Spotlight on Research

Emmett Leith

Emmett Leith: Modern Holography

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

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Quantum Dots

First in Quantum Dots

Prof. Battacharya was instrumental in early understanding of the tiny semiconductor particles called quantum dots.

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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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WIMS, small device


WIMS facilitated 11 spinoff companies, 59 patents, and new tech for hearing, brain research, and sensing.

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CUOS: Pursuing New Frontiers

The Center for Ultrafast Optical Science is responsible for the field’s most intense laser and much more.

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Radiometry in a lab in 1958

The RadLab

U-M’s Radlab is known worldwide for their contributions to Applied Electromagnetics.

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Lurie Nanofabrication Facility

The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility wasn’t always so clean, but it got the job done.

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Sponsored Research to the Midwest

Department Chair William Gould Dow was responsible for bringing industry- and government-sponsored research to Michigan.

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Walking robots

Amazing Walking Robots

Prof. Jessy Grizzle has developed extremely robust control techniques for bipedal walking robots.

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Kamal Sarabandi: Bridging the Divide

Sarabandi’s work in remote sensing helps monitor global warming, see through walls, and navigate drones.

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Gérard Mourou

Gérard Mourou: A Laser Pioneer

The 2018 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, Gérard let the formation of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science and expanded the field’s imagination.

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Weapons-detecting radars

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi’s technology can identify a hidden gun or bomb from the distance of a football field.

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Lowering CT Radiation

Prof. Jeff Fessler is working to create high-quality CT scans from a much lower dose of radiation.

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solid-state and nanotechnology

Breakthroughs in Modern Lighting

Stephen Forrest does revolutionary work on photovoltaic cells, organic light emitting diodes, and lasers.

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Roach-inspired robot

Roach-Inspired Robots

Prof. Shai Revzen is analyzing the reflexes of cockroaches to aid in developing steadier robots.

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Red light interactions

Michigan’s First Materials Center

Center for Photonic and Multiscale Nanomaterials focuses on controlling light interactions with matter.

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MEMS device on a penny

Khalil Najafi: Emerging Technologies

Khalil is a leader in MEMS devices, including systems to replace GPS and detect chemical weapons.

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Kirigami solar cells

Art-Inspired Solar Cells

EECS researchers developed lightweight, movable solar cells that track the sun, inspired by Japanese kirigami.

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Neural probes

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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Stained glass solar cell of the U.S. Flag

Solar-Powered Color

Color, see-through solar cells can enable ‘stained’ glass windows, decorative panels and shade that makes electricity.

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Child in hospital

Predicting your risk of Illness

Prof. Al Hero studies the human genome’s response to viral illnesses to help predict when you might get sick.

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Small computer inside needle

Injectable Computers

Researchers added radios that transmit through tissue to a computer small enough to fit in a syringe.

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Jasprit Singh

Jasprit Singh: Apps for Wellness

Even in retirement, Singh works to develop software that makes wellness and health convenient.

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David Anderson

David Anderson: Bioengineer

Anderson made his home at the crossroads of engineering and neurophysiology.

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