ECE Division News
ECE alum Dave Babicz pioneered the lab kits that became…The 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.
High School students discover “The Joy of Coding”…In 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Remembering Bruce Arden: U-M faculty member and past chair of Computer and Communication Sciences departmentArden’s goal was to make computing and programming more accessible to nonspecialists.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
New monograph in network information theoryThe authors discuss a theoretical approach to the design of efficient information networks
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.
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
A resilient campus
How engineers are applying their expertise for future planning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
William J. Williams (1935 – 2020): In MemoriamProfessor emeritus Bill Williams has been internationally recognized for his contributions to the development and application of signal processing in biomedical engineering and biology.
Teaching signal processing during COVID-19
From adapting to remote office hours to completely redesigning exam content and format, we explore how one class, EECS 551 Matrix Methods for Signal Processing, Data Analysis, & Machine Learning, has had to reinvent itself for the times.
A new textbook for Organic Electronics
Covering foundations to applications, the new book by Prof. Stephen Forrest fills a gap in this exciting field
Students learning to lead amid threats of cyber crime that threaten national security, including the next election“Cybersecurity for Future Leaders” (EECS 498 / PUBPOL 475) is taught from both a technical and policy perspective
New Master of Engineering in ECE provides professional training for industry-track studentsThe program is highly structured and emphasizes rigorous theory combined with practical training.
Response to GSBES Open Letter on Diversity in EECS
The CSE and ECE divisions have prepared transparency reports detailing undergraduate, graduate and faculty recruiting statistics, context, challenges, activities, commitments, and areas for improvement.
EECS Juneteenth celebration features song, readings, and a proposal for change
In observance of the holiday that marks the end of chattel slavery, faculty, students, and alumni performed music, shared personal stories, and presented a proposal to the EECS chairs for initiatives to enhance diversity and equity and realize systemic equality in the department.
84 internships and research fellowships for the pandemic summer
When summer internships fell through, Michigan Engineering staff scrambled to make sure students would still have access to experiential learning.
ECE Stands with Black Lives Matter
Members of our community share their stories, their fears, and their hopes for a more inclusive, just future.
Help eradicate the virus of racism
As scientists and engineers, we have an obligation to focus on solving this big societal problem.
EECS Stands Against Racism
This message was sent to the entire EECS community on Tuesday, June 2 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lights in the labs – and eyes – of researchers coming back to work
‘Noncritical’ in-person research begins ramping up, with public-health protocols.
Instructors mail robot parts, develop video project amid sudden online semester
EECS 373 course instructors quickly pulled together an alternative final project that had students building robots at home.
Prof. Fred Terry voted 2020 HKN Professor of the Year in ECE
Prof. Terry was teaching Introduction to Electronic Circuits when the classrooms went dark due to COVID-19.
Herbert Winful named Joseph E. and Anne P. Rowe Professor of Electrical Engineering
Winful has made fundamental contributions to nonlinear optics and the physics of tunneling, while also championing an inclusive department.
COVID-19: U-M Response
Classes are canceled on March 12-13 and will resume Monday (March 16), delivered remotely in alternative formats through the last day of classes this semester.
ECE Expeditions Goes “On the Town”
Pre-COVID-19, ECE Expeditions took thirteen students to the heart of the Big Apple to tour a variety of tech companies, including IBM.
Russel Lecture: Fighting climate change with organic electronics
The researcher-entrepreneur who helped bring OLED displays to the masses envisions a future of efficient lighting and next-gen solar power.
Faculty, students pay tribute to Prof. Demos Teneketzis’ remarkable careerKnown for his impeccable scholarship and compassionate mentorship, Prof. Teneketzis, an expert in stochastic control, decentralized information systems, networks, and discrete event systems, retired after 35 years of service to the department.
ECE students, staff, honored with MLK Spirit Awards
For “exemplifying the leadership and vision of Dr. King,” three members of ECE were honored as part of U-M’s annual MLK symposium.
Nobel Prize winners talk research, Nobel ceremony, and are remembered by U-M colleagues
From rubbing elbows with royalty to finding yourself a casual seatmate to a member of U2, Professor Emeritus Gérard Mourou, Prof. Donna Strickland, and their former U-M colleagues shared their experiences and reflections on the 2018 Nobel Prize ceremony.
7th Annual LNF Symposium brings together industry, academia for a celebration of nanoscale researchECE professors and students were key members of this year’s event and took away top prizes for the poster competition.
ECE Faculty and Staff Living the Values
Seven staff and two faculty are recognized for taking extra steps to advance the College of Engineering’s vision, mission and values within Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Institution partnerships offer best of both worlds
ECE helped host faculty from Morehouse College and Prairie View A&M University to explore cross-collaboration opportunities, which allow students and faculty to experience the cultures of both Historically Black Colleges & Universities and U-M.
ECE Distinguished Seminar Series kicks off with MEMS Pioneer and Inventor, Kurt Petersen
Dr. Kurt Petersen, Co-Chair of HardTech Group at Silicon Valley Band of Angels and 2019 IEEE Medal of Honor Recipient, presented on “60 Years of MEMS Start-up Companies.”
Prof. Dave Neuhoff says farewell after 45 years championing students, faculty, and the department
Neuhoff, an internationally recognized expert in information theory, source coding, and image processing, retired earlier this year.
ECE honors Spirit Day 2019
Faculty, students, and staff came together in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community for the world-wide anti-bullying campaign.
U-M to become Mount Olympus with ZEUS, the most powerful laser to be built in the U.S.
The three-petawatt system could unlock secrets of the universe, advance cancer treatments, improve security screenings for nuclear threats, and much more.
Jamie Phillips named Director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility
Phillips – who specializes in optoelectronic devices for next generation infrared detectors, solar cells, and thin film electronics – shares his goals for the 13,500 sq. ft. state-of-the-art cleanroom facility.
ECE hosts first Grad School Workshop to showcase benefits of an advanced degree
The workshop attracted students from all over the country and demystified the ECE graduate school experience.
ECE welcomes four new faculty for 2019With research expertise in the areas of robotics, computer vision, control systems, and big data – these faculty are working to improve rehabilitation and autonomous systems, make systems safer, and process big data for a wide variety of applications.
Electrify goes to Detroit
Electrify hosted its first Detroit Tech Camp at the Michigan Engineering Zone this summer to give Detroit-area students greater access to engage with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
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.
Prof. Winick retires, leaving a legacy that empowers students to seek life and learning outside of the lab
For the past 31 years, Prof. Winick has helped define undergraduate courses and curriculum both at U-M and abroad while inspiring all to engineer their future by understanding the past.
Ann Stals, the Woman Behind the Curtain, is honored for her excellence in ECE
Ann Stals is one of four College of Engineering staff members honored with the Staff Excellence Award. She was selected for her exemplary work as the Alumni Engagement and Events Manager for ECE.
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.
When pioneers disappear from history
Tech leader Lynn Conway explores why women and underrepresented minorities lose credit for their contributions over time.
Eight ECE faculty and staff recognized for creativity, innovation, and daring
Eight ECE faculty and staff have been recognized by the College of Engineering for their creativity, innovation, and daring approaches to their work.
A world-shaking discovery 100 years in the making
Prof. Nergis Mavalvala detailed the history and science behind the discovery of gravitational waves as the inaugural recipient of the M. Alten Gilleo Distinguished Lectureship
Transformative approach to 5G funded by new Innovator program
Nine technologies competed for $75k in the ECE Innovator Program, which emphasizes a team approach to entrepreneurial success.
ECE Community takes a stand against bullying
Spirit Day activities look to make ECE and U-M a more compassionate, inclusive place.
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.
Norman Scott (1918–2018): In Memoriam
Over the course of his career Scott became internationally recognized for his work on digital computer logic and design.
Nobel Prize for ‘the most powerful laser pulses known to humanity’
At U-M, Gérard Mourou advanced ‘chirped pulse amplification,’ leading to more precise LASIK eye surgery and pushing the limits of optical science.
ECE Family Fun Night draws over 500 attendees
Attendees explored engineering teams, labs, and projects with demonstrations and games.
Art, economics, and engineering in Finland
Prof. Kamal Sarabandi reviews a University focused on collaboration
STEM Education: A taste of research for K-12 teachers
The REACT workshop pairs U-M researchers with K-12 science educators to introduce primary school teachers to new laboratory science and classroom-friendly activities.
Q&A with Mingyan Liu
The incoming electrical and computer engineering chair talks about her vision for the future.
Mingyan Liu named chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cybersecurity entrepreneur and interdisciplinary researcher named 15th chair of ECE
Mike Stander honored with CoE Staff Excellence Award
Stander has given 33 years of exceptional service to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as a Hardware and Electronics Technician
Free electrical engineering textbooks for students
The three textbooks cover as many as five undergraduate courses in electrical engineering.
Marlin P. Ristenbatt: In Memoriam
His research included transportation systems, digital communications, position location, and microwave and fiber optics.
Anonymous alumnus endows award in recognition of EECS professors
The Wise-Najafi Prize for Engineering Excellence in the Miniature World will recognize and incentivize outstanding research and scholarship related to engineering at the meso-scale, micron-scale, nano-scale and beyond.
Mark J. Kushner receives Stephen S. Attwood Award from College of Engineering
The Stephen S. Attwood Award is the most prestigious award that the College of Engineering bestows.
Professor Emeritus Ribbens publishes 8th edition of Understanding Automotive Electronics
The million foot view
Kamal Sarabandi has expanded radar capabilities in applications ranging from low earth orbit to thousands of feet underground.
High School Students Experience High Tech and Michigan’s Electrify Camps
A select group of high school students spent a week in classes and labs as they participated in the Electrify Tech Camps to learn just a few things that go on in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
New grad program: Engineering Education Research
New program turns a researcher’s eye on engineering education in the service of better teaching, learning and diversity at U-M and beyond.
Lifelong Radiation Lab researcher Valdis Liepa retires
Dr. Valdis Liepa retires after nearly 50 years as a faculty member in the Radiation Laboratory.
U-M Optics researchers sponsor Optics and Photonics Industry Snapshot
The Optics and Photonics event showed a thriving industry in SE Michigan
Thomas B. A. Senior named fellow of International Union of Radio Science
Professor Senior has played key roles in URSI over the past 50 years
Forrest family supports UG and Grad Engineering students with three new funds
With their gift, Stephen and Rosamund Forrest are making it possible for more graduate and undergraduate students pursue their dreams
Forrest Family Endowed Scholarship Fund established
This fund will provide need-based support to undergraduate students.
Prof. Andy Yagle retires after a 32-year career in Signal and Image Processing
Yagle’s career was distinguished by his dedication to teaching as well as contributions to research.
The Lurie Nanofabrication FacilityIt Takes the Best to Serve the Best.
Celebrating the Persian new year at ECE’s Nowruz event
A celebration with traditional food, calligraphy, and musical performances.
A Q&A with Ann Stals – Getting down to the details
Meet ECE’s master of all details large and small
A Q&A with Tomas Mauricio – Giving Back
What a difference maker can do in the workplace
SSCS Distinguished Lecturer Edith Beigné on auto-adaptive digital circuits
Beigné is a senior scientist at the “most innovative research organization”
Herb Winful – professor of optics, friend of the arts
Winful discusses life in education
Munson named president of Rochester Institute of Technology
Former Michigan Engineering dean David C. Munson Jr. has been named president of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
CUOS: Pushing the limits of optical science
This national center, established in 1990, confirmed Michigan’s leadership in the field.
LNF User Symposium – Sharing ideas and celebrating innovation
The symposium highlighted the world-class work done at the University.
New courses offered by ECE: Winter 2017
As technology changes and advances, so does the range of courses offered by our faculty.
A fantastic voyage: ERC for WIMS
The first-ever Engineering Research Center in Wireless Integrated Microsensing and Systems has forged advances in many fields.
ECE team receives Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award
This team has spent countless hours planning and executing outreach activities to make our highly diverse and international student body feel welcome, and to expand its diversity in key areas.
The Lurie Nanofabrication Facility gets a new director
Prof. Wei Lu has been named the new director of the Lurie Nanofabrication Facility (LNF), effective September 1, 2016.
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.
ECE welcomes new faculty
These faculty broaden and deepen ECE’s areas of expertise in robotics, ultra low power circuits, nanophotonics, information theory, and many other areas.
Robotics building design approved, including space for Ford
Robotic technologies for air, sea and roads, for factories, hospitals and homes will have tailored lab space in Michigan Engineering’s robotics laboratory.
Celebrating a Leader in Control SystemsFriends, colleagues, students, and alumni attended a workshop in honor of Demos Teneketzis on July 28-29, 2016
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.
Professors Fawwaz Ulaby and Andrew Yagle publish the 2nd edition of the textbook, Engineering Signals and Systems in Continuous and Discrete Time
This edition includes two additional chapters, new concepts throughout the book, and additional problem sets.
Leaders in neuroscience look to the future
ICAN bring engineers and neuroscientists together to review the recent advancement in neurotechnology and neuroscience, define the need for next-generation tools, and enhance the translation of technology to the scientific community.
Prof. Al Hero editor of new book: Big Data over Networks
The book explores the principles underpinning large-scale information processing over networks and the crucial interaction between big data and its associated communication, social and biological networks.
Steve Rand: expanding technical education in India
“India’s progress toward becoming a global economic power-player has generated an unprecedented need for a larger, highly trained workforce of engineers, scientists and technicians,” Rand said.
Alfred O. Hero, III Named John H. Holland Distinguished University Professor of EECSHero is honored for his extraordinary accomplishments that have brought distinction to himself, his students, and to the entire University.
Stephen Forrest Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Membership in the NAS is one of the highest distinctions for a scientist or engineer in the United States.
Students make connections at NSBE National Convention
The convention hosted more than 100 major companies, and offered students career workshops on interviewing, networking, and general industry know-how.
Beth Lawson receives 2016 CoE Excellence in Staff Service Award
Faculty praised Beth’s willingness to provide a high level of support to faculty , her ability to work well with other departments, and her unflappable calm in the face of changes in budgets.
Lawrence L. Rauch1972 | Interim Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
John A.M. Lyon1974–1975 | Acting Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Thomas B.A. Senior1987 | Acting Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Richard B. Brown2001–2003 | Interim Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Scinece
Brian E. Gilchrist2006–2008 | Interim Chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
George W. Patterson1905–1915 | Chair of Electrical Engineering
John C. Parker1915–1922 | Chair of Electrical Engineering
Benjamin F. Bailey1922–1944 | Chair of Electrical Engineering
Alfred H. Lovell1945–1953 | Chair of Electrical Engineering
Stephen S. Attwood1953–1958 | Chair of Electrical Engineering
Hansford W. Farris1965–1967 | Chair of Electrical Engineering
Joseph E. Rowe1968–1974 | Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering
George I. Haddad1975–1986; 1991–1997 | Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Edward S. Davidson1988–1990 | Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Pramod P. Khargonekar1997–2001 | Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
David C. Munson Jr.2003–2006 | Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Khalil Najafi: First Chair of the new ECE2008–2018 | Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Human Computers from Pioneer High School
The First Woman in EECSIn 1980, Janice Jenkins was the first woman hired as a faculty member in the department.
The Stump SpeakersGiving Engineers a Platform.
Henry Carhart and the First EE CourseOrigins in 1888.
From Physics to EEOrigins in a Basement.
William Gould Dow1958–1965 | Chair of Electrical Engineering.
The Radlab: People in Service to SocietyU-M’s Radlab is known worldwide for their contributions to Applied Electromagnetics.
Prof. Leo McAfee: Impacting Diversity – Changing LivesHistory was made January 1971 when newly-minted PhD graduate Leo McAfee was hired as an assistant professor in the College of Engineering.
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)
How the Net Was Won: Michigan Built the Budding InternetThe ARPANET came before it. And the World Wide Web and browser technology would later make it accessible for the masses. But in between, a small Ann Arbor-based group labored on the NSFNET in relative obscurity to build—and ultimately to save—the Internet.
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.
Charles F. BrushLighting Up the World.
Emmett LeithInventor of Practical Holography
Mark Kushner Honored by Eindhoven University of TechnologyKushner receives an honorary doctorate and is appointed Distinguished Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology.
Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura delivers Dow Distinguished Lecture (with video)
Prof. Nakamura is the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physics for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes, which enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.
2015-16 Undergraduate Student Awards
Students, parents, and faculty gathered to celebrate the achievements of EECS students who earned a special award for academic achievement, research, service, or entrepreneurial activities.
Gift launches M. Alten Gilleo distinguished lecture series in optical sciences and optoelectronics
ECE celebrates Diwali
Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival that signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.
Star Wars tech: How far are we? Chewie gets answers
Chewie talks to experts about spacecraft thrusters, light sabers, droids, carbonite and holograms.
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.
Eric Michielssen named Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering
Eric is an international leader in the field of computational electromagnetics and specializes in the development of fast-solution methods and optimization algorithms.
U-M faculty part of Senate effort to reauthorize America COMPETES Act
The legislation authorizes programs and funding levels for agencies including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.
Michigan Institute for Data Science: Bringing the MIDAS touch to dig data
MIDAS is the new focal point for the multidisciplinary discipline of data science at Michigan, and part of Michigan’s $100M Data Science Initiative.
Engineering a better future for Ethiopia
Prof. Hofmann’s students felt they gained a lot from the course. Several of them will likely go on to teach control courses in coming semesters.
Electrify Tech Camps offer high schoolers an electrifying summer
In ECE’s first-ever Electrify Summer Tech Camps, students gathered for three five-day sessions to learn the basics of electrical and computer engineering.
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.
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 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.
2015 promotions of our faculty – congratulations!
Congratulations to the faculty members that received promotions this year.
We are now one ECE: the merged graduate program in Electrical and Computer Engineering
In recognition of how the Electrical Engineering discipline has evolved, the two graduate programs, Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering: Systems, have merged to form one graduate program: Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Eta Kappa Nu Awards Professors of the Year at St. George’s Day FeastProf. David Wentzloff (CSE) and David Paoletti (CSE) were selected by students as Professors of the Year.
How Hidden Passions Connect PeopleIn this TEDxUofM talk, Prof. Herbert Winful shows that people connect on a different level when they share their hidden passions, especially when they are from different disciplines.
Jessy Grizzle Delivers Distinguished University Professorship Lecture on Bipedal RobotsThe lecture covered the different iterations of Prof. Grizzle’s world-renowned bipedal creations since he started work on Rabbit in 1999.
Hansford Farris (1919 – 2014): In Memoriam
Prof. Farris served as an active and highly respected member of the College of Engineering for more than 20 years.
LNF User Symposium – sharing ideas and celebrating innovation
The 2014 LNF (Lurie Nanofabrication Facility) User Symposium highlighted the cutting-edge research enabled by Michigan’s world-class facility.
Lynn Conway Receives 2015 IEEE/RSE James Clerk Maxwell MedalThe James Clerk Maxwell Medal is one of the highest awards presented by IEEE.
2014 Promotions of our faculty – congratulations!
Congratulations to Profs Bertacco, Flinn, Narayanasamy, Olson, Rais-Zadeh, and Zhong.
Celebrating Gérard Mourou: From ultrafast to extreme light
Mourou put the University on the map in ultrafast optics when he established the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science in 1991.
Awards and Slaying of the Dragon at St. George’s Day Feast – 2014Prof. Jessy Grizzle was awarded “Professor of the Year” by HKN.
State Farm gift supports Student Projects Lab in its mission to provide students with lab fundamentals
The funds from State Farm will be used to renovate the Student Projects Lab and to increase its capacity to serve students.
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.”
ECE welcomes four new faculty for 2013-14 academic year
Welcome Profs Lee, Mathieu, Ozay, and Peterson!
Lab Safety: don’t let this happen to you!
The ECE Safety Committee is committed to keeping students safe.
Beth Stalnaker receives 2013 CoE Judith A. Pitney Staff Service Career Award
Beth’s positive influence has been felt by the students she has supported, the faculty and staff of EECS, and the entire Engineering community.
Kensall D. Wise: Michigan, MEMS and MicrosystemsThis retrospective of Kensall D. Wise, William G. Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, provides a view of how he built a world-class program in MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS).
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.
New Textbook: Engineering Signals and Systems
Signals and Systems is a core course for students studying electrical engineering and computer engineering.
Computer Vision Course is part of a groundbreaking online initiative
Computer Vision seeks to imitate humans’ ability to recognize objects, navigate scenes, reconstruct layouts, and understand the geometric space and semantic meaning.
Prof. Fawwaz Ulaby Receives the IEEE James H. Mulligan Education MedalThe award recognizes Ulaby’s contributions to undergraduate and graduate engineering education through innovative textbooks, dedicated mentoring of students, and inspirational teaching.
Celebrating the birth of a new science
The discovery of nonlinear optics was just one of several Michigan “firsts” that occurred about fifty years ago, and underscores the importance of involving undergrads in research.
EECS 461 (Embedded Control Systems) and the freescale cup
This was the first year Freescale opened up the competition to U.S. students—teams from U-M, U-M Dearborn, and Penn State competed against teams from Mexico and China.
Silvio Savarese authors book in the field of Computer Vision
“This book organizes and introduces major concepts in 3D scene and object representation and inference from still images.”
Nonlinear Optics at 50: A Symposium
As the birthplace of nonlinear optics, the University of Michigan is proud to host a symposium which will bring together some of the pioneers in the field.
Prof. Semyon Meerkov and colleagues author book on Quasilinear Control
“This is a textbook and reference for readers interested in quasilinear control, a set of methods for performance analysis and design of linear plant or nonlinear instrumentation systems.”
Becky Turanski Receives College of Engineering Staff Excellence Award
Dennis Grimard Receives 2011 College of Engineering’s Judith A. Pitney Staff Service Career Award
U-M Alumni and Friends Mixer at ISSCC 2011
Engineers rebuilding Liberias universities and infrastructure
Through visiting professorships, summer programs and more, the U-M community will contribute to the revitalization of the nation.
Ken Wise – Leading a Revolution in MEMS
Wise is recognized as one of the world’s foremost experts in sensor technology as well as a MEMS pioneer and entrepreneur.
Leo C. McAfee, Jr. Retires, Leaving a Legacy of Change and OpportunityProf. McAfee, the first Black professor hired in the College of Engineering, retired December 31, 2010 after 41 years of service
Yahoo! Expands M45 Supercomputing Initivative, selects U-M
The M45 program allows universities to conduct research otherwise impossible without the power and speed of an Internet-scale supercomputing resource.
Meeting the challenges for low-power System-on-Chip (SoC) Design
As designs become more complex and functional, power consumption is becoming the major design consideration and bottleneck in many portable applications.
Awards and slaying of the dragon at St. George’s Day feast
St. George’s Day was initiated in 1987 as a tribute to our students from the faculty.
Kamal Sarabandi Receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement AwardHe is honored for his excellence in research, mentorship, and contributions to professional organizations.
Duncan Steel Honored with Graduate Student Mentor AwardSteel is honored for his efforts as advisor, teacher, advocate, sponsor, and role model to doctoral students.
Prof. Thomas B. A. Senior Receives the 2010 IEEE Electromagnetics AwardThe award is based on outstanding contributions to electromagnetics in theory, application or education.
Frontiers in Semiconductor Based Devices Symposium in tribute to Pallab Bhattacharya
Bhattacharya’s is known for his work in quantum dot formation, which he discovered and then expanded upon.
2009 College of Engineering Awards
UARTS 250 (Creative Process): One of the universitys most intriguing classes
The new course brings together faculty from Art, Architecture, Engineering, and Music — all found on North Campus.
Dennis Schweiger receives College of Engineering Staff Excellence Award
Schweiger is sought after by students, faculty, and administrators for his expertise, which is always offered in a friendly and comfortable manner.
Barb Rice receives U-M Distinguished Research Administrator Award
Without exception, those who work with Ms. Rice appreciate her knowledge, cheerfulness, helpfulness, and attention to detail.
Karen Liska Receives CoE Judith A. Pitney Staff Service Career Award
The award recognizes the significant contributions of a single CoE staff member with at least 10 years of service. Congratulations, Karen!
2009 EECS Outstanding Achievement AwardsThe EECS Outstanding Achievement Awards are presented annually to a faculty member in the areas of computer science, electrical engineering, and systems.
Professor Fawwaz T. Ulaby Named Founding Provost of KAUSTKAUST is a new world-class, graduate-level scientific research university now under development in Saudi Arabia, and scheduled to open its doors in September, 2009.
Lee Boysel: the early history of microprocessing
Microprocessing changed the computing world, and Michigan alumnus Lee Boysel played a pivotal role.
Kamal Sarabandi: Bridging the Divide of Fundamental Science and Technology
Prof. Demos Teneketzis receives 2007 Graduate Student Mentoring Award
Emmett Leith (1927 – 2005): Inventor of Practical Holography
We now celebrate the life of a remarkable individual – a brilliant innovator, visionary researcher, remarkable teacher, and gentle friend.
George Haddad: A remarkable legacy
“I love Ann Arbor, I love Michigan,” said Haddad. “The University of Michigan is in my blood.”
Gérard A. Mourou: In pursuit of new directions in science
“The future of CUOS is bright,” said Mourou. “Nothing will stop the flow of discoveries.”
David Anderson: Making the connection
“I’ve always been involved in auditory neurophysiology, that’s the thread throughout my career,” said Anderson.
Tony England: From space to Earth and back
“All science and engineering is a physical experience,” said England. “It’s an adventure.”
Run, RABBIT, run!
Today, no other biped machine walks faster, is as stable, or varies its walking speed so adroitly.
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.