A shoe-box-sized chemical detector
Powered by a broadband infrared laser, the device can zero in on the ‘spectral fingerprint region’.
New quick-learning neural network powered by memristors
U-M researchers created a reservoir computing system that reduces training time and improves capacity of similar neural networks.
Euisik Yoon presents the 2017 LNF User Symposium keynote address
The keynote was titled, “Biointerface Technologies: Where Engineering Meets Science and Medicine.”
The art of cyber war with Isaac Porche
Porche shares the global state of cyber warfare, and how his time at Michigan led him to the front lines.
Stephen Forrest: ECE Bicentennial + Beyond lecture
This series of talks features world-renowned faculty with a long history at Michigan.
Jordi Ribas: From video compression to leading AI products at Microsoft
His PhD from Michigan ECE allowed him to lead one of the largest tech companies’ AI Products initiative.
Wei Lu elected IEEE Fellow for contributions to neuromorphic systems
Prof. Lu is an internationally recognized leader in the development of memristors for memory and logic applications.
New biodegradable hydrogel offers eco-friendly alternative to synthetics
A water-absorbing hydrogel made from bacteria provides a safer soil solution.
Seed-sized U-M computers pumped into oil wells featured at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
Millimeter-sized computers log the temperature and pressure from deep within oil wells.
Thomas B. A. Senior (1928 – 2017): In Memoriam
Thomas B. A. Senior, professor emeritus of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, passed away peacefully November 24, 2017, at the age of 89.
The million foot view
Kamal Sarabandi has expanded radar capabilities in applications ranging from low earth orbit to thousands of feet underground.
Deep UV LEDs lead to two best poster awards at ISSLED 2017
New techniques to construct deep UV LEDs prove prize-worthy.
New funding for high-fidelity nerve mapping research
SPARC awarded $1M to a U-M project developing better nerve mapping.
U-M, Cavium partner on Big Data research computing platform
The new partnership will provide scalable storage and an analytic software framework available to all U-M researchers.
Students Visit Detroit Companies with ECE Expeditions
Students visited DTE Energy and Ford in Detroit to learn about the life of electrical and computer engineers in industry.
$1.6M toward artificial intelligence for data science
DARPA is trying to build a system that can turn large data sets into models that can make predictions, and U-M is in on the project.
Laser cooling with Laura Andre
Laura Andre says she “ended up just falling in love with optics.”
Cooling off with lasers
Lasers are typically thought of as hot. What if they were able to cool?
Evigia founder Navid Yazdi creates essential sensor networks
Alumnus Navid Yazdi develops sensors that accomplish incredible tasks.
Footsteps all her own
The unexpected journey of father-and-daughter Raytheon engineers.
Precise pulses explore light’s magnetismA new laser will investigate an unusual magnetic effect that may lead to efficient solar energy harvesting.
Meet some ECE Solar Car Team members
Meet 3 members of the solar car team: a battery engineer and two race micro systems engineers
Doubling the power of the world’s most intense laser
It could enable tabletop particle and X-ray sources as well as the investigation of astrophysics and quantum dynamics.
Record-breaking second place for Solar Car Team
The national champions celebrate the most successful world race finish in team history.
Claude Shannon: information icon
Early theoretical solutions led to practical applications that continue to power our digital world, while his inventions spanned the spectrum from playful to paramount.
Zetian Mi elected OSA Fellow
Mi recognized for his work with full-color LEDs and more
John Nees elected OSA Fellow
Nees recognized for work with ultrafast lasers
Almantas Galvanauskas elected OSA Fellow
Prof. Galvanauskas was recognized for his pioneering work with fiber lasers.
Using University of Michigan buildings as batteries
How a building’s thermal energy can help the power grid accommodate more renewable energy sources.
Historic satellite launch brings U-M history to space
Planning to launch mid-2018, an exciting team of Michigan students is designing a space-based time capsule.
Student’s digital art makes the Cube even more interactive
Keenan Rebara hopes to add to the fun of spinning the Cube using his a bit of physics and sensors.
Bionic heart tissue: U-Michigan part of $20M center
Scar tissue left over from heart attacks creates dead zones that don’t beat. Bioengineered patches could fix that.
Getting people moving – Walking exoskeletons could mobilize disabled patients
Prof. Jessy Grizzle has long said that his work in robotics could one day be used to help the disabled. Now he and his group, alongside French company Wandercraft, are working to make that claim a reality in the form of walking exoskeletons.
Latest two-legged walking robot arrives at Michigan
Built to handle falls, and with two extra motors in each leg, the new robot will help U-M roboticists take independent robotic walking to a whole new level.
BigANT tackles the wave field
Prof. Shai Revzen’s lab in ECE has developed an inexpensive technique to rapidly fabricate a variety of useful robots.
High School Students Experience High Tech and Michigan’s Electrify Camps
A select group of high school students spent a week in classes and labs as they participated in the Electrify Tech Camps to learn just a few things that go on in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Best Paper Award recognizes research in electrical engineering student motivation
Phillips, Lenaway, Daly, and Foley concluded that early exposure to EE technical areas was likely the best way to draw more students to the field further down the line.
IGARSS Interactive Symposium Paper Award for modeling the world’s forests
The paper outlines a better way to quantify forest structure, which has been successful in two tree species.
$7.75M for mapping circuits in the brain
A new NSF Tech Hub will put tools to rapidly advance our understanding of the brain into the hands of neuroscientists.
Fred Buhler builds better chips for “Aweslome” applications
Fred Buhler founded Aweslome to provide custom-build chips for a broad range of applications, including machine learning, neural networks, security, and circuits testing.
The Aptitude Academy: student’s instructional YouTube channel tops 6 million views
Dsouza’s lessons have gone viral, his channel now has over 109,000 subscribers who tune in for Dsouza’s lessons and life updates.
Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics – giving tech a sense of touch
ECE alum Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics, is working to make tomorrow’s technology user friendly, safe, and reliable. The company hopes to lead what they call “the human interface revolution.”
UM::Autonomy competes with brand new boat design
The UM::Autonomy team brought their latest autonomous boat, called Flying Sloth, to participate in the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International Foundation Roboboat competition.
Baja Racing team first to three-peat national championship
The U-M Baja Racing team took first place in the U.S. national competition for the third year in a row, making them the first team to ever three-peat.
New student team builds autonomous vehicles
The University of Michigan Intelligent Ground Vehicle (UMIGV) student team has spent much of its first year organizing and fundraising, and is now building a prototype autonomous vehicle.
MHybrid takes on major design overhaul
The Michigan Hybrid Racing (MHybrid) team took their latest creation to the Formula Hybrid Competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in May.
New student exoskeleton team launches prototype
Student team STARX (STrength Augmenting Robotic eXoskeletons) completed its second year, focused on making practical powered exoskeletons that increase the effective strength of the user.
Student hybrid rocket team takes first place at inaugural competition
The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) won the first ever Spaceport America Cup, an intercollegiate rocket engineering competition with over 110 teams from colleges and universities in eleven countries.
New grad program: Engineering Education Research
New program turns a researcher’s eye on engineering education in the service of better teaching, learning and diversity at U-M and beyond.
Peter and Evelyn Fuss endow ECE chair
Believing in the power of creativity and quick action, the Fusses wanted to give the department maximum flexibility to respond to new initiatives and special needs wherever and whenever they arose. They are especially interested in expanding student diversity.
Peter S. Fuss: From Michigan to Leading a Global Network Technology Company
Fuss’ solid foundation and curious nature led him to make lasting contributions first at Bell Labs, and then as a founder and president of Tellabs, International.
Elmer Gilbert: A Life in Control
Elmer Gilbert reflects on his illustrious career in Control
Engineering students bring education to disadvantaged children in Ecuador
Sam Tenka traveled to Ecuador with the Honors GO team to aid the Street Children Work project.
Prof. Becky Peterson honored with 2018 U-M Henry Russel Award
Prof. Becky Peterson has received a 2018 U-M Henry Russel Award, which is considered the University’s highest honor for faculty at the early to mid-career stages of their career.
Two students earn scholarships to pursue work in sustainable energy
Two electrical engineering students, Paul Giessner and Noah Mitchell-Ward, were awarded scholarships from the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) to support their education in wind and solar power.
Necmiye Ozay receives Nonlinear Analysis: Hybrid Systems paper prize
The authors demonstrated that it is possible to synthesize provably-correct robust feedback controllers that can handle various types of imperfections in the models or measurements.
Babak Parviz one of 20 alumni honored with U-M Bicentennial Award
Babak Parviz (MSE PhD EE 97 01; also MS Physics 97) was presented with a Bicentennial Alumni Award for his pioneering technological innovations that improve people’s lives. Babak is one of 20 alumni to earn this award.
ECE alum Kukjin Chun earns South Korea’s highest scientific honor
Alumnus Kukjin Chun receives the highest national honor for a Korean scientist and engineer.
A VR-powered crystal structures app (video)
MHacks winner Duncan Abbot wants his VR software startup, Gwdion, to change how humans interact with technology.
The ‘Power’ of a lunchbox
Vasanthakumar came back to Chennai in 2016 with a goal to reinvent traditional and widely used personal products, starting with one of the most versatile products –— the lunchbox.
Seeing through materials
By developing a fast algorithm to map out the paths light takes through yogurt, researchers aim to someday see through skin.
Dmitry Berenson helps robots play nice with people
Putting our arm movements into code.
Lifelong Radiation Lab researcher Valdis Liepa retires
Dr. Valdis Liepa retires after nearly 50 years as a faculty member in the Radiation Laboratory.
Next-gen computing inspired by biology
New memristor chips can see patterns over pixels.
Won Pyo Hong, President of Samsung SDS, Presented with Inaugural ECE Alumni Impact Award
This honor, established in 2017, recognizes Dr. Hong for his pioneering work in the personal electronics industry, playing a key role in shaping our world.
Anna Stuhlmacher: Power to change the world
Anna Stuhlmacher, PhD in electrical engineering, is looking for ways to change the world through power and energy.
‘Sister cell’ profiling aims to shut down cancer metastasis
Michigan engineers release individual cells from a specially-designed chip using laser pulses.
Making learning addictive
Alumnus develops platform that allows instructors to turn almost any course into a multiplayer online game.
U-M Optics researchers sponsor Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot
The Optics and Photonics event showed a thriving industry in SE Michigan
2017 ISCA Influential Paper Award for groundbreaking research in power-efficient computing
This award recognizes the paper published 15 years ago (2002) that has had the biggest impact on the field
Thomas B. A. Senior named fellow of International Union of Radio Science
Professor Senior has played key roles in URSI over the past 50 years
Students in EECS 556 win prizes for improving image processing techniques for camera motion blur and facial recognition
These students are learning to improve images in medical imaging, and improve facial recognition
Forrest family supports UG and Grad Engineering students with three new funds
With their gift, Stephen and Rosamund Forrest are making it possible for more graduate and undergraduate students pursue their dreams
Forrest Family Endowed Scholarship Fund established
This fund will provide need-based support to undergraduate students.
Heath Hofmann recognized for excellence in teaching with the Jon R. and Beverly S. Holt Award from the College of Engineering
Hofmann is great at introducing students to power electronics
Prof. Andy Yagle retires after a 32-year career in Signal and Image Processing
Yagle’s career was distinguished by his dedication to teaching as well as contributions to research.
Student teams earn prizes for analog-digital converter circuit designs in EECS 511
The winning projects were designed for battery-operated mobile applications as well as instrumentation and measure applications.
Building more stable four-legged robots
A biologist turned roboticist takes a closer look at dog gaits to help design better movements for four-legged robots.
Behzad Yektakhah earns paper award for research in seeing through walls
Yektakhah’s system improves on the speed, portability, and accuracy of many commercial models
Parag Deotare voted 2017 HKN Professor of the Year for ECE
ECE students say Prof. Deotare is the best!
The Lurie Nanofabrication FacilityIt Takes the Best to Serve the Best.
Tony England receives Susan B. Anthony Campus Award
Dean England of U-M Dearborn has been particularly good in helping women faculty and students achieve success.
MICDE grant funds renewable power research
Prof. Mathieu is partnering with IOE faculty to improve the nation’s grid system
EE sophomore takes on W8UM Amateur Radio Club leadership
Kit Ng becomes president of one of the oldest amateur radio clubs in the US
Celebrating the Persian new year at ECE’s Nowruz event
A celebration with traditional food, calligraphy, and musical performances.
2016-17 Undergraduate Student Awards
Awards covered academic achievement, research, service, and entrepreneurship
ECE Alumnus Kevin Johnson receives IEEE-USA Award
This award is given to those for Distinguished Public Service that is expected to help tech employees
How to build a BigANT – Shai Revzen’s critter-inspired robots
How to build fast and cheap robots
Alumna Mariesa Crow is looking to the future of power
Alumna works on microgrids to upgrade infrastructure
Transparent Silver: Tarnish-proof films for flexible displays, touch screens, metamaterials
A little silver goes a long way to improving touchscreens, displays, and much more
A Q&A with alumnus Angela Blanton: VP and CFO at Carnegie Mellon University
From electrical engineering to University CRO
A Q&A with Ann Stals – Getting down to the details
Meet ECE’s master of all details large and small
Ultrashort light pulses for fast “lightwave” computers
Extremely short, configurable “femtosecond” pulses of light demonstrated by an international team could lead to future computers that run up to 100,000 times faster than today’s electronics.
A Q&A with Tomas Mauricio – Giving Back
What a difference maker can do in the workplace
Shai Revzen part of a new five-institution MURI focused on the control of dynamic systems
As a member of the DDOTS to PICS MURI, Revzen will advance modeling and control of dynamic systems.
SSCS Distinguished Lecturer Edith Beigné on auto-adaptive digital circuits
Beigné is a senior scientist at the “most innovative research organization”
Cindy Finelli: Community building and envisioning the future of engineering education research
Finelli takes on the future of educating engineers
Expeditions: Bay AreaThe first cross-country Expeditions trip took students on a tour of companies in San Jose, California.
Herb Winful – professor of optics, friend of the arts
Winful discusses life in education
ECE Graduate Student Nathan Sawicki recognized for outstanding teaching
Sawicki was one of 4 students in the College of Engineering selected to receive a 2017 Towner Prize for Outstanding Graduate Student Instructors.
Gopal Nataraj receives U-M Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship to support high-impact research in medical imaging
Award for outstanding doctoral candidates near the end of their study.
Azadeh Ansari receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for research in GaN-based electro-acoustic devices
Award recognizes exceptional dissertations
CASSIE: A tougher, lighter bipedal robot with eyes
New walking robot based on birds
Michigan’s millimeter-scale computers featured at ISSCC2017, and in IEEE Spectrum
Professors Blaauw and Sylvester showcase capabilities of tiny computing
Mingyan Liu: Confessions of a pseudo data scientist
Liu’s most recent research involves online learning, modeling of large-scale internet measurement data, and incentive mechanisms for security games.
U-M first in line for new bird-inspired walking robot
Cassie is the first offering from new startup Agility Robotics, and is loosely modeled on the cassowary, a flightless bird similar to an ostrich.
Alum Michelle Stock elected SPIE Fellow for development of the photonics industry
SPIE chose Stock for her achievements in business development and science policy
Prof. Zetian Mi elected SPIE Fellow for contributions to photonic devices and artificial photosynthesis
Prof. Mi conducts research in the area of semiconductor optoelectronics, specifically in the areas of III-nitride semiconductors, low dimensional nanostructures, LEDs, lasers, Si photonics, artificial photosynthesis and solar fuels.
Queen of the hurricanes: An engineer and feminist for the ages
Elsie MacGill, the world’s first female aircraft designer, drew strength from the women who came before her.
A Q&A with Rhonda Franklin – connecting diverse students
Franklin believes the best research results are achieved from a diversity of backgrounds, something she learned as a graduate student at Michigan and fosters in her own research group at Minnesota.
Mingyan Liu receives CoE Monroe-Brown Foundation Service Excellence Award
Prof. Liu helped implement a diversity incentive program that led to a record number of newly-admitted underrepresented PhD students in 2016 while overseeing the merger of two graduate programs.
Munson named president of Rochester Institute of Technology
Former Michigan Engineering dean David C. Munson Jr. has been named president of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
CUOS: Pushing the limits of optical science
This national center, established in 1990, confirmed Michigan’s leadership in the field.
2017 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards
Alfred O. Hero receives CoE Stephen S. Attwood Award
Prof. Hero and his research group build foundational theory and methodology for data science and engineering. His recent research interests are data science, bioinformatics and personalized health, statistical signal processing and imaging, and more.
Wei Lu receives CoE David E. Liddle Research Excellence Award
Prof. Lu is an internationally recognized leader in the development of memristors for memory and logic applications. He has also developed nanowire transistors suitable for flexible electronics and opto-electronics.
Sensors from head to toe – Todd Coleman makes measuring health simpler
Prof. Todd Coleman’s group is tackling the challenging problem of getting high-fidelity monitoring to work affordably at home.
Becky Peterson receives NSF CAREER Award for research in amorphous semiconductors for next generation electronics
In this project, Prof. Peterson will develop new alloys of amorphous oxide semiconductors with precisely tuned semiconductor energy band structures, in order to enable new categories of electronic and opto-electronic devices.
LNF User Symposium – Sharing ideas and celebrating innovation
The symposium highlighted the world-class work done at the University.
EE student Leonard Kapiloff earns PES scholarship to support studies in secure, sustainable grid
This $2000 scholarship recognizes outstanding students committed to exploring the power and energy field. Leonard wants to work in the energy industry towards a more sustainable and secure electric grid.
New courses offered by ECE: Winter 2017
As technology changes and advances, so does the range of courses offered by our faculty.