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ECE’s Culture Club brings the (virtual) community together

Each event is led by an ECE student, staff, or faculty member and showcases the different traditions, languages, food, crafts, history, etc., of their home country or region.

$20M NSF AI-EDGE Institute aims to transform 5G and beyond networks

University of Michigan is a core member of a new NSF-led Institute that is a collaboration between 11 institutions, three government research labs, and four global companies

Using remote sensing to track microplastics in the ocean

Electrical Engineering undergrad Madeline Evans is a key researcher on a project that uses NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System to monitor microplastic pollution that harms marine ecosystems.

Michigan Electric Racing takes first place at Formula SAE Michigan

The student team overcame a year of pandemic-related challenges and completed a near perfect sweep of the Electric Vehicle Class events.

Using neural networks and machine learning to design the first universal decoder for the next generation of wireless systems

PhD student Mohammad Vahid Jamali has been awarded a Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship to work on developing a single neural decoder that can decode several channel codes at once.

Awards for outstanding Graduate Student Instructors and Instructional Aides of 2020 and 2021

These awards honor outstanding student teachers, who are critical to ECE’s mission to provide top level education and instruction.

Michigan startup MemryX, Inc. promises faster, cheaper AI processing

The ECE startup builds neuromorphic computer chips uniquely suitable for AI applications

Embracing Risk: Cyber insurance as an incentive mechanism for cybersecurity

This new book by Mingyan Liu offers an engineering and strategic approach to improving cybersecurity through cyber insurance

$7.5M MURI to make dynamic AI smarter and safer

Researchers from four U.S. institutions aim to pull the best from control theory and machine learning to build safer mobile, intelligent systems.

Deltek’s Senior Director Shirin Mangold found her passion and her voice through Michigan Engineering’s Co-op program

The Engineering Cooperative Education Program introduced Mangold (CE 1993) to life as a working engineer and inspired her to pursue a career in software engineering.

Nanotech OLED electrode liberates 20% more light, could slash display power consumption

A five-nanometer-thick layer of silver and copper outperforms conventional indium tin oxide without adding cost.

U-M researchers present three papers at ISCA 2021

Fourteen researchers presented work on accelerating genome sequence alignment, fast multi-GPU systems, and more reliable data center caches.

Snails carrying the world’s smallest computer help solve mass extinction survivor mystery

The study yields new insights into the survival of a native snail important to Tahitian culture and ecology and to biologists studying evolution, while proving the viability of similar studies of very small animals including insects

ECE alum and entrepreneur Fred Gibbons teaches engineers to make products that people need

From growing up in a small East Coast fishing village to becoming lifelong friends with Steve Jobs, Stanford Professor Fred Gibbons shares his journey as a first-generation college student and what inspired him to teach product management and design.

Q&A with entrepreneur, philanthropist, and alum Dr. B. Jin Chang

After graduating from U-M where he worked with Prof. Emmett Leith, Dr. Chang founded SurgiTel, which provides dental professionals and surgeons with ergonomic vision-aide products.

Dawn of nitride ferroelectric semiconductors for next-generation electronics

The ability to precisely tune electrical polarization switching through molecular beam epitaxy is a gamechanger

Herbert Winful awarded the 2021 Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award

Winful is recognized for his decades of outstanding leadership and commitment to developing a culturally and ethnically diverse University of Michigan community.

Profiles in ECE: Rucha Apte (MS ECE 2021)

From the internships that inspired her interest in signal & image processing and machine learning to late night study sessions at the Duderstadt to her background in classical dance, Master’s student Rucha Apte shares her journey with us.

Twelve students inducted into the 2021 Excellence in ECE Honor Roll

This Honor Roll was created to recognize students who go above and beyond for our community by volunteering outside of academic, professional, and student club commitments

Lee Boysel: In Memoriam (12/31/1938 – 4/25/2021)

Boysel (BSE MSE EE 1962 1963), founder, president and CEO of Four-Phase Systems, Inc., helped change the course of microprocessing with his company’s invention of the AL1 microprocessor in 1969. He received the COE Alumni Merit Award for ECE in 2007.

A resilient campus

How engineers are applying their expertise for future planning.

Helping robots learn what they can and can’t do in new situations

What should a robot do when it cannot trust the model it was trained on?

Three teams of graduate students awarded prizes for their final projects in Image Processing (EECS 556)

KLA sponsored prizes for three outstanding projects focused on improving image processing for neurosurgery and satellite applications and MRI reconstruction techniques.

ADHD in engineering: Improving education for neurodiverse college STEM students

The researchers look to increase the diversity of the STEM workforce.

New textbook introduces students to the field of Quantum Nanotechnology

The textbook helps prepare upper level undergraduate students and graduate students to join the quantum revolution

Dr. Pilar Herrera-Fierro, senior director of the LNF, receives 2021 COE staff excellence award

Dr. Herrera-Fierro goes out of her way to support student, faculty, and external users of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility, and is considered a key component of its success

ECE Lab Kit team recognized by the College of Engineering with the Team Staff Excellence Award

When the pandemic shut down in-person instruction, this six-member team created and delivered individual lab kits to 1,200 students around the world so hands-on lab experience could continue.

Kristen Thornton awarded College of Engineering’s Staff Excellence Award for her unwavering dedication and exemplary service to students

PhD Coordinator Kristen Thornton continues to go above and beyond for the ECE graduate student community by creating new events, new office hours, and helping to launch a new Master’s program all during the global pandemic.

Lisa Armstrong recognized with the Judith A. Pitney Staff Service Career Award for her decades of service to the college and the department

As Unit Administrator for Electrical and Computer Engineering, Armstrong has been a driving force for many of the department’s biggest advancements, and she’s known for fostering a thriving, inclusive, collaborative, and fun environment.

Sandeep Pradhan named ECE’s 2021 HKN Professor of the Year

The HKN Professor of the Year Award is determined by popular vote by all undergraduate and graduate students in the department

ECE Undergraduate 2021 Virtual Yearbook and Virtual Graduation

The Class of 2021 Electrical and Computer Engineering undergraduate students share memories, photos, and quotes of their time here at Michigan.

ECE Graduate 2021 Virtual Yearbook and Virtual Graduation

The Class of 2021 Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate students share memories, photos, and quotes of their time here at Michigan.

Cody Scarborough wins Best Student Paper Award for contributions to Metamaterials research

Scarborough was recognized by the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation for developing a superior method to model and simulate traveling-wave modulation along two dimensions in metamaterials.

Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize for new robotics course that focuses on equitable education

An interdisciplinary team of faculty created a new introductory course in robotics that is designed for inclusivity by focusing on linear algebra instead of AP calculus, opening it up to freshman students with a broad mathematical background.

3D motion tracking system could streamline vision for autonomous tech

Transparent optical sensor arrays combine with a specialized neural network in new University of Michigan prototype

Setting the nation’s engineering research agenda

Michigan Engineers involved in NSF Engineering Research Visioning Alliance, a force multiplier for high-impact research.

Prof. Qing Qu uses data and machine learning to optimize the world

Qu’s research has applications in imaging sciences, scientific discovery, healthcare, and more.

ECE Expeditions goes virtual and international

Students virtually toured Soliton Tech, the National Acoustic Laboratories, and Samsung Research America to get an inside look at the life of engineers in industry.

Anatoly Maksimchuk recognized for his achievements in high-intensity lasers and laser-plasma interaction

Building on decades of groundbreaking research, Maksimchuk is a key member of the team building the $20M laser facility known as ZEUS

2021 EECS Undergraduate Student Awards

These students are recognized by the department for their outstanding scholarship, research, service, leadership, and entrepreneurship.

2021 College-wide awards for EECS undergraduate students

Students throughout the College of Engineering are eligible for these awards; ten went to EECS students for outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service.

Outstanding Chapter Award for Michigan’s IEEE-HKN Honor Society

It was another outstanding year for the EECS honor society, that works hard to serve while having fun

Prof. Pei Zhang solemnly swears that he’s up to some good

In a project he calls the “Marauder’s Map,” Prof. Zhang uses machine learning-based data models, physics models, and heuristic models to turn physical structures into sensing devices.

Artificial photosynthesis devices that improve themselves with use

“Our discovery is a real game-changer. I’ve never seen such stability.”

New “Women in ECE” organization provides professional development and community

WECE is a student-run, diversity-focused organization dedicated to the personal and professional growth of those committed to innovation and excellence in electrical and computer engineering fields.

Adaptation and innovation in lab intensive engineering courses

As COVID-19 broke the way classes are traditionally taught, faculty quickly adapted and found successful solutions that could be continued post-pandemic

James Gruber receives NDSEG Fellowship to advance research in high-power THz devices

Gruber’s research is expected to further the practicality of integrated circuits for high-speed, high-power applications.

Menglou Rao awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support research in antennas for compact systems and EM radiation detection from biofilms

Rao’s research in miniaturized antennas is applicable to VHF band and 5G applications

Xin Zan awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to advance research in wireless power transfer

Zan’s research on high frequency power converters for wireless power transfer has a wide range of applications

Caroline Crockett awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research bridging two fields

Crockett’s dissertation will integrate two fields: image processing & machine learning and engineering education research

Markus Borsch awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support research in quantum engineering

Borsch’s research in light-driven quantum electronics is expected to guide next-generation quantum devices

Four ECE graduate students recognized by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Four ECE doctoral students were selected for their outstanding research work in a variety of disciplines.

Building ethical engineering leaders: public welfare awareness in graduate education

A new NSF-funded project will result in a unique engineering graduate course on professional responsibility

New online education program brings high-demand topics in technology to the world

Continuum offers courses in machine learning, linear algebra, and coding for everyone from high schoolers to engineers already established in their careers.

Sijia Geng receives Barbour Scholarship to further her research in renewable energy systems

Sijia is working to ensure the safety, stability and cost effectiveness of future power systems that are dominated by renewable resources, through fundamental studies of system operation.

Raj Nadakuditi receives Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Award

The award recognizes Nadakuditi’s outstanding contributions in the area of computational data science and machine learning

Xiaofan Cui awarded Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement in ECE

Cui is passionate about bringing a creative approach to power converter design and control, and educating the next generation of engineers.

Khalil Najafi receives Stephen S. Attwood Award from College of Engineering

Najafi has been an outstanding leader, pioneering researcher, and distinguished educator throughout his career

Zetian Mi receives Research Excellence Award from the College of Engineering

Mi’s research offers the promise of sustainable energy and clean water through his breakthroughs in III-nitride quantum nanostructures.

U-Michigan, Ford open world-class robotics complex

The facility will accelerate the future of advanced and more equitable robotics and mobility

Dr. Jim and Judith Seydel’s gifts to ECE support students while honoring those who empowered his career

Seydel shares his memories of the early days of holography at U-M and how former ECE Chair Hansford W. Farris, as well as professors Thomas Senior and Emmet Leith, helped shape his career.

A MiTEE student and her quest to shape the future of space satellites

Maya Pandya, an Electrical Engineering senior, is a key member of the student team working to design a new generation of CubeSats that may revolutionize how we monitor space environments and provide a new method for interplanetary communication.

$6.25 million to develop new semiconductors for artificial photosynthesis

An interdisciplinary team from four universities are developing a new class of semiconductors for novel artificial photosynthesis and the production of clean chemicals and fuels using sunlight, as part of a DoD MURI

Research to advance low-power speech recognition highlighted by Intel

Michael Flynn and his group are applying their groundbreaking work in beamforming to the challenge of low-power on-chip speech recognition.

Stephen Rand: officially retired, but still breaking new ground

This Q&A with Prof. Steve Rand provides insights into his career, his current groundbreaking research, and what makes Michigan unique

“Egg carton” quantum dot array could lead to ultralow power devices

By putting a twist on new “2D” semiconductors, researchers have demonstrated their potential for using single photons to transmit information.

Redesigning an Electrical Engineering curriculum with a focus on systems principles and engineering design

With new courses at the freshman, sophomore, and junior levels, Michigan ECE is training tomorrow’s engineers to be leaders in a diverse workforce in service to society

2021 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

The EECS Department has honored five faculty for their sustained excellence in instruction and curricular development, distinguished participation in service activities, or for their significant achievements in scholarly research.

Raytheon’s Dr. Katherine Herrick is the 2020 ECE Alumni Merit Award winner

Herrick is Senior Fellow and Director of Advanced Enabling Technology at Raytheon Company and serves on the ECE advisory council.

Alumni profile: A conversation with Douglas Densmore

Densmore works at the pioneering intersection of biology and electronic design automation to develop next-generation technologies.

Entrepreneur Dr. Scott Hanson awarded 2020 ECE Alumni Rising Star Award

Hanson is founder and CTO of Ambiq Micro, a startup semiconductor company that works to advance ultra-low power electronics for next generation Internet of Things.

Navin Shenoy, Intel’s Executive Vice President, awarded ECE’s highest Alumni Award Honor

Shenoy, who also serves as General Manager of the Data Platforms Group at Intel Corporation, is the recipient of the 2020 ECE Alumni Impact Award in recognition of his distinguished career.

Prof. Tara Javidi awarded ECE’s Distinguished Educator Award for her excellence in information and system theory education

Javidi is a professor of ECE at the University of California, San Diego, where she specializes in Communication & Information Processing Systems and Networks, and works to empower engineering students of all backgrounds.

Prof. Jian-Ming Jin awarded ECE’s Distinguished Educator Award for his excellence in electromagnetics education

Jin, a chair professor of ECE at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, describes his time at Michigan, and his career as an educator.

Alumni profile: A conversation with Robert Scott

A Michigan engineer and a corporate leader, Robert Scott is a team builder, a mentor to many, and champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Kamal Sarabandi and Lutgarde Raskin elected to National Academy of Engineering

ECE faculty member Sarabandi was recognized for his contributions to the science and technology of radar remote sensing.

Fairer AI for long-term equity

Prof. Mingyan Liu is a key member of a project to mitigate bias in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning systems for long-term equitable outcomes.

First IFIP Workshop on Intelligent Vehicle Dependability and Security

The workshop, co-organized by a team including two EECS faculty, focused on ensuring the safety of Level 3 autonomous vehicles, where humans must be ready to take over control.

Elaheh Ahmadi receives CAREER Award to improve efficiency in high power electrical systems

The research could improve efficiency in systems such as electric vehicles, grid systems, mass transit, and industrial automation

Lawser family scholarship supports EECS wolverines

John and Sarah Lawser created the fund to give back to U-M by empowering the next generation of EECS engineers.

‘Solving for equity’: A Michigan Robotics course flips the script on engineering ed

ASEE Prism magazine explores how linear algebra could level the playing field.

Undergrad earns MLK Spirit Award for leadership and commitment to social justice

Computer Engineering junior Himaja Motheram is heavily involved in campus organizations, including as Advocacy Officer for both Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers.

New ‘living textbook’ for computational sciences

Pathbird gives instructors in the computational sciences the tools to write cloud-based interactive textbooks targeted to their own specific subject matter

Demba Komma awarded Microsoft Research Ada Lovelace Fellowship for research on IoT localization technologies

Komma, a PhD student, is working to develop robust low powered localization technology for Artificial Intelligence enabled Internet of Things in locations where GPS is limited or blocked.

ECE students, faculty recognized with 2021 MLK Spirit Awards

The award celebrates those who have gone above and beyond to service and support social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Kaleo Roberts receives scholarship from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Roberts works to improve remote sensing of soil moisture, which is important for environmental conservation, natural resource management, and agriculture.

Pioneering a way to keep very small satellites in orbit

More than 250 students had a hand in a satellite launching on January 10th, the first in space for a project to keep nanosats in orbit by harnessing Earth’s magnetic field.

DYNAMO achieves first observation of the “charge separation effect”

Research led by Prof. Stephen Rand, Director of the Center for Dynamic Magneto-optics (DYNAMO), has important potential for energy conversion, ultrafast switching, nanophotonics, and nonlinear optics.