ECE celebrates Diwali
Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.
Demosthenis Teneketzis earns George S. Axelby Outstanding Paper Award for solution to a class of fundamental control problems
This award is given to the best paper published in the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control throughout the years 2013 and 2014.
Star Wars tech: How far are we? Chewie gets answers
Chewie talks to experts about spacecraft thrusters, light sabers, droids, carbonite and holograms.
Mapping the brain: probes with tiny LEDs shed light on neural pathways
The new probes can control and record the activity of many individual neurons, and are believed to be the smallest implantable LEDs ever made.
Al Hero receives 2015 IEEE Signal Processing Society Award
This is the highest award given by the Signal Processing Society, and honors outstanding technical contributions in the field.
ECE students and alumni celebrate research and progress at the 2015 Engineering Graduate Symposium
Posters and presentations were judged by faculty and a visiting group of 14 returning ECE alumni, and winners were chosen in each area of study.
First-ever ECE Career Fair builds student careers and alumni connections
Local companies set up stands in the EECS Atrium to recruit from over 200 graduate and undergraduate students.
San Diego alumni connect and celebrate at ECE event
There were 40 alumni in attendance, with graduation years ranging from 1965 to 2014.
Ashraf Dahod: 2015 CoE Alumni Medal Award Winner
Dahod has combined an understanding of technology with a knack for recognizing market opportunities and built a string of successful technology companies.
$5M for international neurotechnology “dream team”
A “dream team” of experts in sensors, electronics, data analysis and neuroscience has been awarded a $5 million grant to help unravel the mysteries of the brain and cross-train a group of internationally-connected neuroscientists and engineers.
Jimmy Hsiao – A local player in a global market
Jimmy founded Logic Solutions, Inc., a consulting company offering website development, web and mobile applications, and other tech solutions to companies around the world.
Cynthia Finelli earns award at Frontiers in Education Conference for being an agent of change
Prof. Finelli’s research is in engineering education, and she currently studies student resistance to active learning, faculty adoption of evidence-based teaching practices, and institutional change.
Garlin Gilchrist II: Innovation for the People
Garlin Gilchrist II set out on a lifelong mission to bring engineering solutions to communities in need.
Eric Michielssen named Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering
Eric is an international leader in the field of computational electromagnetics and specializes in the development of fast-solution methods and optimization algorithms.
U-M faculty part of Senate effort to reauthorize America COMPETES Act
The legislation authorizes programs and funding levels for agencies including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.
Jeff Fessler receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award
Prof. Fessler has revolutionized medical imaging with groundbreaking mathematical models and algorithms that improve both safety and quality.
Claude Gauthier and OmniPhy: Connecting to the ethernet revolution
Dr. Gauthier is co-founder and CTO of the semiconductor interface intellectual property (IP) company, OmniPhy.
Layered graphene beats the heat
An international team of researchers, led by faculty at the University of Michigan, have found that a layered form of graphene can expel heat efficiently, which is an important feature for its potential applications in building small and powerful electronics.
Using energy storage in an environmentally friendly way – Yashen Lin earns a Dow Sustainability Fellowship
The results of Lin’s research can help us better understand how introducing DES affects the environmental impact of a power system.
3 ECE companies make the Silicon 60 List – again!
Ambiq Micro, Crossbar, Inc., and PsiKick, are leading the way in ultra-low power chip design, pioneering computer memory, and ultra-low power wireless sensor platforms.
Laura Balzano receives Intel Early Career Faculty Honor Program Award for research in big data
The purpose of the ECFHP is to help Intel connect with the best and brightest early career faculty members who show great promise.
Inspired by art, lightweight solar cells track the sun
By borrowing from kirigami, the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, researchers at the University have developed solar cells that can move with the sun.
Michigan Institute for Data Science: Bringing the MIDAS touch to big data
MIDAS is the new focal point for the multidisciplinary discipline of data science at Michigan, and part of Michigan’s $100M Data Science Initiative.
Art-inspired solar cells
Kirigami could be the key to flat, lightweight solar cells that can track the sun across the sky.
Glucose Monitoring with Lasers
Professor Islam is leading the reconstruction of super continuum lasers he designed to aid the military into a non-invasive tool to measure glucose in the blood system.
Nader Najafi: A dream that saves lives
Dr. Nader Najafi is now leading the development of some of the most advanced micro-scale medical technology in the world.
A real-world approach to digital signal processing
Students could use sensors or other data collection tools to pursue a goal of their choosing.
Engineering a better future for Ethiopia
Prof. Hofmann’s students felt they gained a lot from the course. Several of them will likely go on to teach control courses in coming semesters.
Electrify Tech Camps offer high schoolers an electrifying summer
In ECE’s first-ever Electrify Summer Tech Camps, students gathered for three five-day sessions to learn the basics of electrical and computer engineering.
Oz Pearlman: An engineer’s magic moment
Oz Pearlman is a professional magician and mentalist. His performances have made him one of the most well-known in this field.
Alum startup Jetivity aims to bring people together around shared interests with a free platform for posting activities.
EECS students make career connections at NSBE conference
55 U-M engineers attended the convention, themed “Reimagining Your Future,” and developed vital connections in their field.
Building better RoboBoats: UM::Autonomy takes third at international competition
For this year’s competition, UM::Autonomy performed a complete hull redesign, motivated by instability in their previous designs.
Michigan Light Project: Shining a light on optics
The MLP seeks to provide outreach and education about the world of optics in general, and the optics industry in Michigan specifically.
ECE alumni networking event at Transducers Conference
About 65 alumni, students, faculty, friends and family gathered for dinner and an opportunity to catch up with the department.
Chicago alumni connect at networking reception
The ACC is one of the world’s premier scientific and engineering conferences dedicated to the advancement of control theory and practice.
Using data science to achieve ultra-low dose CT image reconstruction
Ultra-low dose CT scans that provide superior image quality could not only benefit patients, but they could open up entirely new clinical applications.
Ernest S. Kuh (1928 – 2015): pioneer in electronic circuit theory and EDA
As a devoted Michigan alumnus, he established the Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Four EECS companies make Crain’s list of most innovative companies, and one tops the list
This annual ranking of innovative companies in SE Michigan is based on the quality of patents received during the past year.
David Wentzloff receives Joel and Ruth Spira Excellence in Teaching Award
This award is presented annually to a faculty member in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in acknowledgement of exceptional achievements in the education of our students.
The economics of energy – Hamidreza Tavafoghi earns a Dow Sustainability Fellowship
Hamid is studying ways to increase the use of renewable energy sources on the grid.
Next generation laser plasma accelerator
One of the most promising avenues for achieving new target levels of high peak intensity and high average power in an ultrafast laser system is to turn to fiber lasers.
Researching the future of remote sensing
Directed by Kamal Sarabandi the new program aims to create theoretical models for remote sensing of ice and snow.
Steven Parkison earns NSF Fellowship to design tools for the future of autonomous cars
The goal of Steven’s research is to improve vision-based perception systems on cars and to create an extra layer of safety.
Stephanie Crocker earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to bring sustainable energy to the grid
Stephanie seeks to provide continuous energy balancing on the grid by automatically controlling loads.
New Michigan-Saudi Arabia collaboration promises exciting new research – beginning with the auto industry
KACST will provide manpower and will collaborate with Michigan faculty and students on their projects.
ECE alumna Ruba Borno to join Cisco’s new executive team
The young executive has an extensive history in both the business and tech worlds.
Alyssa Kody earns NSF Fellowship for research in energy harvesting and wireless sensing
The small-scale embedded wireless systems Alyssa works with are used in a variety of applications spanning many fields; from structural to ocean engineering.
Stephen Forrest named Peter A. Franken Distinguished University Professor
Prof. Forrest is internationally-renowned and easily one of the most prolific inventors in academia today.
ECE alumni connections at IMS2015
Along with alumni, there were current and former faculty members, current students, friends, and colleagues, including several program managers, in attendance.
The Mad Scientist’s Lab: A look inside Mitch Rohde and Quantum Signal’s school-sized playhouse
Don’t let the retro arcade games and oscilloscopes fool you – Mitch’s company is as modern as they come.
2015 promotions of our faculty – congratulations!
Congratulations to the faculty members that received promotions this year.
The gift of an education: Paul and Ruth Bauhahn fund the next generation of life-changing technology
Paul E. and Ruth E. Bauhahn of have made a planned gift of $450,000 to establish the Ruth E. and Paul E. Bauhahn Fellowship Fund to support full-time graduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Silicon valley entrepreneurs help bring WIMS2 technology to the world
Shahin and Sassan discussed everything from the acquisition trends of small vs. large companies to the importance of building a team with a range of expertise.
What makes cancer cells spread? New device offers clues
Why do some cancer cells break away from a tumor and travel to distant parts of the body? A team of oncologists and engineers from the University of Michigan teamed up to help understand this crucial question.
We are now one ECE: the merged graduate program in Electrical and Computer Engineering
In recognition of how the Electrical Engineering discipline has evolved, the two graduate programs, Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering: Systems, have merged to form one graduate program: Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Iverson Bell – Researching the future of space satellites
Mr. Bell is investigating the potential of electrodynamic tether propulsion technology to enhance the capabilities of an emerging class of smartphone-sized satellites.
Eta Kappa Nu Awards Professors of the Year at St. George’s Day FeastProf. David Wentzloff (CSE) and David Paoletti (CSE) were selected by students as Professors of the Year.
‘Space tethers’ can be used to fling spacecraft into interplanetary space
The tether could be used to deorbit out-of-use spacecraft, push spacecraft from low Earth orbit into higher orbits, or even push spacecraft out of Earth’s orbit altogether.
Eric M. Aupperle (1935 – 2015): An internet pioneer leaves a remarkable legacy
Mr. Aupperle was a true Michigan man, devoting his career to the University and to the state of Michigan in his role as director and later president of Merit Network.
Prize winning class team project for improved image processing
The project entails investigating a recent paper and both reproducing and extending the research.
Advancing computation: 4th U-M alum wins Turing Award
The Turing Award has honors the computer scientists and engineers who create the systems and underlying theoretical foundations that propel the information technology industry.
Thomas Chen earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for research in artificial neural networks for computer vision
Thomas and his group are working to improve upon artificial neural network design through a process called sparse coding.
ECE welcomes new engineering robotics center
The center, to be built on North Campus, will offer state-of-the-art facilities in a 3-story, 100,000 square foot building.
Mobile Friendly – apps to improve life
Technology continues to transform the health care industry, and researchers at the University have utilized mobile apps to expand the impact of their work.
Elnaz Ansari earns Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement
Her research interests include analog, digital, and mixed-signal designs.
ECE’s ideas worth spreading – TEDxUofM
Profs. Shai Revzen and Herbert Winful spoke about their passion for their work at the sixth annual conference, themed “Constructive Interference”.
How Hidden Passions Connect PeopleIn this TEDxUofM talk, Prof. Herbert Winful shows that people connect on a different level when they share their hidden passions, especially when they are from different disciplines.
Stephen Forrest receives 2015 Distinguished University Innovator Award
Prof. Forrest is widely acknowledged as one of the most successful academic inventors and entrepreneurs today.
ECE students earn CoE Distinguished Leadership Awards
Cheng Zhang and Elizabeth Dreyer are both Ph.D. students in electrical engineering, and Lauren Bilbo is an undergraduate senior majoring in electrical engineering.
Cheng Zhang awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for research on nanophotonic materials and devices
Cheng works with Prof. L. Jay Guo on research projects in the field of micro/nano-scale optical device physics and fabrication.
Michigan Micro Mote (M3) makes history as the world’s smallest computerA brief history of what led to the technical feat known as the Michigan Micro Mote, a tiny speck of a computer that does it all.
2014-15 Undergraduate Student Awards
Students, parents, and faculty gathered to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities.
Yi-Chin Wu receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for research in network security
Her dissertation focused on “opacity,” which captures whether a given secret of the system can be inferred by intruders who observe the behavior of the system.
Two ECE alums make top semiconductor CEOs list
Two ECE alumni were recognized in an ‘Electronics Weekly’ list of 2014’s top semiconductor CEOs.
Irma Wyman: Computer pioneer and advocate for women in engineering
Her experiences led her to establish the Irma M. Wyman Scholarship at the University’s Center for the Education of Women.
Mark Kushner awarded 2015 IEEE NPSS Charles K. Birdsall Award
Prof. Kushner is an internationally renowned expert in the area of low-temperature plasma simulation.
Dave Neuhoff receives Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award
Dave Neuhoff is an internationally recognized expert in information theory, source coding and image processing.
2015 CoE Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors
We thank these individuals for their commitment to excellence in teaching our students!
Jason Corso receives Google Faculty Research Award
Prof. Corso believes that this research could make it easier to search for certain types of videos on the web.
HKN students crowned Mr. and Ms. Engineer at the the Engineering GamesThe competition raised over $2,000 for the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program.
Jessy Grizzle Delivers Distinguished University Professorship Lecture on Bipedal RobotsThe lecture covered the different iterations of Prof. Grizzle’s world-renowned bipedal creations since he started work on Rabbit in 1999.
Researchers build groundbreaking device for NASA SMAP mission
The SMAP mission is NASA’s most ambitious sensing project yet for measuring global soil moisture levels.
Somin Eunice Lee receives CAREER award for research in nanoscale biotechnology
Prof. Lee will develop improved methods for gene therapy by delivering corrected genes directly to the cell nucleus of damaged genes.
Student team reaches Qualcomm finals with their proposal for a wearable haptic device
The goal of the project is to augment the transmission of audio and video with the sense of touch.
2015 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards
Winners are chosen for their outstanding accomplishments in teaching, research, and service.
Four ECE faculty selected for 2014-15 College of Engineering Awards
Congratulations to Profs Guo, Lafortune, Liu, and Lu!
Students win prizes for circuit designs in EECS 413
EECS 413 is an introduction to CMOS analog and mixed signal design, and also introduces advanced topics.
Stephen Forrest Elected to National Academy of Inventors
Forrest started 5 companies, holds more than 260 U.S. patents, and directs the Optoelectronic Components and Materials Laboratory
Miss Washtenaw County finds creativity in every opportunity
Alexandria ran on the platform of women in STEM, and exhibited her singing talent from an extensive musical and dance background.
Prof. Wei Lu editor of new book – Semiconductor Nanowires: From Next-Generation Electronics to Sustainable Energy
The book is part of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Smart Materials series.