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Vishal Giare Named Air, Missile Defense Mission Area Lead at Johns Hopkins APL

ECE alum Vishal Giare (MS EE:S 97), formerly a program area manager at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, has been appointed as APLs mission area executive for air and missile defense. He now leads the laboratorys efforts to develop ballistic missile defense and anti-air warfare systems for U.S. forces and allies, APL said Thursday. [Full Story]

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ECE Alumnus Kevin Johnson Receives IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Public Service that is Expected to Help Tech Employees

Kevin Johnson (BSE EE) received the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Public Service "For sustained leadership in furthering reform of noncompete agreements in employment contracts." Kevin is working along with the New England Venture Capital Association on legislation to help employees and the Massachusetts economy by banning noncompete agreements. He says that these agreements reduce Massachusetts employee job mobility and income. [Full Story]

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ECE Alumni in Academia

ECE alumni are educating the next generation of innovators all around the world! Check out many of our active alumni in academia. Please contact us to let us know of any we are missing! [Full Story]

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U-M Presents Babak Parviz with Bicentennial Alumni Award

Electrical engineer and Google Glass creator Babak Parviz is widely recognized for revolutionizing communication technology through advances in optics, self-assembly, and miniaturized electronics. Now the Vice President of Amazon, U-M gave the award for his pioneering technological innovations that augment human potential, and thus improve peoples lives. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Mariesa Crow is Looking to the Future of Power

Mariesa Crow (BSE EE 85),is working to power the future through her research on energy storage and microgrids and her commitment to training the next generation of power engineers. The Fred Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and VP for Research at Missouri S&T, Crow came to Michigan to discuss her work as part of the Michigan Power and Energy Lab Seminar Series [Full Story]

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A Q&A with Alumnus Angela Blanton: VP and CFO at Carnegie Mellon University

Angela Blanton (BSE EE 1993) was recently named vice president for Finance and chief financial officer for Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating from U-M, she worked at Delphi and Chrysler Motors Corp. as an electrical engineer. She then returned to academia to earn her MBA from the Tepper School of Busines at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). We asked her a few questions about her career. [Full Story]

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A small team may have just cracked one of the big obstacles facing smart glasses

ECE alumni startup Avegant may have just beat the billion-dollar startup Magic Leap to the first public demonstration of technology that integrates graphics with the real world with depth, so your eyes can focus on virtual objects at different distances. Co-founded by Ed Tang (CTO) and Allan Evans, Avegant first gained fame with their Glyph technology, an all-in-one personal theater. [Full Story]

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CSE Alumnus Jim Boerkoel Awarded NSF CAREER Grant for Research into Autonomous Systems

CSE alumnus Jim Boerkoel (CSE MS 08, PhD 12), Assistant Professor in the Computer Science Department at Harvey Mudd College, has been awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) grant for his project "Robust and Reliable Multiagent Scheduling Under Uncertainty." [Full Story]

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Azadeh Ansari Receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for Research in GaN-based Electro-acoustic Devices

Dr. Azadeh Ansari received a 2017 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for her dissertation, GaN Integrated Microsystems for RF Applications. This award recognizes exceptional dissertations of outstanding scholarly quality in any field of study. The focus of her dissertation was the design, fabrication, and characterization of novel and advanced electro-acoustic devices and integrated micro/nano systems based on Gallium Nitride (GaN). GaN is the material that led to the development of new high-efficiency lighting and was the focus of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2014. [Full Story]

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Ann Arbor-based Cribspot evolving from listing rentals to managing them

Ann Arbor-based startup Cribspot has evolved from simply listing rentals to now managing more than 100 spaces for property owners across the Midwest. The founders, Tim Jones and Evan Dancer, former Computer Science students, and Jason Okrasinski, a former Ross Business student, all graduated in May 2013 with the same goal in mind, to make the off-campus housing search as easy as possible. [Full Story]

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Alum Michelle Stock Elected SPIE Fellow for Development of the Photonics Industry

ECE alumna Dr. Michelle Stock (BSE MSE PhD EE 88 90 94) been elected Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, "for achievements in business development and science policy for the photonics industry." [Full Story]

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Michigan has video game heaven thanks to ECE alum David Carter

David Carter (BSE EE ) serves as a reference services librarian and archivist for the U-M Computer and Video Game Archive. The CVGA features over 7,000 titles everything from time-honored favorites such as Pac-Man and Frogger to newer fare, including Call of Duty and Halo on dozens of gaming systems. Carter was previously was a lecturer at Michigans School of Information and is trained as an electrical engineer, specializing in optics and radio waves. [Full Story]

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Tea beyond the cup

Young Mountain Tea, Fulbright scholar, and ECE alum Adhiraj Vable's (BSE EE ) start-up in Oregon works to create sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. [Full Story]

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A Q&A with Rhonda Franklin Connecting Diverse Students

ECE alumnus Rhonda Franklin uses her influence as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota to attract a diverse student population to the STEM field, and her own field of applied electromagnetics. She believes the best research results are achieved from a diversity of backgrounds, something she learned as a graduate student at Michigan and fosters in her own research group at Minnesota. [Full Story]

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Sensors from Head to Toe Todd Coleman Makes Measuring Health Simpler

Prof. Todd Coleman (BSE CE, EE ) thinks theres a way on the horizon for patients in need of regular monitoring to get out of their hospital beds. His group at the University of California San Diego is tackling the challenging problem of getting high-fidelity monitoring to work affordably at home. To answer this need, he and his group have created sensors as thin as skin that can gather data from nearly anywhere. [Full Story]

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CSE Alumnus Peter Wurman Named VP of Engineering at Cogitai

Cogitai, the artificial intelligence start-up focused on next generation machine learning technologies, has announced that Peter Wurman (MSE ME 88, MS CSE 96, PhD CSE 99) has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering. Wurman is also a member of the CSE National Advisory Board. Cogitai was cofounded by Prof. Satinder Singh Baveja. [Full Story]

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Mount and Wu Scholarship Rewards Extracurriculars

Brian Mount (BSE CE 01, MSE CSE 03), Melissa Wu (BSE Civ 03), and Michelle Wu (BSE ChE 01), have recently endowed the Mount and Wu Families Scholarship. This fund will provide need-based support for in-state, undergraduate students with a preference for those engaged in College of Engineering extracurricular activities. [Full Story]

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Nader Behdad Receives the Inaugural ECE Rising Star Alumni Award for his Transformative Research in Antennas

Nader Behdad knew from a young age that he wanted to make antennas for a living. The son of an electrical engineer working for a national TV broadcasting company, he often had the chance to accompany his father to work. Now the inaugural recipient of the ECE Rising Star Alumni Award, which recognizes younger ECE alums who have achieved early success within their careers, Prof. Behdad (MS PhD EE 03 06) has tackled some of the toughest problems in antenna research. But unlike his father's work, for his applications, they need to be very small - small enough, even, to be used to treat cancer. [Full Story]

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Recent Alum Startup Wins $25,000 at Accelerate Michigan Competition

Movellus Circuits, co-founded by alumnus Muhammad Faisal (MSE PHD EE 2011 2014), won $25,000 awards at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition in Detroit, in the University Research Highlight and People's Choice categories, respectively. Movellus' prize money will go toward more protection for the intellectual property behind its semiconductor chip optimization software, which has already netted three major customers and significant interest from Silicon Valley. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Tim Howes Chosen for Arbor Networks PhD Research Impact Lecture and Award

Michigan alumnus Tim Howes (BSE Aero 85, MSE PhD CSE 87 96) has been selected by the College of Engineering for the Arbor Networks PhD Research Impact Award. Dr. Howes' doctoral research focused on Internet directory services, and he co-invented LDAP, the Internet directory protocol, while a graduate student at U-M. [Full Story]

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Meera Sampath | The Art & the Science of Innovation

Sampath (PhD EE:S 95) earned the 2016 CoE Alumni Society Merit Award for ECE. She is Vice President for Innovation and Business Transformation for Xerox, Corp. In 2009, she became the first director of the Xerox Research Innovation Hub in India where she was responsible for overseeing its creation as well as guiding its research agenda and establishing Open Innovation partnerships. Check out Meera's talk. [Full Story]

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Michael Stonebraker | The Land Sharks are on the Squawk Box

Michael Stonebraker (MSE EE 66, PhD CICE 71) received the 2016 CoE Alumni Medal Award. Stonebraker invented many of the concepts that are used in almost all modern database management systems and founded multiple successful database companies based on his pioneering work. He received the Turing Award "for fundamental contributions to the concepts and practices underlying modern database systems." Check out the talk he delivered on campus [Full Story]

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Nancy Benovich Gilby Chosen as Woman of the Year by Michigan Council of Women in Technology

CSE alumna Nancy Benovich Gilby is the first-ever recipient of the Michigan Council of Women in Technology (MCWT) Foundation's Woman of the Year Award. [Full Story]

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A temporary tattoo that brings hospital care to the home

What if doctors could monitor patients at home with the same degree of accuracy they'd get during a stay at the hospital? Bioelectronics innovator and alum Todd Coleman (BSE EE ) shares his quest to develop wearable, flexible electronic health monitoring patches that promise to revolutionize healthcare and make medicine less invasive. [Full Story]

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D'Souzas Make Gift to Support Undergraduate Students in CSE

Robin (BSE CS 06) and Priancka D'Souza of New York, New York have recently established the Robin and Priancka D'Souza Family Scholarship to provide need-based support to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. [Full Story]

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'The Most Interesting Tech IPO of the Year' was Founded by Alums

Michigan Engineering speaks with the founders of Twilio, CS alumni Jeff Lawson, Evan Cooke, and John Wolthuis. The startup, a $1 billion cloud communications company, went public in late June, bringing in $150 million. Quartz called the move the most interesting tech IPO of the year. [Full Story]

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ECE Alumnus Leverages Big Data to Influence Corporate Strategy

Rodger Howell (BSE EE 1990) says data analytics and machine learning can be key to boosting revenues and streamlining financial reporting in this guest column. While many CFOs recognize the value of big data and its insights, some are overwhelmed by the volume of information available and have yet to fully leverage it. Rodger helps companies align costs to their business strategy as an Advisory principal for PwCs Strategy, [Full Story]

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ECE Alumnus Franklin Dollar 2016 Sloan Research Fellow and Most Promising Scientist

Franklin Dollar (MSE EE 2010, PhD Applied Physics 2012), Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy at UC-Irvine, was named a Sloan Research Fellow and Most Promising Scientist in 2016 by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Prof. Dollar directs the Dollar Lab of Ultrafast High Intensity Plasma Physics. [Full Story]

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CSE Alumna Adriane Chapman Recognized with Test of Time Award from ACM SIGMOD

Alumnae Adriane Chapman (CSE MS PhD 06 08) has been recognized with the prestigious ACM SIGMOD Test of Time Award for her influential paper on techniques for recording provenance for data that is copied among databases. Now a research scientist at MITRE, Dr. Chapman published the paper while a PhD student at Michigan. She shares the award with co-authors Drs. Peter Buneman and James Cheney, both of the University of Edinburgh, UK. [Full Story]

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ECE alumnus is making unmanned flight safe

Raja Sengupta (MSE PhD EE:S 91, 95), a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UC Berkeley and co-founder of the startup company Responsible Robotics, heads a team spun out of the Cal Unmanned Aviation Lab that is creating new technologies that enable drone operators to easily comply with emerging regulations. To foster the safe development of a new industry, drone manufacturers, enthusiasts and regulators are trying to strike the right balance between access and accountability. Responsible Robotics has launched several products to meet that need. [Full Story]

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Rick and Mara Wallace Establish ECE Scholarship Fund

Rick (BSE EE 1982) and Mara (BA 1988) Wallace have established the Richard P. and Mara F. Wallace Scholarship Fund. This gift qualifies for the University's Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support, and proceeds from the fund will provide need-based scholarship support to electrical and computer engineering undergraduate students in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. [Full Story]

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Wurmans Make Gift to Support CSE Graduate Students

CSE alumnus Dr. Peter Wurman and Nancy Wurman have endowed the Wurman Family Computer Science Fellowship Student Fund, which will provide support for graduate students in CSE at Michigan. [Full Story]

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CSE Alumnus Hsin-Hao Su Selected for Principles of Distributed Computing Dissertation Award

CSE alumnus Hsin-Hao Su (PhD CSE 2015) has been selected to receive a Principles of Distributed Computing Dissertation Award for "Algorithms for Fundamental Problems in Computer Networks." Hsin-Hao's thesis provides efficient algorithms for fundamental graph problems that arise in networks, in both sequential and distributed settings. [Full Story]

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Arborlight Names Michael McCorquodale as CEO

ECE alum Michael McCorquodale has been named CEO of Arborlight. Co-founded by Prof. P.C. Ku, Arborlight develops lighting systems that most emulate natural daylight. Dr. McCorquodale returns to Michigan from Californias Silicon Valley where he founded and led several successful firms since 2004. In 2012, Electronic Engineering Times named him Innovator of the Year. [Full Story]

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Tony Fadell Steps Down from Nest

What's the future for Tony Fadell now that he's left Nest? His investments give some insights: synthesized beef, drone operating systems, sensors for drug trials, and semiconductor-based heating and cooling. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Shrenik Mehta to Receive Leadership Award at DAC2016

Accellera Systems Initiative (Accellera), the electronics industry organization focused on the creation and adoption of electronic design automation (EDA) and intellectual property (IP) standards, announced that Shrenik Mehta (MSE CICE 1984) is the recipient of the fifth annual Accellera Leadership Award. The award recognizes Shreniks vision, leadership and contribution to standards development, governance and promotional activities on behalf of the organization. Shrenik is Strategic Programs Director at Synopsys. [Full Story]

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Diabetes in Control: An Interview with Eran Bashan of Hygieia

In an interview with Diabetes in Control, Eran Bashan gave an overview of the d-Nav, an automated solution for insulin management that tailors the insulin regimen to the individual needs of the patient. Eran is CEO and co-founder of Hygieia, and has demonstrated his ability to bring products from ideation to commercialization.
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Science on Tap to feature talk on the unexpected properties of ordinary materials

Babak Ziaie (MSE PhD EE 91 94) will headline next week's Science on Tap at Purdue University with a discussion on the untapped potential of everyday materials. Ziaie has done multiple kitchen-top experiments with Magic Tape, and has discovered intriguing properties that can be used to make inexpensive sensors and tiny robots. [Full Story]

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Tony Fadell: How Can We Design For A Better Experience?

Tony Fadell (BSE CE 91), the designer behind the iPod and the Nest thermostat, delivered a TED Talk on why design is in the details and why designers often get those details wrong. Tony Fadell is a co-founder of Nest. He led the team that created the first 18 generations of the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. [Full Story]

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High-efficiency power amplifier could bring 5G cell phones

Alumnus Saeed Mohammadi (PhD EE 00) is working on a new highly efficient power amplifier for electronics that could help make possible next-generation cell phones, low-cost collision-avoidance radar for cars and lightweight microsatellites for communications. Saeed is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University. [Full Story]

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A cross-cultural journey ends with a life in Fairbanks for ECE alum

Johnny Mendez (BSE EE 95) is influenced by several cultures. Although raised in Venezuela where his father is from, Mendezs mother is Armenian. He moved to Canada while his father did post-doc studies, and eventually made his way to South Carolina for high school and Michigan for his degree in EE. Johnny Mendez was bitten by Alaska while selling posters one summer in Michigan, and made the move to Fairbanks with his wife after graduation. He now works as an engineer in the drinking water program at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. [Full Story]

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World's fastest silicon-based flexible transistor

Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma, ECE alumnus and Lynn H. Matthias Professor in Engineering and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in ECE at the University of Wisconsin, reportedly fabricated the worlds fastest silicon-based flexible transistor. He collaborated on this research with Prof. Jay Guo and Tao Ling (PhD EE 2011), now at TE Connectivity. Michigan's role was to use the nanoimprint technique to pattern the transistor channel region. The research was published in Nature Scientific Reports. See also the University of Washington press release. [Full Story]

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CSE Alumna Arzucan Ozgur Receives Science Academy Young Scientist Award

Arzucan Ozgur (PhD CSE 2010) has been awarded a Science Academy Young Scientist Award (BAGEP 2016, Turkey). Arzucan is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Engineering at Bogazici University in Istanbul. [Full Story]

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Sean Stetson Joins Seegrid

Alumnus Sean Stetson (PhD EE 98) has been appointed director of product development at Seegrid. Seegrid is a developer of 3D vision navigation and automation technology, focused on turning pallet trucks and tow tractors into driverless vision guided vehicles. Sean previously worked at Google, where he served as the director for mobile imaging in the advanced technology and projects division. [Full Story]

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Alumna Jennifer Rexford Named 2016-2017 Athena Lecturer by ACM-W

Alumna Jennifer Rexford (CSE MSE 93 PHD 96), the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Princeton University, has been named the 2016-2017 Athena Lecturer by CRA-W for her work in improving Internet transmissions and making data networks easier to manage. [Full Story]

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Pressure Profile Systems, Inc. (PPS) Announces Appointment of Howard Goldberg as Executive Vice President of Operations

Pressure Profile Systems, Inc., the world-leader in distributed pressure sensing technologies for OEM products and instrumentation, announced that it had appointed Dr. Howard Goldberg (MSE PhD EE 89 93) as its Executive Vice President of Operations. Dr. Goldberg is the former President and COO of Interlink Electronics (OTC: LINK), where he achieved a 36% increase in 2014 revenue. [Full Story]

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Engineering a Better Life for People with Diabetes

Eran Bashan (PhD EE:S 08) decided to tackle the way diabetes was treated. So he co-founded Hygieia with friend and colleague, Dr. Israel Hodish, in 2008. Hygieia does two key things for its patients; it develops medical devices that automatically evaluate and optimize insulin dosage, and it provides patient consulting and training that is carried out by on-staff nurses, reducing the need for frequent trips to the doctor. [Full Story]

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Alumnus Jian-Ming Jin Honored for his Pioneering Research in Computational Electromagnetics

Prof. Jian-Ming Jin (PHD EE 1989) received the 2016 ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award from the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society for "pioneering work in the development of finite elements in electromagnetics." Prof. Jin is the Y. T. Lo Endowed Chair Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the Electromagnetics Laboratory and Center for Computational Electromagnetics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Alumnus Randy Haupt Honored for his Pioneering Research in Antennas

Randy L. Haupt (PhD EE 1987) received the 2016 ACES Technical Achievement Award from the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society for "pioneering application of numerical and signal processing techniques to the analysis and design of antenna arrays. Prof. Haupt is a faculty member at the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department at the Colorado School of Mines. He has authored books on antennas and genetic algorithms.
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Cutting the Cost of Hearing

Dr. Angelique Johnson (MSE PhD EE 2007 2011), founder and CEO of MEMStim, LLC, has fully automated the manufacturing process of next-generation neural devices. Her technology could dramatically reduce the cost, while improving the quality, of cochlear implants. Read the full story and watch the video by NBC Learn. [Full Story]

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