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Best Paper Award Recognizes Research in Electrical Engineering Student Motivation

Prof. Jamie Phillips and ECE undergraduate advisor Catherine Lenaway, along with co-authors Prof. Shanna Daly (Mechanical Engineering) and Phillips former student Justin Foley, have earned the Theodore E. Batchman Best Paper Award for their work examining the motivations of students in electrical engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Phillips, Jamie D.  

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry

This article on reports on the recent popularity of mastery-based learning in K-12 schools. Thurnau Professor Elliot Soloway is quoted in the article. He questions the approach, and contends that students learn by building on knowledge and frequently returning to it, not by working to mastery and then moving on. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Interactive Systems  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

High School Students Experience High Tech and Michigan's Electrify Camps

A select group of high school students spent a week in classes, labs, and even toured the Big House as they participated in the Electrify Tech Camps to learn just a few things that go on in Electrical and Computer Engineering. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Ganago, Alexander O.  Hofmann, Heath  Ku, Pei-Cheng (P.C.)  

Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Microsensors and flexible electronics in smart lenses offer a closer look at diabetes and glaucoma. ECE alum Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE 1997, 2001) is a pioneer in the area of smart lenses. He worked director at Google and launched the Verily-Alcon smart-lens project, which worked to measure the glucose in tears. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Flexible electronics  

IGARSS Interactive Symposium Paper Award for Modeling the World's Forests

Researchers in Electrical and Computer Engineering are working to find a better way to quantify forest structure around the globe. Forest structure is an important indication of the earth's carbon cycle, which impacts global climate, as well as biodiversity and other topics including land use and development. Their research, led by doctoral student Michael Benson, was presented at 2016 International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) and selected the following year to receive one of two Interactive Symposium Paper Awards. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits  Remote Sensing  Sarabandi, Kamal  

$7.75M for mapping circuits in the brain

A new NSF Tech Hub will put tools to rapidly advance our understanding of the brain into the hands of neuroscientists. The technology exists to stimulate and map circuits in the brain, but neuroscientists have yet to tap this potential. Now, developers of these technologies are coming together to demonstrate and share them to drive a rapid advance in our understanding of the brain, funded by $7.75 million from the National Science Foundation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Brain  Health  Yoon, Euisik  

ECE Alum Steven McLaughlin Named Dean of Engineering at Georgia Tech

Steven W. McLaughlin (PhD EE:S 1992), the Steve Chaddick School Chair and professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, has accepted the role of Dean in their College of Engineering, effective Sept. 15, 2017. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Youd Never Have to Plug in This Battery-Free Cell Phone

Prof. David Blaauw offers feedback on this concept for a batteryless cellphone. Overall what they are doing is very interesting and they are pursuing a goal that everyone would love and kill for." [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  

Where the Jobs Are: 2017

Hot fields in the United States include embedded engineering, control engineering, and robotics. ECE's the place to be! [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Embedded Computing and Systems  Robotics  

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]

Related Topics:  Diversity and Outreach  Graduate Students  

Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics – giving tech a sense of touch

ECE alum Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics, is working to make tomorrow’s technology user friendly, safe, and reliable. The company hopes to lead what they call “the human interface revolution.”

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Zetian Mi Recognized a Most Highly Prolific Author in Nano Letters

Zetian Mi has been recognized as one of the most highly prolific authors for Nano Letters in the past five years, and is listed on the ACS Journal Stars website. Prof. Mi's research includes semiconductor nanostructures, optoelectronic devices, LEDs and lasers, solar cells, and III-nitride electronic devices.
Related Topics:  Mi, Zetian  

For Jack Schultz, it's good to be back on the golf course

Jack Schultz (BSE CE 2012) of Whitefish Bay, golfer and former Big Ten Freshman of the year at Michigan, quit playing because he developed the driver yips. After a break of several years he has started playing and winning again. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Peter S. Fuss: From Michigan to Leading a Global Network Technology Company

Peter S. Fuss (BSE EE 1956; MS EE 1960, NYU) was a student at Michigan when drafting classes were mandatory, and computers were made with vacuum tubes. But his solid foundation and curious nature led him to make lasting contributions first at Bell Labs, and then as a founder and president of Tellabs, International, a subsidiary of Tellabs, Inc. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Communications  Entrepreneurship  

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]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Solar Cell Technology  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

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]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

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]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Computer Vision  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

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]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Peter and Evelyn Fuss Endowed Chair of ECE

Peter and Evelyn Fuss created a Michigan ECE legacy when they endowed the Peter and Evelyn Fuss Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Believing in the power of creativity and quick action, the Fusses wanted to give the department maximum flexibility to respond to new initiatives and special needs wherever and whenever they arose. They are especially interested in expanding student diversity. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Najafi, Khalil  

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]

Related Topics:  Autonomous Vehicles   Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

New grad program: Engineering Education Research

New program turns a researchers eye on engineering education in the service of better teaching, learning and diversity at U-M and beyond.

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Related Topics:  Engineering Education Research  Finelli, Cynthia  

Dennis Sylvester recognized for his distinguished talk at RESMIQ

Prof. Dennis Sylvester gave a talk at the Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Quebec (ReSMIQ) annual symposium. He appeared there as a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Society. He received an award for the excellence of his presentation. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Sylvester, Dennis  

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]

Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Electric Vehicles and HEVs  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

Tencent, Led by Alum Martin Lau, Dominates in China. Next Challenge Is Rest of the World

Martin Lau (BSE EE) is the president of Tencent, the most valuable company in all of Asia. Tencent is the creator of three of the top apps in China (Honor of Kings, WeChat, and QQ), with downloads from 2/3 of the population. As president, Lau is the company's public face and a key business strategist. He joined in 2003 after working as a banker at Goldman Sachs, and earning an MS in EE from Stanford and an MBA from Northwestern. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

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  

Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics - Giving Tech a Sense of Touch

ECE alum Rick Bergman (BSE EE 1986), CEO of Synaptics, is working to make tomorrows technology user friendly, safe, and reliable. The company hopes to lead what they call the human interface revolution, and has over 1900 granted and pending patents for common human interface technologies like touch sensors, display drivers, and biometric sensors. Their track record includes the first touchpad to replace a computer mouse, adopted by Apple in 1994. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Prof. Becky Peterson Honored with 2018 U-M Henry Russel Award

Prof. Becky Peterson has received a University of Michigan Henry Russel Award for her extraordinary record of accomplishment in scholarly research, as well as excellent record of contributions as a teacher. This award, established in 1925, is considered the University's highest honor for faculty at the early to mid-career stages of their career. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Peterson, Becky (R. L.)  

Necmiye Ozay Receives Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems Paper Prize

Prof. Necmiye Ozay received the Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems Paper Prize for the paper "Finite abstractions with robustness margins for temporal logic-based control synthesis," co-authored by Prof. Jun Liu (U. of Waterloo). This Prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to the field of hybrid systems documented in a paper published in the journal Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems. The prize is awarded to the authors of two selected papers published in the journal in the three years preceding the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) World Congress. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Cyber-physical systems  Lab-Systems  Ozay, Necmiye  

ECE Alum Kukjin Chun Earns South Korea's Highest Scientific Honor

ECE alumnus Kukjin Chun (MSE PhD EE ) was honored by the President of South Korea with the Order of Science and Technology Merit, the highest national honor for a Korean scientist and engineer. This Order of Merit is awarded to those who have rendered outstanding meritorious services in the interest of improving science and technology. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  MEMS and Microsystems  Wise, Kensall  

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  

Seeing through materials with visible light

With yogurt and crushed glass, Prof. Raj Nadakuditi's group have taken a step toward using visible light to image inside the body. Their method for focusing light through these materials is much faster and simpler than today's dominant approach. By understanding exactly how a patch of skin scatters the light, researchers hope to carefully pattern light beams so that they focus inside the bodya first step toward seeing into it. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Health  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Lasers  Medical Imaging  Nadakuditi, Rajesh Rao  Norris, Theodore B.  

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]

Related Topics:  Student Teams and Organizations  Undergraduate Students  

The Power of a lunchbox

From electrical engineering to youngest director of operations, Apple, and now founder and CEO of Vaya Life, ECE alum Vashist Vasanthakumar (BSE MSE EE 05 07) has had quite a journey. He came back to Chennai in 2016 with a goal to reinvent traditional and widely used personal products, starting with one of the most versatile products the lunchbox. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

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]

Related Topics:  Undergraduate Students  Virtual Reality  

Dmitry Berenson Helps Robots Play Nice with People (with Video)

Prof. Dmitry Berenson wants robots to help us out anywhere, any time. In order to do so, he's working with state of the art equipment to design algorithms for robotic manipulation. These algorithms could turn a hunk of metal into a useful household assistant. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Berenson, Dmitry  Robotics  

New Computer Chips That See Data Will Enable Energy-Efficient Supercomputers

Drawing inspiration from how mammalian brains process sight, Prof. Wei Lu has found a way to mimic the functions of biological neural networks on a next-gen memristor chip. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lu, Wei  Memristor  

Neuromorphic Chips Offer Neural Networks That Actually Work Like the Brain

Engineers at the University of Michigan are onto something rather more brainlike, however, with help from a peculiar electrical component known as a memristor. They've developed a new "sparse coding" algorithm that uses grids of memristors to approximate the pattern recognition abilities of mammalian brains. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lu, Wei  Memristor  

Alum Dennis Grimard Delivers Commencement Address at Vermont Tech Graduation

Dennis Grimard (MSE PhD EE 1984 1990), a Barre, Vt., native, contributed greatly to the construction of U-M's Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, and now works as the associate director of MIT's nanofabrication lab, MIT.nano. During his address, Dennis choked up as he described his background. He came from a line of farmers, quarry workers and small-business owners who were "always willing to give more than they take," he said. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Next-gen computing inspired by biology

Inspired by how mammals see, a new memristor computer circuit prototype developed by Prof. Wei Lu has the potential to process complex data, such as images and video orders of magnitude faster and with much less power than todays most advanced systems. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Computer-Aided Design & VLSI  Lu, Wei  Memristor  Zhang, Zhengya  

Lifelong Radiation Lab Researcher Valdis Liepa Retires

Dr. Valdis V. Liepa, research scientist in ECE, retired from active faculty status on January 31, 2017. Dr. Liepa has been a member of the U-M family for his entire career, earning his BS , MS, and PhD in EE (1958, 1959, and 1966, respectively), and joining the Radiation Laboratory in 1968. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  

Won Pyo Hong, President of Samsung SDS, Presented with Inaugural ECE Alumni Impact Award

Dr. Won Pyo Hong (MSE PhD EE ), President of Samsung SDS, was presented the first annual ECE Alumni Impact Award. This honor, established in 2017, recognizes Dr. Hong for his pioneering work in the personal electronics industry, playing a key role in shaping our world. It is the highest recognition granted by ECE to its alumni. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  Bhattacharya, Pallab  Electronic devices  

Babak Parviz One of 20 Alumni Honored with U-M Bicentennial Award

The University of Michigan presented alumnus Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE 97 01; also MS Physics 97) with a Bicentennial Alumni Award for his pioneering technological innovations that augment human potential and improve peoples lives. Babak is one of 20 alumni to earn this exclusive award, and one of 10 to accept it at the spring commencement ceremony. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Alumni  

Sister cell profiling aims to shut down cancer metastasis

In work that could improve understanding of how cancer spreads, a team of engineers and medical researchers at the University of Michigan including Prof. Euisik Yoon developed a new kind of microfluidic chip that can capture rare, aggressive cancer cells, grow them on the chip and release single cells on demand. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Cancer  Health  Yoon, Euisik  

Shai Revzen part of a new five-institution MURI focused on the control of dynamic systems

Prof. Shai Revzen is a member of a five-institution team that will take advantage of recent advances in computation to exploit the promise of the Koopman Theory for modeling and control of dynamic systems.

The research is funded under a $6.25 million, five-year Multi-University Research Initiative (MURI) based at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and called From Data-Driven Operator Theoretic Schemes to Prediction, Inference and Control of Systems (DDOTS to PICS). [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Control Systems  Lab-Systems  Revzen, Shai  Robotics  

2017 ISCA Influential Paper Award for Groundbreaking Research in Power-efficient Computing

For their groundbreaking research in power-efficient computing, faculty and former students of the department received the 2017 ACM SIGARCH and IEEE-CS TCCA ISCA Influential Paper Award. The researchers developed a method to intelligently put parts of a computer's memory into a low power mode to save energy. Since 2002, the technique has been adopted by major chip manufacturers, and has continued to be exploited in subsequent research by the authors themselves. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Integrated Circuits and VLSI  Lab-Computer Engineering (CE Lab)  Lab-Michigan Integrated Circuits (MICL)  Mudge, Trevor  

U-M Optics Researchers Sponsor Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot

Professionals and researchers from across Michigan's optics industry gathered for the Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot on March 27, celebrating both the Optical Society of America's 100th anniversary and the Ann Arbor chapter's 50th. The event was sponsored in part by the Optical Society at the University of Michigan (OSUM), advised by research scientist John Nees. Prof. Aghapi Mordovanakis (BME) was also part of the planning of the event. [Full Story]

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

Thomas B. A. Senior Named Fellow of International Union of Radio Science

Professor Emeritus Thomas B. Senior, known internationally for his work in scattering and electromagnetics, has been named a fellow of the International Union of Radio Science. The URSI coordinates international exchange and study of all aspects of electromagnetic fields and waves, and fellowship is by invitation only. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Lab-Radiation (RADLAB)  Senior, Thomas B. A.   

Rackham Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Dreyer

Liz is a Rackham Merit Fellow and has always been intentional about her status as a first generation college student, wanting to find whatever ways to increase her chance for success as much as possible. Liz examines magneto-electric scattering, shining high-powered lasers and controlling input light to focus on the scattered light and determine whats happening to the material, particularly exploring what makes one material better than another. [Full Story]

Related Topics:  Graduate Students  Lab-Optics and Photonics  Rand, Stephen  

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