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News for alumni and friends from ECE @ Michigan

April/May 2016

Making Memory Smaller, Better, Faster, Stronger

As tiny embedded computers spread to every item in the home and beyond, fast, reliable memory is needed on an unheard-of scale. To fuel this ongoing revolution, Prof. Wei Lu and former student Dr. Sung Hyun Jo co-founded the company Crossbar, Inc. to tackle the physical limitations of conventional memory technology. Their first product will be released in 2016.

They Made It!

Experience some of the joy of the class of 2016! PHOTOS

College of Engineering Ceremony (with keynote speech by EE alumnus Dean Drako, serial entrepreneur)

University of Michigan Ceremony (keynote by Michael Bloomberg)

Int. Conf. for Adv. Neurotechnology

ECE is hosting the inaugural International Conference for Advanced Neurotechnology (ICAN), June 13-14, 2016, sponsored by NSF. Engineers and neuroscientists will review the recent advancements in neurotechnology and neuroscience, and define next-generation tools needed to move neuroscience forward. Registration free but required.

Alumni Reception @ IMS [RSVP]

Network and party with alumni during the 2016 International Microwave Symposium in San Francisco, Tuesday, May 24, 2016
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Seeking Regional Alumni Volunteers

ECE@Michigan is committed to engaging our alumni across the country. We will be launching regional alumni volunteer boards in major cities across the country. Interested in getting involved? Click here.

Award Winning Instructors

To celebrate the contributions of graduate and undergraduate instructors, the department selected the best of the best, based on student evaluations, and celebrated them at a special awards ceremony.

Road Toward the New Light

Prof. Shuji Nakamura delivered the 17th William Gould Dow Distinguished Lecture. He is the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes, enabling bright, energy-saving white light sources. Watch his talk.

Recognizing a Plasma Research Giant

Prof. Mark Kushner received an Honorary Doctorate and Distinguished Professorship at Eindhoven University of Technology, and has been appointed a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Physical Society.

Medical Technology Visionary

Jeff Fessler earned the 2016 IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Technical Achievement Award for pioneering contributions to medical imaging reconstruction that has already improved diagnoses.

Students Earn Prestigious NSF Grad Research Fellowships

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Audrow Nash is a master's student at U-M who works to develop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to monitor biogas emissions in landfills.

Autonomous Marine Robots

Genevieve Flaspohler will pursue a PhD with a focus in oceanography at MIT, solving problems in underwater robotics and marine ecosystems.

Apps to Work with the IoT

Joshua Adkins researches embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and energy harvesting. He plans to continue as a grad student at UC-Berkeley.

Data Processing in MEMS Networks

Clark Zhang will research useful data gathering techniques for networks of MEMS devices. He has an internship at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the summer.

Bringing M-HEAL Solutions to Peru

Leila Syal, sophomore in electrical engineering, organized a trip for 15 students to volunteer in Cusco, Peru as part of the Michigan Health Engineered for All Lives group.

Engineering a Cultural Change

Over 40 U-M engineers attended the 2016 NSBE Annual Convention and returned with awards and lasting memories. Our students thought it was so great, everyone should go.

Building Better Images

Two teams earned prizes in EECS 556 for improving image processing techniques. The winning teams partitioned images into useful segments, and tone-mapped High Dynamic Range images.

Prize for the Best Rocket Landing

Students in EECS 562 competed to land a rocket booster with minimal damage after being detached during a rocket launch, using advanced control techniques. Check out cool simulations from the winning teams.

The Votes Are In...

...and Jeff Fessler is HKN's Professor of the Year in ECE. Prof. Fessler is a constant favorite of students in both large 100-level and more specialized 500-level signal processing courses.

Awarding Staff Excellence

Beth Lawson, Senior Research Administrator, received a CoE Excellence in Staff Service Award for her 18 years of sustained excellence serving the faculty in the Systems area.

ECE In the News

Faculty: Visionary Engineer Lynn Conway Heralds Dawn of the Techno-Social Age

Faculty: IEEE Spectrum Video Friday – Week One and Week Two

Alumni: World's fastest silicon-based flexible transistor

Alumni: Sean Stetson Joins Seegrid

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

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April/May 2016

University of Michigan - College of Engineering
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