ECE News for 2003

Profs. Bhattacharya, Norris and Singh Win College of Engineering Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award for 2003-04

Professors Pallab Bhattacharya, Ted Norris and Jasprit Singh (with Prof. Rachel Goldman of Materials Science and Engineering) were selected to receive the University of Michigan College of Engineering Ted Kennedy Family Team Excellence Award for 2003-04. They will be honored at the College's Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner in March. This award is presented in recognition of the production of an extraordinary and significant piece of work from current or recent collaboration in teaching or research to the College of Engineering.

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi Wins College of Engineering Research Excellence Award

Professor Kamal Sarabandi has been selected to receive the University of Michigan College of Engineering Research Excellence Award for 2003-04. Professor Austin will be honored at the College's Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner in March. This award is presented in recognition of demonstrated sustained excellence in research and related scholarly activities.

Prof. Todd Austin Wins College of Engineering Education Excellence Award

Associate Professor Todd Austin has been selected to receive the University of Michigan College of Engineering Education Excellence Award for 2003-04. Professor Austin will be honored at the College's Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner in March. This award is presented in recognition of demonstrated sustained excellence in curricular development, instruction and guidance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including, graduate student supervision, and the development ofnew courses, teaching laboratories, teaching techniques, software packages for self teaching, etc.

Prof. Dennis Sylvester Wins College of Engineering 1938E Award

Assistant Professor Dennis Sylvester has been selected to receive the University of Michigan College of Engineering 1938E Award for 2003-04. Professor Sylvester will be honored at the College's Faculty Honors and Awards Dinner in March. This award is presented in recognition of an outstanding teacher in both elementary and advanced courses, an understanding counselor of students who seek guidance in their choice of career, a contributer to the educational growth of his/her College, and a teacher whose scholarly integrity pervades his/her service to the University and the profession of Engineering.

Prof. Jessy Grizzle - Wins 2003 Control Systems Technology Award of the IEEE Control Systems Society

Professor Jessy Grizzle -- along with Jeffrey A. Cook, Ford Motor Company, and Jing Sun, formerly of Ford Motor Company and currently an Associate Professor in UM's NAME Department -- has won the 2003 Control Systems Technology Award of the IEEE Control Systems Society "for the development of fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly automotive powertrains through innovative application of control theory." The award will be formally announced and presented during the annual Awards Ceremony of the Control Systems Society, which will be held during the 42nd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) in Maui, Hawaii on Thursday, December 11, 2003.

John Hayes Receives Humboldt Research Award

Professor John Hayes has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists. The award is from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, in Bonn, Germany, and is in recognition of "past accomplishment in research and teaching."

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:

UM Programming Team Advances to World Finals

A CSE undergrad student team will compete in the World Finals of the International Collegiate Programming Contest to be held in Prague, Czech Republic from March 28 to April 1, 2004. The contest, organized by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and sponsored by IBM, will bring together 72 teams selected from regional competitions among 1300 colleges and universities in 68 countries. The UM team, consisting of undergraduate computer science students Nuttapong Chentanez, Galen Elias and James McCann, won its berth by placing fourth in a field of 127 teams at the East Central North America (ECNA) Regional Programming Contest on November 8. A second UM team, consisting of undergraduate students William Cheng, Yuan-Min Tang, and Arthur Tomlin, placed fifth. College of Engineering professor Kevin Compton and graduate students Andrew Nierman and Jarrod Roy, all of the EECS Department, coached both teams. A UM team has not qualified for the international competition since 1997. Recent ACM competition rankings for UM were 9th and 10th for 2000, 6th and 11th for 2001, and 9th and 10th for 2002. The ECNA region includes Pennsylvania, Ohio, the Michigan lower peninsula, eastern Ontario, and most of Indiana. Universities in this region may enter at most two teams of three students in the regional contest. The only teams scoring better than the two UM teams were the University of Waterloo teams (placing first and third) and a University of Toronto team (placing second). Teams competed to solve the most programming problems in a five hour period, with total time as a tie breaker. The Chentanez-Elias-McCann team solved six of the eight problems posed and the Cheng-Tang-Tomlin team solved five. Some of the UM team members began training for the regional contest in January. In addition to the team members listed above, Gabriel Black, Marina Polishchuk, Matthew Stockton, and Robert Schroeder served as team reserves and took part in weekly practices. Team training benefited from the expertise of Nierman and Roy, who are contest veterans, and from funding of ACM student activities by Proctor & Gamble and Goodyear Tire Corporation.

Kang Shin Wins 2003 Technical Achievement Award

Professor Kang Shin has won the 2003 Technical Achievement Award of the Real-Time Technical Committee of the IEEE Computer Society.

Halloween Party A Big Success

We enjoyed fun costumes and comaraderie at the 2nd Annual EECS Halloween Party on Friday. Beth Lawson and Becky Turanski have put together a few scenes of the party into a quicktime movie which you can view at the web link below (if you dare) ... [Full Story]

Eric Aupperle Named Alumni Medal Recipient for 2003

Eric Aupperle
Alumni Medal Recipient for 2003 (UM, College of Engineering)
BSE 1957 EE, University of Michigan

As President of Merit Network, Inc., Aupperle played a vital role in the formation of the Internet by developing and operating NSFnet, the precursor to today's Internet. He is currently President Emeritus of Merit Network and has been recognized for his achievements with prestigious awards such as the IEEE's "Third Millenium Medal" and the IEEE Southeastern Michigan section's "Outstanding Engineer of the Year Award."

Professor Pallab Bhattacharya Awarded 2003 Quantum Devices Award

Professor Pallab Bhattacharya received the 2003 Quantum Devices Award at the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors (ISCS), for Pioneering Contributions to Molecular Beam Epitaxy and Applications of III-V Heterostructure Electronic and Optoelectronic Devices. This award is sponsored by Fujitsu and is given to an individual who has made "pioneering contributions to the fields of compound semiconductor devices and quantum nanostructure devices which have made a major scientific or technological impact in the past twenty years."

Dennis Sylvester Receives Outstanding New Faculty Award

Assistant Professor Dennis Sylvester has been awarded the 2003 SIGDA Outstanding New Faculty Award, by ACM SIGDA (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Design Automation). This award "recognizes a junior faculty member early in her or his academic career who demonstrates outstanding potential as an educator and/or researcher in the field of electronic design automation."

Homecoming Weekend - Oct. 16-18, 2003

Homecoming promises to be a great weekend! It will be a chance for many of us to get together, renew old friendships, update ourselves on what has been going on in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and at the University, watch our beloved Wolverines trounce the Illini, and so much more!

The EECS Alumni Society will have a table at the College of Engineering Tailgate Party on Saturday, October 18, prior to the football game. We hope this table - a place for EECS alums to meet and talk -- will become an annual tradition. And remember that this year it will be just one of the many great events planned for the College of Engineering's celebration Years of Engineerng Excellence". Think of it! The College has been around for 150 years! And the EECS Department has been around for quite a long time, too -- since 1895, that's108 years, which isn't bad considering when electricity was first made practical. For more details see a brief summary of the EECS history.

Since we're still making final arrangements for Homecoming Weekend, remember to visit the EECS Alumni Society website often. And before you forget it, sign up for the Michigan Engineering Alumni Weekend so you can share with us the many other events that will be taking place, including the Engineering Alumni Society Awards Dinner where some of our fellow alumni will be honored and the many other exciting events planned. For all the details and a registration form, go to the College of Engineering web site.

I hope to see you there!

Bill Becher

Society President


Professor Mingyan Liu receives NSF CAREER Award

Prof. Mingyan Liu is being awarded an NSF CAREER Award for her proposal titled "Capacity-driven design of large scale wireless sensor networks", funded by the ANI program in CISE. Congratulations Mingyan!

Ken McCrath, 1931-2003

Dedication Ceremony: September 24, 2004

See photos from the dedication by clicking on the Web Link below

The foundation of any great school is determined not by the buildings it contains but by the people that work inside. One of the people who made EECS what it is today died on Thursday, August 14th, at the age of 71. Ken served with the department for 40 years, starting first at the Electron Physics Lab in the late 1950s and retiring as a Technical Supervisor at EECS in 1997. Ken was also a skilled machinist, a role model to other staff, a mentor to hundreds of students, and the person everyone in EECS sought after to just get things done. He had a laugh that could be heard blocks away and was a true friend to all that knew him. Donations for a memorial in his honor may be given to Jean Ringe. (734-647-1753) Email: Our goal is to raise enough funds for a bench with a dedication plaque near the EECS building.

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EECS welcomes the following new faculty beginning September 1, 2003:

Valeria Bertacco, Ranjit Gharpurey, Michel Maharbiz, Lee Markosian, Mahta Moghaddam

Additional new faculty will join EECS in January 2004:

Chandrasekhar Boyapati, Zhuoquing Morley Mao, Serap Savari

Mark Bartsch awarded Graduate Student Instructor Award

Mark Bartsch, a graduate student in the Electrical Engineering: Systems program in EECS, was awarded a special Graduate Student Instructor Award for his outstanding work in the development of the laboratory experiments for the course EECS 206: Signals and Systems I. The award was presented to Mark by Professor Lafortune, Associate Chair of EECS for the ECE Division, together with Professors Fessler, Neuhoff, and Wakefield, on August 22, 2003.

EECS Alumni Stonebraker and Trew Named 2003 Honorees!

As part of Alumni Weekend, two EECS alumni will be honored as recipients of the College of Engineering's Alumni Society Merit Awards. This year's recipients are Dr. Michael Stonebraker and Dr. Robert Trew. They will receive their awards at the College of Engineering's Awards Dinner on Friday, October 17th.

Michael R. Stonebraker
Alumni Society Merit Award Recipient for 2003 (UM, College of Engineering)
MSE 1966 EE, University of Michigan
Ph.D. 1971 CI & CE, University of Michigan

A leader in information management, on both a theoretical and practical level, Stonebraker has founded four companies, been a member of the faculty at the University of California-Berkeley for twenty years, and is currently an adjunct professor at MIT. He founded Ingres Corp. in 1980. The company's primary product, INGRES, became a leader in the field of relational database management systems.

Robert Trew
Alumni Society Merit Award Recipient for 2003 (UM, College of Engineering)
MS 1969, University of Michigan Ph.D. 1975 EE, University of Michigan

As a researcher, Trew has developed important technologies and theories in the areas of semiconductors and microwave computer-aided design. From 1997 to 2001, Trew served director of research for DoD, providing scientific leadership and oversight for the agency's annual $1.3 billion military and defense research programs. He is currently Chair of the ECE Department at North Carolina State University.

England Named 2004 IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award Recipient

The IEEE Board of Directors has named Tony England recipient of the 2004 IEEE Judith A. Resnik Award. As recipient of the award, he is being recognized "for significant contributions to the development and application of spaceborne microwave radiometry to remote sensing." Tony is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, at the University of Michigan. [Full Story]

Society Executive Committee Changes

The EECS Alumni Society welcomes Dr. David C. Munson, Jr., the new chair of the EECS Department effective June 1. Dr. Munson, who also will serve on the Society executive committee, comes to us from the the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. His research interests span a variety of topics throughout the field of signal and image processing. His research has concentrated on computational imaging, i.e. on systems that use computers to calculate images from data acquired by sensors. Examples of such systems include computer tomography, synthetic aperture radar, radio astronomy, and hybrid optical/digital systems. Munson has been especially involved in research on synthetic aperture radar, where recent projects focused on radar imaging of the moon, radar imaging of a runway from a landing aircraft, and on a new form of 3-D radar for imaging objects having complicated geometries.

Dr. Munson replaces Professor Richard B. Brown, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Engineering, who, while serving as Interim Chair of the Department, established the EECS Alumni Society. In addition to serving as Interim Chair for the past two years and spinning off two companies from the University, Dr. Brown has been supporting and advising 15 Ph.D. students in SOI microprocessor design, low-power mixed-signal microcontrollers, circuits to minimize gate and subthreshold leakage in advanced CMOS processes, and solid-state sensors for neurotransmitters and for heavy metals such as lead and arsenic. He is planning to take a long-overdue sabbatical next year. The Society is particularly grateful to Dr. Brown for taking the initiative in establishing the Society and for his ongoing encouragement.

Catharine June, who has served as Executive Secretary to Professor Brown during his time as Interim Chair, will continue working with Professor Brown, and will therefore step down as Society Secretary. Ms. June has been a valuable and tireless contributor to the Society administration and will be greatly missed. We wish Catharine well and expect that she will continue to be a strong supporter and friend.

The Society also welcomes Stacie Printon, the new Executive Secretary to the Chair and replacement for Catharine as Society Secretary.

The Society also welcomes Mr. Nicholas B Slovan, an undergraduate EECS student, who was recently appointed to serve on the Executive Board as the Society Student Representative.

For anyone else who is eager to become active in the Society, many other opportunities are available, including the position of Publicity Chair on the Executive Committee. Please contact Stacie, if you are interested in helping out.

Bill Becher, Society President

MSE 61, PhD 68

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.

Summer 2003 Picnic Photos

Click the link below to view photos taken at last Friday's Department Picnic. [Full Story]

Michael Wellman Receives 2002-2003 Faculty Recognition Award

Professor Michael Wellman has been selected to receive the Faculty Recognition Award for 2002-2003, from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan. Recipients demonstrate substantive contributions to the University through significant achievements in research and other scholarly/creative activities; excellence as a teacher, advisor and mentor; and distinguished participation in the service activities of the University. The award will be presented and announced officially to the University community at a special program in early October 2003.

Second Annual U of M EECS Alumni Reception in Anaheim

Our Second Annual EECS Alumni Reception was held at the Anaheim Marriott Hotel in California in conjunction with the Design Automation Conference (DAC). We had some new alumni's visit us this year. Feel free to click on the link below to view some of the pictures. [Full Story]

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.

Hero Elected President-Elect

Al Hero has been elected President-Elect of the IEEE Signal Processing Society Board of Governors. Hewill serve two years in this role, followed by two years as President,and then two years as Past-President.
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Sylvester Awarded Spira Teaching Award

Dennis Sylvester will be awarded the 2003Ruth and Joel Spira Outstanding Teaching Award. Dennis has stellar courseevaluations, and he developed a new digital circuits course, 312, which isproving to be very popular with our students. Congratulations to you,Dennis, for furthering the tradition of teaching excellence in EECS!

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Wise Delivers Distinguished University Professor Lecture

Ken Wise, J. Reid and Polly Anderson Professor of Manufacturing Technology, faced a tall order during the April 2 William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professorship lecture: making a highly complex topic entertaining and educational for an audience of technical and non-technical people. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Wise, Kensall  

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!


Jamie Phillips Wins NSF CAREER Award

I am delighted to announce that Jamie Phillips, who came to the Department as an assistant professor in January 2002, has been awarded an NSFCAREER Award for his proposal titled "Ferroelectric HeterostructureIntegration With GaAs Optoelectronic Devices." This is a great way toget started. Congratulations, Jamie!

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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]

Jessy Grizzle receives the 2002 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award

Jessy Grizzle has been selected to received the 2002 George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award. Every year, the Control Systems Society presents up to three outstanding paper awards to authors of papers published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control during the preceding two calendar years. This outstanding paper award is based on originality, potential impact on the theoretical foundations of control, importance and practical significance in applications, and clarity. The award is named after George S. Axelby, founding editor of the Transactions.
Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy