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Spotlight on Innovation

The World’s Smallest Computer

The Michigan Micro Mote is a fully autonomous computing system that acts as a smart sensing system.
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Amazing Walking Robots

Prof. Jessy Grizzle has developed extremely robust control techniques for bipedal walking robots.
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The Father of Data Science

Claude Shannon’s work is responsible for digital communication, data processing, and even the Internet.
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Nader Najafi: Daring Health Devices

Nader’s company has developed the first heart-monitoring device to be anchored in the left ventricle.
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Michigan’s First Materials Center

Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials focuses on controlling light interactions with matter.
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Googling the Physical World

Prof. David Wentzloff wants to connect trillions of tiny sensors embedded in everything you can think of.
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Larry Page: Building the Internet

Co-Founder of Google and CEO of Alphabet, Larry invent tools that shaped the Internet as we know it.
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Emmett Leith: Modern Holography

Leith made holography a reality, stunning the world with his holographic train in 1964.
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Lighting Up the World

Graduating before EE existed as a department, Charles Brush had a big influence on household lighting.
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Thomas Knoll: Photoshop is born

How a procrastinating Michigan graduate student and his brother changed our view of the world.
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Bill Joy: Edison of the Internet

Joy co-founded Sun Microsystems, and created UNIX and Java.
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Khalil Najafi: Emerging Technologies

Khalil is a leader in MEMS devices, including systems to replace GPS and detect chemical weapons.
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The Michigan Probe: Brain Research

Extremely accurate probes us a variety of technologies to make mapping the brain with light possible.
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Lynn Conway: Life, Engineered

Lynn has been called the hidden hand in the movement that enabled the very fabric of Silicon Valley.
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First in Quantum Dots

Prof. Battacharya was instrumental in early understanding of the tiny semiconductor particles called quantum dots.
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Claude Gauthier: Ethernet Revolution

Claude built his career on connections. Now, he’s working to connect our world through next-gen ethernet.
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Fighting Cyber Crime with Data

Prof. Mingyan Liu’s Quadmetrics (now FICO) keeps companies diligent when it comes to cybersecurity.
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Eric Aupperle: How the Net was Won

Eric was the director and president of a research network that had a hand in developing the Internet.
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Breakthroughs in Modern Lighting

Stephen Forrest does revolutionary work on photovoltaic cells, organic light emitting diodes, and lasers.
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Dawson Yee: Xbox Kinect

Dawson is an architect for the fastest-selling product in consumer electronics history.
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The Early history of Microprocessing

Lee Boysel and his team created the first single-chip CPU microprocessor.
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Crossbar: Reimaging Memory

Prof. Wei Lu’s company developed a new type of memory that’s smaller and faster than anything on the market.
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Meera Sampath: Art of Innovation

Meera helped kickstart Xerox’s Indian Innovation Hub and was a leader of their work.
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Mitch Rohde: Mad Scientist

Founder of Quantum Signal, Mitch works on projects from self-driving cars to facial recognition for skincare.
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Tony Fadell: The IPod and Beyond

A key mastermind behind the first iPod, Tony went on to found Nest and take a seat at Google.
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Angelique Johnson: Cheaper Hearing

Angelique makes one of the most expensive parts of cochlear implants more affordable with microfabrication.
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Eran Bashan: Health in the Home

Eran, founder of Hygieia, developed a device to help people with diabetes keep track of insulin use at home.
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