ECE News for 2002

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.

Gabriel Rebeiz Selected 2003 Outstanding Young Engineer

I am very pleased to announce that Gabriel Rebeiz has been selected as the 2003 Outstanding Young Engineer of the IEEE-MTT society. This award was established two years ago to recognize outstanding young MTT members (under 38) who have distinguished themselves in technical, educational, or service contributions. Congratulations, Gabriel!

Wayne Stark Receives MILCOM Technical Achievement Award

Professor Wayne Stark, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, is this year's winner of the MILCOM Technical Achievement Award. This award is presented every year in recognition of outstanding contributions to military communications. The award will be presented at the upcoming Chairman's Banquet at MILCOM 2002, on Oct. 9.
Related Topics:  Stark, Wayne E.  

Pallab Bhattacharya Receives the 2002 Nicholas Holonyak, Jr. Award

Pallab Bhattacharya, James R. Mellor Professor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has received the Nicholas Holonyak Jr. Award, which honors an individual who has made significant contributions to optics based on semiconductor materials, including basic science and technological applications. The endowed award, originally made possible by Spectra Diode Labs, Inc., was created to honor Nicholas Holonyak, Jr., who has made distinguished contributions to the field of optics through the development of semiconductor-based light-emitting diodes and semiconductor lasers.
Related Topics:  Bhattacharya, Pallab  

Todd Austin Receives Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Award

Professors Todd Austin and Steven Skerlos have been awarded the Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Awards. These awards, made possible by a generous donation by Ruth and Joel Spira, are presented annually to one faculty member in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and one in Mechanical Engineering to recognize excellence in teaching and inspiring students.

Todd has concentrated on two courses during his time here, EECS 470 (Computer Architecture) and EECS 573 (Microarchitecture). EECS 470 is a course that satisfies the Major Design Experience (MDE) for our undergraduate degrees, and he has shown a remarkable ability to reach all of the students in this class. Todd has also taught the graduate course EECS 573 and has served on the CSE Graduate Committee since 1999, where he has distinguished himself as a recruiter of top graduate students, and has gotten other faculty involved in this important activity. Todd incorporates his own research and professional innovations into his courses, which are educational and exciting for students. He completely revised both EECS 470 and EECS 573 and has incorporated into the curriculum his own computer architecture simulation tools, called SimpleScalar, which are used at more than 50 companies, research centers and universities worldwide. Todd is an extremely approachable faculty member, and is well liked by students and fellow faculty.  -Stephen W. Director

First Annual U of M EECS Alumni Reception in New Orleans

Our First Annual EECS Alumni Reception was a success!  It was held at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans, LA in conjunction with the Design Automation Conference.  Feel free to click on the link below to view some of the pictures we took and see how much fun it was! [Full Story]

Internet Protocols Book Published

Title: INTERNET PROTOCOLS -Advances, Technologies and Applications

Authors: Dr. Subrata Goswami

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN 1-4020-7476-X, List Price $125.00

Abstract: IP technology has progressed from being a scientific topic to being one of the most popular technologies in networking. Concurrently, a number of new innovations and technological advances have been developed and brought to the marketplace. These new ideas, concepts, and products are likely to have a tremendous influence on businesses and on our everyday lives. This book addresses many of these newer technological developments and provides insights for engineers and scientists developing new technological components, devices and products. New developments in Mobility, Storage, Telecommunications, etc. are explored in substantial details. Unlike many other books that go very deep into one area, this book covers the essentials of many different areas and at the same provides ample depth for the interested reader. Another distinguishing feature of the book is how IPv6 is treated on equal footing as IPv4 whenever applicable. The book makes extra effort to place IP protocols and principles in practical context through many real world examples of software, hardware, systems and network implementations. The book is about 400 pages and divided into 10 Chapters.

Rob A. Rutenbar receives 2002 ECE Alumni Society Merit Award

Rob A. Rutenbar (PhD 1984) received the 2002 Alumni Society Merit Award for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division. After graduating from the UM, Rob joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests focus on circuit and lay-out synthesis algorithms for mixed-signal ASICs for high-speed digitial systems and for FPGAs. In 1987, he received a National Science Foundation Presidental Young Investigator Award. From 1992 to 1995, he was a member of IEEE Spectrum's Editorial Board. Rob Is a cofounder of NeoLinear, Inc., a startup company delievering CAD solutions for custom analog integrated circuit design, and an IEEE Fellow.

Larry Page Honored with 2002 Alumni Society Award

Larry Page (BSE CE 95), co-founder and president of Google, Inc. has been awarded the 2002 Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award by the College of Engineering.

After graduating from UM, Larry went to Stanford to pursue his PhD. There, he teamed up with fellow doctoral student Sergey Brin to create the Internet search engine, Google. Based on it's PageRank algorithm, Google brought a new level of speed and accuracy to information retrieval on the Internet.

As Google's founding CEO, Page grew the company to 200 employees and profitability before moving into his current role as president of Products. He continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with it's current CEO, Eric Schmidt, and co-founder Brin.

An East Lansing native, Page's father was a professor of computer science at Michigan State University. At UM, Larry received many leadership awards, and served as president of the Eta Kappa Nu honor society. He built a programmable plotter and inkjet printer out of Legos.

In 2002, MIT Technology Review magazine named Larry Page a "Young Innovator Who Will Create the Future", and a "World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow".

Recent Interview With the Society President

Reporter: I've scanned around the various pages of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Societys website and it seems to answer many of the questions about the Society. When did it go on-line?

President: It's good to hear you say that. Getting the word out about the Society was our main objective. Although there is still much work to be done before our organization is operating the way we hope it will, the website provides an outline of a few of the many exciting things we have planned. It was published on January 31 of this year, thanks to the outstanding help from Catharine June and others.

Reporter: How did the Society get started?

President: Mainly through the efforts of Professor Richard B. Brown, Department Chair, who could see the potential benefits of a departmental alumni society. He called a meeting of all interested departmental alumni and friends during Homecoming Weekend last October and, as a result of that meeting, the EECS Alumni Society formally came into existence with the adoption of bylaws and the election of officers.

Reporter: Who are the officers?

President: Theyre listed elsewhere on the website but here is the list. Bill Becher, President; Shelia Hermami, Vice President; Steve Schwartz, Treasurer; Catharine June, Secretary; and Board of Directors: Jamie Phillips, Rob Rutenbar, Navnit Shah, and Don Walker. Professor Richard Brown is, of course, Department Chair and Professor George Haddad is the Faculty Liaison. Two positions remain to be filled, Publicity Chair and Student Representative. Were hoping to fill those positions shortlythat is, as soon as our members volunteer to take on these responsibilities.

Reporter: I see you have a Student Representative. I thought this was an Alumni organization?

President: We thought involving students in the organization would create benefits both for the Society and the students. Getting the students involved in the Society before they graduate will, hopefully, influence their continual interest in the Society after graduation. It will also help make the Society better aware of the needs of the students, and help us focus our support on those needs. Examples of this is the mentoring program and career assistance activities.

Reporter: Mentoring and career assistance. What do you have in mind for these?

President: As students progress through their program, questions often arise not only about technical matters but also about career choices. Since our Society membership is made up of professionals in the field, we thought it would be a good idea to connect the students with these professionals. The alumni can benefit too, by identifying future employees for their organizations. We plan to make the Mentoring and Career Assistance programs available exclusively to departmental students and Society members, which should provide a degree of confidentiality and serve as additional motivation for students and alumni to join the Society.

Reporter: What other types of activities are you planning?

President: Well, naturally, we are planning the usual alumni activities: honoring our fellow alumni, getting together at a tailgate party during Homecoming Weekend, ultimately having our own Society newsletter, linking the faculty and alumni together so they might share common interests, and much more. Were also thinking of offering departmental tours and special lectures during Homecoming Weekend so our alumni can see all the great things our department has been doing.

Reporter: Its interesting that you did not mention gifts and donations among the activities youre planning. Isnt the Society interested in that sort of thing?

President: (Laughs) Certainly it is. We expect the Alumni to continue to support the Department, the College and the University through generous contributions as they have done in the past. Our treasurer, Steve Schwartz, has been working hard setting up procedures and methods for gift-giving. I suppose the omission reveals my philosophy and approach to organizing the Society. I did not want the Society to become simply a solicitor of financial contributions. Instead I wanted to emphasize its other goals, objectives such as: the mutual benefits--socially and intellectually--between our alumni, students, faculty and friends; camaraderie within the membership; and all those other activities beneficial to our professional and academic community.

Reporter: What are the major needs of the Society at this time?

President: Im glad you asked. As I said earlier, this website was our initial effort. I thought we needed to describe what our goals and objectives are and to establish a preliminary outline of where we planned to go so potential members could see what we are about. Now that those objectives have been established, we need to get the word out about the existence of the Society so we can increase our membership base.

And most importantly, we need help in carrying out all our presently planned activities. That is, we need volunteers, persons willing to serve on our committees and spend the time necessary to get the various efforts rolling. Identifying potential helpers has been one of the most frustrating parts of my job so far. Frankly, I just dont know enough of our members personally to make assignments. We need our members to volunteer. Those interested in helping should forward a note to our Society Secretary at listing the activities they would be interested in supporting and a brief description of why they believe they would be particularly effective. The amount of time they could devote would be helpful, too. Ill do my best to match volunteers to assignments. Our most pressing needs currently are for Publicity Chair; Student Representative; Newsletter Editor and members of the networking committees including mentoring, career assistance and notes and the events committees including Homecoming Weekend departmental tours, get-togethers and the tailgate party. If anyone would like to discuss any of these further or has any other ideas they can contact me personally at

Reporter: Well, it certainly sounds as if the Society is off to a good start. I wish you much success.

President: Thanks! We believe we have the makings of a great organization and look forward to a rapid increase in its activities and member benefits.

Note from the Society President

Welcome to the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Societys home page. The Society already has many exciting projects and activities in the works and is planning many more for the future. Re-visit this page often to see what is in store.Although Ill be describing some of these events in future notes, for now Ill simply say how excited I am to be able to lead the Society in its early stages of organization, development and planning. The Society promises to be a vibrant organization producing many benefits for the Alumni, the Students, the Department, the College and the University. It is an organization where friends can meet, where helpful ideas and assistance can be exchanged, and where everyone has an opportunity to express their gratitude to this great university.But for these plans to develop successfully we need your help; we need you to become an active member in the Society! To do this, go to the Membership page and sign up. Do it while you are thinking about it. Its FREE so no need to put it off. And then volunteer to serve on a committee or become an officer. As our membership grows larger, the better and more effective the Society will become with your help. And while youre thinking about it, go to the College of Engineering Alumni page and Update Your Contact Information there, too.You can also help us by telling other Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduates and friends about this website. Encourage them to sign up too. The Society is open to all of our graduates, students and friends.I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you at our next get-together. Until then - Go Blue!

Mourou Elected Member of NAE

I am delighted to announce that Gerard Mourou has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

As you know, this is a very high honor which reflects well on all of the EECS Department We are very proud of you, Gerard!


Solar Car

The students, staff, and faculty of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department can be proud that the University of Michigan Solar Car Team has officially placed as the first American team, the first university team, and third overall in the 2001 World Solar Challenge, which took place from Darwin to Adelaide through the Outback of Australia from November 18th to 25th. Among the members of the race team were 5 EECS students (Eric Carlson, Chris Deline, Blair Lorimer, Saaj Shaw, and Michael Yagley) and Brian Gilchrist from our faculty. In addition, more students have helped to develop the car over the last two years. It is probably not unexpected to note that electrical and computer technologies make up a significant part of the solar car.

To paraphrase the Team's Student Leader, Nader Shwayhat, the team drove Michigan's M-Pulse car as hard as they could and aside from a four-minute motor change on day three, they suffered no breakdowns, setbacks, or problems and did not even have to replace a single tire throughout the entire 3000-kilometer distance. Over the course of the race, the team set several records, both personal and official, and in the process, truly inspired and impressed the crowds in Australia. With a final finishing time of 34.25 hours and an average speed of 87.52kph (54.35mph), the Michigan team secured the fourth fastest time in the competition's 14-year history and the fastest overall time ever recorded for a university team.

The only teams to have traveled faster than Michigan was Honda Motor Company from the mid-1990's (which Michigan missed by only 45 minutes) with their average speed of 89.4 kph and this year's incredible first and second place finishers: the Alpha Centari Group (Netherlands, ESA) and the Aurora Motor Vehicle Association (Australia) who averaged an amazing 91.81kph and 90.21kph, respectively. Additionally, the team set a new personal record for the longest, single-day distance ever traveled by a Michigan Solar Car Team by driving 762 km (473.2 miles) on Day 4 of the competition.

The team was very proud of their accomplishments at the 2001 World Solar Challenge and were honored to have represented the University of Michigan before such a large, international audience.

EECS congratulates all who were a part of this exciting project!

2001 Grand Prix 373

The 2001 Grand Prix 373 took place on the afternoon of December 20, 2001, at the 2nd floor of the EECS Building. This race was the culmination of a 3-week long final project for 17 of the students who took EECS 373 in the Fall semester, 2001. For more information, please click here.