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April 22, 2024

Prof Rajeshwari Chatterjee, Engineer

Rajeshwari Chatterjee (MSE PhD EE ’48, ’53) was an Indian scientist, educator and the first female engineer from the state of Karnataka. She was among the first Indian scientists to research microwave engineering. She is being celebrated as part of Ada Lovelace Day.
April 18, 2024

The remarkable life of Tony England

Tony England, former ECE professor and retired Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at U-M Dearborn, will be on site April 19, 2024 at the dedication of the Engineering Lab Building, which will be renamed in his honor.
MLive.com : April 11, 2024

In Memoriam: William D. Becher (1929-2024)

William Becher (MSE PhD EE ’61, ’68) led a distinguished career as a professional electrical engineer before serving as an academic leader at several institutions, including Chair at U-M Dearborn and Dean at NJIT. He was the first President of the EECS Alumni Society, and long-time supporter and friend of the U-M Amateur Radio Club.
March 19, 2024

Cars could detect drunk and impaired drivers using technology developed by U-M engineers

Local news source Concentrate interviewed Mohammed Islam about his plan to keep drunk and impaired drivers off the road with inexpensive technology that can be incorporated into cars in the near future.
March 19, 2024

Scientists use biometrics, behavior analysis for drunk driver detection

News outlet Biometrics Update reports on Mohammed Islam’s solution to detect drunk and impaired drivers. They describe the solution as “More economically viable for mass adoption than in-car breathalyzer.”
EE Times : March 15, 2024

Doing Good in the World Inspires EE Professor

Rhonda Franklin received her MSE and PhD in electrical engineering at Michigan. She is now the McKnight Presidential Professor of Electrical Engineering and Abbott Professor of Innovative Education at the University of Minnesota. As a Black woman in engineering who received her PhD nearly 30 years ago, she’s been a trailblazer who devoted much of her distinguished career to making sure those who follow in her footsteps have had an easier path. Her efforts seem to be working.
Science : March 12, 2024

This tiny swimming robot can think for itself

With the help of the Michigan Micro Mote, researchers at U. Pennsylvania have developed programmable microscopic autonomous robots. David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester were collaborators on the paper presented at an American Physical Society meeting in March 2024.
The University Record : February 15, 2024

It Happened at Michigan — ‘I really disliked writing papers’

This Heritage Communication from the University of Michigan describes how EECS alum Thomas Knoll’s dislike of writing papers allowed him to be distracted by writing programs. The result was the revolutionary photo editing software Photoshop, which he and his brother later sold to Adobe.
February 8, 2024

How EV batteries can power up your house during outage

Prof. Al-Thaddeus Avestruz describes using an electric vehicle to power their home in the advent of a power outage.
Latitude Media : January 25, 2024

Can this city’s microgrid plan skirt the traditional utility model?

Ann Arbor has a goal of using 100% renewable energy by 2030. One way to do this may be through community microgrids that connect to existing utility infrastructure. It is a model that could be used across the nation. Prof. Johanna Mathieu supports this effort, and comments on how this could work.
Medium : January 22, 2024

Navigating Academia to Startup: What Kind of Companies Do Scholars Create?

Prof. Jason Corso, CEO and co-founder of Voxel51, shares his experiences as a faculty entrepreneur.
January 12, 2024

$900,000 Awarded to Optimize Graphene Energy Harvesting Devices

Prof. David Blaauw is part of University of Arkansas research project that’s working to develop graphene energy harvesters. Blaauw will oversee fabrication of the “Michigan Micro-Mote” sensors custom designed for seamless integration with each type of graphene power harvester.
January 11, 2024

First PC AI accelerator cards from MemryX, Kinara debut at CES

PCWorld: MemryX, a startup so-Founded by Prof. Wei Lu, debuted their MX3 Edge AI Accelerator chips, which are the first to support AI enabled PC (AI PC), at CES this year.
University of Michigan : January 8, 2024

SO-ELL program nurtures student-led projects

Ansh Mehta, a Computer Engineering undergraduate, is assisting the Detroit Theater Organ Society as a member of the National Organization for Business and Engineering.
December 18, 2023

High-tech pat-downs: Startup lands $6M to develop handheld device for detecting concealed weapons

Lassen Peak, a startup co-founded by Prof. Ehsan Afshari that is developing a handheld concealed weapon detection system, extends Series A funding with $6 million from Seattle-based Madrona Venture Group, bringing their total funding now to $32 million.
BBC : December 11, 2023

Why the world’s most powerful lasers could unlock secrets of the cosmos

In this piece on how laser systems are helping scientists probe the fabric of the Universe, the BBC features U-M’s ZEUS, the most powerful laser system in the U.S., and Prof. Karl Krushelnick, as well as Nobel Laureate and Prof. Emeritus Gérard Mourou’s acclaimed research on Chirped Pulse Amplification.
WWJ News Radio : December 5, 2023

Quantum computing could trigger either a technological revolution or a nightmare. But scientists aren’t sure which.

Prof. Chis Peikert, an expert in cryptography and security for quantum computing, and Prof Alex Burgers, an expert in quantum systems, are interviewed about what quantum computing is and the challenges that will accompany its eventual use.
University of Michigan : November 22, 2023

Robotics team: Building robots and a future in STEM

This is Michigan features Leon Pryor (BSE EE 1997), an alum and ECE advisory council member, and his work creating the Motor City Alliance for FIRST Robotics.
CBS News : October 17, 2023

University of Michigan unveils new super powerful laser

In this video, John Nees and Gerard Mourou talk about the ZEUS laser and the 30-year journey to achieve the three-petawatt laser (100x the world grid power, says Nees). The laser is open to researchers around the world.
October 9, 2023

Aerotropolis works with Cybernet’s advanced automation technology to safeguard airports and amplify economic activity

ECE Alum Charles Cohen and Cybernet’s chief technology officer describes Cybernet’s vision to revolutionize airport operations, ensuring increased safety, enhanced efficiency, and heightened economic activity with new partnership with Aerotropolis.
September 25, 2023

ECE alum Michelle Stock elected to the Board of Directors at SPIE – the international society for optics and photonics

ECE Alum Michelle Stock has been elected to the Board of Directors at SPIE – the international society for optics and photonics. SPIE unites engineers, scientists, students, and business professionals worldwide to advance light-based science and technology.
September 22, 2023

Midwest educational and industrial leaders form NSF-funded semiconductor workforce training network

Becky Peterson is co-PI in the NSF-funded project, MSN Force: A Midwest Semiconductor Collaborative Network for Work Force Training, led by Wayne State University. The goal is to prepare more highly skilled individuals to meet the growing demand in the semiconductor industry, particularly in the Midwest.
September 21, 2023

Zetian Mi’s research team from University of Michigan makes progress shaping the future of ferroelectric semiconductor applications

Researchers from the University of Michigan made significant progress that could shape future ferroelectric semiconductor applications, and they designed ferroelectric semiconductors that are only 5 nanometers thick. ECE Prof Zetian Mi is the lead of the team and the co-corresponding author of the study.
September 21, 2023

University of Maryland ECE Welcomes New Faculty Members for Fall 2023

Dr. Xin Zan, ECE alum (PhD ECE 2022) is joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor.
The University Record : September 20, 2023

Service Awards event celebrates decades of staff dedication

Celebrating anniversary decades of service this year are: 30 years: Michele Feldkamp, 20 years: Stacie Printon, 10 years: Sarah Benoit and Zhiyoong Foo. Thank you for all you do for ECE!
Science : September 14, 2023

Off the Grid

Ian Hiskens comments on the problems energy companies are having incorporating wind and solar power into the grid, due to a lack of suitable computer models.
Business Wire : September 14, 2023

NTT Research PHI Lab Scientists Address Bias in AI

Doctoral student Ekdeep Singh Lubana is first author on a paper addressing bias in AI in a collaboration with researchers at Harvard, U of Cambridge, and NTT Research Inc. The authors, including Prof. Robert Dick, propose a new algorithm to help overcome bias in deep neural networks (DNNs).
September 7, 2023

The Significance of III-V Semiconductors in Future Electronics

A team of researchers at U of M led by Prof. Zetian Mi reported breakthroughs in ferroelectric III-V semiconductors unlocking new potentials for ultra-efficient memory, powerful electronic devices, and even revolutionary quantum technology applications.
September 7, 2023

Si/GaN Technology Unlocks New Potential for Hydrogen Fuel Production

Scientists from the University of Michigan made important discoveries regarding the semiconductive use of gallium nitrate (GaN) three years ago, focusing on the advantages it has to offer solar energy technology. ECE Prof Zetian Mi was one of the inventors of artificial photosynthesis devices using Si/GaN about ten years ago.
The University Record : September 6, 2023

Eight research teams chosen for new Boost program

Prof. Aline Eid will be working on “Advancing Battery-less Sensing for Sustainable Living and Civil Infrastructures” for the first cycle of the University of Michigan’s newly launched Boost program as part of the Bold Challenges Initiative.
August 22, 2023

ECE Alum Xiaofan Cui Joins UCLA ECE Department

ECE Alum Xiaofan Cui has been appointed as an electrical and computer engineering assistant professor at UCLA. He was advised by Professor Al-Thaddeus Avestruz.
Royal Academy of Engineering : August 22, 2023

Royal Academy of Engineering Names Outstanding Young Engineers of the Year

ECE Alum Mihir Sheth, co-founder of Inspiritus Health, receives the Young Engineers Award from Royal Academy for his groundbreaking work on the StimSprit device which shortens the amount of time patients spend on ventilators.
The Wall Street Journal : August 22, 2023

The U.S. Is Turning Away From Its Biggest Scientific Partner at a Precarious Time

Prof. Ian Hiskens comments on the potential impact on the research community if the U.S. and China sever ties.
August 14, 2023

The Environmental Impact of Electric Vehicles: Examining Emissions and Challenges

Motormourth quotes Prof. Al-Thaddeus Avestruz about the innovation possibilities that could further improve the sustainability of electric vehicles and batteries.
EE Times : August 14, 2023

Whitmer’s Dream Team to Address Talent Gap, Security

U-M alum Garlin Gilchrist II (BSE CE/CS ’05), the current Lt. Governor of the state of Michigan, talks about the state’s new initiatives to improve the semiconductor industry, which include partnering with universities (including U-M), as well as industry leaders, including KLA, whose president and CEO, Rick Wallace (BSE EE ’82), is also an alum.
August 1, 2023

Jack Edward Burchfield: Alum and friend of Amateur Radio Club

Jack Burchfield was inducted into the Amateur Radio Hall of Fame, founded Ten-Tec to manufacture amateur radio equipment, and donated his personal collection of Ten-Tec radios to W8UM, U-Ms Amateur Radio Club call sign. He passed away July 15, 2023 at the age of 88.
Bridge Michigan : August 1, 2023

The case against allowing internet voting in Michigan

Carl Landwehr and Aquene Freechild discuss the upcoming vote in the Michigan House to expand the use of internet voting.
The University Record : July 24, 2023

Mark Kushner named 2023 Distinguished University Professor

Mark Kushner is now the William P. Allis Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the George I Haddad Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
The Conversation : July 20, 2023

Zooming across time and space simultaneously with superresolution to understand how cells divide

Prof. Somin Lee describes how she’s helping to understand how cells divide through a new technique using superresolution microscopy.
PBS News Hour : July 10, 2023

How Can Electric Vehicles Overcome Their Limitations?

This episode of “The Sweaty Penguin” explores what possibilities electric vehicles present, what challenges stand in the way, and how those hurdles can be overcome and features special guest Prof. Al-Thaddeus Avestruz.
Michigan Daily : June 20, 2023

UMich hosts third annual Juneteenth symposium

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, an EECS alum, is quoted regarding the importance of Juneteenth and the role his engineering training played in empowering him to effect change in his local community.
Michigan Daily : June 12, 2023

U-M to pioneer inter-disciplinary research institute with $55 million investment in Quantum research

Co-chair Mack Kira says that what’s unique about quantum is that “it’s so interdisciplinary, so you have to have multiple stakeholders. You need physicists, engineers, computer scientists, chemists, mathematicians; all of them have to come together to look at the quantum from different points of view and bring something together.”
Popular Mechanics : June 7, 2023

The Science Behind How Metal Detectors Work

Ever wonder how those metal detectors work? Prof. Kamal Sarabandi fills us in on what’s happening in the magnetic field to lead to ultimate success, or failure.
Laser Focus World : June 1, 2023

Entanglement-enhanced optomechanical sensors offer unprecedented precision

Zheshen Zhang and his team are exploiting quantum entanglement to provide optomechanical sensors with unprecedented measurement sensitivity and speed. The research was recently published in Nature Photonics.
Princeton University : May 31, 2023

Princeton awards five honorary degrees

Prof. Emerita Lynn Conway has been recognized by Princeton University with an honorary Doctor of Science degree, for her foundational work in VLSI, and for her work as an advocate for transgender rights.
May 26, 2023

Dingell Announces $1 Million for Clean Hydrogen Project at University of Michigan

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-06) announces Prof. Zetian Mi’s clean hydrogen project funded by the Department of Energy.
May 26, 2023

Michigan Announces State’s Largest-Ever Push to Achieve Global Semiconductor Superiority

Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist (BSE CE/CS ’05) talks about a new grant program through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that will bring scholarships, curricula, and training programs to colleges to prepare students for careers along the semiconductor supply chain.
Boston Globe : May 25, 2023

Amid Controversy, AM radio is back – in Fords, anyway

Prof. Heath Hofmann comments on Ford’s decision to keep AM radio after all. He tells us that AM radio doesn’t mesh well with the circuitry in electric vehicles. Read more in the article.
The University Record : May 24, 2023

U-M launches institute to accelerate quantum research, education

To solve global quantum challenges and prepare a next-generation workforce to catalyze new discoveries, the University of Michigan will invest $55 million to launch a multidisciplinary Quantum Research Institute, for which Professors Steven Cundiff and Mackillo Kira will serve as co-directors.
Business Wire : May 23, 2023

Voxel Announces Seed Financing to Drive Additive Manufacturing with AI Design Platform

Voxel, a startup founded by alum and current CEO Aaron Chow (BSE EE 2019) that’s focused on transforming the additive manufacturing industry, has closed $1.7 million in seed financing and will open a new headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio.
University of Michigan : May 9, 2023

U-M leads research translating semiconductor innovation for broad societal impact

ECE Professors talk about the University of Michigan’s commitment to translating semiconductor research and innovation for broader societal impact.
Nature : April 24, 2023

Oxynitrides enabled photoelectrochemical water splitting with over 3,000 hrs stable operation in practical two-electrode configuration

Prof. Zetian Mi co-authors this new study published in Nature Communications on the practical application of photoelectrochemical devices and systems for clean energy.
WXYZ : April 19, 2023

Detroit’s Team Techno Phoenix #14010 headed to FIRST Robotics World Championship in Houston, Texas

WXYZ-TV Detroit profiles Team Techno Phoenix, led by U-M alum Leon Pryor (BS EE 1997), who are competing in the world championships for FIRST Robotics. U-M alum Garlin Gilchrist II (BSE CE/CS ‘05), the current Lt. Governor of the state of Michigan, also came out to pre-competition pep rally to celebrate the team.
WXYZ : April 19, 2023

VIDEO: Detroit youths headed to robotics world championship

WXYZ-TV Detroit – Channel 7 features Team Techno Phoenix, led by U-M alum Leon Pryor (BS EE 1997), who are competing in the world championships for FIRST Robotics. U-M alum Garlin Gilchrist II (BSE CE/CS ‘05), the current Lt. Governor of the state of Michigan, also came out to pre-competition pep rally to celebrate the team.
April 17, 2023

Qing Qu receives Amazon Research Award

Qu’s research project in the area of machine learning algorithms and theory is called “Principles of deep representation learning via neural collapse.” Awardees, who represent 54 universities in 14 countries, have access to Amazon public datasets, along with AWS AI/ML services and tools.
Ars Technica : April 12, 2023

A Talk with Herbert Winful

This interview will feed into an upcoming feature article called, “Breaking Barriers, Advancing Optics,” which will also feature five other Black scientists in the U.S.
University of Michigan : March 22, 2023

Developing anti-racist practices, protocols & interventions

Prof. Johanna Mathieu is featured on this panel hosted by the University of Michigan’s National Center for Institutional Diversity regarding the importance of anti-racist practices, protocols, and interventions.
March 15, 2023

Join us on our journey to making our vision become a reality

Prof. David Wentzloff serves on a panel hosted by Ericsson about the different types of energy harvesting, the breadth of what is possible, and new benefits of these devices.
March 13, 2023

Interfacing renewable energy infrastructure and human behavior to pursue energy security | Forum

Prof. Johanna Mathieu was a featured speaker at the Cell Press Sustainability Forum regarding the feasibility and major roadblocks of renewable energy as a vehicle to pursue energy security in residential and commercial sectors.
Detroit Free Press : March 10, 2023

‘Oh my God!’ This Detroit robotics team will compete in the international championship

Leon Pryor’s (BS EE 1997) Detroit middle school FIRST Robotics team will compete in the world championship this April.
FOX : March 1, 2023

Thousands of customers remain without power across Michigan following ice storm

Ian Hiskens, Vennema Professor of Engineering, talks to Fox Weather about why thousands of customers are still waking up to no power following last week’s ice storm.
National Science Foundation : February 24, 2023

Swimming Robot Borrows from Nature (and more)

In this video, the National Science Foundation features the breakthrough research led by Prof. Zetian Mi on producing inexpensive, sustainable hydrogen through solar power.
February 24, 2023

New hydrogen production makes H2 by copying plants

Hydrogen Fuel News reports on Prof. Zetian Mi and his team’s breakthrough on producing inexpensive, sustainable hydrogen through solar power.
Semiconductor Engineering : February 13, 2023

Nanoscale (5nm) Ferroelectric Semiconductor (University Of Michigan)

Semiconductor Engineering features the advances in ferroelectric semiconductors led by Prof. Zetian Mi, which could expand artificial intelligence and sensing capabilities.
Detroit News : February 10, 2023

DTE to charge more for peak-time power in move to time-of-day rates

“It’s a commonly proposed tool to shift when they are consuming electricity to better manage the needs of the consumer. It’s making it your responsibility if you care about those prices and what you’re paying to the utility,” said Prof. Johanna Mathieu on the increasing use of time-of-day energy rates, which vary consumer costs during peak and off-peak hours.
February 6, 2023

Women in Mining Spotlight: Cat Culkin

Alumnus 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
Michigan Daily : January 31, 2023

Cognitive performance variability may predict severity of viral infection, a UMich collaborative study finds

According to Prof. Al Hero, who led this portion of the research, “computerized cognitive tests could be used to measure cognitive health for data collection in future studies as well. The web-based tests could help physicians and public health authorities assess the susceptibility of a particular population to respiratory infections.”
NPR : January 24, 2023

Can simple brain quizzes predict who gets a virus?

Listen to this interview with Prof. Al Hero and collaborator Dr. Murali Doraiswamy (Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke U.) regarding their recent discovery linking cognitive performance and one’s vulnerability to getting sick.
National Science Foundation : January 19, 2023

Solar Powered Sustainable Hydrogen

The NSF Discovery Files features Prof. Zetian Mi’s renewable approach to producing hydrogen fuel using a novel semiconductor catalyst, concentrated natural sunlight and fresh or salt water.
January 18, 2023

Clarkson University’s Schuckers Named IEEE Fellow

ECE 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.”
DBusiness Magazine : January 11, 2023

U-M Developed Solar Panel Achieves Sustainable, High-efficiency Hydrogen Production

A new kind of solar panel that mimics a crucial step in natural photosynthesis by achieving 9 percent efficiency in converting water into hydrogen and oxygen has been developed by Prof. Zetian Mi and his team. The first author on the Nature paper is Dr. Peng Zhouho.
Science : January 5, 2023

Sun-powered water splitter produces unprecedented levels of green energy

A new breakthrough by Prof. Zetian Mi’s group resulted in a device that triples the efficiency of previous setups.
Semiconductor Engineering : January 4, 2023

Photosynthesis photodetector

Prof. Stephen Forrest talks about a new type of high-efficiency photodetector inspired by the photosynthetic complexes plants use to turn sunlight into energy, developed by his group.
December 14, 2022

Jeep Stops Production of Popular Vehicle, Closes Factory

Prof. Heath Hofmann mentions the costs involved in switching an auto plant from combustible to electric motor production.
Laser Focus World : December 13, 2022

Meet ZEUS, the highest-power laser in the U.S.

Dr. Anatoly Maksimchuk describes Zettawatt-Equivalent Ultrashort pulse laser System (ZEUS), the most powerful laser in the U.S., in a short recorded interview
December 12, 2022

The Hottest Story Ever Told?

On the eve of an announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy, the New York Sun recalled their interview with former ECE faculty member Kip Siegel in the early 1970s. After founding the company Conductron and building it into a multi-million-dollar radar and electro-optics industry, Siegel went on to found KMS Industries and ventured into nuclear fusion.
The University Record : December 12, 2022

U-M students chosen for new STEM fellowship

ECE doctoral student Mohammad Aamir Sohail is among the cohort of students worldwide selected to receive the inaugural Quad Fellowship, a unique scholarship program designed to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists. He is advised by Prof. Sandeep Pradhan, and his research is in the area of quantum computing.
December 9, 2022

MemryX Inc. opens R&D center in Bangalore, India – advancing simple and scalable processing solutions for Edge AI

The opening of the Bangalore site is complementary to existing MemryX engineering capabilities in Taipei, Hsinchu, and Ann Arbor. MemryX, co-founded by Prof. Wei Lu, offers a differentiated high efficiency, low power, and scalable Edge AI solutions.
December 8, 2022

UofM Alumni Startup Launches Battery-less Sensor to Hyperscale Sustainable IoT in Manufacturing and Beyond

Automation Alley: Silicon Valley-based startup Everactive, which was co-founded in 2012 by Prof. David Wentzloff, launched its first development kit of ENV+ Eversensor battery-less sensors.
December 7, 2022

What is Batteryless IoT?

Everactive’s Co-Founders & Co-CTO’s, Ben Calhoun & David Wentzloff, discuss batteryless IoT and its future use cases in this podcast by IoT for all.
December 7, 2022

A game changer: Epitaxially grown nitride ferroelectrics

Compound Semiconductor features Zetian Mi’s breakthrough research on epitaxially grown nitride ferroelectrics.
December 5, 2022

Computer Engineering Education

Prof. Robert Dick participated in a virtual roundtable for IEEE on computer engineering education.
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.
November 22, 2022

Everactive launches ‘batteryless IoT’ development kit

Everactive, a startup company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff and making what it describes as “category-defining batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) systems”, is releasing its first development kit to allow third-party developers to build their own IoT products without the constraints of batteries.
November 10, 2022

Red MicroLEDs Three Orders Of Magnitude Smaller In Surface Area

Semiconductor Engineering reported on Zetian Mi’s research
EE Times : November 1, 2022

4 Schools Seek to Help Intel, SkyWater Staff New Fabs

EE Times highlights how the Midwest is becoming a hub for semiconductor research and manufacturing, and what ECE at the University of Michigan is doing to advance quantum education in our undergraduate programs.
CNET : October 28, 2022

Our Ailing Power Grid Isn’t Cut Out for Climate Change

CNET interviews Prof. Johanna Mathieu about how we improve the power grid and integrate more renewable energy to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Michigan Daily : October 27, 2022

UMich research lab houses most powerful laser in the U.S., tests for future studies

The Michigan Daily features ZEUS, the new laser system at CUOS, which is the most powerful laser in the U.S.
October 25, 2022

Everactive releases first development kit

U-M startup co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, Everactive – maker of category-defining batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) systems – is releasing its first development kit to allow third-party developers to build their own IoT products without the constraints of batteries.
October 21, 2022

ECE Startup Movellus Secures $23M in Series B Funding to Accelerate Growth

Movellus, the startup company founded by ECE alumni Mohammad Faisal and Jeff Fredenburg, provides intelligent clock networks for the next generation of complex integrated circuits. Prof. David Wentzloff sits on the board.
Laser Focus World : October 17, 2022

University of Michigan fires up ultrafast, ultrapowerful ZEUS laser

Laser Focus World highlights Michigan’s ZEUS laser, the most powerful laser in the U.S., which features chirped-pulse amplification and a multi-laser beam capability.
Innovation Nation : October 8, 2022

These Tiny Sensors Are Saving Snails

This video shows how the Michigan team’s tiny computers (called the Michigan Micro Mote) are being used for conservation efforts for even small invertebrates.
September 27, 2022

Journey of Self-Discovery

The Duderstadt Center Gallery features an art exhibit by alum Richard Moizio, who earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering from U-M in 1985.
Detroit News : September 25, 2022

UM seeks to use powerful laser to improve health care, probe the universe

The Detroit News highlights the research that will be conducted with Michigan’s ZEUS, the most powerful laser in the U.S.
Detroit News : September 23, 2022

University of Michigan will soon debut its new ZEUS laser beam

The Detroit News publishes a photo spread of the ZEUS facility preparing to begin operations.
Physics : September 21, 2022

Plant-Based Strategy for Harvesting Light

Physics features Prof. Stephen Forrest’s new photodetector design, which borrows its light-gathering architecture from plants and offers a potential path to more efficient solar cells.
TechCrunch : September 21, 2022

Voxel51 lands funds for its platform to manage unstructured data

TechCrunch features Voxel51, a startup founded by Prof. Jason Corso, which closed on $12.5m in Series A funding.
Medium : September 21, 2022

Announcing Our $12.5M Series A Funding to Bring Transparency and Clarity to the World’s Data

Voxel51, founded by Prof. Jason Corso, closed on $12.5M Series A funding to accelerate the next phase of their growth in bringing data-centric Machine Learning to the world.
AAAS : September 21, 2022

Golden Goose Award Honors 11 Researchers for Unusual Discoveries that Greatly Benefit Society

These scientific breakthroughs led to the development of a bladeless LASIK procedure, paper microscopes, and the discovery of a non-opioid pain reliever hidden in the venom of cone snails
Register : September 19, 2022

Can reflections in eyeglasses actually leak info from Zoom calls? Here’s a study into it

The Register features ECE PhD student Yan Long’s analog cybersecurity research, focusing on how bespectacled video conferencing participants are inadvertently revealing sensitive on-screen information via reflections in their eyeglasses.
September 15, 2022

University’s new laser will be America’s most powerful: 3,000 times stronger than power grid

The Washington Times interviews Prof. Louise Willingale about Michigan’s Zettawatt-Equivalent Ultrashort pulse laser System (ZEUS), the most powerful laser in America.
Associated Press : September 15, 2022

Univ. of Michigan’s ZEUS will be most powerful laser in US

ZEUS is a 3 petawatt laser. And “3 petawatts is 3,000 times more powerful than the U.S. power grid,” said Louise Willingale, Assoc. Director of the laser facility.
September 14, 2022

Scientists fire up the most powerful laser in the US

New Atlas features the activation of Michigan’s ZEUS, the most powerful laser in the U.S.
The University Record : September 9, 2022

Librarian combines loves of comics, games

The 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.
Optics.org : September 8, 2022

University of Michigan designs photodetector inspired by photosynthesis

The new device, created by members of Prof. Stephen Forrest’s group, makes practical use of polaritons, pointing to a “goldmine of polariton applications.”
Phys.org : September 2, 2022

New photodetector design inspired by plant photosynthesis

Phys.org features Prof. Stephen Forrest’s research on a new type of high-efficiency photodetector inspired by the photosynthetic complexes plants use to turn sunlight into energy.
August 29, 2022

12 Midwest Institutions Launch Semiconductor-focused Network

The University of Michigan is one of twelve Midwest research universities and community colleges that established the Midwest Regional Network to Address National Needs in Semiconductor and Microelectronics.
Popular Science : August 23, 2022

Why hasn’t Henry Ford’s ideal power grid become a reality?

Johanna Mathieu sees a cooperative approach to energy usage as one of the solutions to a more sustainable approach to powering homes and businesses.
Business Wire : August 16, 2022

MemryX Begins Customer Sampling of AI Accelerator Chip

MemryX Inc., a pioneering start-up co-founded by Prof. Wei Lu that designs breakthrough silicon for artificial intelligence (AI) processing for edge devices, announced today it has begun customer sampling of its revolutionary MX3 AI Accelerator.
August 16, 2022

Machine learning begins to understand the human gut

In this Next Byte podcast, the hosts discuss Prof. Al Hero’s recently published research that describes how machine learning can be used to better understand the human gut.
August 15, 2022

Computer Graphics Innovator Paul Debevec to Receive Emmy for Lifetime Achievement

The 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 Award

Paul 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.
Forbes : August 15, 2022

MemryX Is A New AI Company We Actually Need

Co-founded by Prof. Wei Lu in 2019, MemryX is developing a fundamental core architecture for Edge AI with high flexibility and reconfigurability. In a crowded space, it seems MemryX has what it takes to succeed.
WXYZ : August 15, 2022

Is DTE ready for the electric vehicle future in Michigan

DTE says it’s ready to handle 20% of the population having EVs right now. Others respond, including Prof. Ian Hiskens who describes a more nuanced reality
Smithsonian : August 11, 2022

This 17-Year-Old Designed a Motor That Could Potentially Transform the Electric Car Industry

Prof. Heath Hofmann is quoted in this article by the Smithsonian about the sustainable manufacturing of electric vehicles that do not require rare-earth magnets.
August 8, 2022

Inside Clean Energy: What’s Hotter than Solar Panels? Solar Windows.

Inside Climate News features Prof. Stephen Forrest’s work developing a peel-off patterning technique that could enable more fragile organic semiconductors to be manufactured into semitransparent solar panels at scale.
July 27, 2022

Five faculty members named Distinguished University Professors

Kamal Sarabandi is now the Fawwaz T. Ulaby Distinguished University Professor of EECS, honoring his former doctoral advisor and long-time colleague.
DBusiness Magazine : July 22, 2022

Automotive Hall of Fame Honors Five Industry Influencers

ECE alumn Linda Zhang is among thoe five honorees for her contributions as F-150 Lightning chief engineer, Ford Motor Co.
Laser Focus World : July 22, 2022

‘Impossible’ unipolar terahertz emitter is another step toward quantum computing

An effectively unipolar terahertz emitter created by Mack Kira and collaborators may provide a way to accelerate conventional computing and process quantum information at room temperature.
June 24, 2022

Meet Leon Pryor, F.L.I.C.S Robotics Coach, District Volunteer

Detroit 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 Detroit

DTE 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.
WXYZ : June 15, 2022

Agency warns of power grid failures; DTE says it has ‘enough electricity’ in Michigan

Prof. Ian Hiskens comments on this story about potential energy grid disruptions this summer in Michigan during severe heat waves.
Detroit Free Press : June 13, 2022

It won’t be easy for DTE Energy to retire huge, coal-fired Monroe power plant

Prof. Ian Hiskens is interviewed in this feature by the Detroit Free Press.
June 6, 2022

Celebrating 50th Anniversary of First African- American Woman to Earn Physics PhD

Alum 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.
May 23, 2022

Extreme heat, weather may lead to blackouts for millions this summer

Prof. Johanna Mathieu comments in this story by The National News Desk about the risks of energy shortfalls this summer and potential new technologies that could help in the future.
May 16, 2022

2022 IEEE William Cherry Award to be presented at the 49th IEEE PVSC to Stephen R. Forrest

Prof. Stephen R. Forrest was awarded the William R. Cherry Award in recognition of his devotion to the advancement of the science and technology of photovoltaic energy conversion.
IEEE Spectrum : May 9, 2022

Tony Fadell: The Nest Thermostat Disrupted My Life

Alum 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 built

Linda Zhang, ECE alumnus and mother of two, is the F-150 Lightning’s chief engineer
Bentley Historical Library : May 5, 2022

The Elegant Philosophy of Ones and Zeros

A 1936 master’s thesis written by EECS alumnus Claude Shannon changed the computing world overnight. Shannon’s insight seemed to come out of nowhere, but collections from the Bentley archive show how the genius idea grew from a revamped engineering campus and one elective class.
May 5, 2022

N-polar InGaN/GaN nanowires: overcoming the efficiency cliff of red-emitting micro-LEDs

Photonics Research described research led by Prof. Zetian Mi in a special story explaining the significance of their breakthrough in developing red micro LEDs.
Science Daily : May 4, 2022

Tiny sensor used to track the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies

ECE alumnus and now U Pittsburgh professor Inhee Lee talks about a now multi-institutional collaboration involving U-M, the M3 and the monarch butterfly.
May 2, 2022

The Global Shift to Clean Energy

In this article published in Connected World, Prof. Johanna Mathieu explains that the move to renewables may require new models for grid dynamics.
The University Record : May 2, 2022

ADVANCE working to improve retention of BIPOC faculty

Mingyan Liu is quoted in this story about how to improve retention of U-M’s faculty who identify as Black, Indigenous and other People of Color.
April 27, 2022

Using AI for good

Profs. Joyce Chai and Jason Corso are part of a multi-institution effort to make task automation and task learning more efficient.
Detroit News : April 13, 2022

Michigan universities might be developing the next big thing: transparent solar panels

Read about the efforts of Prof. Stephen Forrest’s group to use buildings to generate renewable solar power through the use of transparent solar panels in windows. Doctoral student Xinjing Huang also talks about the research in a video.
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.
EE Times : March 24, 2022

In-Memory Computing, AI Draws Research Interest

EE Times Asia features Prof. Wei Lu’s research on ReRAM, which could be the key to unlocking the ability to imitate the human brain.
IEEE Spectrum : March 21, 2022

Dandelion-Inspired Sensors Float on the Wind

Prof. Hun-Seok Kim is quoted in this piece by Spectrum about sensors that could quickly set up large sensor networks for environmental and agricultural monitoring.
March 21, 2022

Women in Optics: Nooshin M. Estakhri

PhD candidate Nooshin M. Estakhri writes about her career path and her experiences as a woman in STEM for The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE).
Physics World : March 7, 2022

Dynamic control over exciton transport achieved at room temperature

Physics World described Parag Deotare’s work in dynamically-controlled exciton transport, which takes a big step toward room temperature, practical excitonic devices including cooler and more efficient electronics.
March 1, 2022

Ping Identity to Add Seasoned Executive Leaders to Board of Directors

Former 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 Program

ECE Alum Linda Zhang, Ford F-150 Lightning chief engineer, was the recipient of the 2022 Rising Star Award at the Chicago Auto Show.
All About Circuits : January 24, 2022

Photovoltaic Research Hopes to Overcome Key Challenges From Cost to Durability

Referencing the work of Prof. Stephen Forrest, this article talks about the “surge in the development of photovoltaic technology, fueled by the need for cleaner and cheaper energy sources. “
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.
December 17, 2021

Most Read Featured Articles from 2020-2021

The article “Monolayer GaN excitonic deep ultraviolet light emitting diodes,” co-authored by Profs. Zetian Mi, Mack Kira, and Manos Kioupakis (MSE) was among the most downloaded articles published in Applied Physics Letters from 2020-2021, with 3,364 downloads.
Business Wire : December 16, 2021

ABB Recognizes Everactive As Top Technological Solution for its Always-On Self-Powered Industrial IoT technology

Everactive (co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff), maker of category-defining self-powered IoT systems, has been declared the winner of the prestigious ABB Measurement and Analytics Open Innovation Challenge for Technology Solution.
December 14, 2021

Fiber Lasers Poised to Advance Berkeley Lab’s Development of Practical Laser-Plasma Accelerators

Prof. Almantas Galvanauskas is collaborating on a project led by former student and alumnus, Dr. Tong Zhou, to develop practical laser-plasma particle accelerators.
University of Michigan : December 13, 2021

U-M founds first robotics department among top 10 engineering schools

The new department grew out of the Robotics Institute, directed by ECE faculty member and the person behind the world’s fastest bipedal robot with knees back in 2011, Prof. Jessy Grizzle.
Scientific American : December 11, 2021

In a First, Physicists Glimpse a Quantum Ghost

Mackillo Kira explains the significance of reconstructing a quantum wave function. Kira is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
Reuters : December 8, 2021

Qualcomm’s AI chip chief departs to take helm at startup MemryX

MemryX Inc., a pioneering startup building breakthrough silicon for artificial intelligence processing co-founded by Professors Wei Lu and Zhengya Zhang, has appointed semiconductor industry veteran Keith Kressin as its new president and CEO.
Crain’s Detroit Business : December 5, 2021

Livonia insulin management startup secures $17 million in funding

ECE 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.
University of Michigan : December 3, 2021

2021 Precision Health Investigators Awards

Prof. Zhongming Liu (co-PI) and Jeffrey Fessler are members of a team newly funded by U-M Precision Health to investigate “Deep Learning for Prediction of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia of the Alzheimer’s Type.” Prof. Honglak Lee is part of a team funded to investigate “Rapid Intraoperative Molecular Diagnosis of Diffuse Gliomas Using Stimulated Raman Histology and Deep Neural Networks.”
The Wall Street Journal : December 3, 2021

Smart Bandages, Vehicle-Damage Trackers and More Data-Collecting Devices of the Future

Prof. Pei Zhang’s work about capturing vibrations to predict diseases is mentioned in this article, along with Stanford collaborator, Prof. Noh.
Business Wire : December 2, 2021

Everactive’s Batteryless Technology Will Influence 6G Roadmap Through Next G Alliance

The vision of Everactive, co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, is to use hundreds of billions of batteryless devices connected over a future worldwide 6G cellular network.
BBC : November 30, 2021

How driverless cars will change our world

Prof. Necmiye Ozay shares her perspective based on her own research and that of others being tested regularly at Mcity.
Business Wire : November 10, 2021

Everactive Wins Innovation Award for Batteryless Sensor Solutions In Food and Beverage Industry

Organizers of Process Expo announced that Everactive, the category-defining batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) company, is a 2021 Innovation Showcase winner. The company was co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff.
Click on Detroit : November 8, 2021

Look inside KLA’s new $200M headquarters in Ann Arbor

KLA 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 Set

Time Magazine profiles Linda Zhang (BSE EE, MSE CE, MBA), the Chief Engineer for the Ford F-150 Lightning, for their Climate Issue on COP26.
ASEE Prism : October 22, 2021

Sense & Sensibilities

ASEE’s interview with Pei Zhang describes his research (including helping the elderly, identifying a certain disease in children by their gate, and ensuring healthy pigs) as well as his family history as Chinese engineers in America and the accompanying challenges.
October 4, 2021

“Get non-Real”: Department of Energy grant funds novel research in High-Performance Algorithms at U-M

The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering (MICDE) features research led by Prof. Laura Balzano and Prof. Hessam Mahdavifar that will help revolutionize the data processing pipeline with state-of-the-art algorithms to optimize the collection and processing of any kind of data.
A4: All About Ann Arbor : September 27, 2021

University of Michigan is ‘training’ these robots in disaster response

Prof. Jessy Grizzle leads a new $1 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to “train” robots to navigate disaster zones and wilderness areas in real time.
Laser Focus World : September 18, 2021

Novel transparent solar cells show promise for power-generating windows

The transparency-friendly solar cell, developed by Prof. Stephen Forrest’s group, pairs high efficiencies with 30-year estimated lifetimes.
DBusiness Magazine : September 16, 2021

U-M Receives $1M Grant for Bipedal First Responder Robots Project

A new University of Michigan research project led by Prof. Jessy Grizzle and funded by a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will enable robots to navigate in real time without the need for a preexisting map of the terrain they traverse.
Business Wire : September 1, 2021

Everactive and Armstrong International Partner on Smart Steam Trap Management With Real-Time Batteryless Monitoring

Steam Trap Management Industrial IoT Solution Combines Everactive’s Batteryless Sensors and Armstrong’s Deep Thermal Energy Expertise. Everactive was co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff.
PV Magazine : September 1, 2021

Novel approach for thermophotovoltaics promises higher efficiencies

Prof. Stephen Forrest and a team of U.S. researchers have proposed a new approach to fabricate solar thermophotovoltaics (STPV) with higher power densities, bringing the technology a step closer to practical viability.
Science Daily : August 31, 2021

Turning thermal energy into electricity

Science Daily features a project with Prof. Stephen Forrest that’s turning thermal energy into electricity that could provide compact and efficient power for soldiers on future battlefields
Michigan Radio : August 26, 2021

Tiny snail computers

Michigan Radio talks about innovative technology that came out of ECE and EEB to help figure out what’s killing tiny snails.
August 12, 2021

FiftyOne Turns One!

ECE startup Voxel51 celebrates its 40,000 users for their open source dataset curation and model analysis tool, FiftyOne.
August 11, 2021

VIDEO: Grid-interactive efficient buildings

Prof. Johanna Mathieu and Shunbo Lei organized and spoke on a panel examining how energy efficiency and demand response interplay with each other in grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs)
August 10, 2021

IEEE EDS Podcast with Prof. Kensall D. Wise

The IEEE Electron Devices Society interviews Kensall Wise, the William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of EECS, about his life and career.
July 30, 2021

Snail Computers

Prof. David Blaauw talks with BYUradio about the Michigan Micro Mote and how it helped solve a snail mass extinction mystery.
The University Record : July 26, 2021

Four named University Diversity and Social Transformation Professors

The University of Michigan has awarded Herbert Winful one of four new University Diversity and Social Transformation Professorships.
IEEE Spectrum : July 23, 2021

From Spacecraft to Sensor Fusion

IEEE Spectrum profiles EE PhD alum Iverson Bell.
The Hill : July 22, 2021

‘Move fast and break things’ won’t work for autonomous vehicles

The rush to deploy autonomous road vehicles in the United States is understandable, but it must be tempered by safety considerations. CSE Prof. John Meyer and ECE Prof. Carl Landwehr write for The Hill.
CBC : July 19, 2021

Tiny computers mounted on snail shells helped reveal how one species escaped extinction

In this feature story, CBC showcases the new study done by ECE and EEB researchers using the Michigan Micro Mote to learn how some snails use sunlight to hide from invasive predators
CBC : July 16, 2021

A tribal chief

CBC’s “As It Happens” interviewed U-M EEB researcher Cindy Bick on how snails & the world’s smallest computer helped solve a Tahitian mass extinction mystery w/ a suspect “wolf in snail’s clothing” & how sunshine and white shells saved the day (starts at 21:10)
July 14, 2021

Gaming collector shatters two records with thousands of vintage systems

Electrical Engineer alum Linda Watson-Guillory has set world records for “Largest Collection of LCD Gaming Systems” and “Largest collection of playable gaming systems.”
The New York Times : July 13, 2021

How Do You Solve an Extinction Mystery? Put a Tiny Computer on a Snail.

The New York Times features the Michigan Micro Mote and how it helped solve a mass extinction snail survivor mystery.
July 13, 2021

Energy equity depends on data, and experts say there isn’t enough of it

Utility Dive interviews Prof. Johanna Mathieu about her work with energy testbed, Pecan Street, which is expanding its residential network into Detroit to gather more insights from communities of color regarding the clean energy transition.
July 2, 2021

Revamped OLED Electrodes Could Cut Power Consumption

Optics & Photonics News covers research by L. Jay Guo and his efficient organic LED (OLED) that emits more light with the same amount of power.
June 29, 2021

World leading engineers shortlisted for £350,000 research prize

Prof. Anthony Grbic has been shortlisted as a nominee for the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) prestigious A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize in recognition of an outstanding achievement in radar and microwave engineering.
June 18, 2021

Snail Survivors (The Poetry of Science)

UK author of the blog “The Poetry of Science” wrote a poem called Snail Survivors about the research collaboration between developers of the world’s smallest computer and biologists.
CNET : June 17, 2021

World’s smallest computer helps solve mystery of snail species survival

This partnership between biologists and engineers yields scientific insights into a surviving species of Tahitian tree snails, while also proving the viability for very small animal studies using the Michigan Micro Mote.
June 3, 2021

How the Ford F-150 Lightning’s Chief Engineer Linda Zhang Brought the World an Electric Pickup

TheDrive 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 global

Dr. 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
MIT News : June 3, 2021

The future of the IoT (batteries not required)

MIT News profiles Everactive, a startup co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, working to develop batteryless IoT
May 18, 2021

The CTO interview with Ambiq’s Scott Hanson

EE 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 Enterprise

AI 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.
DBusiness Magazine : April 24, 2021

U-M Researchers Develop 3-D Motion Tracking for Autonomous Tech

Researchers have developed a 3-D motion tracking system that could one day replace LiDAR and cameras in autonomous technologies.
How to Do Grad School Podcast : April 21, 2021

How to do Grad School: Big Ideas and Formal Methods

ECE PhD student Kwesi Rutledge is featured in this podcast where he talks about his research approach and gives advice for how to manage graduate school.
EE Times : April 15, 2021

SambaNova Raises Eye-Popping Series D Funding

Data 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).
The Washington Post : April 8, 2021

The revolution in satellite technology means there are swarms of spacecraft no bigger than a loaf of bread in orbit

The Washington Post features the history and use of CubeSats, including the University of Michigan’s MiTEE project led by Prof. Brian Gilchrist.
April 6, 2021

Artificial photosynthesis devices that improve themselves with use

Nanowerk shares Prof. Zetian’s Mi research on a water-splitting device that becomes more efficient with use, which could make artificial photosynthesis a practical method for producing hydrogen fuel.
March 22, 2021

ECE alumna Tanya Das appointed Chief of Staff of the Office of Science

Tanya 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 Doll

Dixon (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.
University of Michigan : March 18, 2021

U-M President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality Submits Final Recommendations

The President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, co-chaired by Prof. Stephen Forrest and charged with recommending scalable, transferrable, and financially responsible pathways for the University of Michigan to achieve net-zero emissions, has submitted its final report to President Mark Schlissel and university leadership.
Associated Press : March 17, 2021

Ford partners with University of Michigan on robotics research, new building

Jessy Grizzle talks about the new building, and creating realistic situations for the robots that roam inside.
Corp Magazine : March 2, 2021

Corp! Awards Honor MVPs Who Make Michigan the Best Place to Live, Work

Alum Eran Bashan, CEO and co-founder of Hygieia, make the list with their company that promises a better way to use insulin
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 Legends

Alumnus 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.
February 10, 2021

Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Hold Clues to Persistent Mysteries

Prof. Zhongming Liu’s research is cited in this piece by Quanta Magazine about digging out signals hidden within the brain’s electrical chatter to gain new insights into sleep, aging, and more.
ASEE Prism : February 5, 2021

Solving for Equity

Profs. Jessy Grizzle and Chad Jenkins, the director and associate director of the Robotics Institute, are developing a robotics engineering degree that launches freshmen with computational linear algebra in a projects-based course. Their goal is to increase student access, engagement, and success along with overall equity.
DBusiness Magazine : February 2, 2021

U-M Spinoff Everactive Closes $35M Funding Round on Battery Monitoring Tech

Everactive is an IoT company co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff. The company makes battery-free monitoring solutions
University of Michigan : January 5, 2021

Carbon neutrality commission releases draft recommendations

The President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, co-chaired by Prof. Stephen Forrest and charged with recommending scalable and transferable strategies for U-M to achieve net-zero emissions, has released its preliminary draft recommendations for public comment.
Electronic Products : January 4, 2021

10 top products in 2020

NS Nanotech’s coronavirus-killing chip makes Electronic Products’ Top 10 Products of 2020 list
Electronic Products : January 4, 2021

Startup claims first solid-state far-UVC chip that neutralizes Coronavirus

Prof. Zetian Mi’s startup, NS Nanotech, has claimed the first solid-state far-UVC chip that kills the coronavirus and other airborne pathogens without posing any threat to humans.
Tech Xplore : January 4, 2021

Exploring the use of artificial intelligence in architecture

Tech Xplore features the U-M Robotics Building and Prof. Jessy Grizzle in this piece about exploring the use of artificial intelligence in architecture
November 30, 2020

How EE Lab Education is Evolving with At-Home Learning

Now that universities are adjusting to the realities of remote learning, how are they accommodating the hands-on aspects of EE lab education?
Michigan Daily : November 29, 2020

IBM fired U-M professor Lynn Conway for coming out as trans in 1968. 52 years later, the company apologized.

“The thing is, this story is not entirely about me, or even about IBM,” Conway said. “We’re the messengers. Our story is a lesson: you can never take for granted that you really know what you’re doing now and how it will affect the future. It’s a new kind of social awareness.”
New York Times : November 22, 2020

52 Years Later, IBM Apologizes for Firing Transgender Woman

Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, was one of the company’s most promising young computer engineers but after confiding to supervisors that she was transgender, they fired her.
Forbes : November 20, 2020

IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender…52 Years Later

IBM is apologizing to Lynn Conway, Professor Emerita of EECS, for firing her 52 years ago on account of her being transgender.
DBusiness Magazine : November 12, 2020

U-M Researchers Create Solar Cells that Harness Heat to Store Electricity

DBusiness highlights the research led by Prof. Stephen Forrest on heat harnessing solar cells that store energy.
November 10, 2020

Alumna Rhonda Franklin named 2020 Scientist of the Year

Rhonda 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.
University of Pittsburgh : November 9, 2020

Tracking Monarch Butterfly Migration with the World’s Smallest Computer-Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh highlights the contribution of Inhee Lee, an ECE alum, in the project using Michigan Micro Motes to track monarch butterfly migration.
Medium : November 2, 2020

Introducing FiftyOne: A Tool for Rapid Data & Model Experimentation

Alum Brian Moore details Voxel51’s new (and open source!) tool for your machine learning toolbox
Phys.org : October 28, 2020

Tracking monarch butterfly migration with the world’s smallest computer

Phys.org re-publishes our piece on how researchers from ECE and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are using the Michigan Micro Mote to track monarch migration in unprecedented ways.
Knowledia : October 15, 2020

Parts from the ISS have been used to design a new type of prosthetic limb

Knowledia profiles Prof. Robert Gregg’s work designing a new kind of robotic prosthetic leg using motors originally designed for the International Space Station
Smart Industry : October 2, 2020

Product News: Everactive’s Evernet protocol to accelerate IoT deployments

Everactive, co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, announced improvements to its proprietary wireless networking protocol, a key enabler in the technology company’s batteryless IoT solutions.
Michigan News : October 2, 2020

U-M joins universities, nonprofits, governments at Midwest Climate Summit

Stephen Forrest, William Gould Dow Collegiate Professor in Electrical Engineering at the College of Engineering and co-chair of the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, who will discuss U-M’s climate commitments and the carbon commission on Oct. 9
Good News Network : September 28, 2020

How Transparent Solar Panels And ‘Quantum Dots’ Could Make Skyscrapers Power Themselves

In labs around the world, scientists and engineers are working to transform skyscrapers into giant solar energy-generating pylons.
DBusiness Magazine : September 28, 2020

U-M Researchers Develop Self-erasing Computer Chips that React to UV Light

The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has developed self-erasing chips that could help stop counterfeit electronics or provide alerts if sensitive shipments are tampered with.
DBusiness Magazine : September 28, 2020

Transparent Solar Panels for Windows Developed at U-M Hits Efficiency Record

Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar cells. The milestone brings them closer to having skyscrapers serve as power sources.
Futurity : September 24, 2020

Devices Reflect 99% Of Heat To Up Chance To Turn It Into Power

Futurity covers Prof. Forrest’s work on new heat-harnessing “solar” cells, or thermal photovoltaics, that reflect 99% of the energy they can’t convert to electricity.
September 16, 2020

Dr. Steven McLaughlin Named Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Georgia Tech

McLaughlin is an ECE alumnus and recipient of the 2019 ECE Distinguished Educator Award
Business Wire : September 9, 2020

Fluke Leads Series C Investment in Everactive to Accelerate Growth in IIoT Solutions

Fluke Corporation (“Fluke”) announced today that it led an investment in Everactive, a Silicon Valley-based technology company that sells category-defining batteryless, wireless Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. Everactive will raise up to $35M as part of its Series C funding round. Everactive was co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff.
New York Times : September 3, 2020

Humans Take a Step Closer to ‘Flying Cars’

Prof. Ella Atkins is featured by the New York Times in a piece about how close we are to a future of flying cars.
University of Michigan : August 31, 2020

How Tony England transformed engineering at UM-Dearborn

Former ECE faculty member and retiring dean of UM-Dearborn talks candidly about his push to reinvent the engineering culture at UM-Dearborn — and the work that still lies ahead.
ISMRM : August 28, 2020

Reproducible Research Insights with Steven Whitaker, Jon-Fredrik Nielsen, and Jeff Fessler

The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Highlights Reproducible Research Insights on Prof. Fessler, ECE PhD student Whitaker, and BME Research Scientist Nielsen.
ISMRM : August 24, 2020

Q&A with Steven Whitaker, Jon-Fredrik Nielsen, and Jeff Fessler

The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine talks to Prof. Fessler, ECE PhD student Whitaker, and BME Research Scientist Nielsen.
MIT News : August 21, 2020

The factory of the future, batteries not included

Everactive provides an industrial “internet of things” platform built on its battery-free sensors.
Futurity : August 21, 2020

Clear solar cells hit an all-time efficiency record

In a step closer to skyscrapers that serve as power sources, researchers have set a new efficiency record for color-neutral, transparent solar cells.
Robotics & Automation : August 21, 2020

Michigan university scientists’ new solar panels could eventually lead to self-powering skyscrapers

Imagine if all the glass we see on the sides of skyscrapers and other buildings were actually solar cells in disguise, collecting energy from the sun and helping to power the building and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
Engineering and Technology : August 21, 2020

Transparent solar panels that can cover windows reach record efficiency

Transparent solar panels, that could one day be used to generate renewable energy from buildings, have reached a record-breaking efficiency of 8 per cent, researchers have said.
Click on Detroit : August 13, 2020

Ann Arbor-based Voxel51 launches industry’s first open-source experimentation tool

Ann Arbor-based artificial intelligence software company Voxel51 announced the launch of an open-source tool, called FiftyOne, that helps data scientists and machine learning engineers tackle the laborious process of image data management. The company was co-founded by Prof. Jason Corso and alumnus Dr. Brian Moore.

August 12, 2020

Monarch Conservation Spotlight: M3 Monarch Migration Study

The “Monarch Conservation Spotlight” series highlights impactful projects, programs and organizations working hard to address the declining trend across North American monarch populations, including those involved in a project to track Monarch butterflies: Professors David Blaauw, Hun-Seok Kim, InHee Lee, and Andre Green.
DBusiness Magazine : August 10, 2020

U-M Startup: Brighter Displays on Mobile Phones That Draw Half the Power

A University of Michigan startup has announced the creation of a smaller, more energy-efficient light-emitting diode that aims to offer brighter, crisper displays for massive signs, mobile phones, and other devices.
PRWeb : July 31, 2020

NS Nanotech Closes the LED “Green Gap”

The company’s green LED technology is expected to deliver an order-of-magnitude improvement in efficiency for micron-sized devices. NS Nanotech was co-founded by Prof. Zetian Mi, who developed the technology.
Forbes : July 13, 2020

How To Create An AI (Artificial Intelligence) Model

Prof. Jason Corso describes some key considerations that go into the design of a new AI model.
University of Minnesota : July 10, 2020

Mask making on a pandemic sabbatical

Alumna 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 STEM

Alumna and ECE Advisory Council member, Prof. Rhonda Franklin, receives Institute for Engineering in Medicine Abbott Professorship in Innovative Education.
DBusiness Magazine : June 9, 2020

Batteryless Machine Health Monitoring Solution Debuted by Ann Arbor’s Everactive

Everactive, which has an office in Ann Arbor, launched its machine health monitoring solution, which is designed to deliver real-time, maintenance-free insights into the health of rotating equipment such as motors, pumps, fans, and compressors.
King’s College : May 27, 2020

When is the likelihood of a cyber blackout?

Kings College London profiles the research of Assistant Research Scientist Ranjan Pal, who’s estimating the risk of catastrophic cyber-attacks – and the financial impact on businesses and their cyber-insurance.
MoneyInc : May 27, 2020

10 Things You Didn’t Know about Vik Verma

ECE Council member Vik Verma (MSE EE ’89) is profiled by MoneyInc.
SupplyChain Management : May 14, 2020

Everactive Machine Health Monitoring May Address COVID-19 Supply Chain Concerns

SupplyChain Management profiles the work of Everactive, a U-M startup co-founded by Prof. David Wentzloff, and their Machine Health Monitoring (MHM) solution, designed to deliver real-time, maintenance-free insights into the health of rotating equipment.
Phys.org : April 29, 2020

Catching nuclear smugglers: Fast algorithm could enable cost-effective detectors at borders

PhysOrg spread the word about Hero’s work with Sara Pozzi and others. The research was published in Scientific Reports.
Michigan Today : April 27, 2020

Probing tech’s soft underbelly

Prof. Kevin Fu’s lab has demonstrated weaknesses in the electronic devices and sensors that we rely upon to illustrate the need for improvements in cybersecurity. He is profiled in this article.
Computing Community Consortium : April 17, 2020

Computing Researchers Respond to COVID-19: Voxel51; A Means of Tracking Social Distancing

The Computing Community Consortium profiles the work done by Voxel51, a U-M startup led by Prof. Jason Corso, that uses custom AI to continuously track vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian traffic in real time at some of the most visited places in the world to help the COVID-19 response.
Governing : April 10, 2020

Company Uses Public Street Cams to Measure Social Distancing

The Ann Arbor, Mich., company, Voxel51, is using data from street cameras to measure social distancing across the world. The company hopes the data gets put to good use, “even if it’s only public awareness.”
ScreenRant : April 8, 2020

How To Watch The Grim Reality Of Physical Distancing In Major Cities

ScreenRant profiles the work of Prof. Jason Corso’s startup, Voxel51, to track social distancing in cities.
TechCrunch : April 8, 2020

Tech for good during COVID-19: Texts for frontline workers, a crisis prevention hotline and more

TechCrunch highlights the work by Prof. Jason Corso’s startup, Voxel51, to track social distancing in cities.
Click on Detroit : April 8, 2020

Local AI startup creates platform to track social distancing in global cities — including Ann Arbor

ClickonDetroit highlights the work by Prof. Jason Corso’s startup, Voxel51, to track social distancing in some of the busiest cities in the world.
IEEE Spectrum : April 4, 2020

New Gyroscope Design Will Help Autonomous Cars and Robots Map the World

Prof. Khalil Najafi’s development of a small, precise and affordable gyroscope for navigation without GPS is featured in IEEE Spectrum.
Click on Detroit : March 30, 2020

University of Michigan gyroscope could reduce dependence on GPS in electronics

Click on Detroit highlights the research led by Prof. Khalil Najafi.
MIT News : March 9, 2020

3 Questions: Joe Steinmeyer on guiding students into the world of STEM

MIT profiles Prof. Joe Steinmeyer, an EECS alum.
Freethink : March 3, 2020

New lasers see into the brain to detect concussions

University of Michigan Engineering researchers’ work to detect distressed cells in the brain is detailed by Freethink.

Boeing : February 26, 2020

Boeing Nominates New Directors; Announces Director Retirements

Steve 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 Charge

The New York Times profiles Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf (MSE EE 1993).
Michigan Daily : February 18, 2020

Engineering professor Leung Tsang elected to the National Academy of Engineering

The Daily profiles Prof. Leung Tsang and talks to his PhD students about his election to the NAE.
Physics World : February 5, 2020

Transparent graphene photodetectors make advanced 3D camera

Physics World covers the work done by a team led by professors Zhaohui Zhong, Jeffrey Fessler, and Theodore Norris where they developed a new 3D camera that enables safer autonomy and advanced biomedical imaging.
The Hill : January 21, 2020

How a scientific breakthrough is making ‘green methane’

Scientists are creating “green methane” out of a process called artificial photosynthesis — which could make natural-gas-powered devices carbon neutral.
Interesting Engineering : January 10, 2020

Scientists develop new catalyst that uses light to convert carbon dioxide to fuel

EECS-ECE professor Zetian Mi’s research on artificial photosynthesis is featured in Interesting Engineering.

Science : January 10, 2020

Taking a cue from plants, new chemical approach converts carbon dioxide to valuable fuel

EECS Professor Zetian Mi’s research on artificial photosynthesis is described in Science.
Nature : December 18, 2019

Tomorrow’s industries: from OLEDs to nanomaterials

Prof. Stephen Forrest lends his expertise to this piece by Nature.
USA Today : December 13, 2019

USA Today: Researchers level playing field for disabled kids

VIDEO: A University of Michigan research team, including ECE Prof. Hun-Seok Kim, has created an augmented reality system that allows people with different levels of mobility to play and exercise together (Dec. 10).
ABC News : December 13, 2019

ABC News: iGym levels playing field for disabled, able-bodied children

A University of Michigan research team, including ECE Prof. Hun-Seok Kim, has created an augmented reality system that allows people with different levels of mobility to play and exercise together
Associated Press : December 10, 2019

Associated Press: iGym levels playing field for disabled, able-bodied children

Prof. Hun Seok Kim helped perfect an augmented reality system that helps level the playing field between disabled and able-bodied players.
Michigan News : December 10, 2019

Michigan News: Inclusive play: U-M art professor leads creation of interactive game for kids with and without disabilities

Prof. Hun Seok Kim is a member of the team that created the augmented reality system called iGYM
Saturday Morning Physics : November 22, 2019

Herbert Winful – The Birth and Amazing Life of Nonlinear Optics

Prof. Herbert Winful presents “The Birth and Amazing Life of Nonlinear Optics” as part of Saturday Morning Physics.
US Navy : November 22, 2019

The Future of Organic Electronics OLED Displays

Professor Stephen Forrest discusses what makes organic electronics special and how its attributes create exciting new opportunities to finally realize its promise after 70-plus years of applied research, during a Distinguished Lecture Series held at the Office of Naval Research.
MLive.com : November 18, 2019

How UM degrees propelled careers in T-shirts, robots and photo archives

MLive profiles the Ann Arbor T-shirt Company, co-founded by alums Jerry Kozak (Business) and Ricky Winowiecki (Computer Engineering).
The Washington Post : November 7, 2019

Elon Musk says he has the solution for California’s fire-related blackouts. It starts at $15,000.

Prof. Ian Hiskens comments on using rooftop-mounted solar and battery storage as a way to achieve energy independence.
The Washington Post : October 30, 2019

PG&E’s role in Sonoma fire questioned as power outage frustrations grow

Prof. Ian Hiskens serves as an expert-commentator in a Washington Post story about the potential role Pacific Gas & Electric equipment played in the wildfires ravaging Northern California.
Popular Mechanics : October 17, 2019

Meet the super robots that are about to lap the world’s fastest humans

Prof. Jessy Grizzle’s robot, Mabel, is profiled in this piece by Popular Mechanics.
University of Michigan : October 9, 2019


U-M Robotics members, including Robotics Director and ECE Professor Jessy Grizzle, are working with the University of Michigan Museum of Art to test a prototype robot docent.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette : October 1, 2019

Carnegie Mellon appoints new dean for College of Engineering

William Sanders received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering; a master’s degree in computer, information and control engineering; and a doctoral degree in computer science and engineering, each from the University of Michigan.
Newswise : September 26, 2019

Dr. James W. Albers Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. James Albers (BSE EE 1965; MS Bioengineering 1966; MS Psychology 1968; PhD Bioengineering 1970; MD 1972) was named winner of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine’s (AANEM) 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, for his unparalleled contribution to neuromuscular and electrodiagnostic medicine through efforts in teaching, research, and scholarly publications.
Chemistry World : September 12, 2019

Can organic solar cells stand the test of time?

Stephen Forrest’s research group demonstrated it’s possible to create organic solar cells that reliably work for 27,000 years outdoors.
Brain Links : September 7, 2019

Students from the United States visiting various work groups of BrainLinks-BrainTools this summer

Jenny is a student at the University of Michigan (member of IPAN), studying Neuroscience, and she visited Prof. Dr. Carola Haas’s lab.
Bloomberg : August 6, 2019

Ford Buys Defense Contractor to Get Robot Rides on the Road

Quantum Signal will still operate independently, with its own human resources department, and continue to be run by co-founder and ECE Council Member Mitchell Rohde (BSE MSE EE 1994 1996; MSE PhD BME 1997 2000).

US Army : August 5, 2019

Army-funded researchers earn top scientific honors

U.S. Army announces Prof. Alfred Hero’s 2020 IEEE Fourier Award for Signal Processing.

IBM : August 1, 2019

Michigan co-launches competition to help build the next generation of AI-driven dialog systems

IBM Research AI and the University of Michigan are spearheading the development of algorithms that can learn goal-oriented dialog interactions effectively from human-to-human chatlogs by organizing a public competition to inspire and evaluate novel approaches that will lead to the next generation of AI-driven dialog systems.

IEEE Spectrum : July 31, 2019

First programmable memristor computer

EECS-ECE professor Wei Lu explains the power of his lab’s new memristors.

Urgent Communications : July 16, 2019

Univ. of Michigan: Hun-Seok Kim describes approach to low-cost, high-accuracy location solution

Prof. Hun-Seok Kim outlines the progress his team has made to develop an infrastructure-light location solution that is designed to leverage 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz Wi-Fi signals to deliver location data that is accurate within 10 centimeters.

IUPAC : June 26, 2019

Mingxin Liu receives award for advancements in green chemistry

Dr. Mingxin Liu received a 2019 IUPAC-Zhejiang NHU International Award for Advancements in Green Chemistry from the Int. Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. Liu is a visiting researcher working with Prof. Zetian Mi on photo-catalyzed material and energy conversion using semiconductors.

Yahoo : June 24, 2019

Proprietary chip design allows PsiKick, now Everactive, to power wireless sensors entirely from harvested energy, eliminate the need for batteries

PsiKick, the company pioneering wireless, batteryless Internet of Things (IoT) systems and co-founded by a U-M Prof. David Wentzloff, today announced it has changed its name to Everactive and closed a $30 million funding round.

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.

Gineers Now : June 10, 2019

Organic Solar Cells Achieve the Highest Efficiency Rate

GineersNow profiles EECS-ECE Prof. Stephen Forrest’s research improving the efficiency and longevity of organic solar cells.

The New Economy : June 4, 2019

Microscopic ‘smart dust’ sensors are set to revolutionise a range of sectors

The New Economy interviews Prof. David Blaauw about millimetre-scale devices that could reinvent the Internet of Things and lead to breakthroughs in a variety of applications, including biomedical implants.

Life Pulse Health : June 4, 2019

Blue Clover Devices Brings Silicon Valley Innovation to Germany

Pete Staples (B.S. EE), the founder and President of Blue Clover Devices, gives first public demonstration of the Production Line Tool (PLT), a cloud native test automation device at the Automotive Testing Expo.

Lansing State Journal : May 30, 2019

In a lab at U-M, working on technology that helps the blind see and other brain-computer connections

The Lansing State Journal explores the history of U-M’s contributions to the development of bionic implants going back to Kensall Wise, the William Gould Dow Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of EECS-ECE, and his team of researchers who engineered a series of neural probes capable of measuring and influencing activity in the brain at the cellular level.

Click on Detroit : May 15, 2019

Inside University of Michigan’s Robotics Lab in Ann Arbor

ClickonDetroit tours Prof. Jessy Grizzle’s robotics lab.
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.

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.

Princeton University : April 11, 2019

Symposium marks growth for Princeton’s materials institute

EECS-ECE Prof. Stephen Forrest was honored at Princeton as a keynote speaker where he spoke about innovation and the importance of cooperation among science, academia, and industry.

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.

IEEE Spectrum : March 27, 2019

Teeny-Tiny Bluetooth Transmitter Runs on Less Than 1 Milliwatt

Bluetooth low-energy data packets can now be sent by millimeter-size IoT motes

March 14, 2019

An electronically tunable metasurface that rotates polarization

Phys.org highlights EECS-ECE Prof. Anthony Grbic’s research in developing a transparent, electronically tunable metasurface as part of a $7.5M MURI project. Also featured is ECE PhD student, Zhanni Wu, who is a member of Grbic’s team.

March 12, 2019

Alum recognized for her contributions in STEM

Dr. Katherine Herrick (BSE MSE Ph.D EE ‘93 ‘95 ‘00) is honored by Tuscon Business as a Woman of Influence.
EE Times : March 12, 2019

AI needs memory to get cozier with compute

EECS-ECE professor Wei Lu’s company, Crossbar, is featured in EE Times.

IEEE Spectrum : March 12, 2019

3 New Chips to Help Robots Find Their Way Around

IEEE Spectrum highlights a new chip designed by Professors Dennis Sylvester, David Blaauw, and Hun-Seok Kim, along with PhD student Ziyun Li, that helps robots better navigate the world

March 12, 2019

Congratulations to all 2019 Women of Influence Winners and Nominees!

Dr. Katherine Herrick (EE: BS MS PhD), an ECE Council Member, was honored with the Technology Champion Award by Tuscon Local Media.

IEEE Spectrum : March 7, 2019

3 New Chips to Help Robots Find Their Way Around

Intel and academic groups, including the team of Blaauw, Kim, and Sylvester, are designing specialized hardware to speed path planning and other aspects of robot coordination
Michigan.gov : February 28, 2019

Whitmer recognizes Mourou’s Nobel Prize

Governor Whitmer recognized Prof. Gérard Mourou’s Nobel Prize in Physics by naming February 28, 2019m, “Chirped Pulse Amplification Day.”
February 28, 2019

Governor Whitmer declares 03/28/19 “Chirped Pulse Amplification Day” in recognition of the work that led to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for ECE Prof. Emeritus Gerard Mourou

Governor Whitmer declares Thursday, February 28, 2019 “Chirped Pulse Amplification Day” in recognition of the work that led to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics for Gerard Mourou, the A. D. Moore Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of ECE.

February 27, 2019

U-M could invest up to $20 million in four of its startups

Prof. Wei Lu’s startup, MemryX, receives $1M from U-M for developing an in-memory computing system.

February 25, 2019

Hygieia gets FDA approval for mobile app for diabetes care services

February 22, 2019

Thomas Knoll wins Academy Award

VIDEO: Thomas Knoll (BSE Physics ’82 MSE CICE ’84) wins the Academy Award for scientific and technical achievement for inventing Photoshop. Also honored are Knoll’s brother, John Knoll, for the original architecture, design and development, and Mark Hamburg for his continued development and engineering of Adobe Photoshop.

February 19, 2019

Innovative project tests the boundaries of HVAC demand response systems

Electric Light & Power highlights Prof. Johanna Mathieu’s $2.9M ARPA to use air conditioners to advance a renewable power grid.

National Public Radio : February 8, 2019

Stateside: MI’s energy infrastructure; mother of modern office design; pushback on Title IX changes

Prof. Johanna Mathieu talks to NPR about what we learned about Michigan’s energy infrastructure during the Polar Vortex, and what we could do to avert a similar situation in the future.

February 4, 2019

University launches Commission on Carbon Neutrality

Prof. Stephen Forrest serves as co-chair of the new commission that will define carbon neutrality in the context of U-M and set a timeline and recommend strategies to achieve that goal.

Wired : February 1, 2019

The punishing polar vortex is ideal for Cassie the robot

EECS-ECE professor Jessy Grizzle explains how the polar vortex was used to push current robotics to its limits to improve designs in the future.

National Geographic : December 3, 2018

Why space weather is being made in the lab

Lousie Willingale, assistant professor ECE, discusses her research using HERCULES to study magnetized space winds in a lab.

Eurekalert! : November 9, 2018

A stellar achievement: Magnetized space winds in the laboratory

The international team that includes Prof. Louise Willingale is investigating the role of intense magnetic fields dragged by high-speed plasmas through astrophysical environments. HERCULES was used in the experiments.

Smithsonian : October 29, 2018

The Quest to Build Robotic Hands

Humans can readily manipulate all kinds of objects. But robots need better mechanics – and a lot more intelligence. Prof. Dmitry Berenson teaches robots with large “arms” how to manipulate even soft, malleable objects.

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.

In the News : October 8, 2018

Zetian Mi joins PBS SciTech Now for interview

EECS-ECE professor Zetian MI is featured in PBS SciTech Now.

Bloomberg : October 3, 2018

Ashkin, Mourou, Strickland Win Nobel Prize in Physics

EECS-ECE Professor Emeritus Gerard Mourou and two other Nobel Prize awardees are featured.

The Guardian : October 3, 2018

Physics Nobel prize won by Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland

EECS-ECE Professor Emeritus Gérard Mourou and two other Nobel Prize awardees are detailed.

The New York Times : October 2, 2018

Nobel prize in physics awarded to scientists who put light to work

Gérard Mourou and two other researchers were awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Michigan Radio : October 2, 2018

Former University of Michigan professor awarded Nobel Prize

Michigan Engineering Professor Emeritus Gérard Mourou and two other researchers were awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Detroit Free Press : October 2, 2018

University of Michigan professor wins Nobel Prize in Physics

Michigan Engineering Professor Emeritus Gérard Mourou and two other researchers have been awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics.

In the News : September 25, 2018

PsiKick Brings Patented Batteryless IoT Sensor to Steam Traps

Prof. David Wentzloff’s startup company PsiKick is helping companies and their customers save money by ensuring equipment such as steam traps are functioning properly.

Detroit Free Press : August 29, 2018

Alumnus Garlin Gilchrist named as running mate for Michigan Governor race

Gretchen Whitmer to name Detroiter Garlin Gilchrist II as running mate.
Big Ten Network : August 27, 2018

Michigan is making tech tiny … very tiny

David Blaauw explains the newest and smallest dust-sized computing system developed by a team of electrical and computer engineers.

Business Insider : August 24, 2018

Alumna Darlene Phillips appointed to U.S. DOE Advisory Committee

Phillips (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 Scientist

Alumnus Dr. (PhD EE:S) Dr. Min Sun has been appointed Chief Artificial Intelligence Scientist of Appier, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company.
BBC : August 16, 2018

‘Foreshadow’ attack affects Intel chips

EECS-CSE professor Thomas Wenisch explains how Foreshadow was discovered and the implications of the security risk.

Crain’s Detroit Business : August 14, 2018

University of Michigan team creates an even smaller world’s smallest ‘computer

MLive.com : August 3, 2018

Computer the size of a speck of dust created at University of Michigan

EECS professors David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester and Jamie Phillips and BE professor Gary Luker discuss the world’s smallest computer.

HPCwire : August 2, 2018

Michigan researchers demonstrate memristor-based PDE solver

EECS-ECE professor Wei Lu is featured in HPCwire.

July 16, 2018

Safety in Numbers: Computer Scientist Races to Develop Unhackable Code to Protect Everyone’s Data

Tap 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 media

ECE alumnus Garlin Gilchrist serves as executive director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility.
July 6, 2018

Rick Bergman sees that Synaptics stays in touch

ECE alumnus Rick Bergman is CEO of Synaptics, a company dedicated to “human interface technology.”
Popular Mechanics : July 5, 2018

The Smallest Computer in the World Fits On a Grain of Rice

The University of Michigan just defeated IBM in creating this tiny computing device designed by ECE Professors David Blaauw and Dennis Sylvester.
Popular Mechanics : June 30, 2018

The Smallest Computer in the World Fits On a Grain of Rice

The University of Michigan just defeated IBM in creating this tiny computing device.
Motherboard : June 26, 2018

The world’s smallest computer can fit on the tip of a grain of rice

EECS professors David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, and Jamie Phillips led the development of the system.

Economic Times : June 25, 2018

Researchers create world’s smallest ‘computer’

David Blaauw, EECS-ECE professor, led the development of the new system together with EECS-ECE professor Dennis Sylvester, and Jamie Phillips, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of ECE.

Daily Mail : June 25, 2018

The world’s smallest computer revealed: Incredible image shows tiny machine dwarfed by a grain of rice

David Blaauw, EECS-ECE professor, led the research with fellows EECS-ECE professors Jamie Phillips and Dennis Sylvester.

Engadget : June 25, 2018

World’s tiniest ‘computer’ makes a grain of rice seem massive

David Blaauw, EECS-ECE professor, led the development of the new system together with EECS-ECE professor Dennis Sylvester, and Jamie Phillips, an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and professor of ECE.

In the News : June 21, 2018

Researchers create world’s smallest ‘computer’

EECS professors David Blaauw, Dennis Sylvester, and Jamie Phillips led the development of the system. TechXplore reports.

June 18, 2018

Chip designer Ambiq Micro raises $11M of planned $20M offering

Ambiq Micro is a U-M startup based on microchip technology co-founded in 2009 by Scott Hanson (BSE MSE PhD EE ’04 ’06 ’09) and his thesis advisors, Prof. Dennis Sylvester and Prof. David Blaauw.
IEEE Spectrum : May 22, 2018

U.S. Spy Agencies Seek Tech to Identify Deadly Chemicals From 30 Meters Away

Mohammed Islam, electrical engineering and computer science professor, and his team’s research into chemical sensing is profiled in IEEE Spectrum.

Space.com : May 20, 2018

Lasers Could Make Computers 1 Million Times Faster

Researchers from Germany and the University of Michigan created a new computing technique that uses laser-light pulses to make a prototype of the fundamental unit of computing, called a bit, that could switch between its on and off, or “1” and “0” states, 1 quadrillion times per second.

Interesting Engineering : May 17, 2018

15 of The Greatest Minds in Automobile Engineering Today

Interesting 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 Array

EE 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.
In the News : May 16, 2018

From accident prevention to bike parking, Ann Arbor’s 100 mobility companies cover plenty of ground

Read about the Jason Corso’s company Voxel51, Ed Olson’s company May Mobility, alumnus Ansgar Strother’s company Movatic, and many more.

IEEE Spectrum : May 16, 2018

Crossbar pushes resisted RAM into embedded AI

The company, co-founded by Wei Lu, EECS professor, hopes to move artificial intelligence systems into mobile devices.

LiveScience : May 14, 2018

Lasers Could Make Computers 1 Million Times Faster

Researchers from Germany and University of Michigan pulsed infrared laser light on honeycomb-shaped lattices of tungsten and selenium, allowing the silicon chip to switch from “1” to “0” states just like a normal computer processor — only a million times faster.

MSN : May 1, 2018

Watch robot casually strut its stuff through fire

Jessy Grizzle, EECS and ME professor, sent bipedal robot Cassie Blue through fire.

IEEE Spectrum : April 27, 2018

Video Friday: Cassie on Fire

If you’ve ever wondered why Cassie continually takes steps like she’s walking across something hot, this video will make sense to you.

April 19, 2018

Professor Stephen Forrest elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

University of Michigan faculty members have been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences for their significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields.
In the News : April 18, 2018

Cassie Blue robot at capitol building

Jessy Grizzle, EECS and ME professor, is quoted. WILX reports.

April 16, 2018

University of Michigan breaks ground on $75M Ford Robotics Building

MLive highlights the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Robotics Building.
In the News : April 12, 2018

Michigan engineers develop solar-powered imaging sensor

This device developed by Sung-Yun Park, Kyuseok Lee, Hyunsoo Song and Professor Euisik Yoon can simultaneously capture an image and harvest energy.

Reuters : March 23, 2018

Self-driving car industry confronts trust issues after Uber crash

Matthew Johnson-Roberson, assistant EECS professor, is quoted.

Bloomberg : March 23, 2018

The self-driving Uber in fatal crash didn’t have a vision problem

Matthew Johnson-Roberson, assistant EECS professor, is quoted.

Forbes : March 23, 2018

How May Mobility is spearheading autonomous driving in the form of shuttle services

Edwin Olson, associate EECS professor, is the CEO of May Mobility.

VentureBeat : March 21, 2018

Mythic snags $40 million to advance AI chips

Mythic 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.
February 21, 2018

Howard University College Of Arts And Sciences Appoints Three Distinguished Faculty To New RolesE

ECE 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.
Reuters : February 21, 2018

Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

Kevin Fu, Associate EECS professor, is quoted.

WDIV : November 17, 2017

An afternoon with U-M Robotics’ newest robot

ClickonDetroit spends time in Jessy Grizzle’s lab to witness his latest two-legged robot, known as Cassie Blue.

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.

September 5, 2017

The Internet of Things: From Hype to Reality

The web of connected objects has so far failed to live up to its billing. But that should change.

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.

In the News : March 14, 2017

Computers could get 100,000 times faster thanks to laser light pulses

Quantum computers get a step closer

Engadget : March 14, 2017

Laser pulse study could lead to ultrafast computers

We’re talking about computers 100,000 times faster than current machines.

Huffington Post : March 14, 2017

Lasers Could Lead To Computers That Are 100,000 Times Faster Than Today

When you consider what today’s computers are capable of, it’s fairly mind-boggling to imagine what a computer would be like that’s 100,000 times faster.

Wired : March 13, 2017

Laser breakthrough could make computers 100,000 times faster

The result is a step towards lightwave electronics which could eventually lead to a breakthrough in quantum computing

March 4, 2017

These four tech teams just won $12 million in the ERA carbon Grand Challenge

Zetian Mi is a member of a team initiated at McGill University in Canada that will receive up to $3M by reaching the second round of the Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses.
Crain’s Detroit Business : March 31, 2016

Blue Cross teams with Hygieia to test diabetes insulin delivery product

September 23, 2015

Pocket-sized device sees north at forefront of diabetes care

BBC : September 17, 2015

Diabetes: Pocket-sized device to allow control over insulin intake

CBS News : April 16, 2015

This is the world’s smallest computer

Computers used to consume whole rooms, but now one computer can fit on the edge of a nickel. At just one millimeter cubed, the Michigan Micro Mote (M^3) is the smallest autonomous computer in the world.
April 6, 2015

Facing the Unknown, with Robots

Shai Revzen presented this talk at the 2015 TEDx at the University of Michigan event.
Forbes : September 17, 2014

These Energy-Saving, Batteryless Chips Could Soon Power The Internet Of Things

Crain’s Detroit Business : June 29, 2014

Southeast Michigan’s Most Innovative Companies

The New Yorker : April 28, 2014

Pixel Perfect

The 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.
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

CNET : February 22, 2011

Researchers unveil first mm-scale computing system

Researchers at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco demonstrate a prototype implantable eye pressure monitor and a tiny new radio.
NBC : February 9, 2010

Tiny solar-powered sensor runs almost forever

A tiny solar-powered sensor, smaller than Abe Lincoln’s head on a penny, can supply almost perpetual energy, its creators say.
October 6, 2007

William Lucas Root (1919-2007)

In Memoriam article about former faculty member William L. Root, pioneer in statistical communication and information theory.