Spotlight on Women in ECE
ECE celebrates and honors the many contributions made by our excellent women faculty, alumni, and students. Their work has impacted science, technology, the arts, activism, and anything else you can imagine. Included in this list is ECE’s first woman to serve as Chair, the first Black woman at Michigan to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering, and the woman who helped bring us the first ever photo of a black hole.
Elaheh Ahmadi is an assistant professor in EECS. She conducts research in Epitaxial growth and characterization of III-N and Oxide semiconductor materials for electronic and optoelectronics devices, sensing and MEMs applications as well as electron transport modeling.
Laura Balzano is an assistant professor in EECS. She conducts research in statistical signal processing, machine learning, and optimization theory and methods for dealing with large complex data.
Lynn Conway is a Professor Emerita of EECS. Her specialties included tele-autonomous systems, collaboration technology and media integration, artificial intelligence, computer systems & hardware, and VLSI program. She is also a renowned advocate for the trans community.
Cynthia Finelli is a professor of ECE and Education Engineering. She conducts research in active learning, evidence-based teaching, student learning, classroom spaces, and institutional change.
Janice Jenkins is a Professor Emerita of EECS and Biomedical Engineering. In 1980, she became the first woman hired as a faculty member in the department.
Somin Lee is an assistant professor of EECS and Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on the use of nanoscale-dependent properties to enable unique spatial and temporal capabilities needed for quantification in bioscience and medicine. Her areas of expertise include plasmonics, nanophotonics, and bionanotechnologies.
Johanna Mathieu is an assistant professor of EECS. She specializes in modeling, estimation, and control of electric loads and storage; operational and control strategies that reduce the environmental impact, cost, and inefficiency of the power system.
Necmiye Ozay is an associate professor of EECS. She conducts research on computational aspects of control system design; hybrid and cyber-physical systems; system identification and validation; dynamics-based data analysis.
Stella Pang is a Professor Emerita of EECS.
Becky Peterson is an associate professor of EECs and Applied Physics. She conducts research on oxide semiconductor materials and devices; 3D-IC heterointegration of oxide-based thin film electronics with silicon CMOS; solution-processed inorganic electronic materials; crystalline gallium oxide for power devices.
Louise Willingale is an Assistant Professor of EECS. She researches laser-driven electron and ion acceleration, relativistic laser propagation through underdense and near-critical density plasmas, laser-driven magnetic reconnection, and proton radiography to study electric and magnetic fields generated during the laser-plasma interactions.
MS PHD EE 2003 2008
Ruba Borno is the Vice President and General Manager of Cisco Managed Services, helping plot the tech giant’s future.
BSE EE 2011
Katie Bouman was a key member in the Event Horizon Telescope project that brought us the first-ever image of a black hole.
BSE EE 1985
Mariesa Crow is the Fred Finley Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Vice Provost for Research at Missouri S&T.
BSE MSE CE ’85 ’86; MBA ’91
Charlotte Decker is an information technology executive with over 21 years of experience across three major industries: specialty retail, automotive OEM, and tier-one automotive parts supply.
BSE CE ’80; MBA ’85BSE CE ’80; MBA ’85
Karen Fireman is a former Economic Analysis and Industrial Base Team Lead, Naval Sea Systems Command.
MS PhD 1990 1995
Rhonda Franklin is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota.
BSE EE ’82
Nancy Gioia recently retired from FORD Motor Company as Director of Global Connectivity after a 33-year career with the organization.
BSE MSE EE 2003 2004
Hannah Goldber was one of the first employees at Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company.
BSE MSE Ph.D EE ‘93 ‘95 ‘00
Katherine Herrick is a Senior Fellow and a Chief Engineer at Raytheon Company.
Tara Javidi headshot
MS EE:S; MS Applied Mathematics; PhD EECS
Tara Javidi is a Professor of ECE and founder and Co-Director of the Center for Machine-Integrated Computing and Security at the University of California, San Diego.
MSE PhD EE 2007 2011
Angelique Johnson is the founder and CEO of MEMStim, which makes one of the most expensive parts of cochlear implants cheap with microfabrication.
Dr. Willie Hobbs Moore
First African American woman at U-M to earn
a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering (’58 and ’61).
PhD EE:S 1995
Meera Sampath is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the State University of New York. She helped kickstart Xerox’s Indian Innovation Hub and was an early leader of their work in that country.
MSE EE 2001; PhD Applied Physics 2004
Adrienne Stiff-Roberts is Jeffrey N. Vinik Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke University, where she is also the Director of Graduate Studies for the University Program in Materials Science and Engineering.
Laura Andre conducts research in the area of Optics and Photonics. She has won several awards for her work and leadership.
Ester Bentley designs smaller, better 3D mechanical resonators for use in high-performance gyroscopes to help unmanned systems navigate when GPS signal is jammed or lost.
Lauren Cooper conducts research in the area of Optics and Photonics, and she serves as an ECE student ambassador.
Caroline Crockett conducts research in the area of Signal and Image Processing and Machine Learning.
Sijia Geng conducts research in the area of Power and Energy. She received a Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement.
Bahareh Hadidian’s research interests include millimeter-wave and THz circuits design for RF mm-wave and optical communication and sensing.
Nasimeh Heydaribeni’s research interests are game theory and its applications in networked systems with emphasis on mechanism design dynamic games with asymmetric information and information design.
Elizabeth Hou conducts research in the area of Signal and Image Processing and Machine Learning.
Huanting Huang conducts research in the area of Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits. She has won multiple awards for her work.
Alyssa Kody conducts research in the area of Control Systems.
Nooshin M. Estakhri
Nooshin M. Estakhri conducts research in the area of Optics and Photonics. She received the Helen Wu Award for her work.
Rebecca Lentz works on creating high efficiency thermo-photovoltaic cells that recycle energy stored as heat back into electrical power.
Menglou Rao conducts research in the area of Applied Electromagnetics and RF Circuits.
Stephanie Ross conducts research in the area of Power and Energy. She received a Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for her work.
Behnoush Rostami conducts research in Bio-MEMS.
Anna Stuhlmacher conducts research in the area of Power and Energy.
Yuanying Wang conducts research in the area of Power and Energy.
Zhanni Wu is working on advanced metasurfaces, which could help next-generation wireless communication, commercial and military radar systems, imaging, and antenna systems.
Mengqi Yao conducts research in the area of Power and Energy. She won a High Quality Paper Award at the PowerTech Conference.