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Ester Bentley receives NDSEG Fellowship to help the world navigate without GPS
PhD student Ester Bentley designs smaller, better 3D mechanical resonators for use in high-performance gyroscopes to help unmanned systems navigate when GPS signal is jammed or lost.
Six ECE graduate students recognized by NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Six ECE graduate students were selected for their outstanding research work in a variety of disciplines.
IEEE Spectrum: April 4, 2020
New Gyroscope Design Will Help Autonomous Cars and Robots Map the WorldProf. 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 electronicsClick on Detroit highlights the research led by Prof. Khalil Najafi.
Small, precise and affordable gyroscope for navigating without GPS
Accurate gyroscopes are a bottleneck for backup navigation systems in autonomous vehicles.
Transformative approach to 5G funded by new Innovator program
Nine technologies competed for $75k in the ECE Innovator Program, which emphasizes a team approach to entrepreneurial success.
Conducting an orchestra of sensor nodes
Keeping time in the Internet of Things with frequency scaling
ECE Expeditions travels to Seattle
Students toured Amazon, Boeing, INRIX, Madrona Venture Partners, Microsoft, and Philips Healthcare in the Puget Sound area.
Anonymous alumnus endows award in recognition of EECS professors
The Wise-Najafi Prize for Engineering Excellence in the Miniature World will recognize and incentivize outstanding research and scholarship related to engineering at the meso-scale, micron-scale, nano-scale and beyond.
COMBAT team receives Ted Kennedy Family Faculty Team Excellence Award
The group brought together experts in radar and remote sensing, integrated circuits, imaging, navigation, power, communications, and nano-fabrication.
Peter and Evelyn Fuss endow ECE chair
Believing in the power of creativity and quick action, the Fusses wanted to give the department maximum flexibility to respond to new initiatives and special needs wherever and whenever they arose. They are especially interested in expanding student diversity.
The Lurie Nanofabrication FacilityIt Takes the Best to Serve the Best.
Expeditions: Bay AreaThe first cross-country Expeditions trip took students on a tour of companies in San Jose, California.
ECE team receives Distinguished Diversity Leaders Team Award
This team has spent countless hours planning and executing outreach activities to make our highly diverse and international student body feel welcome, and to expand its diversity in key areas.
Khalil Najafi: First Chair of the new ECE2008–2018 | Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Division of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
San Diego alumni connect and celebrate at ECE event
There were 40 alumni in attendance, with graduation years ranging from 1965 to 2014.
Nader Najafi: A dream that saves lives
Dr. Nader Najafi is now leading the development of some of the most advanced micro-scale medical technology in the world.
ECE alumni networking event at Transducers Conference
About 65 alumni, students, faculty, friends and family gathered for dinner and an opportunity to catch up with the department.
Chicago alumni connect at networking reception
The ACC is one of the world’s premier scientific and engineering conferences dedicated to the advancement of control theory and practice.
Ernest S. Kuh (1928 – 2015): pioneer in electronic circuit theory and EDA
As a devoted Michigan alumnus, he established the Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Michigan.
Four EECS companies make Crain’s list of most innovative companies, and one tops the list
This annual ranking of innovative companies in SE Michigan is based on the quality of patents received during the past year.
ECE alumni connections at IMS2015
Along with alumni, there were current and former faculty members, current students, friends, and colleagues, including several program managers, in attendance.
We are now one ECE: the merged graduate program in Electrical and Computer Engineering
In recognition of how the Electrical Engineering discipline has evolved, the two graduate programs, Electrical Engineering and Electrical Engineering: Systems, have merged to form one graduate program: Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Student team reaches Qualcomm finals with their proposal for a wearable haptic device
The goal of the project is to augment the transmission of audio and video with the sense of touch.
Khalil Najafi receives 2015 IEEE Daniel E. Noble Award for emerging technologies
The IEEE Daniel E. Noble award is a Technical Field Award, which is among the highest awards given.
Student Spotlight: Tal Nagourney – Exploring navigation
Tal is researching fabrication techniques for a micro rate-integrating gyroscope, using a vacuum mold and blowtorch.
Awards and Slaying of the Dragon at St. George’s Day Feast – 2014Prof. Jessy Grizzle was awarded “Professor of the Year” by HKN.
Christopher Boyd awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
His research is contributing to the overall project goal of enabling navigation in GPS denied zones through the use of specialized sensors.
Student Spotlight: Christopher Boyd – From robotics to MEMS inertial sensors
Chris develops and tests control systems for MEMS inertial sensors, which are used to detect acceleration, tilt, and other attributes related to motion sensing.
Babak Parviz: The visionary behind the glass
The inventor of Google Glass is now developing glucose monitoring contact lenses.
Khalil Najafi receives 2013 IEEE Sensors Technical Field Award
Prof. Najafi is a world-recognized leader in the field of integrated sensors, MEMS, and microsystems.
When GPS fails, this speck of an electronic device could step in
The research group developed special fabrication processes that allows them to stack and bond seven different devices in layers.
James McCullagh receives Best Student Paper Award for research to keep bridges safe
McCullagh is working to develop energy harvesting devices and circuits to power wireless sensor nodes which can monitor bridge health.
ePack, Inc. wins Masco Next Gen Manufacturing Award at Innovation Competition
“ePack utilizes state of the art micromachining technology to provide a cost effective and high performance packaging service for micro- and milli-scale devices.”
Most powerful millimeter-scale energy harvester generates electricity from vibrations
The researchers have built a complete system that integrates a high-quality energy-harvesting piezoelectric material with the circuitry that makes the power accessible.
Najafi, Wise named Distinguished University Innovators
The pair is being honored for their role developing technologies in microelectromechanical systems and working to apply these innovations when making new products.
EECS Spinoffs recognized as Key Innovators in Business Competition
Congratulations to these winning companies. Go Blue!
2010 College of Engineering Awards
Mini generators make energy from random ambient vibrations
The energy-harvesting devices are highly efficient at providing renewable electrical power from arbitrary, non-periodic vibrations.
Smart bridges under development with new grant
The monitoring system will collect data from surface and penetrating sensors, then wirelessly relay the information to an inspector on site or miles away.
Tzeno Galchev’s work recognized by the President of Bulgaria
The award for which Galchev was nominated honors young scientists for their achievement in the field of computer engineering and information technology.
Microsystems research for energy scavenging and power generation
The research has applications in health care, environmental monitoring, security, energy conservation and exploration, and more.