First light soon at the most powerful laser in the…The ZEUS laser at the University of Michigan has begun its commissioning experiments
Katie Bouman talks legacy of the black hole imaging…Before Bouman became the face of the project that brought us the first ever image of a black hole, she was wowing ECE professors with design projects and hoarding Domino’s pizza with her HKN family.
Associated Press: September 15, 2022
Univ. of Michigan’s ZEUS will be most powerful laser in USZEUS 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.
First light soon at the most powerful laser in the USThe ZEUS laser at the University of Michigan has begun its commissioning experiments
ZEUS Joins International Community of Extreme Light VirtuososAs a member of the X-lites program, ZEUS joins an international community of extreme light labs working together to advance laser science for the benefit of society
MRover crowned champions of the University Rover ChallengeFrom autonomously navigating rocky terrain to testing soil for signs of life, the Michigan Mars Rover team bested their competition and took first place at the international competition.
Katie Bouman talks legacy of the black hole imaging project and favorite U-M memoriesBefore Bouman became the face of the project that brought us the first ever image of a black hole, she was wowing ECE professors with design projects and hoarding Domino’s pizza with her HKN family.
Anthony England, former NASA astronaut, professor, and dean, retiresEngland has dedicated more than two decades of his distinguished career helping students reach for the stars to understand more about Earth and other planets.
Most powerful laser in the U.S. to begin operations soon, supported by $18.5M from the NSFWith first light anticipated in 2022, the NSF will provide five years of operations funding, ramping up as the ZEUS user facility progresses to full capacity.
IEEE Spectrum: July 23, 2021
From Spacecraft to Sensor FusionIEEE Spectrum profiles EE PhD alum Iverson Bell.
Tracking ocean microplastics from spaceSatellites give new insights on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, plus sources and flows of ocean microplastic.
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 orbitThe Washington Post features the history and use of CubeSats, including the University of Michigan’s MiTEE project led by Prof. Brian Gilchrist.
A MiTEE student and her quest to shape the future of space satellites
Maya Pandya, an Electrical Engineering senior, is a key member of the student team working to design a new generation of CubeSats that may revolutionize how we monitor space environments and provide a new method for interplanetary communication.
Pioneering a way to keep very small satellites in orbit
More than 250 students had a hand in a satellite launching on January 10th, the first in space for a project to keep nanosats in orbit by harnessing Earth’s magnetic field.
Knowledia: October 15, 2020
Parts from the ISS have been used to design a new type of prosthetic limbKnowledia profiles Prof. Robert Gregg’s work designing a new kind of robotic prosthetic leg using motors originally designed for the International Space Station
Student works on a NASA quantum satellite link
ECE master’s student Conner Stevons completed a remote internship at the NASA Glenn Research Center where he worked on Marconi 2.0, NASA’s plan to bridge quantum technology with a telecommunications system.
The Future of LasersA research profile of Prof. Gérard Mourou and other ECE scientists talks about the future of lasers, from transmuting nuclear waste to shooting space junk.
Building CubeSats to test electrodynamic tethering in space with MiTEEMi-TEE (Miniature Tether Electrodynamics Experiment) is a University of Engineering project directed by Prof. Brian Gilchrist that aims to test the tethering technology in space.
Leung Tsang elected to the National Academy of Engineering
A professor of electrical engineering and computer science is awarded one of engineering’s top honors.
Katie Bouman wows U-M community with insider’s look at the black hole imaging project
Speaking to a full house in Rackham, Dr. Katie Bouman – Michigan ECE alum – explained the history and science of the project that gave us the first ever photo of a black hole.
U-M to become Mount Olympus with ZEUS, the most powerful laser to be built in the U.S.
The three-petawatt system could unlock secrets of the universe, advance cancer treatments, improve security screenings for nuclear threats, and much more.
Prof. Kamal Sarabandi welcomes Emperor and Empress of Japan at IGARSS 2019
Predicting future disasters is an important goal of those participating in the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Beyond Apollo 11: U-M ECE’s role in advancing space exploration
For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, U-M ECE takes a look back – and a look forward – to how our professors, students, and alums have made their mark on the field.
Prof. Louise Willingale creates extreme plasma conditions using high-intensity laser pulses
Willingale’s research in plasma physics advances many research areas from spectacular astrophysical phenomena to cancer treatment to fusion power.
Michigan Mars Rover Team has best ever finish at the annual University Rover Challenge
MRover placed 7th overall at the annual challenge where rovers use AI to navigate tough terrain while collecting soil samples to practice testing for evidence of life in the universe.
Undergrad Michelle Gehner engineers better ways to explore new worlds
Gehner’s academic career includes advancing power electronics and crafting new extraterrestrial vehicles for MRover. She received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship for her promising future in power and energy.
2018 Nobel Prize Laureate Gérard Mourou talks high-intensity optics
Gérard Mourou, Professor Emeritus of EECS, returned to campus to discuss winning the Nobel Prize and his work in high-intensity optics.
Extreme light: Nobel laureate discusses the past & future of lasers
Lasers of tomorrow might neutralize nuclear waste, clean up space junk and advance proton therapy to treat cancer, says Gerard Mourou.
ECE student Brandon Russell explores space phenomena in a lab
PhD student Brandon Russell is awarded the Rackham International Student Fellowship for his research on magnetic fields in high-energy plasmas, which could help advance the development of clean energy and our understanding of energetic astrophysical phenomena.
Miniature satellites to maximize global communication
Havel Liu is working on a project to revolutionize satellite systems, improving communications during natural disasters and providing a blueprint for receiving future interplanetary voicemails
Deciphering GPS satellites to see inside hurricanes
To dial in on exact wind speeds, researchers needed to reverse engineering the signals from satellites.
Mars Rover Team tackles major redesign, places in top 10 at competition
This year’s model, “Phoebe,” received a major design overhaul that gave her a speed boost and new codebase that can be used for years to come.
Huanting Huang and the mathematical shape of trees
An award-winning modeling method will help us better understand our natural environment
SMAP Update: A mission to manage water globally
The satellite mission to collect global data of surface soil moisture can help weather forecasting around the world.
Louise Willingale advancing scientific knowledge of plasmas
Using some of the best lasers in the world, Willingale is shedding light on the impact of solar events on Earth.
Professor Leung Tsang Receives 2018 Van de Hulst AwardProf. Tsang is a world-renowned expert in the field of theoretical and computational electromagnetics, and in particular microwave remote sensing of the earth.
Historic satellite launch brings U-M history to space
Planning to launch mid-2018, an exciting team of Michigan students is designing a space-based time capsule.
Student hybrid rocket team takes first place at inaugural competition
The Michigan Aeronautical Science Association (MASA) won the first ever Spaceport America Cup, an intercollegiate rocket engineering competition with over 110 teams from colleges and universities in eleven countries.
Student Arun Nagpal develops new ENG 100 section to spotlight space science
UM-SEDS co-President Arun Nagpal develops ENG 100 section to expose freshman to space science and atmospheric sensing.
Necmiye Ozay receives NASA Early Career Faculty Award for research in cyber-physical systems
Prof. Ozay’s award-winning work will be used in future space missions
Steven Battel elected to National Academy of Engineering
Mr. Battel is an expert on low-noise instrumentation power systems and is internationally recognized for his expertise in the design and development of space high voltage systems.
Iverson Bell – Researching the future of space satellites
Mr. Bell is investigating the potential of electrodynamic tether propulsion technology to enhance the capabilities of an emerging class of smartphone-sized satellites.
‘Space tethers’ can be used to fling spacecraft into interplanetary space
The tether could be used to deorbit out-of-use spacecraft, push spacecraft from low Earth orbit into higher orbits, or even push spacecraft out of Earth’s orbit altogether.
Researchers build groundbreaking device for NASA SMAP mission
The SMAP mission is NASA’s most ambitious sensing project yet for measuring global soil moisture levels.
Iverson Bell’s small satellite wins big
Iverson developed an experimental facility to simulate key characteristics of the space environment.
Peter Tchoryk: An entrepreneurial CEO
At MAC, Peter’s been able to combine his passions for scientific research and entrepreneurial creation.
Using HERCULES to probe the interior of dense plasmas
Thanks to HERCULES, scientists are now able to study very dense plasmas — a crucial step in nuclear fusion and astrophysical research.
Chris Berry awarded 2012 Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship
The proposed emitter incorporates plasmonic photoconductors to more efficiently convert power from incident laser light into terahertz radiation.
Chris Berry awarded Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship
Berry is designing an emitter to operate as a light-weight, local oscillator for a terahertz spectroscopy system suitable for use in space.
Ruzbeh Akbar receives NASA Fellowship for SMAP Mission Research
SMAP is a satellite mission for mapping surface soil moisture and freeze/thaw states for the purpose of scientific advances and societal benefits.
Michael Benson receives NASA Fellowship
For his research, Benson plans to utilize SAR in order to estimate variable vegetated parameters and monitor the planet’s crustal movement.