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Nick Yang: Investing in the age of robotics

At the age of 24, Yang sold his company ChinaRen for $35 million.

ECE students and alumni celebrate research and progress at the 2014 Engineering Graduate Symposium

ECE researchers had a strong presence at this year’s event, comprising nearly 80 of the day’s more than 240 presentations.

Shayna Simon – From intern to full-time, making company experience matter

Shayna recently accepted a job offer at General Motors, and will dive into a position in infotainment there after school.

Yelin Kim wins Best Student Paper Award at ACM Multimedia 2014 for research in facial emotion recognition

EECS alums are flying high with drone startup Skyspecs

SkySpecs is currently in the process of launching their first product, the Guardian, which will help prevent collisions.

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi elected President of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society

The IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society is a remote sensing organization with more than 3700 members around the globe.

Student Spotlight: Kyusang Lee: A leader in flexible solar cell technology

Kyusang developed an innovative new fabrication technique to build lightweight, flexible devices not possible with conventional silicon.

New approaches to solar cell technology featured in Sustainability Hour

The professors addressed two very different problems the industry faces with current technology.

Yang Liu receives Best Applications Paper Award for cyber security research in phishing

His paper detailed his use of big data analysis to solve a major problem of cyber security.

Prof. Robert Dick to apply cyber information to air quality management

The grant is part of a new $12.5M initiative by the National Science Foundation to encourage computing innovations for a sustainable society.

Scott Hanson receives 2014 Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award

Dr. Hanson is the co-founder of a startup semiconductor company that plans to lead the low-power revolution in electronics by powering the Internet of Things.

Prof. Johanna Mathieu working to bring power from sustainable sources to your home

Mathieu is working how best to integrate wind and solar power into the nation’s established electrical grid system.

Prof. Raj Nadakuditi awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for research that could help reveal the brain’s secrets

His research will impact the ability to investigate the structure of brain circuits through the use of optical imaging techniques.

Prof. Becky Peterson awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award to investigate new materials for power semiconductor devices

Peterson’s findings could be used in wireless sensing and actuation systems, including those that deal with monitoring of the environment and medical conditions.

Prof. Necmiye Ozay awarded DARPA Young Faculty Award for research in cyber and physical systems

Ozay’s research interests lie at the broad interface of dynamical systems, control, optimization and formal methods with applications in system identification, verification and validation, autonomy and vision.

Students host event inspired by study abroad experience

Students worked on a GIEU program in Amritsar, India, where they participated in langar events at the Golden Temple.

Mapping the brain with lasers

Yoon is leading a team that will design new light sources with lasers capable of zooming in on individual neuron circuits within the brain.

Khalil Najafi receives 2015 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for emerging technologies

The IEEE Daniel E. Noble award is a Technical Field Award, which is among the highest awards given.

Live long and phosphor: Blue LED breakthrough for efficient electronics

Researchers at the University have extended the lifetime of blue organic light emitting diodes by a factor of ten.

Prof. Pallab Bhattacharya to receive 2015 IEEE David Sarnoff Award

Since coming to the University in 1984, Bhattacharya has pioneered several important technological advances.

Cheng Zhang receives Optical Sciences Scholarship

Cheng is a 4th year PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering working in field of micro/nano-scale optical device physics and fabrication.

Student Spotlight: Tal Nagourney – Exploring navigation

Tal is researching fabrication techniques for a micro rate-integrating gyroscope, using a vacuum mold and blowtorch.

Steve Mollenkopf: Leader of Qualcomm and Mobile Technologies

Mollenkopf was elected as the third CEO of Qualcomm, Inc., which has become the largest fabless semiconductor producer in the world.

Fighting lung cancer: Faster image processing for low-radiation CT scans

This advance could be important for fighting lung cancers, as symptoms often appear too late for effective treatment.

Ted Norris receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Prof. Norris is an internationally recognized expert in the field of ultrafast optics.

Kyu-Tae Lee wins Best Poster Award for colorful solar cells

Iverson Bell’s small satellite wins big

Iverson developed an experimental facility to simulate key characteristics of the space environment.

ECE welcomes four new faculty for 2014-15 academic year

These faculty deepen ECE’s areas of expertise in computer vision, communications and information theory, environmental remote sensing, and laser-plasma interactions.

Peter Tchoryk: An entrepreneurial CEO

At MAC, Peter’s been able to combine his passions for scientific research and entrepreneurial creation.

Gurkan Gok receives Paper Award for making better antenna beams

Gok’s developed antenna system promises a large bandwidth of operation and a wide angle of coverage.

Shrinking the size of optical systems, exponentially

The researchers believe that metasurfaces could one day be used to completely control the phase, amplitude, and polarization of light.

Jessy Grizzle named Elmer G. Gilbert Distinguished University Professor

Prof. Grizzle is an internationally renowned researcher in the area of control systems.

2014 Promotions of our faculty – congratulations!

Congratulations to Profs Bertacco, Flinn, Narayanasamy, Olson, Rais-Zadeh, and Zhong.

Jiangfeng Wu receives Best Paper Award for research in safe fracking

The Mikio Takagi Student Prize is given to the top three Student Prize Paper Awards granted at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium.

Dipak Sengupta (1931-2014): In memoriam

Faculty and staff alike will miss his cheerful and gentle presence.

Alumni explore lots of EECS-related engineering with their kids

Three hundred and eighty alumni and children stretched across North Campus, dabbling in drones and bones, rockets and radioactives.

Wakefield and Kieras win Best Paper Award at ICAD 2014

The paper addresses how to manage multiple sources so that the user can maximize the information gained from each acoustic source.

Thomas Frost receives Best Paper Award for achieving a HQ QD red laser

Lasers emitting in the 600nm wavelength range have applications in medicine, optical information processing, optical storage, and more.

Celebrating Gérard Mourou: From ultrafast to extreme light

Mourou put the University on the map in ultrafast optics when he established the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science in 1991.

Eric Michielssen receives IEEE APS Chen-To Tai Distinguished Educator Award

This award is in recognition of being an outstanding educator, mentor and role model for the next generation of faculty members.

New research program to investigate optical energy conversion

The fundamental objective of the research initiative is to uncover, explain, and exploit dynamic magneto-optical processes and materials for new technological capabilities.

Metal particles in solids aren’t as fixed as they seem, new memristor study shows

The findings show, for the first time, exactly how some memristors remember.

MEMS research by Muzhi Wang recognized at IMS 2014

The paper reports on the design, fabrication, and results of a directly heated phase change RF switch using germanium telluride.

Chia-Hsiang Chen awarded Intel PhD Fellowship

Chia-Hsiang’s research focuses on designing low-power and error-resilient circuit techniques for digital signal processing applications.

Kathryn Clay: A policy leader in the natural gas revolution

Kathryn believes the country would benefit greatly if more scientific and technically trained people went into journalism or science policy.

Student Spotlight: Nick Asendorf – Matrix Musician

Nick specializes in the area of machine learning and statistical signal processing.

Parinaz Naghizadeh, Researcher in economic network security, is named a Barbour Scholar

Parinaz’s research is in combining communications with economics to assess the security of a network and then apply that to cyber-insurance contracts.

T-ray converts light to sound for weapons detection, medical imaging

U-M researchers demonstrated a unique terahertz detector and imaging system that could bridge the terahertz gap.

Student teams earn prizes for their ADC circuit designs in EECS 511

The two winning projects and teams were determined by an expert panel at Analog Devices. Congratulations!

Leaders in ultra low power cicuits and systems presenting at VLSI Circuits Symposium

All of the research being presented focuses on getting the absolute best performance from the tiniest circuits, sensors, and electronic devices.

Research in machine learning earns Notable Paper Award at AISTATS 2014

Prof. Scott’s research is in the field of machine learning, and his paper builds upon “supervised pattern classification.”

Students to use IBM Watson Cognitive Computing System in class

Michigan is one of seven universities IBM is partnering with to give students access to the technology.

Student Spotlight: Luis Gomez – An expert in computational electromagnetics and teaching

The goal of Gomez’s research is to alleviate the communications blackout that sometimes occurs when vehicles are traveling through the earth’s atmosphere.

Award-winning EECS 2014 graduate student instructors & instructional aides recognized

The Graduate Student Instructor and Instructional Aide Awards Ceremony was a night to celebrate and thank the University’s wonderful student educators.

Hao Sun earns 3 Paper Awards for medical imaging research

Hao’s research is focused on improving the quality of images from magnetic resonance imaging pulse design.

Thank Lynn Conway for your cell phone

Conway will be named a fellow at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

Thank Lynn Conway for your cell phone

She’s been called the “hidden hand” in the 1980s microchip design revolution that made today’s personal computers and smartphones possible.

Student Spotlight: Nicholas Clift – 2014 Graduate Student of the Year

He is a founding member of Own It, and is dedicated to cultivating an engineering community that feels an inherent responsibility to live ethically.

Jason Heebl receives NDSEG Fellowship

Jason’s current research focuses on developing systems to wirelessly charge or power electronic devices.

EECS students attend National NSBE Convention – Come back psyched

The Convention offers leadership development, internship opportunities, networking activities, and professional workshops.

gEECS hosts high school students at {Girls Code}

Called {Girls Code}, the workshop taught the girls the basics of Arduino—open-source electronics prototyping platform.

Mina Rais-Zadeh receives 2014 ONR Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award

Rais-Zadeh’s devices are expected to enable sensors for use in harsh environment, high-speed wireless communications, and more.

Alumni Spotlight: Steve Mollenkopf, New CEO of Qualcomm

SWE Hosts G.R.E.A.T. Day for Girls

G.R.E.A.T. Day is designed to open up young girls’ minds to the possibility of engineering as a career path.

Isabel Martin receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

Isabel envisions a future working in the aerospace industry.

Christopher Boyd awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

His research is contributing to the overall project goal of enabling navigation in GPS denied zones through the use of specialized sensors.

Student Spotlight: Christopher Boyd – From robotics to MEMS inertial sensors

Chris develops and tests control systems for MEMS inertial sensors, which are used to detect acceleration, tilt, and other attributes related to motion sensing.

Mai Le receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

Mai has served as Community Service Co-chair of the Graduate Society of Women Engineers since arriving at Michigan in 2011.

Nicholas Clift receives CoE Distinguished Leadership Award

Nick has an impressive record of service to the community throughout his years at Michigan.

Student Spotlight: Mai Le – Finding a better way to diagnose breast cancer with MRI

The research group is using statistical signal processing to create crisper images with only 20% of the data required by a traditional MRI scan.

David Hong awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Hong intends to apply machine learning and signal processing techniques to the massive data sets now available to researchers.

2013-14 Undergraduate Student Awards

Congratulations to these phenomenal students!

Student Spotlight: Nathan Roberts – Enabling the Internet of Things

Instead of a battery, the chip Nathan is engineering uses two solar cells that look like they belong on a calculator.

2014 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors

These students received the award for their creativity as an instructor, their thorough understanding of the content, and for their dedication to student success.

2014 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Students

These students received the award based on their participation in research, leadership, and academic performance.

PsiKick startup attracts financing for its Internet of Things technology

The chips’ extreme energy efficiency enables them to be powered without a battery from harvested energy sources like vibration, thermal gradients, and more.

Investigating a new material to help you stay connected

His final goal is to build novel RF circuits including frequency-selective switched oscillators based on his models.

Student Spotlight: Elizabeth Dreyer – Ambassador for Optics

Elizabeth’s research is to understand how a new interaction between light and matter can generate electricity.

Paradigm shifting research advances in sensor technology

Girish’s research has resulted in a new paradigm in sensor technology that promises both high-speed and highly-sensitive detection.

New tech could lead to night vision contact lenses

The detector developed by University of Michigan engineering researchers doesn’t need bulky cooling equipment to work.

Keravnos Energy wants to make fast electric vehicle charging economical

The idea behind Keravnos Energy is for there to be an energy transfer between three entities: the building, a large stationary battery, and the car.

Dawson Yee: Kinect-ing Xbox to the World

Dawson is thrilled that his work on Kinect has bred creativity and enhanced lives beyond video games.

Muhammad Faisal wins business competition with technology critical to the Internet of Things

Movellus Circuits’ product is a patent-pending clock generator technology that is smaller, cheaper, and faster than existing solutions.

Transparent color solar cells fuse energy, beauty

The cells, believed to be the first semi-transparent, colored photovoltaics, have the potential to vastly broaden the use of the energy source.

‘Photon glue’ enables a new quantum mechanical state

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Queens College used light to create links between organic and inorganic semiconductors in an optical cavity.

Jamie Phillips named Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Students praise the personal attention he gives them, and his obvious concern for their personal and professional development.

Biochips for better cancer therapy

One promising area of cancer treatment is photodynamic therapy, which combines the agents of a photosensitive drug, light, and oxygen.

Jun-Chieh Wang receives Best Oral Paper Award for plasma research

Wang’s research studies the glow-like atmospheric pressure microdischarges created under specialized conditions in laser printers.

State Farm gift supports Student Projects Lab in its mission to provide students with lab fundamentals

The funds from State Farm will be used to renovate the Student Projects Lab and to increase its capacity to serve students.

Babak Parviz: The visionary behind the glass

The inventor of Google Glass is now developing glucose monitoring contact lenses.

Alumni Spotlight: Allan Evans and Avegant: Creating a brilliant multimedia experience from anywhere with Glyph

Glyph is a wearable mobile personal theater and is the first head-mounted display coming to market that will have a virtual retinal display.

2014 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

These faculty are recognized for their unique contributions during the past year.

Gopal Nataraj earns Best Paper Award for improving MRI

Nataraj is using big data techniques to transform the field of medical imaging

Gopal Nataraj receives ISA Fellowship to support research that will improve MRIs

Nataraj’s research aims to generate higher-quality and faster MRI images, resulting in improved diagnostics of neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases.

Students rewarded for their circuit designs in EECS 413

The course, Monolithic Amplifier Circuits, has a tradition of offering prizes for the top final projects designed by the students.

Zhaoshi Meng receives Best Paper Award at CAMSAP 2013

This work will provide a way to efficiently reveal relationships between even distant entities in a network.

Smartphone as Mentor: How tech could change behavior

What if smartphones could act as mentors in mindfulness?