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News for alumni and friends from ECE @ Michigan

September 2016

These 7 faculty are joining the Michigan team this year and next. Get to know them a little bit better

No story - just a big HELLO and WELCOME!

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Cheap Solar with Nanostructures

Nanotechnology could reduce the cost of the most expensive part of a solar power plant by 75 percent. The Department of Energy has funded a $1.4M project to develop new solar concentrators.

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Autonomy for Space Missions

Necmiye Ozay has earned a NASA Early Career Faculty award for a project to help future space missions operate without human intervention in the strange, dynamic environment of outer space.

A New Era of Robotics at Michigan

A new robotics center promises to consolidate and expand existing robotics research at U-M. With Jessy Grizzle as Director, everyone is excited at the promise the new space offers for increased collaboration and synergy of effort.

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A World Leader in Controls

Stéphane Lafortune was named Fellow of the International Federation of Automatic Control. He has been a leading researcher in the field of discrete event systems (DES) for the last 25 years.
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Pioneering Engineering Education Research

A new initiative at the College of Engineering has brought U-M into the spotlight in the field of Engineering Education Research (EER). Cindy Finelli is leading the way in ECE.
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A Lifetime of Achievement - Already!

Mark Kushner was awarded the 2017 Plasma Chemistry Award (PCA) from the International Plasma Chemistry Society (IPCS), their highest honor.
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Education First for Former Dean Dave

In his last week as the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, David C. Munson, Jr. was honored with the Benjamin Garver Lamme Award from ASEE
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Hands-On Robotics

Check out this new video about the course Hands-On Robotics, which provides an introduction to the broadly interdisciplinary field of robotics while encouraging open-ended problem solving.

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Undergrads Seek Secrets of the Brain

Eight undergrad students worked on cutting edge brain research in Germany this summer through the Int. Program for the Advancement of Neurotechnology.
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ECE Robots Wow Conference

U-M hosted the 2016 Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, and ECE got the chance to show off a few of its many robots.

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Celebrating a Leader in Control

Friends, colleagues, and former students of Demos Teneketzis celebrated his 65th birthday with a Workshop on Information, Decisions, and Networks in his honor. Videos of the talks are available.

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A Better Life Through Engineering

Jasprit Singh retired after 30 years at U-M. Now, as president and co-founder of the company Gurmentor, Inc., he continues his mission to make life better through technology.

Student Teams Compete Around the Globe

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Students Row Blue! to Victory

The Michigan Mens Rowing team won their 9th consecutive national championship with four EECS students rowing in their toughest category. Their succesful season qualified the team to compete abroad in the most prestigious boat race series in the world
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Solar Car Defends National Title

Despite nearly-sunless conditions in the final two days, the University of Michigan Solar Car team has successfully defended their decade-long reigning championship winning the 2016 American Solar Challenge for the sixth consecutive time.

Strong Finish for UM::Autonomy

The UM::Autonomy team took 6th place in the world at this year's RoboNation RoboBoat Competition, where teams build autonomous, robotic boats to navigate and race through an aquatic obstacle course.
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Baja Wins Big

The U-M Baja Racing Team made huge waves this season. Along with their second consecutive overall 1st place finish, they also received the seasons highest honor, the Mike Schmidt Memorial Award.

ECE In the News

Faculty: Partnership Boosts Big Data Research

Faculty: Hacking Healthcare: How big data is driving big changes in medicine

Faculty: Real holograms are on bank cards, not starships

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

Faculty: Screen Savers: The World's Smallest Computer

Alumni: Making unmanned flight safe

Faculty: A Women's History of Silicon Valley

Alumni: ECE Alumnus Leverages Big Data to Influence Corporate Strategy

Faculty: The Adventures of a Blissfully Unaware Bipedal Robot at the Grassy Wave Field

Faculty: R&D's Scientist of the Year - Starting 50 Years Ago with the Pioneer [Emmett Leith]

Faculty: Tiny Computer Has Enormous Potential

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September 2016

University of Michigan - College of Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
1301 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2122

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