Necmiye Ozay receives IEEE CSS Antonio Ruberti Young Researcher PrizeOzay’s research has already impacted the field of hybrid and cyber-physical systems, and become part of real-life systems.
Katie Bouman talks legacy of the black hole imaging project and favorite U-M memoriesBefore Bouman became the face of the project that brought us the first ever image of a black hole, she was wowing ECE professors with design projects and hoarding Domino’s pizza with her HKN family.
Kathryn Beeman named Irma M. Wyman Scholar for her efforts supporting women in STEMBeeman, an Electrical Engineering undergrad, serves as the External Vice President for the Society for Women Engineers at U-M.
U-M Society of Women Engineers honored with top awards at national conferenceECE leaders and members in SWE share their favorite parts of the conference, including taking home three awards for the U-M chapter.
Prof. Heath Hofmann named IEEE Fellow for his impact in the areas of electric machinery and drive systemsHofmann’s control technology has been implemented in commercial vehicles, and he works tirelessly to enhance opportunities for underrepresented students.
Prof. Peter Seiler named IEEE Fellow for his impactful contributions to robust control theorySeiler’s contributions to Matlab’s Robust Control Toolbox and to the control of vehicle platoons have resulted in major industrial applications.
Prof. Lei Ying named IEEE Fellow for fundamental research in cloud computing systems and wireless networksYing’s theoretical research addresses a broad range of fundamental problems arising from big-data analytics.
Prof. Euisik Yoon named IEEE Fellow for groundbreaking research in Bio-MEMSYoon’s research has contributed to a better understanding of the brain, as well as improved detection and treatment of cancer.
Prof. Zetian Mi named IEEE Fellow for his pioneering contributions to III-nitride photonics and clean energyMi’s research is impacting the future of alternative energy, as well as improved methods for water purification and air disinfection.
Baja Racing wins 1st Place Overall Award at SAE LouisvilleIn their first competition since the pandemic began, Baja proved they are still among the world’s finest, placing top ten in every event out of over 75 competitors.
Mimicking a human fingertip’s sensitivity and sense of direction for robotic applicationsWith the help of 1.6 million GaN nanopillars per sensor, the University of Michigan team was able to provide human-level sensitivity with directionality on a compact, easily manufactured system
Egg-carton-style patterning keeps charged nanoparticles in place and suitable for a wide range of applicationsProf. Jay Guo and his team discovered a scalable way to settle down and precisely arrange micro- and nano-sized particles according to size
New grant aims to create better algorithms to manage big data by getting “non-real”Professors Laura Balzano and Hessam Mahdavifar are developing new ways to compress data through randomized algorithms to remove redundancies
Introduction to Discrete Events Systems: Third EditionThis popular textbook, first published in 1999, is now available as an e-book, or hard cover on demand.
Stories from Study AbroadEECS students Richa Patwa and Caroline Nguyen reflect on their experiences in Spain and France before the pandemic sent them home.
Dr. Donnell Walton honored with the 2021 ECE Willie Hobbs Moore Distinguished LectureshipWalton spoke about his career path and his current role as the director of the Corning Technology Center Silicon Valley.
Lauren Cooper awarded Department of Energy Fellowship for her work on ultra-short pulse fiber lasersCooper’s research is focused on nonlinear coherent pulse stacking, a method of generating pulses with energies and pulse durations suitable for particle accelerators and attosecond science.
New collaborative project for advancing energy justice in DetroitIn partnership with Detroit-based community organizations, Prof. Johanna Mathieu co-leads a team of researchers working to reduce disparities in household energy insecurity for low and moderate income households.
Three researchers earn MICRO Test of Time for groundbreaking timing speculation workTodd Austin, David Blaauw, Trevor Mudge, and a group of alumni were recognized by ACM MICRO for their landmark 2003 paper.
Cody Scarborough wins Best Student Paper Award at Metamaterials 2021PhD student Scarborough was recognized for his work developing a more efficient method to convert signals to higher frequencies, benefiting applications that require very low power and low noise.
Three members of ECE will represent U-M at the 2021 Rising Stars in EECS WorkshopPhD students Sijia Geng, Bahareh Hadidian, and Nasimeh Heydaribeni will participate in the intensive workshop that brings together outstanding women and gender minorities interested in pursuing academic careers in EECS.
Herbert Winful receives University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorship
Winful is recognized for promoting the university’s goals around diversity, equity and inclusion.
Elaheh Ahmadi receives DARPA Young Faculty Award to support future sensor and communication systemsAhmadi’s research is focused on using GaN and Ga2O3 materials to provide higher output power per unit area at higher frequencies.
Khalil Najafi receives Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service AwardNajafi received this award for his service while a member of the ECE Department Heads Association
$1.7M to build everyday exoskeletons to assist with lifting, walking and climbing stairsThe modular exoskeleton system will help workers and the elderly, boosting ankle, knee and/or hip joints by mounting new motors to off-the-shelf orthotics.
$1.8M to develop room temperature, controllable quantum nanomaterialsThe project could pave the way for compact quantum computing and communications as well as efficient UV lamps for sterilization and air purification.
The artistry of mathematical modelsArtist and professor Jessica Wynne features Prof. Laura Balzano’s blackboard in a photography series that captures the abstract beauty of problem solving.
Intel’s Jon Zapp plans the technologies of the futureZapp, an EE alum who led the development of Intel’s Tiger Lake processor, talks combining his love of high tech with his skills in marketing and finance, his career at Intel, his favorite classes at Michigan, and his love of Backroom pizza.
The NAE invites Prof. Necmiye Ozay to symposium to advance the engineering frontierOzay presented on her research that is relevant to cybersecurity and the future of space exploration.
Anthony England, former NASA astronaut, professor, and dean, retiresEngland has dedicated more than two decades of his distinguished career helping students reach for the stars to understand more about Earth and other planets.
Educating a quantum workforce with QuSTEAM while opening doors to a broad and diverse range of studentsMichigan is part of a multi-institution effort to create new flexible courses for undergraduate students interested in being part of the second quantum revolution
Solar cells with 30-year lifetimes for power-generating windowsHigh-efficiency but fragile molecules for converting light to electricity thrive with a little protection.
$1M for open-source first-responder robotsAn open-source perception and movement system, to be developed with NSF funding, could enable robots that partner with humans in fires and disaster areas.
Fawwaz Ulaby retires after nearly four decades of championing students and excelling at research and leadershipStudents say Ulaby, a member of the National Academy of Engineering and recipient of the Edison Medal, is one of the best professors – and people – they’ve ever known.
New student team constructs robotic submarine, finishes 4th at international competitionMichigan Robosub built their first autonomous submarine and competed virtually against 54 teams from 12 countries, completing several aquatic tasks.
$1 Million DARPA contract to empower the wireless systems of the futureProf. Elaheh Ahmadi is working to design a new kind of semiconductor that can provide high power at high frequencies
Faster path planning for rubble-roving robotsSplitting the path into difficult and easy terrain speeds up path planning for robots that use “hands” to maintain balance on uneven ground.
Most powerful laser in the U.S. to begin operations soon, supported by $18.5M from the NSFWith first light anticipated in 2022, the NSF will provide five years of operations funding, ramping up as the ZEUS user facility progresses to full capacity.
Che-Hsuan Cheng’s hybrid transistor earns Best Poster AwardCheng’s research may help advance the design of next generation microchip devices, as well as ultrasensitive UV photodetectors.
New monograph in network information theoryThe authors discuss a theoretical approach to the design of efficient information networks
ECE alum Linda Guillory breaks two world records for vintage video game collectionsGuillory, an electrical engineer at Texas Instruments, shares her memories of U-M and how her love of fixing broken video games helped her become a world-renowned gaming collector.
High Efficiency Ultraviolet Light Emitting Diodes to sterilize pathogens, including COVID-19Research led by Prof. Zetian Mi has been honored with the 2020 Editor-in-Chief Choice Award from “Photonics Research.”
Sung Yul Chu wins IEEE Power Electronics Society PhD Thesis Talk AwardChu is recognized for his research on wireless power transfer for electric vehicle charging.
ECE’s Culture Club brings the (virtual) community togetherEach 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 networksUniversity 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 oceanElectrical 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 MichiganThe 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 systemsPhD 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 2021These 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 processingThe ECE startup builds neuromorphic computer chips uniquely suitable for AI applications
Embracing Risk: Cyber insurance as an incentive mechanism for cybersecurityThis 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 saferResearchers 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 programThe 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 consumptionA 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
Tracking ocean microplastics from spaceSatellites give new insights on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, plus sources and flows of ocean microplastic.
ECE alum and entrepreneur Fred Gibbons teaches engineers to make products that people needFrom 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 ChangAfter 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.
With Slide, student entrepreneurs aim to make contact sharing frictionless
Built by students and funded by student VCs, the venture marks a new model for launching ideas into ventures.
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 RollThis 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 AwardWhen 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 YearThe 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 GraduationThe 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 GraduationThe 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
A new faculty member at Michigan, 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 interactionBuilding 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 coursesAs 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 complexThe 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 IntelMichael 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 SecurityThe 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 systemsThe 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.