Electrical and Computer Engineering
menu MENU
Home > News > Division News

ECE Division News

News Feed

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 2019

With 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.

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

Marlin P. Ristenbatt: In Memoriam

His research included transportation systems, digital communications, position location, and microwave and fiber optics.

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.

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 Facility

It 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.

Herb Winful – professor of optics, friend of the arts

Winful discusses life in education

CUOS: Pushing the limits of optical science

This national center, established in 1990, confirmed Michigan’s leadership in the field.

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.

Lee Boysel: the early history of microprocessing

Microprocessing changed the computing world, and Michigan alumnus Lee Boysel played a pivotal role.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Rauch

1972 | Interim Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

John A.M. Lyon

1974–1975 | Acting Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Thomas B.A. Senior

1987 | Acting Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Richard B. Brown

2001–2003 | Interim Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Scinece

Brian E. Gilchrist

2006–2008 | Interim Chair of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

George W. Patterson

1905–1915 | Chair of Electrical Engineering

John C. Parker

1915–1922 | Chair of Electrical Engineering

Benjamin F. Bailey

1922–1944 | Chair of Electrical Engineering

Alfred H. Lovell

1945–1953 | Chair of Electrical Engineering

Stephen S. Attwood

1953–1958 | Chair of Electrical Engineering

Hansford W. Farris

1965–1967 | Chair of Electrical Engineering

Joseph E. Rowe

1968–1974 | Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering

George I. Haddad

1975–1986; 1991–1997 | Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Edward S. Davidson

1988–1990 | Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Pramod P. Khargonekar

1997–2001 | 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 ECE

2008–2018 | 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 EECS

In 1980, Janice Jenkins was the first woman hired as a faculty member in the department.

The Stump Speakers

Giving Engineers a Platform.

Henry Carhart and the First EE Course

Origins in 1888.

From Physics to EE

Origins in a Basement.

William Gould Dow

1958–1965 | Chair of Electrical Engineering.

The Radlab: People in Service to Society

U-M’s Radlab is known worldwide for their contributions to Applied Electromagnetics.

Leo McAfee

Impacting Diversity – Changing Lives.

Willie Hobbs Moore

The first African American woman at Michigan to earn a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering (’58 and ’61).

How the Net Was Won: Michigan Built the Budding Internet

The 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 Joy

A native Michigander, Joy co-founded Sun Microsystems and designed UNIX and Java.

Power to the Pixel: Photoshop is Born

How Thomas Knoll, a procrastinating Michigan graduate student, and his brother changed our view of the world.

Charles F. Brush

Lighting Up the World.

Emmett Leith

Inventor of Practical Holography

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.

ECE welcomes new faculty

ECE is delighted to welcome these outstanding new faculty members to Michigan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Kamal Sarabandi: Bridging the Divide of Fundamental Science and Technology

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.