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2019

Nicolaos Alexopoulos

CoE Alumni Medal Award

Nicolaos Alexopoulos
  • BSE MSE PHD EE ‘64 ‘67 ’68 (Advisor: Chen-To Tai)
  • Vice President for Academic Programs and University Relations, Broadcom Foundation

Nick served as The Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at University of California at Irvine from 1997 to 2008.  He was a member of the faculty at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) from 1969 to 1996, where he served as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department (1987-1992) and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs (1986-1987). He joined Broadcom Corporation (2008-2015) as Vice President for Antennas, RF Technologies and University Relations.

Nick is an IEEE Fellow and Member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is Highly Cited in Engineering and Computer Science literature and has received three IEEE Best Journal Paper Awards.

He founded the company Kimalink, which was acquired by Broadcom in 2001.

Engineering education trailblazer and industry innovator honored for by Michigan Engineering


Karen Fireman

COE Distinguished Alumni Service Award

  • BSE CE 1980; MBA Ross School of Business 1985
  • Fireman & Associates

Karen has over 25 years of experience in finance working for fortune 500 companies as well as small startup companies. She has held C-Suite positions including Chief Technology Officer of ManTechCyber, Chief Financial Officer of Columbus Properties, and Chief Compliance Officer of Columbia Partners. She was Economist for BP-Amoco’s Gulf of Mexico Shelf, Assistant Vice President and Asset/Liability Officer of USF&G, Compliance Director of Freddie Mac, and Industrial Base Team Lead for Naval Sea Systems Command.

Karen is currently head of the External Advisory Board of the Michigan Institute of Data Science. She was a member of the College of Engineering Alumni Board, and Vice Chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Council. She has been an Investment Board Member for several charitable endowments and has provided financial advice to multinational institutions and the city of Columbia, MD.

Bridge-builder for academia and industry wins distinguished alumni service award


Steven W. McLaughlin

ECE Distinguished Educator Award

Steven W. McLaughlin
  • PhD EE:Systems 1992
  • Dean, Georgia Institute of Technology

Steve joined the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech in September 1996. From 2012-2017, he served as the Steve W. Chaddick School Chair in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. From 2007-2012, he was Vice Provost for International Initiatives and Steven A. Denning Chair in Global Engagement.

In 2014, Dr. McLaughlin co-founded CREATE-X, a campus-wide effort to instill entrepreneurial confidence in students and help them launch companies. He co-founded Whisper Communications in 2009

He is a past President of the IEEE Information Theory Society, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a recipient of the PECASE.

Dr. McLaughlin’s research interests are in the general area of communications and information theory.


Dawson Yee

COE Alumni Merit Award for ECE

Dawson Yee
  • MSE EE 1987
  • System Engineer – Azure Hardware, Quantum Computing, Microsoft

Prior to his current position, Dawson was Hardware System Engineer & Architect for Hololens. From 2009-2013, he was the Hardware Systems Architect and Engineer for both Xbox 360 Kinect and Xbox One Kinect. The first Kinect for Xbox 360 became the best-selling product in consumer electronics history. He joined Microsoft in 1998, working on projects such as Microsoft Surface (aka Interactive Table) before becoming Director of Devices for Microsoft’s Unified Communications Group, and joined the Xbox team in 2008.  Prior to joining Microsoft, he was at Intel for 10 years working on Mobile systems, Xeon processor, Intel Architecture Labs, Server systems, Desktop systems. He started at Intel as the motherboard design engineer for an 80386SX-16 MHz system. Yee is author of more than 80 granted and pending patents.


2018

Samuel H. Fuller

CoE Alumni Medal

Sam Fuller

Fuller earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from U-M in 1968. He is an electrical engineer, computer scientist, teacher, mentor, author, business leader and lifelong innovator, his nominators say. He is currently CTO emeritus and distinguished scientist at Analog Devices, Inc, a multinational semiconductor company where, as CTO, he created a product strategy connecting the physical world to the power of the digital world that include sensors, silicon and software.

Prior to ADI, Fuller was the vice president of research at Digital Equipment Corporation. There he founded and led the firm’s global research organization, fostering disruptive innovations including the development of RISC computers, the Altavista search engine, the advancement of networked computing, and the commercialization of Ethernet in partnership with Xerox PARC, Intel and 3COM. He also developed collaborative projects with leading research universities. He was a co-founder of Project Athena at MIT that deployed advanced, networked workstations, resulting in the development of the X Windows System for workstations and the Kerberos authentication system that is widely deployed today, including by U-M.

In 1991, Fuller was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to computer architecture, performance evaluation, and creative leadership in research management.

Computing visionary honored by Michigan Engineering


Rhonda Franklin

ECE Willie Hobbs Moore Alumni Lectureship

Rhonda Franklin

Rhonda Franklin (MSE PHD EE ’90 ’95)  is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She teaches applied electromagnetics and her research focuses on developing design techniques for high speed electronic integrated circuit integration, integrated packaging, miniaturization, and novel material characterization for RF applications in communication systems and bio/nano-medicine. She has co-authored over 75 refereed conferences and journals papers. 

In 1996, she joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an assistant professor. In 1998, she joined Minnesota in the same role. She is a 1999 NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awardee, and was invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering – Frontiers of Engineering programs in the US (1999) and Germany (2003, 2006). She is an active member of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in microwave education, conference planning and technical sessions.

Alumnus Rhonda Franklin honored for her accomplishments with the Willie Hobbs Moore Award

A Q&A with Rhonda Franklin – Connecting Diverse Students


Zachary J. Lemnios

ECE Alumni Impact Award

Zachary Lemnios

Zachary Lemnios (BSE EE ’76) leads Physical Sciences and Government Programs, globally across IBM Research, to extend fundamental scientific understanding and breakthroughs that enable the future of information technology. Strategic initiatives include quantum computing, neuromorphic devices and architectures, molecular imaging, silicon nanophotonics, and magnetic memory technology. This team have been responsible for leading technical breakthroughs across the industry and many of IBM’s major awards, including: Nobel Prizes, Kavli Prizes, and the Millennium Technology Prize. 

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Lemnios served three terms in high level civilian leadership in the Department of Defense with detailed and extended interactions across the whole of US government and with leaders across US allied nations. Mr. Lemnios was confirmed as The Honorable Assistant Secretary of Defense (Research & Engineering) by the United States Senate. In this position, Mr. Lemnios was the Chief Technology Officer for Department of Defense and shaped the Department’s technical strategy to support the President’s national security objectives and the Secretary’s priorities. He launched Department and international initiatives in large data analytics, decision support, engineering education, electronic warfare, cyber, autonomy, advanced propulsion, hypersonics, and rail gun concepts as future capabilities for the nation. Mr. Lemnios also served as the Chief Technology Officer of MIT Lincoln Laboratory and led the development of advanced technologies in support of national security. 

Zachary Lemnios: Helping to shape the new Frontier in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Isaac R. Porche III

ECE Willie Hobbs Moore Alumni Lectureship

Isaac R. Porche III

Isaac Porche (PHD EE:S ’98) is a senior engineer at the RAND Corporation, where he serves as the Director of the Acquisition and Development Program in the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC). 

He has led research projects for the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He has served on the U.S. Army Science Board supporting a number of its cyber-related panels. He is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. 

Dr. Porche’s areas of expertise include cybersecurity, network and communication technology, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, data mining, modeling and simulation, cybersecurity, rapid acquisition processes, and operations research techniques. In 2016, he presented testimony on emerging cyber threats and implications before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. His latest RAND publication, Cyber Power Potential of the Army’s Reserve Component, focuses on how to train, manage, and develop the Army’s cyber force. He is the author of the forthcoming book Cyberwarfare 101: Technology, Tactics, and Techniques for Information-age Conflict (Artech House, 2019).

Inaugural ECE Willie Hobbs Moore Alumni Lecture: Dr. Isaac R. Porche III

The Art of Cyber War with Isaac Porche


Dowson Tong

ECE Alumni Merit Award

Dowson Tong

Dowson Tong (BSE CE ’94; also MS EE ’97 from Stanford) is Senior Executive VP, President of Cloud & Smart Industries Group, and Chairman of Tencent Music Entertainment Group at Tencent.

Since October 2008, he has led the research and development of Tencent’s social networking platform and value-added services. Dowson currently oversees Tencent’s QQ messaging and Qzone social networking platforms, Tencent Music Entertainment Group and Tencent Cloud. He also co-leads Tencent’s social advertising business. 

Prior to joining Tencent, Dowson worked at Sendmail Inc., where he led the development of operator-scale email and messaging systems, and at Oracle, where he worked on the development and testing of the Oracle Server and Oracle Applications. 

Dowson Tong, VP of Tencent, talks to students


2017

Hannah Goldberg

ECE Alumni Rising Star Award

Hannah Goldberg

Hannah Goldberg (BSE MSE EE ‘03 ‘04) is a senior systems engineer at GomSpace, a commercial provider of Cubesat components, platforms, and solutions located in Aalborg, Denmark. At GomSpace, Hannah is currently the technical lead in the development of a constellation of communications satellites. 

Prior to GomSpace, Hannah was one of the first few technical employees at Planetary Resources, where she worked on projects to advance the technologies leading to asteroid prospecting and mining. She was the lead systems engineer for Planetary Resources’ first few Cubesat missions. 

Hannah also previously worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the Guidance, Navigation and Control hardware group. There she worked on various microspacecraft research and development projects. She was avionics lead for the Mars Science Laboratory radar field test team, testing aspects of the landing system on platforms such as helicopters and an F-18. At JPL, Hannah also worked on the instrument calibration team for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory missions (both OCO and OCO-2). 

Hannah received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2003 and 2004. During her time at Michigan she was involved with the Student Space Systems Fabrication Laboratory and the Icarus satellite project.

Hannah Goldberg interview: Nanosatellites and cubesats in Space

Hannah Goldberg: Crazy About Asteroids (2013)


Andrew Farah

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE

Andrew Farah

Andrew Farah is currently Chief Technology Architect for Autonomous Vehicles at General Motors. He started his General Motors career in 1984 as a Product Engineer in the Electrical/Electronics Group with the Buick Motor Division in Flint, Michigan. He has also worked for Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as Manager Electrical/Electronic Vehicle Systems Engineering for their Battery Division.

Returning to GM, he subsequently held several leadership positions in the Product Development and Program Management organizations, including Engineering Group Manager of Vehicle Propulsion Engineering for the EV1 Electric Vehicle. In 2001, Farah was named GMNA Director Electrical Development & Validation, and later was responsible for all GM Europe Aftersales Engineering activities as GME Director Aftersales Engineering, located in Rüsselsheim, Germany. In 2007, he was named Vehicle Chief Engineer (VCE) for the Chevrolet Volt.


Won-Pyo Hong

ECE Alumni Impact Award

Won-Pyo Hong

Dr. Won-Pyo Hong (MSE PHD EE ’84 ’88) is President of Samsung SDS, a global information technology and services company employing more than 10,000 individuals. He is an established authority and industry leader in IT, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) space. As President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics, he played a critical role in positioning Samsung as the world’s premiere handset manufacturer and global brand. As Head of Global Product Strategy for the Mobile Communications Business, Dr. Hong introduced the GALAXY franchise to Samsung’s mobile portfolio and established it as the most popular and advanced line of Android products. He managed GALAXY’s design and product specifications, and was responsible for spearheading several industryleading innovations like Super-AMOLED displays, multi-core processors, and LTE-A connectivity.

Dr. Hong is the inaugural recipient of the ECE Alumni Impact Award, which is the highest honor bestowed on ECE alumni by the department.


Kunle Olukotun

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE

Kunle Olukotun

Kunle Olukotun is the Cadence Design Systems Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University and he has been on the faculty since 1991. He is well known as a pioneer in multicore processor design and for leading the Stanford Hydra chip multiprocessor (CMP) project which developed one of the first chip multiprocessors with support for thread-level speculation (TLS). Olukotun founded Afara Websystems to develop high-throughput, low-power multicore processors for server systems. The Afara multicore processor, called Niagara, was acquired by Sun Microsystems and Niagara-derived processors now power all Oracle SPARC-based servers.

Olukotun currently directs the Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Lab (PPL), which seeks to proliferate the use of heterogeneous parallelism in all application areas using Domain Specific Languages (DSLs). Olukotun is an ACM Fellow and IEEE Fellow. Olukotun received his PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of Michigan.


2016


Nader Behdad

ECE Alumni Rising Star Award

Nader Behdad

Behdad (MS PhD EE ’03 ‘06) is Associate Professor and Harvey D. Spangler Faculty Scholar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering  at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Behdad has tackled some of the toughest problems in antenna research, designing electrically-small antennas, antenna arrays, microwave metamaterials, and antennas for biomedical applications.


Greg Joswiak

CoE Alumni Society Merit Award Winner for CSE

Greg Joswiak

Joswiak (BSE CE ’96) is Vice President of iOS, iPad, and iPhone product marketing for Apple Inc.He began at Apple in June 1986, just two years after the introduction of the Macintosh computer, in Apple’s newly formed support organization for the Mac. In 1997, he went on to lead product marking for the Powerbook line  – a responsibility that grew to encompass all portable products and eventually all hardware products. Over the years his responsibilities grew to include the iPod, iPhone, and iOS operating system.


Meera Sampath

CoE Alumni Society Merit Award Winner for ECE

Meera Sampath

Sampath (PhD EE:S ’95) is Vice President for Innovation and Business Transformation for Xerox, Corp. In 2009, she became the first director of Xerox’s Research Innovation Hub in India where she was responsible for overseeing its creation as well as guiding its research agenda and establishing Open Innovation partnerships. She is a leader in defining Xerox Innovation Group’s expansion strategy in emerging markets. Meera’s dissertation helped launch a new area of research – the diagnosis of discrete event systems. 


Michael Stonebraker

CoE Alumni Medal Award Winner

Michael Stonebraker

Michael Stonebraker (MSE EE ’66, PhD CICE ’71) is a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies. He was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) A.M. Turing Award, often referred to as “the Nobel Prize of computing.”


W. David Tarver

CoE Alumni Society Service Award Winner

W. David Tarver

W. David Tarver (BSE MSE EE ’75, ’76) founded Telecom Analysis Systems Inc., a technology company he sold 12 years later for $30 million. Author of “Proving Ground: A Memoir,” David is a lecturer in the Center for Entrepreneurship and founder of the Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative. He is a member of the ECE Council.


2015

Ashraf Dahod

CoE Alumni Society Medal Award 

Ashraf Dahod

Ashraf Dahod (BSE EE 72) is co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Altiostar Networks, Inc. He is a serial entrepreneur, founding five companies prior to Altiostar Networks, including Starent Networks, which was sold to Cisco for $2.9B in 2009. He received master’s degrees from Northeastern University, Stanford University and Harvard University (MBA).


Garlin Gilchrist

CoE Recent Engineering Graduate Award Winner 

Garlin Gilchrist

Garlin Gilchrist (BSE CE/CS ’05) is the City of Detroit’s first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. His job is to open up the city’s public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. A Detroit native, Garlin created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org. He also co-hosted The #WinReport on “The Good Fight,” an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple’s Best of 2013.


Michael Rhodin

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE

Michael Rhodin

Michael Rhodin (BSE Comp. & Comm. Science ’84) is Senior Vice President for Watson, one of IBM’s most significant innovations in the company’s 100-year history. Watson is charged with accelerating a new class of software, services, and apps that think, learn, and will fuel a diverse cloud-based ecosystem of enterprises, tech companies, and entrepreneurs.

Before heading up Watson, Mike led IBM’s Software Solutions Group delivering industry-specific solutions in high-growth areas such as Business Analytics, Smarter Commerce, Smarter Cities, and Social Business. In his 30-year career at IBM, Mike held a number of general management positions including the Software business where he led the introduction of IBM’s social business platform, which IDC has deemed #1 for four years in a row. Mike joined IBM in 1984 after graduating from Michigan. He currently serves on the CSE Division’s National Advisory Board.


Rick Wallace

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE

Rick Wallace
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Rick Wallace (BSE EE ’82) serves as the CEO and president of KLA-Tencor Corporation as well as a member of the company’s board of directors. He began as an applications engineer at KLA Instruments in 1988, and has held various general management positions throughout his 27-year tenure with the company. Earlier in his career, he held positions with Ultratech Stepper and Cypress Semiconductor.

Wallace currently serves on the boards of directors for NetApp, Inc., a data management solutions company and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, an organization focused on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in the Silicon Valley.

Wallace earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan and his Master of Science degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University.


2014

Peter Lee

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE

Peter Lee

Peter Lee is Corporate Vice President, Head of Microsoft Research. Previously, he was the head of the Transformational Convergence Technology Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the chair of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on software security and reliability.


Babak Parviz

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE

Babak Parviz

Babak Parviz is the Vice President of Amazon. Previously, he led development of Google Glass, the wearable computing system that is nearing wide public release, and worked on potentially life-changing glucose monitoring contact lenses.


2013

Steve Mollenkopf

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE

Steve Mollenkopf

Steve Mollenkopf is chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated. Mollenkopf began his Qualcomm career as an engineer and, for more than 20 years, has helped define and implement Qualcomm’s strategy and technologies. He also serves on the company’s board of directors.


2012

Krisztian Flautner

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE

Krisztian Flautner

Formerly ARM’s R&D head, Kristztian Flautner now leads the British semiconductor and software design company’s Internet of Things division to build a world of connected devices that sip nanowatts of power, with chips as small as specks of dust. Krisztián is currently appointed to U-M as a visiting scholar.


Daniel Moloney

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE

Daniel Moloney

Daniel Moloney is Former President of Motorola Mobility. During his 29 years at Motorola, he has been at the forefront of key technological breakthroughs that include building some of the biggest cable systems in the U.S., pioneering digital TV and HDTV, introducing analog set-tops with third-party applications, and launching home automation’s first commercial-scale deployment.


2011

Mark Abel

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE

Mark Abel

Mark Abel is the Associate General Manager of Software Services and Director of Pathfinding at Intel. In his over 20 years at Intel, Mr. Abel’s teams have won or shared Intel’s highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award, seven times for the creation of new technologies and new businesses for Intel, including the invention and delivery of technologies that have shipped in over a billion PCs


Syed Ali

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE

Syed Ali

Syed Ali is Chairman, President, CEO, and Founder of Cavium Networks. Cavium successfully offloaded all the heavy computational work for Internet security onto silicon, which had not been done before.


Peter S. Fuss

Alumni Society Medal

Peter S. Fuss
10/20/06 CSE (Computer Science Engineering Building) dedication Peter Fuss

Peter Fuss is the former President of Tellabs International, Inc., which he established in 1987 as a subsidiary of Tellabs, Inc. Tellabs International is responsible for all Tellabs operations outside of North America.Tellabs, Inc. is a leading international manufacturer of voice and data communication equipment.


2010

Frederick “Rick” W.W. Bolander

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE 

Frederick “Rick” W.W. Bolander

Rick Bolander is co-founder and Managing Director of Gabriel Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm that seeks to build innovative, profitable and sustainable companies in the technology and cleantech sectors. During his venture career, he has been involved in more than 50 venture deals and has led over $100 million in early-stage financings.


Timothy Howes

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE 

Timothy Howes

Timothy Howes is the co-inventor of the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP),[1] the Internet standard for accessing directory servers. The main purpose was to handle situations that the X.500 protocol suite could not address.


Nick N. Yang

Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award

Nick N. Yang

Nick Yang works as an investor, and has a long history as a successful entrepreneur. He was the founder and first president of the China Leading Young Angel Investor Association. Yang co-founded theKongZhong Corporation, and served as Vice Chairman of its Board of Directors. He also co-founded the successful company ChinaRen Inc.


2009

Usama Fayyad

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE 

Usama Fayyad

Usama Fayyad is Yahoo!’s chief data officer and executive vice president of Research & Strategic Data Solutions. Fayyad is responsible for Yahoo!’s overall data strategy, architecting Yahoo!’s data policies and systems, prioritizing data investments, and managing the Company’s data analytics and data processing infrastructure. 


Ernest S. Kuh

Alumni Society Medal 

Ernest S. Kuh
Peg Skorpinski photo

Ernest Kuh received his SM in EE from MIT in 1950, and his PhD in EE from Stanford University in 1952. He worked for Bell Telephone before returning to California as a faculty member at UC-Berkeley. He went on to serve as Chair of the EECS department, Dean of the College of Engineering, and is currently the William S. Floyd Emeritus Professor in Engineering.


Jerry Levin

Alumni Society Distinguished Service Award 

Jerry Levin

Jerry Levin is Chairman and CEO of JW Levin Partners LLC, which specializes in rebuilding branded consumer products and service companies. Levin charted the course for American Household, Inc. (formerly Sunbeam), as the company’s chairman and CEO.


Nino Masnari 

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE 

Nino Masnari

Nino Masnari is Dean Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at NC State University. He was previously a faculty member (1969-1979) and Director of the Electron Physics Laboratory (1977-79) at The University of Michigan.


Michael S. McCorquodale

Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award 

Michael S. McCorquodale

Michael McCorquodale was recently named General Manager, Silicon Frequency Control Business Unit, Communications Division, for Integrated Device Technology, Inc. (ITD). Formerly he was CTO and founder of Mobius Microsystems.


Kevin O’Connor

Alumni Society Distinguished Service Award 

Kevin O'Connor

Kevin O’Connor helped create DoubleClick Inc., a technology company that develops powerful tools which advertisers, direct marketers and Web publishers use to plan, execute and analyze marketing programs. O’Connor co-founded DoubleClick in 1996 in his basement with two people; the company soon grew into a global corporation and was acquired by Google in 2008.


2008

John Seely Brown

Alumni Society Medal 

John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown is a researcher who specializes in organizational studies with a particular bent towards the organizational implications of computer-supported activities. During the 1980’s, he was an influential director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and later chief scientist at Xerox Corp.


Randal E. Bryant

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE 

Randal E. Bryant

Randal Bryant is Dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. He has conducted pioneering research on methods for verifying digital hardware, and more recently, software as well. 


Mehdi Hatamian

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE 

Mehdi Hatamian

Mehdi Hatamian is  VP of Engineering for DSP Microelectronics, Broadcom Corporation, and a recognized expert in high-speed VLSI signal processing, image processing and compression, full-custom and low-power circuit and architec­ture design, Gigabit Ethernet transceiver design, high-density deep sub-micron CMOS design, and biomedical electronics. 


2007

Lee Boysel

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE 

Lee Boysel

Lee Boysel headed the team that created the first single-chip CPU microprocessor. The legacy of his work is packaged into every computer, car, toaster and virtually anything else controlled by a silicon chip.


Nancy Benovich Gilby

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE 

Nancy Benovich Gilby

Nancy Benovich Gilby is the U-M School of Information’s first Ehrenberg Director of Entrepreneurship. In this position, she is developing the school’s entrepreneurial curriculum for the new Bachelor of Science in Information program.


Alan Steremberg

Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award 

Alan Steremberg

Alan Steremberg is co-founder and President of Weather Underground, Inc., a highly successful venture supplying many newspapers and television stations with their weather forecasting data.


2006

George I. Haddad

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE 

George Haddad

George Haddad is a Professor Emeritus in U-M EECS. His long career at EECS included time as director of both the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory and the Center for High-Frequency Microelectronics and two terms as department chair.


G. Robert Malan

Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award 

G. Robert Malan co-founded Arbor Networks, a leading provider of network security and monitoring solutions for global networks.


Robert D. Scott

Alumni Society Distinguished Service Award 

Robert D. Scott

Robert Scott worked for Procter & Gamble in a career that spanned nearly 30 years and the globe. He worked in virtually every business area within P&G, implementing information systems and integrating new business units. 


Daniel P. Siewiorek

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE 

Daniel P. Siewiorek

Daniel Siewiorek is director of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, and Buhl University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.


2005

Fred Leonberger

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE

Fred Leonberger

Fred Leonberger is founder and principal of EOvation Technologies LLC. Leonberger founded the technology advisory firm EOvation Technologies in 2003, after retiring from JDS Uniphase (JDSU) as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.


Jennifer Rexford

Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award

Jennifer Rexford

Jennifer Rexford is the Gordon Y. S. Wu Professor in Engineering at Princeton University. Her research focuses on computer networking, and in particular network routing, measurement, and management.


John Sanguinetti

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE 

John Sanguinetti

John Sanguinetti is co-founder and CTO of Forte Design Systems. Sanguinetti has been a pioneer in the field of computer science, particularly in the areas of computer architecture, performance analysis, and design verification.


2004

David J. DeWitt

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE 

David J. DeWitt

David DeWitt  is John P. Morgridge Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Prof. DeWitt conducts research in the area of database system design. He has done seminal work in information mining, and was co-inventor of the “Wisconsin Benchmark,” now used as a standard test for relational database systems.


Tony Fadell

Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award 

Tony Fadell

Tony Fadell is an inventor, designer, entrepreneur, and angel investor. He served as the Senior Vice President of the iPod Division at Apple Inc., from March 2006 to November 2008 and is known as “one of the fathers of the iPod” for his work on the first generations of Apple’s music player. In May 2010, he founded Nest Labs, which announced its first product, the Nest Learning Thermostat, in October 2011. Nest was acquired by Google in January 2014 for $3.2B. Since early 2015, he is leading the Google Glass division.


Jack L. Walker

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE 

Jack L. Walker

Jack Walker is an acknowledged expert in synthetic aperture radar (SAR), which enables observations of Earth from space. He devised the mathematical formulation and optical processing for the highest resolution form of SAR, known as spotlight mode; his research has had profound implications for the security and defense of the United States.


2003

Eric M. Aupperle (1935-2015)

Alumni Society Medal 

Eric M. Aupperle

Eric Aupperle was the renowned president of Merit Network and a Research Scientist Emeritus at U-M EECS. His work with the computer research network played a contributing role in the development of the Internet.


Michael Stonebraker

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE 

Michael Stonebraker is world renowned in the area of relational database research and technology. Through a series of academic prototypes and commercial startups, Stonebraker’s research and products are central to many relational database systems on the market today. He is currently an adjunct professor at MIT.


Robert J. Trew

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE 

Robert J. Trew

Robert Trew is an Alton and Mildred Lancaster Distinguished Professor and the Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Trew has led a varied and distinguished life as a professor, administrator, and public servant.


2002

Kevin O’Connor

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE

Kevin O’Connor helped create DoubleClick Inc., a technology company that develops powerful tools which advertisers, direct marketers and Web publishers use to plan, execute and analyze marketing programs. O’Connor co-founded DoubleClick in 1996 in his basement with two people; the company soon grew into a global corporation and was acquired by Google in 2008. 


Larry Page

Alumni Society Recent Engineering Graduate Award 

Larry Page

Larry Page is the co-founder of Google, and current CEO of the revolutionary search company’s parent, Alphabet Inc. He invented the PageRank, Google’s best-known search ranking algorithm. As of November 2014, Google has 55,600 employees and operates in more than 40 countries.


Rob A. Rutenbar

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE 

Rob A. Rutenbar

Rob Rutenbar is Stephen J. Jatras Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and Director of the Center for Circuits, Systems, and Software.


2001

Richard L. Crandall

Alumni Society Merit Award – ECE 

Richard L. Crandall

Richard Crandall (BSE EE ’64; BSE Engin. Math ’64; MSE IoE ’66) has been Managing Partner of Aspen Venture LLC since 2001. He is a Founding Partner and Founding Managing Director at Arbor Partners, LLC and Arbor Venture Partners II, L.P. He has a wide breadth of experience in leading software and technology companies. Among his many other industry honors is the ICP Business Software Review listing as “One of the five Leading Pioneers of the Software Services Industry.”


Bruce Nourse

Alumni Society Merit Award – CSE


Irma Wyman

Alumni Society Medal 

Irma Wyman

Irma Wyman was one of the early few to experiment with a “programmable computer.” She rose to become the first female vice president of Honeywell, Inc., a Fortune 100 company. She retired in 1990 and almost immediately was ordained in the Episcopal Church. After serving the last 10 years as Archdeacon of the Diocese of Minnesota, she is now fully retired.


2000

Fred Gibbons

Alumni Society Merit Award – EECS 

Fred Gibbons

Fred Gibbons is founder and CEO of Venture-Concept, a high-tech venture capital firm. In 1981, Gibbons started his first company, Software Publishing Corporation, which produced classic productivity software for first-time users.


Bill Joy

Alumni Society Medal 

Bill Joy

Bill Joy co-founded Sun Microsystems, and served as chief scientist of the company until 2003. He played an integral role in the early development of BSD UNIX while a graduate student at Berkeley, and he is the original author of the vi text editor.


1999

Bernard Lacroute

Alumni Society Merit Award – EECS 

Bernard Lacroute

Bernard Lacroute designed VAX, the first 32-bit minicomputer, while working for Digital Equipment. He joined Sun Microsystems in 1983 as its first Executive Vice President of Engineering and helped develop the then-new concept of desktop computers, turning Sun into a multi-billion dollar powerhouse. Today, Lacroute works at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), a high-tech venture-capital firm in Silicon Valley.


James Mellor

Alumni Society Medal

James Mellor

James Mellor worked as CEO and Chairman of General Dynamics Corporation until 1997. General Dynamics has been a major asset to America and its allies, making advances in aerospace and aircraft design; in sophisticated combat systems; in information systems and technology; and in military and commercial marine systems submarines and surface vessels.


1998

Jerry Levin

Alumni Society Merit Award – EECS 

Jerry Levin

Jerry Levin is Chairman and CEO of JW Levin Partners LLC, which specializes in rebuilding branded consumer products and service companies. Levin charted the course for American Household, Inc. (formerly Sunbeam), as the company’s chairman and CEO.


John Tishman

Alumni Society Medal 

John Tishman

John Tishman is the chairman and CEO of the Tishman Realty & Construction Corporation, a giant in the world of construction and the development of innovative building technologies.


1997

Clement Arrison Jr.

Alumni Society Merit Award – EECS


1996

David Liddle

Alumni Society Merit Award – EECS 

David Liddle

David Liddle has spent his career developing technologies for interaction and communication between people and computers in activities spanning research, development, management and entrepreneurship. He joined U.S. Venture Partners in January 2000, after retiring as president and chief executive officer of Interval Research Corporation, a laboratory and new business incubator in Silicon Valley.


1995

Peter S. Fuss

Alumni Society Merit Award – EECS 

Peter S. Fuss

Peter Fuss is the former President of Tellabs International, Inc., which he established in 1987 as a subsidiary of Tellabs, Inc. Tellabs International is responsible for all Tellabs operations outside of North America.Tellabs, Inc. is a leading international manufacturer of voice and data communication equipment.


1994

David Messerschmitt

Alumni Society Merit Award – EECS 

David Messerschmitt

David Messerschmitt is an Emeritus Professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at U-C, Berkeley, where he also served as Department Chair. He is a renowned researcher in the field of telecommunications, and author of several textbooks in the areas of networking, digital communications, and software.


1993

Samuel Fuller

Alumni Society Merit Award – EECS 

Samuel Fuller

Samuel Fuller served as a Vice President of Research and Development at Analog Devices Inc. since March 1998 and its Chief Technology Officer since March 2006. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


1992

Joseph E. Rowe (1927-2002)

Alumni Society Merit Award – EECS 

Joseph E. Rowe

Joseph Rowe joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1953. He became Director of the Electron Physics Laboratory in 1958, a position he held for ten years until he was named Chair of EECS. Under his leadership, the Electron Physics Laboratory became one of the premier laboratories on campus and was the forerunner of the Solid-State Electronics Laboratory.