Open-source hardware: a growing movement to democratize IC designDr. Mehdi Saligane, a leader in the open-source chip design community, was among the first researchers to fabricate a successful chip as part of Google’s multi-project wafer program.
Microelectronics researchers plan new initiative, enhanced collaboration to aid semiconductor industryLeaders in microelectronics from across Michigan Engineering gathered to plan the formation of Michigan’s Advanced Vision for Education and Research in Integrated Circuits, with an eye to building industry partnerships and strengthening US leadership.
Dennis Sylvester Elected to National Academy of InventorsSylvester’s inventions in low-power chip design have led to multiple startup companies and products found in hundreds of millions of devices.
Broadening the engineering perspective through coastline conservation in Middle EarthAs part of the U-M Engineering Global Leadership (EGL) Honors Program, Electrical Engineering undergrad Nora Desmond traveled There and Back Again to experience the sustainability culture of New Zealand.
Streamlining home assessments for energy justiceIn a partnership with Ecoworks, Pecan Street, and Jefferson East, Prof. Johanna Mathieu is helping create a better process for Detroit homes to benefit from decarbonization, electrification, and renewable energy integration.
New non-invasive optical imaging approach for monitoring brain health could improve outcomes for traumatic brain injury patientsThe SCISCCO system could better monitor brain and organ metabolism, helping to diagnose concussions, monitor cerebral metabolism in traumatic brain injury patients, and gauge the response of organs to treatments in an operating or emergency room scenario.
ECE Rising Star Tanya Das helps shape nationwide science policy to address climate change and moreDas (BSE EE 2011), who previously served the Biden Administration as the Chief of Staff of the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy, is currently the Associate Director of Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Prof. Zetian Mi selected as IEEE NTC Distinguished LecturerMi’s talk will focus on how to break the efficiency bottleneck of micro-LEDs and deep UV optoelectronics, critical to continued advances in virtual/augmented reality, water purification, sterilization, and more
Dennis Sylvester named Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
[Watch the lecture] Sylvester’s innovations in ultra-low-power computing led to the Michigan Micro Mote, the world’s smallest computer.
Alumni profile: A conversation with Rich UhligA Michigan engineer, Intel VP, and research lab director, Rich Uhlig is CSE’s Alumni Merit Award Winner for 2022.
Miniature and durable spectrometer for wearable applicationsA team led by P.C. Ku and Qing Qu have developed a miniature, paper-thin spectrometer measuring 0.16mm2 that can also withstand harsh environments.
Alum Paul Debevec honored with Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for inventing a new kind of movie magicDebevec’s groundbreaking imaging work revolutionized the film and television industry, helping create the special effects seen in Spider-Man 2, Avatar, The Hobbit, Blade Runner 2049, Gravity, The Mandalorian, and many more.
Best paper for a low-power ADC circuit for brain-machine interface applicationsEuisik Yoon’s team, led by Sungjin Oh, developed a low-power neural recording front-end circuit to interface with state-of-the-art neural probes.
Vikram Verma talks the value of engineering and leadership to society as the 2022 ECE Alumni Impact Award winnerVerma credits his distinguished 30-year executive career with leading technology companies, including Savi Technology, Lockheed Martin and 8×8 Inc., to a combination of education, leadership, and luck.
Jesse Codling wins Best Presentation award for sensors that help protect these little piggies in their pensKnown affectionately as “The Sh*tty Project,” Codling, an ECE PhD student, monitors the vibrations in pig pens to track the health of the piglets and predict when they’re in danger.
The Key to Superior Teaching Performance in EngineeringGet tips that will help you improve your teaching and connection with engineering students – from renowned educator Fawwaz Ulaby
ECE at the center of Celebrate Invention: 2022Wei Lu talked about his innovations as the 2022 Distinguished University Innovator, followed by a panel discussion about the University’s role in fueling new high tech companies in the area.
Mike Flynn named Fawwaz T. Ulaby Collegiate Professor of Electrical and Computer EngineeringFlynn is one of the world’s premier scholars of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits and systems, analog-to-digital conversion (ADC), and other interface circuits.
Kamal Rudra receives IEEE EDS Masters Student FellowshipRudra works in the area of solid-state and nanotechnology, and has managed to acquire a broad range of experience in different research settings
Kaleo Roberts receives AISES scholarship for research on monitoring corn fields using remote sensingRoberts’ work could help improve the management of corn fields, which is important for food production, biofuel, and industry raw material.
Yakshita Malhotra honored for micro-LED research that could define the future of automotive displaysMalhotra’s work on micro-LEDs could lead to more efficient, higher resolution automotive displays capable of supporting augmented reality applications.
Zetian Mi elected Fellow of APSMi’s pioneering contributions in III-nitride quantum nanostructures have contributed to the development of photonic and clean energy devices.
Louise Willingale elected Fellow of APSWillingale is a plasma science leader who is currently helping launch the ZEUS laser facility.
Breakthrough in green micro-LEDs for augmented/mixed reality devicesProf. Zetian Mi’s team are the first to achieve high-performance, highly stable green micro-LEDs with dimensions less than 1 micrometer on silicon, which can support ultrahigh-resolution full-color displays and other applications.
New free textbook: Foundations of Applied ElectromagneticsKamal Sarabandi’s new textbook is ideal for first-year graduate students wanting a solid foundation in electromagnetic theory.
Seeing electron movement at fastest speed ever could help unlock next-level quantum computingNew technique could enable processing speeds a million to a billion times faster than today’s computers and spur progress in many-body physics.
Prof. David Blaauw inducted into MICRO Hall of FameBlaauw and his group are also recipients of numerous best paper awards and honors, including the MICRO Test of Time award
Neophytos Charalambides receives Best Poster Award for research in the area of Data ScienceThe research can be applied to a wide range of big data applications that rely on the multiplication of two matrices in linear algebra.
Wei Lu named Distinguished University Innovator of the YearProf. Wei Lu is honored with the Distinguished University Innovator of the Year Award for his pioneering efforts in the development and commercialization of novel electrical devices.
MRacing smokes competition with their first electric race carAt Formula SAE Michigan, MRacing defended their number one U.S. title and placed second overall.
SPARK Electrifies Motorcycle RacingWith their newest electric motorcycle, the student team took second and third place at the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Formula Lightning Series competition.
CHIPS and Science Act: Implications and OpportunitiesThe CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 promises to revitalize the U.S. semiconductor industry. Dennis Sylvester offers his perspective on what it means for ECE.
A view into what’s really happening during gene editing for Precision CRISPRProf. Somin Lee and her research group developed a way to reduce trial and error in gene editing by getting a look at the process in real time
U-M discovery leading to LASIK is a Golden GooseThe AAAS Golden Goose awards highlight federally funded breakthroughs that go on to bring important benefits to the lives of regular people.
ECE welcomes four new faculty for 2022/23With research expertise in quantum information, optics and systems; innovative wireless systems; and biomedical AI – these faculty are striving to improve how people live and work in the world.
First light soon at the most powerful laser in the USThe ZEUS laser at the University of Michigan has begun its commissioning experiments
Walking and slithering aren’t as different as you thinkNew mathematical model links up slithering with some kinds of swimming and walking, and it could make programming many-legged robots easier.
Photosynthesis copycat may improve solar cellsThe new approach moves energy efficiently and could reduce energy losses converting light into electricity.
The ethical implications of tech, and why it matters for engineersThrough the Ford School’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, ECE PhD student Trevor Odelberg is studying how engineers can take better responsibility for the way their research impacts society.
Next generation neural probe leads to expanded understanding of the brainThe hectoSTAR probe, with 128 stimulating micro-LEDs and 256 recording electrodes integrated in the same neural probe, was designed for some stellar brain mapping projects
ZEUS Joins International Community of Extreme Light VirtuososAs a member of the X-lites program, ZEUS joins an international community of extreme light labs working together to advance laser science for the benefit of society
Designing Synthetic Human Gut Microbiome with AIProf. Al Hero was interviewed and gave a presentation about his research using machine learning to improve our understanding of the human gut
Ester Bentley receives Impact award for her research with the goal of GPS-free navigationBentley presented her research as an NDSEG Fellow. She is working to make smaller, more affordable high accuracy navigation-grade gyroscopes.
Community-builder Leon Pryor takes Detroit’s FIRST Robotics program to new heightsHaving excelled in careers at Microsoft, Amazon, and now Meta, the alum and renowned video game engineer co-founded The Motor City Alliance to make Detroit a powerhouse for FIRST Robotics teams
MRover crowned champions of the University Rover ChallengeFrom autonomously navigating rocky terrain to testing soil for signs of life, the Michigan Mars Rover team bested their competition and took first place at the international competition.
Kamal Sarabandi named Fawwaz T. Ulaby Distinguished University Professor of EECSProf. Sarabandi has distinguished himself as an educator, researcher, and inventor with wide-ranging impact
Toward manufacturing semitransparent solar cells the size of windowsA peel-off patterning technique could enable more fragile organic semiconductors to be manufactured into semitransparent solar panels at scale.
Task Force report on grid stability concepts receives IEEE PES Prize Paper AwardThe rapid growth of renewable energy led to an international task force to study its impact on the stability of worldwide power systems.
Solar-powered chemistry uses carbon dioxide and water to make feedstock for fuels, chemicalsProducing synthesis gas, a precursor of a variety of fuels and chemicals, no longer requires natural gas, coal or biomass.
Machine learning begins to understand the human gutThe new computer model accurately predicts the behavior of millions of microbial communities from hundreds of experiments, an advance toward precision medicine.
2022 IEEE APS R. W. P. King Award recognizes new theory in computational electromagneticsPatel and Michielssen developed the Wigner-Smith time delay matrix for electromagnetics.
Lauren Cooper awarded Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship from SPIECooper, an ECE PhD student, works to advance fiber lasers, which could help provide the bursts for next-generation particle accelerators and advance attosecond science.
Kamal Rudra awarded Laser Technology, Engineering and Applications Scholarship from SPIERudra, an ECE Master’s student, specializes in solid state and nanotechnology, and his work could help shape the future of AR/VR technologies.
In Digital Signal Processing, students experiment with sensors for creative projectsStudents created everything from a Wordle helper to a tool for melanoma detection to a program that identifies different marine species based on their underwater song.
Elaheh Ahmadi receives 2022 ISCS Young Scientist Award for seminal contributions to MBE N-polar (Al,Ga,In)N and (Al,Ga)2O3 heterostructuresAhmadi has received numerous young faculty honors and awards, and has advanced the state of the art in her field.
Yongmo Park awarded IBM PhD fellowship to support his research on in-memory computing systemsPark works with Prof. Wei Lu on advancing resistive random-access memory (RRAM, or memristor) devices to accelerate AI computing.
Solar car “Aevum” to test solutions ahead of next World Solar ChallengeAn unusual two years in the making, the car is equipped with sensors to explore how the team can improve its design further before the 2023 race.
Emulating impossible “unipolar” laser pulses paves the way for processing quantum informationQuantum materials emit light as though it were only a positive pulse, rather than a positive-negative oscillation.
Amy Brooks awarded Staff Excellence Award for extraordinary efforts in difficult timesIn addition to stepping up in remarkable ways during the past two years, Brooks has been known for her collaborative initiative, technical competence, and empathy to those in need.
Arch W. Naylor: In Memoriam (1929 – 2022)Arch Naylor helped introduce the developing field of information and control engineering at Michigan.
Greg Wakefield, master of interdisciplinary everything, retiresGreg Wakefield retires after a 36-year career that helped shape the look of interdisciplinary research and collaborations at Michigan, especially between the arts and sciences.
Overcoming the efficiency cliff of red micro-LEDs for virtual/augmented realityProf. Zetian Mi leads a team that created highly-efficient red micro LEDs suitable for augmented and virtual reality.
Atkins chairs National Academies report on speeding discovery with automated research workflowsProf. Emeritus Daniel Atkins III chaired and Prof. Al Hero served on a National Academies committee that published a new report describing the impact of artificial intelligence and automated research workflow technologies in propelling research and scientific discovery.
Engineering toughECE alum Linda Zhang has the daunting task of bringing America’s bestselling vehicle into the electric age.
Designing large neural codes for the next generation of communication systemsPhD candidate Mohammad Vahid Jamali won a Best Paper award at IEEE ICC for his work on Product AutoEncoders, which could help shape future generations of wireless networks, IoT, and autonomous systems.
Thomas Ryan awarded SMART Scholarship to support his studies on defense technologiesRyan is an electrical engineering undergrad interested in military systems and devices.
Jeffrey Fessler voted 2022 HKN Professor of the Year for ECEProf. Fessler has received numerous teaching awards throughout his career, and this is his third time as HKN Professor of the Year
Duncan Madden receives NDSEG Fellowship for research that could revolutionize communication and radar systemsMadden works to enable full-duplex communication systems, which could double the usable bandwidth or data rate.
2022 graduating class reflects on their Michigan memoriesWe asked graduating EECS students to share memories and reflections from their Michigan experience to commemorate their achievement in their own way.
ECE graduate students recognized by 2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship programECE doctoral students Rachel Newton and Austin Lin were selected for this prestigious fellowship, and Evelyn Ware was recognized with an honorable mention.
ECE Expeditions goes hybridStudents visited the new KLA headquarters in Ann Arbor and attended virtual presentations by NVIDIA and NASA.
Graphene-hBN breakthrough to spur new LEDs, quantum computingStudy uncovers first method for producing high-quality, wafer-scale, single-layer hexagonal boron nitride
HKN earns Outstanding Chapter AwardThe student honor society is again recognized for their outstanding efforts, this time for the 2020-21 academic year.
Louise Willingale named Kavli Fellow by the National Academy of SciencesWillingale was a featured speaker at the 2022 Kavli Frontiers of Science U.S. Symposium, where she presented on high intensity lasers, including ZEUS.
Douglas Teeter (1964 – 2022): In MemoriamDr. Doug Teeter (PHD EE 1988 1992) is remembered by his doctoral advisors at Michigan as an outstanding researcher, friend, and family man.
2022 EECS Undergraduate Student AwardsThese students are recognized by the department for their outstanding scholarship, research, service, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
2022 College-wide awards for EECS undergraduate studentsStudents throughout the College of Engineering are eligible for these awards; ten went to EECS students for outstanding scholarship, leadership, and service.
Stefany Escobedo awarded Towner prize for her outstanding contributions as a Graduate Student InstructorEscobedo overhauled the instruction of Embedded Control Systems during the COVID-19 pandemic and permanently improved the course.
Aaditya Hambarde awarded Towner prize for his outstanding contributions as a Graduate Student InstructorHambarde is recognized for his tremendous dedication to students and for the creation of new course resources for Introduction to Signals and Systems.
Quantum mentoring for the greater goodDoctoral student Mohammad Aamir Sohail mentored an international team looking for a quantum solution to optimize mobile medical services
Teaching Machine Learning in ECEWith new courses at the UG and graduate level, ECE is delivering state-of-the-art instruction in machine learning for students in ECE, and across the University
Immune to hacks: Inoculating deep neural networks to thwart attacksThe adaptive immune system serves as a template for defending neural nets from confusion-sowing attacks
New textbook provides hands-on guide for learning about chaotic dynamics and electronic circuitsThe book was co-authored by ECE Master’s student Wesley Joo-Chen Thio and Professor Emeritus Julien Sprott of U Wisconsin.
Alireza Ramyar awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for his research on power processing architectures for improved sustainabilityRamyar’s research focuses on how power and energy can be transformed, extracted from clean power generation, and stored effectively and sustainably.
Touheed Anwar Atif awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for his research on quantum information and quantum computingAtif’s coding framework addresses quantum information network coding problems and has helped uncover new insights into the world of quantum information.
Ashley Jian receives Barbour Scholarship to further her research on high-power electronicsJian works to improve the efficiency of high-power electronics for better energy security and sustainability.
Anna Stuhlmacher awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for her research that could help integrate renewable energy sources into the power gridStuhlmacher is working to optimize the interaction between the power distribution network and the drinking water distribution network to improve the sustainability, flexibility, and resiliency of both systems.
New textbook provides streamlined guide for undergrads studying Signals and SystemsThe textbook, authored by Prof. Stéphane Lafortune, covers the main material students need to know for continuous-time signals and systems with a focus on linear time-invariant systems and their response to different classes of input signals.
Kamal Rudra receives SVCF Scholarship to pursue his studies in semiconductors and photonicsRudra is a first year master’s student in the area of solid state and nanotechnology
Subhajit Mohanty awarded Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic AchievementMohanty’s research is focused on advancing high electron mobility transistors for next generation wireless technologies.
Ashley Jian awarded Marian Sarah Parker Prize from the College of EngineeringJian’s research is focused on improving the efficiency of high-power electronics, which is important for energy security and sustainability.
ECE alum Dave Babicz pioneered the lab kits that became a staple for at-home engineering coursesThe lab kits used in our Analog Circuits course during the pandemic were created by Babicz, Director of Engineering at Analog Devices Inc., and fellow colleagues back in 2015 for the purpose of improving equity in engineering education.
ECE alum Mihir Sheth receives Young Innovator Award from Innovate UK for making a medical device that weans patients off ventilators quickerSheth is the co-founder of Inspiritus Health and has developed a simple to use, non-invasive medical device that keeps patients’ muscles engaged when they are on a ventilator to prevent muscle atrophy.
Qing Qu receives CAREER award to explore the foundations of machine learning and data scienceHis research develops computational methods for learning succinct representations from high-dimensional data.
High School students discover “The Joy of Coding” in new ECE online courseIn a new online course designed to improve access to engineering education for all, students learn how coding powers apps such as Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram, and Siri.
2022 EECS Outstanding Achievement AwardsThe EECS Department has honored four faculty for their sustained excellence in instruction and curricular development, distinguished participation in service activities, or for their significant achievements in scholarly research.
Anthony Grbic receives David E. Liddle Research Excellence AwardGrbic is a world leader in the development of metamaterials and metasurfaces, and his pioneering work has led to ultra-thin electromagnetic devices with revolutionary capabilities.
Stephen Forrest receives H. Scott Fogler Award for Professional Leadership and ServiceForrest’s remarkable impact as a leader complements his profound impact as an engineer working for a carbon-neutral future.
Robert Dick receives Monroe-Brown Foundation Education Excellence AwardDick has provided outstanding contributions to undergraduate and graduate education in the area of embedded systems.
‘Exciton surfing’ could enable next-gen energy, computing and communications techA charge-neutral information carrier could cut energy waste from computing, now that it can potentially be transported within chips.
Cindy Finelli receives Trudy Huebner Service Excellence AwardFinelli has provided leadership and vision in the area of engineering education for over 20 years and was responsible for establishing and building the Engineering Education Research graduate program.
Al-Thaddeus Avestruz receives CAREER Award to advance sustainable energy storageUsing retired electric vehicle batteries, the project plans to enable widespread and equitable access to sustainable power and energy through sustainable energy storage.
Three ECE students awarded Rackham fellowshipsCheng-Hsun Lu, Shih-Chi Liao, and Jiale Zhang have been awarded the Rackham International Students Fellowship/Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship.
New understanding of neurons in the hippocampus: they’re all the sameA longstanding collaboration between engineers and neuroscientists leads to new insights into how neurons work in the hippocampus.
Research on modeling time-variant systems earns Brockett-Willems Outstanding Paper AwardProf. Peter Seiler co-authored the paper that focuses on reachability analysis for a variety of systems, including aircraft control and autonomous vehicles.
Ashley Jian is working to improve the efficiency of high-power electronics for better energy security and sustainabilityJian received a Best Presentation award at the Electronic Materials Conference for her research focused on enabling very high efficiency power devices.
Quantum tech: Semiconductor “flipped” to insulator above room tempDiscovery could pave the way to high speed, low-energy quantum computing.
Eric Michielssen appointed to State of Michigan Mobility Task ForceAppointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Eric Michielssen joins the Council on Future Mobility and Electrification to advance the state’s future mobility ecosystem
Six ECE faculty and staff recognized for their outstanding contributions
Six ECE faculty and staff have been recognized by the College of Engineering for their creativity, innovation, and daring approaches to their work.