arvind Jayaraman Honored at ASEE Outstanding Student Instructor Award Ceremony

Dr. Joonki Noh and Mr. Arvind Jayaraman were recently honored for their contributions as Graduate Student Instructors by the local chapter of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). They each assisted with courses in Electrical Engineering: Systems. [Read more...]

2007-08 Student Awards

Students, parents, and faculty gathered Friday, March 28, 2008 to celebrate the achievements of those students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, and even entrepreneurial activities. Brian E. Gilchrist, Interim Chair for the ECE Division and Farnam Jahanian, Interim Chair for the CSE Division presented the awards. [Winners]

Arun Ganesans interdisciplinary undergraduate research project leads to two awards

Arun Ganesan received a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program) Award of Excellence for his research poster which described the design and evaluation of a system to help first responders rapidly identify toxic chemicals during emergencies. He worked with individuals from EECS, the Medical School, and Washtenaw County. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

Outstanding Student Instructor Awards For 2007-08

The following students received awards for excellence as Graduate Student Instructors or as undergraduate Instructional Aides:

Gradudate Student Instructors (GSI's):

  • Patrick Jordan - CSE
  • ShiNung Ching - EE:Systems
  • Phil Choi - EE

Undergraduate Instructional Aide:

  • Adam Barnett - EE
Honorable Mentions:
  • Paul Chowdhry
  • Elson Liu
  • Nick Quinnell
  • John Schmotzer
  • Chih-Wei Wang

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Juseop Lee Awarded 2008 MTT-S Graduate Fellowship

EE graduate student Juseop Lee was awarded a graduate fellowship from the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). This international program recognizes outstanding graduate students working in microwave and RF technologies. Mr. Lee works with Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.
Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Borno and Galchev learn the entrepreneurial ropes and win Business Plan Competitions

Ruba Borno and Tzeno Galchev, electrical engineering graduate students, have been learning the entrepreneurial ropes as they've taken their business plan on the road.
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Related Topics:  Lab-Solid State Electronics (SSEL)  

EECS Welcome Day: Tuesday, November 27

ATTN Students! Tuesday, November 27, 11am-3:30pm in the CSE and EECS Atriums. Come get a glimpse of EECS courses and research. Ask questions of graduate students and faculty. Several companies are sponsoring this event because they believe in the value of an EECS education! Free pizza!

Nicole Campbell Named 2007 National GEM Consortium Most Promising Ph.D. Fellow

Nicole Campbell, the 2007 Radiation and Climate Carl Storm Research Fellow, has recently been named the 2007 National GEM Consortium Most Promising Ph.D. Fellow. Working with Prof. Mahta Moghaddam, Ms. Campbell is conducting research on a Foliage Camouflage Target(F-CaT)Identification model. The award is based on this research, as well as her climate physics research conducted at Pacific Northwest National Labs. [Read more...]
Related Topics:  Lab-Optics and Photonics  

EECS Students Recognized at U-M Engineering Graduate Symposium

Congratulations to the following students for their achievements in the 2007 U-M Engineering Graduate Symposium:

Scott Rudolph received first place for his Oral Presentation in the "Everything Waves" session.

Mark Liffiton and Julie Weber received first and second place for their oral presentations in the Signal Processing, Computer Science and Technology session.

Willie Bowen and Pierre-Yves Emelie received first and third place for their oral presentations in the Electronic Materials and MEMS session.

Eric Tkaczyk received first place for his oral presentation in the Biomedical Imaging, Fluoroscopy and Microscopy session.

Michael Thiel received first place, and Ruba Borno received second place, for their Poster Presentations in the "Everything Waves" session.

Continuum Finishes 7th in Australia

The U-M solar team placed 7th in the Challenge Class of the World Solar Challenge, showing how a world class team can overcome adversity. After an unfortunate collision the first day of racing, the U-M car Continuum went on to pass 25 cars on their way to the finish line. Read more on the team blog. Continuum employed a revolutionary design in the use of parabolic mirrors to improve overall performance. [Video] [Race Results] [Press Release]
Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

Nov 15: Ann Arbor Tech Fair and Career Mentor Panel

10:00am - 4:00pm (CSE Bldg Atrium): Organized by the student honor society, HKN, the A2Tech provides local technology companies the opportunity to showcase their work to the U-M's future computer engineers, computer scientists and electrical engineers. [Additional Information]
5:00pm (1670 CSE Bldg): EECS Career Mentor Panel
[Additional Information]

Francesco Andriulli Takes First Prize in Student Paper Competition at URSI 2007

Francesco Andriulli won First Place in the Student Paper Competition at the 2007 North American Radio Science Meeting (URSI - CNC/USNC) for the paper "A Multiplicative Calderon Preconditioner for the Electric Field Integral Equation." The paper was co-authored by Kristof Cools, Femke Olyslager, and Prof. Eric Michielssen.

Karan Jumani receives student prize for paper at IGARSS 2007

Karan Jumani took third prize at the Student Prize Paper competition at the 2007 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium for his paper, "An Investigation of PN Sequences for Multi-Static SAR/InSAR Applications," co-authored by Prof. Kamal Sarabandi. This year's conference was held in Barcelona, Spain, July 23-27, 2007.

ECE Grad Student Karl Brakora Earns Student Paper Award

ECE doctoral student Karl F. Brakora received the third prize in the student paper competition at the IEEE International Antennas and Propagation Symposium, for his paper, "Integration of Single-Mode Photonic Crystal Waveguides to Monolithic MMW Subsystems Constructed Using Ceramic Stereolithography." The paper was co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi, and is printed in the Proceedings: IEEE International Antennas and Propagation Symposium, Honolulu, Hawaii, June 10-15, 2007.

EECS Student Instructor Awards

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Each year, the EECS Department honors our top-performing Graduate Student Instructors (GSI), and undergraduate Instructional Aides (IA), at a special luncheon. This year's awards took place Thursday, April 26, 2007. Congratulations to the following individuals:

GSI Awardees

Chih-Wei Wang
Phil Choi
Jon Andersen

IA Awardee

Jon DeBusscher

Honorable Mentions

Eric Williams
Adam Barnett
Barry Mullins
Kevin Lim
Julia Lipman


Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

EE Grad Student Eric Dattoli Receives NSF Research Fellowship

Eric Dattoli, graduate student in electrical engineering, won a prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and a National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Fellowship from the Department of Defense.

Dattoli describes his work: "One-dimensional structures such as nanowires and nanotubes have shown great potential as future electronic devices. Their commercial applications, however, depend critically on the development of effective, large scale assembly and integration of such nanostructures. I have worked to fabricate a totally transparent tin oxide nanowire-based thin-film transistor on a glass substrate. The device possesses carrier mobilities in excess of 100 cm^2/(V*s), a performance level that far exceeds the performance of existing thin-film transistor devices. In addition, the device was fabricated using low temperature processing conditions which are compatible with plastic (flexible) substrates. This work may one day open up avenues for low-power, transparent electronics on flexible, transparent, and cheap substrates."

Dattoli's work has already resulted in both a journal and a conference paper. He works with Prof. Wei Lu, a member of the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory.

Mr. Guoqing (Noah) Chang Receives Distinguished Dissertation Award

Mr. Guoqing (Noah) Chang has won a 2006 Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award for his dissertation, Nonlinear Propagations and High Power THz Generations Using Ultrashort Pulses. He graduated with his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, December 2006, majoring in Optics. He was advised by Profs. Ted Norris and Herbert Winful.

Dan Ruan Awarded Barbour Scholarship

Dan Ruan, a PhD student in EE: Systems, has been awarded a 2007 Barbour Scholarship. Dan is advised by Professor Jeff Fessler. The Barbour Scholarship program was established in 1914 at the University of Michigan to train young women in modern science, medicine, mathematics and other specialties critical to the development of their native lands.

Jianbai Wang Receives Roger A. Haken Best Student Paper Award

Jianbai Wang, PhD student in electrical engineering, was awarded the 2005 Roger A. Haken Best Student Paper Award at the 2006 IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting last December, 2006. Her paper, co-authored by Mayurachat Gulari and Prof. Ken Wise, is titled, "An Integrated Position-Sensing System for a MEMS-Based Cochlear Implant." It was described by EE Times, as "the first cochlear electrode array to incorporate a full electronic position measurement system." Read more about her work on her web page. Her research is part of the Center for Wireless Integrated Microsystems.

HKN Peer Mentoring: All About EECS Courses and Programs

Get advice about which classes to take - Learn more about the different areas within EECS, from student members of the EECS Honors Society, Eta Kappa Nu. Thursday, March 15, 2007, from 4-7PM in Tishman Hall, CSE Bldg. All current and prospective EECS students are welcome - Pizza will be served! [Flyer]

Spring/Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Engineering

Apply by March 7, 2007 for an EECS Spring/Summer Undergraduate Research project with an EECS faculty member. Read about the projects available, and sign-up on the online form.

3 EECS Students Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowships

Three EECS students were awarded the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for the 2007-2008 academic year:

Francesco Andriulli (Electrical Engineering)
Aditya Mahajan (Electrical Engineering Systems)
Yuanyuan Tian (Computer Science & Engineering).

The Predoctoral Fellowship is one of the Rackham Graduate School's most prestigious awards. It is awarded to outstanding students who have advanced to candidacy and are working to finish their degree.
Related Topics:  Graduate Students  

Swapnajit Chakravarty wins Raith Micrograph Award

Swapnajit Chakravarty received the 2006 Raith Micrograph Award. His winning micrograph was of a metallic nano-air-bridge contact to an array of H2 photonic crystal (PC) microcavities. Swapnajit recently defended his PhD thesis in electrical engineering. [Read more...]

Design Winners for EECS 413 Fall 2006 Final Project Presentations Announced

EECS undergrads Jonathan Brown, Francine Shammami, and John DeBusscher share a National Instruments sponsored prize of $1,000 for best design project in EECS 413 - Monolithic Amplifier Circuits: Intro to Mixed Signal Design. This course is an introduction to CMOS analog and mixed signal design and includes a major design project. With an enrollment of 40 students this course is popular with both undergrad and graduate students. This course is taught by Michael Flynn.

Thirteen groups presented their design projects in December. The designs fall into 4 categories: Temperature Sensor; Cherry Hooper Amplifier; Preamplifier; and Ethernet line driver. All designs are implemented in a commercial 0.25m CMOS process and include complete layouts. Design was aided by a full suite of industrial-grade CAD tools from Cadence. The class selected the best project.

Brown, Shammami and DeBusscher designed a novel 1W temperature sensor. The output of the device is an oscillation frequency that varies linearly with temperature. Key innovations in this work ensure very low power consumption and independence from power supply voltage. This innovative work could have applications ranging from RFID tagging of food shipments to monitoring temperature in high performance microprocessors.
Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  

HKN Receives the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2005-06

The Beta Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, which is U-M's student chapter of the national Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, is a recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2005-06, the second year in a row it earned this prestigious honor. [read more]
Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  

EECS Grad Students participate in 2006-07 Grad Student Symposium

Several EECS graduate students participated in the 2006-07 Graduate Student Symposium, organized by the College of Engineering. The following ECE students received recognition for their oral presentations or posters:

Electronic Materials and Devices (oral)
3rd - Swapnajit Chakravarty

Gamma Rays to MicroWaves (oral)
1st - Lora Schulwitz & Eric Tkaczyk (TIE)
3rd - Jasper Kok (Applied Physics) & Scott Rudolph (TIE)

Tissue Engineering and Biotechnology (oral)
1st - Eric Tkaczyk

Additional information

2006-07 Undergraduate Student Awards: Call for Nominations

Deadline to apply for undergraduate EECS student awards is December 8, 2006. Click here for additional information.

RADLAB Students Take 3rd in Student Paper Contest

Students Koen Van Caekenberghe, Kenneth Brakora, Karan Jumani, Mustafa Rangwala, Yun-Zhen Wee, and Professor Kamal Sarabandi received third prize in the 28th Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurements Techniques Association (AMTA) for their paper, "A probe station based setup for on-wafer antenna measurement," at the 28th Annual Symposium of the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA), Austin, Texas , October 22-27, 2006.

Chris Deline, EE graduate student, receives ASEE Best Paper Award

Christopher Deline, graduate student in the Radiation Laboratory, was a co-author on the paper, "The Student Space Systems Fabrication Laboratory: An Approach to Space Systems Engineering Education," which received a Best Paper Award at the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition. Prof. Brian Gilchrist, faculty advisor to the Student Space Systems Fabrication Laboratory (S3FL), is also a co-author on the paper.

EECS Department Announces Peer Mentoring

Talk to a fellow student about any questions you have about courses, the department, or whatever! Come alone, or with others. The peer mentors are there just for you!
Click here for times, location, and brief notes about the mentors, from the mentors.

RADLAB Students Dominate IEEE AP-S Student Paper Competition

Four graduate students were among the finalists and prize winners in the 2006 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society International Symposium, held in Albuquerque, NM, July 9-14, 2006. Of the 15 finalist papers, out of 125 submitted, 2 of the top prizes were awarded to Lora Schulwitz and Karl Brakora, while Koen Van Caekenberghe and Francesco Andriulli made it into the final 15. The papers were:

Lora Schulwitz and Amir Mortazawi, "Millimeter-wave Dual Polarized L-Shaped Horn Antenna Array";
Karl Brakora, J. Halloran, and K. Sarabandi, "Subwavelength Periodic Lattices for the Design of MMW Components using Ceramic Stereolithography";
Koen Van Caekenberghe, T. Vaha-Heikkila, G. Rebeiz, and K. Sarabandi, "Ka-Band MEMS Passive Electronically Scanned Array (ESA)"; and
K. Cools, Francesco P. Andriulli, and E. Michielssen, "Time domain identities and preconditioning of the time-domain EFIE"

DaHan Liao Receives Lincoln Laboratory Fellowship

DaHan Liao has been selected to receive a Lincoln Laboratory Fellowship. Liao, a PhD student in the Radiation Laboratory, works with Prof. Kamal Sarabandi on electromagnetic wave propagation problems.

Describing his research, Liao says, "We are in the process of assembling high fidelity, physics-based propagation models that will enable accurate prediction of radiowave interactions with a realistic terrain over long distances with the inclusion of ground proximity effects. Wave propagation issues pertinent to the modeling of different terrain features such as small and large scale random undulations, continuous and truncated dielectric coverings in the form of foliage and snow layers are being analyzed. The emphasis of the study is on applications related to channel performance characterization and macro/micro grid planning of unattended ground sensor (UGS) networks deployed in a natural environment."

Norman H. Adams Wins AFCEA Fellowship

Norm Adams, PhD student in EE:Systems, received a 2006 AFCE (Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association) Fellowship in support of his thesis, The Binaural Display of Reverberant Space using MIMO State-Space Systems, under the direction of Prof. Greg Wakefield.

The AFCEA Educational Foundation is an independent non-profit tax-exempt public charity dedicated to providing educational incentives, opportunities and assistance for people engaged in information management, communications and intelligence efforts and fostering excellence in education particularly in the "hard science" disciplines related to C4I/IRM.

Koen van Caekenberghe Receives IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award

Koen van Caekenberghe, doctoral candidate in Electrical Engineering, received a 2006 IEEE MTT-S Graduate Fellowship Award. The award was presented at the IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) on June 14, 2006. Fellowship awards are presented to outstanding graduate students in the area of microwave and RF technologies.

Koen's research involves design, microfabrication and measurement of RF MEMS based microwave and millimeter-wave circuits and antennas, primarily for radar sensors. He is currently working on several projects: an X-band high power differential duplexer, and a Ka-band true time delay (TTD) passive electronically scanned array (ESA), a T/R module and a 2-bit reconfigurable slot antenna. All devices are based on capacitive fixed-fixed beam RF MEMS switches, switched capacitors and varactors. His advisor is Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.

Rangwala Receives 2006 MTT-S Scholarship

Mustafa Rangwala received a 2006 IEEE MTT-S (Microwave Theory and Techniques Society) Undergraduate/Pre-graduate Scholarship, one of 10 awarded nationally. The title of his project is "Developing a W-Band Radar for Helicopter Assisted Landing." He begins his Master's program this Fall in electrical engineering (EE), having just completed his BSE in EE and Math, and is conducting research on the project with research fellow Feinian Wang and Prof. Kamal Sarabandi, his advisor.
See a description of the overall project

Hugo Shi receives MLK Spirit Award

Hugo Shi, PhD student in EE:Systems, received a U-M MLK Spirit Award. These awards were established to recognize North Campus students whose leadership and service have exemplified the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Shi helped found the Detroit Asian Youth Project, and was credited with improving campus climate through his efforts as Political Action chair for the Students of Color of Rackham. As a member of the CRLT (Center for Research on Learning and Teaching) Players, he presented interactive sketches to teach the campus community about marginalization and group dynamics.

Lora Schulwitz Awarded 2nd Place at IMS'06 Student Paper Competition

Lora Schulwitz, doctoral candidate in Electrical Engineering, was awarded 2nd place in the International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2006 Student Paper Competition. This year, 169 papers were submitted, and prizes were awarded for the 6 top papers, and 4 honorable mentions. The paper, "A New Low Loss Rotman Lens Design for Multibeam Phased Arrays," was co-authored by her advisor, Prof. Amir Mortazawi.

Lora's research involves the development of new phased array architectures for compact high resolution radar systems. In particular, she has recently developed a new design methodology for reduced losses in Rotman lens beamforming components, which will lead to less circuit complexity and a longer range for radar systems. This lens based beamforming component is entirely passive, and therefore inexpensive, which should prove to be useful for future automotive radar systems, as well as portable radar systems for unmanned ground and unmanned air vehicles.

Lora has served as co-chair of the Industry Relations Committee for the IEEE Student Society, co-chair of the Radiation Laboratory Graduate Student Committee, and is currently secretary for the U-M Amateur Radio Club (ARC). She also serves as co-chair of the U-M ARC fundraising committee. She has served as a mentor to high school students, and undergraduate students.

CSE graduate students win First IEEE Programming Challenge

CSE graduate students Kai-Hui Chang and David Papa were honored at the 2006 International Workshop on Logic and Synthesis (IWLS) in Vail, CO for their winning entry in the First IEEE Programming Challenge at IWLS, sponsored by IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation (CEDA). The software developed by these students will be included in the next release of the open-source OA Gear package from Cadence Berkeley Laboratories and is described in the paper "Fast Simulation and Equivalence Checking Using OAGear" co-authored with their advisors Igor Markov and Valeria Bertacco.
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Students Take 2nd Place in 2006 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest

Eric Marsman and Robert M. Senger, PhD students in electrical engineering, took second prize in the 2006 DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest. Their project, "A DSP Enabled Microsystem for Cochlear Implants with Hybrid LC Clocking (SDC-STI859)," was entered in the Operational Chip Design category, meaning their chip was actually built and tested. Marsman and Senger's chip is part of research conducted in the NSF ERC for Wireless Integrated Microsystems.

Students Recognized for Excellent Teaching

EECS graduate students Norm Adams (EE: Systems), Sing-Rong Li (EE), and Pratibha Permandla (CSE) received the 2005-06 Outstanding Graduate Instructor Award. In addition, Brett Higgins, an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science, received the 2005-06 Outstanding Instructional Aide Award. These students were honored with a special lunch, where they were given citations and a check for their excellent work. Faculty and friends joined in the celebration.

Prof. Munson presented the awards, and said, we couldn't do what we do without them. They help make us the Leaders and Best.' The department is extremely appreciative of the devotion to the student body that these four individuals have demonstrated through their excellent work and caring attitude.

CoE Undergraduate Student Awards Presented to EECS Students

Distinguished Achievement Award

Song Chua, EE
Dinkar Jain, CS
Patrick Macnamara, CE

One student from each EECS program is selected by the department to receive this award on the basis of academic and personal excellence.

Marian Sarah Parker Prize

Nupur Srivastava, EE

This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate woman student in the College of Engineering.

Mildred and Steele Bailey Prize

Chee Keong Tee, EE

This award is presented to two outstanding seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to the University and the community.

Charles Barth Jr. Distinguished Class Prize

Jacky Lo, CE

This award recognizes an outstanding sophomore who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership qualities and outstanding contributions to the University and community

Undergraduate Distinguished Leadership

Cody Hartwig, CS/CE

This award is conferred on students of the College of Engineering who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the College, University and community.

Tau Beta Pi Award

Jack Li, EE

Tau Beta Pi Awards recognize two outstanding students who best combine exemplary character and distinguished scholarship.

2005-06 College of Engineering Graduate Student Awards

Distinguished Achievement Award

Doron Blatt, a graduate studentin EE:Systems, Hai Huang, a graduate student in Computer Science and Engineering, and DaHan Liao, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, received the Distinguished Achievement Award. One student from each EECS program is selected by the department to receive this award on the basis of academic and personal excellence.

Marian Sarah Parker Prize

Ruba Borno, a PhD student in electrical engineering, received the Marian Sarah Parker Prize. This award is presented to an outstanding graduate woman student.

Ruba Borno Awarded Intel Fellowship

Ruba Borno, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, was recently awarded an Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship. This program awards two-year fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests.

Borno works with Prof. Michel Maharbiz. Borno stated, "My research interests lie in the development of micro and nanotechnology mechanisms to address the demands for ultra low-power remote sensor networks. Technology miniaturization and the decentralization of sensing and computation necessitate novel energy-scavenging technologies. My research is directed towards addressing this need with the development of energy-harvesting micro and nanoscale actuators. Such actuators have applications in power generation for distributed sensing and unpowered self-assembly of microcomponents. My work thus far has demonstrated the potential of extracting work from liquid surface tension for actuation. The aim of the project is to engineer actuators that deflect and/or self-assemble controllably while powered only by environmental humidity. The experimental work is coupled with the development of an accurate theoretical model, which has generalized applications in the study of nanomechanics and fluidics."

Jorge Pernillo Awarded Intel Fellowship

Jorge Pernillo, a graduate student in Electrical Engineering, was recently awarded an Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship. This program awards two-year fellowships to Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests.

Pernillo's research area is CMOS mixed-signal circuits for biochip applications, and he works with Prof. Michael Flynn. Pernillo stated, "My specific research interests are in the development and demonstration of integrated circuit techniques to facilitate controlled growth and imaging of cell cultures on a micro scale. This research involves the development of circuit techniques for imaging, analog to digital conversion and control. The techniques will enable new research in cell tissue development and disease. Furthermore since these techniques are compatible with CMOS integrated circuit technology they will facilitate cheap analysis and diagnosis."

EE Graduate Student Jing Wang Receives ASEE Teaching Award

Jing Wang, PhD candidate in electrical engineering, was recently notified that he received a 2006 Student Chapter of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Outstanding Student Instructor Award. In the words of Prof. Michel Maharbiz, "the students loved him: his mastery of his research, his clarity of thought, and his personable character all shone through his lecture style. In short, he is an excellent teacher; I took his thoughts and suggestions on course content and presentation seriously."Read more

Jose Costa Receives Distinguished Dissertation Award

Jose Costa has been selected to receive a 2005 U-M Horace H. Rackham Graduate School Distinguished Dissertation Award for his thesis, "Random Graphs for Structure Discovery in High-Dimensional Data."

His research demonstrates how computational efficient and scalable graph constructions, such as Minimal Spanning Trees or k-Nearest Neighbor graphs, can be used to encode both statistical and spatial information and address the problems of dimension reduction and structure discovery in high-dimensional data sets. Solving these problems is essential to take full advantage of today's most complex systems, from video surveillance to medical information equipment for example, that generate massive amounts of new types of data and information.

Costa's dissertation advisor at U-M was Prof. Al Hero. Costa is currently a postdoc fellow with the Center for the Mathematics of Information at Caltech. His research focuses on machine learning and nonparametric estimation and detection for high-dimensional data.

Michael Holub Receives Predoctoral Fellowship

Michael Holub, graduate student in electrical engineering, received a 2006 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. The Predoctoral Fellowship is one of the Rackham Graduate School's most prestigious awards. It is awarded to outstanding students who have advanced to candidacy and are working to finish their degree.

Holub's dissertation, entitled "Epitaxy of Magnetic Micro/Nanostructures and their Application toward Spin-Based Optoelectronics and Electronics," examines spin dynamics in semiconductor heterostructures through the design, epitaxial growth, fabrication, and characterization of spin-optoelectronics and spin-electronics. Special emphasis is given to spin-polarized lasers in which manipulation of electron spin via ferromagnetic semiconductors and metals allows independent modulation of the laser intensity and polarization. Such lasers offer superior performance characteristics over conventional semiconductor lasers (e.g., reduced laser threshold current as well as improved light intensity and polarization stability) and have potential applications for cryptographic telecommunications.

Chun-Hao Hsu Receives Predoctoral Fellowship

Chun-Hao Hsu, a graduate student in EE:Systems, received a 2006 Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. The Predoctoral Fellowship is one of the Rackham Graduate School's most prestigious awards. It is awarded to outstanding students who have advanced to candidacy and are working to finish their degree.

Hsu's dissertation title is, "Design and Analysis of Capacity-Achieving Codes and Optimal Receivers with Low Complexity." His work is about designing high performance channel coding schemes for communication systems with low computational complexity.

Dahan Liao Wins Prize at URSI National Radio Science Meeting

Dahan Liao, PhD student in Electrical Engineering, was selected to be one of the three prize winners at the 2006 International Union of Radio Science (URSI), National Radio Science meeting. He will present his winning paper along with the other two student winners at the Plenary Session. This is the second time Liao has won one of the top three student paper awards at this meeting. The paper is called, ""Modeling and Simulation of Near-Earth Propagation in Presence of a Truncated Vegetation Layer," and is co-authored by his advisor, Prof. Kamal Sarabandi.

HKN Receives the Outstanding Chapter Award (OCA) for 2004-05

The Beta Epsilon chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, which is U-M’s student chapter of the national Electrical and Computer Engineering Honor Society, is a recipient of the Outstanding Chapter Award for 2004-05. Student chapters are judged on the basis of their activities to improve professional development, to raise instructional and institutional standards, to encourage scholarship and creativity, and to provide a public service. Shown above are the officers for the Fall 2005 term. Officers are elected each term. A description of some of the activities that our students participate in can be found on page 10 of the 2004 Fall/Winter issue of the EECS Newsletter.

Michigan Team Wins the 2005 ACM SIGDA CADathlon

Jarrod Roy, PhD student in Computer Science, and Matthew Guthaus, PhD student in Electrical Engineering, took first place in the 2005 ACM SIGDA Programming Competition, CADathlon.

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Fulbright Awarded to Tucker Berckmann

Tucker Berckmann (BSE CE, 2005) was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for the 2005-06 academic year, for study in Germany. Berckmann is working on the FORBIAS project, which is a Research Cooperation for Bioanalogical Assistant Systems. Berckmann is participating in research that involves designing a vehicle camera system that will be used with driver assisted systems, such as automatic distance control.

EECS Student Christine Eun received Best Paper award at IEEE Sensors 2005

IEEE Sensors Council recognized Christine Eun:

Best Student Paper Award
2nd Prize
at IEEE Sensors 2005

There were 628 papers submitted. Christine received $500 cash and a certificate.

The citation for the paper is: C.K. Eun, R. Gharpurey, and Y.B. Gianchandani, Broadband Wireless Sensing of Radioactive Chemicals Utilizing Inherent RF Transmissions from Pulse Discharges, IEEE Conference on Sensors, Anaheim, California, November, 2005.

EECS Student Dan Ruan Earns First Place in Young Investigators' Symposium

Dan Ruan, an EECS UM PhD student in EE:Systems, tied for first place at the recent Young Investigators' Symposium of the Great Lakes Chapter of the AAPM (American Association of Physicists in Medicine). Her talk was titled "Non-rigid Registration using Regularization that Accommodates Local Tissue Rigidity" by D. Ruan, J. Balter, M. Roberson, J. Fessler, M. Kessler.

EECS Students Matthew Guthaus and Jarrod Roy Win 2005 CADathlon

Jarrod Roy and Matthew Guthaus were awarded a trophy and $2,000 when they took first place in the 2005 ACM SIGDA programming contest, CADathlon, held at ICCAD in San Jose,CA, November 6, 2005. Their team name was named Underdogs, perhaps a bit deceptive since Matthew Guthaus was a member of the winning team in the 2003 CADathlon, and Jarrod Roy was a member of the winning team in the 2004 CADathlon (sharing the win with MIT).

Guthaus is a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering. His dissertation research is on design automation of robust clock networks using parametric statistical STA. Other research interests include physical design automation, low-power architecture for embedded systems, and algorithm specific microprocessors.

Roy is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science. His areas of research interest include VLSI physical design as well as SAT and QBF solving.

The CADathlon is a day-long programming contest that tests knowledge in the field of Computer Aided Design and Electronic Design Automation. Contestants are tested on their CAD knowledge, problem solving, programming, and teamwork skills. This year, there were 11 two-man teams from universities in the US, Taiwan and Brazil.

For additional information on the CADathlon, please see the web page.

ERC/WIMS Students Visit the World of Racing

Students working on projects in the Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Wireless Integrated Microsystems (WIMS) visited with professional racecar drivers at the Michigan International Speedway, after spending a day at the Ilmore Engineering Technology Center. They gained an appreciation for "how engineering principles and dedicated teams translate metal, sportsmanship and courage into high-performance racing." See the full story on the College of Engineering web site.

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. Read more...

 

Nicholas Chang Awarded MIT Lincoln Laboratory Fellowship

Nicholas Chang, a Ph.D. candidate in Electrical Engineering: Systems, has been awarded the prestigious MIT Lincoln Laboratory Graduate Fellowship for the 2005-06 academic year. Lincoln Laboratory has a diverse research and development program which involves a variety of sensor modalities, signal and data processing, communications and systems analysis. Nicholas, who is advised by Professor Mingyan Liu, is the first University of Michigan EECS student to receive the Lincoln Laboratory Graduate Fellowship.

Kevin Buell Receives Best Paper Award at IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium

EECS graduate student, Kevin Buell, received first prize among the Best Paper Awards at the recent IEEE Antennas and Propagation Symposium held July 3-8, in Washington D.C. Kevin's paper was selected from over 80 national and international entries and is entitled "Electromagnetic MetaMaterial Insulator to Eliminate Substrate Surface Waves." [Full Story]

Two Graduate Students Awarded the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) Young Scientist Awards

Alireza Tabatabaeenejad and Amy Buerkle, graduate students in the Radiation Laboratory, have been awarded Young Scientist Awards by the International Union of Radio Science (URSI). The awards will be presented at the 28th General Assembly of URSI in India, October 23-29, 2005. They will be invited to meet the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

Among those selected for this award are research scientists, assistant professors, and other students from around the world. Tabatabaeenejad's advisor is Prof. Moghaddamm, and Buerkle is advised by Prof. Sarabandi.

EECS Students Help Mars Rover Team Take 2nd Place in RASC-AL Forum

Ilya Wagner and Chad Rowland are volunteer members of the Mars Rover Team, which recently won second place in the Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Forum this past May, 2005, in Cocoa Beach, FL. At the RASC-AL Forum, student design teams present their research to peers, NASA, and industry. For additional information about RASC-AL, please see the College of Engineering press release at http://www.engin.umich.edu/news/RASCAL/index.html.

Rowland, president of the winning team, recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He was on the team since his freshman year, and says “Not only was it a lot of fun, it increased my skills in management, giving presentations, writing research reports, and team work. All are critical for success in the working world.” Rowland begins the Edison Engineering Development Program at General Electric Healthcare in the fall.

Wagner, currently a graduate student in the Computer Science & Engineering Division, joined the Mars Rover Team in 2003, while an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Engineering. He says that, “Overall, the project is a great way to be on the cutting edge of space exploration technology and learn to work with different majors at the U of M (student members represent several departments in the College of Engineering). Moreover, the team helps students to get in contact with industry and try on administrative responsibilities. For all of these reasons, I absolutely enjoy being on the team.”

Wagner says he has always had a “romance for space,” and appreciates having an outlet for this passion through the Mars Rover Team. Starting a year ago as a volunteer with no experience, he has worked his way to being VP for Research, managing groups of students. “Good projects need a pool of students from a variety of disciplines,” explained Wagner. He is proud of the fact that the team is recognized by NASA, and that the team is so strongly committed to public outreach.

Wagner’s primary research focus is the verification of digital circuits. He began work on a verification project a year ago, and presented a paper based on this work at the recent Design Automation Conference (DAC), June 2005. The paper is, “StressTest: An Automatic Approach to Test Generation via Activity Monitors,” by Ilya Wagner, Prof. Valeria Bertacco, and Prof. Todd Austin.

Wagner’s primary academic advisor is Prof. Valeria Bertacco, and he also works work with Prof. Todd Austin on a project. Both faculty are members of the Advanced Computer Architecture Laboratory (ACAL). Wagner enjoys working with Bertacco, saying she cares about her students, and he appreciates her recent ties to industry. He talks about his interest in verification, saying that individuals will create a wonderful design, turn it on, and then wonder why it doesn’t work. He figures out what will make the design work. He also appreciates the spirit of easy collaboration with the excellent students at Michigan. While driving through LA at DAC, he and his student colleagues discussed and found a solution for a problem that another student was having on their project.

Wagner sums up his world: “There are two things – chips and rockets.”

EECS Undergraduate Student Member of Winning Team in Space Competition

Mustafa Rangwala, undergraduate student majoring in Electrical Engineering, was part of the team that took first place in the CanSat Competition, held June 3, 2005 in El Centro, CA. CanSat is short for Can Satellite. The goal of the competition, according to the published guidelines, is “to provide students the opportunity to experience a hands-on space program at an affordable cost.” Students are required to write a mission proposal, document their design, build a CanSat, and then launch the device to an altitude of one mile.

The U-M team consisted of students who participate in the Student Space Systems Fabrication Laboratory (S3FL). The team flew a pop can sized satellite made of carbon fiber with plywood end caps. The Can Satellite needed to transport a "payload" that consisted of a telemetry system and pressure and temperatures sensors.

Rangwala became involved in the project after being accepted in the EECS Department’s Summer Research Project with EECS Prof. Brian Gilchrist, who is a faculty advisor to S3FL. Rangwala said, “I found Prof. Gilchrist’s research areas on Space Systems interesting. That led me to work with S3FL this summer.” Rangwala contributed to most of the electrical components of the CanSat. This included helping build the circuit boards, integrate the microprocessor, build the telemetry system, and assisting with other electrical issues. Rangwala said he “enjoys working at S3FL. The people are very friendly, the work environment is relaxed and I learn a lot.” He also likes that the projects are application oriented.

Solar Car "Momentum" Qualifies for American Solar Challenge

U-M's solar car, Momentum, recently competed in the Formula Sun Grand Prix, May 15-20, and has earned the opportunity to compete in the North American Solar Challenge, July 17-27, 2005.

Solar cars from colleges and universities throughout the United States will compete in a 2,500 mile race from Austin, TX to Calgary, Alberta. [Full Story]

Scott Hanson Awarded Semiconductor Research Corporation Fellowship

Scott Hanson, an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student advised by Professor Dennis Sylvester, has been awarded the Semiconducter Research Corporation Fellowship. The fellowship includes tuition and stipend for up to five years of graduate study. The SRC Fellowship Program is intended to encourage exceptional students pursuing a Ph.D. in areas relevant to microelectronics.

Mark Ferris and Sanjay Pant Awarded Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowships

EECS graduate students Mark Ferriss and Sanjay Pnt wer awarded Ph.D. fellowships from the Intel Foundation for the 2005-2006 academic year. This year, the Intel Foundation Ph.D. Fellowship Program awarded 43 fellowships to outstanding Ph.D. candidates pursuing leading-edge research at 17 U.S. universities. Ferris and Pant were selecteed from more than 200 applicants.

2005 EECS GSI/Teaching Assistant Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2005 EECS GSI/Teaching Assistant Award Winners

Four students were honored with a special luncheon 4/26/05, where they received a certificate and a check for $500. Prof. David C. Munson, Jr., Department Chair, presented the awards. [see http://www.eecs.umich.edu/~cmsj/GSI05 for photos]

One graduate student instructor assigned to courses from each academic program (EE, EE-Systems, CSE) and one undergraduate student is selected on the basis of student evaluations, comments, and instructor recommendations.

Ganesh Dasika, GSI
EECS 461 (Embedded Control Systems)
Course Instructors: Prof. Jim Freudenberg and Jeff Cook (Ford)

Anthony Nicholson, GSI
EECS 482 (Introduction to Operating Systems)
Course Instructors: Prof. Peter Chen and Prof. Jason Flinn

Scott Wright, GSI
EECS 215 (Introduction to Circuits)
Course Instructors: Prof. Leo McAfee, Prof. Fred Terry, and Dr. Roger DeRoo

Marcial Lapp, undergraduate student assistant
EECS 183 (Elementary Programming Concepts)
Course Instructor: Dr.Mary Lou Dorf [Full Story]

Chris Galbraith Receives R. K. Brown Award

EECS graduate student, Chris Galbraith, has received the R. K. Brown Award in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. This award -- established upon retirement by Professor Brown and his wife Marilyn Mason Brown (a professor in the School of Music) - is given to students indicating an interest in either acoustics or ham radio. The award was presented to Chris in appreciation for his outstanding efforts in reestablishing the University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club.

Mark Haynes wins MI Space Grant Consortium Fellowship

Mark Haynes has recently received a fellowship from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium. Haynes is working on a research project with Prof. Mahta Moghaddam.

Additional information about the program can be found at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/dept/aero/msgc/fellow/

Nader Behdad Awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Nader Behdad, an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student, has been awarded the University of Michigan's Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship is awarded to outstanding Ph.D. students who will complete their dissertation within the year of the fellowship.

Shahrzad Naraghi Awarded Barbour Scholarship

Shahrzad Naraghi, a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering, has been awarded a Barbour Scholarship from the University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies. The Barbour Scholarship is presented to women working towards degrees in areas of study critical to the development of their native lands who show potential for positive contributions to their native country. [Full Story]

Saurabh Adya To Receive Engineering Research Mentor Award

Saurabh Adya, who completed his Ph.D in June 2004, will receive the College of Engineering's Research Mentor Award. The award will be presented on November 23 at a ceremony in the Lurie Engineering Building on North Campus. The award was established in 2003 by the Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee. It recognizes graduate students and post-docs who go above-and-beyond their ordinary responsibilities, to guide other students through the sometimes overwhelming process of conducting research.

EECS Teams Place in East Central North America Regional ACM Programming Competition

Last Saturday, 131 teams competed in the East Central North America Regional ACM Programming Competition. The University of Michigan entered 2 teams (the Victors and the Valiants), and they placed 3rd and 4th, respectively. This qualifies the Victors to participate in the International Competition which will be held in Shanghai, China, April 3-7, 2005. Hearty congratulations to the team members, listed below, and to Coach Kevin Compton and Assistant Coaches Jarrod Roy and Charles Zhang. UM Victors: Nuttapong Chentanez, Galen Elias, Jim McCann UM Valiant: Will Cheng, Joe Frikker, Brianna Satinoff

UM students win DAC/ISSCC 2004 Design Contest

Congratulations to the following Michigan winners of the prestigious DAC/ISSCC 2004 Student Design Contest:

Conceptual Category: 1st Place The Economical Aphotic Sieving Machine Kamran Kashef, Matt Hardy

Operational Category: 3rd Place A Modular 32-Site Wireless Neural Stimulation Microsystem Maysam Ghovanloo, Khalil Najafi [Full Story]

EECS Students Receive Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship Awards

Four EECS students are recipients of Intel Foundation PhD Fellowship Awards. The students are: Aseem Agarwal, Kevin Buell, Ashish Srivastava, and Sunghyun Park. This competitive fellowship program awards 1-year fellowships to PhD candidates doing work in fields related to Intel's business and research interests at select U.S. universities. Only 35 awards are given each year.

EECS Students Honored as Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors and Instructional Aides

Four EECS students - Mike Geiger, Doug MacKay, Andrew Gastwirth, and Travis Hobrla -- were recognized at an award luncheon on April 28, 2004 for their outstanding work as Graduate Student Instructors and Instructional Aides. For more information please see the "Student News and Awards" section of the EECS News webpage.  Photos [Full Story]

Doug MacKay: 2003-04 EECS Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor

Doug MacKay was selected as one of the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for the 2003-04 academic year. Doug assisted Lecturer Mark Brehob in EECS 470 during Fall 2003 and Winter 2004. Doug was noted as "good with students, hardworking and very knowledgeable…outstanding!"

Mike Geiger: 2003-04 EECS Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor

Mike Geiger was selected as one of the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for the 2003-04 academic year. Mike assisted Lecturer Mark Brehob in EECS 373 during Fall 2003 and Professor Pinaki Mazumder in EECS 270 during Winter 2004. Mike was noted for his "excellent communication skills, patient genuine interest in the material and in teaching, and his contributions to lab improvement."

Travis Hobrla: 2003-04 EECS Outstanding Instructional Aide

Travis Hobrla was selected as one of the Outstanding Instructional Aides in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for the 2003-04 academic year. Travis assisted Lecturer David Chesney in EECS 281 during Fall 2003 and EECS 481 during Winter 2004, and was noted as "essential to the successful delivery of the class."

Andrew Gastwirth: 2003-04 EECS Outstanding Instructional Aide

Andrew Gastwirth was selected as one of the Outstanding Instructional Aides in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, for the 2003-04 academic year. Andrew assisted Adjunct Lecturer Karen Langona in EECS 181 during Fall 2003 and Winter 2004, and was noted for his "high level of commitment in teaching and helping students."

EECS Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

2004 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships have been awarded to four EECS students -- Amelia Buerkle, Robert Franklin, Leila Lyons, and Lora Schulwitz. These prestigious fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering and behavioral and social sciences.

Victor Perlin wins Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award

Victor Perlin has been named a winner of the 2003 Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award. The award recognizes "exceptional and unusually interesting work produced by doctoral students in the last phase of their graduate work." His dissertation was entitled "Novel configurations in nonlinear fiber optics: Raman scattering and Bragg gratings" and was supervised by Professor H. Winful. The award will be presented on April 29th in a public ceremony at the Michigan League.

Kamran Kashef and Matt Hardy Win First Place Award in the Student Design Contest of the DAC/ISSCC

EECS students Kamran A. Kashef and Matt P. Hardy have won a First Place Award for their paper submitted to the Student Design Contest at the Design Automation Conference/International Solid State Circuits Design Conference. The title of their paper is “The Economical Aphotic Sieving Engine” and their prize will be awarded at the Design Automation Conference in June, in San Diego. Kamran and Matt have also been invited to present a poster of their work at the ISSCC 2005. [Full Story]

UM's Eta Kappa Nu Chapter Recognized in Outstanding Chapter-Activities Award Program

The University of Michigan's Eta Kappa Nu college chapter has been recognized in the Outstanding Chapter Actiivities Award program for 2002-2003, and will receive a Certificate of Merit. The award plaque for UM's Eta Kappa Nu chapter will be presented to the Chair of EECS, David C. Munson, Jr. at the 2004 ECEDHA (Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association) Annual Meeting in March, 2004. [Full Story]

Ping-Cheng Yeh Receives UM Outstanding GSI Award for 2003

Ping-Cheng Yeh, graduate student instructor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will receive the University of Michigan Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Award for 2003. Recipients of the Outstanding GSI award have demonstrated "exceptional ability, creativity and continuous growth as teachers." The award is also a recognition of outstanding service as a mentor and advisor to students, colleagues and others in need of help. Yeh satisfied all of these requirements as an instructor of EECS 451: Digital Signal Processing. Read more on Ping-Cheng's award at: http://www.engin.umich.edu/news/news/yehgsiaward/index.html

RadLab Grad Students Win IEEE Best Paper Award

RadLab graduate students from EECS received best paper awards at the 2003 international IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society meeting held June 23-27, in Columbus, Ohio. RadLab students Kevin Buell and Rickie Kindt received the first and third prizes (respectively) in the paper competition among 108 contestants. This has become a tradition for many years and demonstrates the quality of our students and our graduate program in the area of applied electromagnetics.

UM Wins DAC/ISSCC Student Design Contest

First place in the Conceptual Category of the Design Automation Conference / International Solid-State Circuits Conference Student Design Contest went to EECS graduate students Robert J. Senger, Matthew Guthaus, Eric D. Marsman, Michael S. McCorquodale, Fadi H. Gebara, Keith L. Kraver, and their advisor, Prof. Richard B. Brown. Their project was the design of a 16-bit mixed-signal microsystem with integrated CMOS-MEMS clock reference.

Second place in the Conceptual category went to Masoud Agah, Yang Li, Robert M. Senger, and Prof. Kensall D. Wise; they designed an integrated thermally-based microflow sensor.

This is the second year in a row for a first place finish at this prestigious conference. The 2002 first-place team consisted of doctoral candidates Steven M. Martin and Roy H. Olsson, III, and faculty advisor Prof. Richard B. Brown. Their project, "A Microsystem for Near-Patient Accelerated Clotting Time Blood Tests" also won the prize for best overall paper.

McCorquodale Co-Authors Prize Business Plan

Michael McCorquodale, an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate student, has received an award for the Best Written Plan in the U-M Business School’s 2003 Pryor-Hale Business Plan Competition. McCorquodale wrote the winning entry with Jeff Wilkins, a Business School graduate student instructor. The U-M Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies sponsors the Competition.

McCorquodale’s and Wilkins’ plan presented the framework for Mobius, a company that will sell patented intellectual property to microchip makers – specifically, Mobius will sell technology that permits manufacturers to integrate clock mechanisms directly onto microprocessors.

McCorquodale’s research interests lie in microsystems technology with a focus on the convergence of commercial Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor and micromachining technologies for system-on-chip applications. He is working with Prof. Richard B. Brown.

Best Paper Award: Siah and Volakis

Congratulations to Engswee Siah and his advisor Professor John Volakis for receiving the Best Paper Award at the 2003 International Conference on Electromagnetic Compatibility held last week in Instanbul, Turkey! The paper was entitled "Optimization for RF Coupling and Interference Reduction of Devices in Complex Systems", and authored by E.Siah, T. Ozdemir, J.L. Volakis and P.Y Papalambros.

This paper competed with 16 other nominated papers for the best paper award.

Congratulations Engswee and John!

Yeh wins 2003 Outstanding GSI Award

Ping-Cheng Yeh will be awarded the University of Michigan Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for 2003. This is the second year in a row that one of our students has been honored like this. Ping-Cheng has been GSI for 451 for the past four terms. He will receive his award and $1,000 at a ceremony on October 28, and his photo will hang in the Rackham corridor leading to the Dean's offices.

UM wins USF 2003 International Business Plan Competition

Michael McCorquodale, PhD student working with Prof. Rich Brown, and his team (with individuals from the Business School) won first prize, $10,000, at the USF 2003 International Business Plan Competition. The team also won $1,000 for the best "pitch."

"The University of San Francisco New Venture Center [NVC] seeks to enhance entrepreneurial opportunities for USF Students, Alumni, and Faculty, the San Francisco Bay Area Community, and Entrepreneurs everywhere."

Specifically, the NVC Staff have worked to develop strong relationships with the San Francisco Bay Area Entrepreneurial and Venture Capital Communities by organizing business plan competitions, seminars, and community service activities.

For additional information, please click the web link below. [Full Story]

William R. Bennet Paper Award

I am delighted to announce that Kang Shin and a couple of his former students will be awarded the IEEE Communications Society William R. Bennett Prize Paper Award in the Field of Communications Circuits and Techniques for their paper: "The Blue Active Queue Management Algorithms" appearing in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, August 2002. They will receive the award at ICC in Anchorage Alaska on Monday, May 12. This award brings honor to the whole department and strengthens our reputation in networking. Congratulations to Kang, Wu-chang Feng, Dilip D. Kandlur, and Debanjan Saha!

Rich

Nam Sung Kim: Humantech Thesis Prize

Congratulations to Nam Sung Kim, a candidate for the PHD in VLSI whose advisor is Trevor Mudge, who recently won a silver medal and a check for $5,000 in the Humantech Thesis Prize competition awarded by Samsung Electronics. The prize is in its 8th year and the winners were selected from among 633 entries that came from over 60 institutions from around the world. Nam's award was the highest awarded to someone from a non- Korean institution.

Winners of VLSI Design Contest

Jay Sivagnaname and Rahul Rao, graduate students in the Electrical Engineering program in EECS, and their advisor Prof. Rich Brown, took first prize for their entry, "Dual Issue PowerPC FXU Processor" at The 16th International Conference on VLSI Design (VLSI DESIGN 2003), held Jan. 4-8, 2003 in New Delhi, India.

The conference states that "the aim of the Contest is to encourage education and research in state-of-the-art in VLSI design and its realization at universities and other educational organizations." [Full Story]

UM Students win CAD Contest

Congratulations to Matt Guthaus and DoRon Motter, Ph.D. students in EECS, who won the ACM SIGDA CAD contest at the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design (ICCAD). Fifteen teams of two Ph.D. students each from UM, MIT, Berkeley, USC, CMU, UT Austin, Wisconsin and others were given a linux box, a C compiler and some standard libraries to use in solving a set of CAD-related problems. The competition tested CAD knowledge and problem-solving, programming and teamwork skills.

According to word on the grapevine, Matt and DoRon were far and away the best team. They won $1000 each. Congratulations!

Eric Marsman Receives Outstanding GSI Award

Eric Marsman, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received a 2001-2002 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Award. Marsman was one of only 20 U-M graduate student instructors to receive the award.

Recipients of the Outstanding GSI award have demonstrated "exceptional ability, creativity and continuous growth as teachers." The award is also recognition of outstanding service as a mentor and advisor to students, colleagues and others in need of help. Marsman satisfied all of these requirements as an instructor of EECS 427, VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) Design I, which is his particular area of interest

In describing his growth as a teacher, Marsman said that the technical nature of the course "required understanding concepts that I didn't grasp when taking the course, but needed to be able to explain to students when they asked about them. So my technical ability, as well as communication skills, were vastly improved while teaching the class."

Marsman recognizes the significance of the Outstanding GSI award. "It's an honor!" he said. "To have the students you worked so hard for recognize your efforts and say to someone else, "Hey, this guy did his job well," makes it extra special."

Marsman is also a past recipient of an ASEE Outstanding Student Instructor Award, which recognizes student instructors who have shown excellence in teaching during the academic year.