Ruba Borno, VP of Amazon Web Services and ECE Alum,…Borno, an ECE Rising Star Award winner, recently spoke about her experience in leadership during the pandemic, how her refugee background shaped her life, and why she literally climbs a mountain a year.
Tanya Das helps shape nationwide science policyDas (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.
ECE Expeditions rides to the Lone Star State for a tour of engineering companiesStudents networked with alums, tested demos of new technology, and toured labs at HPE, NASA, Ambiq, Dell, Torc, and NI.
Christopher Rutledge honored with the 2023 Willie Hobbs Moore Distinguished Alumni LectureshipRutledge shared his journey from growing up in rural East Texas to becoming a Distinguished Engineer at Verizon, one of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world.
Detroit Free Press: March 10, 2023
‘Oh my God!’ This Detroit robotics team will compete in the international championshipLeon Pryor’s (BS EE 1997) Detroit middle school FIRST Robotics team will compete in the world championship this April.
Ruba Borno, VP of Amazon Web Services and ECE Alum, stresses empathy and accountability in leadershipBorno, an ECE Rising Star Award winner, recently spoke about her experience in leadership during the pandemic, how her refugee background shaped her life, and why she literally climbs a mountain a year.
ECE alum Kai Cui empowers consumers to make sustainable fashion choices with her new appCui is the founder and CEO of CarbonTag™, a startup that developed the first carbon emission calculator for consumer fashion products.
February 6, 2023
Women in Mining Spotlight: Cat CulkinAlumnus Cat Culkin (BSE EE, BS Inter. Physics, MSE EE:S) is the CTO at Pronto.ai, a safe-driving autonomy company founded in 2018. She is interviewed by Mining[dot]com
January 18, 2023
Clarkson University’s Schuckers Named IEEE FellowECE alumnus Stephanie Schuckers, the Paynter-Kringman Endowed Professor in Engineering Science at Clarkson University’s ECE Department, has been named an IEEE Fellow for “her contributions in biometric recognition systems.”
Centenarian and alumnus Gus Gaynor: tech leader, entrepreneur, and communicatorGaynor’s remarkable career as an entrepreneur, director of engineering at 3M, author, and long-time volunteer for IEEE spanned more than seven decades.
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.
November 30, 2022
Who Is The Mentalist Wowing NFL Teams All Over The Country?The Grunge profiles Oz Pearlman (BSE EE ’03), a professional magician and mentalist.
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.
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.
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.
September 27, 2022
Journey of Self-DiscoveryThe Duderstadt Center Gallery features an art exhibit by alum Richard Moizio, who earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering from U-M in 1985.
The University Record: September 9, 2022
Librarian combines loves of comics, gamesThe Record profiles alum David Carter (BSE EE 1993; MILS 1995 Information & Library Studies), who serves as video game archivist for the Computer and Video Game Archive and comics librarian.
August 15, 2022
Computer Graphics Innovator Paul Debevec to Receive Emmy for Lifetime AchievementThe Hollywood Reporter features alum Paul Debevec, who will receive the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award during the Television Academy’s 74th Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Awards.
August 15, 2022
Alum Paul E. Debevec awarded the Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement AwardPaul Debevec was awarded the 2022 Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award for his groundbreaking work in high dynamic range imaging, image-based lighting and photogrammetry, essential techniques used in computer graphics for VFX and Virtual Production. Debevec received UG degrees in computer engineering and math at Michigan, and his PHD in CS from UC-Berkeley.
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
DBusiness Magazine: July 22, 2022
Automotive Hall of Fame Honors Five Industry InfluencersECE alumn Linda Zhang is among thoe five honorees for her contributions as F-150 Lightning chief engineer, Ford Motor Co.
June 24, 2022
Meet Leon Pryor, F.L.I.C.S Robotics Coach, District VolunteerDetroit Public Schools interviews alum Leon Pryor (BS EE 1997) about his experience volunteering as the F.L.I.C.S. Robotics Coach.
June 24, 2022
The Motor City Alliance puts STEM FIRST in DetroitDTE interviews alum Leon Pryor (BS EE 1997) about founding The Motor City Alliance(MCA), a consortium of Michigan FIRST robotics teams and industry professionals in Detroit.
June 6, 2022
Celebrating 50th Anniversary of First African- American Woman to Earn Physics PhDAlum Dr. Donnell Walton (PhD Applied Physics) pens a tribute in the AMERICAN PHYSICAL SOCIETY for Dr. Willie Hobbs Moore, the first Black woman at Michigan to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering (’58 and ’61) and first in the country to earn a PhD in Physics (1972), in honor of the 50th anniversary of her doctorate degree.
Arch W. Naylor: In Memoriam (1929 – 2022)Arch Naylor helped introduce the developing field of information and control engineering at Michigan.
Engineering toughECE alum Linda Zhang has the daunting task of bringing America’s bestselling vehicle into the electric age.
IEEE Spectrum: May 9, 2022
Tony Fadell: The Nest Thermostat Disrupted My LifeAlum Tony Fadell (BSE CE ’91), inventor of the Apple iPod and founder of Nest labs, writes this piece for IEEE Spectrum detailing his years pursuing the creation of a thermostat he actually likes.
Wired: May 9, 2022
Don’t Call Tony Fadell an Asshole—He Prefers ‘Mission Driven’Wired interviews alum Tony Fadell (BSE CE ’91), inventor of the Apple iPod and founder of Nest labs, about his new book “Build” that focuses on how to be an effective leader, why the metaverse is bunk, and when quitting is a virtue.
FOX: May 6, 2022
A mom’s lessons helped get the electric Ford F-150 Lightning builtLinda Zhang, ECE alumnus and mother of two, is the F-150 Lightning’s chief engineer
ECE Expeditions goes hybridStudents visited the new KLA headquarters in Ann Arbor and attended virtual presentations by NVIDIA and NASA.
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.
March 24, 2022
How Dr. Angelique Johnson Unintentionally Founded MEMStim, LLC.ECE alum Dr. Angelique Johnson (MSE PhD EE 2007 2011) speaks with Building Black Podcast about her journey founding and running MEMStim, LLC., which makes one of the most expensive parts of cochlear implants cheap with microfabrication.
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.
March 1, 2022
Ping Identity to Add Seasoned Executive Leaders to Board of DirectorsFormer CEOs Anil Arora and Vikram Verma (MSE EE ’89 and current ECE Council Member) bring decades of senior leadership and track records of transformation and growth to the Ping Identity board
Yahoo: February 18, 2022
Chicago Auto Show Hosts Fifth What Drives Her ProgramECE Alum Linda Zhang, Ford F-150 Lightning chief engineer, was the recipient of the 2022 Rising Star Award at the Chicago Auto Show.
Click on Detroit: January 12, 2022
Meet the woman behind Ford’s all-electric F-150 Lightning: ‘Pursue what you love’Linda Zhang started working at Ford when she was 19 years old. She went on to get her undergraduate degree in EE, her master’s degree in CE, followed that up with an MBA, all from the University of Michigan. She’s now chief engineer charged with electrifying the best-selling pickup truck in the world, the Ford F-150 Lightning.
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.
Crain’s Detroit Business: December 5, 2021
Livonia insulin management startup secures $17 million in fundingECE alumnus Eran Bashan’s company Hygieia is working to dramatically improve the way patients and their doctors manage insulin therapy with their d-Nav system for people with Type-2 diabetes.
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.
Click on Detroit: November 8, 2021
Look inside KLA’s new $200M headquarters in Ann ArborKLA Corporation, whose President and CEO is ECE alum Rick Wallace, held the grand opening of its newest North American headquarters in Ann Arbor on November 5th.
Time: November 1, 2021
The Engineer Who Made Electric Vehicles Palatable for the Pickup-Truck SetTime Magazine profiles Linda Zhang (BSE EE, MSE CE, MBA), the Chief Engineer for the Ford F-150 Lightning, for their Climate Issue on COP26.
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.
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.
IEEE Spectrum: July 23, 2021
From Spacecraft to Sensor FusionIEEE Spectrum profiles EE PhD alum Iverson Bell.
July 14, 2021
Gaming collector shatters two records with thousands of vintage systemsElectrical Engineer alum Linda Watson-Guillory has set world records for “Largest Collection of LCD Gaming Systems” and “Largest collection of playable gaming 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.
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.
June 3, 2021
How the Ford F-150 Lightning’s Chief Engineer Linda Zhang Brought the World an Electric PickupTheDrive profiles Linda Zhang (BSE EE, MSE CE, MBA), who is the Chief Engineer for the Ford F-150 Lightning
June 3, 2021
Jamaican engineering genius leads US team to make World Wide Web more globalDr. Charles Anthony Barnett (BS CE 1982) is leading the technical team at an American satellite service company aiming to make World Wide Web more global
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.
May 18, 2021
The CTO interview with Ambiq’s Scott HansonEE News: Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE ’04 ’06 ’09), founder and CTO of sub-threshold voltage microcontroller vendor Ambiq, answers a few questions as his company moves out from its position in the wearables market.
Yahoo: May 14, 2021
Mythic Raises $70 Million in Series C Funding Led by BlackRock and Hewlett Packard EnterpriseAI accelerator chip start-up Mythic, founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumni Mike Henry and Dave Fick, has raised $70 million in Series C Funding. The company has raised over $165.2 million to-date and has offices in Redwood City, CA and Austin, TX.
EE Times: April 15, 2021
SambaNova Raises Eye-Popping Series D FundingData center AI chip and system company SambaNova has announced an enormous Series D funding round of $676 million, pushing the company’s valuation above $5 billion. SambaNova’s cofounder is alumnus Kunle Olukotun (BSE EE ’85; MSE PhD CSE ’87 ’91).
March 22, 2021
ECE alumna Tanya Das appointed Chief of Staff of the Office of ScienceTanya Das was most recently a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where she worked on legislation on a range of issues in clean energy and manufacturing policy. She received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
CFE: March 19, 2021
An Innovative Team: 55 Years of Dixon and Carol DollDixon (MSE PDH EE 1965 1969) and Carol Doll met while Carol was attending U-M. Doll published one of the first books on data communications, later started Dow Capital Management, and joined his wife in many philanthropic efforts, including endowing the position of executive director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.
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.
Corp Magazine: March 2, 2021
Corp! Awards Honor MVPs Who Make Michigan the Best Place to Live, WorkAlum Eran Bashan, CEO and co-founder of Hygieia, make the list with their company that promises a better way to use insulin
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.
February 21, 2021
Alum David Tarver interviewed on “The Elders”A conversation with alumnus William David Tarver about his efforts growing a company and then selling that company successfully and using his success to train and support others as a professor and investor.
February 21, 2021
Remembering Two Glass Industry LegendsAlumnus Norm Nitschke founded Glasstech Solar and then Solar Cells Inc., which developed the cadmium telluride coating technology for the thin film solar modules used to launch First Solar into the solar energy business.
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.
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.
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.
November 10, 2020
Alumna Rhonda Franklin named 2020 Scientist of the YearRhonda Franklin, ECE alumnus and professor at the University of Minnesota, received this award from the Minnesota Chapter of Advancing Science in America Foundation. Watch the presentation and talk.
September 16, 2020
Dr. Steven McLaughlin Named Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia TechMcLaughlin is an ECE alumnus and recipient of the 2019 ECE Distinguished Educator Award
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.
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.
University of Minnesota: July 10, 2020
Mask making on a pandemic sabbaticalAlumna and ECE Advisory Council member Prof. Rhonda Franklin led a University of Minnesota team in developing a general-purpose face mask inspired by hospital procedure masks.
University of Minnesota: July 10, 2020
University of Minnesota faculty receive Abbott Professorships to introduce prospective students to STEMAlumna and ECE Advisory Council member, Prof. Rhonda Franklin, receives Institute for Engineering in Medicine Abbott Professorship in Innovative Education.
Help eradicate the virus of racism
As scientists and engineers, we have an obligation to focus on solving this big societal problem.
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.
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.
MIT News: March 9, 2020
3 Questions: Joe Steinmeyer on guiding students into the world of STEMMIT profiles Prof. Joe Steinmeyer, an EECS alum.
Boeing: February 26, 2020
Boeing Nominates New Directors; Announces Director RetirementsSteve Mollenkopf (MSE EE 1993) and CEO of Qualcomm has been nominated as a new director of Boeing.
New York Times: February 26, 2020
He’s Stared Down Activists and Apple, and Is Still in ChargeThe New York Times profiles Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf (MSE EE 1993).
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.
MLive.com: November 18, 2019
How UM degrees propelled careers in T-shirts, robots and photo archivesMLive profiles the Ann Arbor T-shirt Company, co-founded by alums Jerry Kozak (Business) and Ricky Winowiecki (Computer Engineering).
Designing the future of the human-tech interface
Rick Bergman, EVP of Computing and Graphics at Advanced Micro Devices, came to campus to accept the 2019 ECE Alumni Impact Award and spoke about his career and the future of computing and human interface.
Xbox Kinect architect, Dawson Yee, wins 2019 College of Engineering Alumni Merit Award for ECE
Yee gave advice to students on how to best prepare for a career helping produce the next generation of high-tech electronics.
Alumnus William Sanders appointed Dean of Carnegie Mellon’s College of Engineering
Sanders has spent the past 25 years of his career at the University of Illinois, working on secure and dependable computing and security for critical infrastructures.
Georgia Tech Dean of College of Engineering, Steve McLaughlin, wins 2019 ECE Distinguished Educator Award
McLaughlin spoke about how academic institutions can take better care of their students’ mental health while providing a fuller academic experience, as well as his love for U-M.
Hailing the future of autonomous taxis
Ford acquires Quantum Signal AI, founded by ECE alum Mitchell Rohde, to make robotaxis and driverless delivery vehicles a reality within two years.
Five EECS faculty and alumni recognized for business success
Nominees were selected based on their career accomplishments, impact in their field, and contributions to their community.
Engineering education trailblazer and industry innovator honored for by Michigan Engineering
For his work championing ECE from the classroom to the boardroom, Nicolaos Alexopoulos has received Michigan Engineering’s 2019 Alumni Award, the highest accolade given by the Michigan Engineering Alumni Board.
Bridge-builder for academia and industry wins distinguished alumni service award
For her outstanding dedication to electrical and computer engineering education at the University of Michigan, Karen Fireman is honored with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award.
Beyond Apollo 11: U-M ECE’s role in advancing space exploration
For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, U-M ECE takes a look back – and a look forward – to how our professors, students, and alums have made their mark on the field.
KLA opens new R&D office in Ann Arbor
The global capital equipment company is looking to harness the engineering talent at U-M and power a brighter future with tech.
EE Times: June 18, 2019
Analog AI Accelerator Startup Raises $30m
AI accelerator chip start-up Mythic, founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumnus Mike Henry and Dave Fick, has raised $30 million in a B1 funding round.
Advancing microelectronics and systems for the security of the future
As an ECE Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Jeremy Muldavin (BSE EP; MSE PhD EE) spoke about a DoD initiative to improve the competitiveness of the U.S. in microelectronics.
Tony Hsu explores the legacy of his grandfather, iconic Chinese poet Xu Zhimo
Tony Hsu (BSE EE ’68) looks back on how a single moment as a freshman at U-M inspired him to pursue a lifelong quest to understand the life and legacy of his famous grandfather.
Dr. Hadavi sets up new endowment to help ECE wolverines change the world
Dr. Cyrus Hadavi (PhD CE ’83) shares his hopes for the future of the ECE program, his knowledge as CEO of a long-lasting company, and his memories of good ole Ann Arbor days.
Black Engineers convention comes to Detroit and ECE is there to welcome the record-breaking 14,000 attendees
At this year’s convention for the National Society of Black Engineers, U-M professors, students, and alums came together with the other attendees to share experiences, offer career advice, and explore how to improve society.
Design News: April 17, 2019
Wearable Device Acts as Biopsy Alternative
EECS-ECE PhD alum Tae Hyun Kim is part of a project that has made a prototype for a wearable device with a cancer-cell-capturing chip that could be used in place of a biopsy to more accurately test a patient for cancer.
UMass-Amherst: April 17, 2019
UMass Amherst Names Sanjay Raman Dean of the College of Engineering
EECS-ECE alum Sanjay Raman (MSE PhD EE 1993 1998) will serve as the new dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
U-M startup raises $6 million in venture funding
Movellus is a U-M startup founded by alumni Dr. Mo Faisal (now CEO) and Dr. Jeff Fredenburg (now VP of Engineering).
Purdue: April 16, 2019
Purdue selects Peroulis to lead School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
EECS-ECE alum Dimitrios (Dimitri) Peroulis (MSE PhD 1999 2003) has been selected to head Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
U-M alum is key player in first-ever image of a black hole
EECS-ECE alum Dr. Katie Bouman has helped expand our knowledge of the universe in a big way by shining light on one of the darkest mysteries in the cosmos.
Heavy: April 10, 2019
Katie Bouman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
EECS-ECE alum Katie Bouman is the researcher who led the creation of an algorithm that allowed scientists to capture images of a black hole for THE VERY FIRST TIME.
Movellus: April 3, 2019
Movellus Raises $6M in Venture Funding, Led by Stata Venture Partners
Movellus is a U-M startup founded by EECS-ECE alum Dr. Mo Faisal (now CEO) and EECS-ECE Prof. David Wentzloff.
Biopsy alternative: “Wearable” device captures cancer cells from blood
New device caught more than three times as many cancer cells as conventional blood draw samples.
Claude Shannon: Father of the Information AgeLearn more about one of Michigan’s most illustrious alumni: Claude Shannon.
March 12, 2019
Alum recognized for her contributions in STEMDr. Katherine Herrick (BSE MSE Ph.D EE ‘93 ‘95 ‘00) is honored by Tuscon Business as a Woman of Influence.
Robert J. Trew (1944-2019): In Memoriam
Bob Trew led a distinguished life as a professor, administrator, and public servant.
Zachary Lemnios: Helping to shape the new Frontier in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The Honorable Zachary Lemnios, recipient of the 2018 ECE Alumni Impact Award, believes we are entering the Golden Age of Engineering.
Rick Bolander: Entrepreneurship is a team sport
Rick Bolander (BSE MSE EE ’83 ’85; MBA ’94, Harvard) has devoted his career to fulfilling the entrepreneurial dreams of others as much as his own.
A new company, Omniscent, is sniffing out dangerous levels of toxic chemicals in the air
Subscription service offers real-time monitoring
MLive.com: October 23, 2018
KLA-Tencor Announces Plans to Establish R&D Facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan
“We’re confident that we can continue to create and deliver impactful technologies that ultimately help enrich the human experience. Our expansion into Michigan will help us realize our vision,” said alumnus Rick Wallace, chief executive officer.
Alumna Rhonda Franklin honored for her accomplishments with the Willie Hobbs Moore Award
From blowing up microwaves to inspiring a new generation of microwave engineers, Professor Franklin shares her research, insights, and thoughts on the future of women in engineering.
Computing visionary honored by Michigan Engineering
The highest accolade from the Michigan Engineering Alumni Board goes to a thought leader with a track record of predicting the industry’s future.
Dowson Tong, VP of Tencent, talks to students
VP of the world’s largest gaming and social company, Tong spoke to students about AI, pursuing a global maximum in your career, and what it’s like to work in China when you don’t speak Mandarin.
ECE Family Fun Night draws over 500 attendees
Attendees explored engineering teams, labs, and projects with demonstrations and games.
Detroit Free Press: August 29, 2018
Alumnus Garlin Gilchrist named as running mate for Michigan Governor raceGretchen Whitmer to name Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist II as running mate.
Business Insider: August 24, 2018
Alumna Darlene Phillips appointed to U.S. DOE Advisory CommitteePhillips (BSE EE 1993; MBA 1998 Ross School of Business Business Administration) has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee by Secretary of Energy Rick Perry.
August 22, 2018
Appier Strengthens AI Team with New Chief Artificial Intelligence ScientistAlumnus Dr. (PhD EE:S) Dr. Min Sun has been appointed Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist of Appier, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company.
Rick Flores leads a partnership of automakers into the autonomous future
Flores leads the development of frameworks for autonomous driving, connectivity, and electronic controls.
Piston Group Leader Amit Singhi’s Four-Point Play to Life
With an engineering background, Singhi has excelled in business.
July 16, 2018
Safety in Numbers: Computer Scientist Races to Develop Unhackable Code to Protect Everyone’s DataTap into Newark profiles alumnus Dr. Kurt Rohloff (PhD EE) and his data security company, Duality.
Click on Detroit: July 11, 2018
University of Michigan to launch new website to help people navigate social mediaECE alumnus Garlin Gilchrist serves as executive director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility.
July 6, 2018
Rick Bergman sees that Synaptics stays in touchECE alumnus Rick Bergman is CEO of Synaptics, a company dedicated to “human interface technology.”
The next medical markets of Collin Rich
An expert health sciences entrepreneur, Rich is ready to repeat success with revolutionary technology.
Nino A. Masnari (1935 – 2018): In memoriam
Nino Masnari, alumnus, friend, and former faculty member of Electrical and Computer Engineering, passed away May 19, 2018 at the age of 82.
Interesting Engineering: May 17, 2018
15 of The Greatest Minds in Automobile Engineering TodayInteresting Engineering highlights ECE alumnus Andrew Farah, who’s spearheading GM’s move into autonomous cars.
EE Times: May 17, 2018
Startup Maps AI into Flash ArrayEE Times profiles Mythic, an AI accelerator chip startup founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumnus Mike Henry and Dave Fick mentored by Professors David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester.
Xiang Yin receives honorable mention for ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award
Yin researched cyber-physical systems and discrete-event systems.
A Role Model at Raytheon: Katherine Herrick
Katherine Herrick is a leader at Raytheon, and discovered how to be a mentor from her own role models after her time at Michigan.
Alumnus Garlin Gilchrist II serves as inaugural director of U-M Center for Social Media Responsibility
To address the growing concern of fake news, U-M has formed the School of Information Center for Social Media Responsibility, and hired EECS alumnus Garlin Gilchrist II.
ECE Expeditions travels to Seattle
Students toured Amazon, Boeing, INRIX, Madrona Venture Partners, Microsoft, and Philips Healthcare in the Puget Sound area.
Improving communication between humans and robots in 20 noisy questions
Hero and his team may have discovered a better way to facilitate communication using a twist on the classic game of 20 Questions.
Inaugural ECE Willie Hobbs Moore Alumni Lecture: Dr. Isaac R. Porche III
Porche discussed the changing definition of war and how information is playing a greater role than ever.
VentureBeat: March 21, 2018
Mythic snags $40 million to advance AI chipsMythic is an AI accelerator chip startup founded in 2012 at U-M by EECS alumnus Mike Henry and Dave Fick mentored by Professors David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester.
Charles and Patricia Krumm endow the George I. Haddad Graduate Fellowship Fund
Chuck and Pat Krumm look forward to the Fellowship Fund enhancing the ability of future engineers to contribute positively to society.
February 21, 2018
Howard University College Of Arts And Sciences Appoints Three Distinguished Faculty To New RolesEECE Alumna Dr. Kim Michelle Lewis (MS EE; PhD Applied Physics), has been appointed as associate dean for Research and Graduate Programs and full professor in the Department of Physics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wired: October 19, 2017
Tony Fadell’s next act? Taking on Silicon Valley—from Paris
Alumni Tony Fadell (BSE CE 1991) searches for investments with his venture firm Future Shape while he continues to build roots in Paris.
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.
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.”
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.
Bloomberg: June 29, 2017
Tencent dominates in China. Next challenge is rest of the world
EECS alumnus Martin Lau is the lead strategist and steward of day-to-day operations, as well as the one who fields questions during Tencent’s quarterly conference calls with investors and analysts.
Elmer Gilbert: A Life in Control
Elmer Gilbert reflects on his illustrious career in Control
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.
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.
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.
Making learning addictive
Alumnus develops platform that allows instructors to turn almost any course into a multiplayer online game.
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
Alumna Mariesa Crow is looking to the future of power
Alumna works on microgrids to upgrade infrastructure
A Q&A with alumnus Angela Blanton: VP and CFO at Carnegie Mellon University
From electrical engineering to University CRO
Azadeh Ansari receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for research in GaN-based electro-acoustic devices
Award recognizes exceptional dissertations
Alum Michelle Stock elected SPIE Fellow for development of the photonics industry
SPIE chose Stock for her achievements in business development and science policy
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.
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.
Nader Behdad Receives the Inaugural ECE Rising Star Alumni Award for his Transformative Research in Antennas
Behdad has tackled some of the toughest problems in antenna research. But for his applications, they need to be very small – small enough to be used to treat cancer.
Alum startup wins $25,000 at Accelerate Michigan Competition
Movellus Circuits won $25,000 in the University Research Highlight and People’s Choice categories
MI business is his business
Alumnus David Tarver founded the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative (UEI) Inc., in 2014. UEI helps aspiring entrepreneurs tackle urban problems with innovative, sustainable and profitable business solutions.
Having fun with ECE
The event highlighted the projects and work of several student teams and labs, giving kids and adults alike a chance to see ECE’s ingenuity in action.
U-M Shannon Centennial Symposium Celebrates the father of information theory
Researchers from around the nation gathered at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to celebrate the 100th birthday of alumnus Claude E. Shannon (BSE EE/Eng Math ’36, ScD hon. ’61) at the Shannon Centennial Symposium.
Rick and Mara Wallace establish ECE scholarship fund
This gift qualifies for the University’s Michigan Matching Initiative for Student Support, and proceeds will provide need-based scholarship support to electrical and computer engineering undergraduate students.
Willie Hobbs Moore (1934–1994): A First in EE and PhysicsThe first Black woman at Michigan to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering (’58 and ’61), and first in the country to earn a PhD in Physics (1972)
Bill JoyA native Michigander, Joy co-founded Sun Microsystems and designed UNIX and Java.
Power to the Pixel: Photoshop is BornHow Thomas Knoll, a procrastinating Michigan graduate student, and his brother changed our view of the world.
G is for GoogleLarry Page changed the web forever in 1998, now he wants to change the world.
Engineering a better life for people with diabetes
Hygieia automates and streamlines diabetes treatment, a disease affecting over 29 million Americans.
Claude Shannon centennial celebrants recall U-M grad’s advances, societal impact
Shannon theorized the binary code of zeros and ones that makes cell phones, email and the Internet possible.
Cutting the cost of hearing
MEMStim’s technology is already two phases into pre-clinical testing in preparation for FDA examination. Very few MEMS devices have made it this far.
Steven Battel elected to National Academy of Engineering
Mr. Battel is an expert on low-noise instrumentation power systems and is internationally recognized for his expertise in the design and development of space high voltage systems.
Dr. Mehdi Hatamian elected to National Academy of Engineering
Dr. Hatamian is Fellow and Chief Scientist – Central Engineering at Broadcom Ltd. He joined the company in 1996.
Gift launches M. Alten Gilleo distinguished lecture series in optical sciences and optoelectronics
Robert J. Armantrout Establishes ECE Graduate Education Fund
The fund will provide merit-based support to graduate students studying Electrical and Computer Engineering.
ECE students and alumni celebrate research and progress at the 2015 Engineering Graduate Symposium
Posters and presentations were judged by faculty and a visiting group of 14 returning ECE alumni, and winners were chosen in each area of study.
First-ever ECE Career Fair builds student careers and alumni connections
Local companies set up stands in the EECS Atrium to recruit from over 200 graduate and undergraduate students.
San Diego alumni connect and celebrate at ECE event
There were 40 alumni in attendance, with graduation years ranging from 1965 to 2014.
Ashraf Dahod: 2015 CoE Alumni Medal Award Winner
Dahod has combined an understanding of technology with a knack for recognizing market opportunities and built a string of successful technology companies.
Jimmy Hsiao – A local player in a global market
Jimmy founded Logic Solutions, Inc., a consulting company offering website development, web and mobile applications, and other tech solutions to companies around the world.
Garlin Gilchrist II: Innovation for the People
Garlin Gilchrist II set out on a lifelong mission to bring engineering solutions to communities in need.
Claude Gauthier and OmniPhy: Connecting to the ethernet revolution
Dr. Gauthier is co-founder and CTO of the semiconductor interface intellectual property (IP) company, OmniPhy.
Nader Najafi: A dream that saves lives
Dr. Nader Najafi is now leading the development of some of the most advanced micro-scale medical technology in the world.
Oz Pearlman: An engineer’s magic moment
Oz Pearlman is a professional magician and mentalist. His performances have made him one of the most well-known in this field.
Alum startup Jetivity aims to bring people together around shared interests with a free platform for posting activities.
ECE alumni networking event at Transducers Conference
About 65 alumni, students, faculty, friends and family gathered for dinner and an opportunity to catch up with the department.
Chicago alumni connect at networking reception
The ACC is one of the world’s premier scientific and engineering conferences dedicated to the advancement of control theory and practice.
Ernest S. Kuh (1928 – 2015): pioneer in electronic circuit theory and EDA
As a devoted Michigan alumnus, he established the Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Four EECS companies make Crain’s list of most innovative companies, and one tops the list
This annual ranking of innovative companies in SE Michigan is based on the quality of patents received during the past year.
ECE alumna Ruba Borno to join Cisco’s new executive team
The young executive has an extensive history in both the business and tech worlds.
ECE alumni connections at IMS2015
Along with alumni, there were current and former faculty members, current students, friends, and colleagues, including several program managers, in attendance.
The Mad Scientist’s Lab: A look inside Mitch Rohde and Quantum Signal’s school-sized playhouse
Don’t let the retro arcade games and oscilloscopes fool you – Mitch’s company is as modern as they come.
The gift of an education: Paul and Ruth Bauhahn fund the next generation of life-changing technology
Paul E. and Ruth E. Bauhahn of have made a planned gift of $450,000 to establish the Ruth E. and Paul E. Bauhahn Fellowship Fund to support full-time graduate students in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Silicon valley entrepreneurs help bring WIMS2 technology to the world
Shahin and Sassan discussed everything from the acquisition trends of small vs. large companies to the importance of building a team with a range of expertise.
Eric M. Aupperle (1935 – 2015): An internet pioneer leaves a remarkable legacy
Mr. Aupperle was a true Michigan man, devoting his career to the University and to the state of Michigan in his role as director and later president of Merit Network.
Advancing computation: 4th U-M alum wins Turing Award
The Turing Award has honors the computer scientists and engineers who create the systems and underlying theoretical foundations that propel the information technology industry.
Yi-Chin Wu receives ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award for research in network security
Her dissertation focused on “opacity,” which captures whether a given secret of the system can be inferred by intruders who observe the behavior of the system.
Two ECE alums make top semiconductor CEOs list
Two ECE alumni were recognized in an ‘Electronics Weekly’ list of 2014’s top semiconductor CEOs.
Irma Wyman: Computer pioneer and advocate for women in engineering
Her experiences led her to establish the Irma M. Wyman Scholarship at the University’s Center for the Education of Women.
Nick Yang: Investing in the age of robotics
At the age of 24, Yang sold his company ChinaRen for $35 million.
ECE students and alumni celebrate research and progress at the 2014 Engineering Graduate Symposium
ECE researchers had a strong presence at this year’s event, comprising nearly 80 of the day’s more than 240 presentations.
EECS alums are flying high with drone startup Skyspecs
SkySpecs is currently in the process of launching their first product, the Guardian, which will help prevent collisions.
Scott Hanson receives 2014 Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award
Dr. Hanson is the co-founder of a startup semiconductor company that plans to lead the low-power revolution in electronics by powering the Internet of Things.
Steve Mollenkopf: Leader of Qualcomm and Mobile Technologies
Mollenkopf was elected as the third CEO of Qualcomm, Inc., which has become the largest fabless semiconductor producer in the world.
Peter Tchoryk: An entrepreneurial CEO
At MAC, Peter’s been able to combine his passions for scientific research and entrepreneurial creation.
Alumni explore lots of EECS-related engineering with their kids
Three hundred and eighty alumni and children stretched across North Campus, dabbling in drones and bones, rockets and radioactives.
Kathryn Clay: A policy leader in the natural gas revolution
Kathryn believes the country would benefit greatly if more scientific and technically trained people went into journalism or science policy.
The New Yorker: April 28, 2014
Pixel PerfectThe New Yorker profiles alum Paul Debevec (CE 1992), the engineer who invented the technology that creates an elaborate 3-D digital scan of actors for a variety of special effects applications.
Alumni Spotlight: Steve Mollenkopf, New CEO of Qualcomm
PsiKick startup attracts financing for its Internet of Things technology
The chips’ extreme energy efficiency enables them to be powered without a battery from harvested energy sources like vibration, thermal gradients, and more.
Dawson Yee: Kinect-ing Xbox to the World
Dawson is thrilled that his work on Kinect has bred creativity and enhanced lives beyond video games.
Babak Parviz: The visionary behind the glass
The inventor of Google Glass is now developing glucose monitoring contact lenses.
Alumni Spotlight: Allan Evans and Avegant: Creating a brilliant multimedia experience from anywhere with Glyph
Glyph is a wearable mobile personal theater and is the first head-mounted display coming to market that will have a virtual retinal display.
Nancy Benovich: Entrepreneur x 10
Nancy visits campus regularly as a speaker and is currently the mentor for a Michigan I-Corps innovation team.
Andrew Farah: the spark behind the Volt
Andrew Farah (BSE CE 1982; MSE Electrical Science 1984) was one of the chief architects behind the groundbreaking Chevy Volt.
Steve Mollenkopf: What it takes to lead in technology
Steve Mollenkopf is the President and COO of Qualcomm and talked about the company’s current projects.
Hannah Goldberg: Crazy about asteroidsAt the time of this interview, Goldberg was at Planetary Resources
Michigan @ ISSCC 2013: Alumni and Friends Mixer
“Many of these people have known each other for years; it’s a great time to catch up.”
Alumni have fun exploring engineering with their kids
Hosted by the different engineering departments, the day-long event offered nine different workshops.
George Haley describes himself as a simple man and in his own words he’s used to the finer things in life. “Theresa, food, wine, work – you name it, I’ve been lucky. You can put Michigan Engineering on that list; I wouldn’t be here without it.”
Howard and Beverly Sachar: Alum who has made a difference
You walk into a room and find a band (ragtime piano, guitar, violin, clarinet), an inventor, entrepreneur, executive, photographer, wine aficionado, husband, father and grandfather. How many people are in the room, other than you? Answer: one… Howard Sachar
Hasso Niemann (1933-2013): From Michigan to probing deep space
“He touched so many people scientifically and personally.”
ECE alum Kevin Xu wins Social Computing Challenge Competition
The challenge problem required the participants to interpret data sets in a way that could be used to predict social behavior.
W. David Tarver: Building a Successful International Company was his Proving GroundDavid Tarver (BSE MSE EE ’75 ’76) is a successful industrial turned social entrepreneur
Richard P. Wallace – Reaching new heights
Whether it’s biking to the crest of Haleakala on Maui, or leading KLA-Tencor to the top of NASDAQ, Rick Wallace is familiar with making it to the summit.
Ernest and Bettine Kuh honor ECE with the Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award
This award is bestowed on a young ECE faculty member on the basis of teaching, research, and service, as well as a record of innovation and leadership.
Wireless Integrated MicroSensing and Systems (WIMS2) in California
The technical topics ranged from wireless and low power circuits, to MEMS, to microfabricated gas chromatographs.
Charles K. (Ned) Birdsall (BSE EE and Math, MSE EE, ’46 ’48): 1925-2012
Birdsall was a pioneer in microwave tubes and plasma physics, an avid runner, and a beloved member of the EC Berkley community.
Michael McCorquodale named 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Innovator of the Year
“Without McCorquodale’s vision, unwavering persistence, and leadership in the face of decades of thinking to the contrary, CMOS oscillators would not exist today.”
In the News: January 23, 2012
Marvell Technology Completes Acquisition of Cavium
Cavium was founded by ECE alumnus Syed Ali. Ali will continue as a member of Marvell’s Board of Directors
Alumni Spotlight: Syed B. Ali (MSE EE 81)
“I wanted to give back. If it wasn’t for Michigan I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
ePack, Inc. wins Masco Next Gen Manufacturing Award at Innovation Competition
“ePack utilizes state of the art micromachining technology to provide a cost effective and high performance packaging service for micro- and milli-scale devices.”
Meera Sampath: Creative Problem Solving and Global Reach
U-M Alumni and Friends Mixer at ISSCC 2011
Curtis Ling: Making Things Happen
“Failure is an essential part of success. Be afraid of not learning enough, or not working with the best people. Don’t be afraid of failure, which is frequently success in disguise.”
Eric Dattoli named National Academies Research Associate
The aim of Dattoli’s research is to improve and broaden the understanding of nanowire gas sensing behavior.
Michael McCorquodale: Engineering a U-M Startup to Commercialized Technology in 5 YearsWe spoke to Dr. Michael McCorquodale when he was here on campus as the 2009 CoE Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award. We provide updates since that time at the end of the story.
Lee Boysel: the early history of microprocessing
Microprocessing changed the computing world, and Michigan alumnus Lee Boysel played a pivotal role.
Tony Fadell, Mastermind Behind the Apple iPod, Offers Advice for Students
Mehdi Hatamian: From Michigan to Microelectronics LeaderECE alum Dr. Mehdi Hatamian is an industry leader and entrepreneur who helps bring products to market.
Wayne Tsou: Taking Care of Business
Chen-To Tai (1915 – 2004): In Memoriam
Charles W. McMullen: In Memoriam (1924-2004)
Claude E. Shannon Statue Dedication at the University of Michigan
University of Michigan dedicates statue of Claude E. Shannon, alumnus and father of information theory.