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Cody Scarborough wins Exceptional Student Contributions Award at Metamaterials 2020

PhD student Cody Scarborough was recognized for his work advancing the understanding and study of electromagnetic waves.

Christopher Allemang awarded IEEE EDS PhD Fellowship for his work advancing thin-film electronics

Allemang focuses on amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film electronics, which can support the next generation of electronic skins, textiles, solar cells, and displays.

Prof. Cindy Finelli named IEEE Fellow for leadership and scholarship in engineering education

Prof. Finelli’s programs and scholarship have enriched the education of countless engineering students.

Prof. Sandeep Pradhan named IEEE Fellow for contributions to information theory

Prof. Pradhan has made fundamental contributions to distributed compression and structured coding

William J. Williams (1935 – 2020): In Memoriam

Professor emeritus Bill Williams has been internationally recognized for his contributions to the development and application of signal processing in biomedical engineering and biology.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors.

U-M, community partners tackle energy insecurity in three Detroit neighborhoods

Johanna Mathieu is one of four principal investigators on a project to improve home energy efficiency and to lower monthly utility bills.

Podcast: Artificial photosynthesis for sustainable solar fuels

In S1E1, Prof. Zetian Mi talks unlocking quantum properties to close the loop on carbon emissions.

Tony Hsu and family establish new fellowship fund to support graduate students

In addition to the new fellowship, the Hsu family is supporting the department through the ECE fund.

First digital single-chip millimeter-wave beamformer will exploit 5G capabilities

The digital beamforming chip offers significant advantages over current analog beamforming solutions.

Amulya Parmar: One conversation can change everything

Amulya Parmar started his first company at 15, and is committed to positive impact in all of his endeavors.

Three members of ECE will represent U-M at the 2020 Rising Stars in EECS Workshop

PhD students Behnoush Rostami, Zhanni Wu, and Xueru Zhang will participate in the intensive workshop that brings together outstanding women interested in pursuing academic careers in EECS.

Touchless respiratory and heart rate measurement for COVID-19 health screening

New technology provides a contactless method to add respiratory rate and heart rate to temperature readings .

Tracking Monarch Butterfly Migration with the World’s Smallest Computer

In a project funded by National Geographic, ECE researchers are teaming up with the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to advance our understanding of monarch butterfly migration with the most ambitious iteration of the Michigan Micro Mote yet.

Coping with COVID-19 as a student and Olympic hopeful: a Q&A with Thomas Cope

Even award-winning athletes are having a hard time getting into a routine these days, but Tommy Cope wants everyone to keep working hard.

Teaching signal processing during COVID-19

From adapting to remote office hours to completely redesigning exam content and format, we explore how one class, EECS 551 Matrix Methods for Signal Processing, Data Analysis, & Machine Learning, has had to reinvent itself for the times.

The impact of COVID-19: A student perspective

Stefany Escobedo’s life changed drastically when COVID-19 shut down her access to a wide community of friends and activities

Student works on a NASA quantum satellite link

ECE master’s student Conner Stevons completed a remote internship at the NASA Glenn Research Center where he worked on Marconi 2.0, NASA’s plan to bridge quantum technology with a telecommunications system.

New grant to expand open source control software for an intuitive robotic prosthetic leg

University of Michigan researchers have been awarded an NSF grant to design an open source framework for robotic prosthetic legs that function more naturally and offer a wider range of capabilities.

Burn after reading

A self-erasing chip for security and anti-counterfeit tech.

Research to improve medical imaging of the brain receives Magna cum Laude Merit award

The interdisciplinary team was able to dramatically speed up the process while potentially doubling the quality of the image

Coordination and collaboration are critical to U.S. leadership in plasma science: a Q&A with the Plasma 2020 Decadal Study co-chair

Plasma science has the potential to speed advances in medicine, energy, electronics and more—including helping us deal with pandemics.

A new textbook for Organic Electronics

Covering foundations to applications, the new book by Prof. Stephen Forrest fills a gap in this exciting field

Becky Peterson named new Director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility

Peterson’s goals are to grow the reach and impact of the facility on issues that affect us all

Mirror-like photovoltaics get more electricity out of heat

By reflecting nearly all the light they can’t turn into electricity, they help pave the way for storing renewable energy as heat.

Scholar Stories: Buca Making it Big on Pitch, in Electrical Engineering

MGoBlue.com profiles Electrical Engineering undergrad Kevin Buca, a midfielder on the University of Michigan Men’s soccer team.

Magna cum Laude Merit Award for research to detect the progress of diseases such as multiple sclerosis

The researchers’ imaging technique is fast, accurate, and reproducible

U-M startup SkyGig aims to take 5G to the next level

With new funding in the company, the hardtech startup is bringing revolutionary technologies to reshape mmWave wireless.

Detecting environmental pollutants with a smaller, portable, fully electric gas chromatograph

Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani and Dr. Yutao Qin received an “Outstanding Paper Award” for their fully electronic micro gas chromatography system.

Students learning to lead amid threats of cyber crime that threaten national security, including the next election

“Cybersecurity for Future Leaders” (EECS 498 / PUBPOL 475) is taught from both a technical and policy perspective

Full-color nano-LEDs for better, longer lasting LED performance

Research led by Prof. Zetian Mi to advance LEDs for high-efficiency, high-performance displays is recognized with the Distinguished Paper Award from the Society for Information Display.

Research on neural probe that sheds multicolor light on the complexities of the brain recognized for its impact

Prof. Euisik Yoon and his team are recognized for their work designing low-noise, multisite/multicolor optoelectrodes that will help neurologists learn more about neural connectivity in the brain.

Melissa Haskell receives NIH Fellowship for research to improve brain imaging

ECE postdoc Melissa Haskell works on improving functional magnetic resonance imaging so we can better measure and understand brain activity.

Autonomous well monitoring solution recognized with a Best Innovators award

The WAND wireless sensor developed in a collaboration between Total, an oil & gas company, and the University of Michigan is revolutionizing well monitoring

Three ways to do hands-on, remote learning

Classes pioneer home lab kits, virtual lab presence, or taking advantage of the distance with a collaborative data project.

The Future of Lasers

A research profile of Prof. Gérard Mourou and other ECE scientists talks about the future of lasers, from transmuting nuclear waste to shooting space junk.

Urban solar energy: Solar panels for windows hit record 8% efficiency

Transparent solar panels on windows could take a bite out of a building’s electricity needs.

Eric Michielssen named Associate Dean for Research

Eric Michielssen, the Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named the next Associate Dean for Research for the College of Engineering.

U-M startup NS Nanotech unveils new generation of LEDs for high-efficiency, high-performance displays

Brighter, crisper screens that draw half the power and lasts twice as long are possible with NS Nanotech’s next-gen LEDs.

Eric Michielssen receives ACES Computational Electromagnetics Award

This award recognizes major contributions in the field of computational electromagnetics.

New Master of Engineering in ECE provides professional training for industry-track students

The program is highly structured and emphasizes rigorous theory combined with practical training.

The Renaissance of the American City

Improving the lives of others has remained a consistent, fundamental value across the entirety of Dr. Wardell’s career.

Eric Michielssen receives IEEE AP-S Field Award in Computational Electromagnetics

Michielssen is a leader in the field of Computational Electromagnetics and its application to real-world problems

Johanna Mathieu receives 2020 Henry Russel Award

Mathieu is one of four U-M faculty members to receive this award, the university’s highest honor for early to mid-career faculty

Prof. Mike Flynn receives Rackham Distinguished Graduate Mentoring Award

Flynn is one of five U-M professors honored with this award, which recognizes his excellence in mentoring doctoral students and commitment to fostering a supportive academic environment.

Professors Jay Guo and Zetian Mi awarded MTRAC funding for research in autonomous and green vehicles

Guo is working to boost the visibility of autonomous cars for improved safety, and Mi is building a prototype solar hydrogen production system that could out-compete electric cars.

Prof. Zetian Mi selected as IEEE Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer

Prof. Mi will speak about the advances in ultraviolet optoelectronics for improved disinfection and water purification.

Space motor helps make robotic prosthetic leg more comfortable and extends battery life

Getting rid of some gears enabled a free-swinging knee, regenerative braking and brought the noise level down from vacuum cleaner to fridge.

Improving cancer and disease treatments by understanding electromagnetic communication among biological cells

Prof. Kamal Sarabandi and ECE PhD student Navid Barani won a best paper award for their research on how biological cells may use electromagnetic signal transmission to communicate.

Response to GSBES Open Letter on Diversity in EECS

The CSE and ECE divisions have prepared transparency reports detailing undergraduate, graduate and faculty recruiting statistics, context, challenges, activities, commitments, and areas for improvement.

Ester Bentley receives NDSEG Fellowship to help the world navigate without GPS

PhD student 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.

The Wolverines Behind the Next Generation of Autonomous Vehicles

The Center for Entrepreneurship profiles a team of EECS students, who are working to develop the next generation of delivery vehicles.

Making plastic more transparent while also adding electrical conductivity

Michigan Engineers change the game by making a conductive coating that’s also anti-reflective.

EECS Juneteenth celebration features song, readings, and a proposal for change

In observance of the holiday that marks the end of chattel slavery, faculty, students, and alumni performed music, shared personal stories, and presented a proposal to the EECS chairs for initiatives to enhance diversity and equity and realize systemic equality in the department.

84 internships and research fellowships for the pandemic summer

When summer internships fell through, Michigan Engineering staff scrambled to make sure students would still have access to experiential learning.

Cope Reflects on B1G Medal of Honor, Stepping Up to Continue U-M Swimming ‘Legacy’

Electrical Engineering undergrad, Tommy Cope, was awarded the B1G Medal of Honor, which is given to two senior students at each conference university for highest excellence in athletics and academics.

Prof. Herbert Winful receives IEEE Photonics Society Quantum Electronics Award

For pioneering the field of nonlinear optical periodic structures and for foundational contributions to nonlinear dynamics of semiconductor laser arrays.

Tracking COVID-19 spread faster, and more accurately

A new application for an ongoing NSF project could bolster contract tracing efforts.

Trevor Odelberg receives NDSEG Fellowship to help run the world with low power batteryless circuits

PhD student Trevor Odelberg’s low power circuits help us make sense of our environment while reducing battery waste.

ECE Stands with Black Lives Matter

Members of our community share their stories, their fears, and their hopes for a more inclusive, just future.

Matthew Belz receives NDSEG Fellowship to improve the safety of autonomous systems

PhD student Matthew Belz will work to develop jamming-resistant radar systems for autonomous vehicles.

New machine learning method improves testing of stem-like tumor cells for breast cancer research

To improve the prediction and identification of stem-like cancer cells, Prof. Euisik Yoon’s group developed a method that is 3.5 times faster than the standard approach.

Help eradicate the virus of racism

As scientists and engineers, we have an obligation to focus on solving this big societal problem.

EECS Stands Against Racism

This message was sent to the entire EECS community on Tuesday, June 2 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lights in the labs – and eyes – of researchers coming back to work

‘Noncritical’ in-person research begins ramping up, with public-health protocols.

PhD student Laura Andre is awarded Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship from SPIE

Andre was chosen for her outstanding research and commitment to outreach activities.

Dennis Sylvester named Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sylvester’s innovations in ultra-low-power computing led to the Michigan Micro Mote, the world’s smallest computer.

Instructors mail robot parts, develop video project amid sudden online semester

EECS 373 course instructors quickly pulled together an alternative final project that had students building robots at home.

Prof. Fred Terry voted 2020 HKN Professor of the Year in ECE

Prof. Terry was teaching Introduction to Electronic Circuits when the classrooms went dark due to COVID-19.

Jacob Hayward recognized for his far-reaching impact on University systems

Jacob Hayward received a 2020 U-M Staff Impact Award for developing several systems that have made life easier for staff and administrators across the University

Battery-free sensor startup takes aim at industrial efficiency

Part of the team that brought us the world’s smallest computer in 2015 brings the future of computing technology into the present.

Class of 2020 ECE Memories

ECE graduating students reflect on their time at U-M and share their favorite memories, photos, and advice to incoming students.

Improved neural probe can pose precise questions without losing parts of the answers

It will now be possible to study brain activity when timing is important, such as the consolidation of memory.

Game theory and the COVID-19 outbreak: Coordinating our interests at individual to national levels

A major defense project pivots to explore how to encourage COVID-safe behavior effectively.

Catching nuclear smugglers: fast algorithm could enable cost-effective detectors at borders

The algorithm can pick out weak signals from nuclear weapons materials, hidden in ordinary radiation sources like fertilizer.

“Ultra low-power receivers for IoT applications” wins Outstanding Invited Paper

Prof. David Wentzloff’s paper examining the trends and techniques to achieve ultra-low power receivers was honored by the IEEE Custom Integrated Circuits Conference

Scholar Stories: Gerdov Overcomes Adversity, Injury to Pave Way at Michigan

MGoBlue.com profiles EE undergrad Alan Gerdov, who competes on the University of Michigan Men’s Gymnastics team. Gerdov speaks about his road from the Ukraine to the U.S. and how COVID-19 has impacted his life.

Six ECE graduate students recognized by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Six ECE graduate students were selected for their outstanding research work in a variety of disciplines.

Heath Hofmann receives CoE Staff-Faculty Partnership Award

Prof. Hofmann was praised for his careful attention to staff and treating them as true partners in trying to improve life at Michigan for our students.

Plasma jet wands could rapidly decontaminate hospital rooms

Room-temperature plasma beams could essentially dissolve away bacteria and viruses.

The legend of the Rick’s Dancer

ECE Master’s student Sam June is The Dancing King at the popular Ann Arbor club.

Xueru Zhang awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Zhang is working to improve data security and address important ethical issues related to AI and discriminatory data sets.

Elaheh Ahmadi receives ONR Young Investigator Award to prepare for the next generation of wireless technology

Prof. Ahmadi will contribute to the science and technology of efficient, high-frequency, high-power transistors for 5G and beyond

Zhanni Wu awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Wu is working on advanced metasurfaces, which could help next-generation wireless communication, commercial and military radar systems, imaging, and antenna systems.

Live public street cams are tracking social distancing

Voxel51, a U-M startup led by Prof. Jason Corso, uses custom AI to continuously track vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic in real time at some of the most visited places in the world.

Could a smartwatch identify an infection before you start spreading it?

A wrist-worn device detected disrupted sleep 24 hours before study participants began shedding flu viruses.

Advancing the future of circuit design with Intel’s Dr. Eric Karl

Karl (BSE MSE PhD EE) talks about how his time at Michigan helped prepare him for his dream job at Intel and a career advancing embedded memory technology and circuits.

Guidance on decontaminating face masks: U-M researchers contribute to national effort

Collaborative website launched while U-M researchers continue advanced testing.

Alfred Hero named Fellow of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Hero was elected “for contributions to the mathematical foundations of signal processing and data science.”

Herbert Winful named Joseph E. and Anne P. Rowe Professor of Electrical Engineering

Winful has made fundamental contributions to nonlinear optics and the physics of tunneling, while also championing an inclusive department.

Using machine learning to detect disease before symptoms manifest

Prof. Alfred Hero speaks to ECE about his work using data to predict the transmission of infectious disease among people who are pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic and how it relates to COVID-19.

2019-20 Undergraduate Student Awards

We congratulate these students for achieving notable success in the areas of academic achievement, research, service, and entrepreneurship

Data security for a safer world

ECE alum Kurt Rohloff helped create one of the world’s best homomorphic encryption software libraries, and he reflects on how his time at Michigan helped shape his career.

Alumna Prof. Adrienne Stiff-Roberts honored with the Willie Hobbs Moore Distinguished Lectureship

The Duke University Professor delivered a virtual talk on enabling hybrid thin films for optoelectronics and shared her memories of Michigan.

Small, precise and affordable gyroscope for navigating without GPS

Accurate gyroscopes are a bottleneck for backup navigation systems in autonomous vehicles.

Leland Pierce honored as outstanding student organization advisor

The College of Engineering recognized Pierce with the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award for his support and commitment to the U-M student chapter of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

Tianlin Wang recognized with Towner Prize and Distinguished Leadership Award

The College of Engineering honors ECE PhD candidate Tianlin Wang for his excellent research in remote sensing as well as his leadership and service to the community.

Optics Society wins Elaine Harden Award from College of Engineering

From outreach programs for local kids to events that bring the U-M Engineering community together, the Optics Society exemplifies leadership and service.

COVID-19: U-M Response

Classes are canceled on March 12-13 and will resume Monday (March 16), delivered remotely in alternative formats through the last day of classes this semester.

Hessam Mahdavifar receives CAREER award to empower next gen communication

Mahdavifar is preparing for a future of billions of connected devices and an unprecedented increase in mobile traffic.

ECE Expeditions Goes “On the Town”

Pre-COVID-19, ECE Expeditions took thirteen students to the heart of the Big Apple to tour a variety of tech companies, including IBM.

Best paper award for optimizing wireless power transfer

Prof. Al-Thaddeus Avestruz and PhD student Xin Zan were honored at the IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition for their work improving the efficiency and reliability of wireless power transfer.

Brian Raeker recognized as an outstanding GSI

ECE PhD student Brian Raeker was awarded a Towner Prize for Outstanding Engineering GSIs.

Russel Lecture: Fighting climate change with organic electronics

The researcher-entrepreneur who helped bring OLED displays to the masses envisions a future of efficient lighting and next-gen solar power.

Building CubeSats to test electrodynamic tethering in space with MiTEE

Mi-TEE (Miniature Tether Electrodynamics Experiment) is a University of Engineering project directed by Prof. Brian Gilchrist that aims to test the tethering technology in space.

David Blaauw named Kensall D. Wise Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Blaauw’s innovations in low-power computing led to development of the Michigan Micro Mote, the world’s smallest computer.

Optimizing energy

Postdoc Fellow Shunbo Lei, who works to improve the efficiency and function of the power grid, was honored by the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.

Leung Tsang elected to the National Academy of Engineering

A professor of electrical engineering and computer science is awarded one of engineering’s top honors.

Ian Hiskens receives MA Sargent Medal for a career of excellence in electrical engineering

Ian Hiskens, Vennema Professor of Engineering, is a renowned expert in power system dynamics with a special focus on renewable energy and the grid.

Upgrading signal interfaces for better wearable devices

PhD student Hsiang-Wen Chen, who works to improve integrated circuits, was awarded the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship.

John Nees wins Research Scientist Award from the College of Engineering

Nees is honored for his excellence in research and scholarship, as well as his distinguished career as a key member of the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science.

Prof. Sandeep Pradhan receives Education Excellence Award from the College of Engineering

Pradhan is honored for his dedication to students and commitment to improving education at all levels.

Prof. Laura Balzano wins Education Excellence Award from the College of Engineering

Balzano is honored for her all-around excellence in teaching, mentorship, and curriculum development.

Prof. Jamie Phillips wins Service Excellence Award from the College of Engineering

Phillips is honored for his excellence in serving the campus community through development of extracurriculars, mentorship, and academic programs.

Automotive research team recognized for research excellence

The ARC works to solve a broad set of issues pertaining to the modeling and simulation of ground vehicle systems.

Faculty, students pay tribute to Prof. Demos Teneketzis’ remarkable career

Known for his impeccable scholarship and compassionate mentorship, Prof. Teneketzis, an expert in stochastic control, decentralized information systems, networks, and discrete event systems, retired after 35 years of service to the department.

2020 EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards

EECS honors four faculty members for their outstanding accomplishments to the community.

Toward a portable concussion detector that relies on an infrared laser

By looking at tissue oxygen and cell metabolism at the same time, doctors could have a fast and noninvasive way to monitor the health of brain cells.

A 3D camera for safer autonomy and advanced biomedical imaging

Researchers demonstrated the use of stacked, transparent graphene photodetectors combined with image processing algorithms to produce 3D images and range detection.

ECE students, staff, honored with MLK Spirit Awards

For “exemplifying the leadership and vision of Dr. King,” three members of ECE were honored as part of U-M’s annual MLK symposium.

Katie Bouman wows U-M community with insider’s look at the black hole imaging project

Speaking to a full house in Rackham, Dr. Katie Bouman – Michigan ECE alum – explained the history and science of the project that gave us the first ever photo of a black hole.

Hun-Seok Kim receives CAREER Award to facilitate Internet of Things connectivity

Kim takes an interdisciplinary approach to tackle challenges in heterogeneous classes of energy-efficient and versatile communication systems.

‘Green methane’ from artificial photosynthesis could recycle CO2

A catalyst on a solar panel can make methane, the main component of natural gas, with carbon dioxide, water and sunlight.

Nobel Prize winners talk research, Nobel ceremony, and are remembered by U-M colleagues

From rubbing elbows with royalty to finding yourself a casual seatmate to a member of U2, Professor Emeritus Gérard Mourou, Prof. Donna Strickland, and their former U-M colleagues shared their experiences and reflections on the 2018 Nobel Prize ceremony.